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At Beyond Shelter, Inc., we go beyond providing affordable housing for our residents. It’s not just about a quality home at an affordable price but building a community and helping to meet the needs of our neighbors. This year, our greatest needs are providing quality food and improving playground equipment.
Beyond Shelter, Inc. partners with many community organizations to provide food for seniors, families and people coming out of homelessness. A lack of freezer space limits how much and how often we can distribute food. New freezers, at a number of our apartment buildings, will help provide quality food, not only on the day of delivery, but throughout the month.
Our Bluestem development is home to 60 families. The 15-year-old playground has been well used and is wearing out. Your generous gift will help offset the cost of new playground equipment for the children at Bluestem Homes and help make their house a home.
Birthright Fargo-Moorhead has been providing services to women, babies and their families for almost 50 years. Birthright believes poverty should not deter a woman from choosing life because of financial barriers. We provide resources to women and families like diapers, formula and clothing, including jackets and shoes. Birthright FM reaches out to the homeless through Project Community Connect while collaborating with Social Service agencies throughout Fargo-Moorhead. These Social Service agencies send us referrals so Birthright can help meet the demands for needed supplies to families in our community. Birthright FM provides a bridge between federal and county programs for these families. Birthright's guiding principle, "It is the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child to be born." We are grateful to FM Area Foundation's Caring Catalog in helping us serve more families within our community.
Help CAPLP incorporate the Whole Family Program! Whole Family focuses on families with children under five to maximize the impact on the child by intervening at an early age. Whole Family works intensively with parents and children to eliminate any barriers a family has to success. Your support of the CAPLP Whole Family Approach will directly assist families in overcoming barriers such as childcare, housing and transportation. Funds will be used to purchase bus passes, workforce attire, help with childcare deposits and help families overcome their unique barriers. The ultimate goal is for the parents to have access to livable wage jobs, supports in place for family members who need them in various aspects of life, and children to have the tools they need to succeed so they can grow up and have a better chance of not living in poverty themselves. We can end the generational poverty cycle by allowing the children of these families to experience living life outside of extreme poverty and seeing their parents achieve financial stability!
Liz's disability is unique. She consumes inedible objects, picks at flooring until it peels, picks paint off walls, makes holes in Sheetrock and pulls wires and pipes loose. When nearly every typical household item can be a danger to Liz, it becomes hard to create a place that truly feels like a home. We are building a one-of-a-kind house to accommodate Liz's unique needs and keep her safe. The new home will have special Sheetrock, in-floor heating, windows with built in blinds, special flooring and trim, custom furniture, recessed lighting and plumbing that will not have exposed pipes. Landscape will be specialized to prevent Liz from trying to ingest small rocks or other dangers. Other features will include a sensory room, an attached garage to help with the transition between her home and vehicle, and room enough for a backyard swing. The modification list is long, but the result will be so rewarding. A home is meant to be more than a place you sleep at night. A home is where you can be yourself. There is no place like home! Together, we can build a home where Liz can be Liz- safely. Dollars raised from the Caring Catalog will be used for custom blinds, furniture, flooring and light fixtures.
Churches United is asking for $10,000 for a new walk-in refrigerator freezer. In August, Churches United opened a new location for the Dorothy Day Food Pantry West. The Dorothy Day Food Pantry West is the largest fresh food pantry in the Fargo-Moorhead community, and the largest fresh food pantry in North Dakota. The new location allows us to expand services, extend the number of hours we are open and diversify our food offerings. The pantry currently operates as a pop-up pantry, in which food is received and distributed on the same day. In order to expand services to help more neighbors in need, we need significantly more refrigeration. We are asking for $10,000 to help us purchase a walk-in refrigerator and freezer. The freezer will allow us to store more food, and thereby allow community members to access the pantry as their schedule allows.
Give the Gift of Christmas + the Dignity of a Good Night's Sleep! Down Home empowers lives by furnishing homes for families and individuals emerging from homelessness. Down Home coordinates all the items necessary to transform an empty space into a home to embrace. Everyone we serve becomes a part of the DH family and is invited to our Christmas celebration in December. This event provides the experience, sites, scents, traditions, connections and joy of the season. By supporting Down Home, you will help a family receive a Christmas package, which includes a tree, lights, ornaments, books, gifts, games, hot cocoa, cookie-making kit and more. In addition, Down Home will use your gift to purchase beds and everything necessary to provide the dignity of a Good Night's Sleep for future men, women and children who would otherwise need to go without and would end up sleeping on the floor. Every size gift is valuable and impactful. Your gift of: $20 supports the purchase of books, games, ornaments and extras. $50 supports the purchase of bedding. $100 supports the purchase of a Christmas tree. $200 supports the purchase of a twin bed. $250 supports the purchase of an entire Christmas package. $250 also supports the purchase of a queen bed.
The Emergency Food Pantry's main purpose is to provide food; however, we meet many people lacking basic hygiene items. When clients request a food basket, we ask them if they need essentials, such as toilet paper, soap and other hygiene items. Clients are eligible for a food basket every other month through us. In 2020, we supported over 6,808 households. Almost all of the households requested basic hygiene items. Many of us take for granted supplies, such as laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. Others in our community go without these items, because they can't afford them. These items enhance the lives of those in need by reducing the stress they experience to meet their essential needs.
Many of our youngest patients experience anxiety, discomfort and intimidation during their time before visits and procedures. Our waiting areas offer artwork from patients, and do not offer anything else to help ease these anxieties. Through collaboration with Essentia Health nurses and providers, this project aims to enhance patient-centered environments for pediatric patients at our Fargo facilities. First, we will install large whiteboards throughout waiting areas and hallways so patients can color, identify feelings and relieve potential anxiety. We will install wall-mounted gaming systems in waiting areas as outlets for reducing anxiety and fear prior to appointments and procedures. We will install sensory paths (floor stickers) for hallways, which is fun for pediatric patients and is especially beneficial for pediatric patients who are on the autism spectrum. Finally, we will acquire three remote control operated cars that will be used as a fun and less intimidating way for our pediatric patients to enter the operating room. These will allow our patients to feel like they are driving themselves into surgery. Overall, this project will enhance our patient-centered environments for our youngest patients and will reduce general anxieties and fears they may experience during their time at the hospital.
One of the many important goals of Family HealthCare's dental program is to improve the lives of our patients by providing access to removable prosthodontics (dentures). Our patients, whether uninsured, underinsured or publicly insured have little or no access to denture care. Fee for service treatments or satisfaction of deductibles and co-payments are not economically viable. Without denture care, we do not feel we are fulfilling our mission of providing quality care to every person. Lack of restorative dental care has far reaching personal and societal implications. Patients have identified low self-esteem, a decreased desire for good and healthy nutrition, a loss of desire to interact with others and generally avoid public settings or formation of interpersonal relationships. A majority of patients who had dentures felt that dentures improved their appearance and confidence. With supplemental funding, it is our desire to increase the number of dentures we can economically produce. In 2020, 38 of our patients were fortunate to receive dentures. $200 pays for the supplies and materials to make one set of dentures. Your support will allow individuals to re-establish themselves with improved self-esteem.
FirstLink's Care and Support Program provides suicide prevention services by offering follow-up interactions with participants after they have been discharged from a medical setting for concerns related to suicide or high-risk substance use. We regularly call those on the program to offer a listening ear and connection to other community resources. Contacts have shared that one of the most meaningful parts of the program is the handwritten caring card we send to each participant. In addition to the written message, caring cards include a magnet with our contact information and an inspirational message. One Care and Support Program participant shared this with us about the impact of our service. "I no longer think about death every day. I know there is hope out there. I keep my card on my fridge and at times bring it with me in my pocket for added strength and courage. The caring card reminds me that someone cares." FirstLink sends nearly 1,200 caring cards per year. Each card costs $1.00 to send including the card, magnet and postage. Your gift of $10.00 will bring a message of help and hope to ten people struggling in our community.
Your contribution will make housing accessible to a family experiencing homelessness today! The FM Coalition's Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund encourages property managers and landlords to rent to people experiencing homelessness. The fund is a chance for people with housing barriers to have stable housing. Landlords and property managers who agree to rent to people in the program can recoup funds lost due to unpaid rent or excessive damage to units. The program is a formal partnership between housing providers, service providers and persons with barriers to housing. The applications come with agency recommendations and prospective tenants are partnered with a support services worker. The support services worker acts as a communication bridge between landlord and tenant and the program also includes mediation services. We are raising funds to increase capacity of the program. Every $1,000 we raise toward our goal adds one participant to the program. Help us add ten more families!
When the weather takes a turn and we enter into subarctic temperatures, shelters fill to capacity with individuals and families finding themselves without housing. This is when Fraser, Ltd. is called to action. Our doors remain open to all who need us. Our plan is to keep our drop-in center, Stepping Stones Resource Center, open overnight from December through March, depending on weather. By staying open during the overnight hours, we will be able to provide a safe warm location for youth, ages 18-26, in crisis and their children. This will help them take the steps needed to get back on their feet. We will continue to provide basic human needs, such as food, clothing, shower and laundry facilities in addition to having cots, couches, blankets and pillows available. This will keep these vulnerable youth from having to sleep in cars or find shelter by any means necessary. Since there is no federal or state funding available for these services, our goal is to raise $10,000. Your donation would allow us to run the facility overnight and staff the center 24 hours. YOU can give them hope for a better future.
