Erin Hente had more in mind than building a successful business. “It’s not so much about just having businesses in the area, it’s about contributing to our community,” says Hente, owner of Maple Grove’s NTY Clothing Exchange and Children’s Orchard.
Maple Grove giving back
College students have plenty to balance: classes, homework, part-time jobs,
friends…and the list goes on. But for two Maple Grove High School (MGHS) grads,
making time to give back to others is a priority. Becca Scott and Erin
Monasterio graduated from MGHS in 2011 and will soon begin their senior years at
the University of Minnesota—Scott studying psychology and leadership and
Monasterio, communications. Along with a close group of friends, these young
A diverse group of women are making things happen in Maple Grove. These
women, from varied economic, educational and professional backgrounds, and
representing many stages of life, dedicate their time and talents to making
their community a better place. These women are the Maple Grove Women of Today,
a chapter of Minnesota Women of Today. The organization, once known as the Mrs.
Jaycees of Minnesota, has evolved with the times. But the mission of the Maple
Grove Women of Today (MGWT) remains the same: to be active community servants,
Maple Grove resident Colleen Hazen is the oldest of seven children and she never played organized sports. So Hazen had an epiphany when her own two children, Andy and Katie, began playing competitive tennis several years ago at Maple Grove Junior High School. She quickly discovered how much parental effort goes into helping athletic teams raise money for necessary equipment, uniforms, awards and banquets.
Sarah Jackson said ‘yes’ to helping with an area event to raise funds for cancer victims but didn’t truly know what she was getting herself into. A National Honor Society student and Maple Grove High School hockey team member, Jackson was looking to collect service hours. She had worked with Steffany Fleming, fundraising chair for Dancing to Make a Difference, on an event in the past and was happy to help again. Fleming asked Jackson to make ribbons to be worn by dancers raising money while dancing in honor of those fighting or who have lost their fight to cancer.
Many times, it’s challenging to find volunteers, time and resources to support the needs in our community. However, the tables have turned as Keller Williams Classic Realty Northwest is ready to help, but is struggling to find people in the Maple Grove area who could benefit from extra support. “We are literally looking for people who need help,” says Cari Heibel, CEO and team leader.