The Caring Catalog is an online, crowdfunding campaign where your can 'shop' the catalog and support local nonprofit organizations and initiatives in your community. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of your gift supports the nonprofits--we take care of any credit card fees.


How to Donate: Click on the donate button below to support FM Area nonprofits in one, easy transaction.

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Caring Catalog Requests: Each organization has requested your donations for a special project or organizational need. Once they meet their goal, their request will show "Fully Funded." However, they would still love your continued support via their website provided in their entry.

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Giving Incentives:
  • Funday Mondays: For each donation that an organization receives on a Monday, they'll be entered into a drawing to receive $1,000 boost towards their fundraising goal.
  • #GivingTuesday: When you give on #GivingTuesday (Tuesday, December 3) we will have a variety of different giving incentives! Be sure to watch our social media to learn more!

Give from your FMAF Fund: Do you have a Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation? You can support the Caring Catalog easily, directly from your account online. Just log in here, click 'Grant Catalog', and enter the donation amount for the nonprofits you want to support. It's fast, easy and fun! Learn more about donor advised funds.

Customer Service Support: If you have any questions or need assistance during your giving experience, please call 701.234.0756 or email Lexi Oestreich, and we will be happy to assist you!

Grant Requests

Basic Human Needs

Access of the RRV., Inc.
Community Space for Education and Technology for Disabled Clients
Access of the Red River Valley built a home in 2007 that includes the Michael Czichotzki Learning Center (MCLC) to offer innovative and caring programs for individuals with a variety of disabilities. The MCLC is a great place in the community for our clients, their families, and our staff. We feel it is important to have activities at the MCLC, so our clients look forward to coming to the center, not just to be entertained, but to interact with people with many of the same abilities they have. They develop friendships where they don't feel different from other people. For the MCLC to continue to be successful, there needs to be a reason for people to go there, a reason for people to want to stay once they've arrived, and it needs to be safe, welcoming and accessible to everyone. Just as important in developing a community where our clients can get together, is ensuring everyone who uses the center feels safe and comfortable. The MCLC is staffed by Access employees and their job is to make sure clients are using the internet safely, to help with homework and other projects. Movie nights are held frequently, game nights, Wii tournaments are just some of the events we host at the MCLC. We also host birthday parties for clients and their families, graduations and community education events. Technology is one area that brings our clients together. Many of our clients can't afford their own gaming stations or computers. The equipment we have at the MCLC is from 2007 and is in dire need of replacement. A donation to Access would be used to replace our 32-inch television with a much larger screen for movie nights, upgrade our computer systems, add additional gaming stations, and purchase other educational items. We know all our clients would be grateful for any donation you may give that would continue to improve their community space.
Requested
3,000.00
Funded
75.00
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American Red Cross - Dakotas Region
Home Fire Campaign: Preparedness and Relief Efforts
American Red Cross disaster teams respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether it is a fire, flood, tornado, or other life-changing event, help is provided in the form of food, clothing, safe lodging, and short-term financial assistance. In times of suffering, a Red Cross staff member or volunteer is there to offer comfort and immediate help. Last year alone, we responded to 406 disasters in the Dakotas Region and assisted 2,157 individuals affected by these disasters. Overall, more than 85% of the disasters we respond to locally within the Dakotas Region consist of home fires. The American Red Cross also helps communities be prepared by recruiting and training teams of volunteers to canvass communities, providing lifesaving fire prevention and preparedness information and tools. Volunteers, staff and our community partners work with local fire departments to go door-to-door installing and testing smoke alarms, completing home safety checklists and helping families develop escape plans. Behind every home fire-above and beyond the statistics-there are lives that are altered forever. Home fires are devastating events for those who lose their homes, possessions, sense of security, or loved ones. There is more work, both in preparedness and relief efforts, to be done. Would you consider joining with us to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies? You can help turn stories of loss into stories of resiliency and hope by making a gift in support of our Home Fire Campaign preparedness and relief efforts. Your gift can help provide: •Blankets for five people ($25) •Red Cross Clean up kits for 5 families ($100) •One day of food and shelter for a family of four ($200) •Cost of meal, shelter and travel for two Red Cross Disaster Relief workers for one day ($300) •Twenty-six smoke alarms for installation in local homes ($400) •Financial assistance for a family impacted by a home fire ($600)
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
25.00
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A Place for Hope
Fitness for Mental Health and a Healthy Life
A Place For Hope helps individuals living with mental illness build social relationships, engage in peer mentoring, and improve overall health through recreation, nutrition, and physical activity. One in five adults ages 18 and older in the United States have experienced a behavioral health problem. Persons diagnosed with serious mental illness and served by the public mental health system die, on average, decades earlier than the general population, with cardiovascular disease being the prime culprit. Individuals with severe mental illnesses experience diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity at approximately one and a half to two times the rate of the general population. Depression has been shown to increase the risk of stroke in women. Individuals with severe mental illness are significantly more likely to die from coronary heart disease and stroke than those without mental illnesses. Due to those comorbidities, A Place For Hope strives to provide opportunities to our members that can improve overall health. We plan to provide: 10 YMCA passes for members to use, Scheels gift cards to those who complete a two-month fitness challenge, pedometers, water bottles, and a copy of "Creating a Better Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness."
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
700.00
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Beyond Shelter, Inc.
Making a House a Home
Making a house a home goes beyond having a roof over your head. At Beyond Shelter, Inc., we frequently provide affordable rental housing to households living in deep poverty. Some are coming directly out of homelessness. Some are coming from unsafe housing situations. Many come to us with only a backpack or bag containing all their worldly possessions. We work to provide a safe and affordable place to live but making a home can be a struggle for many of these extremely low-income households. They lack basic household and personal care items to allow them to settle in and feel at home. Our team goes beyond shelter to help these tenants with a fresh start. We collaborate with the Great Plains Food Bank for weekly delivery of grocery items. We also have thrift store partners who help with many of the needs, but there are still items that are difficult to find and need to be purchased. In this Caring Catalog drive, we are seeking donations to help provide basics like sheets, pillows, towels, pots and pans, kitchen storage, cleaning supplies, hairbrushes, shaving supplies and other personal care items. $10 will buy bathroom basics for one household $25 will buy a set of towels or a set of sheets $50 will buy kitchen basics for one household $100 will buy a kitchen table and chairs $200 will buy a mattress for someone sleeping on the floor
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
3,550.00
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Birthright of Fargo-Moorhead
Every Child Needs Warm Winter Clothes
We at Birthright are dedicated to serving the needs of children during the first 1,000 days of their lives—a time period which is essential for a healthy beginning of life. We also serve the families and help affirm their goals to be loving, caring, and competent moms (and dads and grandparents). For over 40 years, we have encouraged and uplifted women who are troubled with an unplanned pregnancy. When we began, we often met young women seeking pregnancy tests. Today, the majority of our clients are over age 30 and often already have children. Pregnancy, even under the best circumstances, is challenging, but for our clients, their greatest barrier is poverty. With the generosity of many, we are blessed to help supply diapers, formula, clothing, and even books. We receive donations of gently worn clothing and frugally purchase needed clothing. Winter jackets, mittens, scarves, hats and snow pants, in the appropriate size and condition, aren't always available at the time most needed. Your gift to Birthright will help ensure that every child who comes to us will feel the warmth of our caring community each time they put on the warm winter clothes that fit.
Requested
2,000.00
Funded
1,100.00
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CCRI - Creative Care for Reaching Independence
Technology is the Key to Opening Doors for Mitchell
For years, people with disabilities have had to rely on someone else doing things for them. And while we've come to a point today where wonderful caregivers provide personalized services with great respect, the people they serve are still reliant upon them for even the most basic activities. But now, with the aid of technology, smart home devices can offer people with disabilities new opportunities for independence. For people with a physical disability, the simple act of opening a door, turning on a light or adjusting the temperature in their home can be difficult or impossible. Mitchell landed at CCRI after an accident left him with a spinal cord injury. In Mitchell's words, "I went from being dependable for others to being dependent on them, I struggled. It's a challenging experience to need to be bathed, clothed and fed. Vulnerability can be a tricky thing." Mitchell would like to be able to open the doors in his house independently. The ability to go to and from a room without having to ask his caregiver for assistance can be provided by smart technology. The cost of independence is just $5,000.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
710.00
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Churches United for the Homeless
Changing the Path Out of Poverty for Kids and Families
The longer a child stays in shelter, the more likely that child will return to shelter as an adult. With your help, shelter will not become 'normal.' Our goal is to have the kids do activities other kids get to do as much as possible. Churches United is the first bus stop on the route, as well as the last stop of the day, so other kids riding the bus are not aware of who is living at the shelter. We plan activities for the kids each evening so they can have experiences like kids who have homes. On weekends, we try to plan movies with popcorn once a month. Once, when we had a donor give us funds, we got to take the kids to a movie theater. Most had never been to a movie theater before. We also work hard to make sure our staff have the resources needed to help kids deal with situations, such as childhood trauma. Now, with Bright Sky Apartments, we can work long term with many families and really make lasting changes. Many adults have not learned basic skills, such as how to cook, make a bed, or clean floors. When we work with families in housing, we can help two, sometimes three generations at a time to end the cycle of poverty. We use art supplies, books, games, and donated party supplies for activities with kids. In the summer, we transport kids to the YMCA for kids' camps. Your gift will change the path for kids and their families.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
Fully
Funded!
Community of Care
Volunteer Transportation Program
Do you know an older adult who is no longer driving? Can you imagine living in rural Cass County and trying to figure out how to get a ride to see your doctor? Community of Care works every day to help older adults remain in their rural Cass County home and the community they love. For many of our clients, without a ride from Community of Care volunteers, they would likely not receive the medical care they require or may have to move from their rural home. YOUR gift will help facilitate volunteer transportation so older adults receive a safe and reliable ride to their medical appointment. Your $45 gift will facilitate a ride for a senior and provide a gas card to the volunteer to help defray their costs providing a ride. Your gift will help an older adult continue to say, "There's no place like HOME in rural Cass County."
