More info at http://www.herosearch.org/2018-herosearch-cookie-5k.html
The Cookie 5K for Hero Search is Saturday June 2 around Como Lake. You'll get a t-shirt, cookies from Cookie Cart, milk from Kemp's, and can bring donation items for our partner nonprofits, all while helping HeroSearch.org grow and serve more communities. First place finisher wins a 1 year supply of cookies, and there will be other finisher prizes and drawings. To guarantee T-shirt size/availability, register by May 17.
More info at http://www.herosearch.org/2018-herosearch-cookie-5k.html
Whether you are decluttering due to moving, a new stage of life, or because clutter is creating stress, here are some key tips to make you feel good managing the process:
Don't panic and do nothing: Although it can be a natural reaction to piles and heaps of stuff, if you don't take action, you risk the real likelihood that someone who cares less than you do will eventually dispose of those things..
Don't pay for storage: Nearly 1 in 10 US households pays for off-site storage at the average cost of over $1000/year or more*. Is there something more fun or rewarding that you could do with that cash? If you can live easily with what you have in your home, sell or donate what you don't have room for.
Don't save things for 'future generations'. So many attics are graveyards for would-be family heirlooms. By all means, if there is a special diamond ring or important photograph or painting, guard them somewhere safe. But don't your grandma's knick knacks, clothes, tableware, and memorabilia.
Don't assume nonprofits can't use what you have: There is a wonderful variety of work that nonprofits do in your community. Far beyond clothes and dishes, needs range from musical instruments, to scrap fleece, to creative art supplies, to historic memorabilia.
Don't give it to a nonprofit without checking: When bringing items to a nonprofit, give conscientiously. Don't bring stuff they don't specifically request without checking. People think they're being charitable, but they can put a terrible burden on a nonprofit especially with small staff and tight budgets. Bringing items they can't use or store costs them time and money. Think of it this way: You appreciate it when family members give you something you can use and cherish - You definitely wouldn't appreciate it if they dropped off a box or carful of stuff you don't need (even if it is well-intentioned)
Ask your family and friends if they want anything: If they say they don't, trust what they are telling you. And then don't hang on. Let things be enjoyed by someone else.
Find a good home for your treasures: There are so many nonprofits that serve people right in your community. Why not share what you have and know that it is going to be used? It can be so much more meaningful to make sure special things are going to a good home, and so much better than letting things deteriorate in storage.
Check first: Before donating, always check what nonprofits need (and don't bring what they don't need)
Look on HeroSearch.org: It is the one-stop resource when you have donation items. Find out what all the different nonprofits near you need and where your stuff can make a real impact. Plus, HeroSearch.org will tell you how far away each place is, what they do with your donations, and when you can drop things off (or if they pick up). It makes finding the best home for your donations easy and painless.
Take pictures: Having trouble parting with something you know you don't need? Take a photograph and perhaps even write a little story to go with it. It can be a lot of fun to later share the stories and memories with loved ones.
Tell your story: If an item has a great story, write it down and be sure the documentation conveys with the piece. That will add not only to its value, but also to the new owner's appreciation.
*Sources: SSA Self Storage Demand Study (2017), and SpareFoot data (2017)
Join us Saturday, June 2nd for the Cookie 5K run/walk for HeroSearch.org around Como Lake and help us do good all around the Twin Cities.
Every participant gets cookies - plus milk for dunking - on race day! Plus a T-shirt (or hero cape!), and swag bag. Prizes, including a one-year supply of cookies for the top finisher, will be awarded - plus drawings for other prizes.
100% of profit from registrations goes to Hero Search, a St. Paul nonprofit that makes it easier for you to donate items and make an impact in the community. We are partnering with Cookie Cart because their cookies are awesome and their mission to empower youth is even more awesome. Additional cookies will be available at the race for purchase - 100% of profits from cookie sales go to Cookie Cart.
Because making an impact in our community is in our DNA, we are collecting donation items for other local charities. (Get more info at www.HeroSearch.org/Events/Cookie 5k) A number of charities represented on HeroSearch.org will be with us at the race.
Do Good for Kids - The Link is now on HeroSearch.org!
HeroSearch.org is excited that The Link is now a partner. It is hard to imagine more important work than helping vulnerable kids.
What does The Link do?
They provide services to young victims of trafficking in Minnesota, help and housing to kids experiencing homelessness, and support to young people in the juvenile justice system through positive alternative programs.
