Fall Matching Campaign Thank You

Thank you to all who made this year’s fall matching campaign a smashing success. Along with the matching funds, we secured 15% of STEP’s annual budget.

Our community is more vibrant and strong because of this collective support. We are indeed BETTER TOGETHER!

A special shout out to our matching funds partners, including the St. Louis Park Community and Youth Development FundWestwood Lutheran Church, the SLP Rotary Foundation, American Legion SLP Post 282, STEP Board Members, and our anonymous donor.

Creative Giving

We love seeing the creative ways that community members contribute to STEP. From birthday bags to collection drive competitions, we enjoy the enthusiasm we see to help our SLP neighbors. With the holiday season quickly approaching, please consider hosting a collection with your coworkers, faith community or neighbors to improve the lives of community members.

 

We have many collection opportunities: winter clothing in Octobertoys in November & December, school supplies in August, and nonperishable food throughout the year.

 

Even better, coordinate a full-circle experience and organize a collection and stock the collected items as a group here at STEP.

 

Take a look at our website for ideas on organizing a food drive. Connect with our Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator so that we can share the good that you are doing!

 

Coats and Winter Wear Available

 

The Clothes Closet is ready for winter! We may not want the cold weather to come yet, but we are ready for it! We have coats, snow pants, boots and mittens to make sure everyone in SLP is able to stay warm!

  • During the month of October STEP provides winter coats and other winter clothing items to residents in need living in St. Louis Park. Residents may access this program as they would the clothing closet.
  • This program is in partnership with the Coats for Kids Program sponsored by Pilgrim’s Cleaners. Donations from the community are also welcomed.

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.

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

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.

STEP Remodel

STEP’s remodeling project is virtually done!  Worn out carpet was replace with carpet tiles in the hallway and brand-new modern flooring was installed in the community room. We now have three additional work spaces including an office for the newly created Development Director position and social work intern/volunteer office!

We are grateful for all who supported STEP in this exciting process! Costs were contained by donations of time and/or materials from the following supporters: Carl Robertson, Ungerman Inc.Shaughnessy Flooring, Brian Hayes, and Electrical Design & Engineering.

 

STEP seeks city’s partnership in collaborative resource center

Aligned with STEP’s 2018 Strategic Plan, the staff and Board of Directors of STEP have approached the St. Louis Park City Council with a proposed vision for a collaboration. The vision is for a place for residents to come to be connected to city, STEP, and other vital services. It would allow STEP to enhance and expand its current offerings.

As the process develops, updates will be posted here.

January 2019: STEP presentation to city council