Giving Back

Hammer Residences

Mike Anderson loves getting paychecks. He feels a sense of accomplishment and, of course, relishes having a little extra cash. Anderson decided to retire in 1997, after putting in years of hard work on the job.

Imagine not being able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. For some elderly and disabled Lake Minnetonka residents, a turkey-less holiday is a very real possibility.

Fall marks a critical transition- from a time of play to a season of seriousness, especially when it comes to asking relevant career questions: Where am I and where do I want to be?

No one should have to face cancer alone. With Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, the hope is that no Minnesotan will.

After a life-changing mission trip to Haiti in March, Mound Westonka High School seniors Tori Anderson and Megan Bryan, who volunteered at Project Hope, a home and school for orphans and other children in need, are now hoping to inspire other teens to broaden their own horizons.The girls will ret

In 1979, the Upper Midwest Ronald McDonald House opened in Minneapolis, starting its mission to care for pediatric cancer patients and their families. To help keep patients and siblings together, the house opened a unique on-site school 15 years ago—and they needed a teacher.

Interact, entering its fifth year at Minnetonka High School (MHS), is a service club for young people ages 14 to 18 and is essentially the youth arm of Rotary International, one of the largest nonprofit humanitarian service organizations.

As Lin Ecklund describes her rescue organization, NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue, it’s evident she loves her role. “It’s the best feeling in the world to help save a life” she says. A long-time volunteer with other dog rescue organizations, Ecklund decided in 2012 to establish her own.

Imagine you’re writing a shopping list. You drop your pen. Now imagine you can’t pick it up. Simple tasks like retrieving an object from the floor, opening doors or calling for help can be impossible feats for some people with physical disabilities.

Abby Gordon got the idea for Project Honey Bee after watching a documentary about the insects’ impending extinction. “I’ve always been interested in helping the environment,” says Gordon, a 15-year-old Minnetonka high school sophomore.