Good Neighbors published July 23, 2020

Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Thursdays should be emailed to by noon Monday.

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Food Shelf

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless and Hunger Solutions announce the annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will proportionally match cash donations to Kandiyohi County Food Shelf during the month of July. The more funds Kandiyohi County Food Shelf raises in July, the larger the matching grant will be.

The food shelf serves residents in Kandiyohi County with the top three towns served being Willmar, New London and Raymond. It is helping an average of 650 households a month with a food order.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, fundraising events will look a little different than in previous years. The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf encourages you to donate online or mail donations. Checks may be mailed to Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, 624 Pacific Ave. S.W., Willmar MN 56201 or donate online at .

Relay for Life

WILLMAR — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Relay For Life of Kandiyohi County will be participating in a statewide “Stronger Together” alternative campaign with others from across Minnesota in fundraising and activities from June 8 through Aug. 1. On Aug. 1 participants will “gather” for an online celebration to honor survivors, recognize sponsors and participants, and the other ceremonies typically held at Relay events.


Kandiyohi County has a “Paint the Town Purple” project through Aug. 1. Businesses and residents are encouraged to Paint the Town Purple by being creative: utilize purple window paint, signs, balloons, bows, putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts/windows, swapping white bulbs for purple bulbs, and more. Photos of decorated homes can be submitted to the “Paint Your Home Purple” contest.

Luminarias are available and you can choose to return them to the Relay For Life committee to be displayed at the Kandi Mall from July 26 to Aug. 1. Everyone is asked to pick up their luminaria from the mall by noon Saturday, Aug. 1. There will be a virtual event at 8 p.m. Aug. 1 followed by lighting your Luminaria in the safety of your driveway or curb and celebrating with Minnesota as we light the sky, remember our loved ones and fight back against Cancer.

See the website at or the Facebook page at "Relay For Life of Kandiyohi County" for more details or to make a donation.

Ridgewater College

WILLMAR — Ridgewater’s Customized Training and Continuing Education department has been partnering with the Ridgewater College Foundation to raise $200,000 to purchase two CDL simulators to expand training. It began last fall with a $10,000 kick-off donation from Duininck, Inc. and the campaign has raised $56,500 since October with donations from Dooley’s Petroleum, Inc., Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, Nelson International, Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Corporation, Transystems, Centra Sota Cooperative, Renville County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, and Larry D. Konsterlie. Recent $10,000 donations came from Bernick Family Foundation and Southwest Initiative Foundation.

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: Aug. 9-16, