Open Access Connections

Mission Statement

Open Access Connections develops strong community connections to deliver communication services and civic engagement in order to encourage self-determination for people in need.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In the previous year we provided free Community Voice Mail to 2,727 homeless and low-income Minnesotans, assigned 400 Lifeline supported cell phones, trained 6 formerly homeless and low-income people to complete 110 shifts of Grassroots Outreach, engaged older homeless people through 12 in-person and online Generation 50+ Group meetings, engaged 1,800 typically undercounted communities about completing the 2020 Census, and registered and pledged 120 homeless and low-income people to vote in the 2020 Election.
Current Goals In 2021 we aim to provide free Community Voice Mail to 2,800 homeless and low-income Minnesotans, adding 400 Lifeline supported cell phones, complete 100 shifts of Grassroots Outreach, engage 80 older people through 12 Generation 50+ Group meetings, and register and pledge 200 homeless and low-income people to vote for the 2021 St. Paul and Minneapolis Municipal Elections.
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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Non-Partisan Civic Engagement:
Generation 50+ Group:
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 06/25/2021

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1821 University Ave, W
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: 651-643-0883

General Information

Alternative Name: Twin Cities Community Voice Mail
EIN: 41-1821890
Principal Staff: Mark Erpelding
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 3800
Ruling Year: 1995


Board Chair: Kim Carpenter
Number of Board Members: 15
Board Meetings with Quorum: 9
Average Member Attendance: 11

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