December: We are Supporting Families in Need

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The

Charities

 

With a vision that every person has a home and is interconnected within community, Aeon’s mission is to create and sustain quality, affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities. Our preservation and construction projects knit long-term affordability into communities, ensuring opportunity and access for all—not just those with the highest income. Aeon owns and manages 5,580 affordable apartment homes across 58 properties in the Twin Cities region. We serve 12,000 residents each year.

Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope.

We help move Minnesota's oldest, longest waiting youth out of foster care into permanent families where they can heal from trauma with the help of a loving, well-supported parent at their side. We provide extraordinary post placement supports at no cost and for as long as youth and families need it.

For the last 48 years, Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) has provided basic needs services to target issues of homelessness, food insecurity, health disparities, lack of transportation and economic mobility. Through programs like Meals on Wheels, grocery delivery, a free food market, senior and school mobile food markets, senior health and wellness activities and resource navigation, CEAP has become a trusted and reliable source of information, provision and community connection.

Gifts for Seniors provides donated gifts and life-affirming personal contact for isolated older adults in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and surrounding communities through the engagement of thousands of volunteers, individual donors, companies, and community partners.


Gifts for Seniors serves more than 6,500 isolated seniors annually by providing much needed resources. Please join us in bringing joy and human connection to those feeling alone and forgotten!

 

The

Charity Fair

Date: _____

Time: ______

Atrium of the Building

 

Plan to stop down to our charity fair to meet the charities. 

You can learn about their important work, their programs & services as well as any volunteer needs they have.

 

We will have a raffle drawing for those of you who visit each nonprofit at the fair.

 

Popcorn will be served!

 

Volunteer Event

Date: ____

Time: ____

Atrium of the Building

 

We will have a speed volunteering event during the charity fair. 


We will be creating baking kits for a local food shelf.  Our company will provide all of the baking goods for everyone to make individual kits for the families needing food during the holidays.

 

Fundraising Activities

Casual for a Cause

Every day in December

$3 per day

See Lonnie at our reception desk to buy a ticket.  Each $3 ticket is good for one day to wear one or all of the following:

  • sports jersey

  • sports hat

  • jeans or shorts

Silent Auction

Week of ____

Time: ____

Cafe

 

Each department will create a basket or two (see manager for budget) to auction off. 

 

A pizza lunch will be awarded to the department with the best basket.

Chili Cook-off

Date: ____

Time: ____

Cafe

 

This will be brutally competitive as our amateur chefs cook up some chili for us!  Come hungry and ready for some good food!

$10 per bottomless tasting bowl

 

Informational Webinars

Did you know....1,000 Minnesota kids are awaiting adoption?

Date: ___

Time: ___

Register

On any given day in Minnesota there are about 10,000 children and teens living in foster homes and other residential placements because they have been removed from their families due to abuse and neglect.  About 1,600 of them are considered 'state wards' because their parents' legal rights have been permanently severed.  Most of those kids are awaiting adoptive families.  This session will provide basic information about how the child welfare system works.  You will learn more about older youth who have experienced trauma and who desperately need the support of caring adults...and ways that you can help.  You will also learn about the equity issues and racial disparities that pervade the system, and how youths' lives are deeply impacted.  

The Connection Between Foster Care and Youth Homelessness - What Every Tax Payer Should Know

Date: ___

Time: ___

Register

Unfortunately, outcomes for youth leaving foster care are not very good. In fact, former foster youth make up a big portion of the homeless population.  Only about half of youth leaving foster care have graduated high school by age 19 and almost half will become parents themselves before 20 years of age.  These are not the outcomes anyone wants.  So, what can we do differently?  Come learn and be part of a rousing discussion on the issue.

Why Relative & Kinship Care Matters

Date: ___

Time: ___

Register

In the past few years child welfare systems around the country have come to understand that when children cannot safely live with their parent/s it is critical that social workers try very hard to engage relatives/kin as possible placements.  If you are someone who cares about kids whose families are struggling, then this topic will help you understand one of the big 'behind the scenes' issues in child welfare.  

Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities

Date: ___

Time: ___

Register

A presentation on the need and importance of affordable housing in the Twin Cities and relevant information. 

Loneliness for our Aging Population

Date: ___

Time: ___

Register

Throughout our community thousands are living emotionally disadvantaged lives. For them, a spouse has died, children have moved away, or failing health and diminished income have left alone.  We will discuss the challenges older adults face to remain connect to others and their community, statistics on the devastating health impacts of social isolation, and the permanent demographic shift ahead.

 

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