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
220.00
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Down Home
Christmas Tree Package
Give the gift of Christmas for families transitioning out of homelessness this year! Families served by Down Home will receive a Christmas Tree Package, which includes a tree, lights, tree skirt, tree topper, extension cord, ornaments and a container for the storage. Christmas Tree Packages will be given to families at Down Home's annual Christmas party. The party gives clients the chance to get into the Christmas spirit by making connections with Down Home volunteers, sponsors and other clients. Create joy this holiday season by helping families, served by Down Home, connect and gather under the lighted Christmas tree to make warm memories in the comfort of their stable new home. Many of the families Down Home has served have never had a Christmas tree. Imagine the faces of their children decorating and enjoying a Christmas tree this year! Founded in November 2017, Down Home's mission is to completely furnish and decorate homes for families transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. Down Home turns an empty space into a home to embrace, feel secure, and empower families to succeed and ultimately break the cycle of homelessness. To date, Down Home has served 45 families impacting 140 lives in our community! Every $250 raised will provide a Christmas Tree Package for a family served by Down Home who transitioned out of homelessness in 2019.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
3,820.00
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Emergency Food Pantry
Just the Essentials
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 2018, we supported over 7,100 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 not afford them. These items enhance the lives of those in need by reducing the stress they experience to meet their basic essential needs.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
4,570.00
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Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Connect Groups
One in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Yet, epilepsy is incredibly isolating, making those impacted feel alone in their experiences. We believe that no one should have to face epilepsy alone. Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota's monthly connect groups provide the opportunity for individuals, parents, and children to come together and share their journeys. We host adult connect meetings, intended for adults living with epilepsy and their partners. These meetings often feature speakers to provide education on topics that encourage living well with epilepsy. Our family connects are for families with a child who has epilepsy and are held at TNT Kids Fitness. Our format and partnership with TNT allows parents to talk with each, while kids participate in supervised gym activities together. Inviting the whole family makes it easier to attend, and children can meet peers who are facing the same challenges. Your donation will ensure individuals and families continue to have a safe, friendly environment in which to gather, and share and learn with others.
Requested
3,500.00
Funded
50.00
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Essentia Health Fargo Foundation
Help Essentia Health Reduce Patients' Stress
Essentia Health Fargo Foundation is called to make a healthy difference in people's lives by providing patient focused projects. Changing the environment in the MRI process is just one idea of how the environment we establish will reduce the stressors of the healthcare experience. Having an MRI is a stressful experience, but luminous sky ceilings provide an escape. Therapeutic sky ceilings engage and relax patients, dramatically altering their medical treatments and procedures. Sky ceilings prove to reduce stress and anxiety by more than one-third. Efforts to eliminate the anxiety have proven to lower the termination rate of the MRI tests for patients by over 50%, as well as lower the need for anesthesia in patients frightened to have the tests. The therapeutic sky ceiling installations provide the ability to engross observers in an optical illusion that yields meaningful therapeutic benefits for mind and body.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
0.00
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F5 Project
I Need a Ride!
Give the gift of a ride for people transitioning back into the workforce. People served by F5 Project through our housing program need rides to and from work while they save and rebuild their lives. Many of our participants will be dependent upon volunteer drivers to get them to and from work. With winter fast approaching, we will need to up our ride share game! F5's goal this year is to purchase a vehicle to be used to transport our residents to and from work. F5 Project believes what happens in one's past does not need to determine one's future. With ongoing communication, safe and affordable housing, employment, healthy socialization and transportation, F5 helps transition citizens from confinement to a new life. Your gift of $50.00 can help a person get to and from work for an entire month.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
625.00
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Family HealthCare
Access to Restorative Dental Care
One of the many important goals of Family HealthCare's dental program is to improve the lives of our patients by providing restorative dental services. Removable prosthodontics (dentures) remains the most economic means to address these needs. Family HealthCare 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 healthy nutrition, a loss of desire to interact with others and avoid forming interpersonal relationships. A majority of our patients who received dentures felt that dentures improved their appearance and confidence. We are committed to continuing to provide restorative services to our patients, and we desire to increase the number of dentures we can economically produce. In 2018, 75 of our patients were fortunate to receive dentures. Without denture care, Family HealthCare is unable to effectively provide the care individuals require for basic needs. $200 pays for the supplies and materials to make one set of dentures. Your support allows individuals to re-establish themselves with improved self-esteem. Increased self-esteem will increase their ability to secure employment, as well as improve their overall health.
Requested
3,000.00
Funded
225.00
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Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation
Critical Needs Program
The Critical Needs Program is organized by the Fargo Public Schools Foundation to ensure each and every student who needs help with basic needs receives support. All 23 schools in the Fargo Public School district have students who qualify for the free or reduced meal plan. This means, many families are struggling to make ends meet. These youth are often at-risk of missing many days of school or dropping out altogether. Meeting these basic needs helps support a positive learning environment, because when basic needs are not being met, students are not able to focus or learn. Your donations make an impact by supporting the following: -Critical needs funds to all 23 schools -Homeless Program -Got No Milk Program (No elementary student goes without milk or juice during snack break) -Emergency Lunch Money needs -Fargo North, South, Davies and Woodrow Hybrid Food Pantries -Liz's Closet, which supplies all three middle schools with critical and basic needs supplies for students -Husky Hutch, first food pantry in an elementary school at Clara Barton Hawthorne Donations will help with: Milk Program $30 will provide milk for one semester for one elementary student. $60 will provide milk for one elementary student for the school year. Emergency Lunch/Breakfast Program: $25 will provide lunch for one elementary student for two weeks. $15 will provide breakfast for one elementary student for two weeks. $27 will provide lunch for one middle or high school student for two weeks. $16 will provide breakfast for one middle or high school student for two weeks. High School, Middle School and Elementary School Hybrid Food Pantries: On average, every $33 donated will provide 20 lbs. of food and critical needs items for students through the school hybrid food pantries.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
410.00
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FirstLink
Be a Lifesaver to Lifesavers
FirstLink is your local 24-hour text/call center that answers the national suicide prevention lifeline and the 211 helpline in North Dakota and parts of Minnesota. The 211 helpline provides resources, referrals, listening/support, and crisis intervention. FirstLink also provides various trainings on suicide intervention/prevention, and mental health first aid. We also provide suicide follow up calls to those who want additional support and we have a community addiction navigator to assist those who are struggling to get connected with local addiction providers. In 2018, FirstLink handled over 55,300 contacts. FirstLink needs more security measures in place to help keep our staff at the call center safe. Operating 24/7 can be difficult with staff coming and leaving at various times. All staff need to feel safe as they handle suicide and crisis calls. We would like to buy security cameras, and a security system. This will help us with staff retention and safety. You can be a lifesaver by assisting those who are saving lives.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
50.00
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FM Coalition to End Homelessness
Landlord Risk Mitigation Fund
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. An anonymous donor match means that every $1,000 we raise toward our goal doubles and would add ten more participants to the program!
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
360.00
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Fraser, Ltd.
Fraser, Ltd. Cold Weather Extended Hours
When the weather takes a turn and we enter subarctic temperatures, shelters fill to capacity with individuals and families that find themselves without housing. This is when Fraser, Ltd. is called to action. As in previous years, our plan is to keep our drop-in center, Stepping Stones Resource Center, open overnight from December 1 until March 1, 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. We will continue to provide the 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 young vulnerable youth from having to walk to 24-hour stores, sleep in cars, or find shelter by any means necessary. Our goal is to raise $5,000, so when the weather turns, we are ready to open without hesitation. Since there is no federal or state funding available for these services, your donation would allow us to run the facility overnight and staff the center 24 hours. Your gift to Fraser will keep vulnerable youth and their children safe, warm, and empowered to take the steps they need to stay on track and get back on their feet. YOU can give them hope for a better future.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
215.00
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Great Plains Food Bank
Ending Childhood Hunger
No child deserves to go hungry. Your support of the Great Plains Food Bank's 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 hungry kids participating in our BackPack Program, Youth Summer Meals Program, and School Pantry Program. The BackPack Program provides food for 3 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 generous gift of: $25 will provide 5 backpacks filled with food for children participating in the BackPack Program. $60 will provide 175 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to children participating in the Youth Summer Meals Program. $100 will provide food for 380 meals for hungry students and their families receiving support through the School Pantry Program. $190 will provide a weekly backpack filled with food for one child for the entire school year through the BackPack Program. We invite you to join us in our mission to feed kids. Together, we can END childhood hunger!
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
5,000.00
Fully
Funded!
HERO
Survivor Becomes HERO
At the young age of 17, Malachi faced a dramatic life change after a horrific accident that left him paralyzed. After many months of physical therapy, he learned how to move and remaster basic everyday tasks, despite inability to use his legs. Malachi was determined to overcome as many physical obstacles as he could. Malachi spent over a year in rehab learning how to gain strength. With the help of equipment from HERO, Malachi showed remarkable progress just months following his accident. Despite the dramatic physical changes, Malachi's hobbies and interests haven't changed, such as owning and driving a car, working out, and traveling cross country. Malachi has become an even more confident individual and now has an apartment and job. In the beginning of September, Malachi began to volunteer at HERO to give back to an organization who helped him during many difficult months. Malachi is one of HERO's core volunteers and says, "Volunteering at HERO improves his work ethic and focus." It also helps him realize, "How much waste can be saved from medical equipment." It is individuals like Malachi where the HERO mission can be fulfilled to the max! Would you consider helping individuals like Malachi?
