September 2017

posted Sep 10, 2017, 5:41 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 5:45 AM ]

Fall Kick Off Meeting

Please come to the Moms & Neighbors Kick off meeting!
Monday, September 11, 2017
6:30pm
Vivo Kitchen, Apple Valley


Full bar and a limited food menu will be available to order off of in the meeting room.

We will be introducing our plans for 2017, and explaining a new and exciting way we are going to invite you to participate in our giving throughout the year! Come and hear what we're up to, and how you can get involved! There's no obligation.

Come and bring a friend too!

See you on Monday night!

April 2017

posted Sep 10, 2017, 5:32 AM by Kristen Henning

Families and Teens we helped this month:
1.  Single mom with seven children. Mom has had a stroke, she also has cancer and has been in and out of the hospital a lot lately. There are many medical expenses. M & N paid their electric bill and gave them gift cards to Cub and Walmart.

2.  A family with 4 children.  Primary caregiver unable to work due to significant, documented needs of youngest two
children.  M & N gave them a gift cards to Walmart and Aldi.
 
3.  Single mother of 3 with medical issues; limited support and financial means. They needed winter gear.  M & N gave them a gift card to Walmart.

4.   A family of 4.  Teen trying to adjust and cope with parent illness; adjusting to increase in independence now
that parent is physically and emotional pre-occupied with medical diagnosis/treatment;
continuing to attend school despite issues at home.  M & N paid for the teen to get a birth certificate so they can pursue work and gift cards for gas and Target.

5.  A family with 4 children.  The mom is sick with what sounds like a degenerative disease, and the family is really
struggling to make ends meet. Dad works really hard as a mechanic, but with 4 growing boys,
and mom being very sick and unable to work, it has cause major emotional and financial stress
on the family.  M & N gave gift cards to Aldi and Cub.

6.  A single mom with 2 children.  This family is hard working, but has had a hard time making ends meet, and then has been a victim of abuse on top of that. They are currently homeless because their prior living situation was not safe.  M & N gave a Walmart gift card.

7.  A family with 3 children.  Mom is concerned about being evicted from home. She works full-time and the dad lost his
second job. The other job was part-time but he is now able to get full-time hours, but won't get
paid soon enough to pay rent. The landlord knows that they are trying to figure out how to stay
in the home.  M & N paid 1 months rent.

8.  A single mom with 6 children. 3 have disabilities.   The refrigerator went out. The family does not have money to replace this item. Mom is keeping the mortgage paid and taking care of everything. Parents are divorced. Dad does not 
pay child support regularly. Mom sub teaches when she can.  M & N got them a refrigerator.  

9.  A single mom with 2 children.  The mom is working full time and was working towards a higher grade of dental hygentist when house fire happened and ruined study materials and money orders.  M & N helped pay a portion of her back rent.

10.  A single mom with 1 child.  The mom has a BA with a minor in child development, but lost her job in December.  The child was just diagnosed with a few disabilities.  M & N helped with her mortgage payment and gave a gift card for gas.

11.  A family with 1 child.  Both parents are working low income jobs.  Car repairs depleted their cash and they eventually had to get rid of the car.  The place where they will doesn't receive bussing to school.  They are looking at an apartment has bussing.  M & N gave them a deposit for an apartment.

12.  A family going through divorce with 5 children.  Mom is working full time with no support from the dad.  She is struggling to make ends meet.  M & N helped with some of the utility bills.

13.  A single mom with 4 children.  The mom is not able to work because of medical reasons.  The backseat in the car is broke.  M & N paid for the car repair and gave her gift cards for grocery and gas.

January 2017

posted Apr 8, 2017, 4:13 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 4:14 PM ]

2016 Moms & Neighbors Holiday Giving By the numbers...

$23,595 Estimated Value of all Holiday Gifts
$13,610 Value of Gift Cards being distributed
$1,600 Dollars raised by a single group in support of Holiday Giving
518 Slots in Sign Up Genius
118 Rolls of Gift Wrap provided so families can wrap their own gifts
75 Total Gift Baskets
51 Families and Teens who have had a rough year
50 My Pillows donated by the founder of the company
28 Local Schools and Org.’s represented in Holiday Giving Families and Teens 27 Teens receiving gifts of kindness (and baskets too)
23 Volunteers to sort and prepare the gifts
15 Families and Teens who have struggled with homelessness in the past year 10 Teens who do not have a parent living with them
8 Years Moms & Neighbors has been providing Holiday Gifts
6 Neighborhood and Bunco groups joining together to donate
5 Sports Teams and Scout Troops donating
3 Complete families sponsored by a single group
3 Expectant mothers getting gifts

1 Community Made Stronger by this Effort!!!!

November 2016

posted Nov 29, 2016, 10:51 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

Greetings Moms & Neighbors Supporters!