Their mission is to work with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice.
How Can I help?
Go to the HeroSearch.org search to find out what they need right now.
Do good with the stuff you have! And make a real difference.
Super Bowl spotlight:
The work that The Link does is always critical but it is highlighted now during the Super Bowl. The Link will be providing additional shelter and services to support youth sex trafficking victims during the 10 days surrounding the Super Bowl. Find out more: Watch the video here!
Link Trivia: The Link was founded in 1991 by former Minnesota Vikings players, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed, who wanted to support youth in north Minneapolis who were being victimized by crime, getting involved in crime and who were struggling with poverty and homelessness.
The "I Am Priceless" campaign has launched and hopes to prevent youth from becoming sexually exploited.This campaign was created by youth at The Link who have been sex trafficked in hopes of preventing it from happening again. Watch the campaign video here!
Always wanted to play Santa but don't have a sleigh and reindeer!?!
Here is the secret.
(You don't even need to buy anything, and it is fun to do with kids!)
In honor of Giving Tuesday, we're giving you the 6 easy steps to playing Santa:
1) Go to www.HeroSearch.org
2) Click on 'Search now' to discover donation items that charities near you need and read about the impact your gift can make. Talk with your fellow elves about how you want to make a difference.
3) Select a charity (or charities) that you want to help.
The results page will show you the organizations, location, hours for drop off, and what they do with the donation items. You can choose an organization that serves a cause that is meaningful to you, or just based on what is most convenient (or both!)
4) Gather donations (It's like a scavenger hunt!)
Make an afternoon or a day of collecting donation items from your closets and attic, or even buy something new. If you are so moved, do a 'drive' with family and friends to collect items to bring.
5) Deliver your donations yourself (or with fellow elves)
When you go in person to deliver donations, you get a hands-on sense of where there items are going, and even meet and talk to people there to learn more about the great things being done in your community.
6) Share your joy and inspire others!
We would love to hear from you! Let us know how your project goes - Send photos if you can! Contact us through the website or directly at Jennifer@HeroSearch.org.
If you love the experience, please share with your friends and neighbors! The more the word gets out, the more good goes around, and the better place the world will be.
You might not think about shoeboxes as a good donation item, but they are very much in need for injured and abandoned animals when they arrive at The Wildlife Rescue Center of MN. They go through thousands of them each year. So, if you have any extra shoes boxes you don't need . . . please bring them in! Go to HeroSearch.org and Search for Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for more information about hours and other donations, or to fine other organizations helping animals near you.
Good in the Hood, a Minnesota nonprofit, is now listed on HeroSearch.org
They turn donated shoes into food every day!
Did you know?
Fifteen percent of U.S. households are facing food insecurity, and households with children facing food insecurity is at nearly 21%.
Good in the Hood found ways to help neighbors in need.
They also put good shoes on feet that need them.
Through their innovative project, "Shoe Away Hunger", Good in the Hood collects shoes of all kinds. For every 1 pair of new or gently-used footwear received, the program is able to feed one person with up to 7 days of essential groceries through their Feeding The Future programs.
Each month they feed over 4000 hungry Twin Cities residents with hot meals and essential groceries!
How it works:
It is an amazing organization touching thousands of lives in our community.
At the very least, you are recycling your shoes rather than having them go into the trash.
At best, your shoes get a new life and you provide a week of essential groceries to someone who needs them.
Isn't that incredible??
HeroSearch.org is proud to welcome Good In The Hood!
Check them out on our search and put YOUR shoes to good!
Let’s start out with a simple question: Do you have stuff that you no longer need?
Some of us do, and Hero Search is here to help. No matter the donation, Hero Search connects you with local charities and non-profits where you can take the stuff you no longer need, donate it, and leave knowing that your donation will go to people who need it. Ensuring that what you give has an impact on the lives in your community.
Hero Search’s aim is to maximize the impact charitable giving has on the people. On those who are in need and on those who are giving and serving.
This is what we will all be running for on Saturday. To increase awareness of charities in our communities and of the need of everyday people for help. So lace up your running shoes tight, give your muscles a good stretch, make sure to stay hydrated, and put on your cape. You’re a hero after all!
A quick note: make sure to stick around after the race for your free milk and two free cookies, also there will also be prizing drawings, so don’t leave right after finishing to see if you’ve won something!
And even if you are not running, you can join us for a fun morning! Bring donations for YouthLink to help youth experiencing homelessness and make a difference right then and there.