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
950.00
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Hospice of the Red River Valley
Grief Resources for Children
The death of a loved one is one of the most stressful life changes a person can go through, whether the death is expected or not. The only certainty in life is death—it is the one universal life change that affects everyone. People cope based on the emotional and physical resources they have available, and during that delicate time is where we serve people. Hospice of the Red River Valley's grief services are offered, free of charge, to anyone who has lost a loved one through death, whether they utilized hospice services or not. Funds raised, will allow us to purchase grief resources for children. This includes, but is not limited to, books, weighted blankets, journals, memory books for scrap-booking, and supplies for memory bears.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
155.00
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Imagine Thriving
Imagine Thriving Access to Care Fund
Imagine if you had to choose between groceries or paying for a child's medical appointment. Or risk losing your job if you leave work to bring your child to an appointment. Maybe it's not hard to imagine... maybe you or someone you love has been there. Your generosity provides local students with the medical care and support they need to overcome... to believe in themselves...to imagine thriving. The Imagine Thriving Access to Care Fund helps to relieve the financial burden of mental health care for families in need. Expenses, such as transportation to appointments, co-pays, and prescriptions create a financial strain for families and can result in a child going without care. Your donation can alleviate the roadblocks that prevent children from getting the assistance they need.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
10.00
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Jail Chaplains
Backpacks of Hope
"I was released (from the Cass County Jail) on an ankle bracelet yesterday and was prepared to walk out those doors with the clothes on my back. I know the coming weeks of trying to get my life back in order would have been stressful enough as is, without the added worry of, how am I going to brush my teeth or bathe today? I consider myself a lost sheep, raised Lutheran and just spent a decade on a very dark path. Receiving the backpack with personal care items was further proof that God truly is a miracle worker who helps those trying to help themselves. A million thank you's from the bottom of my heart. God Bless!" The Cass County Sheriff's Office is thinking outside the box by having a Community Supervision Unit (CSU). All inmates are candidates for the program. Once eligibility has been determined the inmate and the CSU team work together in goal setting and individual program planning for re-entry. Jail Chaplains has partnered with the CSU by providing backpacks filled with gender specific personal hygiene items, socks, laundry detergent, notebook, water bottle and a surprise treat or two. The backpacks of hope are often packed and delivered by former inmates who are happy to encourage those coming behind them. They know the value! In the past 12 months the CSU served 225 men & women. Your gift of $50 will provide a man or woman with a backpack of hope!
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
2,825.00
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Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity
Raise the Roof for a Family in Need!
We believe EVERYONE deserves a decent, and affordable, place to live. A roof is an important part of that. A solid roof over a family's head does much more than protect them from the weather, it can help them build their way out of poverty and set them up for a new future. Join the Habitat family today and help us raise $5,000, which will pay for a roof on one of our 2020 homes. But it won't stop there! Did you know Habitat homes are NOT free? We rely on donors to help build the home, but the homeowner repays the cost of the home through an income-based mortgage. Their payments are used to help build future homes. That means, your gift will continue to help us build homes for the next 30 years! The homeowners also help build their home, contributing at least 250 hours of sweat equity, per adult, doing everything from nailing the first wall stud to putting in the final touches. Join us today and help families build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter.
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
35.00
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Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership
Homeless to Home
Hundreds of homeless individuals and families find a place to call home each year thanks to our whole family approach at CAPLP. Unfortunately, many children go without beds and many families find themselves living in empty rooms. Jackie felt hopeless living on the streets when he first walked through the doors at CAPLP. He was couch hopping some nights and stayed in a homeless shelter for a short time, which made it impossible to spend time with his daughter. Our housing program helped him get an apartment to call his own. With stable housing, Jackie has been able to reconnect with his daughter and rebuild his life. For families like Jackie's, securing safe, affordable housing is the first step in their journey to overcome their past and begin a new life for their family. Everyone deserves a decent place to live, and when a family is moving out of homelessness, they often lack basic items, such as cooking utensils, pots and pans, and shower curtains. Will you join us on our mission to eliminate poverty by empowering families and engaging communities? Help formerly homeless families feel at home! Your donation will change lives. $50 provides cleaning supplies and basic necessities $100 provides dishes, towels, and other household items $250 provides beds for children or adults $500 fully furnishes a home for a family moving out of homelessness
Requested
5,000.00
Funded
1,625.00
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Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
Kids Legal Assistance Work (KidsLAW) Program
Ralph* and MaryLou* were shocked when they received eviction papers. The papers made no sense to them, and they contacted Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM). An LSNM attorney discovered several issues with the landlord's actions and represented Ralph and Marylou, both of whom are disabled, and their two school-aged children at the court hearing. The Court agreed the landlord had no basis to evict this couple. Ralph and MaryLou are relieved their family can maintain their affordable housing, grateful their boys can stay in the same schools, and thankful that LSNM helped them enforce their legal rights in court. In many instances, legal intervention is needed to assist low-income children and families in getting the care, services and support they need. That's where KidsLAW is required. Without a safe, warm place to sleep, children must use all their energy and resources to survive, thus limiting their intellectual, social or emotional development. When a housing situation is unsafe because of issues, such as mold, lack of essential services or major disrepair, KidsLAW will take the case to court to force a landlord to make repairs. KidsLAW lawyers provide representation in housing cases to prevent evictions. Every $100 provides an hour of free legal help to a low-income family to break down legal barriers to safety and stability. Every $500 prevents an unlawful eviction.
Requested
3,000.00
Funded
200.00
Donate
Lost and Found Recovery Center
Transformative Empowerment Classes
Lost and Found Recovery Center is a program of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Moorhead. The Center is staffed by peer support specialists who promote personal responsibility for recovery. Based on their own life experience, they can walk alongside to advocate, empower and collaborate for any individual seeking recovery. These services assist in removing barriers to recovery, help individuals stay engaged in the recovery process, and live full lives in their communities. Would you like to invest in changing lives in our community? Participants in the classes have said it's a life-changing class. Now, we're adapting it for use with teens. Participants will learn how to use Emotional Intelligence to master their ability to take control over their thoughts, beliefs and emotions. Individuals learn how to regulate their emotions internally, assign their own meaning to events, effectively manage relationships, be in control or their state-of-mind and the outcomes in their lives. This process of learning, applying, and practicing gives participants the tools to transform their lives.
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4,000.00
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25.00
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Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Abundant Care Fund at Lutheran Social Services
Every day, North Dakotans with mental health challenges struggle to cope with depression, anxiety, economic uncertainty, and other difficulties – often without therapeutic support, due to financial concerns. Abound Counseling at Lutheran Social Services helps to increase access to mental health care through the LSS Abundant Care Fund. This fund provides financial assistance to clients without other means to pay for care - people who are in-between insurance coverage, or who struggle to afford the co-pays and deductibles that apply to their insurance plans. Your contribution to the Abundant Care Fund can help an individual or family manage the cost of mental health care. LSS offers a network of 21 mental health counselors who connect with people in-person and remotely. Our therapists specialize in parent-child interaction therapy, trauma treatment for adults and children, family therapy, life adjustments, anxiety, grief, and more. In addition, we have established Farm-to-Farm Therapy –a therapy option that connects farmers and ranchers to a therapist with a farming background. We also have four combat-deployed trauma-trained veterans on our Abound staff. We provide tele-health and in-person counseling in community settings including homes, schools, and county offices. Thank you for helping us increase access to mental health services!
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5,000.00
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100.00
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New Life Center
New Life Center Meals Program
New Life Center is a Rescue Mission with a primary focus on helping those in need move from merely surviving to truly thriving. Our Meals Program serves three meals day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are open to anyone in need. We see a significant number of women and children in need coming in to enjoy a warm, home-cooked meal. The New Life Center Meals Program provided 68,807 meals in 2018, an average of 189 plates of food served daily. Each $25.00 donation would provide approximately 10 meals a day. Please consider supporting those in need through our Meals Program.
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5,000.00
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2,200.00
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North Dakota Autism Center Inc
safeTY jacket - Helping Keep People with Autism Safe
The safeTY jacket program is a free voluntary program for parents/guardians to provide information to first responders about their loved one with autism, in case of a possible emergency situation. The program promotes communication and gives first responders quick access to critical information about the individual and their needs during an emergency involving the individual. This program will provide first responders with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, communication preferences, favorite attractions or other important information on the individual. Your contribution helps keep people with autism safe!
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5,000.00
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25.00
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PATH North Dakota, Inc.
Help youth in foster care to make their first apartment a home.
How did you learn to be an adult? The Independent Living program at PATH provides youth who are aging out of foster care with the skills and essentials they need to live on their own. Cooking, cleaning, applying for a job or college, budgeting, finding an apartment are all things that most kids learn before they leave home. For many foster care youth 14 and over, the Independent Living Coordinators at PATH teach those life skills as well as helping to provide some of the basic home essentials. A donation to the Independent Living Program helps to provide a "movin' on" to a youth moving into their first apartment or dorm with things like a shower curtain, towels, cleaning supplies, a mattress, bedding and other other essentials. Through your generosity, youth will leave foster care empowered with the skills and essentials they need for a new start in an exciting adventure.
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5,000.00
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1,090.00
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Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center Prevention/Education
Power-based personal violence takes many forms from domestic/dating violence, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. The Center for Disease Control recognizes these types of violence as serious and costly public health problems that impact millions of people each year. The good news is power-based personal violence is preventable. The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead (RACC) is working to create a community in which this form of violence no longer exists. In addition to direct services to victims and families, RACC educates and informs the community on the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence, its impact, and what can be done to make the community a safe place to work, play, and live. In 2018, RACC's prevention/education team presented to 24,178 individuals. Of which, 21,767 were students in local schools who received information on bullying, healthy relationships, and personal body ownership. This provides local students with the knowledge and language to talk about these issues. Each one of us can play a role in the prevention of violence. A donation of $100 can provide a classroom full of students with an RACC educator for four hours.
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5,000.00
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3,390.00
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REACH Rural Enrichment & Counseling Headquarters, Inc
Food Support for the Weekend BackPack Program.
Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters (REACH), strives to help 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 two Emergency Food Pantries, one in Glyndon, MN, and one in Hawley, MN, 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 28 years, REACH has provided these services to rural residents. A $25.00 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. All funds raised will be dedicated for specified program support.