Furniture Mission of the Red River Valley accepts gently used furniture and donates it to people coming out of crisis. Our clients may be restarting their lives after homelessness, abusive relationships, incarceration or a home fire or flood. We are a faith-based, new nonprofit in the Fargo-Moorhead area that helps people from all walks of life. We operate from a place of love and compassion. In the first seventeen months of being fully operational, we helped more than 413 individuals and families move beyond crisis by providing 3,691 furniture items for their homes. As there is no charge to anyone receiving these home furnishings, we are dependent upon monetary and in-kind donations. Our average operational cost to furnish a child's bedroom is $50 and an entire apartment is approximately $150. Your financial gift will go a long way in helping our community furnish homes for people moving to a new chapter in their lives.
No child deserves to go hungry. Your support of our childhood hunger-fighting programs will ensure children receive the food necessary for them to learn, grow and dream of a future filled with opportunity. Your gift will be used to secure and distribute child-friendly food to kids participating in our BackPack, Youth Summer Meals and School Pantry programs. As families face lingering hardship due to the pandemic, your support will make an even greater impact. The BackPack Program provides food for three meals, juice, milk and snacks to a child over the weekend when other food resources may not be available. The Youth Summer Meals Program provides a daily meal throughout the summer for low-income children who often rely on the free or reduced lunch program during the school year. And the School Pantry Program, located within school settings across the community, offers a private, convenient and safe resource for students and their families seeking emergency food assistance. Your gift of: -$25 will provide 5 backpacks filled with food for children participating in the BackPack Program. -$60 will provide 150 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to children participating in the Youth Summer Meals Program. -$100 will provide food for 300 meals for students and their families receiving support through the School Pantry Program.
Heart-n-Soul Community Café is dedicated to addressing food insecurities, building communities and serving delicious food to nurture body, heart and soul. Help us keep serving meals in the Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead area with our Lunch Bunch meal program and food trailer! Hearty lunches are prepared by volunteers and delivered to community members for a weekend meal. Our food trailer can be found in neighborhoods throughout the FM area serving a local and delicious meal to everyone, regardless of their circumstances with dignity and respect. -A $10 donation will pay it forward at our food trailer. -$25 dollars will help us provide lunch meals to 10 community members. -$300 dollars will help us provide a hearty weekend lunch for 130 community members in need. -$500 dollars will sponsor our food trailer as we serve a nutritious and delicious meal in a local neighborhood.
HERO exists so no individual goes without the medical products needed to preserve their independence, dignity and health. HERO provides affordable healthcare equipment and supplies for all through the collection and distribution of donated materials. Over the past year, HERO has seen an increase in the amount of equipment coming through our donation center. To keep up with the amount of equipment HERO is processing, we need to revamp our processes and add equipment to streamline our warehouse. HERO will be purchasing collapsible bulk containers, pallet jacks, safety ladders and an order/shipping bench workstation.
This fall, we've launched a new partnership with the construction students at Fargo North High School. The students will build this home over the school year. We will move it to the lot and finish it in the spring of 2022. Your gift through the Caring Catalog will help pay for the framing lumber for the Spartan Build, and, in turn, provide the Kester family with a simple, decent and affordable place to live. Like all Habitat families, the Kesters will repay the cost of their home through an affordable mortgage. Their payments will be used to build future homes, doubling the impact of your gift.
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) is raising money to purchase two tablets to provide access to justice for low-income clients facing critical civil legal issues that impact their basic needs. The tablets will reside in LSNM's Justice Bus (mobile legal aid office), which is part of Reach Justice Minnesota, a series of initiatives that leverage technology and emergency staffing to help protect Minnesotans' basic civil and human rights. The bus features private and semi-private meeting space, as well as commonly used legal forms and information. It will operate by stopping by community centers and events, as well as providing clinic settings where people can meet with an attorney about their legal needs. The idea of bringing free civil legal services where they are most needed will help to unlock the power of the law for everyone. The tablets, which will be interactive and client-facing, would be loaded with user experience technology from another Reach Justice Minnesota initiative, the Minnesota Legal Kiosk Project, allowing clients to apply for legal aid services and access legal resources while at a Justice Bus event. This will allow us to meet people where they are, break down barriers and increase access to justice.
Homelessness and hunger impacts hundreds of people in our community on any given night. New Life Center is more than a shelter and warm meal to someone in need. We are a life-transformation center. Since 1907, we have been helping those who are homeless and hurting go from merely surviving to truly thriving. We meet the immediate and basic needs of our guests by offering shelter, food and clothing, as well as providing safety, sobriety and stability. Delivering these critical services comes at a cost of $40 per day per person. Now, more than ever, your support is needed. Your gift of $40 provides a neighbor with a warm bed, hearty meal and chance at a new life. Together, we can bring hope and healing to an individual who walks through our doors.
The pandemic has been extremely isolating for victims and survivors of dating/domestic violence, sexual assault and child/elder abuse. Being trapped at home with abusers during quarantine made reaching out for services of Rape and Abuse Crisis Center (RACC) difficult. Now that our community is slowly returning to normal, the RACC team is seeing an increase in the number of calls to emergency rooms, a larger amount of mental health crisis calls and more intense violence in the home. By choosing RACC as your charity of choice in the Caring Catalog, you could be changing the life of one of the increased number of clients coming to the doors or calling us on the phones. Whether we are providing counseling, urgent need items to an entire family or helping them escape, your support gives them an opportunity to create a new journey in a life free from personal violence.
Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters (REACH) strives to assist anyone living in our service area of Clay, West Becker or Norman Counties in Minnesota. Whether we are supplying our clients with food from our Emergency Food Pantry, providing their children with a BackPack of weekend food, scheduling an appointment with one of our three contracted counseling agencies, or offering emotional support through our Family Support Program, each client is treated with dignity and respect. If we are unable to provide anyone directly with the services they need, we will do everything we can to connect and refer that family or individual to one of our collaborating agency partners. For the past 30 years, REACH has provided these services to rural residents. -Each $30.00 donation will provide one child with one month of BackPack food. -A $75.00 donation will provide a family of four a one-week emergency supply of food from our food pantries.
Each winter, in addition to our regular activities, Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area (RTFMA) helps approximately ten households that experience weather related emergencies. For homeowners living with disabilities, senior citizens and families with income restrictions, facing a weather-related emergency can result in health and/or financial tragedies. Challenges, such as frozen pipes, furnace issues, roofing problems and electrical failures must be remedied quickly regardless of the expense. Without RTFMA, our clients must choose between food, medications and keeping up with bills, or paying to bring their home to a proper level of health and safety. Your donations will replenish our Winter Weather Emergency Fund so we can ensure families are able to remain safe, healthy and comfortable in their homes throughout the winter.
We believe everyone should have access to the basic need of brushing their teeth and caring for them well. You can partner with us at Toothbrush Ministries to remove roadblocks that keep families and kids from accessing daily supplies they need to smile their brightest 365 days a year. Your generosity provides adults and kids a SMILE365 KIT – which includes toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to last them a whole year. Here at Toothbrush Ministries, we are creating partnerships with those who are providing for families in need – including single mothers, families transitioning out of homelessness and those who find buying a simple toothbrush a stressful cost--a stress we can easily eliminate. We currently provide around 120 kits a year. You can help us provide 365 kits in 2022 to local families in need! $18 = 1 SMILE365 KIT $72 = Kits for a family of 4 $360 = Kits for 5 families
Help domestic violence survivors become the amazing people they are meant to be! Your gift will furnish and equip a purposeful space in our special Grace Garden residence. It's where those who've experienced domestic violence and homelessness can work on goals for economic empowerment, jobs and education. Help build a bank of information and provide a workspace, laptop and rich resources to explore. Women will come here for inspiration and to find community job opportunities, social happenings, self-growth reading and money management books. They'll write resumes, apply online for jobs, prepare household budgets, study, take online training and more. In this setting, YWCA staff can talk informally one-on-one with women about their goals and applaud their resilience and progress. When you give to this project, you'll bring a center for best-practice vocational counseling and motivational goal setting for women to think and dream for the future. You'll bring resources that include our own YWCA journal/planner booklets available here for free. Help empower survivors to explore and discover ways they and their children can grow and bloom.
Since 2004, African Soul American Heart (ASAH) has sheltered, educated, and nurtured a vulnerable group of Sudanese orphans. They had no home, no parents, no education...in reality, no future. ASAH, a small Fargo-based nonprofit, offered something no one else could – HOPE. The war and the ensuring rebels destroyed their families, homes, communities and their very essence of personal safety. Seeing this desperate need, ASAH was created to educate, protect and empower these young orphans.
Fast forward to today. All, but the remaining 35 students enrolled with ASAH, have moved forward to independence in their adult life. Would you help the last 35 young women complete their journey to independence? They are so close. For most, only one more semester of schooling, and for the youngest six girls, two to three years of schooling.
Their needs are very basic. A uniform/clothing for school ($50), personal hygiene items ($30), a small amount for unforeseen medical needs ($75) and transportation ($15). Provide one student full personal support for $200. Come join the ASAH journey and be part of this team to carry the remaining ASAH orphans across their finish line in becoming independent, educated young women. Help the journey continue.
