Giving Back

St. John’s Lutheran School students, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, teamed up with other local Lutheran schools to raise money for hurricane victims in Texas. The funds went to a fellow Lutheran school in the Houston area which was severely damaged in Hurricane Harvey.

Every first Wednesday of the month, November through May, over 200 people from Church of the Open Door Next Generation youth group, serve at nearly 25 different locations around the Twin Cities.

From collecting pennies during its initial year to raising more than $10,000 last year, since 2001, Fernbrook Elementary School and its community have donated nearly $154,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Although 17-year-old Jayzryn Thompson is involved in the National Honors Society, Spanish Honor Society, basketball, softball, the recycling club  and is also a straight “A” student at Maranatha Academy, the high school senior still makes time to help others.

When the unthinkable happened, the shock had not yet worn off before Maple Grove couple Nick and Shelly Beissel knew they couldn’t grieve in silence. Nick’s sister, Natalie, was killed by her boyfriend of seven years in an act of domestic violence.

In the North Memorial Health Care system, health and help can be found in many ways. One of those ways is through a domestic abuse advocacy program called SafeJourney. The program provides medical professionals as well as volunteer advocates to assist victims of domestic violence.

In the real estate business, finding homes for clients is the obvious goal. Keller Williams Classic Realty Northwest—based in Maple Grove for over a decade—improves the meaning of home by consistently giving back.

This year Osseo Senior High participated in the Adopt-a-Highway program, adopting a section of Jefferson Highway and ensuring it is well kept.

Last year, the Osseo-Maple Grove Knights of Columbus provided 370 winter coats to children in need. This year they more than doubled their efforts by passing out slightly fewer than 1000 pieces of winter gear—not limited to coats.

As a members of the Weaver Lake Conservation Association, Karson Frokjer and his wife Nicole regularly work many volunteer events around the lakes, but these last couple of years they have had an extra helping hand from their daughter, 5-year-old Olivia.

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