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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
On January 23rd from 1-4:30pm at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, our excecutive director, Jennifer Smith, will be a presenter at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' North Central Foundations Workshop!  At this two-part workshop (half statewide focus, half region-specific focus), you'll take away: Insights into the staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of over 50 of the most important Minnesota foundations A stronger list of local and statewide prospects  Resources necessary to...
Friday, November 17, 2017
We all could use more self-kindness! Here are 4 steps for you to try!    Think Kind and Frame Positively: Who better to have as your champion, cheerleader, and supporter than yourself? Because you are your own constant companion, it is of utmost importance to think kindly about yourself. It is common for individuals to use their inner critic to motivate themselves, however, this technique is more destructive than helpful. Learn to nip negative thoughts in the bud and focus on the positive...
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Just as the grand Mississippi starts as a small stream and with the additions of water from many individual tributaries becomes a powerful body of water, an act of kindness doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but rather amasses countless subsequent acts of kindness. That is the Power of U. U have the power to be the instigating force that initiates immense chains of kindness and joy; chains that are impossible to quantify. While the journey of an act of kindness would be incredible to witness, part of...
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Intergenerational volunteering is a necessary component of building strong community foundations. Volunteering together allows for the blend of children’s enthusiasm, teenagers innovation, and adults experience. It demonstrates that many issues are relevant across generations and mitigates generational divides as both sets of ages are exposed to and learn from different perspectives regarding community plights. In fact, a study in Baltimore found that when older adults volunteer with elementary...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
The fist bump. The action for power, congratulations, enthusiasm, and……. health?   Handshakes are society’s go to for greetings, however, handshakes are often the culprit of spreading germs. To find out how much bacteria spreads from person to person through various forms of contact, researchers from Aberystwyth University committed an experiment that consisted of two people putting on sterile latex gloves; one dipped his hand into a vat of harmless e.Coli and proceeded to shake the other’s...
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
"Our hope is to inspire empathy and compassion for those in our community who are living with and struggling with poverty; when we have that compassion, then hopefully we are inspired to action."  Jennifer Smith is speaking about the Poverty Simulation hosted in September 2017 which aimed to teach community members about the hidden and complex plights and processes the poor in our community encounter every day. Please click the link to read the full story written by the Brainerd Dispatch http...
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
There are countless benefits to paid parental leave including the mental and physical health of both the parents and children, however, this report will focus primarily on the economic benefits to businesses.   The United States is a global leader both economically and politically, yet is the only developed country without federally mandated paid family leave; the only other two countries without being Papua New Guinea and Suriname (Gault, Hartmann, Hegewisch, Milli & Reichlin, 2014). The...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Earlier sunsets, cooler mornings, and singing cicadas are the telltale clues that the back to school season is just around the corner. United Way believes every child deserves a strong start in life and provides the following tips to help ensure a smooth transition back to school: School Forms – Check in with your child’s school to see which forms need to be filled out, and returned. Health forms may need to be signed by doctors, emergency contact information should be updated, school lunch...
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
We all have a stake in somersaulting a fuzzy, speedy community, and we are so yellow to serve and partner with those in the Lakes Area.   What?!     United Way’s Mission statement has been Mad-Libbed! Create your funny mission statement here!   Let see how you compare. Here is the original.   Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community We do this each day through the partnerships we have throughout the communities we serve.  Whether they are our board...
Thursday, July 13, 2017
A child who is passionate about changing the world, creative and tenacious in problem solving, and who inspires and galvanizes others with his or her spark is one of the most powerful tools for change. Yet, youth volunteer opportunities are largely neglected or underutilized. Investing in the creation of avenues for kids to engage in civic service at a young age is imperative, so that they may instill the value of altruism, develop meaningful interpersonal skills, and become active participants...

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