As the only gymnastics facility in the upper Midwest to have an onsite athletic trainer, we pride ourselves on ensuring the safety of our gymnasts. We help parents with treatment and evaluation of any sports-related issues, a service our families receive free of charge and one we have been providing since 1992.
With the growth of our programs, our athletic training needs have increased, and as a result, we have added an additional athletic trainer to our staff. However, for our athletic trainers to work most efficiently, we need to remodel our athletic training room to provide more space for rehab to provide taping, treatments and PT. Our athletic training room serves approximately 370 athletes each year. Most training rooms that serve that number of athletes are at least three if not four times larger than ours. Some of the planned changes are to remove a wall to open the space and add a sectioned-off, windowed office in the back corner to allow both trainers space to complete their paperwork.
Your support of this project allows us to continue to ensure the safety of our athletes and provide them the full scale of care and rehab they need.
This information was provided for our Caring Catalog submission just weeks before the unexpected passing of our athletic trainer, Brenda Potter. Brenda had been with American Gold since 1992 and was our only athletic trainer until Kayla started in August of this year. We’ve had many conversations over the years regarding the need to remodel our Athletic Training space to expand the services we can offer our athletes. Brenda had a passion for athletic training and helping “her kids” at American Gold. We have made the decision to move forward with this project as she would have liked, in her memory.
BIO Girls offers a 12-week program combining life-skills curriculum, mentoring and physical activity, and is proven, through independent research, to improve the self-esteem in 7 of 10 participants. When self-esteem is healthy, girls are 75 percent less likely to engage in destructive behaviors, like substance abuse, disordered eating, promiscuity and self-harm. They perform better academically and make value-driven decisions. BIO Girls is working to increase availability of programming to meet the demand in the Fargo-Moorhead community and across the state of North Dakota. When participation is maximized in a given community, massive community-level changes occur. Our current footprint is 1 in 25 girls. Our goal is to reach 1 in 6 North Dakota girls by 2025.
We believe every child deserves to feel special and have a memorable birthday, despite their family's current situation, living arrangements or financial status. Our fundamental goal is to provide joy, hope and celebration for children in difficult situations, making their birthday truly HAPPY! By partnering with child advocates in the area, we are able to identify children who may be in need of some birthday love and cheer. We then pull together a unique and customized "Birthday Box" for the child which includes: -Tableware -Decor -Party Favors & Party Game/Activity -Cupcakes -Birthday Gift Once pulled together, we provide the birthday box to the child advocate to the family or caregiver –dignifying and making them the hero in the child's eyes!
Keystone is the Boys & Girls Clubs most dynamic teen program! It affords teens in our Club an exciting opportunity to gain valuable leadership and service experience by conducting peer led activities. Keystone members decide the direction The Club Teen Center will take with regard to their events, career exploration opportunities, personal development activities and community service projects. With your support, you are sending a message to our teens that you are committed to helping them achieve their full potential, so they will continue to grow into the next generation of business leaders, neighbors and partners in our community. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley - Great Futures Start Here!
Camp Good News is a place to build relationships, have fun, learn new things and just be a kid. Yet, many families in our area can't afford the cost of sending their children to camp. Run by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), Camp Good News exists so that young people may learn to know and love the Lord as their Savior and to grow in their relationship with him, while having fun learning sports and other activities. "I got involved in drugs when I was young. When I had my daughter, I knew I wanted to do everything possible to make sure she didn't go down that same path. Camp Good News is a place where I know my daughter is surrounded by people who love her and are building her up, not tearing her down. But, as a single parent, I couldn't afford to send her. I am so grateful to CEF for what they do at camp and making it possible for Alexis to attend!" – Ben, father of Alexis, age 12 Your gift of $30 provides one day of camp for boys and girls in our area, making it possible for them to grow in their relationship with the Lord and with others.
Our Chosen Education Program works to fill the void that exists in our community on the topic of adoption. After speaking about the impact our words have to a local community group early one morning our Director was approached by an older gentleman with tears in his eyes. He stated he regretted speaking harsh words to his granddaughter who faced an unplanned pregnancy. He wanted to know what he could do now to go about undoing the harm his words most certainly had caused. How many others find themselves guilty of making the same error? How many others wish they would have understood more about pregnancy options, including adoption? Your financial gift will allow Christian Adoption Services to reach community clubs, high school and college students, and pregnancy centers to correct negative myths and outdated adoption views. There are easily 30-40 class presentations in our area that could be made each school year. Your donation can help make that possible.
We have been working hard to expand our youth camp programming over the last year and really appreciate everyone's help during this time. Now, it's time to expand once again but with additional educational opportunities for all ages. We are growing our youth camps into additional areas of study (not just aviation), like advanced robotics, robotics competitions, pinewood derby races, software engineering and more. We are also offering our new series, 'History Night at the Museum' where we bring in exciting speakers to discuss historic people, aircraft, events and personal experiences. Our Museum exhibits are awesome already, but we believe that's only half of it...the personal stories and emotion behind the exhibits provide the next level of the Museum experience. We are also working hard to expand our Introduction to Aviation Courses to allow for all ages to explore and learn more about careers in aviation…from Junior High all the way to adults looking to make a change in their careers. We need your help, so we can continue to expand our programming for all ages!
"Having snacks and milk available to our students makes their day go so much better when their tummies have something in them and they know they are cared for at the most basic level," states a Special Education Program Teacher. Many elementary students come to school without a snack to have during their snack break. Teachers often use their own money to have snacks in their classroom to provide to students, since it is very hard for elementary students to focus on their education if they are hungry. This program ensures students in need receive a snack and milk to hold them over until lunch. Through this program, students receive nutrition to help meet their basic needs, so they can focus on learning. -$10 provides 28 cartons of milk -$30 provides one semester of milk for a student -$50 provides snacks for a year for a student -$100 provides snacks for a year for two students
We select children facing the greatest challenges, including those impacted by homelessness and foster care, and help them change their stories. Each child is matched with a salaried, professional mentor called a Friend for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through graduation. 12+ years. No matter what. We are looking to raise $10,000 to provide programming supplies to help us foster those relationships in ways we normally cannot. Educational materials would allow Friends and their youth to stay out of congested areas and stay safe while they interact. Additional health and safety items can be provided to ensure we go above and beyond in protecting each participant.
Your generosity will help GiGi's Playhouse Fargo Rebuild the Playhouse after a devastating fire on May 11, 2021. Your support will allow GiGi's to flourish through the flames by making us whole again by providing enhanced programming and supports to our families. Rise Together to support phase one of our four phase capital campaign: Rebuild & Reopen! Your support will allow GiGi's to expand our facility and help with rebuilding efforts, purchase optimal learning resources to resume program capacity, and integrate technology to enhance participant outcomes. GiGi's Playhouse Fargo, Down Syndrome Achievement Center, serves individuals with Down syndrome (pre-natal diagnosis through adults) and families in the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding area. GiGi's Playhouse offers educational enrichment programs that are therapeutic, and physical therapy-based at no cost to participants or families. All programs are delivered in a format that supports how individuals with Down syndrome learn best. Programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential.
The need for a Summer Academy was determined after numerous parents shared concerns in closing their children's reading gaps due to dyslexia. Haley's Hope provides life changing literacy skills with proven, sustainable success. However, learning to read and write, the backbone for successful learning, is only one area needed to overcome the depth of challenges learners with poor literacy skills encounter. Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. To do this, Haley's Hope will enter into an outreach contract with Landmark School, a leader in the field of language-based learning disabilities, to help develop a curricula and train staff. Landmark was founded in 1971 to educate students whose reading, writing, spelling and math skills did not match their superior thinking and problem-solving capacities. The Summer Academy will instill strategies for understanding text through notetaking, highlighting and creating study guides; increase written expression skills from sentence to paragraph form; and teach multi-sensory math strategies. All curriculum will be designed for the dyslexic learner.
Llama Llama Camp for Preschoolers will be back and bigger in 2022! This camp for 3-5-year-olds, teaches social/emotional development in a family farm environment. Inspired by the popular Anne Dwedney Llama Llama books, Llama Llama Camp offers an environment where your child/grandchild can grow and learn from experienced educators! Children will learn how to be a good friend to others from our resident llama, Caspian, how to express their emotions appropriately, create and explore in the outdoors and so much more. From grooming and feeding farm animals, to doing crafts, planting flowers, reading books and exploring the outdoors, these children won't want the week to end. Funds raised will be used to support the following needs for Llama Llama Camp: -$15.00 donation will purchase a Llama Camp T-Shirt for one child. -$25.00 donation will purchase a Llama Camp Book Bag for one child. -$50.00 donation will purchase books for one child. -$200.00 donation will provide a scholarship for one child to attend camp. -$3000.00 donation will provide an additional one-week (4 day) Llama Llama Camp Session for 12 children.
