Fall Matching Campaign

Your support is key to ensuring STEP responds to the full basic needs of our neighbors. The Fall Matching Campaign is the primary way STEP asks supporters to join us to empower lives and restore hope. Join others in this challenge to provide STEP the resources to fulfill our mission.


Your gift will be matched.
 Between now and Give to the Max Day on November 15, any financial donation will be matched via a $50,000 challenge fund. Generous donors, including the St. Louis Park Youth and Community Development Fund, STEP’s Board of Directors, Westwood Lutheran Church, and other faith community partners, are challenging the community to step forward and do its part.

Every dollar you give between now and November 15 will be matched up to the $50,000.

DONATE HERE

Financial struggle is often invisible. Thousands of children and adults rely on STEP every year to avoid hunger and stabilize their lives. The majority of our financial resources come directly from the community. (Less than 5% of STEP’s budget comes from state or federal sources.)

When we join together, we can accomplish great things.

Westwood Nature Center 

Westwood Hills Nature Center is once again collecting food for STEP for their annual Halloween party! The event is on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.

They will have refreshments, fun animal characters, mini golf plus indoor and outdoor games!  There is an entrance fee and all information on the event information can be found here. Make sure to bring your non-perishable food donations such as cereal, pasta or coffee. Toilet paper is also always needed!

We hope to see you there!

STEP 101! Come Tour STEP Through Community Ed!

Come tour our facility and learn how we serve members of our community. On the tour you might be surprised to learn how many residents in the St. Louis Park community struggle to get their basic needs met and understand how STEP responds to those struggles in order to empower and restore hope. Learn how you can get involved in STEP’s mission and help community members fulfill their basic needs. This is a free class. Please wear comfortable clothing as STEP is a combination of a warehouse and office setting.

For more information go to slp.ce.eleyo.com and search “STEP”.

See you there!

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!

Holiday Toy Drive

STEP collect Holiday toys during October, November and December. There is a new avenue for purchasing toys to donate that are fun and easy to do through Amazon and Target.

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 gift cards.  Values of $10, $20, and $30 are needed.

Please donate your new toy or gift card no later than December 8th.

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 December 12.

Questions? Call Diane at STEP (952) 925-5161, ext 14, or email Diane@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

 

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.