Bennefiting four different local charities, from September 2nd to October 31st, Minnesota Truck Headquarters made a $200 donation to the non-profit of the customer's choosing when they purchased from us. Our participating local charities this year included Kids Fighting Hunger, Freedom Flight Inc., The Salvation Army, and the Tri-County Humane Society.
A non-profit, educational corporation established in 1988, Freedom Flight Inc. seeks to honor and increase the awareness of the still-missing Prisoners of War – Missing in Action (POW-MIA) issues. Their organization is made up of dedicated volunteers who give their time, talent and money to fly POW-MIA hot air balloons at various events across America and the world. Using hot air balloons as a means of gaining media attention, Freedom Flight Inc. hopes to garner a swell of public support to bring home Americans that have been reported to still be alive, but trapped in foreign countries.
On a mission to engage the youth of central Minnesota to feed hungry people, Kids Fighting Hunger not only focuses on serving their neighbors, but the world at large, as well. Originating from a locally-organized program back in 2003, the team has packaged over 8 million meals with the help of over 10,000 volunters since it's inception. Their goal is to continue distributing humanitarian relief in communities worldwide where there is an immediate need and to help volunteers learn and reaffirm the importance of looking beyond themselves and towards serving the needs of others.
"Wherever there is a need in St. Cloud you'll find the Salvation Army." This is the promise your local branch of the Salvation Army aims to keep. While their services may range from providing housing and feeding the hungry and on to a number of other types of assistance, their mission is simple: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. So much more than just a food bank or a clothing donation center, the Salvation Army also provides programs to empower the youth, help break families out of cycles of poverty, and even provide utility assistance during harsh Minnesota winters.
Celebrating their 45th year of being incorporated to serve the central Minnesota area, the Tri-County Humane Society has helped rehome and provided medical assistance to thousands of pets in need of a second chance. In addition to providing some much-needed TLC, every animal at Tri-County Humane Society also receives a behavior and medical exam, including basic shots and spay/neutering (if needed). Last year alone they performed more than 2,000 surgeries on shelter pets, the majority of them in their surgery center, right behind the main shelter building. Now this organization is growing even larger as they begin building a new shelter to accomodate more pets in need. In their own words: "Your support comes at a very great time."
Other Community Engagement
AUTISM SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA
Established in 1971, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is a non-profit organization committed to education, advocacy and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.
Whether you are a family with a child who is newly diagnosed, an adult who is on the spectrum, an educator who serves individuals with autism, or a corporation that wants to learn more about employing individuals with autism, AuSM provides you with the resources and services you need to help you accomplish your goals. Your AuSM membership also guides your path into the autism community, helping you find the most comfortable way to participate and grow.
AuSM offers a place to learn, access services, and develop skills that enhance your life. AuSM membership connects you to a common community that acts without judgment, nurtures potential, advances knowledge, and builds awareness.
Our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
History of MnTC
In 1958, David Wilkerson traveled to New York City to minister to teens. There he found hard-core drug addiction as well as prostitution and gang violence. In order to help these teens, Wilkerson established the first “Teen Challenge Center” in the heart of New York City.
Over time, Teen Challenge expanded its programs, offering to help adults as well as teens. Now there are more than 200 centers across the United States and over 1,000 centers worldwide, making Teen Challenge the largest network of drug and alcohol programming in the world.
In 1983, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (MnTC) was established. And in 1993, Rich Scherber was installed as Executive Director and opened the first home. Since that time, MnTC has grown to over 11 campuses across the state with multiple program options to meet a broad spectrum of needs.
Today MnTC serves thousands, offering a full range of treatment and recovery services. We work with teens and their communities through our prevention program Know The Truth™ and lead Lakeside Academy, a Christian behavior and recovery center for teen boys. For men and women, we provide residential and out-patient licensed treatment, long term residential recovery with co-occurring mental health services and comprehensive aftercare support.
With the support of our partners, MnTC now serves over 700 clients on any given day and continues to look for new program options and locations that will help us respond to the increasing need to turn the tide on the drug epidemic.