"Thank you for the most incredible gift ever… and for making her feel a sense of normalcy through this beautiful doll!" This is a thank you from just one of the many families we have helped through Warrior Dolls. A Warrior Doll is designed specifically for children battling a medical illness. It is a medical play doll that is customized to the child's needs with the same lines, tubes, scars, stoma's, etc. This helps teach the child about their treatment, discover through play and empower children by embracing their differences. Each doll is given with a carrying case that contains a medical play kit, a hospital band to customize with a name, fun stickers to decorate the case and the story of Henrik with his original Warrior Doll. To make each doll kit especially unique, custom doll clothes and hospital gowns, sewn by volunteers, are gifted as well as matching capes and masks for doll and child. Each Warrior Doll also comes with the necessary medical equipment to nurture medical play. With your gift of $100, a child can have a companion of a Warrior Doll for their tough medical journey.
Can you imagine no baseball game, no dance class, no school play or no summer camp for children? Before HOPE, inc. was established, there was no sport and recreation activities for children with mobility challenges in our community. HOPE, inc. is proud to offer children and adults with mobility challenges over 25 different adapted activities. We are family friendly at HOPE and encourage siblings and parents to use our adapted equipment to play alongside their sister, brother or child. Caring for a child with a mobility challenge is overwhelmingly expensive. A third of our participants come from low-income families. Please provide a family in need a scholarship today. -Scholarships of $50 provides a 6-week session of wheelchair basketball or adaptive dance -$250 provides a 10-week session of sled hockey -$500 provides unlimited activities for a family for an entire year
Inspire Innovation Lab uses STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) education through project-based learning to grow emotional intelligence and resilience in elementary aged students. We regularly serve families in all walks of life, from different socio-economic backgrounds, different ethnicities and experiences, and different academic/emotional needs. Many of our students are neuro-divergent, some with ADHD, some on the autism spectrum or with trauma backgrounds. At the Lab, we work hard to make sure each child is treated with respect and understanding, allowing them all to grow at their own pace. Inspire Innovation Lab never turns a child away due to lack of funds. We rely on donations from our community to fund scholarships for families who would benefit from our services but need financial assistance. During the summer of 2021, we served over 100 individual students from over 80 different families and gave out more than $10,000 in scholarship assistance. As we move into the 2021-2022 school year, we will serve record numbers of students in our after-school program, many of whom would benefit from financial assistance. This aid is not possible without considerable community giving.
We provide holistic, nurturing and culturally competent care. Through our preschool program, we prepare kids for the transition between home and school. We are a childcare center and preschool open to kids of all backgrounds ages 6-weeks to 12 years. Over 90% of our clients are low-income. We have served over 350 children representing 10 ethnic backgrounds. We strive to serve our clients by connecting them with resources in the wider community ensuring their academic success. This year, we want to provide our kids with new and safe outdoor playground toys, bikes and playsets. Kids learn through play, and we facilitate learning both indoors and outdoors--inspiring creativity and imagination. Physical activity is an essential component of the holistic care we provide. The current playground sets and toys need to be replaced by next summer.
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation's most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. We believe no mother should have to make the untenable choice between investing in herself or her children. Our holistic approach allows families to dream what is possible when they are able to bring all of their identities to bear in pursuit of their goals. In 2018, Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead opened our beautiful building with twenty apartments for single moms and their children. The building includes a Child Development Center with a commercial kitchen, a community gathering space, library, conference room and administrative offices. Moms who participate in Jeremiah Program complete an empowerment and leadership course, have at least one child under the age of five and are pursuing a two- or four-year college degree. In turn, they are provided safe, affordable housing, high quality childcare and regular family coaching. After several years of use, some of the furniture in our apartments needs to be replaced, including mattresses, dressers, couches and tables. Providing financial support for furniture replacement will allow us to use operating dollars for other building maintenance needs.
Together, at Make-A-Wish North Dakota, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. This year, the 1,000th wish was granted in North Dakota to a 6-year-old girl named Cali who battled cancer and wished to be a "Queen for the day." Cali says it was the "best day of her life" because it gave her a boost of hope and joy that fighting a critical illness can take away. But for every child like Cali who has had their wish granted, there is another child waiting for their wish to come true. Our goal is to raise $7,500 (the average cost of a wish) to grant a wish to a local child waiting. By donating you help create the hope and spark the joy needed for a critically ill child. Donate today and make wishes come true.
Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation (MLEF) provides grants and pass-throughs for the main areas of academics, activities, arts and athletics in our Moorhead Schools District 152. The Moorhead Legacy Education Foundation has awarded Spud Impact teacher/staff grants each year to be used for innovative projects and programs. MLEF's goal is to raise $10,000 for the purpose of supporting the students and staff of Moorhead Area Public Schools.
James is a 13-year-old teen placed with a Nexus-PATH foster family. When he moved in with Kayla and Logan, they noticed his dirty gym clothes and homework hung out his backpack, which had a broken zipper. His shoes were torn on the sides and far too small for his growing feet. And although he denied it, James needed his own basic hygiene items, such as soap and deodorant. Kayla and Logan took James shopping for new items he needed. The couple learned James loved Legos and had an interest in playing basketball. They got him involved in basketball at school and found a local Lego Club he could participate in. Children like James are placed in foster care often at no fault of their own. Nexus-PATH provides various levels of foster care in the Fargo area and statewide. These children are often placed in homes of people they don't know, possibly in a new town or in a new school district. A gift to Nexus-PATH helps foster parents give kids items they can take ownership of and gives children the opportunity to make friends, develop hobbies and interests, and just be kids.
The Oak Grove Library is in a year of renewal – committed to fostering a love of reading by stocking the shelves with the latest favorites, preserving the history of our school through restoring our archives, and developing digital literacy through our technology initiatives. Our library is dedicated to serving our students, both inside our classroom and beyond our walls. That's why we are requesting help providing the best experience possible for our students. Our current needs include: • Library displays to encourage students to pick up a new book. • Archival supplies to help preserve the history of our school. • Makerspace supplies to foster 21st Century skills in our students.
PCS has set a goal of raising funds to support the growth and replenishment of our Technology Department—specifically a laptop cart with a capacity of 24 computers. This will equip us for the increased necessity of remote learning and will deliver a consistent quality of our academic program.
All children deserve the chance to reach their full potential. That's why PBS KIDS and Prairie Public aim to improve educational outcomes for young children across the Red River Valley and beyond. We are committed to supporting the entire ecosystem in which children learn, which relies on their parents, caregivers and teachers, as well as local organizations that support education. This community-based approach is grounded in research that shows when the adults in their lives are engaged, kids' learning outcomes improve. Prairie Public is locally owned and operated and is dedicated to meeting the needs of our communities through our education department. From outreach initiatives to local education programs, Prairie Public is a trusted education partner. Your support allows us to continue to bring the best in education to everyone, for free.
As part of P's & Q's Etiquette's "Leaderlicous" programs, our focus continues to be the self-esteem, mental health and leadership of our students. Your gift will allow us to have the technology/computers and assistance available to ensure each student enrolled in our programs receives access to 108+ hours every school year (36+ additional hours in the summer program) of mentorship support by caring adults. They receive skills-based training in character-building, self-esteem, career and leadership. We also provide opportunities where students can be leaders and use their voices and skills in positive ways to make an impact, such as BeRare BeYou (social media channel), Project LeaderCare and more.
The mission of the Red River AMBUCS is to inspire mobility and independence in the Red River Valley by working in partnership with physical, occupational and speech therapists and provide Amtryke Adaptive Trykes for people with disabilities. Across the nation, AMBUC chapters raise funds to donate Amtrykes to riders who are unable to operate traditional bikes. For more than two decades, these specially designed 3-wheeled cycles with many adaptation options have provided therapeutic benefits to both children and adults, enhancing their quality of life. Amtrykes can be hand and/or foot powered and accommodate riders of all sizes, ages and abilities. Recipients, parents and therapists report that Amtryke Adaptive Trykes provide increased exercise, strength, mobility, coordination, self-confidence and opportunities to go on bike rides with their peers and family members. An average Amtryke is around $850. Your generosity will help provide Amtrykes for people of all abilities and ages in our community. Together, we can help create a world where everyone who chooses, can ride!
Did you know that every day an average of 1 in 10 kids struggles with hunger, and that in the next 24 hours in the U.S., 2,795 teenage girls will become pregnant? During an average school year, Red River Youth for Christ serves over 2,000 meals to teens averaging 60+ meals every week. Dakota High School (formally Woodrow Wilson HS) and Moorhead Alternative Learning Center (formally Red River ALC) staff have told us for many of these kids, this is the only meal they will eat that day. Your donation will be used to help provide meals, shelter and resources for teens in need. This is done through finding baby clothes for a teen mom in need, a jacket or shoes for a homeless teen, a hot meal or a place to do laundry. -A donation of $100 provides 50 meals to teens who may not have access to quality food. -A donation of $50 can provide a teen parent with formula and diapers for a week. Your generosity assures kids are not going hungry, are looked after, celebrated for their accomplishments, and feel valued and loved. Every dollar counts!
The STEM Alliance wants to spur the passion of area youth to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Many of our past participants go on to pursue college degrees in STEM fields and work for companies using the skills we fostered. In 2018, the robotics communities of Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo teamed up. The goal was to find a space where they could work and share resources with one another. A facility was secured, and the robotics community came together. It was soon realized the STEM Alliance was becoming something very special. Students in the Fargo-Moorhead area were forming friendships rooted in their mutual interest in STEM. The Alliance also provides the opportunity for older students to help mentor younger students in many different STEM related activities. The STEM Alliance depends on donations to carry out our mission. We are currently collecting funds to pay for tools, equipment and materials for the 2022 season. The 2022 season will be comprised of many single and multiday camps and events including the 2nd Annual STEM Expo in Fargo! Funds will also be used for the 2022 competition season for our Robotics teams.
