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Minnesota Organizations Profiled by The Blogunteer

I frequently get asked for lists of organizations in Minnesota since I live here.  While I do write about organizations all over the world, the majority of my posts have been about organizations in Minnesota.
Last updated 12/30/2012
All posts can be found here: http://blogunteer.com/tag/minnesota/ 

Animal

Can Do Canines
Summary: Trains and places dogs in the arms of disabled clients.
Website: www.hsdm.org

Paws for a Cause
Summary: Provides sanctuary for abandoned, stray and neglected dogs
Website: www.paws4cause.net

Wildcat Sanctuary
Summary: A sanctuary for big cats.
Website: www.wildcatsanctuary.org

Baby, Children, and Youth Organizations 

Art Buddies
Summary: Organization runs a program that partners students with buddies to inspire creativity.
Website: www.artbuddies.org

Camp Get-A-Well-A
Summary: Provides a summer camp experience to kids in the hospital.
Website: www.campgetawella.org

Camp Odayin
Summary: Camp Odayin provides safe, fun and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families.
Website: www.campodayin.org

Cheerful Givers
Summary: Provides toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.
Website: www.cheerfulgivers.org

Companies to Classrooms
Summary: They provide educational supplies free of charge by collecting excess supplies donated by local businesses.
Website: www.companiestoclassrooms.org

Cookie Cart
Summary: The Cookie Cart is helping the youth of North Minneapolis learn leadership skills.
Website: www.cookiecart.org

CornerHouse
Summary: The mission of CornerHouse is to assure that the voices of children are heard and understood in cases of alleged abuse.
Website: www.cornerhousemn.org

The Diaper Drive
Summary: The Diaper Drive is collecting and distributing diapers to those in need around Minnesota.
Website: www.thediaperdrive.org

Ella’s Halo
Summary: Non-profit organization developed to help improve the quality of extended stays in Twin Cities NICUs. Website: www.ellashalo.com

Fishing for Life
Summary: Christian group committed to raising funds to support urban youth ministries
Website: www.fishingforlife.org

Free Arts MN
Summary: Dedicated to bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families.
Website: www.freeartsminnesota.org

Isaac’s Journey
Summary: Raises money for pediatric cancer research.
Website: www.isaacsfoundation.org

Kaleidoscope Scholarship
Summary: A scholarship program for Shakopee students funded by a Minnesota author of children’s books.
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/fairytalehollownewsite/

Keys 4/4 Kids
Summary: Keys 4/4 Kids has a mission to inspire young people to believe in themselves through the arts.
Website: www.keys44kids.com 

Kids ‘n Kinship
Summary: Kids ‘n Kinship’s mission is to provide friendships to children from ages 5 to 16 who are in need of a positive adult role model.
Website: www.kidsnkinship.org

Loved Twice
Summary: Loved Twice is a national organization that recycles baby clothing to provide for those in need.
Website (Minnesota Chapter): www.facebook.com/LovedTwiceTwinCities

Madison Claire Foundation
Summary: The Madison Claire Foundation is currently raising funds to build an inclusive playground named “Madison’s Place” in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Website: www.madisonclairefoundation.org

Sweet Dreams for Kids
Summary: Non-profit organization collecting and donating new pajamas to kids in the hospital.
Website: sweetdreamsforkids.org 

Youth Frontiers
Summary: Organization facilitates retreat programs on the values of kindness, courage, respect and responsibility for youth to decrease bullying in schools.
Website: www.youthfrontiers.org

Education and Literacy

College Possible
Summary: They provide low-income students with resources, guidance, and support through process of college admission and earning a degree.
Website: www.collegepossible.org

Community Celebration of Place
Summary: Works to strengthen community spirit and pride by using music and art to honor the dignity, hard work and resiliency of people.
Website: www.communitycelebration.org

Read Indeed
Summary: Collects and distributes books to kids in need.
Website: www.readindeed.org

Environment

Great River Greening
Summary: Great River Greening focuses on stewardship: the careful and responsible management of natural heritage which has been entrusted to our care.
Website: www.greatrivergreening.org

