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Membership Newsletter - Taste of Elk River Donation Decision
December 5, 2017 

The members of the Elk River Rotary Club have nominated six different charities to be considered as the Signature Recipient for the 2018 Taste of Elk River.  I have compiled a one page synopsis of each, mostly cut and pasted from their Give MN page, so you can vote with a little bit of knowledge.   If you have already voted, I do have your ballot and will count it towards the final tally.
Please email your vote directly to me:
Or, you can wait and hand me a ballot on December 7th during the meeting.
I'm so excited to organize the best Taste ever!  Knowing that the payout of our hard work goes to a deserving charity makes it all worth it!
Heartland Girls’ Ranch serves an average of 60-70 girls each year providing housing, supportive services, mental health, therapeutic equine programming and a dedicated school in Benson, MN.
HGR provides long-term care for girls struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as girls who have experienced trauma including commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking. HGR referrals typically come from county social workers/probation officers and include; Delinquency, CHIPS, and Voluntary Placements. HGR also accepts county placement referrals of trafficked girls through our Hearts for Freedom Program. 
Each referral is considered on an individual basis for their situation and the current population of residents being served. HGR does accept residents who are known or suspected to be pregnant. HGR is unable to accept residents who are actively psychotic, actively suicidal, or who are a significant danger to themselves or others. 
Some of the target areas of programming may include strategies to address:
  •     Runaway
  •     Truancy
  •     Sexual Behaviors
  •     Sexual Exploitation/Sex Trafficking
  •     PTSD/ Trauma
  •     Chemical Use/ Dependency
  •     Attachment Problems
  •     Authority
  •     Healthy Boundaries
  •     Self– Esteem
  •     Family Issues
  •     Grief
A specialized treatment plan is created with specific objectives for each resident. These goals cover a wide range of topics including education, behavior, attitudes, relationships, family and personal struggles, health, recreation, social skills, future plans and employment. Average lengths of stay vary for each resident. 
Timber Bay staff provide love and support for hurting youth in their communities through camps, group activities, Bible studies, and 1-on-1 mentoring. Many relationships begin in 6th grade and continue through high school.
Our purpose is:
•We exist to effect new attitudes and behavior as needed in youth.
•Through a growing faith in Christ and/or by supportive staff relationships, we create a sense of purpose, belonging and community with our youth.
•We emphasize self-worth, accountability with a balanced perspective of authority and freedom, forgiveness and freedom from shame.
Ministry Focus: Since 1970, Youth Investment Foundation (YIF) has combined community ministry with camping (Timber Bay) to reach troubled youth and help them discover that Christ can bring emotional and spiritual health. We commit to a purposeful friendship with our kids for years–through the turbulence of adolescence. This relationship can start early in middle school, continue through high school and in various ways with young adult alumni.
While many young people engage in destructive behavior, making unwise or illegal choices, most will mature into relatively mature and productive adults. Our focus is the young person whose destructive behavior can be a symptom of a dysfunctional background or a downward spiral of their own deliberately poor choices. Because our kids can bring friends and relatives who may not be struggling with similar issues, our groups can have a diverse blend of kids.
Camp: Contact with our kids often starts by inviting them to Timber Bay, our year-round camp and retreat center in northern Minnesota. TB, located on a private bay of Little Whitefish Lake, is as quiet as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, yet only 100 miles north of the MN Twin Cities.
Our focus is the young person whose destructive behavior can be a symptom of a dysfunctional background or a downward spiral of their own deliberately poor choices. Because our kids can bring friends and relatives who may not be struggling with similar issues, our groups can have a diverse blend of kids.
There is a mile long waiting list for adopting healthy infants.  There are over 1000 kids in MN foster care waiting for adoption.  That’s where the Reel Hope Project comes in.  Kids who are a little to big for waiting list, have special needs, part of a sibling group, or just getting too old.
Their one goal:  to mobilize the church to bring these kids into forever families.
