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Northfield Gives! You can leverage GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day this Thursday, Nov. 15

Planning meeting: 2012 Northfield Gives Planning meeting: 2012 Northfield Gives Planning meeting: 2012 Northfield Gives
A couple weeks ago I visited one of the planning meetings at LBSA by Northfield area non-profit leaders who were working on how to best position their organizations for this week’s Give to the Max Day by GiveMN. Some of the participants:

Betsy Spethmann, Northfield Area United Way Candy Taylor, 5th Bridge Jane Fenton, Laura Baker Services Hayes Scriven, Northfield Historical Society Beth Kallestad, Cannon River Watershed Partnership Sandy Vesledahl, Prairie's Edge Humane Society

It was cool to see the level of collaboration for what they’re calling Northfield Gives. Key word: leverage!

From the 5th Bridge Northfield Gives page:

On November 15th, 2012, your on-line donation of $10 or more to your favorite participating charity or school, could win that organization one of 5 local “golden ticket” grants of up to $1000, one of 24 statewide $1000 “golden ticket” grants, one statewide “Super Golden Ticket” worth $10,000 and could possibly put that organization on the Give MN Leader board earning them additional grants up to $15,000.

Northfield 2012 Give to the Max dayIn addition, many organizations have challenge grants which could further amplify your gift. So you could say that Give to the Max Day is your chance to Give for the Max, because your gift could become so much more.

To encourage donors in the Northfield area, local sponsors are offering 5 “golden ticket” grants of up to $1000, to participating local organizations (listed below). Drawings will be held at noon and 8pm on November 15th (winning donations will be posted on the 5th Bridge website, 5th Bridge Facebook page and announced on available local media sources). So give generously and give often to increase the chances of your organization winning. “Friend” 5th Bridge on Facebook for exciting updates throughout the day and for ongoing notices of volunteer opportunities.

The participating organizations:

Of course, there are many other area non-profit organizations, projects, fundraisers and teams participating in GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day. Just go to their website and search for ‘Northfield’ or ‘55057’ and you’ll see them.

Candy Taylor is looking for a big idea

5th Bridge Executive Director Candy Taylor

5th Bridge Executive Director Candy Taylor stopped by my morning corner office at GBM last week.

She was promoting their effort to get proposals from the community  for a "large-scale volunteer event."

How large? Big, like the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack they’ve done in the past.

Here’s their RFP criteria:

  1. engage between 250 and 2,000 local volunteers from 6 to 90 years of age;
  2. design an event that would directly involve the Northfield community;
  3. ensure that the event could be completed in one week or less;
  4. incorporate an educational element and training session to increase volunteer engagement and satisfaction;
  5. partnering organizations [should] sketch out a fundraising plan that would outline how funds for the project could be raised.


See their page/press release on the plan for more info.

Ten charities to get $1,000 each from Saturday’s 10th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Saturday, December 10th is the date for the 10th Annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

Jingle Bell Run WalkThe tradition of the Northfield Jingle Bell Run is that each year 100% of race registration fees go to a local non-profit organization. In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the event, a total of $10,000 will go to 10 worthy charities selected by 10 local groups. The exciting results will be announced on the day of the race.

Linda Tollefson, Mary Loven, Laura Tiano, Mary Carlson, Kris Estenson, Nancy Carlson Jingle Bell Run 2010 Jingle Bell Run 2010
Left photo: A group of aging mature middle-aged young and perky women runners at the GBM yesterday. L to R: Linda Tollefson, Mary Loven, Laura Tiano, Mary Carlson, Kris Estenson, Nancy Carlson.

They’re hoping that they’ll be one of the ten groups selected to designate a charity of their choice. I hope to have identified those groups by sometime tomorrow.


Needed Friday and Saturday: more volunteers/groups to pack food for the mobile unit of Feed My Starving Children

I got this email from Justin Stets late last night, asking me to post the info below.

Justin StetsGriff: Mea culpa.  Mea culpa.  We/I have failed to keep you (as the leader in the Northfield online community) in the loop about the 5th Annual 5th Bridge FMSC event happening tomorrow and Saturday.  I would appreciate any help you can give in posting the following information.  As important, you are always welcome to the event to pack, to take pictures, to blog or to sing (probably in that order, though I must admit I have never actually heard you croon.)