St. Joseph’s School is looking to expand our communication both within our school community and with those of our local community. Our vision is to create a digital school sign just outside our building. It is here that we will post important information about upcoming events, invite the community to learn more about who we are and what we are up to, and create a welcoming space to share the good works happening within our school. Thank you for partnering with us to make this dream come true!
TNT Kid's Fitness provides a wrap-around support program to offer adaptive movement opportunities for students with special needs. We collaborate with 36 local area schools within a 60-mile radius of the Fargo-Moorhead area. More than 435 students received TNT's services with our unique movement-based programming in 2019-20. We are excited to get them all back for the 2021-22 school year after limited participation in the 2020-21 school year. TNT provides the least restrictive environment to foster each student's potential and build their skills. We implement our movement curriculum designed to fulfill the development gap for those challenged physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. In addition to the above focus areas and goals, this program has many residual impacts. TNT partners with area colleges (Concordia College, University of Jamestown, University of Mary, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, and Minnesota State University Moorhead) to enhance their student learning opportunity and apply their knowledge with hands-on experience. Your support allows us to continue to grow this program.
You can help provide students access to courses that apply toward certificate programs outside their home campus, at one of the other Tri-College partners (Concordia College, MSUM, NDSU, M State and NDSCS) at no additional charge to students and their families. The Fargo-Moorhead metro needs more skilled workers to fill the needs of our workforce, and workers need focused training that aligns with business needs. This will help build great careers and a stronger local economy. There are 76 certificate programs at the five Tri-College University (TCU) partner campuses. This program is believed to be a first of its kind in the nation. Funds will be used to set up the framework. Once the program is set up, no additional funds will be required for it in future years. The Tri-College partnership is 35,000 students strong, so this one-time request will open opportunities in perpetuity for thousands of students and help keep highly trained grads in the FM metro for great careers. To date, Tri-College programs have saved students and their families more than $275 million, and this program will expand on that spirit of collaboration and efficiently allow access via shared academic assets. Employee and workforce needs will benefit from access to the skills and expertise learned when certificates are earned and brought into the workforce.
WIN-Liberia was founded in 2017 by an African immigrant and is led by a diverse board of directors to build our community and improve lives. We help provide women and children; low-income families; vulnerable adults; and young people within our community at large with educational guidance, goal setting, e-learning skills and other opportunities that improve their livelihood while helping them to thrive by example. We are on a mission of helping people survive the dark to become the light. That is our entire purpose, to empower, to mentor and to give sustainable help to those who are most in need. Our programs at WIN-Liberia include: -Career mentoring programs for youth and teen moms in our community -After-school programs for children of single moms and low-income families -Humanity is Everywhere project to Liberia -Women and youth empowerment programs -Financial literacy program -Relief assistance program
Every child deserves to have access to high quality care that prepares them for kindergarten and beyond – regardless of their family's financial ability. This year, give the gift of childcare scholarships this holiday season and set children up for academic and developmental success! Ashlie had her hands full. Not only was she putting herself through full-time nursing school, but she was also single-parenting four children. Then COVID-19 hit our community, and she had to make the decision to quit school and stay home with her kids or finish her last semester and get on the path of financial security. Because of the Y's scholarship opportunities, Ashlie was able to finish the semester, while her youngest son, Riese (4), received care in a safe and nurturing environment. "The YMCA has provided my family not only amazing care, but also financial assistance," says Ashlie. "I am appreciative for all that the YMCA has provided for my family, in more ways than one." Will you join us in continuing to make the YMCA accessible to all through YMCA offerings, like childcare?
Beyond the Game is a youth development program in which at-risk, socio-economically disadvantaged, marginalized or unmotivated youth may participate in athletics, while engaging with positive adult and peer mentors. The goal is to have participants learn to build motivation, learn leadership skills and interact with integrity, both on the court and in their communities. Through mentorship and athletic coaching, youth can build a more positive outlook, and improve healthy physical and emotional regulation skills. Youth are then encouraged to find positive ways to interact with their communities.
With the help of charitable gifts to the Caring Catalog, funds raised for Act Up Theatre will support costs for musicians, vocal director, production manager, venue and other production expenses for Act Up's "Cabaret for a Cause." This annual event held in late December, highlights a nonprofit organization that serves those in need in our community. Our Act Up performers sing selections with a theme connected to that community organization. Past Cabaret for a Cause events have raised awareness for these local organizations:
• YWCA Car Seats for Kids – theme was songs about or written by women
• Kaleidoscope LGBTQ youth program – theme was songs about or written by LGBTQ artists
• American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – theme was songs of hope
• Lutheran Social Services New Americans refugee program – theme was songs about home
Act Up is the only musical theatre program in the area with a focus on creating productions and events that have a social justice/social health impact on our community. Bullying, discrimination, suicide, social isolation and addiction have been addressed in Act Up shows. Art can be a social vehicle that tells a story, shifts perceptions and positively influences society -- art can be a catalyst that impacts the world.
As one of the largest youth music ensemble nonprofits in the F-M area, the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies supports a wide array of students. Our students come from a multitude of socio-economic levels. We believe this opportunity of music should be available to as many students as possible. We offer scholarships to students with economic need, which provide for the cost of tuition. It is important to provide access to a high-level orchestral experience to as many students no matter their financial situations. Besides tuition scholarships, we also offer stipends towards the cost of private lessons. Students who participate in one-on-one private lessons, strengthen musical skills at a quicker pace and build a greater feeling of success. By building our scholarship and stipend fund, FMAYS will be able to support any student who strives to build their musical expertise.
The money raised from this year’s Caring Catalog will go toward the cost of our risers and seating in the Hjemkomst Center. Our 75th season is a blockbuster season, and you do not want to miss out. We are beyond excited to welcome you into our new space and to start representing the M in FMCT, as we have expanded to the Hjemkomst, and to Moorhead. There is so much to look forward to with a full season of productions and theatre education. We could not be doing this expansion without The City of Moorhead, the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, the FM Area Foundation and YOU. Because of you, we will be able to continue serving the FM area with theatre arts. A large expansion like this comes with large costs, so join us in saying, "Save me a seat!" and help invest in our new location and 220 seats. Please join us for our production of “Elf: The Musical,” happening December 2-4, 8-12, and 15-19. Thank you in advance for being a part of our community. We look forward to having you in our new space.
The Kids in the [Concert] Hall Fund is a new designated operating reserve of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra devoted to bringing the experience of live orchestral music to children and families throughout the region. This fund supports the following musical programs and services: • Concerts: Since ticket prices fall far short of covering the actual costs of any concert, underwriting support is needed to keep these beloved programs in our season. The Family Matinee is a concert for all ages performed at the Fargo Theatre, and each year 2,000 fourth grade students come to the concert hall to see a live orchestra perform at our Young People's Concerts. • Student Voucher Program: Because of our Student Voucher Program, middle school and high school music students are able to attend Masterworks concerts at no cost. Vouchers are distributed throughout Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead to students through their music and ensemble teachers, and to F-M Area Youth Symphonies members. • Artists in the Schools: Support from this fund also helps bring FMSO musicians and guest artists into area schools to perform for students, hold master classes, provide informal coaching and act as accomplished and inspiring mentors to young musicians.
The FMBallet offers opportunities to area dancers to perform alongside our company members. This program is fee free to all dancers involved. In order to keep this program fee free, we look to individual and business donations, as well as grant money. Oftentimes, fees can deter a dancer to perform. We want to give as many dancers as possible (youth and adults) the opportunity to dance and perform. We find it builds confidence, it creates future art supporters or performers, and dancing alongside our professional company members inspires them for the future. All over the country companies are charging $500+ to dancers to perform in their Nutcracker. This is something we feel strongly against. We do not want to pass a fee along to dancers. And productions, like The Classic Nutcracker do cost quite a bit of money to produce (from costumes, to set pieces, rehearsal, and theatre rental, as well as production staff). With funds received we can give a fee free performance opportunity to over 50 area dancers. We can't wait to bring the magic to the stage, as well as to the dancers performing in this production.
Gooseberry Park Players (GPP) is the area's only fee-free summer theatre program that also does not own a theatre "home." GPP has historically relied on other entities for tool use and technical needs for production design. Annual costs and rentals can be alleviated with ownership of those items, with a goal of $10,000. Tools and technical needs would make a lasting gift for GPP's theatre program where cast, crew and student interns are taught how to build sets and stage manage for every Gooseberry production.
Can you help doctors or nurses, or other essential workers who may be struggling with the stress, depression or anxiety caused by the pandemic? Can you help those who have had COVID-19 and are still experiencing symptoms six weeks or more past the infection? These folks are called survivors or long haulers. They are experiencing neurological as well as mental health issues, which can be problematic in their recovery. HeartSprings can help with the following symptoms: depression; anxiety; chronic pain; trauma from having the disease; fear; difficulty sleeping; stress; problems with memory; attention deficit issues. Thank you for having a big heart because when we all work together, we ALL win!
