Celebrating community generosity and innovation
Family Pathways has been humbled by the outpouring of generosity from businesses and individuals in our community during the Covid 19 pandemic. We’d like to provide special recognition to those who have become ambassadors for Family Pathways by including the community in their fundraising efforts. We also want to honor those who have been creative and innovative in their efforts to help.
The donations we have received in both funds and goods have had an immeasurable impact.
Minnesota Masonic Charities, Chisago Lakes Masons & Cambridge Helios
Thank you to the Chisago Lakes Masons, Cambridge Helios and Minnesota Masonic Charities. Each lodge held a community fundraiser to raise money for their local Family Pathways Food Shelf. Minnesota Masonic Charities matched each with a $5,000 grant. A total of $9,050 was raised for the Cambridge Food Shelf, and $10,926 was raised for Chisago Lakes Area Food Shelf.
The Uncommon Loon is currently hosting a donation drive on Facebook.
The Mary Kay Foundation
Provided 37 spray bottles (5oz) of hand sanitizer to the Black Dog Hill Shelter.
City Center Market, Cambridge
The employees at City Center Market donated their tips — more than $2,000. Additionally, City Center Market is providing low-cost hand sanitizer to Family Pathways and other local businesses.
Pine City Good Samaritan & KT’s Cupcakery
An anonymous Good Samaritan has been donating financial gifts to small businesses in Pine City since the pandemic began. KT’s Cupcakery joined the anonymous Good Samaritan and matched the donation to the Pine Community Food Shelf. Katie also included some adorable and tasty cookies to food shelf staff and volunteers to help keep spirits up.
Three Twenty Brewing
Through Pints for Pine, Three Twenty donated a portion of sales and collected donations for Pine Community Food Shelf, resulting in a $2,645 donation.
Sir Smokes a Lot BBQ
Sir Smokes a Lot BBQ donated lunches to our Chisago City Food Shelf staff, along with a $200 donation.
SPLASH Windshield Cleaner
SPLASH windshield washer fluid shut down their production to start making bleach for non-profits and companies in need of cleaning supplies. They provided four cases to help our cleaning efforts at the shelter, food shelves and community offices.
MINNCO, North Branch
The MINNCO staff from the North Branch location made Easter a little brighter for the kids at our shelter with the Easter basket and food donations.
Chisago Lakes School District & Jodie Otte
Jodie Otte from the Chisago Lakes School District held a series of parking lot food drives that raised more than $2,878 and 1,657 lbs of food.
Chisago Lakes Dads’ Group
An anonymous Dads’ Group for donating $1,400 for Chisago Lakes food shelf.
Gift of Cleaning Supplies to the Shelter
Will, the fiance of staff member Marisa, surprised her with cleaning supplies for the shelter. Her daughters stepped up to help with the shopping expedition.
Home Depot in Forest Lake had children’s building kits left from different activities. Each box is filled with a different item to build and they added paint so the kids can paint the completed project.