Author Archives: Lisa Mattson

C.A.S.T. (Citizens Against Sex Trafficking

Amount Awarded $20,653 ($15,653 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation).  

Citizens Against Sex Trafficking (C.A.S.T.) is dedicated to ending sexual exploitation and creating a culture that supports healthy choices and freedom from sexual violence and abuse. C.A.S.T. issues a call to action, resulting in partnerships, policies, and practices that prevent sexual exploitation and empowers victims and communities.  

To learn more please visit: Citizens Against Sex Trafficking’s website

C.A.S.T. was the selected charity for March, 2024. 

 

For Goodness Cakes

Amount Awarded $19,803 ($14,803 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation).  

For Goodness Cakes matches volunteers to make and hand-deliver birthday and graduation cakes to children in foster care and youth overcoming adversity on their special day. Their focus is on spreading love, joy, and frosting!   

To learn more please visit: For Goodness Cakes’ website

For Goodness Cakes was the selected charity for December, 2023. 

 

Every Third Saturday

Amount Awarded $19,328 ($14,328 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation). 

Every Third Saturday believes there is no better medicine than being in community with other veterans and their families, rediscovering purpose, and serving a cause which is greater than ourselves.  

To learn more please visit: Every Third Saturday’s’ website

Every Third Saturday was the selected charity for June, 2023. 

 

Small Sums

Amount Awarded $19,153 ($14,153 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation). 

Small Sums sole purpose is to help those experiencing homelessness or housing instability, who have found new jobs, with the specific things that they need to start back to work. We believe gainful employment is a key factor in helping individuals secure and maintain stable housing. With our practical and timely assistance, that few other agencies provide, we help remove obstacles that often prevent workers from being able to take a job – like required work clothes and work shoes, trade tools, professional licenses or union dues, and bus passes so they have a reliable way to get to work everyday (until they receive a paycheck).

To learn more please visit: Small Sums’ website

Small Sums was the selected charity for March, 2023. 

 

Valley Friendship Club

Amount Awarded $18,928 ($13,928 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation). 

Valley Friendship Club is a place to connect with people and the community in an environment that fosters friendships and celebrates individual abilities and talents.  We are about expanding horizons through activities and events that appeal to children, teens and adults using art, music, community service and much more! The Mission of the Valley Friendship Club is to promote and provide safe, accessible social opportunities while fostering friendships. To this end, we aim to enhance community connections, empower club participants to strengthen important life skills, and create greater social independence. The Vision of the Valley Friendship Club is to create the opportunity for every person with a developmental and/or intellectual disability to build enduring friendships and embrace community connections while enhancing the lives of all individuals involved: members, families, and volunteers!

To learn more please visit: Valley Friendship Club’s website

Valley Friendship Club was the selected charity for December, 2022. 

 

Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center

Amount Awarded $18,967 ($13,967 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation).  Members also donated $250 to My Very Own Bed at our September meeting.  

Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center, PSC (DALAC) is a nonprofit law firm that provides pro bono legal services to residents of collaborating Minnesota domestic abuse shelters. Since 2016, through legal advocacy provided by dozens of volunteer attorneys, DALAC has helped resolve legal issues for hundreds of residents and their children.

To learn more please visit: Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center

DALAC was the selected charity for September, 2022. 

 

Haven Housing – Ascension Place

Amount Awarded $17,302 ($12,302 member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation).  Members also donated $200 to Jack’s Basket at our June meeting.  

Haven Housing has provided emergency shelter and supportive housing to 15,000 women and children over the past 40 years. We meet each woman and child where they are—during crisis, in recovery, in healing, and once they’ve found a stable home—and support them as they explore and pursue opportunities for their future.

To learn more please visit: Haven Housing

Haven Housing was the selected charity for June, 2022. 

 

All Square Minneapolis

Amount Awarded $17,077 ($12,077 in member donations + $5,000 matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation)

All Square is a nonprofit social enterprise that invests in those impacted by mass incarceration. We create innovative programs and commercial endeavors to transform systemic injustice—all towards a world where the harms created by the criminal justice system have been healed.

To learn more please visit: All Square Minneapolis

All Square was the selected charity for March, 2022. 

 

The Lift Garage

Amount Awarded $18,027 ($12,027 in member donations + $5,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation)

The Lift Garage is a 501c3 nonprofit aimed to move people out of poverty and homelessness by providing low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase car inspections, and honest advice that supports our community on the road to more secure lives.

Learn more about this organization at: https://www.theliftgarage.org/

The Lift Garage was the selected charity for September, 2021.