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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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Interfaith Outreach for over 15 years as both a fonor and volunteer. No other organization I have ever seen is as effective about gathering the community around the many issues that affect their clients. They have thousands of dedicated volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Interfaith Outreach has taught me so much about how to live in the world and the responsibilty we have to each other. I love this organization and its amazing staff with all my heart. They have forever changed Plymouth and its surrounding cities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach is an outstanding organization with deep roots supporting this community since 1979. Through partnerships with businesses, schools, churches, and over 2000 volunteers, they are positively impacting 2,005 families. Interfaith Outreach has an amazing, hard working, caring staff who together with volunteers supports families in key areas ranging from education, employment, housing, family support programs to food and clothing. As a Board member and volunteer, I am able to use my skills and put my faith into action to help support this organization and our community. Every time I volunteer, I leave feeling that I helped make a difference in the life of another person and it makes it a great day!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Interfaith Outreach for over 5 years in various areas. It's amazing to see the variety of resources available to help stabilize those in need and then to help them develop the skills and give them the support for career advancement, housing, etc. The staff and volunteers have a passion to support this community and make a difference in the lives of others. It's an amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with IOCP in 2014. I was assigned the task for being a liason from our church, Holy Name. After touring the complex, I decided to volunteer so I could" walk the talk". What a marvelous time I've had with a wonderful organization! I'm volunteering in the re-sale store, because of my background in sales. Also, the" Return To Work" program, which involves helping folks get back into the workplace with interview clothes, and a weeks supply of appropriate clothing for their position. I never imagined that there was a place, where people of all walks of life can get the support they so desperately need, in a safe , caring and loving environment. There are hundreds of volunteers, in all the areas of IOCP and they are giving back of their time, treasure and talent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping folks with a wardrobe and interview outfit to return to work. It is so rewarding to see the difference it makes with their confidence and self-esteem level. The heartfelt appreciation that is given to us is worth the time spent, to know that we are helping people to get back into the workforce . This is the final step of a wonderful program to help people regain independence and self-worth.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Interfaith Outreach for about 8 years. I choose to be a part of this fabulous organization because of the leadership, the wonderful volunteers and, especially, the holistic, strategic and responsible approach taken with building a community where everyone counts. Interfaith is about helping community members maintain their self esteem while working through their bumps in life. Partnered with other dynamic organizations in the community, Interfaith helps clients become productive members of the community again. That's key!

Volunteering at Interfaith Outreach fills my heart. I get SO much more than I give! I have developed life-long friendships with team members and volunteers and know that I am making a meaningful difference in the lives of those that we have the opportunity to impact. Interfaith has changed my life in so many ways. What a gift!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach truly does strive "To build a vibrant community where everyone counts and all sectors and systems work together for the good of all."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach is filled with caring, dedicated volunteers and staff who want to make sure everyone in our community has the opportunity to thrive. From the food shelf, resale shop, employment services, housing and education assistance they are there to help families in crisis find stability and move to self sufficiency and success. I've been a volunteer there for four years and have seen the incredible impact Interfaith Outreach has on the lives of those in need to feel valued, respected and empowered to succeed. It's a great place to volunteer and really make a difference in the life of your neighbors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IOCP has been in our community for as long as I have been alive. I participated in their food drives, holiday gift programs and sleep outs as a child. I have grown up to be able to support these efforts along with some of their other programming including employment services as an adult. Poverty, food insecurity, housing and employment instability can often be "invisible" in the NW suburbs. IOCP works to not only provide visibility, but opportunity to connect those in need with those who can help across a broad spectrum or programs. I am proud to volunteer with them, I am proud to be a part of the community that they are a part of.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach has the passion, people and commitment to make a difference in the community. As a volunteer and Board Member I see both the strategy, plan and infrastructure as well as see the wonderful staff and volunteers who make a difference in the lives of those in need on a daily basis. Everyone is valued! It's truly a special place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last winter I was at a point in my life (personal and professional) where I wanted to give back. Interfaith Outreach was a natural fit because it is in my community (I live in Wayzata) and my employer (BMO Harris Bank N.A.) has historically been involved. It was a great time for me to step up and represent BMO at I nterfaith AND get my family involved. Today I volunteer at the Food Shelf and serve on the Development Committee. I like the Food Shelf because I can see the immediate impact in the community. It is also something my kids can see the impact. They are young, 5 and 8, so when we participate in "Pack for Seniors" they can see we are following a list and putting together packages for seniors. And they understand the importance of having food and maybe not being able to go to the grocery store or Target to buy it. I love that Interfaith Outreach combines multiple groups within the community so it really is a “one-stop” shop.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with IOCP in a variety of ways. I continue to be amazed at the powerful impact this wonderful organization has on our local community. I have witnessed first hand the amazing services and educational opportunities provided to those in need, and I am so impressed with the professional, respectful and constructive manner in which they deal with all of their clients. The staff and board are wonderful stewards of the donations they receive - ensuring that the organization is run in the most efficient manner so that the maximum benefit is bestowed on those in need. I am also impressed at how easy they make it for community members to get involved - from one-time volunteer opportunities to long-term assignments.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners is one of the most highly respected non-profit organizations in Minnesota. The organization has a very focused mission and very strong community partners who work collaboratively with the organization to achieve that mission. The organization has an outstanding staff and over 1,500 volunteers who commit themselves to delivering high quality services to the clients of the organization. I am proud to be associated with such a top notch organization that brings tremendous value to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in a few different roles within IOCP and in each new role and experience I get to see how big the impact is that IOCP has on the community. My favorite experience was working at the Christmas gift exchange, helping families pick up their Christmas presents. The reason this experience was my favorite is because I was able to see first hand the joy in these parents and children's eyes when they received their gifts. It's such an amazing program that IOCP puts together and I can't wait to help out again next year! - Erin Cella