AARP events and gatherings often include support for local nonprofit organizations, whether that includes donations from our attendees and participants, including our members, costs covered by AARP, the value of promotions and more. Those gatherings and events have been ruled-out for the foreseeable future to help keep everyone safer during the coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore, we are highlighting some Rochester area organizations that rely on charitable contributions for you to consider. There are many other organizations providing critical services and we invite you to share them on our page on Facebook.
United Way of Olmsted County's Running Start for School is a community-wide backpack and school supply drive to ensure that every child in our community has the opportunity to receive the necessary school supplies and are prepared to succeed in school. This year, donations to help cover the cost of backpacks and school supplies are being accepted online: https://www.roonga.com/runningstart2020* **
Family Service Rochester provides vital services that help older adults stay in their homes such as meal delivery, chore services and tele-health visits. Learn more and consider donating online: http://familyservicerochester.org/donate/* **
Diversity Council is on a mission to create equitable and inclusive communities and leads a variety of initiatives to that end. Learn more and consider donating online: https://www.diversitycouncil.org/* **
Jeremiah Program is new to Rochester and works to end the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children two generations at a time. Learn more and consider donating online: https://jeremiahprogram.org/rochester/* **
Channel One Regional Food Bank is the life line for thousands of people in Southeast Minnesota to have enough to eat. Learn more and consider donating online: https://www.helpingfeedpeople.org/* **
Hawthorne Education Center provides classes for 500 learners, ages 17 and older, many of whom live at or below the poverty level and many are immigrants. Programs include English as a Second Language, literacy, GED high school diploma, college level prep, job training, and citizenship. Learn more and consider donating online: https://uurochmn.org/social-justice/economic/hawthorne-helps/* **
Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) fosters the well-being and independence of refugees and immigrants who have resettled in the Rochester and surrounding areas through its programs including victim services, employment, community health worker, interpretation, and translation. Learn more and consider donating online: http://imaa.net/
**Please check with the organization to determine the tax deductibility of your donation before you donate.
For more ways on how you can give, volunteer, support local business and connect with others in Minnesota during the pandemic, visit COVID-19 In Minnesota: What can we do to Help?
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