Thank you, Fargo-Moorhead, for your awesome support for our Kicks Band Jazz Festival 2021. We had a beautiful summer afternoon in Island Park with excellent jazz music. Most folks stayed all afternoon, picnicking with their families and listening to groups small and large. The park provided a beautiful, shaded environment for the enjoyment of a summer music festival. And the Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead is making it all happen again! Please consider donating to the Kicks Band to raise $10,000 for our Jazz Festival 2022. We'll have great jazz entertainment all afternoon, food vendors and a playground for the kids. Oh, and if it's raining, we'll do it all indoors. Donations of $100+ receive free tickets to our concerts.
The Learning Bank was formed by three school districts in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. The Learning Bank reaches every child in Grades 1-6 and is focused on delivering history, performing arts and humanities experiences to students in the metro area, thereby reducing duplication and cost. All students, regardless of his/her economic situation, ability or social background, will experience the cultural, historical and performing arts at no cost. One focus of Learning Bank is Steve Stark, Mr. History, whose unique illustrated history presentations bring history and art to entertaining life. Steve, in historical costume, tells true historical stories while drawing on 20 to 30 feet of giant rolls of paper with charcoal. He presents the history of Fargo Moorhead, the Red River, North Dakota agriculture, Lincoln's legacy to North Dakota and more incredible stories of famous Dakotans from Carl Ben Eielson, pioneer pilot and hero, to Lewis & Clark in North Dakota. He brings history to light in one of his giant drawings. Since 1985, Steve has also performed across the country as Theodore Roosevelt. All dollars raised in the Caring Catalog will help bring Mr. History to our area students!
Resonate was founded by a local student musician (Joanna Lin) for student musicians, with the goal of inspiring creative artists in underrepresented rural areas. This is done through Inspire Performances, where a high-quality chamber ensemble from the FM area travels to a rural school in North Dakota or Minnesota, perform and then discuss how they interpret the music. Resonate, as a musical advocacy organization, is primarily focused on rural outreach. The unique Inspire Performances bridge the gap between urban and rural performance resources. Each Inspire Performance serves to give rural students a deeper understanding into how professionals think and approach music, in turn making it more likely for those students to lift up the students around them and gain the knowledge to add joy and creativity to their town's culture. Resonate will use the raised funds to recruit musicians, promote travel to rural schools and advocate its message. Overall, the funds will help Resonate be better equipped to stride forward in its mission and facilitate its activities.
You can help bring together the clients of Hope, Inc. and the artists of Theatre B to develop an adaptive theatre program. In 2017, David Wintersteen, a founding member of Theatre B, was awed and inspired by "Spirits of Another Sort" A Midsummer Night's Dream, produced by The Apothetae, a New York theatre company. Integrating actors with disabilities and non-disabled actors, The Apothetae has developed a platform for a long-needed, larger conversation about disability in the cultural sector. The experience transformed the way David imagined producing theatre with differently-abled performers, and he wondered whether a similar program could be successful in Fargo Moorhead. When Hope, Inc. contacted him in search of someone to direct a play, he jumped at the chance to collaborate on a theatre production. Hope, Inc. reduces social isolation and creates opportunities to participate in a range of athletic and recreational activities for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Theatre B ignites civic conversations to foster empathy and create community. Together, the two organizations are harnessing the collaborative and transformative power of the artistic process to change perceptions and forge new connections.
This is Genji. Genji came to 4 Luv of Dog Rescue in March of 2021 with several cancerous masses, severe dental disease, underweight, and mostly hairless, as seen in the left photos. The picture on the right is how healthy he was five months later on his adoption day. His recovery is miraculous, don't you think? His veterinary bill was upwards of $3,000 to get him healthy, $50 of his veterinary care was making sure he was on a monthly heartworm prevention regimen until he was adopted. Each dog we take in gets heartworm prevention medication, which costs the rescue about $10 per month per dog. Heartworm is a serious and potentially deadly disease that is easily preventable with a monthly medication. In any given month, we can have up to sixty dogs in foster care with us, costing the rescue $600 a month to prevent this disease. Thank you for donating. Genji appreciates it - as do all the other dogs waiting for their forever homes!
Through a targeted education program, Cass Clay Community Land Trust homeowners will learn how to become responsible homeowners, generate wealth and become connected to the community. With your support, we will be able to provide education courses, such as simple interior and exterior maintenance, creating a household budget, planning for the future, understanding insurance, community events, how to maintain a healthy home, etc. In addition, we will be able to provide consistent communication and proactively respond to challenges our homeowners are facing. Cass Clay Community Land Trust is focused on providing affordable owner-occupier homes. We measure success through the number of households that demonstrate their commitment to homeownership and are able to transition into conventional homeownership.
The Hunter Times, a print shop from Hunter, North Dakota, is a popular exhibit in Bonanzaville's Pioneer Village. This 1930's era building was the home of the Hunter Times newspaper. The first paper printed in Hunter, The Eye, ran during the 1890's. The Hunter Herald was then printed until the original building burned down in the late 1920's. The Hunter Times was the first paper to be run out of this building. The Hunter Times still lives on at Bonanzaville. The machinery is all in working order and several dedicated volunteers maintain the printers and give demonstrations during special events. Local publishing classes come out to try their hand on old-fashioned equipment. NDSU's annual chapbook's cover is printed here each fall. The machines include a strip casting machine, hand-operated presses, flatbed press and Linotype machine. Due to the weight of the old equipment, the foundation on the Hunter Times is in need of major repairs. We need your help! Make your mark on history and help keep the Hunter Times alive here at Bonanzaville.
The word CHIRA means a candle, and its philosophy is a candle giving light to the community or lightening the community. Through Chira Global Development Organization, we help and support the Middle Eastern community in Fargo-Moorhead. These families have various concerns and issues in their daily life that prevent them from being more stable and satisfied in this area. Some of these concerns and issues are related to finding job opportunities, representation in government agencies, building businesses, language barriers, social issues, health concerns and lack of education, and many other big and small issues and concerns. We believe the social part and other life burdens are causing and elevating the suffering and hopelessness in our community. We believe an office will help CHIRA better serve the Middle Eastern community and help us closely see our people and listen to their concerns and issues. We will spend most of our time at the office to maximize our support and help support these families. We can overcome the social barriers and the psychological concerns of some of our people by supporting CHIRA to be a more stable organization in the community.
Just as Moorhead's Miracle Field has opened baseball to athletes with mobility challenges, City of Moorhead is working to build an inclusive playground where people of all abilities can play together. Recreation space with covered play decks, swings and sensory play equipment with ramps and wheelchair access will make this possible. The inclusive playground will be located at Southside Regional Park, next to the Miracle Field. It will be a destination amenity for families from the entire region.
Poverty shows a lack of access to necessities like food, shelter, healthcare or education. It is also the lack of financial security due to unemployment and underemployment, which causes the loss of income. Many low-income Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) families are left without sufficient incomes to meet living expenses. This leads to increased credit debt from borrowing money to support one's needs, no emergency savings, malnutrition and homelessness. Financial literacy can impact poverty by affecting the individual's ability to manage financial resources, and saving and investing to improve their economic, social and education well-being for long-term sustainability. Job and income losses are widespread and prevalent among low-income BIPOC communities in Cass-Clay counties. Your donation of $5,000 will help Cultural Diversity Resources assist BIPOC communities with employment and financial literacy classes. It will provide job readiness in resume creation, job searches and applications, job interview practice and job placements. Financial literacy education will provide one-on-one education on budgeting, tracking income and expenses, credit control, saving and investing. Employment resulting in financial security and financial literacy resulting in knowledge and better control of personal finance basics, will help lift individuals and families from poverty.
The F5 Project cuts the red tape + eliminates barriers to much needed services, such as food, housing, employment, and recovery services. We are hands and feet on the street offering housing, resources and a customized support plan for those who need us.
We are asking for financial support to build a Memorial Chapel and gathering space at the Fargo National Cemetery. The National Cemetery Administration, which runs the VA National Cemeteries will not provide any buildings until the cemetery reaches 100 acres. The current size of the Fargo National Cemetery is five acres. Our goal is for the Fargo Memorial Honor Guard (FMHG) to purchase five acres of land east of the National Cemetery and adjacent to it. This would allow for a building and ample parking for families. The facility would provide a chapel, gathering space, office, restrooms, kitchen and a breakroom/locker room for FMHG to prepare for the burials and store their equipment. Families are driving hours to attend the burial of their loved one and are given 20 minutes for the military honors to be presented before the next burial. There isn't a place for the families to gather before or after the internment. If there is inclement weather, there is no shelter for the families or the FMHG to conduct the military ceremonies for the departed veteran. Your donation can help change that!
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sailing of the Hjemkomst Viking ship replica from Duluth, MN, to Bergen, Norway, HCSCC is refurbishing all the ship gallery exhibits including the story of the construction and voyage AND the introduction to the Hopperstad Stave Church. July 23, 2022, will be the public celebration with a crew reunion and acknowledgement of all donors to this unique campaign. We plan to have this new exhibit up for at least a decade to educate and entertain 32,000 museum visitors a year.
