This funding will greatly impact the Byron community and my students! We don’t yet know what the fall will look like, but I will strive to ensure my students have engaging projects and deep learning lessons; this will all be enhanced through this
Brooklyn Park, MN
With this grant, Edinbrook Elementary will be able to introduce higher quality, broader, and deeper opportunities for the children we serve. We hope to further engage our community. When community members are engaged in schools, students perform better, attendance increases and dropout rates are lower.
Robert J. Elkington Middle School
Grand Rapids, MN
Robert J. Elkington Middle School is very excited to have received the Affinity Plus Foundation grant to help empower students by giving them a method to creatively communicate the message of good digital citizenship to fellow students.
Roosevelt High School
This grant from the Affinity Plus Foundation makes it possible for culinary arts students at Roosevelt High School to apply learning around culinary arts and food systems through planning, preparing, and sharing a variety of community meals, including an Empty Bowls fundraiser, a garden harvest meal, and more.
Roseville Area High School
Our AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program services over 280 students at Roseville Area High School. Many of our students are first generation college students or historically underrepresented on college campuses. We want students to
be academically, socially, and financially ready for their post-secondary plans. Our AVID Family Financial Night will include scholarship opportunities, speakers from higher education and financial aid offices, and speakers from Affinity Plus regarding
budgeting, loans and checking/saving accounts. These funds will help us with resources and materials to support this event.
Sartell Middle School
Sartell Middle School has several programs currently in place that give students the opportunity to participate in community outreach, volunteerism and citizenship activities. Some of these include:
Kids Connecting to Community – all 7th and 8th grade students participate in a 2 hour community service experience with a local non-profit including: nursing homes, Catholic Charities Food Shelf, Boys and Girls Club, WACOSA, YMCA and others.
Quiet Oaks Hospice food drive.
Kids Fighting Hunger food packaging event.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon partnership to support local military families.
Southside Community School
Southside Family Charter School is grateful to the Affinity Plus Foundation for awarding us the cultivator grant. We are excited to invest the gift in tablets to manage our sustainable garden while improving technological literacy for our disadvantaged students.
Funds will allow educators to purchase virtual reality equipment to help rural children dive deeper into the world outside their small community and dig deeper into content areas that pique their interest.
Community Grant Recipients 2020
Financial literacy is a critical life skill for Cookie Cart teens as they begin earning their first paychecks. Through the financial literacy workshops supported by the Affinity Plus Foundation, they learn to distinguish wants from needs, create budgets,
set future financial goals, and start on a solid path to economic self-sufficiency.
Thank you to the Affinity Plus Foundation for the ongoing support! This grant will support the College and Career Connections program, which supports high school seniors from underserved communities to develop and implement an education and career plan for after high school.
Hennepin Healthcare Foundation
With this absolutely fantastic award from the Affinity Plus Foundation, we will purchase Chrome Notebooks for our college-bound students this fall—very few of whom owned a computer—a distinct disadvantage when students are expected to work online and/or off-campus. Now they’ll be ready and able to engage in college-level work thanks to you!
Lutheran Social Services – Brainerd
Finances affect everything from mental and physical health to relationships to job performance. This funding from the Affinity Plus Foundation will allow us to provide much needed free financial counseling and education so that members of the Brainerd community can stabilize their finances, pay off debt, save for emergencies, and achieve other financial goals.
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers build strong and stable communities by leveraging resources for the development of people and places. Thank you to the Affinity Plus Foundation for supporting our Credit Builder Loans for residents with distressed or unestablished credit.
Mobile Hope Minnesota
We want to express our gratitude to the Affinity Plus Foundation and its members for helping to support the families of Maple Hill Estates and Dayton Properties at this difficult time. Families in our mobile home communities are often struggling to decide where to direct their finite resources and with this COVID-19 virus taking its toll many have the added burden of reduced hours or being laid off. These funds will enable Mobile Hope to address the added educational barriers present with distance learning in a marginalized community and aid students and parents looking for ways to support their children's long-term success. Education, healthy activities and new resources can offer a new source of hope to families in need. We thank you for your kindness.
Peace House Community
The Affinity Plus Foundation's grant prepares us for the future. We anticipate an increased need for our services in the wake of Covid-19, and the Foundation's support gives us the confidence that we will have the resources to meet this challenge.
St. Thomas University – Center for the Common Good
The funding from the Affinity Plus Foundation grant provides us with additional opportunities to place college volunteers in K-12 and community organizations to provide additional support for youth, teachers, and families. Thanks to this grant, we will have additional resources to maintain social distancing for in-person experiences and be able to create more vibrant virtual experiences as we work collaboratively to close Minnesota’s opportunity gap.
The Eagan Foundation
Support from the Affinity Plus Foundation for Eagan Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Program couldn’t be more timely as our organization (and community at large) reexamines institutions to ensure equity. Last year with support from Affinity Plus, 15 youth from Eagan met with community leaders in Minneapolis to discuss models of giving led by youth but driven and informed by community voices. Our entire organization learned from these young people and we are thrilled for Affinity Plus’s support for another year of this program.
Affinity Plus Foundation grant dollars will support TreeHouse Next—a TreeHouse program focused on coaching teens through the transition to self-reliant adulthood. Affinity Plus' gift will mean more teens will make plans and receive support to pursue post-secondary educational or vocational pathways, becoming community leaders in their own right! Affinity Plus' generosity benefits Dakota County TreeHouse locations, helping Lakeville and Eagan area teens to say, "I have a future."
About the Affinity Plus Foundation
The Affinity Plus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established in 2000 by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. The Foundation's mission is to engage, educate and empower individuals and communities.