Impact and Programs
The joy of emerging from the pandemic and gathering together in person again, along with the excitement of planning our 25th Anniversary Celebration set the stage for a successful year for our chapter.
That’s not to say there weren’t a few curve balls thrown our way, but rising to the challenges of COVID restrictions, supply chain shortages and changing community needs is nothing new for our members. They listened to our trusted partners, were creative and flexible and succeeded in making a positive impact in the lives of over 20,000 children and adults in our community.
Record fundraising from our generous donors and sales from our award-winning thrift shop allowed us to add a new Scholarship program in which and expand our reach through the addition of four new partner organizations. We returned over $375,000 to our community.
A new Strategic Plan will chart our course for the next four years promoting growth throughout our chapter. Special emphasis will be placed on implementing important diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in all aspects of our organization.
As a chapter we are committed to continually evolving to meet the changing needs of our community and growing in our knowledge and awareness of social justice issues. We begin our next 25 years ready to nurture our community so it can grow and flourish.
Our strategic direction is to go deeper in our existing partner school districts, rather than to expand geographically. Program needs are being assessed through a community needs assessment. The results of this will form recommendations to add partner schools, increase or decrease program bugets, and potentially add or reduce programming. We will continue to use annual program assessments to measure our impact in the community. And, we will do this by continuing to integrate DEI throughout our organization.
Community or Constituency Served
Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, Richfield, MN, Minnesota
Geographic Area Served
Most programs serve the greater Twin Cities area, however our Assault Survivor Kits program serves hospitals throughout Minnesota.