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Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: The mission of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners is to engage the heart and will of our community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive.

Results: Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin County communities, working to prevent and alleviate poverty through effective cross-sector partnerships including over 2,000 volunteers. Interfaith Outreach provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food, clothing, affordable housing, employment, child care and education, transportation and healthy community connections. Together, Interfaith Outreach and its partners create opportunities for all to thrive. 2,184 unique households were served in the last fiscal year.

Target demographics: Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin County communities, working to prevent and alleviate poverty through effective cross-sector partnerships including over 1,800 volunteers.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,184 households

Geographic areas served: Wayzata, Plymouth, Orono, Long Lake, Hamel, Medina, Minnetonka Beach and Medicine Lake, Minnesota

Programs: Interfaith Outreach provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food, clothing, affordable housing, employment, child care and education, transportation and healthy community connections. Together, Interfaith Outreach and its partners create opportunities for all to thrive.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Esther D.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach interacts with the community in a powerful way by digging deeply into the barriers faced by families and by providing informed, sustainable, and creative long-term solutions. A small barrier such as a car repair bill can cause a cascade of life-changing events such as job loss. Interfaith Outreach supports people in small and big ways that give them long-term stability and success. This organization supports local schools by providing those wrap-around services so that teachers can teach and children can concentrate on classwork and experience academic growth. I also appreciate how Interfaith Outreach connects with experts in the field, whether in the area of early childhood development or opportunity gaps to inform its practice. Friends and supporters of Interfaith Outreach are grateful for the leadership of LaDonna Hoy who teaches the community not only to see or to talk about suburban poverty but to do something about it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy getting to know others in our community and working toward a common goal of making it a better place for all to love. From fundraising to holiday events and early education opportunities, Interfaith Outreach is working to provide services and opportunities for our neighbors to thrive. I enjoying helping out and supporting our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been actively volunteering with Interfaith Outreach for the last seven years and have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with this organization which dedicates such resources to support and change in our community. As a volunteer I so appreciate the flexibility and variety of engagement opportunities. I have been able to be involved in so many different aspects of their work because of this. As a community member I am so thankful that they are a part of our community and for the needs that they fill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Interfaith Outreach for several years, I hear and see some of the impact they make in the community: the senior grateful for a ride to a medical appointment, the mom loading food shelf groceries into a cart, the job training coach giving encouragement to a client, the job seeker picking out clothes from ReSale Shop to wear to an interview, the front desk volunteers responding to appeals for information/help, the after-school and summer camp programs supporting kids, and the commitment of staff and volunteers eager to make life better for others with needs. When you directly hear/see this first hand, it makes one grateful to be a part of the Interfaith Outreach team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at IOCP for many years. The more I see, the more impressed I am with how the organization helps those in need. IOCP has programs to help adults, children, and families. Everyone living in their service area who needs help is welcomed, no one is turned away. IOCP offers many volunteer opportunities. You can volunteer for special events or on a scheduled basis. Their staff are amazing to work with. I feel extremely appreciated as a volunteer every time I'm there. I would highly recommend IOCP for anyone looking to volunteer. It is a wonderful organization doing important work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners for roughly 12 years and I love giving my time and money to such an amazing non profit! Not only do they help the community that I live in, they also help surrounding communities where people have a perception that they don't need help. There is so many amazing ways that you can be involved and what I love most is that you can help on your own at a time and what is convenient for you. If you are looking to get involved in a nonprofit, I would highly recommend checking out Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach has been a blessing for our community. Not only does it provide essential services for individuals and families in need but also wonderful opportunities for people to volunteer. As someone who has been volunteering at IOCP for the past several years, I am continually blown away by the warmth and kindness of the staff. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone feels part of the team. And they are extremely sensitive to their volunteers' needs, helping them discover and succeed at the ideal way to serve. I'm thankful they exist as they fill an important role in providing support, purpose, and meaning to everyone in our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a real privilege for me to live in a community where we have an organization that is meeting the individual challenges of our citizenry, partnering with churches, schools and businesses, to solve problems. I have supported Interfaith since its beginnings because they understand how to meet and overcome barriers, caring gently and thoroughly, with each individual or family. I know all funds contributed will be used well and all of us benefit when goodness prevails! Babs Koch

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have a veteran teacher of 31 years. In our schools, every day, I see the positive difference Interfaith Outreach makes in the lives of economically disadvantages families. Rent assists allow families to stay in place resulting in continuity of relationships and improved learning. The cars they help fix each month keep adult consistently going to work. More children have opportunities for learning during out of school time as a result of the staff at Interfaith connecting our youth to tutors, Community Education scholarships and other enrichment activities. As suburban poverty increases, the work of Interfaith Outreach has never been more important!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was looking for an opportunity to give back to my community (in my own backyard if you will), as volunteerism is part of the culture where I work (Wells Fargo). I found out about Interfaith Outreach from our Community Relations Director at work. I discovered a rich history of involvement by Wells Fargo with Interfaith Outreach. Interfaith Outreach’s mission and values matched up well with my own values and beliefs, and I have found my involvement with Interfaith Outreach to be very satisfying and rewarding. I have a finance background and was able to lend my time and leverage my finance talents to the organization through my involvement with the Finance Committee. I have witnessed first-hand the incredible growth and meaningful community impacts of Interfaith Outreach. I feel both proud and humble to be involved with Interfaith Outreach.

