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Photo album and video: Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2010

A little old blizzard did not deter the organizers or participants (some on cross country skis) for yesterday’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Justin Stets was the MC and Northfield HCI czar Zach Pruitt was beauty on duty, as this year’s charitable recipient was the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program.

See the album of 14 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Here’s a 45-second video of the start of the run/walk:

Growing Up Healthy: $25,000 is theirs if they get the most votes by Friday, Dec. 10

Visitors to Locally Grown should know about this so I’m passing along this request from Zach Pruitt, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative:

Growing-Up-HealthyAs you may have seen in the local paper, the Rice County Growing Up Healthy Coalition is ONE of THREE finalists for the statewide InCommons collaboration prize.  More than 200 coalitions and collaborative efforts started in the competition and its down to the final three. Growing Up Healthy is a coalition of community organizations and neighborhood leaders seeking to increase the level of community connectedness experienced by marginalized families in Rice County.

InCommons is now asking for votes on which of the three finalists should be selected as this year’s winner — the finalist with the most votes by Friday, December 10 will receive $25,000!

Needless to say, $25,000 would be an incredible contribution to this grassroots effort that runs on a shoestring budget.  I hope you will please take 60 seconds and vote for the Growing Up Healthy Coalition.  The process is super easy:

  • Growing-Up-Healthy VOTEGo to the Incommons Collaboration Challenge Finalists section 
  • Click on the check mark next to Growing Up Healthy
  • A page will pop up—create a Username, include your First and Last name, and an email address (and complete the image verification) in order to have your vote counted. You may click “I do not want to receive emails from InCommons.org” to opt out of emails from them.

It will tell you that an email has been sent to you. Go to your email and follow the instructions to complete the “creation” of your official account and the confirmation of your vote. It is very important that your vote is confirmed!
You may only vote once with a given email address. And once you have voted, please encourage other people in your network to vote!

I’d also encourage you to watch the video on the Growing Up Healthy coalition that’s posted on the InCommons website above (click on the filmstrip) — it’s a very impressive collaboration!

Thanks for taking a minute to help with this…

Zach Pruitt, Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

The Northfield Mentoring Coalition chows down

Northfield Mentoring Coalition I happened upon members of the Northfield Mentoring Coalition having a working breakfast at The Tavern yesterday morning. They appeared to be having too much fun.

4/16 update – Names/orgs added: L to R: Beth Berry (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes – TORCH), Zach Pruitt (Northfield Healthy Community Initiative), Linda Oto (Connected Kids), Kathy Lansing (Project Friendship),  Greg Zweber (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota), Jenna Herzog (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota), Kevin Krein (Main Street Mentors – Northfield Union of Youth), Laura Riehle-Merrill (Carleton College Acting in the Community Together Center), Josh Hinnenkamp (Main Street Mentors – Northfield Union of Youth), Susan Sanderson (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes – TORCH), Cheryl Strike (Connected Kids).

Mentoring news and notes

Mentoring banner at library

HCI’s Zach Pruitt has a blog post about the new Northfield Youth Micro-Grant Program being run by the Union of Youth. Five new business plans are being developed.

In a recent issue of the Northfield News, Jenna Herzog of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has a commentary titled Mentoring benefits the Big as much as the Little.

The Northfield Public Library is a recruitment center for the Northfield Mentoring Coalition. I blogged about my becoming a mentor last fall for Connected Kids program. I continue to be impressed at how well it’s run.