Emergency and Basic Needs:
THE SALVATION ARMY – NORTHERN DIVISION (McLeod County Emergency Needs)
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to those in need. Typical services include, but are not limited to, emergency transportation, clothing, medical, food, and disaster services. Additional programs include summer camps, Angel Tree, League of Mercy (elderly visits around holidays), MN Vision Project (free eye exams) and Heatshare (assisting with utility bills).
HEARTLAND COMMUNITY ACTION (Emergency Housing Program)
The mission of this organization is to empower people to meet their basic needs with dignity and respect. They support individuals, strengthen families and build community by administering programs such as Head Start, Energy Assistance, Weatherization, Asset Development Programs, and Housing services ranging from homeless service to home ownership.
COMMON CUP (Diaper Delivery Program and Backpack Feeding Project)
Common Cup is a collaboration of 30-plus churches in McLeod County that combine financial resources and supply volunteers to serve clients and families experiencing a crisis. The organization assists with utility crisis, short-term homelessness, eviction and foreclosure prevention and transportation assistance.
Health and Human Services:
McLEOD COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING (Car Seat Program)
Motor Vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury to young children. Over 80% of child safety restraints are used incorrectly, or not at all. McLeod County Public Health offers child passenger safety (CPS) education and training to assure safe transportation of all children.
McLEOD COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING (Universal Contact Program)
This program is available to all families with a newborn. Home visits by a Public Health Nurse offer support to parents and information on infant care, child growth and development and other helpful programs in the community. New mothers can get their baby weighed and questions answered.
McLEOD TREATMENT PROGRAMS (Visitation Exchange)
The Center was developed to provide a safe interactive environment for parents and children to have monitored visits, as well as monitored exchanges of children from one parent to the other. The service will ensure that all boundaries are maintained by both parents and children and ensure that exchanges are conducted in a non-threatening manner and environment.
McLEOD ALLIANCE FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (Community Advocacy)
The Alliance provides support, emergency assistance and safe housing for victims of domestic violence. Services provided include: crisis intervention; support groups; legal advocacy; emergency safe housing; transportation; child care; information on violence; and the coordination of referrals to other agencies, community education and professional training.
SAFE AVENUES (Outreach Sexual Assault Program and Emergency Safe Shelter)
This is an emergency safe shelter and advocacy service for victims of domestic violence and their families. Safe Avenues provides a residential setting for women and children when fleeing a violent home. Staff provides safety planning and assistance in obtaining resources for continued safety for female and male victims of domestic violence.
HUTCHINSON PARKS, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY ED. (Youth Services, Adaptive Recreation, Sr. Programming)
PRCE Youth Service and ISD #423 are committed to providing activities in both a structured and unstructured environment. All events are tobacco free, chemical free, and alcohol free. Their objective is to make more efficient use of facilities and finances to help youth realize their potential as responsible and important members of our community.
LESTER PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT (D.A.R.E. Program)
The program provides children in the Lester Prairie schools and community with information and skills needed to help the student make decisions to avoid tobacco and alcohol, and to live drug-free and violence free lives. The program also provides Lester Prairie schools with a secure connection to the community.
HUTCHINSON SCHOOL DISTRICT – ECFE (Baby Steps and Childcare Connection Programs)
ECFE is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten. They work to strengthen families and enhance the ability of parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. They provide information, support and learning activities for parents and children.
HUTCHINSON SCHOOL DISTRICT (Emergency Assistance Program)
This program assists families financially when they are unable to supply their child(ren) with all the necessary supplies, program and activities to fully participate in their education. This program could cover costs for high school class materials, lunch/breakfast expenses, Early Childhood Family Education Fees, and/or a homework journal.
NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL – BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (Prepared for Life)
Through age-appropriate programs, the Boy Scouts teach lifetime skills and values to boys and girls ages 7-20. Young people provide community service while developing personal habits that shape their character, self esteem, and respect for others and the environment. This process molds a young person to become an active member of the community in future years.
GLENCOE-SILVER LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT – EARLY CHILDHOOD FAMILY EDUCATION
ECFE is committed to universal access for all families in the area with children birth-kindergarten entry. The purpose of ECFE is to strengthen families and assist parents in providing for the healthy growth and development of their children. ECFE provides information, support, and learning activities for parents and young children to help insure that children are able to start kindergarten ready to learn and experience success.
