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Wishes & More 2018-2021

Wishes & MoreWishes & More is our new Priority Area through May 2021. It began in 2004 in order to fill the gaps of other wish-granting charities serving children with terminal and life-threatening conditions. The founders were seasoned children’s wish granters who had served as volunteer members of the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota. Wishes & More grants wishes for infants and children with a life threatening or terminal illness to the age of 19. Wishes are often related to hunting, fishing, sports and other outdoor activities. Families can be supported with a Scholarship of Hope ($2000) or financial relief to families that lose their child before their wish could be experienced. Click here for more information:

Breaking Free 2015-2018

Breaking FreeBreaking Free is committed to diversity and to the empowerment of women. In 1996, Ms. Carter founded Breaking Free, Inc. as a non-profit agency helping women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Through Ms. Carter’s vision and tireless dedication, Breaking Free has become one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking and prostitution. Over the last 19 years, Breaking Free has served more than 7,000 clients and reached over 22,000 individuals via street outreach while systematically growing its programming to embrace a full continuum of care. Click here for more information:

Isaac’s Journey Foundation 2012-2015

The Isaac's Journey Foundation’s mission is to fund innovative research projects that aim to find a cure for MPS, a rare, debilitating, and devastating disease.  They provide support for families of individuals suffering from MPS and advocate on their behalf to ensure government funding for expensive, life-sustaining treatments are covered by the health care system. Since 2007, they have provided almost $1 million to research grants that seek to cure MPS, and administer the highly successful MPS II Fund, dedicating every dollar donated to research projects around the world.  They continue to work tirelessly to raise awareness of this disease, and support and educate families as they deal with the devastating diagnosis that MPS can bring, until we find a cure.

Can Do Canines 2009-2012

Can Do CaninesCan Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. We envision a future in which every person who needs and wants an assistance dog can have one. Since 1989, Can Do Canines has provided assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge. Our fully-trained dogs, sometimes adopted from local animal shelters, are provided to clients with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness or children with autism. Click here for more information:

Meet Journey!

Thank you to everyone for the fundraising efforts last year for the Name A Puppy campaign for Can Do Canines. Introducing Journey! He has the orange collar and is the puppy Past President Cindy Sanders had the honor of naming for the Minnesota Women of Today. Journey is a male and was delivered by C-section in July and is growing fast. As he grows up, he will learn the skills to be a service dog, helping someone who is in need of his services. Look for updates as new pictures and updates come in.

Meet Faith!

Faith was named by Past President Anne as a result
of our donation of $2500 in one trimester to Can Do Canines.

Our first sponsered "Name a Puppy" Faith will be graduating on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00 pm. The event is taking place at Can Do Canines, 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope, MN, 55428. There will be refreshments following the ceremony.

Faith's calling of service will be that of a "Diabetes Assist Dog". She has been trained to alert her owner when their blood sugar is dropping. A person experiencing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) produces a particular scent, found on the breath, due to chemical changes in their body. All people produce the same scent when they have low blood sugar. Service dogs are needed for people who are unaware that they are going dangerously low. This is a life threatening event and it is very comforting to have a dog trained to alert you before it becomes that serious.

At the graduation ceremony, we will finally get to meet who Faith will be providing this service to. It is going to be a very special and exciting event, and you are more than welcome to attend. Bring your camera and bring you kleenex! Faith is going to make us extremely proud!

The picture above is her baby picture… but she’s all grown up now, and about to begin her new life as a Diabetes Assist Dog. Watch Faith’s television premiere! She made the news on November 14, 2012!

Jacob  Wetterling Foundation 2006-2009

The Jacob Wetterling Foundation educates families and communities to prevent the exploitation of children. Our vision is that every child grows up in a healthy, safe world free from exploitation and/or abduction.Community outreach is their number one priority, which includes education regarding in-person and online safety, as well as participating in community notification meetings, offering expertise to media and public policy makers, serving as a 24/7 helpline (including AMBER Alert response), and hosting annual Family Gathering events.

Girl Scouts 2003-2006

The Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership—from taking a night-time hike under the stars to accepting a mission on the International Space Station; from lobbying the city council with her troop to holding a seat in Congress; from running her own cookie business today to tackling cybersecurity tomorrow. The  Girl Scout Leadership Experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It is based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the lead—in their own lives and in the world. 

This was the first 3-Year Priority Programming Area.

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