Foster families help our shelter save countless lives each year. From pregnant and nursing cats and dogs, to orphaned kittens and puppies, to sick or injured animals, to fearful cats or shutdown dogs that need a break from the shelter, our network of over 200 foster families offers loving homes where animals can grow up, recover or simply relax while they await their forever homes. However, having over half of our animals in foster homes at any given time does mean that supplies sometimes run low or we simply run out. And, in the summer of 2021, over 76% of our animals were in foster care! As you can imagine, that required the purchase of even more supplies than usual, such as dog crates, cat trees, cat scratchers, playpens for orphaned kittens and enrichment toys. We also seem to run short of various necessities during the busy summers, such as dry kitten food, milk replacer and canned puppy or kitten food. With more foster supplies, we can rescue and rehome even more pets this year. Every $25 donation provides over two months of dog food for a dog like Chiko (pictured).
Hope Blooms' mission exemplifies belonging and inclusion and recognizes a person's fundamental value as a human being through small acts of kindness. Our volunteers have spent almost 5,000 hours creating and delivering more than 30,000 repurposed bouquets to community members in need. Our goal is to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people to let them know they are not alone, and they are an essential part of our community. We know we've accomplished this by the countless cards, smiles and stories we've heard about through our bouquet deliveries. Hope Blooms delivers more than 8,000 bouquets annually. Our mission of inspiring hope, happiness and emotional healing is achieved largely through volunteers and repurposed flowers, keeping expenses as low as possible. Each bouquet costs an average of $6 and includes the cost of jars, twine, fuel to pick up flower donations and make deliveries to recipients, cost of printing special tags that are tied to each jar and other tools and supplies. Our ongoing need for shop materials like garbage bags, cleaning supplies, dishwasher soap, to name a few items, are what keeps our mission blooming. You can help us keep our shop fully stocked with supplies, so we can continue to help spread joy to some of the most in-need people in the community.
HAVN will be a new healing space within the FM community serving as a place to offer hope, healing and support to parents enduring the tremendous loss of a child. Hopeful Heart Project has always made this their mission, but this new space will make these services tangible and available on a much more personal level. Within an inspiring and healing environment, parents will be able to connect with other parents, their child(ren) and themselves. This space will offer a private yoga studio, other healing practitioners, a resource library, gathering space and a home base for the network of families this mission has connected. Taking those first steps back out into the community after loss can be impossibly overwhelming. We are giving them a safe first step. A place where they can share, grieve, laugh and heal. To make this space possible, we need to fill it with things necessary to fulfill this mission. Yoga mats, blocks, and blankets will be needed. Comfortable and welcoming furniture for gatherings, and even basics like coffee and tea. Shelving for a resource library is needed and a long wish list of resource books and journals to fill it. With your help, HAVN will become a safe home away from home for parents enduring loss, grieving loss, expecting after loss or parenting after loss. We are so grateful for this community of support.
You can be part of offering hope to broken and hurting people. Consider partnering with Jail Chaplains in making Life Recovery Bibles available for inmates in the Cass County Jail. "When I was in jail, I was in a really bad spot. I went to a group and the Jail Chaplains offered me a Life Recovery Bible. If I had not started reading that Bible, I probably wouldn't be where I am at today," said Shawn. "I am four years clean. My family has been restored and my wife and I bought Babb's Coffee." Jail Chaplains provides Life Recovery Bibles for 500-600 inmates each year. COVID led to programs being suspended, so Jail Chaplains pivoted to offering Bible study sheets. Many of the inmates are spending time daily studying God's guidebook for life. Pete uses the study sheets regularly and shares, "I'm looking at 15-20 years because I did not set boundaries. I was filled with anger, unforgiveness, regret and thinking, 'Why me?' Reading the Bible shows me another way, teaches me patience and how to cope day to day." Your gift today will give more men and women the opportunity to find freedom through Christ.
New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment provides a host of programs and services focused on the unique needs of refugee and immigrant women and their children. We begin by assessing basic needs, such as food and shelter, and proceed to safety, belonging, self-esteem and finally, self-actualization. Your support will enable coordination of volunteers and staff, transportation, home visits, social activities and job readiness with support for obtaining appropriate childcare. Our education services will focus on English proficiency, math skills, financial literacy, obtaining a driver's license and citizenship. Classes will be conducted on entrepreneurship and seeking education; from GED to PHD.
The Outdoor Adventure Foundation is raising money to make outdoor dreams come true for people under the age of 25 who have life-threatening illnesses. You can help youth like Logan Falk, 14, have hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures. Falk was diagnosed with lymphatic t-cell leukemia in 2017. On Dec. 31, 2020, Falk had a successful hunt through the Outdoor Adventure Foundation. He got his first buck, a once in a lifetime buck. The hunt was more than just the harvested buck. It was a moment to appreciate the outdoors and provide Falk with a joyful experience. His last chemo treatment was in May. Falk said he foresees more hunting in his future. The Outdoor Adventure Foundation has provided hunting, fishing and other outdoor adventures to more than 4,000 recipients. Adventures include big game hunts for deer, elk, moose, bear and fowl hunts for duck, goose, pheasant and quail. Fishing trips are both fresh and saltwater species like bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie, salmon, halibut and trout. Your donation through the Caring Catalog will provide more memorable outdoor experiences for children and young adults with life-threatening illnesses.
River Keepers, with a mission to advocate for safe and sustainable use of the Red River, would like to get more youth groups out onto the Red River paddling in canoes and kayaks. This could be high school gym classes, scouting groups, summer park youth camps, etc. Each excursion would begin with the basics of canoeing, kayaking and safety. Along the way, a group leader would interpret some of the mysteries of the Red River including water quality, animals and habitats, how rivers move and more. The youth could participate in a scavenger hunt using their senses (except for taste!) to explore the river in their own backyard or in a pre/post hands–on educational activity with a focus of their choice. Many people in our community do not realize how beautiful the Red River is within our downtowns. These excursions would give youth an opportunity to LEARN about the Red River, safely ENJOY the Red River and then hopefully SUSTAIN the Red River in the future. Limitations to doing this in the past has been the cost of vessel rental and bus transportation. Your donation can help youth experience the Red River.
The Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival is excited to provide junior or senior high school LGBTQ+ youth aspiring to become filmmakers the opportunity to explore the world of cinema. The LGBTQ+ Student Filmmakers Workshop is designed to inspire the next generation of Queer filmmakers. In a safe and empowering environment, students will have the opportunity to lift their creative voices by creating a narrative, documentary, experimental or animated short under the mentorship and guidance of an established LGBTQ+ Filmmaker. Students will learn about the history and importance of Queer cinema and get hands-on training of the entire production cycle: Pre-production, where ideas are born and put onto paper; Production, where the lights go up and the cameras roll; Post-Production, where the magic happens and everything comes together into one solid film; Distribution, where the film is released into the world. Once equipped with theory, students will have the opportunity to create their own short film. All equipment needed will be provided, including lights, cameras, drones and post-production facilities. Students will also receive a small financial stipend to help craft their film. The program is completely free for those students who participate.
Tu'deako works with New Americans to help them acclimate to their new communities while emphasizing the importance of keeping their own culture. Tu'deako offers after-school tutoring and programming for children, computer classes for children and adults, and a food pantry for all those who are in need. The group provides nutrition, education, food safety education and shopping guidance. School aged children learn the importance of keeping their culture and learn how to function in the American school system. The Tu'deako group seeks to serve all New Americans living in the Fargo area regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, faith or culture. This project will help New American children see themselves as confident, successful and contributing students and members of our community. This is an opportunity for different ethnic New American groups to join hands together in traveling a pathway to prosperity and say goodbye to racial discrimination and economic disparities.
Staggering numbers of World War II veterans survived unimaginable experiences. Despite conditioning that teaches men in combat to kill and maim, the human heart endures and compassion surfaces in the midst of war. These acts are riveting testimonies as to how the human spirit bonds men. Our team, led by Stephanie Manesis of Fargo, is producing a 26-minute documentary of unexpected acts of compassion among comrades and between enemies in WWII. We have nonprofit status with our sponsor, the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. They manage and oversee all tax-deductible donations for this film, but they do not finance us. We have a written script for the documentary, which highlights two stories of compassion among comrades and two stories of compassion between enemies. We are now planning to hire Absolute Studios for video editing. The cost of this project is $8,200. Your donation will help preserve untold WWII stories.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) North Dakota chapter delivers vital prevention education trainings on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. As a volunteer-led organization, our volunteers are leaders in partnering with AFSP to save lives and reach as many people and communities as we can.
The AFSP North Dakota Chapter is hosting multiple prevention education facilitator program trainings to volunteers to help educate as many community members as possible about the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. This would include supporting more than 30 FM volunteer's training costs that would certify them in multiple mental health education courses. Through the trainings, the volunteers will receive the information necessary to facilitate AFSP's programs, which includes: Talk Saves Lives; It's Real: Teens and Mental Health; It's Real: College Students and Mental Health; and our new program, Introduction to Supporting Those at Risk.
The training of 30 volunteers costs $333 per person. Support for training volunteers in North Dakota is important because the more trainers certified to facilitate programs means more community members having the skills to host trainings with strong conversations that save lives.