Thank you to all the people who donated raffle items and baskets for our Bingo Fundraiser and to all the people who came out last night to play. We raised $3,580!

Families and Teens we helped this month:
1. We helped a family with grocery gift cards and gift cards to a few restaraunts, as they deal with the sudden death of the mother.


2. We helped a family pay for rent for their housing. The mother recently got a new job that resulted in the loss of section 8 assistance. With the delay of the first paycheck, the family fell behind in the bills.


3. Moms & Neighbors helped a family pay a utility bill. The mom just started a 2nd full time job, while the dad stays at home with the younger child. One of the children has special needs. A car repair put them behind in their finances.


HOLIDAY GIVING!
The sign-up for Holiday Giving Campaign 2016 is now open! As a past supporter we wanted to invite you to participate again this year. Here is a link to the signup genius home page for our "virtual gift tree":

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054ea8a82eaa8-moms2


You can read a brief nomination for each of the 22 families and 22 teens we are helping this holiday season.


Thank you for your support of our efforts. We could not do it without your generous gifts! Feel free to share this link!

Get togethers for the Holiday Giving Campaigns
December 11 at 3pm: Sort and prepare gifts
5127 167th ST W, Lakeville, MN 55044


December 13, 5pm-8pm: Celebration of Gifts Open House
5127 167th ST W, Lakeville, MN 55044


http://evite.me/HmNrvBz6vd


Happy Holiday Season!
Together, we do make a difference!


Moms & Neighbors

September 2016

posted Oct 7, 2016, 6:49 PM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

Greetings from Moms & Neighbors!

Our next meeting:
When: Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6:30-8
Where: 1578 Murphy Pkwy Eagan 55122

Meeting Agenda: We will be wrapping and organizing baskets and raffles for Cooper's Night. Making a committee for Holiday Giving.



Families and Teens we helped this month:
1. A single mom with 6 children. The mom is currently pregnant, having difficulties with her pregnancy and unable to work. She fell behind on some of her bills. She will be able to get back on her feet after she returns to work. M & N assisted with part of the rent.

2. A single mother with 5 children had a stroke, while in the hospital, they discovered a hole in her heart. M & N gave the family Cub gift cards.

3. A family with 2 children. The mom is taking care of the husband who has terminal cancer. M & N gave the family Cub and Walmart gift cards.


4. A teen couple who are expecting a baby. The girl goes to school full time and works full time. The boy quit school to work full time. M & N gave them Walmart gift cards and Maternity clothes.




Upcoming Events


Dollar Dash Sale Benefiting Moms & Neighbors:
Sunday, September 25 from 4-5pm at Lakeville Hasse Arena 8525 215th St. W Lakeville 55044
100% of the proceeds from the sale go to Moms & Neighbors and EVERYTHING WILL BE $1.00!! Cash only is accepted at the sale.



We need SHOPPERS, and VOLUNTEERS to help set up the sale, work it, and pack up at the end! If you have even just an hour that you can work, please contact Marika Dwyer at MNKindness@gmail.com or 612-360-6120 talk/text. The dates/times we need volunteers are:
Saturday, September 24, 5:00pm-7:00pm to set up
Sunday, September 25, 3:00pm-6:00pm to set up, sell, and pack up!




Wish Boutique: Wednesday, October 12th from 5:30-7:30.
Come shop and enjoy some snacks and wine. Bring a friend or two!
10% of sales will go to M & N.



Coopers Bingo Night: Friday, November 11th from 7-9:30. **Bingo cards will be handed out at 6:30.**


$25 for each bingo card.


It is a fun night with lots of baskets and prizes. Bring your friends and neighbors!!!




Holiday Giving
It's hard to believe it, but we need to be thinking about HOLIDAY GIVING!! We are already getting our community advocates started on deciding who they will nominate for the unexpected gift of kindness.



If you are interested in being on the Holiday Giving Committee, please reach out to Marika Dwyer at MNKindness@gmail.com or 612-360-6120 talk/text.


And stay tuned for more on how you can support Moms & Neighbors Holiday Giving 2017!!





Shop at Amazon?!?!


There is an easy way to help Moms & Neighbors earn a little money from shopping you already do online! Next time you buy something from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and search for us by typing in Moms and Neighbors in the "Select a Charity" search field.
Follow the simple prompts and a small portion of your purchase will be directed toward Moms and Neighbors! It's that simple!



Together we do make a difference!




Moms & Neighbors
PO Box 235
Rosemount, MN 55068

July 2016

posted Aug 25, 2016, 6:18 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 6:53 PM ]

Happy Summer everyone!


Our organization was very busy at the end of the school year. We distributed $6,000 in donations to families and teens in need of assistance over the summer. We’re looking forward to telling you more about it and discussing many new things happening with our organization at our kickoff for the 2016-17 school year!