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5,000.00
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75.00
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Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead
Safe at Home
Rebuilding Together's "Safe at Home" program addresses life-threatening concerns in the homes of struggling homeowners in the Fargo-Moorhead community. Seniors, veterans, persons living with a disability and low-income families benefit from our program. A home inspector assesses each home according to Rebuilding Together's 25 safe and healthy priorities focusing his attention on: fire and CO2 detection, CO2 exhaust, fire and fall prevention. Home repairs are then made to the most critical issues. The goal of the program is to identify the critical safety and health needs of the affordable housing stock in the Fargo-Moorhead community, while preventing the death or injury of occupants. Every $25 prevents a fire by installing a smoke detector. Every $50 prevents falls by installing grab bars. Every $75 provides adequate lighting in main living areas. Every $100 provides safe interior and exterior handrails.
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5,000.00
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1,075.00
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Red River Children's Advocacy Center
Help Bring Comfort to Families Served By RRCAC
A family's experience with the Center begins when a child or teen is referred to begin the journey of healing from child abuse. While the family does not pay for any of the services we provide, adults are taking time away from work and some of our families travel an hour or two each way. We want to be able to assist them with gas and something to eat during what is a long and emotionally draining day. We would like to purchase gift cards to gas stations and local restaurants that we can give to the families we serve. This will help us provide comfort to families in every way we can, as they face an experience that no child or teen should ever have, and every parent hopes they never have. The parent of a child served by RRCAC recently wrote about her experience, "When you give to the RRCAC you are literally giving a life back to a child, hope to a family and helping to heal a brokenness that cannot even be put into words."
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5,000.00
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150.00
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Red River Youth for Christ
Feeding FM Teens
Did you know that every day an average of 1 in 10 kids struggles with hunger? Every week Red River Youth for Christ serves an average of 50-60 meals to teens. Last year, we served over 1,800 meals to the students of Woodrow Wilson High School. Staff have told us that for many of these kids, the Wednesday meal is the only meal they will eat that day. Your donation will be used to help provide meals for teens. This is done through a weekly home cooked meal, a Christmas dinner for the entire school, and a graduation celebration for the graduating seniors and their families. For many, this is the only Christmas they experience, and for even more, this is the only graduation celebration they receive. Did you know that a donation of $100 provides 50 meals to teens who may not have access to quality food? Every dollar counts! At Youth for Christ, part of our mission of "Radically loving and bringing hope to teens," means serving the very real and practical needs of the FM area students we work with. Your generosity assures kids are not going hungry, they are celebrated for their accomplishments, and they feel valued and loved.
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5,000.00
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2,550.00
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley
Share-A-Night for Families With Sick Kids
When your child is sick, nothing matters more than getting them the care they need and being right by their side through the journey – that's what RMHC is all about. We ask families to donate $20 a night toward their stay, however, no one is turned away for an inability to contribute. In fact, 80% of our families pay absolutely nothing to stay at RMHC. RMHC of the Red River Valley helps families focus on what matters most – getting your child the best care possible. The House is more than a place to sleep; it is a place of comfort, compassion, and convenience for families during a trying time. Your gift will ensure families can stay at RMHC of the Red River Valley with no worry about the added expense of a hotel stay and food.
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5,000.00
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1,015.00
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ShareHouse of Fargo, Inc.
A Day in Recovery Living
Imagine you are starting a new way of life, one focused on recovery, but find the vital resources you need to succeed aren't accessible. Your risk of relapse just increased dramatically. ShareHouse addressed this critical issue by creating the only Level IV Sober Housing in the region. ShareHouse's Recovery Living provides vital resources to those who are in their most vulnerable stage of recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. Recovery Living provides safe, sober, supportive housing and clinical services for patients as they reintegrate back into the community while attending outpatient treatment services. The cost of being in the Recovery Living Program is $350 per month, which averages to $12 a day. This $12 brings a day of having access to nursing, case management, counseling, spiritual care, and a wellness room, which all help to prevent relapse. It's an environment and way of life where one is surrounded and encouraged by peers who are also focused on Recovery. Can you help us reach our goal of $5,000 to support this vital program? Every $350 donation helps provide one month of Recovery Living residency and services. Every $12 donation helps provide one day of Recovery Living.
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5,000.00
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110.00
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Valley Christian Counseling Ctr Inc.
Kids Counseling Therapy Games and Toys
Did you know that 37% of teens with a mental illness will drop out of school? This is the highest dropout rate of any disability group. Valley Christian Counseling Center helps kids and teens transform intense hopelessness. Your generosity provides a place for the bullied, the anxious, and the isolated to be empowered! Over 200 kids, ages 2 to 20, find a place of healing at Valley each year. Every $80 raised helps us provide shared therapy toys, games, books, and furniture for our children's counseling offices to provide a place for kids to better express themselves. Children's therapy is vastly different from adult therapy, as kids struggle with verbalizing their experiences and emotions. Using shared experiences in art, games, and toys, each clinician can draw out the child's story in a natural and comfortable way. Here are some of the items your gift will generously provide as we reach these goals: $240 = Therapy Games (x3) $450 = (everything above) + Sand Therapy Play Set $1,000 = (everything above) + Bean Bag Chairs (x3) $1,500 = (everything above) + Legos and Lego Table $2,000 = (everything above) + Waiting Room Activities, $2,500 = (everything above) + Dry Erase Drawing Tables (x3) $3,000 = (everything above) + Additional Therapy Games (x6) $3,500 = (everything above) + Bean Bag Chairs (x3) All kids face ups and downs, but if there is a significant change in behavior, academics, relationships, or if thoughts of self-harm present themselves, that is when parents turn to Valley for hope and healing. Every gift makes a difference - thank you for whatever you can give.
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3,500.00
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200.00
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Village Family Service Center
Supportive Toys, Books and Materials for Children's Play Therapy
Communicating with children who have experienced trauma has a unique set of challenges. Sometimes, the children are simply too young to put the trauma into words. At other times, the trauma itself has rendered them nonverbal. To overcome these obstacles, therapists at The Village Family Service Center (The Village) use play therapy. Children reconstruct—through play—the experiences that are part of the anger, fear, sadness or frustration impacting their behavior. Research supports play therapy as an effective therapeutic approach for a host of children's behavioral health concerns including trauma, abuse and neglect, grief and loss, attachment issues, and anger and aggression. The Village is requesting funds to purchase books, workbooks, toys and other therapeutic items for our counselors to use when providing play therapy to children in need. A gift of $25 will buy puppets, books, small fidgets, art supplies or baby dolls. A $50 donation will give therapists materials like Lego sets, magnetic building tiles, an ambulance, police car or other vehicles to help kids demonstrate through play. Helpful items like a sand tray, Kimochis (toys that help kids identify emotions and feelings), a Playmobil police set or children's hospital can be purchased with every $100 donation. Thank you for supporting the kids and families in our community!
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5,000.00
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160.00
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WIN-Liberia
Making our Community a Hunger Free Community During the Holidays
Please help us support Win-Liberia, a grassroots, charitable organization that has been in existence for almost two years. Win-Liberia helps improve and maintain the lives of single teen moms, youth, children, and vulnerable adults in the immigrant community. It is our organization's way of sharing love to those in need in our community during each holiday season to put a smile on the faces of those we serve. Last year, with the support of Walmart, Sam's Club and other community members, we were able to give out food supplies to 45 families, but we cannot maintain our charitable commitment without a little goodwill from the community at large. We hope to serve up to 100 families this year. Your donation of $10, $20 or any amount, will help our organization make that happen. Humanity is giving and giving is caring, so please help us give to those in need.
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5,000.00
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100.00
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YWCA Cass Clay
Fill a Home with Hope this Holiday
Imagine a woman coming home from a long day at work to make dinner for herself and her children. But she doesn't have pots or pans, plates or silverware. Her children need baths, but there aren't any towels to wrap them in. At bedtime, there are no cozy blankets or comfy pillows to lay their heads on. You have the power to change this story – you can fill a home with hope this holiday. More than one in four homeless women report domestic violence was the cause of their homelessness and over 92% of homeless mothers have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. With your help, families escaping the dangers of domestic violence and homelessness will have all the comforts of home, including pots and pans, dishes, silverware, measuring spoons, shower curtains, towels, sheets, comforters, pillows and more. Through your kindness, someone who has experienced much hardship will know they are part of a caring community that supports them on their journey.
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5,000.00
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2,725.00
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Education

Arc of Cass County
Training to Support Kids with Behavioral Challenges
“I just want my child to feel safe at school.” That is the most common statement we hear from parents of kids with behavioral challenges. They know that their child struggles with regulating themselves in the classroom but fear having them secluded or restrained. With this in mind, we are bringing in a national speaker who specializes in working with kids who have challenging behaviors at school. Crisis prevention in the classroom is a daylong training that focuses on Dr. Ross Greene’s non-punitive methods of working with kids. Your donation of $100 will allow three teachers to attend this valuable training and learn new methods for successfully keeping area kids in the classroom and their teacher’s safe. The Arc is part of a national organization that provides advocacy and social programs for people with intellectual disabilities. We support inclusion for all and the opportunity for kids with disabilities to be educated in the classroom alongside their peers.