Over the period of my involvement (and building on the efforts of previous treasurers and working in concert with our very capable Finance Director), we have achieved audit opinions at the highest level of assurance, strengthened internal controls (with no material weaknesses noted by our auditors), and fully funded our reserves. We have expanded our financial planning beyond an annual budget to a multi-year financial sustainability planning process. Helping play a part of this success as a “financial steward” of the organization has been very rewarding. We all have talents. We all have a sense of corporate responsibility, exposure to mission and values, the importance of being customer-centric, and often involved in strategy development and execution. All these attributes carry over very well to the non-profit sector, and can be leveraged to help a nonprofit evolve, grow, address governance needs and achieve sustainability.

Interfaith Outreach is so unique. We offer such a wide spectrum of needed and necessary services to our program participants and our communities, embodied in six impact areas: family support, food, housing and neighborhoods, education and youth, employment and transportation. We partner well with churches, school districts, government agencies and volunteers (nearly 2,000 volunteers providing over 64,000 hours of volunteer service) to deliver these services in a highly effective manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners engages the heart and will of our community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive. Interfaith Outreach works directly with individuals and families to meet their basic needs with access to food, housing, healthcare, childcare, education, employment, transportation and other assistance. Through supportive services, organized and effective volunteer experiences as well as impactful giving, Interfaith Outreach provides community members with meaningful ways to be involved in the strengthening our community together.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known about this organization for more than 15 years. I was introduced to their amazing work when my past employer partnered with them to develop and build affordable town homes with on site services in Plymouth. Since that day, the staff and volunteer leadership of Interfaith Outreach have continued to impress and deliver. The organization is nimble, responding to pressing community needs and strategic, partnering with hundreds of faith communities and businesses to work effectively. Addressing suburban poverty and all the barriers people experience is a major challenge all around the country. I am grateful we have Interfaith right here in our back yard.

Review from Guidestar

Diane E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners for five years. It has been a wonderful experience for me. I have enjoyed working with the other volunteers and the great staff. The leadership is outstanding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Interfaith Outreach in a variety of roles since June 2013. I have greatly enjoyed working with the dedicated, caring staff and volunteers. The leadership is outstanding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners is one of those organizations that makes our community a better place to live for all of us. Families in need are treated with compassion and respect --- and volunteers are given an opportunity to find our better selves through service to others.
Interfaith Outreach has recently garnered the energy of the community through its Great Expectations initiative. Hundreds of people are now engaged with Interfaith Outreach and the local school districts to make sure that every child, no matter their economic status or cultural background, has the educational support she/he needs to be successful from cradle to career. Only an organization with the track record and trusted reputation of Interfaith Outreach could coalesce an entire community around such an ambitious goal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach does amazing work. I have been volunteering there for several years and am still consistently learning about the breadth and depth of the help they provide to the community. The collaboration with public schools, government entities, faith organizations, local businesses and community volunteers is most impressive. The staff and leadership is amazingly dedicated and do a great job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family currently supports Interfaith with personal, family foundation and volunteer time. We find the organization centered on supporting community need in a client centered manner and responsive to questions from volunteers/donors

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith does amazing work in the local community. Volunteering here as proven to be one of the most incredible opportunities I've had. As a volunteer my insights and skills are respected by staff, allowing me to feel a valued member of the team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on many boards and have supported many nonprofits over the past 25 years. Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners is now the one nonprofit where I choose to spend all of my volunteer time and where I direct the majority of my charitable donations. Founded in 1979, Interfaith Outreach has an impeccable reputation. They have a 38 year history of supporting families in the western suburbans by responding to emergency needs and creating opportunities for families to thrive. Interfaith Outreach has a holistic approach to helping families. Their Impact areas include education/youth, housing and neighborhoods, transportation, employment, food and family support. We currently serve over 2,000 families with over 2,000 volunteers. Our current budget is $8.7 million, with .85 of each dollar directly supporting families. Our tagline is "Igniting the Power of Community." We do just that.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IOCP is an organization that excels in community engagement (at all levels), partnerships (w/ local faith, diverse community leaders, government, schools, businesses)), efficacy and most importantly - in sustainable impacts which makes a real and meaningful difference in people’s lives. The IOCP model is based on maximizing connections and resources with everyone working together - and as a result - everyone learns and commitment to strong community and opportunity for everyone becomes even stronger. And - as a donor, I see sustainable outcomes ..... both in the measurable outcomes IOCP tracks and the comments and engagement of staff, volunteers and clients w/ services delivered. IOCP helps families move from crisis to stability - often to the point where clients return as volunteers and IOCP supporters themselves. I am blessed to be associated with and participate in these efforts !

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Board Member

Rating: 5

IOCP is a visionary organization focused on helping people in our local community deal with a continuum of issues and support relatd to having and keeping a home. IOCP is very effective and efficient provider of services, and "helper" rather than enabler for those needing help - and is unique in the way that it establishes collaborative partnerships with others (churches, non-profits, businesses) to help the local community deal with housing issues. As a result of IOCP's efforts, hundreds of families have been able to stay in their home, dozens of affordable homes have been added to our local community, and there is a very real presence of care, concern and constructive support for our clienrs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) is an incredibly impactful and meaningful organization serving our community. The services are extensive and their reach goes far into the community helping all of those in need from newborns to the elderly, any denomination, race, and background. IOCP's lives it's mission to help individuals and families Stabilize, Strengthen and Thrive in all that it does providing comprehensive goods and services to help individuals and families in all aspects of their lives to get them back on track. This organization is truly a God send to so many people.