Holiday Toy Drive

 
We need your help to ensure a successful toy distribution event this year! When families struggle to pay basic expenses such as rent and utility bills, the little things that bring joy to children are often the first to get cut out of the budget. With your help we can bring happiness to over 500 kids this season!

For Amazon and Target you can buy your holiday toy donation online and have it sent directly to STEP!
Click on STEP’s Amazon Wish List or STEP’s Target Wish List to be directed to STEP’s page.

Infants/ToddlersColorful toys that stimulate the brain; bouncy seats, trucks, multi-cultural dolls, and building blocks.

Ages 4—7: Toys that encourage creative play; dress-up clothes, Legos, Num Noms, Trolls, Finding Dori, multi-cultural Barbie Holiday dolls.

Ages 8—10Little Live Pets, Legos (Star Wars, Lego Friends, Ghost Busters), Pokemon cards and games, Shrinky Dinks Book (Klutz), Selfie Mic Music Set, Bop it! Game

Ages 11—18Children in this age group will be given Target gift cards.  Values of $10, $20, and $30 are needed.

Please donate your new toy or gift card no later than December 14.  To help us better sort toys, attach the retail value of each item you donate.  Purchases in the $20 to $40 range are ideal.  

Please note:  For more ideas, go to our website.  STEP does NOT need stocking stuffers, decorations, make-up, violent toys, balls, or used toys.

Drop your toy donation off at STEP. To help us sort toys, attach the retail value of each item you donate. Purchases in the $15 to $40 range are ideal.

STEP will be accepting toys up to the first week of December.

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

Thank you for your generosity!

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 is hiring our next Social Worker (full-time)

We think STEP is a great place to work! We’re looking for the next social worker to join us.

STEP Social Worker FT 2018 job posting [pdf] Accepting applications on a rolling basis.

STEP needs a full-time social worker to join a team of three other social workers in a generalist social work practice. We are seeking candidates with three-plus years of experience working with diverse populations, including those living in poverty. Anticipated pay is $37,400-$49,900 annually ($18-$24/hr), with full benefits.

Please email cover letter and resume to Julie@stepslp.org.

Need Winter Clothing?

Warm Coats for Winter

STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need. Come during STEP’s Clothes Closet hours and bring current address verification (a utility bill or lease).

Call 952-925-4899 with any questions.

STEP Clothes Closet Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Tuesdays: 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm
Thursdays: 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-3:00 pm
Fridays: 9:00-11:00 am

Abrigos para Invierno

STEP tendrá abrigos para invierno durante el mes de octubre para niños y adultos que viven en St. Louis Park en necesidad.  Pueden venir durante los horarios de nuestra tienda de ropa y traer comprobante de domicilio. (Cuenta de luz o contrato de renta con su dirección).

Llama 952-925-4899 con preguntas

STEP Horario de Tienda de Ropa

Lunes & Miércoles: 9:00-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm
Martes: 1:00-3:00 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm
Jueves: 9:00-11:00 am & 1:00-3:00 pm
Viernes: 9:00-11:00 am

STEP in Steel Toe

STEP in Steel Toe a great success

Thank you to all who joined STEP at Steel Toe Brewing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Collectively, we raised over $12,460 for STEP’s Homelessness Prevention Program!

If you’d like to contribute to this program to keep St. Louis Park families in their housing, donate here.

Steel Toe Brewing has generously donated their taproom and service for this annual event.  Steel Toe Brewing has been producing great craft beer in St. Louis Park since 2011 and have been giving back to the community from the beginning.

Volunteer Dinner

Our volunteers are the backbone of everything that happens at STEP.  Without the over 150 regular weekly volunteers, who equal 9 paid staff, we would not be able to function!  Our volunteers give their time and their hearts to serve others in our community and we love them for it.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make STEP the special place that it is.
April is volunteer appreciation month and we honored our volunteers with a special dinner and some entertainment from the staff in April.  We hope that each one knows just how special they are to us!  Thank you volunteers.

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/ 

Open Volunteer Positions

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.
Wednesday Clothes Closet volunteer: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday warehouse volunteer: 8-12 p.m.

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

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!”