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3,000.00
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0.00
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BIO Girls
Service Projects: Deploying 2,000 Adolescent Change-Makers
Each year, BIO Girls participants engage in local community service projects and learn, through hands-on experiences, that serving others is not bound by age. In 2020, BIO Girls will have more than 2,000 adolescent girls participating in the program to build their self-worth AND serve as young change-makers in their communities. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to fund service projects for our 55 locations across the Midwest. BIO Girls provide the manpower while your donation will help fund the supplies needed to complete the service projects. $100 can fund one entire BIO Girls site’s service project for 40 participants. Past service projects include: Filling backpacks for the Back Pack program, making blankets for breast cancer patients, creating care packages for victims of trafficking, patients at the children's hospital, and residents at the YWCA, yard cleanup for the elderly and much more. BIO Girls is on a mission to improve the self-esteem of adolescent girls through empowerment of self and service to others. Our mission is critical, as 62% of girls suffer from low self-esteem. Research shows that self-esteem is highest in girls at age 9 and then plummets to a low at age 12. BIO Girls is working with participants during this vital point of development, before they hit the low point, to provide a 'self-confidence' toolbox that can be accessed as they navigate adolescence to help them maintain a healthy self-esteem. Positive self-esteem is proven to contribute to better health, positive social behavior and decisions, is a predictor of academic success and is tied to job satisfaction in adulthood. Our goal is to improve self-esteem of participants. Independent research, using a validated measurement of self-esteem, proves that BIO Girls significantly improves the overall quality of life and self-esteem of its participants, 2nd – 6th grade girls.
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5,000.00
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0.00
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Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley
It Just Takes One
It just takes one person to change the life of a child in our community. Just one person who is willing to help provide a child with a safe and positive environment every day after school. At the Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley, we are committed to providing that environment along with programs and services that enable all young people to achieve their full potential and grow into the next generation of business leaders, neighbors and partners in our community. Last year alone, the Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley supported over 3,200 children on their path to building a great future. Our Club programs are designed to capture the interest of the child, teach them new skills and help them learn how to build positive, compassionate relationships with others. Won't you join us in helping to change the life of a child in our community? Your gift of $42 will provide services for a child for one week at our Club where they can learn and grown in a safe and supportive environment. If you'd like to make more of an impact, please consider supporting a child for a full month with a gift of $168.00. It just takes one. Will it be you?
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5,000.00
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1,149.00
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CHARISM Community Center
Your Care and Support Means a Lot to CHARISM's Kids!
CHARISM has been providing children's programming for the community since 1994. CHARISM's STEAM club now provides academic enrichment opportunities during out-of-school time and the summer months for at-risk children and youth (kindergarten through middle school) to help them meet state and local education standards in science, technology, art and math subjects. Along with these academic opportunities, children and youth also develop character building skills through work with our skilled mentors and the community. Children and youth also get to participate in sports, dance, art, and other extracurricular opportunities. CHARISM serves an average of 236 children and youth a year in its STEAM clubs. Our mentors and staff provide not only an educational environment to every one of these children, but also role models who help with positive decision-making. The mentors also become someone the children and youth recognize as a person they can trust. These children and youth need a foundation of support when they and their families are faced with all the risk factors and challenges of poverty. No child should be left out of accessing support due to the inability to pay. CHARISM is an anchor point of support for those children and their families right in their neighborhood, offering programs and wrap-around services to build a foundation towards ending the effects of poverty in a child's life. Your gift helps eliminate the financial barrier for those children to access the programs and support they need. We know you're here because you care, here are ways you can help: Give a gift of one week of programming for one child with your donation of $100.
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5,000.00
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385.00
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Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc.
Send a Child to Camp Good News
Give a day of camp to help families who can't afford to send their children to camp. 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 come!" -Ben, father of Alexis, age 12. Your gift of $25 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.
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5,000.00
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0.00
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Concordia College
Concordia College Student Emergency Fund
The Concordia Student Emergency Fund supports our most vulnerable students during the times they need it most. By supporting this fund, you help ensure all our Cobbers have the opportunity to overcome the inevitable challenges that arise during their college career. Examples of past circumstances include: a plane ticket back to campus after a loved one's funeral and an accounting book during a time of significant financial hardship. As described by John Andrick, Director of the Center for Student Success, "Even relatively small obstacles can feel insurmountable to at-risk students. The Student Success and Retention Fund allows us to remove these barriers and help students move forward toward meeting their goals at Concordia."
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5,000.00
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0.00
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Fargo Air Museum
Fargo Air Museum Fun and Free Camps
The Fargo Air Museum promotes interest in aviation through education, preservation and restoration. We are preserving history and inspiring a new generation of aviators through our fun and free monthly camps. Help support our FUN and FREE STEM camps every month to rev the engines of future pilots, aircraft mechanics, air traffic controllers and good citizens. Your donation of $100 sends one child to all 11 camps, allowing us to expand the number of participants.
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5,000.00
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500.00
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Haley's Hope
Your Help Gives Us HOPE!
Imagine the sadness, fear and frustration of a child who cannot read, spell or write. Imagine how lonely it feels to not be able to keep up with your peers. Now, imagine there is HOPE for this child and you can help provide that HOPE. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, making it extremely difficult to read, write, and spell - despite average or above average intelligence. Haley's Hope equips children and adults with dyslexia to better process and understand the information they receive and help them turn their dyslexia into an advantage. We offer one-on-one tutoring that greatly improves the reading, spelling and writing of children and adults with dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia need this one-on-one help, so they can move forward at their own pace. Our coaches teach, build esteem, give immediate positive and corrective feedback, and develop skills and confidence. They create an environment of reading success, instilling confidence and alleviating the obstacles typically associated with dyslexia. Scholarships are vital to many of the 1 in 5 who are dyslexic. These students rely on financial assistance to receive the one-on-one tutoring that gives them the HOPE they need to move forward. Your gift of $28 will unlock the potential for one student with dyslexia to read alongside their peers, building confidence. Your support allows our students to HOPE for a brighter future! HOPE is the foundation of our mission, the emotion in our teaching and the reason we exist. HOPE inspires us and so do you.
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5,000.00
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1,950.00
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Harvest Hope Farm
Harvest Hope Farm Llama Llama Camp for Preschoolers
Llama Llama Camp is coming to Harvest Hope Farm in June 2020. This morning camp for Preschoolers (ages 3-5) will be held at Harvest Hope Farm this summer. The goals of the camp are to teach social skills, manners, and safety in a family farm setting. The four-day camp will use the fun and familiar Anna Dewdney Llama Llama books, while engaging the children in natural play and exposing them to an authentic farm experience. -A $20.00 donation provides a Llama Llama book pack for one child. -A $75.00 donation provides a scholarship for one child to attend Llama Llama Camp. -A $500.00 donation provides food and veterinary care for one llama for one year.
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5,000.00
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585.00
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Jeremiah Program
Spread Holiday Cheer Two Generations at a Time
Your support will provide Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead single moms and their kids an opportunity to "shop" for Christmas presents for each other, where they otherwise may not be able to afford gifts and will help fund a holiday dinner together on our Fargo-Moorhead campus. Jeremiah Program is a nationally recognized innovator in the two-generation approach to ending poverty. Our unique service model promotes self-sufficiency for families headed by low-income single mothers through post-secondary education for moms, quality early childhood education for their children, and holistic support for the whole family.
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4,150.00
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1,135.00
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New American Consortium for Wellness & Empowerment
Tutoring/Mentoring Program Supporting EL Learners in K-12
Immigrant and refugee youth who enter the United States during their secondary school years face a daunting set of challenges. In addition to learning a new language and adjusting to U.S. classroom norms, they must quickly fill gaps in their subject-matter knowledge and pass the courses required to graduate high school before aging out of the system. For some, the pressure to go from limited literacy to a high school diploma in a few years can be overwhelming. The support these newcomers receive—either directly in schools and through the community-based organizations with which districts partner—have the power to shape these students' future educational and career trajectories. NACWE Mentoring and Tutoring program matches volunteers from local colleges and the community with students working through classroom requirements leading to earning their high school diploma. Funds will be used to support in-school and after-school coordination in partnership with local high schools and middle schools.
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5,000.00
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20.00
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North Dakota Head Start Association
Help a Head Start Child Get Ready for School This Year!
Head Start programs promote school readiness of children by supporting the development of the whole child. Head Start provides comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services to children living in poverty. The North Dakota Head Start Association is asking for your support to repair and replace glasses for Head Start children. Experts say that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. Good vision is essential for children of all ages to reach their full academic potential. Head Start programs work with families to secure glasses for their child through resources available to the family. However, families often need help with repairs and replacement glasses. As adults, we know how hard it can be to not break or lose our glasses. Imagine how difficult this is when you are 3 or 4 years old! The North Dakota Head Start Association believes that all children deserve to have the opportunity to grow and succeed. We work with Head Start Programs across the state to support staff and families. The premise of Head Start is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential. Educators, doctors, lawyers, military personnel, artists, engineers, religious and civic leaders, and scientists remember Head Start as the place where, at an early age, they acquired a life-long love of learning.
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5,000.00
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50.00
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Our Redeemer Christian Children's Center
Building and Providing a Source of Shade for Two Playgrounds
Our Redeemer Christian Children's Center (ORCCC) is a Christian Children's Center that operates for ages 6 weeks through 12 years old. We strive to provide the highest quality childcare in a Christ-like setting. We are hoping to raise funds for two permanent shade structures for two of our playgrounds. Our summers have been known to be quite warm at times, and this makes it more challenging for our infants and Pre-K ages to be able to be outside in direct heat, if there's no source of shade. Early Education Research has shown that outside play is both important and beneficial for early education. We hope to purchase and install a more permanent source of shade for our two playgrounds that are missing it. Without shade, the time spent outside is lessened and our youth are missing large motor activities and social activities. To force children to come inside because there's no shade can be detrimental to their physical growth and mental well-being. The playground is an extension of the classroom and no one would ever take a safe learning environment away from eager learners, so why would we want to take away from our early learners, if there's a chance we can help keep them outside. We are hoping that, with your support, we can attain the funds to both purchase and install two permanent shade structures for two of our playgrounds.
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5,000.00
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350.00
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P's & Q's Etiquette, LLC
Leaderlicous On The Move
Be part of changing the trajectory of the lives of disadvantaged youth and their families. In 2013, Leaderlicous began as a leadership program aimed at positively changing the lives of our youth. One of our goals is to create pathways that expose students to opportunities promoting career development, entrepreneurship, and higher education. We encourage them to have big dreams for their future and will be creating a youth publication. This publication will provide our youth with leadership, career, and entrepreneurial skills, while bringing awareness to and providing a deeper understanding of different cultures. We will allow the voices of youth to be heard as they write articles concerning key social issues of the Fargo Moorhead area. Your kind donation will go towards purchasing a laptop computer, software, and a Nikon camera that our youth will use to create their magazine.
