Impact and Programs
We were able to award over $80,000 to help fund 26 agencies that impact lives in our focus areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health. We were able to help serve 16,000 people in our service area through our partner agencies.
Our iEmpower Youth Program served 185 youth, grades K-8, this past year, helping them to realize their leadership potential, build their self-confidence and self-reliance and build friendship and communication skills. We are strengthening our youth to advocate for themselves and have a voice.
Our Project Homeless Connect program is being transitioned into serving more people and not just those who are homeless, but those who are in need in the community. Many resources are made available as well as education, and specific services are helpful to those in need, such as haircuts, flu shots, chair massage, etc. Next year we will obtain many more volunteers and vendors to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
We also hold community conversations within the community, listening to under-represented populations and hearing what their aspirations are for the community. Their perspectives are enlightening and important to understand.
We are currently in transition to an issue focus, meaning that our programmatic goals will be created once that issue focus is determined. We presently are implementing a community survey to see what issues people in the community feel are top concerns. Once we have the results (which will occur in a matter of weeks) we will then bring in a consultant to work with us on a strategic plan for our issue focus. The goals are to make more impact in the community through a cause, to build community support around that cause, and to build revenue as a result of the cause.
Community or Constituency Served
The zip codes for the following cities: Big Lake, Elk River, Nowthen, Ostego, Princeton, Santiago, and Zimmemran, MN
Geographic Area Served
We serve a majority of Sherburne County, a small part of Wright County, a portion of Mille Lacs County and a small part of Anoka County in Minnesota.