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Causes: Women, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: The woman's club of minneapolis is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, civic and social services, study and friendly association.

Programs: The woman's club was originated by six women who realized that they could achieve more in the community collectively than they could individually. They began meeting in 1907 and continued growing until they built the building located at 410 oak grove st. In minneapolis. They are responsible in large part for the milk program and lunch program in the minneapolis public schools. The purification of water in the city of minneapolis and had a great hand in the public health nursing program and have donated over four and a half million dollars to programs for women and children in need since 1907. We have hosted national night out at the woman's club of minneapolis annually since 2009. It is held on the first tuesday of august. We have on average around 500 in attendance each year. The woman's club grant recipients and other 501(c)(3) organizations in the neighborhood are invited to set up a table to educate the community on the benefits of their particular organizations. We donate $1,500 to this event and approximately 75 volunteer hours. Community outreach has always been the mission-based foundation of the woman's club of minneapolis. We have continued and even stepped up most of our traditional activities and we have also begun some new ones. Project diva is our newest partnership. Project diva was introduced to us by pam lehan, our general manager. Four of our junior members are on the board of directors of project diva. Project diva is a nonprofit that was founded by a young, african american woman by the name of neda kellogg. Their mission is to mentor at-risk girls ages 13 - 19 to advocate and mentor them. There are approximately 30 girls in the program. We meet with them once a month for what is referred to as "lunch and learns" which are sponsored by the club. We provide a speaker, and an etiquette segment to the class. Our members also mentor the girls on a one to one basis. Right now 6 of our members are mentors to the girls as well as our own executive chef. The woman's club has also provided the funds for our community outreach dollars to purchase uniform shirts that the girls wear to the lunches and events. Another new event sponsored by the woman's club and community outreach was an event called "girls rock the capitol. " it was an all day programs at the state capitol in february, where girls ages 13-18 learned about state government and were given access to women in leadership roles where they learned to advocate for themselves and what they believed in. The woman's club was a $500 "gold level" sponsor which meant that our name and logo were included on invitations, email outreach, programs and on the minnesota women's consortium website. The event received some great press in the local media, and they were very grateful for our support. Each year we host the memorial blood bank at the club two times a year in february and october and supply them with the space, food and beverage to facilitate their mobile crew and the ability to reach others to secure emergency blood donations. The room lent to them is typically rented at a rate of $500 each time (2 times = $1000 annually) and $100 (2 times = $200) in food and beverage which are both donated by the club. Every tuesday there is an educational program that is put on for the benefit of the women of the club. The topics vary, such as history, global issues, etc. The women of this club also renovated and restored "the ard godfrey" house which is the oldest remaining wood frame house in the city of minneapolis. The wood frame house has been restored and maintained by the woman's club since 1990. The members of the woman's club of minneapolis offer educational tours throughout the summer and employ students as tour guides for the house (museum). We house a circulating library within our club and the members volunteer their time in the library. The club offers a meet the artist event every six weeks. A different struggling artist brings in their work to hang in our dining room gallery and the public is invited to view their work. The organization of the woman's club of minneapolis has 42 committees. To name a few; the writer's guild, environment and garden, drama appreciation, music appreciation, four reading groups and the history committee. The club sponsors four prizes in the minnesota history day competition each year: best junior high project on women's history, best senior high project on women's history, best junior high project on african- american history and best senior high project on african american history. Needlework guild - since the 1920's the needlework guild has made thousands of new garments for those less fortunate. The club provides the guild money for fabric, yarn, trims and sewing notions and sewing machine repair. The guild makes the chemo caps and lap robes for the cancer patients and baby layettes for moms that cannot afford to purchase baby clothes. They also make items for the minnesota visiting nurse agency, children's home society and family service's "little red stocking" project and the jones harrison home for the elderly. This year the needlework guild and other volunteer members spent approximately 1681 hours and $7613. Labor, cost and value for the chemo caps, lap robes and baby layettes for the cancer patients at hcmc. . . . The blood drive committee hosted two blood drives in october and february. . . . 285 chemo caps were knit by members and donated to hennepin county medical center. . . . Hundreds of items were also donated including baby layettes, lap robes for various causes including hcmc. . . . The grants committee chose ten local non-profits to receive a total of $50,000 in grants. . . . Scholarships in the amount of $5000 were donated to minneapolis community and technical college (mctc). . . . National night out party: approximately $1500 donated by the woman's club of minneapolis. . . . This year we held the 102nd vip (visually impaired persons) luncheon with over 120 guests in attendance. This was started when the club started underwriting the helen keller foundation in its origins. . . . Our annual antique estate sale leftovers were donated this year to the assistance league of minneapolis at a value of $2500. Another new endeavor undertaken by the woman's club this last two years was "fashion with a passion", a fundraiser for "ready for success" a nonprofit that clothes women coming out of incarceration, homelessness or are trying to move from a lower level position to a higher one. This enables the women to dress appropriately for interviewing, etc. The woman's club donated rentals to nonprofit organizations in the following valued amounts:ready for success. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3400ywca. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1800matthew shepard found. . . . . . . . . . . . . $1300breaking free. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1700hit or miss, tv preview, mktg. . . . . . $1500leukemia & lymphoma soc. . . . . . . $1800asian women united. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1000language central. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1500mctc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $600mn. Opera. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $500city of lakes. . Waldorf school. . . . $3100total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18,200. Gifts in kind. . . . . . . . Hope chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $387. 24 league of catholic women. . . . . . . . . . . $164. 54 gift cert. . . . Edina women's fdtn. . . . . $100. 00 mn. Women's rotary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $130. 06 ordway gala. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $64. 54 twin cities opera guild. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100. 00 knead the dough. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $882. 46 clpc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $129. 06 keep the beat fundraiser. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $64. 54 total. . . . . . . . . . . . . $2022. 44in the autumn the club does an annual "hat & mitten tree". All of the hats and mittens collected are donated to sojourner. This is an organization that protects small children and their mothers from abusive situations. At holiday time the membership draws names and fill christmas wish lists for seniors in the augustana nursing homes. We hosted a fundraiser for the nutrition center for the minneapolis public schools. For them to purchase a "kettle chiller" to chill down hot cooked foods in efficient time. The chiller jacket goes over a 500 gallon kettle that can feed up to 12,000 children. The total volunteer hours donated by our membership for the fiscal year 2014/15 were 11,366. 1 hours

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sheryl H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Minneapolis Woman's Club is one of the best kept Minnesota Secrets. Love their history and history making. Beyond networking with many other Woman's Clubs, offering first class events and dining, and serving its community with more than $3,000,000 of financial support -Woman's Club of Minneapolis is a place to relax, connect and serve. Proud to be a member.

Review from Guidestar