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5,000.00
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95.00
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St. Joseph's Catholic School
Transforming Lives Through the Building Blocks of Reading
Inspire a lifelong love of learning. Reading is an essential building block of education. When a child learns to read, it opens their world and can be the bridge that connects them to a deeper understanding of other school subjects. Your gift today can transform our Library and Resource space to better serve each of our 230 students who utilize it each week. With a few upgrades and new support materials, we can better meet the needs of our students to launch the path for their educational success and assist them to reach their full potential. Did you know there are special headphone/microphone sets and technology that can help students with dyslexia and other learning differences dictate their thoughts into writing? Did you know we have three of our own resource teachers and additional outside professionals who work with students individually and in small groups to offer Barton tutoring, math support, and other educational support throughout the day? Did you know there are special spelling and reading games that can be valuable tools for our resource teachers to use to connect with these students? What about our students who have met their reading level goals, how can we encourage them to keep going? Upgraded library shelving to bring the books within reach and view of our students to spark their curiosity is one part of the library transformation plan to meet the needs of our young learners. A gift of $22 will sponsor a student and provide them with the resources they need. Once all 230 students have been sponsored, we will reach our $5,000 goal and all our dream projects can become a reality.
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5,000.00
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365.00
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TNT Kid's Fitness & Gymnastics
Breaking Barriers: Adaptive Youth Fitness Program
The No Limits Fitness program at TNT provides individuals with special needs an opportunity to engage in physical activity in a safe and inclusive setting. This opportunity is not only highly beneficial to the adults in our program, but for the children, as well. The No Limits Junior program helps build confidence in these children by helping them unlock their true potential. Children of different abilities can participate together with TNT’s adaptable curriculum. While one child may be able to perform specific physical tasks, another child without the same skills can still participate while adapting the tasks to a level that challenges them. This format not only provides benefits for the child’s physical well-being, but social well-being as well. Having the opportunity to participate in a physical fitness program with their peers builds their confidence and creates a support system for the children and their families. The number of children with special needs continues to grow in our community. TNT is dedicated to meeting the needs of our community and serving as many children as possible. The gifts you make will provide scholarships for even more individuals who do not have the means to participate in this program.
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5,000.00
Funded
110.00
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Arts, Culture & Creativity

Fargo Moorhead Choral Artists
Commission and Premiere of 'I CALL YOUR NAME' by Connor Koppin
In January 2020, the Choral Artists will present the premiere performance of 'I Call Your Name' by Connor Koppin, an emerging choral composer from Iowa who now resides in Michigan. The score is in seven movements and features a text by Minnesota Public Radio personality and poet, Brian Newhouse. Joining the 65-voice chorus for the premiere at Sts. Anne and Joachim in Fargo will be a professional pianist and string quartet. The Choral Artists will also present the score to an audience in Detroit Lakes. There are many costs associated with this performance: the commissioning fee, the copying of all the scores, the hiring of all the collaborative professional musicians, venue rental, and the promotion of the concerts to name a few. Your contribution will help the F-M Choral Artists and artistic director Michael Culloton bring the score to life!
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4,000.00
Funded
110.00
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Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
Kids in the [Concert] Hall Fund
The Kids in the [Concert] Hall Fund will be a Designated Operating Reserve, which will be used to support the following programming and services to children, students and families: •Add a Family concert to the FMSO Season: Since ticket prices fall far short of covering the actual costs of any concert, underwriting support is needed to add this beloved program back into our season after years of absence. •Support the Student Voucher Program: Because of our Student Voucher Program, middle school and high school music students can 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 would also help 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 in our schools.
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5,000.00
Funded
1,135.00
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Fargo Moorhead Youth Choir
Uniting Area Youth in Harmony
Fargo Moorhead Youth Choir (FMYC) is a choral arts organization providing rehearsal and performance programming for youth K-12. FMYC provides four levels of vocal instruction, community performance opportunities, team building experiences, social activities, performance tour opportunities, and exposure to all genre of the choral arts. Choirs include a K-2nd grade group, a 3rd-4th grade group, a 5th- 6th grade group, and a 7th -12th grade group. Rehearsals are held weekly for all choirs with each group performing at two formal concerts each year. Formal concerts allow youth to experience a structured formal setting developing performance ability and attire knowledge. Community performances are structured for each choir according to their age, availability, and level of experience. Community performances allow each group to showcase their unique abilities in an informal environment. Funding is being sought to offer partial tuition scholarships to area youth who love to sing.
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3,000.00
Funded
1,120.00
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Fargo Theatre Management Corp
Kids' Flicks
At the Fargo Theatre, we believe taking your family to the movies shouldn't break the bank. Kids' Flicks offers affordable opportunities to make cherished movie memories, while introducing new generations to the historic Fargo Theatre. For many years, movie outings were possible for families on a budget. As ticket prices steadily increased, these experiences became cost prohibitive for many FM families. Young people would miss out on fantastic films and the social experience of being a part of a cinema audience. Enter Kids' Flicks. With tickets priced at just $3 and a special $2 soda and popcorn combo available for purchase, the complete movie experience is much more financially accessible. The series offers two annual sessions – an eight-week summer session and a five-week winter session. Titles for the series are family-friendly (rated G or PG). Lineups include popular new releases and classic selections like E.T. and The Princess Bride. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming for young movie-goers, who may still be learning about theatre etiquette. They have the truly unique experience of seeing quality films in a local historic landmark (with the best popcorn in town). In order to offer these low prices, the Fargo Theatre does require financial support. Donations assist with the cost of film licensing, staffing, concession supplies, and marketing. Your gift will help children discover the magic of movies.
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5,000.00
Funded
40.00
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FM Ballet
Growing Our Dance Outreach Programming
The holidays are drawing near and we start to hear winter wonderland themed music, dancing Sugarplums begin to swirl in our heads. This caring season, help give the gift of dance to audiences around our community. The FMBallet provides our community with the art of dance and helps build the culture of our beloved Fargo Moorhead area. Throughout the season, we partake in school visits, nursing home tours, library story times, community event appearances and our newest additional program for adaptive dance, Relevé. With our ever-growing outreach programs, the FMBallet is able to access audiences that cannot always experience the joy of dance. The Fargo Moorhead Ballet is a nonprofit performing arts organization that brings the beauty, grace, emotion, and power of dance to audiences across the Midwest through the region's only professional ballet company. Money raised will help our community outreach program continue to spread the joy of dance through our adaptive programs for people young and old.
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5,000.00
Funded
1,885.00
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FM Community Theatre/The Stage
Children's Theatre Education Scholarship
Since 1946, the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) has provided a wide range of performance and educational opportunities to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area and our surrounding communities. Now in its 73rd season, the FMCT organization continues to evolve and grow as we position ourselves to create exceptional community experiences for many more years to come. Over the past three years, our education programs have grown 58%. For students, ages K-12th grade, we conduct Saturday classes, theatre productions, and summer camps where we offer scholarships to students whose families need financial aid. With the growth of our programs, we know there is a need for additional scholarship funding for children wanting to participate in our educational programs. Currently we can only provide six scholarships per season, which is less than 1% of the children we serve, so any increase in the amount of scholarship funding we receive will allow us to serve more at-need students. At its heart, our theatre and education programming is not about teaching children to become great actors and actresses; it is about building great humans. Please help our students experience the joy of theatre. "The rehearsal process is super fun, because you get to be with all of your friends and there are these little inside jokes and memories that you get to share. And once you see the final product come together, when you're on stage and you feel the lights on you, you feel super proud that you were able to do it." --Seth LaMont
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5,000.00
Funded
25.00
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HeartSprings
We Need Wheels for Transportation and Art Supplies!
We Need Wheels! Heartsprings Art Studio serves local individuals living with head injuries and other neurological conditions. In order to get our students to and from class, we utilize accessible cab services, which cost an average of $60 per class. We meet 48 weeks out of the year, so this expense adds up quickly! With our program growing, we expect that cost to increase, as well. Heartsprings is housed out of a multi-use facility, so our storage space is limited. Our class meets in a room separate from where our supplies are stored, so we need to be able to transport our art supplies through the building, from the storage room to the classroom without having to make several trips. This storage unit will also serve as a place to store the art the artist creates. The solution we have found, which is lockable and on wheels, will cost $1,000. $20 = one week of transportation for one student $60 = one week of transportation for more than one student $240 = one month of transportation $1,000 = one storage solution $2,880 = one year of transportation for all students
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4,000.00
Funded
100.00
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Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead
Jazz Artist-In-Residence Programs for Area Students
The FM Kicks Band's jazz education brings the artist (in this case, 17 Kicks Band artists) to local schools for a hands-on music experience. These experiences are eye-opening and motivate students to achieve a personal goal or gain enough confidence to step outside of his/her comfort zone. Kicks Band artist residencies provide area high school students hands-on music experiences with qualified instructors. Experiences include one-on-one intermingled student/adult jazz band rehearsal session. This session is an eye-opener for students to ask questions of the professional musician sitting next to them. Students receive coaching and begin developing their own "model" sound and jazz style. Other topics studied that afternoon include jazz history, theory and improvisation, all taught by qualified instructors with a hands-on approach. The artist residency program concludes with the full 17-piece Kicks Band performing their popular romp through jazz history called, "A Journey Through Jazz." Funds raised go to printing, performance space, music purchases, instructor stipends, etc.
