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WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

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From: WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

Re: WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.


Volunteer Fair Hosted by the YMCA - Saturday, Jan 9th. Visit local organizations to find out what is available.

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When you volunteer, benefits abound.  That is why the YMCA is hosting a Community Volunteer Fair - Saturday January 9th.  If you have thought about volunteering but want to learn more about what is available.  Stop by the YMCA Saturday morning. 


YMCA Winter Programs & Services - PreK, School Age, Teen, Adult & Family Opportunities. Quick Links.

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It is January in Minnesota and the Northfield YMCA has an abundance of new programs, new equipment and new classes.  Want more information?  Here are some quick links. 

Check our program brochures

View our list of programs online.  

View our calendars for group exercise classes, lap swimming, open gym and more. 

Is there babysitting or drop-in child care available at the Y (we call it Child Watch)? 

What volunteer opportunities are available? 


Three Links offering NAR (Nursing Assistant Registered) training class

New NAR training class starts January 11, 2016.

Three Links Care Center is offering a Nursing Assistant Registered (NAR) training class with scholarships available. Class starts January 11, 2016. Please call Linda for more information at (507) 664-8832. Three Links is one of Northfield’s larger employers - employing 350+. We offer flexible schedules, scholarships opportunities, competitive benefits and continuing education opportunities. Three Links has been serving seniors in our community since 1899. 


Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

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Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield and Northfield YouthBank. The grants, totaling $39,742, will be funded by five different funds inside of the Northfield Shares organization.


Public Invited to Skatepark Documentary Screening

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Cecilia Cornejo invites all to come to the premier of Make No Noise--The Story of a Skatepark, a documentary about the creation of the Northfield skatepark. Made in collaboration with members of the Northfield Skateboard Coalition since 2012, the film chronicles the process of securing a permanent place for the skateboarders in town. Cornejo says,”Though we all know the skatepark was finally built this past summer, this is not a spoiler, since the marrow of the story lies elsewhere.”

Cornejo is Visiting Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton. The screening is Sunday, December 20, 4:30 p.m. at the Weitz Center, 3rd St. East.


HCI funds 10 “Investing in Youth” grants this fall to benefit area youth

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This fall, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support 10 projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth, including the first-ever “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grant”. All projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.

Funded projects included:


League of Women Voters - Northfield & Cannon Falls "Meet and Greet"

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The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 5-7 pm at The Tavern Lounge in the Archer House.  The public is invited to come and learn about the work of the League in promoting an active and informed citizenry.  No speeches or presentations ~ just informal conversation.  All are welcome. 


Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season - YMCA hosted Blood Drive: Thurs, Dec 17th (free child care available noon-3, if needed)

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Northfield Area Family YMCA hosts community blood drive

Give something that means something by donating blood this holiday season.  Northfield Area Family YMCA will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, December 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at YMCA,  1501 Honeylocust Drive, Northfield. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (507) 645-0088 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Nfld Area Y.


Northfield High School Students, Emily Morsching and Cole Glassing Join the YMCA Board

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce the addition of two new Youth Board Members.  Emily Morsching, Senior at Northfield High School and Cole Glassing, Sophomore at Northfield High School were heartily welcomed to their first YMCA Board Meeting this month.  "The addition of youth in all our conversations will bring a wonderful perspective and value to the future of the YMCA."  said Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director.  For a complete list of all board members, visit http://northfieldymca.org/about/board-of-directors/


International Day of Peace to be Observed

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The United Nations International Day of Peace is celebrated annually around the world on September 21. The Northfield Community Celebration of the 2015 International Day of Peace will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:30PM in Bridge Square.

Building on this year’s theme, “Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All,” the program will highlight local and regional partnerships that promote ideas and actions for peace in our community and the surrounding area. Special attention will be given to partnerships which advocate on the behalf of diverse populations that make up our community. We thrive as a community when the dignity of everyone who regards himself/herself as a community member is a priority for each of us.

Join members of the Northfield Human Rights Commission, community leaders, and your friends and neighbors for the Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace on Sunday, September 20!


Ready to serve? Join the Arts Guild Board!

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The Northfield Arts Guild is soliciting recommendations for three new board members. The organization is at an exciting point of forward growth and progress, and we’re looking for new board members to help lead the way!

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.


The Y is Hiring: Full-time Member Services Coordinator (apply by Aug 23rd)

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is Hiring!

Job Title: FT Member Services Coordinator – apply by Aug 23rd
Posted: August 5, 2015
Status: Full Time Non-Exempt
Wage Range: $26,020 - $30,960 annually (includes a $6,000 health insurance stipend)


City of Northfield and PRIMEtime network highlighted by National League of Cities

The City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent national newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems.

4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United WayWomen In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise.

Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20

Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community InitiativeTackling Obstacles and Raising College HopesCarleton CollegeSt. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program.

To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.


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