One of the unique roles of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation is “connector.” Or, put another way, “convener.”
The theory is that an umbrella-like organization like the Foundation can make Eden Prairie better by bringing people or groups together.
So, helping organize an event called The GIVE Gathering – with GIVE standing for Gather to Inspire Volunteer Engagement – is a task that fits the Foundation like a glove.
The convening, in this case, is a volunteer fair that will bring together people who are looking for volunteer opportunities and nonprofits and other organizations that need volunteers. More than two dozen organizations will be available when The GIVE Gathering is held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Eden Prairie City Center’s Heritage Rooms.
Organized by the City of Eden Prairie and Eden Prairie Schools’ Community Education, in addition to the Foundation, the open house style allows the public to visit anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. and see what nearby volunteer opportunities exist.
Are you looking to help orphaned pets find good homes? Then visit the booth occupied by the Carver Scott Humane Society. Are you interested in feeding the world’s hungry? Then visit the booth of Chanhassen-based Feed My Starving Children organization. Get the idea?
Also there will be Avenues for Homeless Youth, Friends of the Eden Prairie Library, PROP, Cornerstone, The PROP Shop, The Power of 100 Southwest, Camp Gratitude, CHOICE, Bloomington-EP Meals on Wheels, Let’s Go Fishing-EP, True Friends, Writers Rising Up, Senior Community Services, and the Eden Prairie High School Booster Association, to name a few.
There will also be civic organizations like the Lions Club.
Admission is free, and in addition to perusing long-term volunteer opportunities you can also take part in a service project on the spot: EP-Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, an organization that helps servicemen and servicewomen and their families, will ask attendees to write a card of encouragement and support. EP-BTYR will then package and mail those cards to military men and women who welcome messages of this kind.
There’ll be drawings for prizes, such as restaurant gift cards, and other special activities.
What the public won’t see is the flip side of The GIVE Gathering: training which is being provided to leaders of nonprofits and civic groups that will help them inject more diversity into their organizations, including their boards of directors. This training takes place 4-5:30 p.m. and is also free.
For more information about The GIVE Gathering, check out the web page at Eden Prairie Community Education, https://www.edenpr.org/givegathering. Or, contact the Foundation’s executive director at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].