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4,000.00
Funded
2,965.00
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Plains Art Museum
Art + Autisim Connects Everyone with Art
Art is for everyone. This includes those on the Autism Spectrum, who account for about 1 in every 59 children. Families with a child on the Autism Spectrum may hesitate to visit public spaces like art museums, unsure if the space will be welcoming and responsive to their needs. Plains Art Museum's Art + Autism program responds to this concern by creating a welcoming, sensory-friendly space in downtown Fargo. The program is a partnership between the Museum and special educators from local schools, and it is FREE for participants. This year, the Museum will host two family programs, help organize two outreach events, continue providing 12 Low Sensory Mondays, and will adapt the Autism curriculum upon request to meet the needs of groups visiting the Museum. •Your gift of $50 supports Art + Autism programming for one participant. •Your gift of $500 covers the material costs for the 12 Low Sensory Mondays. •If the program is fully funded at $5,000, the Museum will also be able to host an Art + Autism Summer Camp. Your support of Art + Autism connects children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to art as a form of social expression, and builds familiarity and trust between the children and a public space in our community. Give the gift of art and expression today!
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5,000.00
Funded
50.00
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Spirit Room
Spirit Room Signage
The Spirit Room, established in 1997, is located on the second floor of a historic building in downtown Fargo. Being a loft, the bustle of the street below provides a wonderful amount of peace and tranquility but, causing many people to drift right past our door unaware we're even here. Recently, we met with Scenic Sign Corporation to create a digital sign to affix to the wall outside our building that can be changed and updated in house. Each donation received will help us in purchasing our new sign designed to bring more individuals through the doors to enjoy our programming. Every $10 enables another individual to see our three art galleries and humanities events.
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5,000.00
Funded
40.00
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The Human Family
FM LGBT Film Festival Filmmaker Residency Program
The FM LGBT Film Festival is unveiling an LGBT Filmmaker Residency Program as part of the 2020 FM LGBT Film Festival. The program is designed to help support marginalized filmmakers and storytellers. One filmmaker will be awarded the opportunity to live in Fargo for four weeks to develop a MinnDak LGBT-centric narrative or documentary project. In addition to working on their clearly defined project, the visiting filmmaker will make a substantive contribution to the community in the form of lectures, classes, and screenings of their work. The residency program would cover the expenses for the filmmaker to travel to-and-from Hector International Airport, room and board for the duration, a stipend for the filmmaker, and cover minor material costs for the development of the residency project. The FM LGBT Film Festival has screened national and international films that focused on the lived experience of the LGBT communities since 2009. 2020 marks the 12th anniversary of the festival. The FM LGBT Film Festival is a program of The Human Family, a 501(c)(3) located in Fargo.
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5,000.00
Funded
270.00
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Community Building

4 Luv of Dog Rescue
Veterinarian Expenses
Luv of Dog Rescue works diligently to provide for the health and safety needs of the animals in its care. We take in animals from all walks of life, including reservations, owner surrenders, local and regional pounds, high kill shelters, and emergency veterinarian clinics. Because we are 100% volunteer run, all of our fundraising goes directly to the dogs. Medical costs are our biggest expense and to continue, we need help for pups like Nugget. Nugget is a 6 1/2-month-old male neutered terrier mix who came into 4 Luv of Dog Rescue as an owner surrender in April of 2019. Nugget was taken to a veterinarian upon his intake because he had extremely lax tendons on his front legs causing very difficult mobility. The vet diagnosed him with Angular Limb deformity, Carpal Valgus deformity and joint laxity. Nugget has gone through many treatments, from conservative therapy where he was on splints, to injections, shock wave therapy, and multiple surgeries. Unfortunately, Nugget's medical journey is far from over. In six weeks, he will need x-rays to make sure his bone is healed from his last surgery. If at that point his growth plates are closed, he will go back to Blue Pearl for hopefully his last surgery. Though everything he has been through, Nugget has been an amazing patient, always happy, sweet, funny, a joy to work with. This puppy deserves the absolute best treatment available to him, as he has been through so much already. Nugget's vet bills are extremely high, and they continue to add up. Your donation can help amazing dogs, like Nugget, who deserve a great life!
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5,000.00
Funded
1,625.00
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American Gold Gymnastics
Help Us Purchase Needed Equipment!
Your donation to American Gold Gymnastics will be used to purchase needed equipment for all our programs. At American Gold Gymnastics we believe there is a direct correlation between the skills learned through involvement in gymnastics and early childhood development. Gymnastics offers youth a variety of physical, emotional, mental, and social benefits. Involvement in gymnastics teaches coordination, balance, flexibility, fitness, concentration, listening, and focus. Many times, involvement in a recreational gymnastics class is a child's first introduction to listening to a teacher and following directions. Learning these skills at an earlier age has a multitude of benefits. However, none of these skills are possible without utilizing the correct and safe equipment. With your support, we are requesting donations to purchase items to build, not only our recreational gymnasts' skills, but also, our team and acro gymnasts as well.
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5,000.00
Funded
100.00
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City of Moorhead
Moorhead Hopes to Fund Agility Equipment for a New Dog Park
If you love to spoil your fur baby, we have a vision you're going to LOVE! Moorhead is developing a new dog park with an array of agility and play amenities in two separate play areas to accommodate large and small dogs. The funds raised will purchase a variety of amenities that will create a destination dog park for our community.
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5,000.00
Funded
150.00
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Diamond In The Ruff Pet Rescue
Foster and Adopter Preparedness Program
Diamond in the Ruff would like to offer a Foster and Adopter Preparedness Program. This program will offer online and in-person training for fosters, as well as kits for new fosters and adopters. The in-person training will take place once for new fosters before they begin fostering, as well as quarterly training for current fosters to further their knowledge on how to care for their foster animals. The online training will be offered continuously throughout the year. The foster packs will include items, such as a collar, leash, food, toy, DITR tag, poop bags, adoption contracts, and stamps to mail in completed adoption contracts after the pre-adoption meeting. The adopter kits will include items, such as a pet owner brochure, DITR alumni bandanna, handmade toy, educational handouts, and adoption certificates. Our goal is to be able to put together 50 packs for fosters and 50 packs for adopters.
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3,500.00
Funded
240.00
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Emerging Prairie
Prairie Den Scholarships for New American Entrepreneurs
Over the next year, Emerging Prairie will be utilizing this gift to support scholarships for New American Entrepreneurs to the Prairie Den, a coworking space. This space connects entrepreneurs, students, and community members through dynamic workspaces, educational events, and social gatherings. The Prairie Den also provides 24/7 access to members, meeting spaces, a kitchen, printing and scanning, a podcast and recording studio, and coffee! This past year, Emerging Prairie conducted a diversity, equity, and inclusion evaluation utilizing an external consultant. This evaluation looked into both Emerging Prairie and the Fargo-Moorhead community. The report provided highlighted the need for resources in the Fargo-Moorhead community for New American Entrepreneurs. Since then, we have been working to identify opportunities, such as the Caring Catalog, to partner with the community. Emerging Prairie is an organization that focuses on connecting and celebrating the entrepreneurial ecosystem through innovative programming and events that move the needle and ignite economic growth for the state of North Dakota. Every $125 raised provides a one-month scholarship to the Prairie Den for a New American Entrepreneur.
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4,500.00
Funded
0.00
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Family Wellness
Adaptive Swim Opportunities at Family Wellness
Give the gift of swim lessons and aquatic center fun to kids and families with disabilities. Family Wellness is dedicated to helping all kids develop essential skills for a lifetime of safety, confidence, and physical activity around water. Many traditional youth activities are not available for kids with autism, down-syndrome, non-verbal communicators, limited mobility, or cerebral palsy. Making swimming lessons available in an inclusive setting allows our community to serve kids with all abilities. Family Wellness offers both one-on-one swim lessons for those with diversabilities to learn safety around water and offers an open swim time with staff available to help those with special needs have fun and learn safety in the water. $180 will provide an 8-week session of one-on-one swim lessons to a student who needs special attention in the water. $40 will provide the supplies needed to help teach each individual floating and swimming techniques. $300 will provide the supplies and staffing necessary for 2 hours of open swim dedicated to serving those with special needs. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for kids ages 1-14 and we have seen too many drownings take place right here in our community. These funds would allow us to reach those families who have a financial need and would help us provide more specialized one-on-one lessons to those with disabilities.
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3,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Heart-N-Soul Community Cafe Inc.
Provide Delicious Meals to Nurture Body, Heart and Soul
Heart-n-Soul Community Café values a place where everyone is welcome. We are committed to addressing food insecurities, building communities and providing delicious food to nurture body, heart and soul. Heart-n-Soul Community Café serves a diverse group of community members from different cultures, generations and socioeconomic standings. It's about taking care of one and other by helping a neighbor who may need a meal or a conversation. Since June of 2016, Heart-n-Soul Community Café has been a pop-up community café throughout the Fargo Moorhead area offering creative payment solutions for all neighbors who join us for a meal. We have prepared and served over 60 meals at different locations in the Fargo Moorhead area with volunteer chefs and servers. Every $250 raised will sponsor a meal at Heart-n-Soul Community Café, helping us continue to serve everyone in our community a delicious and nutritious meal nurturing body, heart and soul.
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5,000.00
Funded
1,740.00
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Homeward Animal Shelter
So Many Puppies and Kittens...
In May, our mission to rescue three dogs turned into a mission to save 30, when we learned that all three were either pregnant or already nursing a litter of puppies. Rescuing three dogs is easy but caring for 30 is quite a bit more complicated. Resources quickly depleted in an effort to raise the 27 puppies, as they were placed in foster homes and cared for, for over eight weeks until they were old enough to be adopted. All three mother dogs were spayed when they were done nursing and each mother, along with all of the puppies, found loving homes. However, for many other dogs and cats in our community, their stories don't always end so happily. That is why Homeward Animal Shelter is committed to preventing an overabundance of puppies and kittens by ensuring that each one of the adult animals that comes into our care is either spayed or neutered prior to adoption. In doing so, we are preventing accidental or intentional breeding, and ensuring our shelter animals are not perpetuating the problem. Your donations will assist in providing spay or neuter surgeries for the adult animals in our care prior to adoption. Every $100 donation allows us to neuter one dog or spay two cats.
