Charity Navigator & Charities Review Council

We’ve received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator! This means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! Check out our Charity Navigator profile to learn more!
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also meet the standards for the Charities Review Council. Check out our Charities Review Council page by clicking on https://smartgivers.org/organizations/st-louis-park-emergency-program/ 

Minnesota March FoodShare – Totals Update

We’ve been collecting donations all of March for the FoodShare campaign with a goal of 100,000 in pounds and dollars.
We were able to raise a total of 98,098 in pounds and dollars.
Thank you everybody who helped us be extremely close to our goal.

 

Volunteers Positions Open

 Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?  Try volunteering at STEP!
We currently have positions listed below that are open and we would
like to fill them as soon as possible.
Monday afternoon food shelf volunteer: 12:30-4pm
Tuesday night phone volunteer: 4pm-8pm
Thursday food shelf volunteer: 8-11:30am

Must be able to volunteer long term at least 6 months.

Contact Mari for questions and information on how to apply.
Can’t volunteer yourself? 
Pass along the information to your
 friends or family!

Reviews Needed!

Help future donors, volunteers, and clients find STEP by reviewing us online! STEP gains visibility and credibility with your authentic online reviews. Once we get enough reviews, STEP will be recognized with a Great Nonprofits Badge.  Several foundations STEP has approached value nonprofits that have gotten this distinction.
Any donor, volunteer, or client is invited to review STEP at 
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Thank you!

Empty Bowls Event Thank You

A big thank you to all who helped make Thursday’s Empty Bowls event a success! We couldn’t have done it without the sponsors, the donors, the volunteers, the planning committee, the performers, community partners, and everyone who came together to address food insecurity in our community.

Over 1,000 community members raised over $26,000 to support STEP programs that empower lives and restore hope.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Pop Deluxe Photography

Wish List

Have you ever felt the desire to donate to STEP and just weren’t sure what we needed?  Well, we have a solution to that conundrum!  We have started a Target Wish list that we will be regularly updating with items that are of current need at STEP.
We can usually order basic food staples at a great discount from other sources, but there are many non-food items or specialty items that we cannot source through those options.  If you are looking for ideas on how to support STEP check out and share the wish list.
Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight

It’s been almost 10 years since Norma Kaplan began volunteering at STEP, and it’s difficult to imagine the Clothes Closet without her.
Norma grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She received her B.A in Music Education from Indiana University, and has sung in choirs from high school to Oratorio Societies in Washington, DC and Minneapolis; she currently sings with the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale.
Now that she is retired, Norma enjoys traveling, but especially enjoys spending time with her granddaughters here in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C. And she loves to sew!
Norma started volunteering at STEP in the spring of 2008, and she has enjoyed every day since! In her early years at STEP, she co-chaired the Winter Coat Campaign for 4-5 years. She now works every Tuesday morning sorting clothes and every Friday morning staffing the Clothes Closet.
“Volunteering at STEP fulfills a part of me that I do not receive anywhere else, and I feel that I receive back much more than I give. It is truly satisfying to help a guest find an outfit for an interview that afternoon, complete from shoes to skirt and top.
“Many times the social workers will compliment a guest on something they are wearing and are told that the item was found in our Clothes Closet. We are so fortunate to be able to provide good clothing in addition to sustaining families with food. And the atmosphere at STEP is so welcoming, both from staff and volunteers. It is truly a ‘win-win’ for all involved!”

Minnesota March FoodShare

Minnesota FoodShare is a project of Twin Cities faith congregations to stock community food shelves.

 

Since 1983, Minnesota FoodShare has held a March campaign inviting faith communities, businesses, and community organizations to stock the nearly 300 food shelves in Minnesota.

 

In 2017, over $8 million dollars and 4.7 million pounds of food were raised statewide during the March effort. It comes at a crucial time of year, when food donations are low, but the need remains.

 

We invite you to be part of this effort. Options include:

 

  •  Faith community “pack the pews” weekend, with empty grocery bags provided to members to fill.
  •  Workplace food drive contest. Department or employee with the most items wins a prize.
  •  Donations for an employee “jeans day.”
  •  Discount or gift for customers bringing a food or financial donation for STEP.
 
To participate, simply register at mnfoodshare.org/supporter and select STEP under Food Shelf name. We ask that donations be brought to STEP during our regular hours no later than Thursday, April 5. Contact Mari-Claire with any questions at mari@stepslp.org or 952-925-4899 x18.

 

Last year, STEP was recognized as #2 in total donations in the mid-sized food shelf category. With the participation of community groups, workplaces, and faith communities, we can be that top spot in 2018!