Last Day at the Aquatic Park

Celebrate the last day of summer on Sunday, August 25, from 1 – 7 p.m. at SLP Aquatic Park!

Bring a non-perishable food donation for STEP and pool entrance is just $1.

All season pass holders who bring a food donation will receive a coupon for one free small fountain beverage at the concession stand.

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!

 

School Supply Drive

Last year STEP provided over 400 St. Louis Park children with school supplies and backpacks thanks to community support. Help us fulfill this need by donating supplies or volunteering for our Back to School Program!

Our Amazon and Target wish lists to purchase online and have donations sent directly to us!

STEP packs a bag for each registered St. Louis Park child based on the supply list for their school and grade. Critically needed school supplies are:

  • 2 pocket folders without prongs
  • Plastic page protectors
  • 5-tab binder dividers with pockets
  • Wide ruled loose leaf paper
  • College ruled spiral notebooks – all colors
  • 12-count Crayola colored pencils
  • Thick black Expo dry erase markers
  • Thin black Expo dry erase markers
  • Thick glue sticks
  • Ticonderoga pencils
  • Plastic rulers
  • Crayola 24 count crayons
  • AmazonBasics 3-ring binder with zipper, 3 inch
  • 18” Backpacks-any color

Items that are NOT needed are:

  • Comp Notebooks – Black
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Wooden rulers
  • Pronged folders
Donations can be dropped off at STEP during our regular office hours and are needed by August 12.
For more information contact Mari at 952-925-4899 ext.1800 or Mari@stepslp.org. Thank you!

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!

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/ 

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!

Warm Coats for Winter

Warm Coats for Winter
STEP will have winter coats available throughout October for St. Louis Park children and adults who are in need of one. 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

 

Winter Coats Donations

If you would like to donate a gently used or new winter coat, please drop off your donation at STEP during our business hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Let’s make sure that everyone in St. Louis Park will be warm this coming winter!

WE NEED YOU!!

STEP is excited to be starting work on a new program, Food Rescue! This program will enable us to pick up unwanted food from a local grocery store and distribute the product through our food shelf. This is a great opportunity to offer more healthful, fresh food options to our clients that utilize our services.

We are looking to build a crew of volunteers that are excited and dedicated to helping us make this program a success. Available shifts are Monday and Friday mornings, we are looking for warehouse volunteers to help unload, sort, organize and get rescue product out to food shelf clients. Volunteers would need to be able to lift boxes up to 50 pounds on a regular basis. Please contact Allison at allison@stepslp.org for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Fare for All

Have you heard about the great food purchasing program we have in St. Louis Park called Fare For All?

It is a non-profit, community-supported program to purchase fresh produce, meat and more at a cost lower than the grocery stores! There is no need to register and is open to EVERYONE regardless of financial situation. The more people who participate, the more savings are passed on to customers.

Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards.  Fare for All is a pop-up location in St. Louis Park at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (8115 State Hwy 7) one time each month. The next date is Wednesday January 18th.  All of the SLP 2017 dates can be found here.  We highly encourage you to give it a try and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

 

January will also feature the Shoe Away Hunger bus. New and gently used shoes will be fore sale: kids shoes $2, adult shoes $5. They accept cash and credit.  All proceeds help to fund “Good in the ‘Hood feeding Programs”.  Shoe donations and monetary donations are also welcomed.