The mission of the Community Connections Program is to establish a closer working relationship between EAC’s Welfare to Work programs and area human service organizations that serve as referral sources and provide needed services to our program participants.
EAC Welfare-to-Work staff have been making connections in the community and assisting local organizations that provide services to the people we serve. Last fall, Senator Franken congratulated the staff for their outstanding contribution to the communities in EAC’s service areas:
To date, our staff has contributed over 4,000 hours of service at places like:
Harbor Lights, Minneapolis, MN
The Minneapolis Harbor Light Center provides emergency assistance, shelter, housing, chemical dependency treatment, transitional housing, health care services and spiritual support to its clients.
EAC staff assist in preparing and serving meals to the residents.
InStep Daycare, Minneapolis, MN
INSTEP is a licensed drop-in childcare program serving children and families who are working toward self-sufficiency and family health. INSTEP allows parents to attend literacy training, perform a job search, and go to work while on the wait-list for permanent childcare. EAC volunteers participate in story time and read to the children attending the center.
St. Stephen’s Shelter, Minneapolis, MN
St. Stephen’s Shelter offers safe and sober shelter to 43 adult men every night. Staff help them keep their shelter space clean and welcoming by performing housekeeping duties throughout the facility.
Second Harvest Heartland, Minneapolis, MN
Second Harvest Heartland is the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger-relief organization with a mission of ending hunger through community partnerships. EAC staff sort and re-pack reclamation food items for distribution to the agency’s food-shelves.
Lewis House, Eagan, MN
Community Action Council provides support to people and communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency. The people at Lewis House believe the home should be a safe place to find love and support. Domestic violence is a serious social problem that has far-reaching effects. Lewis house provides a safe haven from women and children to come for shelter and support. EAC volunteers help with the basic upkeep of this shelter.
Bridging, Roseville, MN
Bridging Inc.’s mission is to provide the economically disadvantaged with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household items, which help to stabilize and improve their lives while effectively using community resources. EAC staff volunteers assist in the warehouse; unloading and moving donated furniture and household goods to the appropriate area or sorting and stocking shelves with donated items.
Operation Minnesota Nice Making a Difference…One Package at a Time
EAC staff donate care package items to send to service men and women through Operation Minnesota Nice (OMN). OMN had adopted over 6,307 soldiers at 62 different packing locations, including Colorado and Ohio, and have shipped more then 314,379 pounds of donations. OMN provides support and comfort to those serving in our armed forces and is committed to making a difference in the lives of those who are serving abroad in a time of conflict.
Meals on Wheels, Minneapolis, MN
Meals on Wheels provides help, autonomy, dignity and security for homebound residents, their families, and caregivers. Volunteers help deliver meals to North Minneapolis residents who are at risk nutritionally and unable to prepare their own meals. . The majority of those recipients live at or below poverty level and are frail due to poor health.
Neighbors Inc., South Saint Paul, MN
With the help of its volunteers, Neighbors, Inc. strives to reduce poverty, promote self-sufficiency, and build community. Neighbors provides 14 emergency and supportive assistance programs. While serving at Neighbors, Inc., EAC staff members assist in the food shelf, sorting and packing donated items.
Listening House, St. Paul, MN
Listening House provides practical assistance, counsel and a friendly ear to people who are homeless, disadvantaged or lonely. Listening House staff aspires to help their guests find hope in the spirit of community. EAC staff members sort and organize incoming clothing donations and other hygiene products, ensure coffee and tea are full and freshly brewed, assist with front desk duties and interact with and listen to guests.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
Rebuilding Together is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. Rebuilding Together provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans. EAC Staff Members help to revitalize homes in the community.
Dakota Woodlands, Eagan, MN
Dakota Woodlands, a non-profit human service organization, is the only short-term housing facility for homeless women and children in Dakota County. Families are able to stay as long as necessary in order to move from having no homes to homes of their own. Staff members cleaned the playground area, the clothes closet and the kitchen.
People Serving People, Minneapolis, MN
People Serving People provides education, social and life skill programs to all residents in need. In addition, they can house over 350 individuals and provide up to 1,000 meals every day. EAC staff members serve food to residents in the cafeteria and perform light cleanup after meals.
All Center Food Drives
Throughout the year, EAC staff organize food drives for metro area food shelves. Food collection boxes are placed at all agency locations and staff donate non-perishable food items to be distributed to local food bank through the Emergency Foodshelf Network.
Juneteenth, Minneapolis, MN
Commemorating the end of slavery in the US, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the event in the country. The date remembers the day on 19 June 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston in Texas with the Union army bearing the news that the war was over and that all the slaves were to be freed. The day commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. EAC staff members host a booth at the event and offer information about our services.
World Refugee Day, Minneapolis, MN
World Refugee Day is a celebration and a time to honor the world’s nearly 10 million refugees. Twin Cities World Refugee Day celebrates the diversity of the cities’ 90,000 + refugees and their communities while remembering and honoring their journeys to Minnesota. EAC staff members help set up the fair and host a booth to cultivate relationships with the refugee population.
United We Serve
An initiative introduced by The President and First Lady, United We Serve was launched to create a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to meet community needs and make service a way of life for all Americans. In conjunction with this initiative, staff served on September 11th, the culmination of the United We Serve project, with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities. Staff members participated in a project which distributed green energy resources to over 500 low-income households in northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods.
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