Willmar Area Community Foundation

WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Community Foundation awarded $128,000 to seven local organizations from their 2020-2021 Community Impact Grant Round. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the opportunity gap for youth, increased community connections or welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging, in addition to limited capital investments.

The grants awarded are as follows:

  • $20,000 to the Willmar Public Schools Child Guide Program to support underserved and low-income students in prekindergarten through fifth grade with enrichment and recreational resources offered in the schools and the community;

  • $20,000 to the revamped Healthy Aging Program to decrease social isolation for people 55 and older that builds relationships and connectedness while providing physical and social activity, in addition to educational opportunities at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA;
  • $20,000 to MNyou Junior Master Gardener Program, in partnership with the Willmar Community Integration Center, that provides children with culturally relevant learning experiences including lessons in production and operations, sales techniques and building entrepreneurial and business skills for future careers;
  • $20,000 to support the Multilingual Community Journalism Program that will provide basic journalism skills to area bilingual residents so they can serve as key communicators within their communities and assist in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion through Ridgewater College;
  • $20,000 to Project Turnabout for the construction of an addiction recovery campus to help women suffering from addictive illness through a full continuum of services including licensed medium- and low-intensity residential treatment to outpatient treatment, through early recovery and independent living support;
  • $20,000 to the city of Atwater for the building of an all-inclusive children’s splash pad to encourage community connections, welcome diverse populations and support the vitality of the Atwater area; and
  • $8,000 to Advocacy & Inclusion Matter for the purchase of cellular tablets to support clients with necessary online access to allow for provided virtual programming that promotes connectedness and inclusivity for all consumers.

Lake Lillian Fire and Ambulance

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LAKE LILLIAN — The Lake Lillian Fire and Ambulance will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 23, at the Fire Hall. Dine-in or curb-side pickup available. Freewill donation.

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore accepts 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.

Charity walk/ride/bike

Charity events such as walkathons, funs, motorcycle rides and bicycle rides in the area are listed here, including event details, where it will be held, how to register and fundraising events associated with it.

Kandiyohi County Historical Society: May 15-23, I Love Local History virtual 5K run/walk. Registration deadline is May 14. Cost is $30 for adults and teens, ages 12 and under are $10. Register on the KCHS website at kandiyohicountyhistory.com and click on events. Walk, run, jump, or bike the 3.1 miles and post your pictures on the Kandiyohi County Historical Society's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter when you are done.