Find a worthy cause to support this holiday season

By Rachel Kytonen

The last couple of months, this newspaper has been filled with stories and photos regarding different non-profit organizations and businesses embarking on fundraising campaigns or putting out calls for help.

Due to the current economic situation, donations from private parties aren’t coming in, and some of these non-profit organizations heavily rely on these donations.

In late September, we covered the groundbreaking for Cambridge Medical Center’s new 15,000 square foot emergency room. The expansion carries a price tag of $10 million, with the hope that $1 million will be raised through a capital campaign supported by private individuals and businesses.

The Refuge Network, a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence, and The Pregnancy Resource Center, another non-profit organization that provides a caring atmosphere to discuss pregnancy options, recently held its annual fundraising dinners.

The Family Pathways Cambridge Food Shelf in mid-October held a free hayride event. The cost of admission was a donation of a non-perishable food item.

Also in mid-October, Kids Against Hunger held a world hunger packing day, and New Pathways held its annual Box City fundraising event.

As the holiday season begins, remember those less fortunate than you. Consider cutting back on gifts this year, and think about giving a financial donation to the charity of your choice in honor or in memory of someone.

An easy opportunity to give a financial donation to the non-profit or charity of your choice is Wednesday, Nov. 16, “Give to the Max Day.” On this day, known as “The Great Minnesota Give Together,” every donation you make gives your favorite organization the chance to win even more money. Hundreds of nonprofits will offer the opportunity to double your dollars throughout the 24 hours.

According to givemn.org, individual philanthropic giving in Minnesota is a $4 billion market. For every 1 percent of Minnesota individual charitable giving moved online, the nonprofit sector will save more than $5 million in fundraising expenses. As a leader in online fundraising, GiveMN is building capacity within the nonprofit sector by providing digital tools and guidance to thousands of nonprofits across the state.

Several of our local non-profit organizations are participating in this special event. You can make a financial donation by visiting www.givemn.org, where there is an option to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice.

We have a lot of non-profit organizations in this community that provide great benefits to the people who need them. Often times, these services are provided at no cost to the client. Let’s pull together on Nov. 16 to try to help keep these organizations servicing our area.

Remember to visit www.givemn.org on Nov. 16. Your financial contribution that day to the charity of your choice will truly make a difference.

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