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GMCC - DIW Separation

GMCC - DIW Separation

In the life of a nonprofit organization, there is always change – and when made intentionally and thoughtfully can be incredibly positive in spite of initial anxieties. It is with bittersweet feelings that I write to let you know that after a mutually beneficial partnership of 65 years, the boards of directors of both the Division of Indian Work (DIW) and the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) have decided to separate our organizations.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) in Community and Social Justice Ministries provides training for leaders from all communities of faith who want to further develop their spiritual care and counseling skills. Deadline for applications for Spring Clinical Pastoral Eduction (CPE) at GMCC in Social Justice Ministries is December 31, 2016. The spring unit will begin Jan 23 and end May 7. We will have a focus on Restorative Justice and will do 6 of our 15 classes with men incarcerated in MN Correctional Facility Stillwater.

Contact Rev. Dr. Sue Allers-Hatlie at sallershatlie@gmcc.org

Metro Paint-A-Thon

2016 marked the 33rd year of the Metro Paint-A-Thon program. In that time, volunteers have completed over 6,500 exterior painting projects throughout the metro area. Fifty two exterior painting projects were completed by over 1,200 volunteers who spent nearly 8,500 hours helping seniors and disabled adults remain independent in their homes. Our volunteers observe first-hand the difference their hard work has made in someone else's life.

Metro Paint-A-Thon not only benefits the homeowners we serve, but also the neighborhood and the community as well. It gives volunteers both an up-close look at the struggles our seniors face and an opportunity to do something tangible to address it. 

Questions? Call 612-721-8687 or email info@gmcc.org

Kinship

Kinship’s mentor matches last an average of more than 4.3 years (more than four times the national average). Quality mentoring programs return $1.87 of public benefits for every dollar spent, and 100% of Kinship mentors would recommend Kinship mentoring to family, friend, or co-worker. 

Questions? Call 612-721-8687 or email info@gmcc.org

Minnesota FoodShare

Minnesota FoodShare supports 300 food shelves around the state and has distributed over $16 million through the March Campaign. This annual food and fund drive comes at a crucial time, helping food shelves restock after the holidays. Did you know that Minnesota FoodShare also works year-around to fight hunger in our state. This summer our food shelf garden donated 1800 pounds of produce to help feed Native American families in Minneapolis. 

Questions? Call 612-721-8687 or email info@gmcc.org

Division of Indian Work

Give to the Max Story #1: The Division of Indian Work's Healthy Transitions Program is currently working with 12 foster care youth to prepare them for independent living when they age out of the foster care system at 18. By supporting DIW today, you allow us to further this program's mission of empowering the urban American Indian youth who need it most.

Questions? Call 612-722-8722 or email info@gmcc.org

Minnesota FoodShare

Minnesota FoodShare invites you join the Walk to End Hunger fundraiser at Mall of America on November 24, 2016 from 7am-10am. Follow the link below to join our team! You can also contribute by making a donation.

Register before November 1st to win great prizes from Crayola Experience and Nickelodeon Universe at MOA, Chanhassen Dinner Theater and more! 

Questions? Contact us at 612-276-1556 or email czaato@gmcc.org

REGISTER OR DONATE →

Urban Immersion Service Retreats (UISR)

Through Service Retreats and Poverty and Privilege Trainings, our Urban Immersion program creates a deeper understanding of the complexities of poverty through team building activities and critical reflection. 

Minnesota FoodShare | March Campaign

Run, walk, roll or just party to help the hungry! This fun and new 5K, No K and afterparty was created to benefit Minnesota FoodShare during the March Campaign and features an afterparty at FOOD BUILDING with The Draft Horse, Red Table Meat Co., The Lone Grazer Creamery, local food trucks and Finnegans.

All participants will receive a long-sleeve shirt PLUS a free pint of Finnegans (additional Finnegans will be available for purchase). 100% of all proceeds will go to help 300 food shelves around the state of Minnesota. What a great way for you and your foodie friends to get involved and make a difference for thousands of hungry people in our community. And, with Minnesota FoodShare, you can count on your money going where we say it will. Guaranteed.

Join Minnesota FoodShare's March Campaign Honorary Chairperson Jason DeRusha and make a difference today! 

Event details and schedule
Eat & Run 5K and No-K, benefitting the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, hosted by Jason DeRusha of WCCO Television

Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Check-in/ on-site registration: 3 p.m.
5K: 4 p.m.
No K/After-Party: 4:01 p.m.

Sponsored by FOOD BUILDING, The Draft Horse, The Lone Grazer Creamery, Red Table Meat Co., WCCO Television, Neuger Communications, Finnegans, Mill City Running and 1st Fit Running

Minnesota FoodShare

Minnesota FoodShare invites congregations across the state to participate in Pack the Pews, March 19-25. Pack the pews at your place of worship with non-perishable food items and consider taking up a special collection for the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, every dollar of which goes toward feeding the hungry through 300 food shelves. Watch this video to learn how Mount Olivet Church and Community Emergency Service participate in the March Campaign.

Repost: Deep Poverty Puts Young Children at Risk for Poor Health and Development

Deep Poverty Puts Young Children at Risk for Poor Health and Development

“Deep poverty, which affects approximately 3.9 million young children, clearly makes large numbers of U.S. children vulnerable to health and developmental problems that limit their life opportunities,” said Sheila Smith, PhD, director, Early Childhood at National Center for Children in Poverty.”

Read Full Article Here

Minnesota FoodShare | Lenten Devotional

"Because we don’t live unto ourselves; we never dine alone, even when we’re alone. Forever and already, we’re connected by the Spirit’s thread into that beautiful, colorful garment of grace. Even when we don’t see it, we are one, Jesus said." - Rev. Shane Isner, Former Disciples of Christ Representative to GMCC Board. Download the "Room at the Banquet" Lenten devotional to read more reflections on hunger and community from Minnesota FoodShare. 

Download Lenten Devotional PDF

Minnesota FoodShare | March Campaign

The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the only statewide effort where every dollar donated goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. Now is the time to join schools, businesses, restaurants, congregations, and stores in A Different Kind of Food Fight at gmcc.org/minnesotafoodshare. Learn how the Wedge Community Co-op contributes to the March Campaign in this video featuring our honorary chairperson Jason DeRusha of WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota news.

Minnesota FoodShare | March Campaign

As community gathering places and hubs of great food, we believe restaurants are uniquely positioned to make a difference. The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign honorary chairperson and WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota news anchor Jason DeRusha is asking all restaurants in Minnesota to get involved in Kick-in With the Kitchens from March 12th-18th by raising food and funds that go directly to 300 food shelves statewide. 

Kinship | Mentor in REAL LIFE

In real life, who do you turn to? 9 million kids in America are growing up without an answer to this question. They make everyday choices that lead up to life’s big decisions without enough guidance and support – the kind most of us count on. Every kid should have someone to turn to.

Join the movement, Mentor IN REAL LIFE.