Last year, at the start of the pandemic, we started a Food Shelf distribution area and ended the year giving out over 250,000 lbs. of food to 3,713 families or 8,820 individuals with the use of 4,619 volunteer hours. We opened a separate Food Shelf area separate from the Mental Health area as many of our members at A Place For Hope do not want their identities known. Our landlord gave us a 2,400 square foot space down the hall from our Mental Health facility. We had to grind the floor, scrub the walls and give the floors a few coats of sealer, as the space was previously a car repair garage. We had to put in heating and air conditioning, do electrical wiring and install storage shelving and shelves to display the food items, as well as move our 15 freezers and refrigerators into the new space.
A Place For Hope is still in need of a Marc Refrigeration Display Case ($10,465.37 + some electrical) to keep and display all of the fresh produce and dairy products from the Great Plains Food Bank, several stainless steel tables (about 6 tables at $365 per table), a floor scale ($785) and Repackaging Food Sealer ($1,699).
Your generous donation will help Apple Tree expand dental care in Clay and Cass counties, promoting access to safer and lower cost care for children and families with complex behavioral, medical and dental needs.
With your help, a child will be able to get an x-ray to identify the cause of their tooth pain ($25), an elderly grandmother will get a much-needed exam in her nursing home ($50), a patient with special needs will get a safe cleaning ($100), or a veteran without insurance will get a filling for their tooth decay ($200).
Our Hawley Center for Dental Health is one of the few clinics in the region that accepts patients on Medical Assistance. We provide comprehensive dental services to all underserved people regardless of age, race, ethnicity or ability. We treat vulnerable populations in our clinic and on-site in community partner settings, including low-income, underinsured and uninsured patients; MN Health Care Program recipients; low-income children and adults; people with disabilities; elders in nursing facilities; seniors in assisted living settings; mental health patients; veterans; minorities; and new immigrants.
By expanding dental care in these counties, you will help care for patients who don't have access to regular dental visits.
The Barnesville Area HELPERS has a primary purpose of helping older people live safely and securely at home, while enhancing their quality of life within the community. This past year, many older adults in our community have been more isolated. We recognize many older adults in our community have a fear of using technology. Barnesville HELPERS has purchased computers and tablets for older adults to use but noticed a reluctance to embrace this technology.
For this project, we would like to provide a volunteer stipend for one or two individuals to be available twice a week for two hours per session to teach computer classes and work one-on-one with interested seniors. We would like to offer these classes free of charge. Classes would include: Navigating the Internet, Zoom, Basic Email, Facebook and Social Media. The first session will cover the basics of using technology, such as laptops, tablets and smart phones. Funds raised will be used for a stipend for instructors, internet and facility charge for the senior center.
We equip our employees to best serve those who call Bethany Retirement Living "home." Nearly two-thirds of our roughly 800 employees, especially those charged with providing direct care to our patients and residents, are CPR-certified. We conduct regularly scheduled classes on-site at Bethany to train, refresh and certify employees in this life-saving procedure. We also offer the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course to students from the larger community. Our current mannequins get a lot of use and need to be transported between our campuses for classes. With funds raised through the Caring Catalog, we hope to purchase a set for each campus.
In June of 2022, the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation will host a well-deserved, life changing fishing retreat to Lake of the Woods for Vietnam veterans. Lodging will be in two very spacious beautiful villas at Sportsman's lodge. They will be able to have two and half days of guided fishing, shoreline lunch and most importantly, camaraderie and healing for these amazing veterans. We hope to host 10 to 13 veterans. All expenses, lodging, launch rental, guide fees and meals would be at no cost to the veteran.
For many older adults, a ride to their medical appointment is a vital element in their ability to remain in the rural Cass County homes and communities they love. Community of Care facilitates volunteer transportation to bring older adults to their appointments. All donations will support the Volunteer Program to ensure older adults in rural Cass County can attend their medical appointments.
Teens in our community have faced higher amounts of uncertainty and adversity due to challenges around the pandemic. Teachers are seeing increased stress, anxiety and depression in our youth. Regular physical activity can have a positive impact on mental wellness by boosting overall mood, providing stress relief/management, improving sleep and a variety of other benefits. The Teen Life Strides program partners with the West Fargo School District to improve the mental wellness of students through exercise. The program would provide hands on physical activity and exercise programming with our certified trainers along with access to wellness services for their whole family. The goal is to help the student and their family begin and maintain a sustainable long-term exercise regimen to not only improve mental health but overall wellness. Funds raised will allow Family Wellness to partner with the social workers and counselors in the middle schools of the West Fargo School District. These school officials will identify students in need and will refer them to the Teen Life Strides program. Your donation of $15 will help one more student and their family access this critical program so they can learn to create a long-term healthy lifestyle.
Hospice of the Red River Valley has been serving patients and families since 1981. It is our mission to give patients the opportunity to spend the remainder of their time on earth comfortably in their home, whether "home" is in a private house, medical facility or a shelter. Our blend of professionals focus on all aspects of our patient's needs, including medical, emotional and spiritual care. Patients and families rely on our care and support during a tender and difficult time in their lives, truly making the work we do sacred. Depending on each individual's needs and comfort level, our grief specialists offer a variety of support services to navigate his or her grief journey. Our grief support services are open to all community members free of charge regardless of having a loved one cared for by Hospice of the Red River Valley. The grief support services we offer are 100% supported through charitable giving through individual donors and community grants. The funds raised through the Caring Catalog, will allow us to purchase bereavement resources for children. This includes, but is not limited to, books, weighted blankets, journals, memory books for scrapbooking, and supplies for memory bears.
"I wasn't sure I remembered how to laugh until I came to Memory Café today! Thank you, Memory Café, for being so friendly, warm and welcoming to me," said a new attendee. Memory Café offers people experiencing mild to moderate memory loss, and their care partners, a place to come together to learn, laugh, socialize, make friends, serve others, engage in the community and enjoy themselves. We smile and laugh a lot at Memory Café! For that reason, we are eager to ask for your support in furnishing our new "Linger & Laugh Center." Memory Café's "Linger & Laugh Center" will be an integral and unique part of our community, providing an intentional and permanent space for individuals in need of recognition, connection and meaningful purpose. It will provide a welcoming space for those living with memory loss and their loved ones to gather between our regularly scheduled weekly meetings. It will be staffed by individuals trained to engage with those experiencing memory loss and is specifically designed with this population in mind. We would appreciate your support to stock our library with dementia-related resources; expand our music room; provide coffee and refreshments; develop space for playing games, doing puzzles, and creating art; furnish a large gathering room for socialization and presentations; and set up office space for volunteers and future staff members.
When a child is sick, nothing is more important than being together and near needed medical care. RMHC helps families focus on what matters most by limiting additional stress and financial burden that comes from having a place to stay while their child is in the hospital. At RMHC of the Red River Valley, we work to limit stress around accommodations for families with a child in the hospital. We provide housing and amenities for families through our two main programs – the Ronald McDonald House provides hotel-like rooms for families to utilize during their child's stay and the Ronald McDonald Family Room, which is a respite space within the Essentia Health NICU to support families while they are bedside with their premature child. By supporting RMHC through the Caring Catalog, you will be ensuring families can stay together and access critical medical care for their child.
Research shows Native Americans in the U.S. experience high rates of substance use disorders compared with the general population. But only 1 in 8 Native Americans receive the treatment services they need. Additionally, many treatment programs don't include culturally relevant treatment practices and activities. Studies have shown cultural identity and spirituality are vital issues for Native Americans seeking substance abuse help, and they experience better outcomes when these are incorporated into treatment programs. Your donation will go towards providing culturally sensitive treatment practices and activities for our Native American patients with a goal of increased successful completion rates for this population. The recovery journey of someone with the disease of addiction brings about self-discovery, empowerment and personal transformation. Through culturally relevant activities, they can reconnect with their cultural identity and gain new self-confidence and self-awareness. This leads to a multiplier effect, as the impact of this is felt throughout their family units and tribal communities. They can live fulfilling lives while providing stability in their own family units and leading by example in their tribal communities.
Help Soul Solutions Recovery Center bring a Hope and Coffee Recovery Café to our community. Hope and Coffee will be a physical symbol of hope; a place that strives to reduce the stigma of addiction and promote and celebrate recovery. Your donation will help us create a warm, welcoming and supportive space where you can grab a cup of coffee; discover the recovery bookstore with gift ideas, wearables and other recovery items; or watch the game on Sunday in an alcohol/substance-free environment. Each day our community hears stories of addiction, suffering and loss as a result of substance use and abuse. Hope and Coffee will be a place where recovery is alive, visible and supported. Addiction is a disease of isolation and the antidote is connection. Hope and Coffee is an environment that offers a place for our community to gather and connect. All money raised will be used to support our mission of supporting and normalizing recovery in our community.
Valley Senior Services provides services to area seniors. These services help individuals ages 60 years and older maintain their independence as late in life as possible. One of our annual drives is the Secret Santa for Seniors program. This program is designed to ensure area seniors have something to celebrate this holiday season. Each year, Valley Senior Services sees seniors who are isolated during the holidays or are unable to travel and see family due to their health. Seniors selected for this program complete a gift wish list for the holidays. Valley Senior Services works with community members, donors and individuals to purchase gifts and needed supplies to ensure all seniors are able to have a happy holiday season. In 2020, 210 gifts were given to seniors and $1,500 was donated in gift cards to local grocery stores, Metro Senior ride tickets and more. The impact this program has on our seniors is invaluable. It not only makes sure they have a gift during the holiday season, but also shows them they are not alone.