Save the date:


Monday, August 22, 2016 6:30pm social and 7pm meeting at Marika’s house ( 5127 167th St. W., Lakeville)


During this meeting we wrap up last school year and kickoff the 2016-17 school year with meeting the board, learn about the new role of the Kindness Ambassadors, new website, coming events and other volunteer opportunities for you to get more involved with Moms and Neighbors.




With Appreciation:
Thank you to our past leadership who have gotten us to where we are today. We wouldn’t be where we are without their vision, inspiration, courage, motivation and energy to serve our community. Thank you Sarah Haugland, Wendy Ojala, MaryJo Shelton, JoAnn Cochran, Melissa Cook, Dawn Clarin, and Amy Trowbridge.


We’d like to introduce the Board of Directors for the 2016-17 school year to you:


Kirsten Langstraat - Co-Chair
Kirsten helps lead the Scholarship 5K for Tenacious Teens as well as be Co-Chair for Moms and Neighbors.

Marika Dwyer- Co-Chair
Marika is a woman who wears many hats and is not afraid to get things done! Last year she lead Holiday Giving and has recently introduced the Kindness Ambassadors to help spread our mission in the community.


Shauna Joas - Secretary
Shauna has been on the board for 4 years. She Co-Chairs the Cooper’s BINGO night as well as keep us all on task and organized while informing all of you of what’s going on!


Allyssa Kuseske- Treasurer -
Allyssa has been on the board for a year keeping our finances in order. She does all the record keeping as well as the financial reporting for our organization.


Jodi Craigie- Purchaser - New for 2016-17
Jodi has recently joined the board. She has been a constant supporter and cheerleader of our mission.


These women are very excited to serve our community in 2016-17. We look forward to meeting all of you!




UPCOMING EVENTS:

2016-17 Kickoff - Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM @ 5127 167th St. W., Lakeville
Cooper’s BINGO night: Friday, November 11, 2016 Mark your calendars.

Shop at Amazon?!?!

There is an easy way to help Moms & Neighbors earn a little money from shopping you already do online! Next time you buy something from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and search for us by typing in Moms and Neighbors in the "Select a Charity" search field.
Follow the simple prompts and a small portion of your purchase will be directed toward Moms and Neighbors! It's that simple!

Together we do make a difference!


Moms & Neighbors


August 2016

posted Aug 18, 2016, 6:42 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 6:44 AM ]

Greetings Moms & Neighbors Supporters!

Please join us to kick off the 2016-2017 school year with Moms & Neighbors.  We challenge you to invite someone who is new to Moms and Neighbors to this kickoff meeting to learn more about our organization.   You’ll have the opportunity to have dinner with a friend either way! 

An exciting opportunity was brought to us.  “Vivo Non-profit Mondays”.  This is where non-profits can use Vivo’s meeting room at no cost.  

During our social hour from 6:00-7:00 pm  dinner will be offered for $15 to include a non-alcoholic beverage or $20 with your choice of red or white wine. Please plan to pay with cash if you are joining us for the meal.  

Meal to be served buffet style:  Caesar Salad, fresh tomato bruschetta, flatbreads and pizzas.  

When: Monday, August 22, 2016  (social hour from 6-7,  meeting from 7-8)

Where: Vivo          15435 Founders Lane, Apple Valley, MN 55124

**If you are unable to find a sitter for that night, it’s ok to bring your kiddos.  We will have a table with coloring books for them to stay occupied.  

Note:  A sitter will NOT be present.  


Families and Teens we helped this month:

1. We helped a family of 5, with an elementary aged son who just passed away.  Parents are slowly getting back to work.  M&N provided Cub gift cards. 


Upcoming Events

Coopers Bingo Night:  Friday, November 11th.  1st game starts at 7:00!

**Please consider donating a raffle item or basket.  Donations are due on/or before Nov. 1**


Shop at Amazon?!?!

There is an easy way to help Moms & Neighbors earn a little money from shopping you already do online! Next time you buy something from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and search for us by typing in Moms and Neighbors in the "Select a Charity" search field.

Follow the simple prompts and a small portion of your purchase will be directed toward Moms and Neighbors! It's that simple!

Together, we do make a difference!Moms & Neighbors


 

April 2016

posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:57 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Aug 19, 2016, 6:38 AM ]

Greetings from Moms & Neighbors!

 Here is the information for our next meeting.

When: Tuesday, April 28th,   6:30-8pm

Where: Melissa Taney's    4343 Jennifer Ct. Eagan

April Meeting Agenda:  Recap of spring happenings, Information on the 5K run/walk was are having for scholarships, and organizing baskets and raffles for Carbone's Night.

