We are honored to support and magnify the work of nonprofits and community businesses in one small way through the prizes & drawings for participants. For example, Cookie Cart, even as their buildings were boarded up in North Minneapolis and East St Paul, continued to serve youth and make cookies, and the students even came together to paint the boards with heartfelt memorials to George Floyd and of hope for change.
There is much more work to be done and many changes ahead. As we implement these changes, we must remain aware and connected to the continued injustices and inequalities our BIPOC neighbors endure. We are committed to creating inclusivity and diversity in our organization and communities not only during this critical time but as we continue forward together on the road toward an equitable future for everyone.
We are in the right place at the right time.
We mobilized, and partnered, and gathered volunteers. In just weeks, we created the largest comprehensive donation-focused response in the US to connect donors and organizations in need. And we will continue our work, responding to the economic as well as the public health crisis.
Stand with us
This week is #GiveatHomeMN and today is Giving Tuesday. We also just announced transition of our 5K fundraiser to virtual - so you can participate from anywhere.
Thank You - We couldn't do it without you.
They are on the front lines, often transporting people with COVID-19.
She said these masks would protect them from infecting others while at work, and just as importantly, at home. She passed along that they are so grateful for the public wanting to assist us during this unprecedented and critical time.
All of the needed items are listed on DonateGoodStuff.org
· N95 respirator masks
· Disinfectant – cavicide or similar
· Cleaning wipes with bleach (i.e. Clorox)
· Hand sanitizer swabs (Dacron, Rayon, Nylon)
· Safety Glasses\gowns
· Face shields
· Thermometers – Infra red probe covers
If you can help, reach out to the SPFF: email@example.com
Mask-Making Week in Minnesota
You can donate home-sewn masks any time before or after the drive on Saturday, directly to organizations and facilities. Find a map of all locations in Minnesota HERE or search near you HERE.
Many other donations are needed during this time, from food and hygiene items, to creative activities items for seniors and children. Find out what is needed near you HERE
- "Nurses only get one mask/day and they do trauma surgery" - Hospital
- "We were just told today we are only allowed 1 mask per week and we no longer can give out masks to patients" - Urgent Care Doctor
- "We are grateful for any amount given..for staff providing around the clock care"
- "We are in desperate need of masks" - Fire Department
- "We cannot get masks. Most of our residents are 85-110" - Assisted Living
- "We are down to 5 N95s" - VA Medical Center
- "I have 5 masks left and have not been able to get any more" - Pharmacy
- "We are trying to remain open and care for essential workers children." - Daycare
Right here in Minnesota, we have the Twin Cities Mask Makers, and Treadle Yard Goods has provided free kits. Across the nation, there are armies of people mobilizing - #MillionMaskMayday, #MillionMaskChallenge among others.
Many ways to help
There is no question COVID-19 is serious. And it's true, we are short on supplies. But we can choose to focus on the difference we CAN make - staying at home, social distancing, washing hands, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, getting supplies out as quickly as we can, and keeping each other's spirits up in all kinds of creative ways.
We'll get through this together.
Here are 9 items to consider donating as you de-clutter
#1 Toilet Paper
#2 Car Seats
#3 Small Travel Size Toiletries
Did you know that many organizations have car donation programs (most use a third party to auction your car to help fund services. Be aware that some may not provide much benefit to the nonprofit although it can be a better bet than the junkyard)
Also consider donating to local technical schools or high schools with mechanic or automotive shop classes.
#5 Bedding and Sheets
Consider donating bedding, sheets, linens, and blankets with lots of life still in them to transitional housing programs like Haven Housing, emergency programs like STEP (Saint Louis Park Emergency Program), or programs serving new neighbors like MORE.
#6 Clean Plastic Shopping Bags
If you can't find a place to donate them near you (note: in most cities you cannot include them with regular recycling), stores throughout the US will collect & recycle them like Target, Cub and also Goodwill. Find a convenient drop-off near you HERE.
#8 Baby Formula
Find these and more items you can donate at DonateGoodStuff.org!