Here’s how it works:
Step one: Make a 2-minute video of each kid in foster care that’s waiting for a family
Sept two:  Share these videos with faith communities across Minnesota showing how each kid is unique and awesome
Step 3: Make families happen by inviting people to
1 Adopt foster kids because they need awesome families
2 Join a village, by supporting the families in your community who adopt
3 Financially support
Give a one-time gift or become a monthly donor. When you sign up to give $25 per month, you fund a shoot for a child every year. When you give $50 per month, you fund the shoot and the editing cost – you personally fund a full video for a child every single year.
Real Kids, Reel Hope
Mission:  Building partnerships throughout our communities in support of children and families experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence.
Great River Family Promise is an affiliate of Family Promise. A network includes thirteen houses of worship and engages between 800 – 1000 community volunteers each year. Host congregations provide overnight shelter, meals, and hospitality for up to four families for one week every four months on a rotating basis.
Our families are from the areas of Monticello, Big Lake, Elk River, Otsego, Zimmerman and Rogers. The families we serve all have minor children and are all experiencing homelessness.
Families have access to a Day Center, which houses administrative offices and provides a place to do laundry, take showers, store a few personal items and receive mail. Transportation between the Day Center and congregation facilities is provided through the network.
Great River Family Promise opened its doors to its first family on February 2rd, 2013.
With the support of the Executive Director, Case Manager, and Volunteer Coordinator, families are put on the right track to finding steady employment and secure housing.  GRFP provides transportation to families in our program from the Day Center to Host churches where families spend the night. We currently have an old 15 passenger van that was donated to us 5 years ago from a school district that had retired it from it's fleet. The van is nearing 200,000 miles. Two weeks ago it was vandalized and the catalytic converter was stolen off of it. We are already spending precious program dollars on repairs for the van and the theft just added another costly repair. The van is necessary to the work that we do. We are working with a local car dealership to get us a newer  used) van.  
through Sherburne County Area United Way
 Sherburne County Area United Way unites people and resources to create a better life for everyone in our communities!
Sherburne County Area United Way unites people and resources to create a better life for everyone in our service area -  Big Lake, Elk River, Nowthen, Otsego, Princeton, Santiago and Zimmerman.
We impact the community through our iEmpower Youth Program - a before/after school program that helps youth build self-confidence and realize their leadership potential. We uplift those in need through community events such as Community Connect, which offers resources and services from over 50 local organizations all in one place. We fund local, reliable and accountable nonprofits that work in the areas of education, income and financial stability, allowing them to spend more time creating change and less time fundraising. We also partner with a wide variety of local coalitions to meet the needs of the community including early childhood, emergency preparedness, hunger and more.
Everything we do allows us to inspire individuals, engage communities, build brighter futures, and achieve long-lasting changes in the community!  
It takes an entire community to make a difference ... we can’t do it without you! 
In 2017-2018, Sherburne County Area United Way is helping more than 33,000 people receive necessary human services by: empowering over 175 youth in our iEmpower program, connecting over 220 people with local resources at our Community Connect event, and granting funding to 31 local nonprofit programs.
 Raising awareness for those affected by bullying, depression, and mental health issues.
A note from the Founder of Shine A Ligh7. Elk River native, Minnesota Gopher Hockey player, and current San Jose Sharks defenseman, Paul Martin. Shine a Ligh7’s HQ is in Bloomington MN
"I have been extremely blessed to have a solid foundation of love and support from my family and friends. I've had so many great teachers, coaches, and teammates that have helped mold and shape that foundation. They constantly remind me to put in the hard work, to not taking anything for granted and that anything is possible.
Throughout my NHL journey I've been able to step away from the game to spend time with children and families who need love and support. Continuing  this journey, I hope we can shine more light on mental health Illnesses and the stigma surrounding them. I also have a special place in my heart for military veterans and their families. For what they have to endure on a daily basis - including but not limited to depression. My goal for Shine
A Ligh7 with your help is to raise awareness for those affected by bullying, depression, and mental health issues.
Shine A Ligh7 was created over time through my experiences and relationships. It was born when I realized just how important and meaningful it was to me, wanting to make a difference in the well being of children's lives, those dealing with depression, bullying, suicide and overall mental health illness.
My passion for music, especially The Rolling Stones, became the inspiration for our name through their song, "Shine A Light".  Hopefully you will join me to help Shine A Ligh7 on all kinds of mental health illnesses and the circumstances that have caused t
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