**Please bring scissors, ribbon, and cellophane.**

Families and Teens we helped this month:
1.  A teen who has a child to raise.  The child has medical issues and has already had 3 surgeries.  The parents are working really hard to be the best parents.  The mom is working on earning her high school diploma.  Moms & Neighbors provided diapers, formula, groceries and gift cards to Walmart.

2.  A struggling teen with autism working on behavioral issue.  Dad has been sick and the family is having financial struggles.  Moms & Neighbors provided i-Tune gift cards, and gift card to cub along with some groceries. 

3.  Assisted a family of 4 with rent.  The family moved to this country, lived in a shelter, got financially stable and Dad put himself through college.  Both parents lost their job, now they are working lower paying jobs.  Moms & Neighbors assisted them with rent. 

4. Teen with Cerebral Palsy and no family support, living in foster care was in need of new shoes after having purchased some a month ago.  Moms & Neighbors provided a gift card that the social worker would use to purchase a couple pairs of shoes over the next few months.

5.  A teen whose father recently had a stroke and died.   Parents were separated and student was living with her father.  Mother is unemployed, but has since moved back into the house.  Moms & Neighbors provided groceries, Target and Cub gift cards.

6.  Assisted a family of 5.  Dad lost his job, and family is dealing with untenable situation with their current landlord and are looking for a more stable, safe environment for their family.  Moms & Neighbors assisted them with their water bill, gas bill and provided groceries. 

7.  Assisted a family in which Dad has a medical issue.  All their money went to pay

the rent, so they were in need of food.  Moms & Neighbors provided groceries

and Cub gift cards.

8.  A family where student attends school all day, works full-time, and takes care

 of everything around the home in addition to caring for mother (physically and

financially) while mother is on medical leave.  Moms and Neighbors provided

groceries, hygiene items and Cub gift card.  Also put student in touch with a salon

 for a hair cut. 



UPCOMING EVENTS:

Carbone's Night
When: Friday, May 1st from 6-11pm

Where: Carbone's   14550 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068

**Silent Auction and raffle from 6-9.  Live music from 8:30-11.**



Moms & Neighbors Scholarship Run/Walk

When:  Sunday, May 31 @ 11:00am

Where: Highland Elementary School - 14001 Pilot Knob Rd. Apple Valley, MN

What you can do to help:

1.  RUN!   Registration form attached below and also on the website  http://momsandneighbors.org/events.html

2.  Spread the word

3.  Volunteer on day of the race 

4.  Sponsor or get a Sponsorship for the event

We have attached the link to the Registration form, feel free to forward to friends, neighbors and coworkers to participate.  The more the merrier! 

If you know of someone who would like to sponsor, feel free to use the attached letter or send us their contact information. 

2 easy ways to help out M & N!

*Do you have Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars to direct? Did you know you can direct them to Moms and Neighbors! If you are a customer of Thrivent Financial, it's so easy!
 
All you have to do is:
Log into website (www.thrivent.com)
Find the "Membership & Benefits" dropdown menu on the top of the screen and select "Thrivent Choice" 
Scroll down to find the box: "How Do I Direct My Designated Choice Dollars?" and click on the red button that says "Get Started"
In the box that says, "Search for Enrolled Organization" type in Moms and Neighbors
From there you will designate how much you want to direct!
 
Such a simple way to help out Moms & Neighbors!

*There is a new and easy way to help Moms and Neighbors earn a little money from shopping you already do online! Next time you have the occasion to buy something from Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and search for us by typing in Moms and Neighbors in the "Select a Charity" search field.
Follow the simple prompts and a small portion of your purchase will be directed toward Moms and Neighbors! It's that simple!


Together we do make a difference!


March 2016

posted Aug 7, 2016, 7:54 AM by Kristen Henning   [ updated Aug 7, 2016, 7:55 AM ]

Families and Teens we helped this month:

1.  We helped a family of 5.  Dad is in school and has a part time job.  Mom had to take a 6-8 week nonpaid leave to go care for her mother while she is going through some medical procedures.  M & N assisted the family with groceries, gift cards, etc. 

 2.  We assisted a teen who is living with their parents.  The student has a part time job and dad was employed by the state to take care of the mom. The mom passed away, so now the dad is unemployed.  M & N helped with gift cards for groceries and gas.  The counselor also that it would be nice to get them movie tickets so the teen and their dad could go to a movie.

 3.  We helped a family whose son in elementary school has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Along with the little boy being diagnosed with cancer, the Mother is currently in the ICU due to having heart complications. She recently had heart surgery to remove fluid that is occurring for an unknown reason. They are currently testing her to find a diagnosis.  M & N helped with gift cards to Cub and holiday.

4.  A blended family of 7. Mom is employed part time and dad was employed full time until he lost his job.  They were living check to check before the dad lost his job.  Now one of the children is currently hospitalized and they may be stepping up responsibilities caring for an elderly relative.  M & N helped with grocery and Walmart gift cards


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