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HCI funds six “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their December 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support six projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including five Service Learning projects designed by Northfield High School students.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


HCI seeks part-time coordinator

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative is currently accepting applications for a part-time HCI Coordinator position.

The coordinator will provide staffing to HCI-supported coalitions and committees, as well as strategic direction for HCI’s youth engagement initiatives.

The complete position description is attached to this post.

Application review will begin on January 3, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.


There is a Y in everyone

Scott Sannes, principal of Sibley Elementary School and president of the boys’ Northfield Basketball Association, speaks to how the new YMCA building will offer increased opportunities for our youth. To find out more about how you can contribute to the YMCA building project, go to http://northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.

The YMCA works to raise building funds to offer increased opportunities to youth in our community.

In light of the Northfield Area YMCA’s latest groundbreaking news – I believe families are getting pretty excited!

The community building located near Target on the south end of town and slated to be open fall of 2014 is an investment worth making for our youth.

As the YMCA takes shape, it represents to me increased opportunities for children.


Northfield Retirement Community Awarded $10,000 Grant from ELCA Foundation

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 11, 2013) – The Northfield Retirement Community Foundation announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Lutheran Services for the Elderly Endowment at the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Foundation. The grant will fund the next phase of Meeting the Need – Launching and Mentoring Unexpected Caregiver Support Groups, a program that addresses the need among family caregivers for accessible and appropriate family support groups.

NORTHFIELD ARTS AND CULTURE COMMISSION NAMES ITS 2014 LIVING TREASURE

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 by Philip Spensley, Chair, Northfield Arts and Culture Commission

Photo by Kathleen Pender

The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield has named Patsy Dew as the 2014 recipient of its Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to Dew at a public ceremony on Thursday, January 16th at the Grand Event Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration, which starts at 7 pm, and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.


Northfield Promise receives an inaugural Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant

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The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) has been awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to help with the launch of the Northfield Promise collective impact initiative.

“We are honored and humbled that Northfield Promise was selected for one of the Bush Foundation’s inaugural Community Innovation Grants,” said Zach Pruitt, HCI Director.  “We are excited about the community stakeholders who have committed to working collectively to help improve cradle-to-career outcomes for young people in Northfield.”

The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant program supports organizations working to create or implement an innovative solution to address a community need or opportunity. The innovation must be developed through community problem-solving – inclusive, collaborative processes focused on making the most of community assets – and be more effective, equitable or sustainable than existing approaches.  The program is part of the Bush Foundation’s effort to enable, inspire and reward community innovation.


Please help us to get Larry up and rolling again!

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Melissa Bernard wrote this to make Northfielders aware of the Ramp Up For Larry campaign that was launched with regards to raising funds to help Larry Sanftner fix his van.  I know Larry and dog Molly have a prominent role in your Northfield or Faribault school, business, non-profit, etc. and as you know it is so important that he continue as a contributor to the plethora of activities and programs with which he is involved.  His transportation to those programs is vital to their success.    

Doing So Much, The Chair Not A Crutch!

 

It’s Friday night lights and out on the field,

not a person doesn’t see the man and his wheels;

“Kick the ball straight and through the uprights,”

says the man to the kicker with all of his might.

 

It’s a Tuesday and Thursday evening in the fall of the year,


Northfield Area Groups Collaborate to Restore Cannon River Health

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On the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation website, Ross Currier, Executive Director reports:

“Sometimes you work long and hard to pull things together.  Other times, things just seem to come together.

Carleton College Geology Professor Mary Savina has been providing guidance to the NDDC for several years on restoring the Cannon River to health.  She’s part of an organic “team” of professors and students from both colleges who have been working on projects and commenting on policy in pursuit of a long term community goal.


Check out what Northfield youth are doing with their time!

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Five HCI Investing with Youth Grants awarded

At their November 2013 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Funded projects included:


WINGS Offers $10,000 'Dare to Dream' Award

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) will award a one-time, $10,000 grant to a local non-profit with the most compelling dream to help women and/or children in the Northfield area reach their full potential. The Dare to Dream Award winner will be announced in June 2014.

WINGS is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations that are innovative, impact the community and build capacity. Risk taking is encouraged. Each proposal must outline an idea that could not be carried out without this financial award. Proposals for new endeavors and enhancements to current initiatives are welcome.


HCI funds eight “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their September and October 2013 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are all funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grants program.

Funded projects included:


Interested in learning more about the building of the Northfield Y Community Center? Join us for Breakfast with Virginia

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Join us for Breakfast with Virginia, Friday October 25th 7:30-9:00 am at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street). 

7:30-7:45 Welcome Guests

7:45-8:00 Short presentation 

8:00- ? Q&A and more opportunities to learn more


Northfield Area Family YMCA Groundbreaking News!

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October 16, 2013 – Today, the Northfield Area Family YMCA has announced it will host its official groundbreaking celebration for its new facility, located at 1500 Honey Locust Drive, on Tuesday, November 5. Groundbreaking activities for all ages are set to take place from 4 to 6 p.m., with a formal program slated to begin at 4 p.m. More information about the groundbreaking event can be found on the Y’s website – www.northfieldymca.org/capital-campaign.

Northfield Area Family YMCA Executive Director Virginia Kaczmarek said, “This is a big day for our Y. It will be a great resource for the entire community, open to everyone. Breaking ground on a new facility is a tremendous milestone for the organization, which has been steadily building up to this moment for the past eight years. We owe a great amount of thanks to everyone – donors, members, volunteers, staff members and more – for making this day a reality.”


Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through Blue Cross Foundation

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Growing Up Healthy has received a $50,000 grant, with a chance for renewal for a second year, from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help improve health in Rice County. The funds will be used for social capital development work in low-income neighborhoods in Rice County. The work will empower groups of leaders from historically marginalized communities to better advocate for their peers and foster important connections both within and beyond their neighborhoods.


Skateboard Park Design Charette

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Now that the Park and Recreation Advisory Board has decided on a location in Old Memorial Field, they will soon decide on a design in preparation for the construction of a permanent skateboard park. There are several design drafts under consideration, as well as landscaping in the vicinity of the skateboard park. The charette is an opportunity for interested citizens to see the designs and to offer their suggestions. The design charette will take place Wednesday evening, September 25, from 7:00 to 8:30, at the City Council Chambers in City Hall (801 Washington Street).

For more information, contact PRAB Chair Nathan Knutson: nathan-knutson@vjaa.com

 

 


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