Willmar Area Community Foundation

WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Community Foundation has opened its annual grant round to fund programs that focus this year on three different areas: addressing the achievement gap for youth, increasing community connections and welcoming diverse populations, and supporting productive aging.

Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, school or government entity that serves residents of Kandiyohi County. For additional information and the online application, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select “WACF General Grants.” The deadline is Jan. 15.

The Foundation continues its work to target projects and programs that support the “Opportunity Gap” movement. It refers to the vast and growing differences in opportunities available to children and families nationwide described by Dr. Robert Putnam in his bestselling book “Our Kids: the American Dream in Crisis.”

Briar Lippert

OLIVIA — A benefit for Briar Lippert, son of Jay and Heidi Lippert of Blomkest, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Max’s Grill in Olivia. Grandparents are Jeff and Kris Lippert of Spicer and Bruce and Kim Clement of Darfur, Minn. Briar was born July 1, 2019, with hypoplastic left heart syndrome — the left side of his heart was underdeveloped. He had his first eight-hour open heart surgery when he was six days old and has had many surgeries and procedures since and will need another major surgery around the age of 3. He will be on medication the rest of his life and currently takes nine per day. There will be a dinner, silent auction, Reed Nelson will perform and more. Donations may also be sent to Briar Lippert benefit, Home Town Bank, Olivia.

Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association

WILLMAR — The Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association will serve a Dad’s Belgian Waffle breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Lakeland Elementary School in Willmar. Waffles, sausage and beverages for freewill donation. Open gym for all ages and a silent auction.

Farmers Union

ATWATER — The Kandiyohi County Farmers Union will serve a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Atwater Community Center for their educational fund. Adult tickets are $8, ages 6-10 are $3, 5 and under eat free. Baked goods for sale and a silent auction.

Blue Star Mothers

WILLMAR — Blue Star Mothers Willmar Chapter 1 meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Willmar Army Reserve. The parents of military meet for support and to pack boxes to send to deployed troops. They are collecting snacks, hygiene products, paperback novels and notes to be included in the packages. Donation boxes are available at Heritage Bank and the Willmar Army Reserve. If you would like the group to include someone you know who is deployed, send the name and address to Blue Star Mothers, Box 206, Pennock, MN 56279, along with your contact phone number.

E-quip Africa

WILLMAR — E-quip Africa in Willmar is accepting newer, smaller computers such as laptops and slim or compact desktops which are easier to ship. All computers need their original power supplies, cords, keyboards and mice and be in good working condition. They need to be Windows machines running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. Call 320-894-1680 for more information or how to donate equipment. A $25 cash donation is suggested which will help us ship the computers to West African schools.

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to 2424 First Street South in Willmar between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact 320-235-9000 or www.habitatwcm.org.