Giving Back

A hat made by Excelsior company Summit Creek Hat Co.

Excelsior native Tony Filippi founded Summit Creek Hat Co. last summer, inspired to create a line of hats and other products that make the wearer think about their favorite places in the world.

Help area school-age children prepare for the upcoming year with a backpack of new school supplies. The Western Communities Action Network’s (WeCAN) annual Ready to Learn distribution is August 24–25, and the group needs your help.

Whether she’s teaching one of her Mannerly Manners courses, volunteering at a food shelf or helping at a local school, Marilyn G. Pentel lives a life full of giving back.

Help restore the more than 800 acres of prairie in Three Rivers Park District by collecting native wildflower seed. Volunteers are needed to gather hundreds of pounds of seed for future restoration and enhancement projects.

Mike Woodley’s career path includes stints as a broadcaster, voicing commercials, writing, editing, running LT Solutions Inc., “whatever it takes,” to support his family, he says. “You don’t just want to make a living, you want to challenge yourself.”

As Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) transitions into its new digs at Highway 101 and County Road 6 in Plymouth, they need help with the Resale Shop’s grand opening.

If you had asked her four years ago, Linda Pollock would have described her life as isolated. Her son, Nick, had recently been diagnosed with autism. At two-and-a-half, Nick was nonverbal and not potty-trained.

Interested in bringing a pet into your life on a short-term basis? Then consider fostering a cat or kitten through the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley.

Oakwood Elementary School’s annual Family Service Night brought together more than 300 community members to benefit people in need. Throughout the night, families participated in simple projects to teach children the value of serving others. In 2010:

Hope for the City, the Minnetonka-based nonprofit dedicated to distributing corporate surplus to people in need, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary by naming Patti Dalen its new executive director.

Ensure that no senior goes hungry by volunteering your time—and your car or truck—as a driver for the Western Communities Action Network’s (WeCAN) Meals on Wheels program.