When hearts are trump, it's not just about a card game. In the real world we live in, it's about  making love happen. Real, dependable love.

Valentine's Day is a delightful prompt for making love happen in colorful and visible ways. Kids exchange valentines. Florists flourish. Candy flies off the shelves. Cupid aims at unsuspecting hearts. Jewelers celebrate. People call the family and friends they miss. Amore!

But what about the daily triumphs of love given and received that can happen for our kids,
when moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles, and teachers and coaches,  and landlords and shopkeepers, and neighbors and friends - the "whole village" - show up to provide  that ordinary magic of adult-child relationships that nurture hope and joy and resilience in our kids?
There's an art to all this. Who among us who has ever loved a child doesn't know how powerful  those relationships can be. Particularly for kids who could use an extra boost. 
Please join us to hear more about how we - all of us, together - can provide that boost, that  love that trumps adversity for our kids. 
Come to the third in our Great Expectations Speaker Series. Dr. Ann Masten will share findings  from research and best practice of ways families, schools and communities can provide that ordinary  magic for our kids. See details below.

LaDonna Hoy
Executive Director



Thursday, March 15, 7:30-9 a.m.
Interfaith Outreach, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

Join us for the third in the Great Expectations Speaker Series sponsored by Wayzata and Orono School Districts and Interfaith Outreach. Ann Masten, Ph.D., Regents Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and author of Ordinary Magic: Nurturing Resilience in Children, will share her research on this topic.

Professor Masten will discuss what resilience is and what we have learned from research on young people who overcome disadvantage or adversity to succeed in life. 
She will highlight the origins and findings from studies of resilience, hers and others, with a focus on opportunities for families, schools and communities to foster positive development and resilience in children and society.  A light breakfast will be served. The event is free, but please RSVP.


Start planning your food and fund drive today!

The Prevent Hunger campaign is Interfaith Outreach's annual effort to address - and prevent - hunger right here in the western suburbs. The campaign kicks off March 1, with a goal of raising $200,000 and collecting 100,000 pounds of food shelf donations before March 31.  But don't wait - find your fun and meaningful way to get involved!
  • Organize a food and fund drive (view the  group flyerfood and fund drive packet and full toolkit for ideas and resources)
  • Make a financial gift online or send a check (memo line "Prevent Hunger").  Every $1 donated allows us to source $9 worth of food and household items through our food partners. 
  • Bring most-needed items to Interfaith Outreach
Food donations are accepted from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth. Schedule large donations drop-offs by calling 763-489-7530.


Thursday, April 19, 6-9:30 p.m.
International Market Square, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis

International Market Square in Minneapolis will be the trendy backdrop for an evening of fashion and philanthropy.  Glamorous attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, shopping from unique vendors, a chance to win a celebrity-donated purse and a fashion show featuring fresh looks for spring. Hosted by local television personality Kim Insley, proceeds support local families and individuals in key impact areas including housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, and more.

General Admission is $90 per person. Seats are going quickly, so purchase your tickets or  become a sponsor today! Contact Cate Fossing at cfossing@iocp.org or 763-489-7513.



Thursday, Feb. 15,  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Resale Select, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

Grab your friends and join us for a girls' night out at Interfaith Outreach's store, Resale Select. We will bring out our newest merchandise for this event so you can find great bargains on quality items. Enjoy complimentary sips and bites , socialize, shop and support the families we serve with your purchases. Click "going" in our Facebook event and spread the word!

Did you know?

  • February's Volunteer Spotlight is Dayton Barkley, a dedicated and encouraging Employment Services volunteer.  Meet Dayton >
  • Thrivent Financial members can designate their Thrivent Choice dollars to Interfaith Outreach.  Learn more >
  • The annual Caring for Kids Breakfast is set for May 31, 2018! Save the date -- more info coming soon.
  • Resale Select was honored by the readers of the Plymouth Sun Sailor newspaper with two "Best of Plymouth" awards!  Learn more > 

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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Plymouth MN 55447
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