Dear friends,

I just learned, quite by accident and somewhat to my dismay, that the motto "Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of dark of night..." often ascribed to the heroic and faithful service of U.S. postal workers did not originate with the U.S. Post Office after all. Actually, it originated with the Greek scholar Herodotus, who was impressed with the grit and commitment of the Persians of his day. Nevertheless, I still love my mailman. 
 
I also like to think Herodotus would be OK with ascribing his words to the heroic and faithful band of food shelf volunteers, local food vendors, postal workers, schools and faith communities, businesses and scouts and kids and donors of our community who continue to show up every day in every way to ensure that no person or family or child in our community goes hungry.

The Prevent Hunger campaign is one more way our community lights up his timeless characterization of heroic and faithful service with $200,000 and 100,000 pounds of food and goods. I think Herodotus would be proud.

LaDonna Hoy
Executive Director

 



PREVENT HUNGER CAMPAIGN, MARCH 1-31
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 flyer, food 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. Learn more about the impact your dollars make.
  • Bring most-needed items to Interfaith Outreach (view list)
Food donations are accepted from Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth. Schedule large donation drop-offs by calling 763-489-7530.





Please save the date for this true celebration of the thousands of friendships and partnerships that have shaped four decades of work together in support of local, struggling families, our neighbors.  This festive event starts with a social hour, bidding opportunities, live and silent auctions, dinner, stories of hope from program participants and the community, and ends with an after party not to be missed.

Registration is open and sponsorships are still available. Proceeds will support local families and individuals in key impact areas including housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, and more. Purchase tickets today!


Drive Out Hunger

For every $1 donated to the Prevent Hunger campaign, Interfaith Outreach can source $9 worth of food through food partners.

Thursday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Sears Imported Autos, 13500 Wayzata Blvd

Sears Imported Autos and the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce invite you to Drive Out Hunger, a creative mixer with a philanthropic twist. Enjoy a complimentary happy hour featuring catering from Crave, live music and a silent auction. Share the Facebook event with friends and colleagues.

What you can bring:
  • Monetary donations welcome! 
  • Food shelf donations. The most-needed items include cooking oil, fresh produce, canned fruits or vegetables, healthy snacks, baby food or formula, baby wipes, feminine products, paper towels and toiletries. View full list.
All contributions benefit local families and kids through Interfaith's  Prevent Hunger campaign.

NEW! Youth Philanthropist Award


Philanthropy starts young - we notice it.

Do you know some awesome high school students looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities? Do they need/want to build their resume and strengthen their college applications? Look no further. Encourage the young people in your life to apply for the Youth Philanthropist Award with Interfaith Outreach. Over the course of a 12-month period, high school students can volunteer 50+ hours and complete other service learning opportunities to receive the award. Questions? Contact Najmo, nyusuf@iocp.org, 763-489-7505.

Celebrating Resale Select


Where fashion and friendship meet

Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grab your girlfriends and join us for Ladies Night at Resale Select. The first 100 customers get a swag bag filled with goodies! Enjoy raffle drawings and complimentary sips and bites while you shop.

When you shop at Resale Select, everyone wins, because proceeds benefit local families and kids through Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners. Find great bargains on quality clothing, accessories and household goods!  Facebook event >



Resale Select is honored to win the Sun Sailor Readers' Choice Award for 2019 "Best Thrift Store" and "Best Boutique" in Plymouth. For the second year in a row, our boutique thrift shop has won your respect and support. Thank you for your votes and for your continued participation in this important work! Resale Select is a place where volunteers, donors and shoppers are woven into the fabric of our work. We could not be more grateful.  More >

Did You Know?


  • February's Volunteer Spotlight is Mark, a professional recruiter who coaches job-seekers with Employment Services  (photo left).   Meet Mark >
  • Do you love kids? Are you able to give a few hours of time to watch young children while their parents access resources in our building? We have an urgent need for children's play area volunteers. Please contact Najmo at nyusuf@iocp.org if interested.
  • Thrivent Financial members can designate their Thrivent Choice dollars before March 31.   More >




Mission
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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