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Together, We Helped Melissa & Her Children Stay in Their Home
Melissa is a mother of two and lives in our community. Last winter, her son was hospitalized due to severe breathing issues. Melissa missed work so that she could be with him at the hospital. Her job does not offer paid time off, so missing work meant a missed paycheck.
As we approach the year's end, we wanted to celebrate some of the amazing ways that together, we made a difference in our community. The statistics that we share are from Fiscal Year 2018.
Whether you want to teach your kids about philanthropy, community, or issues like food insecurity or poverty, getting involved with ICA is a fun, easy way to help your kids make a difference in our community.
Here are a few of the many ways we’ve seen kids give back this year:
As kids head back to school this month, we’ve been busy preparing for the school year too! Our two school programs are back: Super Snack Bins and Weekend Bags. These are two of the ways we partner with Hopkins & Minnetonka public schools to ensure that the kids in our community have enough to eat.
This spring, we posted on Next Door that we were in need of a new desks for our offices. (Our previous desks predated computers!) To our great delight, Minnetonka resident Joel Peterson contacted us. Joel is the CEO of Minneapolis-based iSpace Environments, a company that creates beautiful workspaces. iSpace has since refurbished four of our offices with new furniture and we are so grateful!
At ICA, we take a holistic approach to serving our neighbors in need, addressing the issues of food, housing, utilities, transportation, and employment. We know that all pieces of a family budget are interconnected.
“Do I pay the electricity bill or purchase food for my family?”
On Saturday, July 28th, we held our first ever Bonus Saturday! We held it in the parking lot of the food shelf at our K-Tel location. We had 26 volunteers on hand to help out with the event, plus nine staff.
We’re so pleased to announce that we have two matching grants this summer!
ICA is committed to meeting the needs of our community. One of the ways we do this is through partnerships with other community organizations, including local nonprofits, the Minnetonka and Hopkins School districts, and local city government and police departments.