Tree Trust
Summary: Provides employment training, community forestry and environmental education programs.
Website: www.treetrust.org

Trips for Kids
Summary: Non-profit using bike adventures to help youth experience nature.
Website: www.tripsforkidstwincities.com

Families

All About Family
Summary: Dedicated to bringing all individuals from a community together.
Website: www.allaboutfam.org

Clutch for Cause
Summary: Focused on helping single parents and their children by acting as a referral service to numerous government agencies, legal services, organizations, and companies.
Website: www.clutchforcause.org/

Dads Make a Difference
Summary: Non-profit educating youth about responsible parenting.
Website: dadsmakeadifference.org

Doing Good Together
Summary: Inspires family volunteerism and help connect families with volunteer opportunities.
Website: www.doinggoodtogether.org

MOFAS (MN Org on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
Summary: Education about FAS and support for families impacted
Website: www.mofas.org

Prior Lake Players
Summary: Local community theatre for youth and adults in the Prior Lake, Minnesota area
Website: plplayers.org

Spare Key
Summary: Provides assistance to Minnesota homeowners with critically ill or seriously injured children by making a mortgage payment on the family’s behalf.
Website: www.sparekey.org

Health

Cancer Poetry Project
Summary: A collection of poetry written by those impacted by cancer.
Website: cancerpoetryproject.com

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats
Summary: Erik’s Ranch & Retreats is a unique residential living opportunity for young adults with autism.
Website: eriksranch.org

Feed My Starving Children
Summary: An organization dedicated to feeding children.
Website: fmsc.org

Open Arms MN
Summary: Open Arms of Minnesota cooks and delivers free meals for people with illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, ALS, cancer, and MS as well as their caregivers and dependent children.
Website: openarmsmn.org

Majestic Hills Ranch
Summary: Provides reputable, safe, and enjoyable therapeutic riding to children and young adults with special needs, and rehabilitative services to injured Veterans.
Website: majestichillsranch.com

Homeless 

363 Days
Summary: Organization collecting sandwiches to feed the homeless.
Website: www.363days.org

Bridge for Youth
Summary: 24-hour runaway and homeless youth program in a residential setting in the Minneapolis
Website: www.bridgeforyouth.org

Bridging
Summary: The mission of the Bridging organization is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives while effectively using community resources.
Website: www.bridging.org

Pajama Program
Summary: Organization collecting pajamas and books for kids in homeless shelters.
Website (Minnesota Chapter): www.pajamaprogram.org/Chapters/MN_Minneapolis.html

Military

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Summary: Serves, honors, and supports local service men and women as well as their families in our local community.
Website: www.btyr.org

Poverty

AccountAbility Minnesota
Summary: An organization helping low income individuals file tax returns and learn money management skills.
Website: www.accountabilitymn.org 

MicroGrants
Summary: Boost people of potential to their next plateau on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Website: microgrants.net

Hands for Harvest
Summary: Provides fresh produce for local food shelves by growing, cultivating, and harvesting crops on a volunteer farm.
Website: www.HandsForHarvestMN.org 

PROP Shop
Summary: Nonprofit shop full of beautiful clothes, household items, books and furniture.
Website: www.propshopep.org

Seniors

Store to Door
Summary: Nonprofit grocery and prescription shopping and delivery service for elderly and disabled adults.
Website: www.storetodoor.org

Women

Midwest Women’s Vascular Advocates
Summary: Supports and educates women affected by Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) and non-inflammatory vascular disease.
Website: mwva.org

Minnesota Women of Today
Summary: Non-profit organization providing a variety of volunteer opportunities in communities around Minnesota.
Website: www.mnwt.org

Pink Purse Project
Summary: The vision of the Pink Purse Project is to empower women to become effective, assertive and confident by building self-esteem and teaching women how to cultivate and leverage their individual skills and abilities to positively impact their life and become influential community leaders.
Website: www.pinkpurseproject.org

 

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