Fall Matching Campaign culminates on Give to the Max Day!

All individual donations will be matched up to $61,550 between October 14 and November 14, 2019. 

This Thursday ONLY, we will engage in some silliness for your financial support of STEP’s mission. Check out the options below.

  1. 1. Make Executive Director Derek do a dance of your choice – $100

– A video will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.

– Derek would like you to know that quality and accuracy is not guaranteed.

– Gifts cannot be pooled.


2. Send a vegetable to St. Louis Park landmarks – $400

– A video or picture of STEP staff member dressed as a vegetable will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.

– Locations: Miracle Mile, Sota Clothing, American Legion, The Block, Nordic Ware, SLP High School, Oriole Stadium, City Hall, West End, Knollwood, Citizens Bank, Methodist Hospital, The ROC/Rec Center, Park Tavern, Texa-Tonka, or a landmark of your choice in St. Louis Park.

– Gifts cannot be pooled.


3. Make Derek, a life-long Packer fan, wear Vikings gear and  perform SKOL Chant – $750

– He will wear the Vikings outfit all day.

– Gifts cannot be pooled.

– Video of SKOL chant will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.




4. Send your friends or family a vegetable gram – $1,000

– An amazing ear of corn costume has been acquired.

We will deliver message of the donors choice.

– Limited to St. Louis Park.

– A video or picture will be posted to the STEP Facebook page.

– Gifts can be pooled up to two donors (Ex. Two donors could each donate $500).



5. Give Derek the haircut of your choice – $8,000

– Actual haircut will take place on Friday, November 15th.

– Video and picture will be uploaded to the STEP Facebook page.

– Gifts can be pooled up to four donors (Ex. Four donors could each donate $2,000).







General Rules:

  1. Cannot be applied to previous donations, only donations on Thursday.
  2. Depending on volume, video or picture may not be posted to Facebook until after Give to the Max Day but all entries will be completed.
  3. To participate send us a direct message on Facebook, on Give to the Max Day November 14th, indicating which item you would like. We will reply back and confirm the item is still available. Once you receive confirmation you can make your donation online, drop off a check (8am-4pm), or make a credit card donation at STEP.


For our neighbors who need assistance, STEP is there. STEP social workers met with each client to listen to their needs, offer support, and connect them to resources for their situation. The STEP food shelf distributes over half a million meals worth of food to over 3,500 residents each year, but we are so much more than a food shelf. We fulfill residents’ needs with our Clothes Closet, school supplies, winter coats, holiday toys, diapers, baby food, homelessness prevention and volunteer transportation.

Each day we live out the community’s commitment to care for families. Here are what our clients have shared with us about our work:

I am a single mother of two teens. We struggle to make ends meet and make three square meals. With STEP our meals became so much easier to compile and are very well-rounded. -“Rhonda”

Even when money is tight and I only have enough cash to buy gas until payday, I know my family will have food on the table. My kids never have to worry about going hungry. I get my school supplies, some Christmas presents, and have even received a bike for my son from STEP! -“Sarah”

I was out of treatment, broke, and hungry. I googled places for help and STEP was there. I was blessed with food, transportation, and treated respectfully with dignity and concern from the staff.  -“Charles”

With your donation you ensure people like Rhonda, Sarah, and Charles don’t go without necessities. STEP is an independent nonprofit organization primarily supported by donations from the local community.

Please join us in our commitment to empower lives and restore hope.  Click here to donate now!

We have exciting news that we will be announcing on our social media pages November 11th! Stay tuned…

Empty Bowls 2019 – Diane Forest and Julie Lapointe

Photo by Jamie Chismar of Super Deluxe Design