On October 10, 2016, Minnco had its first Minnco Day of Kindness. Employees spent that day handing out cards, cash and Minnco branded gifts to random strangers in the hope of spreading kindness throughout the community.  The next few years we built up the program, extending it to a week of kindness and creating what we called Minnco Moments.  In 2019, it was decided that Minnco didn't want to spend one day or one week spreading kindness in our communities - that we wanted to spend the whole year creating Minnco Moments for those around us!  This page is for us to share what we are doing to spread kindness in the communities we serve.



NEW HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Cambridge, MN 
HAVEN FOR HEROES
Anoka, MN
NORTH STAR FAMILY ADVOCACY CENTER
Braham, MN

New Hope got a call from the Principle Scott Peterson at Cambridge Intermediate that there was a need for 3rd-5th grades to have some winter garments on hand for those who don’t have any or are missing. With the recent events of Covid-19 the school is unable to let the children “borrow” something from the winter bin if needed. The school needed to have enough items on hand to be able to give those who need it at that moment.  At the same time New Hope received a call from Damon Patrick of Minnco Credit Union that they had some funds to support a cause in the community so the timing was perfect!

In collaboration with New Hope members and the donation from Minnco Credit Union, New Hope was able to donate to the Intermediate Schools of Cambridge and Isanti:

  • 20 girls jackets
  • 25 boys jackets
  • Girls/Boys bibs, hats, and boots 

Haven for Heroes’ mission is to provide a place of safety and refuge for Veterans and/or their family members who, for whatever reason, need assistance. Minnco, in partnership with the Minnco Foundation, was proud to recently donate supplies and gifts for the holidays!  

Haven for Heroes is volunteer-driven and most of its fundraising goes to restore the historic buildings that they use to house veterans and their families. 

After reading an article in the local newspaper about North Star Family Advocacy Center needing financial support, the Cambridge office decided they wanted to help! A few employees were able to present a check and tour their facility in Braham.

North Star is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing further trauma to children and vulnerable adults by offering comprehensive support and embracing a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of reported cases of abuse.  The center handles all Isanti County, Chisago County and Kanabec County cases.


To learn more about Haven for Heroes: https://www.facebook.com/Haven4HeroesMN 

To see more pictures, click here!

To learn more about North Star Family Advocacy Center: https://www.facebook.com/North-Star-Family-Advocacy-Center-1306223286180278/ 





ROSEWOOD &
WALKER METHODIST LEVANDE
Cambridge, MN
RUFF START RESCUE
Princeton, MN
NEW PATHWAYS, INC.
Cambridge, MN

The Cambridge office delivered over 100 care packages to residents at Rosewood and Walker Methodist Levande.  One employee had heard from members that were in the Senior Center and how lonely they have been.  That employee talked to co-workers and everyone agreed that they wanted to do something to lift up their spirits.  The packages included a variety of useful items such as a pen, journal, lip balm along with a note of encouragement.

Our animal loving Cambridge office, in partnership with the Minnco Foundation, recently donated to Ruff Start Rescue in Princeton.  

Ruff Start Rescue, a foster-based rescue, is dedicated to saving the lives of at-risk animals. They also collaborate, communicate, and educate about the importance of animal rescue and welfare.

Our Cambridge Cub Foods office, in partnership with the Minnco Foundation, recently donated to New Pathways in Cambridge. 

New Pathways, Inc. exists to empower and provide support to families with children experiencing homelessness in Central Minnesota. Families are given access to case management, advocacy, resources, plus the opportunity to build skills that encourage stability and sustainability.

Their Path to Home Shelter Program is currently sheltering enrolled families in local hotels due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which came as an unexpected expense. Typically, they partner with area churches to provide the night shelter and meals. Their partnering churches continue to help provide meals and help towards the hotel cost if they can.  The $500 donated by Minnco will go to help with the cost of the hotel.

 


To learn more about Ruff Start Rescue: https://www.ruffstartrescue.org/ 

To find out more information about New Pathways: http://newpathwaysmn.com/ 




ISANTI COUNTY CHRISTMAS PROJECT
Isanti County
BIG LAKE ELEMENTARY PTSO
Big Lake, MN
CAMBRIDGE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Isanti County

The Isanti office recently made a donation to the Isanti County Lions to help them with their Isanti County Christmas Project.  For many years, the Isanti County Lions have coordinated this county-wide project; soliciting and recruiting gifts, food, and money from people, groups and businesses in Isanti County and then distributing the donated items to needy individuals and families that are referred to them from many sources within Isanti County.

The Big Lake office, partnering with the Minnco Foundation, recently made a donation of $1000 to the Big Lake Elementary Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).  $500 went to Liberty Elementary for clothing for the kids (boots, gloves, hats, snow pants, etc.) and $500 went to Independence Elementary Stem for school supplies for the kids (binders, notebooks, pencils, earbuds, etc.).  

