Do you ever wonder why some opportunities present themselves to you? As I plan out who to feature in each week’s Community Connections email, I often reflect on members that I have been in touch with during the course of my work week. Recently, I have been helping Mary at the Assistance League create a banner ad to be featured on the Chamber website. Then, while driving to the office, I noticed an Assistance League bumper sticker on the car I was driving behind. I think that is the universe hitting me over the head with my next member feature! It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the Assistance League in this week’s Community Connections! Assistance League of Minneapolis is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults through community programs. Community programs that benefit people right here in our city! Volunteers identify unmet needs in our community and address them through programs developed and administered by their members. Their strong volunteer commitment allows them to deliver a return on donations to the community of more than 88%.
The Assistance League is a philanthropic nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian, all-volunteer organization. The money for programs is generated from the Assistance League Thrift shop, grants and donations. The Thrift Shop is located at 6416 Penn Ave South and accepts gently used donations such as clothing, housewares, books, collectibles, shoes, linens, art and jewelry. All Thrift Shop proceeds support our community programs, and donations are tax deductible!
Did you know that the Assistance League also offers grants to teachers in the district? These grants, which range up to $750, are for projects that exceed the standard curriculum. Assistance League members review grant applications and conduct classroom visits to the award recipients. The Assistance League also offers short presentations detailing their community programs intended to increase public awareness of the needs in our community and motivate action. If you’ve been thinking about ways to get involved, why not consider the Assistance League? You’ll be glad you did!