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5,000.00
Funded
1,910.00
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Hope Blooms
Preserving Blooms and Spreading Joy
Hope Blooms repurposes donated flowers from special events by arranging them into bedside bouquets and delivering them to individuals. Facilities we currently serve include hospice care, assisted living facilities, and area hospitals. Hope Blooms is making our community a brighter, happier, and healthier place to live, work, and thrive. Since our inception in 2016, we have delivered nearly 10,000 bouquets to community members through 30-plus organizations in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead. Each bouquet recipient has felt the sweet, gentle reminder that even in dark times, hope can still bloom. As the flowers Hope Blooms receives have already been used once, it is crucial we keep them fresh to extend their life for as long as possible. Currently, we do not have a cooler to keep flowers fresh. Without a cooler, we are required to process everything immediately. With only one part-time staff member, we rely heavily on volunteer support to create the majority of the bouquets. This proves difficult when flowers are donated unexpectedly. Simply put, processing the flowers promptly is not always feasible. A cooler would help to alleviate these burdens and keep flowers fresh until bouquet assembly is coordinated.
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5,000.00
Funded
325.00
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Hopeful Heart Project
Harbor: A Haven for the Mother's Heart
This spring, Hopeful Heart Project will be providing a 3-day experience for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child. This pay-what-you-can retreat provides mothers who have endured the loss of a child the opportunity to connect with herself, other mothers, and her child(ren). Parents who have experienced the death of a child can experience isolation, fear of sharing their stories, and overwhelming anxiety about how to carry on in their deeply changed lives. Harbor is a mother's retreat centered on self-care, mindfulness, connection, and reflection. During the retreat, mothers will participate in yoga, discussions, workshops, and hear speakers from within the community. The connections formed during the retreat form a much-needed support system for families. Participants leave the retreat with tools to manage their grief and anxiety as they go back to daily life. Hopeful Heart Project, which started in 2017, provides hope, healing, and support to parents who have endured the tremendous loss of a child. We provide services and events to parents as they manage feelings of grief and assist them in joining a community that supports them through every stage and beyond. Since our beginning, we have worked with over 500 families in the community and continue to work with new families daily. Every $300 raised will fully support a 3-day retreat for a mother who has experienced the loss of a child.
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5,000.00
Funded
1,625.00
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of ND
Help Us Celebrate 35 Years By Granting a Local Wish!
Together, we have granted over 900 wishes since our inception in 1985, and we are asking you to join us in creating a life-changing wish for a local child with a critical illness. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. It’s said that at least 50 children in North Dakota are diagnosed with a condition that would qualify them for a wish every year. Our vision is to reach every one of those children. On average, a wish costs $7,500 in cash with an additional $5,200 of donated in-kind goods and services. Without donors like you, children like Reece, who has a serious heart condition, wouldn’t receive their wishes. Throughout Reece’s life, he'd been told all the things he couldn’t do because of his condition. But when Make-A-Wish came in and told him to dream big, “For once in his life he got to make the calls,” explains his mom, Angie. So, Reece wished to learn how to surf in Australia, and he gained a sense of confidence that inspired his whole family. There are more children like Reece waiting for the chance to have their childhood restored by the power of a wish. You can help us say “yes” to those wishes! Every donation, no matter the size, has the power to positively impact children in your community who need your support during a tough time in their lives.
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5,000.00
Funded
340.00
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Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley
"Changing The Way We Think About Memory Loss"
"It has been very beneficial for me to attend Memory Cafe. I am more confident, in spite of my memory issues. My husband and I have made friends here and love the speakers. We have wonderful leaders and workers...very encouraging and thoughtful." - Linda, Memory Cafe participant. Memory Cafe of the Red River Valley was launched in May 2017. Our mission is to provide empowerment, hope, and joy to individuals living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners through socialization, education, creative arts, and community engagement/service. Your donation will help sponsor our annual participation in the Fargo Marathon 5K, Creatively Uncorked painting projects, the purchase of fleece for our annual community service blanket project, tickets to the Blender's Holiday Soul concert, and educational materials for our participants. Thank you for helping us change the way we think about memory loss!
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5,000.00
Funded
2,150.00
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ND Women's Business Center
Entrepreneurial Skills and Mindset
The ND Women's Business Center is a statewide organization that seeks to empower women in business, founded in 1999. We offer free, confidential business advisings to empower women to get in business, stay in business or scale their business. In addition, we coach and develop leaders to empower the entrepreneurial mindset. Give the gift of sponsoring an aspiring community leader a chance to say, yes, to her herself and her community. NDWBC will host a women's conference in 2020 to learn, engage and grow women currently in transitional living and referral basis. In this unique leadership program, participants will be able to grow through business leaders and educators. Providing a safe space for open conversations from various viewpoints can be a tremendous catalyst for growth and allows participants to step up and show their ability to lead. Leadership participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice different approaches for effectively handling common obstacles, how to strengthen your emotional intelligence, and develop the skills necessary to stand out as a business leader among both men and women. A $250 scholarship will provide an opportunity for women who have faced extreme adversity or living in transitional communities to participate in this unique leadership development course.
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5,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society
Children's Garden Handicapped Accessible Path
Everyone deserves access to nature's beauty! The American Disabilities Act has disallowed wood chip mulch as a suitable pathway surface for handicapped access. In addition, unsightly wood chip mulch paths are blown and washed away in heavy rains requiring frequent and costly replacement. The paths in one of our most popular Gardens, the Children's area, was constructed twenty-five years ago with this material and it is our hope to replace it, thereby complying with ADA standards and improving the path appearance. The Children's Alphabet Garden is popular with children, their parents and grandparents. The letters of the alphabet throughout the garden have plants and flowers with corresponding first letters, e.g. marigolds and mums in the "M" area. This is an opportunity for children to review the alphabet and learn to identify plants, while adults enjoy beauty of the flowers. Adjacent to the ABC Garden is the Fairy Garden, which also requires this new path surface. We are fortunate to have a Board Member who is a participant in the International Guild of Miniatures, who built our Fairy Garden. This popular stop is a favorite for children, as well as adults. To meet ADA requirements, the existing wood chip mulch will be removed to a depth of 4" and replaced with a special colored aggregate laid over a weed-deterring fabric. Cost of the aggregate is $3,100; the weed barrier is $150. Volunteers will perform all installation work.
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3,250.00
Funded
375.00
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Red River Zoological Society
Support the Red River Zoo Training Program
Training animals, through positive reinforcement, is an important part of life at the Red River Zoo. Through training, animals voluntarily participate in doctors' visits, allow general housekeeping in their area and work with keepers while getting a pedicure or bath. Training allows keepers and veterinarians to do their jobs more safely and easily. It also allows animals to receive the best care possible through their own willing involvement in the process. It builds bonds, is mentally stimulating, and it is critical to the welfare of our animals. Achieving these tasks through trained behaviors requires a devoted trainer, a well-prepared plan, consistency, and precision. To help our animal trainers, the Zoo provides continued learning. By supporting the Zoo's training program, you will fund continued education for our animal staff.
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5,000.00
Funded
260.00
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River Keepers
Canopies to Provide Quality Outdoor Youth River Education
One of the best ways for youth to learn about water and local water issues is by actively engaging them in hands-on learning and introducing them to local water experts. That's why River Keepers initiated the Red River Water Festival 21 years ago. Over 2,100 area 4th grade students from both public and private, urban and rural, schools attend this five-day award-winning festival. The Red River Water Festival facilitates and promotes the learning, awareness, appreciation, knowledge exploration and stewardship of resources with a focus on how that water interacts with both the human and natural environments. Students walk away with the knowledge of how water moves through living and nonliving systems and binds them together in the complex web of life. They also learn that water is important for all water users, and sustainable water management is crucial for social and economic stability and a healthy environment. Activity subjects include water quality, conservation, properties, watersheds, water cycle, history of water, riparian area, and more. Students may also participate in activities outside, near the Red River. These outdoor activities are a crucial component as many of the students have not even seen the river "in their own backyard." In order to continue this outdoor classroom environment, we need durable canopies that can withstand the Red River Valley weather for a week. The canopies provide a space for classes to participate in multiple activities, shade protection from the sun, and a dry place, if it is raining. Founded in 1990, River Keepers' mission is to advocate for safe and sustainable use of the Red River. We do this by creating opportunities for the community to LEARN about the river, so that these individuals can become good stewards and help SUSTAIN the river, and ultimately safely ENJOY the Red.
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5,000.00
Funded
25.00
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West Fargo Events
Bike Safety Rodeo
West Fargo Events will put on our first ever Bike Safety Rodeo in June of 2020. This event will teach hundreds of school age students and new bike riders the rules of the road through safety tips and simple instruction for families to practice both at the event and on their own. A safety presentation will be given along with handouts, free helmets for as many youth riders as we can outfit and an obstacle course to prove our new skills led by the police department. Our event will feature partnership between the Bicycle Safety Alliance, City of West Fargo, West Fargo School District, West Fargo Park District and our local emergency responders, police and fire to ensure a successful event for all.
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5,000.00
Funded
0.00
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YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
Pay it Forward Membership Program
This holiday season, the YMCA is giving back by giving away year-long memberships to families and individuals who may be going through financial struggles, experiencing medical issues, or simply going through a tough time. There are many members of our community that need a safe, warm and loving place for their family to be welcomed with open arms, and the YMCA is the perfect environment for finding belonging, restoration and growth. Help us make these Pay It Forward memberships a possibility! Any amount will help families and individuals in our community live healthier, more connected lives. In addition, Goldmark Property Management has generously offered to match up to the first nine memberships donated! One-Year Membership for a Family: $960 One-Year Membership for an Individual: $630 Can't sponsor a full membership? A gift of any size will be an immense help in making these memberships a possibility and in ensuring that the YMCA is truly accessible to all. Help change someone's life today and be a part of something special!
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