The Isanti office has committed to taking turns volunteering their time at the Cambridge Surplus Food Distribution (CSFD)every 3rd Tuesday of the month!

CSFD aims to end hunger in our community, by distributing surplus food, such as over stocked, close-dated or bulk items to individuals and families who are in crisis or who's income does not exceed federal poverty guidelines. CSFD is run strictly on monetary donations, helping families in need of food.  

Distributions is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Isanti County Fairgrounds.


To find out more about Isanti County Lions and the Isanti County Christmas Project: https://e-clubhouse.org/sites/isanti/projects.php 


To find out more information about CSFD:
http://cambridgefooddistribution.org/ 

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BEYOND THE YELLOW RIBBON
Isanti County
ALEXANDRA HOUSE
Blaine, MN
SENIOR MEAL DELIVERY - SAC's
Cambridge, MN

The Isanti office recently made a donation to the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.  

The mission of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is to support Isanti County's military service members, veterans, and their families by coordinating services and resources available to them.

The Andover branch was honored to donate cleaning supplies including hand sanitizer, disinfecting spray, paper towels and tissues, in addition to 6 fleece blankets that the staff made for the Alexandra House.

The mission of the Alexandra House is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change, through education, support, and advocacy.

Staff in our Cambridge office have volunteered to start delivering meals to area seniors. The staff will take turns delivering meals every Thursday to seniors in Cambridge, Stanchfield and Isanti. Thursday, November 5 was their first day of delivering meals for SAC's!

The mission of the SAC's Enrichment Center is to provide seniors in Isanti County with resources in which topical information on senior issues, nutritional, recreational and minor medical needs are met for our senior population age 55 and over.  As a direct result of COVID-19, they have been unable to provide restaurant dining and social activities and started to offer a take-out or delivery service for senior Monday through Thursdays.

To find out more about the Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon:
https://www.beyondtheyellowribbonisanti.org/ 

To find out more about the Alexandra House: https://www.alexandrahouse.org/ 

To find out more about the Senior Enrichment Center: https://www.ci.cambridge.mn.us/amenities-fun/senior-center 

http://sacsmn.org/ 

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SHALOM THRIFT SHOP
Cambridge, MN
WARMING HOUSE
Big Lake, MN
BLACK DOG HILL SHELTER
Cambridge, MN
Every Wednesday during the month of October, our Cambridge Cub Foods office employees have spent 90 minutes volunteering at the Shalom Thrift Shop in Cambridge, MN, assisting in their back room or wherever else they might need help. The Shalom Thrift Shop has been in the community since 1981.  It is operated entirely by volunteers so that it can give proceeds back to the community.  Their mission is to help Isanti County residents in need of food, shelter and clothing.  Seven Minnco employees, including the staff of the Big Lake office, recently spent a day repainting a warming house in need of some TLC. According to Big Lake Branch Manager, Yvonne Blum, Corrie Scott, the Big Lake Recreation Coordinator, had suggested the project to Yvonne after she asked about possible volunteer opportunities. Yvonne states that next year the team hopes to improve the panels around the ice rink. Black Dog Hill Shelter is accessible 24 hrs. a day, providing safe, emergency housing and support for victims of domestic abuse and their children.  For the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Minnco's Cambridge Office is collecting personal care items, cash or gently used clothing.  Some items in need are: hair conditioner, toothpaste, hair ties, hair brushes, deodorant, diapers, along with winter clothing.

Shalom Thrift Shop
1515 1st Ave E
Cambridge, MN 55008
763-689-0348

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To find out more about the location and hours of the rinks and warming house: 

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To find out more about Black Dog Hill and Domestic Violence Awareness Month:



VIKING VITTLES
North Branch, MN
SERENITY'S CAUSE
Big Lake, MN
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
Cambridge, MN
Viking Vittles started in 2019 with the idea to help families in the North Branch School District that are food insecure by starting a weekend food backpack program. Along with a cash donation, North Branch employees will be volunteering during the month of October delivering totes that are filled with bags of food to the elementary school and the education center.    Serenity set a goal of raising $5,000 for a family in Big Lake. Our Big Lake employees found out she was still short of her goal and decided to help her reach her goal. On October 5, the Big Lake office presented Serenity with check for the exact amount she was short!
Minnco offered free parking and our employees helped direct traffic for the Veterans Memorial Park Dedication Ceremony on October 9, 2020. Employees also handed out flags to those in attendance.

To find out more about Viking Vittles:
https://trinitynorthbranch.org/missions
To find out more about Serenity's Cause: https://www.facebook.com/Serenitys-Cause-653194965180861 
To find out more about Veterans Memorial Park: 

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