Thursday, February 7, 2013
The pottery is for a March 12 fundraiser that helps ResourceWest and ICA Foodshelf.
City council members, city attorneys and school administrators are all experts at building better communities. That doesn’t make them expert potters, though. Local leaders sat down at pottery wheels Wednesday to make bowls for the 15th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. The event raises money for ResourceWest and ICA Foodshelf. People from all over the community first get together for bowl-making events. On Wednesday, Hopkins High School art instructor Terry Chamberlain’s pottery students guided the novices through the process. Empty Bowls then takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 12 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Attendees make a free will donation; choose their favorite bowl from among 1,000s created by local artists, students and …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Nominations for the 2013 Caring Youth awards are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.
The following announcement comes from the city of Minnetonka: If you know a young person in grades 7 through 12 who shows an ongoing awareness of others through volunteering or other activities, consider nominating him or her for a 2013 Caring Youth Award. Each year the cities of Minnetonka, Hopkins and Golden Valley, the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts and the Glen Lake Optimists host a Caring Youth Recognition event to honor the contributions of caring young people. The 2013 event is set for Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Minnetonka Community Center. To qualify for the award, a Caring Youth must meet at least one of the following criteria: live in Minnetonka, Hopkins or Golden Valley; attend school in Hopkins or Minnetonka…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
ICA depends on community partners to raise money and collect food.
ICA Food Shelf gained $1,370.49 last Saturday from an event hosted at The Marsh. For a $10 contribution to the food shelf at the "Spring Into Action" event, community members were welcome to participate in two of The Marsh’s hottest new dance classes: BodyJam– an addictive cardio fusion of the latest dance styles and the hottest new sounds, and Jukari Fit to Flex– an exciting new flexibility class created by Reebok and Cirque du Soleil. In addition, 10 percent of the gross restaurant sales for the day were donated to ICA. ICA serves over 800 families per month in Minnetonka, Excelsior and mobile food shelves in seven communities from Hopkins to Shorewood.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Local food shelf takes a shot at a Guinness World Record.
It was a valiant effort, but ICA Food Shelf fell short of setting a Guinness World Record for the largest food drive in a 24-hour period. The goal was 600,000 pounds of food. From 12 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, donations were brought to the Minnetonka Cub Foods after weeks of preparation, online auctions, food and cash drives. The food shelf was able to collect 398,049 pounds of food during the time period. "I think we fell short because we didn’t have enough time to really engage more Minnesota food companies," said Winona Kraft, ICA's special projects coordinator. However, Kraft was impressed by the hard work of the volunteers. "They are rockstars," she commented. From this effort alone, ICA Food Shelf will be able to …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Volunteers dished out 1,350 servings of soup and bread.
Empty Bowls organizers surpassed their goals for this year’s event, raising $75,214 for ResourceWest and ICA Food Shelf on Tuesday. The total includes $62,000 Challenge to the Community Fund sponsored by Supervalu, Choices for Children/ACCRA Care and 138 business, congregation, school and community leaders. The 14th-annual event also chalked up the following totals: Empty Bowls is an event where attendees make a free-will donation; choose their favorite bowl from among 1,000s created by local artists, students and volunteers; enjoy a simple bowl of soup and bread and return home with the bowl. There was also musical entertainment, and professional artists donated bowls and related art for the silent auction.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It's not too late to give back this holiday season– here are a few great options for gifts that can help make a difference in the lives of others.
Christmas is quickly approaching, but there is still a little time for last-minute shoppers to wrap up their spending. There are many ways to give generously over the holidays, but some of the most rewarding presents you can offer won’t be found in a mall or under the tree. It’s not too late to give back to those in need– here are a few great ways to spread the love this holiday season. Contribute to a Local Charity There are hundreds of local non-profits that go above and beyond to assist families, children, veterans and others in need over the holidays and throughout the year. Making a donation to a local charity in the name of a friend or family member is a meaningful alternative to purchasing a present. Or donate your time as a …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Member of Minnetonka's Homecoming court collected over 1,000 pounds of food for the ICA Food Shelf in Minnetonka.
Last Thursday, 20 members of the Minnetonka High School (MHS) homecoming court rolled up their sleeves and volunteered at the Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA) Food Shelf in Minnetonka. “The students spent the morning shelving the food that we collected at the high school’s food drive,” said Minnetonka High School Student Government Advisor Terri Ellis. “They are also weeding and cleaning the outside of the ICA building.” The ICA Food Shelf helps struggling families put food on the table. Shirley Buehler with the ICA Food Shelf said 1,069 pounds of food were collected over ten days at Minnetonka High School. “We just love the enthusiasm and energy these kids bring,” said Buehler. Ellis says it’s a tradition to have the MHS …
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Demand at local food shelf increases dramatically.
At ICA food shelf in Minnetonka, volunteers pack grocery bags with nonperishable food. The bags are assigned to a family in need and sit waiting to be picked up. Next to those bags sit ones with a different designation: the emergency bags. Emergency bags will tide a household over for three days. They are intended for people who show up, without warning, unable to feed their families. The demand for these emergency bags has jumped dramatically in 2010. In 2008, ICA gave out 101 emergency bags. This year that number is up to 1200. ICA Executive Director, Cathy Maes said that earlier this month, ICA volunteers received calls from 15 first time callers in less than one hour. "People are having just a really hard time finding jobs…The idea…