In this prolonged time of need, the Community Service Committee (CSC) and City of Lakes Rotary Club (COLRC) have partnered with numerous local organizations to provide welcome help to people throughout the Twin Cities.
Community Emergency Service (CES) Food Shelf Food Drive
Starting in September, COLRC has conducted successive food drives for CES through which members have already contributed over 1,400 pounds of much needed food to help them better serve their community with nutritious food during the pandemic and economic downturn. These drives will continue for the foreseeable future until we can once again safely return to the facility to fulfill food requests for individual recipients.
School Supplies for FAIR School
As students returned to school in September for what is proving to be a challenging year, a plea went out to the CSC and club members to provide school supplies to students at The FAIR School (The FAIR School is a public 9-12 fine arts high school located in downtown Minneapolis that is rooted in equity, innovation and creativity). Club members responded enthusiastically, contributing many bags and boxes of supplies to help out.
Halloween Treats and Supplies for The Family Partnership
The Family Partnership is a Minneapolis based nonprofit, social service organization with a wide variety of services available to children and parents. They maintain two schools, one in North Minneapolis and one in South Minneapolis for children ranging in age from 16 months on up to the age of 12. The schools offer a multitude of therapeutic educational services geared specifically to challenged children of low income families. When it appeared that it would be impossible to allow children to safely go trick or treating door-to-door on Halloween, they reached out to COLRC for help. Within a matter of one week members responded by not only providing hundreds of pounds of candy and nutritious treats, but also numerous coloring books, crayons, markers, and drawing pads for distribution to the costumed kids in their classrooms for a successful Halloween party.
Hat and Glove Distribution
Minnesota becomes an inhospitable place beginning in late fall for the unprepared. For over 20 years, the CSC has purchased and distributed high quality hats and gloves for those in need throughout the local community. This year, 750 hats and 750 pairs of gloves (ranging in size from children’s, to young adult’s, and adult’s) were distributed to 6 area social service organizations:
  • Simpson Housing
  • CES
  • Park Avenue Foundation
  • American Indian OIC
  • The Family Partnership
  • East Side Neighborhood Services
Rake, Rattle, and Roll
For over two decades, COLRC members and their families have helped out senior and challenged citizens in South Minneapolis by raking their yards in preparation for winter. This much appreciated event, which is always popular with our members, occurred on November 7 this year with a large turnout of masked and socially distanced members to lend a helping hand. As unpredictable as the weather can be at this time of year, this year it cooperated with a balmy high of 74°.
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