Charitable Giving Campaign extended; don’t forget to make your pledge this week

City of Minneapolis employees still have time to make a pledge as part of the Charitable Giving Campaign. It has just been announced that the campaign has been extended through this Friday, Nov. 1 to give everyone a little more time to get their pledges in. This campaign is an extremely important initiative and the contributions make a big difference in our communities.

This year’s goal is to increase participation. If each of the City’s employees gave just $2 per paycheck, the total amount raised would be more than $200,000. It doesn’t matter how much you give. Every pledge counts!

Here are some examples of what a difference $5 per pay period can make:

• provides for one night of lodging and programming for one family to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital. (Community Health Charities Minnesota, Ronald McDonald House Charities)

• provides free HIV screening to 12 people at a community event or health fair through Family Tree Clinic. (Community Shares of Minnesota)

• provides 10 hours of health screenings for uninsured people. (Greater Twin Cities United Way)

• will fund one public lecture in 2014. (Hennepin History Museum)

• buys an adaptive canoe seat to provide access to the outdoors for individuals with mobility impairments. (Minnesota Environmental Fund)

• can provide over 1,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to a food bank. (Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless)

• teaches high school students to be peer mediators by providing training funds. (PeaceMaker Minnesota)

• builds creativeness and confidence in 5 inner-city homeless youth by engaging them in a sculpture workshop. (United Arts Fund, Kulture Klub Collaborative)

• will help pay fees for one college student for one academic year. (UNCF: United Negro College Fund)

Here’s a full list of groups that are part of the campaign. Or, you can give to any 501(c)3, even those that are not listed.

It’s easy to make a pledge under “Voluntary Deductions” in HRIS. If you have any trouble, you can get help by contact Trudy Kjenstad, or Campaign Co-chairs Bridgette Bornstein or Brette Hjelle.



Published Oct 30, 2013