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What do you feel strongly about?

Ben B.
user 11149341
Group Organizer
Saint Paul, MN
Hi Everyone,

I am looking for a cause to support in April. What are you passionate about? Who do you want to support?

Please send me your ideas.

On a second note - I am looking for members that would be interested in forming a planning committee. This group of members would help to pick and find causes and venues. They would also help to actively promote and get the word out about our group. I plan on having this group meet once per month.

I am also looking for more people to help host events.

Please let me know if you have any interests in becoming more active in Drinks for a Cause.


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In May one of the groups we will be supporting will be the MN humane society.

The Minnesota Humane Society (MHS) is dedicated to saving the lives of animals. We exist to educate, advocate and assist animal owners and others in the care and well being of all animals, whether domesticated or wild.

Founded in 1869, is the oldest humane society in Minnesota. From its early victory in the late 1800’s of establishing one of the first laws making cruelty to animals a crime, we have consistently confronted the issues, raised awareness, and taken bold action to make Minnesota a better and more humane place for the animals.

MHS extends its care and concern to all animals—both domesticated and wild.
A former member
Post #: 1
I recently joined, however, am very interested in participating.

Here are a few causes that are dear to me.....

1. Alzheimers- either Alzheimers Association or Mayo Clinic.
2. Union Gospel Mission.

-Shelly

Kevin S
user 11382137
Saint Paul, MN
Post #: 4
Ben, thanks for this discussion, and the organizing you are doing. My biggest concerns would be homelessness/hunger, advocacy for re-entry for ex-offenders who have completed sentences, and mental health issues. Some causes/organizations could be the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, the MN Chapter of NAMI, Second Harvest, and Kids Against Hunger. There are many - I prefer, for an open group like this with people of many backgrounds joining, to choose organizations that are broad coalitions dealing with an area to address rather than something more narrowly focused that may seem one-sided religiously or politically.
Steven F.
user 11247123
Minneapolis, MN
Post #: 1
Ben,

I'd love to help out more with Drinks For A Cause. Just let me know what you need.

Some causes I support:
1. One Brick - www.onebrick.org - One Brick is a great way to volunteer in the cities here and allows you to "test out" many of the non-profits in the area. It also has a strong social component that I think would mesh well with this group.
2. Feed My Starving Children - www.fmsc.org/Page.aspx?pid=398 - FMSC provides nutritious meals to the worlds hungriest children and stays at each location for at least a year.
3. Union Gospel Mission - www.ugmtc.org - Shelly's right, this is a fantastic organization that not only feeds and shelters the homeless, but provides training and counseling to let people put their lives back together. I think it meets most of Kevin's criteria as well.
4. Open Arms - www.openarmsmn.org - Open arms provides a weeks worth of professionally made, pre-packaged meals to people suffering from chronic illnesses like cancer and HIV/AIDS and their families so that they can focus on getting better instead of worrying about preparing meals.
5. VEAP - www.veapvolunteers.org/ - VEAP provides comprehensive support to the people of Bloomington including a food shelf, counseling, financial advice, school supplies, transportation services and much more.
Ben B.
user 11149341
Group Organizer
Saint Paul, MN
Post #: 3
I just want to thank everyone for their great ideas! I like all of them and look forward to raising money to help support them!
Amanda
user 3171857
Kapolei, HI
Post #: 12
Ben,

I'd like to bring more attention to CMV, a life-altering virus that is the leading cause of hearing loss in children and causes more permanent damage than Down Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Avery currently sees several specialists regularly and takes multiple medications each day; she will need medical care her entire life. Despite the fact that 1 in 150 children are born each year with congenital CMV, doctors do not routinely test pregnant women for CMV, and the virus remains a silent perpetrator.

My friend is the founder of the local Stop CMV chapter here in MN. I would love to help get the word out about it and find a cure.

Thanks!

Amanda
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