Willmar Area Women's Fund

WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Women’s Fund, an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, raised $57,240 in its 2021 campaign. The fund was able to provide grants to partners who work to stop sexual exploitation, assist victims and prevent the occurrence of exploitation, and bring trauma-informed care training to Kandiyohi County. These grants include:

  • $2,000 to Greater Minnesota Shelter Care for trauma-informed care training to support youth.
  • $5,000 to Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services for trust-based relational support.
  • $5,000 to Pact for Families Collaborative for trust-based relational support.
  • $5,000 to Project Turnabout for trauma-informed care training lunch and learns.
  • $20,000 to Safe Avenues for community outreach and awareness efforts for the prevention of sexual exploitation.

Friends of the Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Friends of the Willmar Public Library will host a meet-and-greet and mini book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the community room in the upper level of the Willmar Public Library. Learn more about the group and browse used books for sale.

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Wild Spirit Sanctuary

RAYMOND — Wild Spirit Sanctuary is conducting a shoe drive through Oct. 22 to raise funds to build enclosures for wildlife rehabilitation and non releasable captive wildlife in Granite Falls. The shoes will be sold to Funds2Orgs based on the total weight of the shoes collected. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at 101 Babcock Ave. in Raymond.

New London-Spicer Area Fund

NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer Area Fund has opened its grant round to fund programs for projects that fit within the categories of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment and large-scale and sustainable initiatives. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, school or government entity which serves the 12 northern townships of Kandiyohi County: Arctander, Burbank, Colfax, Dovre, Green Lake, Harrison, Irving, Lake Andrew, Mamre, New London, Norway Lake and Roseville. The deadline is Oct. 31. More information is available at CommunityGiving.org/NewLondonSpicer.

Battle of the Beards

WILLMAR — The United Way of West Central Minnesota “Battle of the Beards” contest will run the month of November to raise money for local cancer patients. Four barbershops — Pep’s Barber Shop and Salon of Willmar, Larry’s Barber and Style of Litchfield, Mac’s Barber Shop of Olivia, and Hair Hut of Benson — will place participants in categories and compete to raise the most in donations. Donations will be accepted both in-person and online, and 50% of each team’s funds will go to local cancer support programs. For more information or if interested in participating, contact Andrea, special events coordinator at the United Way of West Central Minnesota, at 320-403-2448 or online at liveunitedwcm.org/beards.

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.