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In 2021, Basic Needs donated $118, 161.96 worth of items back to the community?  

  • We partnered with School District 833 to provide activities and food for Skoolie events at Newport Elementary in Newport MN 2021 serving over 180 people.
  • We have worked with the social workers in District 833 to provide 235 Hygiene kits for students.
  • We have donated 40 pair of youth pants to the school district for children that may have accidents.
  • Partnered with Marathon Refining in St Paul Park to support our summer camp program for 30 kids and provide 54 families pre-cooked Thanksgiving meals delivered by volunteers.
  • Partnered with the Vital Aging Network to provide an Aging with Gusto class for our community for 16 attendees.
  • Partnered with the local car show team-61 Cruzers- to help promote our nonprofit and get donations for our Free Little Pantry.
  • Partnered with the local police department to put on a Bike Safety Camp for the community in St Paul Park in August 2021 for 20 kids.
  • We provide Saturday Suppers each month (1200/year) and worked with our local restaurants to provide the meals.
  • We continue working with the Washington County Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) teams to develop our network for the homeless community as well as explore future collaborations and planning.
  • We have partnered with local Senior Housing organizations like Wings in Newport to provide vegetables, bread, and leftover boxed meals (from Saturday Suppers).
  • We have a collaborative agreement with Haven Treatment Center to be able to refer clients that may have chemical dependency concerns to provide free assessments.
  • We are partnered with Washington County Family Services to register families in need and provide Holiday help.
  • We have provided three cases of diapers to families in need. 
  • We are partnered with the Senior Community Center, Washington County Library, and Wellness 50+ to provide senior activities (like our Morning Social and monthly classes)
  • We have partnered with our local Lions Club to help support our Community Garden, Growth for Good. We scheduled weekly educational classes in the garden from June-August.
  • We partnered with Park Cafe to offer free meals to 100 people during the holidays.
  • We have partnered with the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon in Cottage Grove to aid vets that have been deployed (over 120 individuals), provide family activities at the Cottage Grove Armory, and providing basic needs to veteran’s families (20). 
  • Provided 732 pounds of vegetables to White Pines and Norris Square.
  • We have provided 6,332 lbs. of food to our Free Little Pantry.
  • We provided Tools -for- Teachers for Pullman, Newport and Crestview teachers that included over $500 in supplies.
  • We provided 12,880 lbs. of free items through our thrift shop.
  • We provided 56 Vouchers to families that totaled $6,534 of Basic Needs at our Thrift Shop
  • Provided Homeless panel discussion at All Saints Church for the community.
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