Community Impact Programs
Community Impact Programs are programs coordinated by our team. These program are how we invest local dollars in our communities to address specific community centered issues. Community Impact Programs make a difference in education, income or health.
Half Pint for Everyone
Half Pint for Everyone provides a 1/2 pint of milk at milk break for kindergarten students whose families are unable to afford it.
Adopt a Family
Adopt a Family is a way to help local families in need during the holiday season. Request a family based on the number of children that you would like to buy gifts for. We then provides a wish list for each child in that family.
The Backpack Attack program provides hungry students a child-friendly bag of supplemental food through the participating school to take home over the weekend.
Community Impact Coalition
The coalition's strategic intent is to create long lasting impact in our community in the areas of education, income, and health by serving as a resource in identifying and meeting community needs, as well as being a resource to one another. Meetings take place once a month. These meetings are open to the public. View our calendar for upcoming meetings.
We have a community coat room where families are able to come and pick out a coat and cold weather accessories for each member of their family, free of charge. To receive or donate a coat visit our office during business hours, Monday – Friday | 8 am – 4:30 pm.
Host a coat drive: 2017 Flyer
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is an existing literacy program funded by us. This program sends out age-appropriate books on a monthly basis to registered children until they reach the age of 5. To have your children registered for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library call our office at 320-834-7800.
*Douglas and Pope County residents only!
The Mobile Food Drop
The Mobile Food Drop is a monthly food distribution event. Anyone who eats and lives in the coordinating county is able to utilize this program.
2017 Mobile Food Drop - Douglas County
2018 Mobile Food Drop - Pope County
Plant an Extra Row
Plant an Extra Row encourages gardeners to plant additional produce with the intention of donating it. We these donations and place them on a produce cart free to the public and deliver them to different local neighborhoods.
Make a produce donation at anytime at our office.
A Poverty Simulation is an interactive experience where participants take on different roles that place them into typical scenarios that low-income families face. Roles are based off of real families. The goal of those participating in the simulation is to meet the needs of their family for one month. Learn more about hosting a Poverty Simulation below.
Stuff the Bus
Stuff the Bus is a community-wide effort to collect new school supplies for children in Douglas and Pope Counties. Registered children are provided a new backpack filled with the basic school supplies.
Call our office to be a business location that hosts a collection box!
Traveling Tree House
The Traveling Tree House is a mobile learning center for kids. The Tree House stops at several designated locations within Pope County over the summer months to offer programming through staffed educators.The program offers educational activities, experiments and reading skills.
Check our calendar of events to see when the Traveling Tree House is near you.