Open Access Connections

Mission Statement

The mission of Open Access Connections is to facilitate communications services to encourage self-determination and stronger community connections for people in need. Our goal as an organization is to find innovative ways to use communications technologies to provide opportunities for people in need to forge new connections to the community and to one another. These connections enhance dignity, independence, and contributes to success. The foundation of our work is the unique model of active involvement of our participants and community partners.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments 2,767 people were provided a free Community Voice Mail. 1,950 people were provided a Lifeline supported cell phone 78 older people with a history of homelessness attended a Generation 50+ Group meeting. 605 homeless and low-income people were registered and pledged to vote for the 2017 St. Paul and Minneapolis Elections. 22 volunteers completed 128 shifts of non-partisan Get Out The Vote.
Current Goals 2,800 people will receive a free Community Voice Mail. 2,000 people will be provided a Lifeline supported cell phone 80 older people with a history of homelessness will attend a Generation 50+ Group meeting. 1,000 homeless and low-income people will be registered and pledged to vote for the 2018 Election 25 volunteers will complete 150 shifts of non-partisan Get Out The Vote.
Community or Constituency Served Homeless and low-income Minnesotans lacking reliable phone access.
Geographic Area Served State of Minnesota.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 06/25/2018

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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1821 University Ave W.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651-643-0883

General Information

Alternative Name: Formerly Twin Cities Community Voice Mail
EIN: 41-1821890
Principal Staff: Mark Erpelding
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 4
Number of Volunteers: 44
Number of Clients: 5394
Ruling Year: 1995


Board Chair: Mike Menner
Number of Board Members: 21
Board Meetings with Quorum: 5
Average Member Attendance: 11.2

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