Volunteers and donations help improve lives

In recent weeks, City employees have been involved in a number of community efforts and charitable giving initiatives that are helping to improve lives. Here’s a wrap-up of the results.

Tornado clean-up

City employees were among the many volunteers who participated in efforts to help the victims of the North Side tornado. The 2,000 volunteers who participated in the June 4 North Side Cleanup Day picked up more than 180,000 pounds of construction debris.

Additionally, more than 150 volunteers, together with neighborhood organizations and City crews, removed another 300,000 pounds of construction debris and solid waste during the June 18 Clean Sweep of north Minneapolis neighborhoods. Clean Sweep volunteers and crews picked up 225,100 pounds of construction debris, 71,420 pounds of solid waste, 6,000 pounds of tires and 8,260 pounds of metal items, appliances and TVs.

Both of these volunteer efforts are on top of the 70 tons of debris that the City previously removed from the streets.

A second Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, June 25. If youd like to volunteer, email ncr@minneapolismn.gov or call (612) 673-2243.

Musical instrument drive

The Fire Department collected 30 musical instruments during its June 2 – 9 effort to encourage residents to bring new and gently-used musical instruments to any fire station so they could be given to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate in band or orchestra.

The instruments are being refurbished and will be distributed to Minneapolis Public School schools. The donors are able to track their instrument through its refurbishment to its ultimate destination.

The musical instrument drive was a team effort between the department, the school district and Ear Candy Charity. Ear Candy, which worked in partnership with The Moody Blues during their recent Minneapolis visit, created the instrument drive effort to ensure children have the benefit of music education regardless of family finances or school music budget cutbacks.

Blood drive

The June 13 City Hall blood drive netted 34 units of blood. Because blood can be broken down into three components — plasma, platelets and red blood cells — those 34 units could save 102 lives. Blood donated during the Memorial Blood Center bloodmobile event is provided to area hospitals.

Food drive

City employees donated 78 pounds of food during Public Service Recognition Week in May. The food was given to Second Harvest Heartland and, as a result, 61 meals were provided to people in need in our community.

June 22, 2011

Published Jun 22, 2011