Dear friends,

Great expectations for our kids are built upon the generative love of multiple committed relationships of a whole community and are fueled by time-critical investment in the present and future of all of its kids.

Anyone who has ever raised a child knows this. We know this. We also know that some of our kids - too many of our kids - still, are at risk of arriving at kindergarten behind and/or are struggling to catch up with the academic skills and proficiencies that set them on the path to success in school and in life.

Close to 500 pre-schoolers and nearly 1,600 K-12 kids of the Wayzata and Orono schools.

That's where the generative love of our community comes in. The Great Expectations Initiative provides the way to ramp up our collective heart and will to change the odds for these kids - all along the way, from cradle to career - and in all the ways that matter.

We've made a great start. We know what's getting in the way. We're smarter now about what's working that needs to be scaled up. We've piloted innovative approaches that empower parents and kids to navigate systems and connect with resources that set and keep them on the path to success. We're on our way.

Please join us at the Great Expectations Breakfast on Aug. 22 (see below) to learn more about how you can play an irreplaceable role in this exciting venture. For our kids.  

LaDonna Hoy
Executive Director 

The path out of poverty for children and youth is cradle-to-career access to educational opportunity and a caring, informed, engaged community invested in setting and keeping them on the path to success. 
Be informed. 
Bring a friend to the 2018 Great Expectations Breakfast Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7:30-9 a.m., sponsored and hosted by Wayzata Community Church. Keynote speaker Chris Coleman, CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and former St. Paul mayor, is a strong and effective advocate for education, economic development and racial equity. He will inspire us as we continue to change the odds for struggling kids. Breakfast is free, but please RSVP by Aug. 17.

Get engaged.
See volunteer opportunities below and contact Najmo Yusuf ( to talk about your availability and interests. We can't wait to help you discover your new volunteer passion!  Check out our summer  print newsletter to discover the impact you can make.
  • After-school Mentor (working with elementary students)
  • Literacy Program (working with elementary students)
  • High School Mentor (during lunch hour, monthly)
  • Meal Provider or Host (for parent education program, evening)
  • Child Care Volunteer (variety of locations)
  • Lunchtime Helper (with elementary students)
Invest in our kids.
Donate to the Great Expectations campaign - our goal is to raise $260,000 to support youth and education.  Between now and Aug. 31, a generous donor will match gifts up to $20,000 . You can make a game-changing difference for local kids with an online gift (choose "Great Expectations" from the drop-down menu).


Donate Supplies for our Youth - One Week Left!

Prefer not to shop? Give a financial gift.

Drop off school supply donations:
Interfaith Outreach
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Aug. 1-18

With your help we can give kids the tools they need to succeed! Donate new school supplies by Aug. 18.

Download our list of most-needed items or shop online using our Target registry list.

Volunteers needed! Sign up f or a shift on Aug. 28 to help distribute supplies to families.


Earl Cup Woodhill Classic - Last Chance!

Monday, Sept. 24
11 a.m. lunch and noon shotgun
Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata
(limited foursomes available)

You and your foursome spend the afternoon swinging away at Wayzata's prestigious Woodhill Country Club. Best of all, your game on the greens will bring resources and hope to area kids and families. Please email Cate ( with questions.

Many thanks to our Hole-in-One sponsors! 
Don and Jane Brattain,  Babs Koch, and  The Munsell Family in Memory of Bill


Resale Select Ladies Night Aug. 16

Thursday, Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m.
1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

Calling all ladies - come "experience Resale" at our Aug. 16 Ladies Night! We save some of our best merchandise to provide you with the finest shopping selection - not to mention free giveaways and refreshments.

Open to the public, all proceeds benefit families and kids at Interfaith Outreach, so you can feel good knowing your purchase helps our neighbors. Share the Facebook event with friends!


Did You Know?
  • Our amazing community is working to create opportunities for an estimated 500 preschool and 1,600 school-age kids in our community to succeed in school and life.   Learn how >
  • August's Volunteer Spotlight is Welde Dubar, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer leader with Great Expectations.   Meet Welde >
  • Eaglebrook Church selected Interfaith Outreach as its Wayzata campus partner. Thank you, Eaglebrook, and welcome to the neighborhood!
  • Our local Cub Foods store celebrated its 50th anniversary and made a celebratory financial contribution. Their generous in-kind gifts to the food shelf all year long are also deeply needed and appreciated.

The mission of Interfaith Outreach is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive.

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1605 County Road 101 N
Plymouth MN 55447
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