I’m a great singer, as my children will attest but I decided instead to take photos this morning when students from Bridgewater, Sibley, and Northfield High School were packing food. 

See the large slideshow of 16 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Here’s the background info from Justin:

5th Bridge is sponsoring the MobilePack unit of Feed My Starving Children in Northfield on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. Over the course of the two-day event, 5th Bridge aims to engage 1,300+ area residents in packing 350,000 meals for starving children around the globe and raising $84,000 to pay for the cost of the meals.   5th Bridge raised the meal total from 250,000 to 350,000 as FMSC identified the pressing and urgent need to send food to the continent of Africa.  5th Bridge has taken on that challenge and we are calling upon more volunteers to help achieve that goal and pack food for children whom you will never meet.
This community has proven to be extraordinarily generous and we’re confident we’ll raise the funds necessary to pay for the meals.  To date we’ve been successful at engaging a great range of participants. As an example, we’re expecting Sibley 5th graders and seniors from Millstream Commons on Friday morning.   So, in short, this will an event that people of all ages will find rewarding.  But we’re looking for more people power to pack meals. There are still a handful of openings for volunteers and we’d appreciate anything you can do to help spread the word.

Here are the two-hour spots we’re trying to fill:

  • Friday, November 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

All sessions will take place at Perkins Specialized Transportation (1800 Riverview Drive). A complete schedule and online registration is available on the 5th Bridge FMSC page.

Photo album: Let the sandbagging begin, spring 2011

The last time I used that phrase in a blog post title, things didn’t turn out so well.

Yesterday afternoon, local business owners, St. Olaf students, and miscellaneous other volunteers filled hundreds of sandbags on downtown’s west side behind Larson’s Printing.

Candy Taylor, Executive Director of 5th Bridge, was the volunteer coordinator. See the 5th Bridge flood volunteer page and the Northfield.org flood volunteer information page for more info.

See the album of 14 23 26 54 photos, the large slideshow (recommended), or this small slideshow:

Today’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a go in the snow

Today’s Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk, sponsored by Carlson Capital Management, 5th Bridge, and the American Center for Philanthropy, is on, despite the forecast of a few flakes here and there.

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program is this year’s charitable recipient.

See my Jingle Bell Run photo albums from 2005, 06, 07:

Jingle Bell Run/Walk, 2009 raises $3,500 for HealthFinders Collaborative

We got this email today from Kelly Irvine at Carlson Capital Management. I’ve added some links.

Dear friends at Locally Grown – The 8th annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk was held on Saturday the 12th and was a great success.  We had a super turn out and early numbers indicate that as a community we raised around $3,500 for the HealthFinders Collaborative.  The 2009 planning committee sincerely thanks everyone who came out to run, walk or volunteer!

Continue reading Jingle Bell Run/Walk, 2009 raises $3,500 for HealthFinders Collaborative

Photo redux: Jingle Bell Run 2005, 06, 07

jinglebellrun-banner-sshot Saturday, Dec. 12 is the annual Northfield Jingle Bell Run/Walk, sponsored by Carlson Capital Management, 5th Bridge, and the American Center for Philanthropy. The HealthFinders Collaborative is this year’s charitable recipient.

See my photo albums from 2005, 06, 07:

Continue reading Photo redux: Jingle Bell Run 2005, 06, 07

5th Bridge’s photo album from last week’s ‘Feed My Starving Children’ mobile packing event

From 5th Bridge’s ‘Feed My Starving Children’ page:

The Northfield mobile packing event for Feed My Starving Children, which was hosted by 5th Bridge, this past weekend, was a fabulous success. 171,072 nutritious, life saving meals, were packed by 705 Northfield volunteers and over $26,000 was donated by individuals and businesses to cover the costs of the food we packed. Simply put, 468 starving children around the world will be fed for the next year, because of the caring and generosity of Northfield residents.

See the 2008 FMSC photo album or this slideshow: