Back to School Program Thank You

Our Back to School Program was a huge success! Thank you to all our community, business and individual donors who helped us ensure 484 SLP kids are ready for school!

Thanks to St. George’s Episcopal Church for hosting, JonnyPops for providing treats and our wonderful long-term volunteers Camille Schroeder, Eileen Unze and Carita Dahlberg for their tireless work along with individual and volunteer groups! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Warm Coats for Winter Needed!

We are collecting clean, warm winter coats and accessories to provide for our St. Louis Park neighbors in need. STEP will have coats available to guests in October, however, due to space limitations, it is requested that collected items be delivered to STEP in September.

All ages and sizes of Coats/Jackets* and Accessories are needed.  *Please only warm winter coats–no lightweight jackets or vests.

Accessories especially needed in all sizes: Boots, Gloves, Mittens, Snow Pants

Click here to order via STEP’s Amazon Wish List

Thank you for helping to ensure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

For additional information please call Mari-Claire at 952-925-4899, x.1800, or mari@stepslp.org

*Please only warm winter coats, no lightweight jackets or vests.

Please drop off donations during our regular open hours at the back of the building. Pull up in the alley and ring the doorbell. A volunteer will answer, take your donations, and provide you with a receipt. Donations left outside the building when STEP is closed will be considered dumping and be referred to law enforcement. Food, clothing, and other donations are vital to STEP’s mission.

Donation Hours

STEP Receives Highest Rating

STEP has been given the highest, four-star rating from Charity Navigator, a national watchdog of nonprofit charities.

The group rates charities for their accountability and transparency, as well as their financial health.

STEP is one of 39 small Minnesota nonprofit organizations to receive this top rating! Click here to see our profile on Charity Navigator.

STEP in Steel Toe Update

Thank you to all those who came out to the 4th Annual STEP in Steel Toe. Together we raised over $15,000 to prevent homelessness in St. Louis Park. Cheers to that!

A special thank you to our sponsor Bridgewater Bank for their help making this event so successful. We hope to see you all again next year!

 

STEP Donor Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy 

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information collected both online and offline will not be shared with any third party.

STEP provides this Donor Privacy Policy to make you aware of our privacy policy and to inform you of the way your information is used. We do not ask for your personal information unless we truly need it. We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity. We will not send mailings to our donors on behalf of any other organization.

This policy applies to all donor information received online at www.stepslp.org, as well as any written or oral communications. If STEP utilizes a third party to process donations, our donors’ information will only be used for the purposes of processing the donation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact STEP’s business manager at stepbusinessoffice@stepslp.org or 952-925-4899.

SLP Outstanding Citizen Award

STEP program manager Julie Lapointe was recognized last week with the Outstanding Citizen award at the St. Louis Park State of the Community for her 25 years of social work in SLP. STEP is very proud to have Julie with us and we congratulate her on this well deserved award!

Transportation Needs

 

We are looking for individuals to provide transportation for clients to/from medical appointments OR to/from STEP for food shelf appointments. Volunteers who can commit to providing two or more rides per month for at least twelve months is preferred. Volunteer hours are flexible and dependent on client appointment times Most medical rides are within Hennepin County. Last year, STEP Volunteer Drivers provided over a thousand rides to seniors and homebound individuals. This program provides volunteers with a unique opportunity to interact with individuals of varied ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities.     

Prospective volunteers must be able to pass a MN BCA background check and MN Driver’s record check, provide their own vehicle and possess a current Driver’s License and Auto Insurance.

Please contact STEP’s Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity:

Mari-Claire Dart

mari@STEPslp.org

952-925-4899 ext. 1800

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

STEP hosted our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for over 100 volunteers and their guests in celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month. We can’t think of a better way to thank our volunteers than by treating them to dinner and a (silly) show! Special thanks to Westwood Lutheran Church for hosting us and for Ben & Jerry’s for donating ice cream for dessert!

Meet STEP’s New Development Director

STEP now has a new Development Director! Below she shares a little about herself and why she’s happy to be at STEP.

 

My name is Faith Mainor and I am the new Development Director for STEP. I am so excited to be at STEP and back in Minnesota where I grew up. I am originally from Eden Prairie, I moved to Denver in 2007 to attend college and start my career in the nonprofit sector. I have recently relocated back to Minneapolis to accept the position here at STEP and start a family with my husband Ben.

 

I’ve had a passion for the nonprofit sector since I was young, and my parents introduced me volunteering. After I graduated from high school I took a year off and traveled to Kenya to work in a children’s orphanage. It was a life changing experience and I realized that I wanted to spend my career working in the nonprofit sector. When I returned home I moved to Denver to start school. Over the years I have worked in many different positions throughout the nonprofit sector which has only enforced my passion for nonprofit work.

 

When I saw the job posting for a development director at STEP I knew I wanted the job and applied right away. I was drawn to STEP’s mission and the overwhelming support STEP receives from the community in donations and volunteer time. I’m very happy to be here and I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months.