Dear friends,

I'm still celebrating our amazing Neighborhood Program* staff and the creativity of Summer Leaders campers. On August 1st a bus load of donors, board members, partners, friends and staff of Interfaith were treated to a program put on by 6th and 7th grade Summer Leaders campers at Sunset Hill Elementary School. The program included a delightful song, riveting poetry and the unveiling of a stunning mural all created by some justly proud kids. Coached by Learning Dreams, a project based in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota that builds a culture of learning by unleashing the hope and dreams of families and kids, these young artists not only created a beautiful work of art but discovered some very important life lessons along the way.

In their own words:
"I learned it was a blank canvas and we used our imagination to turn it into something." 
 "We can make a whole work of art together."
"Community is more than just the people around you."
"We work better when we are together."

Makes you want to jump up and down and double down on community wide resolve to make opportunities like these available to all of our kids. It's what we're after with the Great Expectations Initiative. Please join us and bring your friends to the Great Expectations Breakfast on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at Wayzata Community Church. Keep reading to learn more!

LaDonna Hoy
Executive Director 

*formerly CONECT

Back to School - one week left to donate!

Prefer not to shop for supplies in stores?
Make a financial donation online.

Drop off school supply donations:
Interfaith Outreach (donation door)
Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-19
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Donate supplies to Interfaith Outreach's Back to School Program to set 700+ kids up for success! You'll help local families whose budgets are stretched too thin to afford school supplies. 

New this year! You can buy supplies straight from our Amazon wish list and ship them directly to Interfaith Outreach (attn: Lynn Vettel, Back to School).

Volunteers needed! Sign up  for a shift on Aug. 29 to help distribute supplies to families.


Great Expectations - change the odds for kids

It takes an all-in investment of the community, from cradle to career, to make sure ALL our kids are on a path to succeed in school and in life.
Be informed. 
Attend the Great Expectations Breakfast Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7:30-9 a.m., at Wayzata Community Church. Learn what Great Expectations volunteers discovered could change the odds for struggling kids...and how YOU can help. Breakfast is free, but please register by Aug. 18.

Invest in our kids.
Donate to the Great Expectations campaign - our goal is to raise $200,000 to support youth and education. Between now and Aug. 31, a generous donor will match gifts up to $20,000. Change the odds for local kids with an online gift (c hoose "Great Expectations" from the drop-down menu).


Passionate about youth? Volunteer.

Get engaged.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference for our community's kids? See opportunities below and contact Liz Erstad-Hicks ( to talk about your availability and interests. We can't wait to help you discover your new volunteer passion!
  • Homework Club
  • STRIVE Mentor
  • Compass Mentor
  • Children's Play Area
P.S. Check out our summer print newsletter to read all about how you can make a lifelong impact for a young person!


Earl Cup Woodhill Classic Golf Tournament

Monday, Sept. 11
11 a.m. lunch and noon shotgun
Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata
Register by Aug. 18
(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.

Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors!
- UnitedHealth Group (Presenting Sponsor)
- Best Buy (Par Sponsor)


Did You Know?
  • An achievement and opportunity gap exists for hundreds of preschool and 1,600 school age children despite our excellent schools. Thanks to this great community, hundreds of children received support through programs and activities that align with the Great Expectations Initiative.  Learn more >
  • August's Volunteer Spotlight is Gary Charles, an empathetic and determined Great Expectations Action Team volunteer.  Meet Gary >
  • You can enjoy a delicious multi-course dinner with expertly paired wines in the private dining room of Spasso, a beloved western suburb eatery. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Outreach.  Register today >
  • Resale Select's annual Furniture Tent Sale brought in $14,104 in sales in only two days! Big thanks to 60 amazing volunteers, dozens of furniture donors and the shoppers who purchased 1,804 total items.  View photos >

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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