Giving Back

ira Vanderlan’s passion for design has been a constant throughout her life. Even before she started her organization and interior design business, Zestful Design, Vanderlan helped declutter and reorganize the homes of friends and family.

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.

A decade ago, Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan, wanted to make a difference. Specifically, she wanted to assist an organization in her area, the Center for Family Health, with their need for mattresses, blankets and beds.

Most people in Maple Grove are aware that the Osseo Area School District encompasses a very large population of students (more than 20,000), constitutes the fifth largest school district in the state, and draws from an area over 66 square miles.

Wastebasket Revue (WBR) first started in 1967 when Osseo district music teacher/ supervisor Duayne Malewicki suggested finding a unique way to raise scholarship funds for graduating seniors.

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