McLEOD COUNTY 4-H FEDERATION (Youth Activities Program)
Youth in 4H are involved in learning by doing. They develop leadership skills as officers and committee members in clubs and the County Federation. They have many opportunities to participate in leadership events held statewide, nationally and internationally. They bring these leadership skills back to their communities and actively participate in community service projects.
CIVIL AIR PATROL (Cadet Program)
The Civil Air Patrol provides many important regional services such as air and ground search and rescue teams for lost or missing persons and downed aircraft. It also provides aerial reconnaissance for Homeland Defense and during natural disasters. The CAP sponsors a Cadet Program for area youth which stresses leadership, discipline and aerospace education.
UNITED WAY OF MCLEOD COUNTY (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Project)
The United Way of McLeod County launched Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library during the summer of 2009. Thus far, the program has enrolled nearly 1,000 children in McLeod County. This program allows every child who lives in McLeod County and was born January 1, 2009, or later, to be eligible to receive an age-appropriate book in the mail each month until they turn five.
UNITED WAY OF MCLEOD COUNTY (Community Initiatives Program)
This program has been established to help the United Way of McLeod County and its’ board of directors create new programs, or partner with other agencies to help move the organization’s community impact strategies along. It will be used to address identified problems in McLeod County communities.
CROW RIVER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat is a non-profit, ecumenical program to build simple, decent and affordable housing through partnership with those in need in McLeod County.Houses are built or renovated and then sold at no-profit and no-interest to partner families who then make mortgage payments. The group started their 21st home in Hutchinson in the spring of 2012.
ADULT TRAINING AND HABILITATION CENTER
The center provides vocational and non-vocational training and services to developmentally disabled adults. Programming is individualized toward helping each client live a more independent and productive life. Their goal is to raise awareness for employing individuals with developmental disabilities. They serve more than 100 clients in McLeod County.
CAMPS OF COURAGE AND FRIENDSHIP (Day Camps and Respite Care Weekend Programs)
Camps of Courage and Friendship provides year-round camping, recreation, respite care, educational and support services to 3,000 children and adults annually with mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorders and other developmental disabilities and their families.
WEST CENTRAL INDUSTRIES (Employment Services Program)
WCI is a community rehabilitation program which provides work opportunities to individuals with a disability. Overall the primary mission of WCI is to help each person attain his/her highest level of employment. Services typically begin with an assessment; and based on that, each individual is placed in a job meeting their interests and skill level. Jobs may include the WCI Thrift Store, a community work crew, and/or an individual job with a local employer. Support to each employed person is provided on an on-going basis.
This is a support group for persons who have lost a child, sibling, grandchild, or stepchild in death. This program is designed to help them cope with their loss, and comes from others who have experienced the same loss and are survivors of that grief. The group looks to assist bereaved families toward a positive resolution of grief following the death of a child.
THE ARC UNITED (Family Support and Advocacy and Sibshop Programs)
Arc provides information, support and advocacy services for children and adults with special needs and their families. Arc strengthened connections with parents of children who have special needs through the development of a Parent Mentoring program, establishing a People First group for adults with developmental disabilities and by growing its ability to provide advocacy.
Parent Connection provides education, service referrals and support in a confidential, safe environment to assist individuals with their role as parents. Parents are taught to de-escalate anger and where to call for help including other parents or staff when they are feeling overwhelmed with parenting.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES (Senior Nutrition Program)
LSS provides nutritious meals meeting 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowances for persons 60 years or older. Program allows all older adults to participate no matter their economic status. The program’s congregate dining encourages socialization and helps combat loneliness. Home delivered meals allow seniors to remain independent while in familiar surroundings.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES (Caregiver/Respite Program)
The LSS Caregiver and Respite Program expanded services into McLeod County in 2003. They focus on family caregivers who are taking care of a chronically ill loved one who is 60 years of age or better. Support is offered in the form of in-home respite care, caregiver support groups, workshops and counseling.
MEADA OF MCLEOD COUNTY (Dangerous Twenty Program)
MEADA Coalition of McLeod County, “Teaming up to prevent youth alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.” was developed to educate youth, families, and citizens on the dangers of drugs, and to initiate community prevention initiatives in McLeod. This coalition was started in August of 2004. Members of the coalition represent multiple community sectors, school districts, law enforcement, students, parents, business, health providers, faith community, from all of McLeod County.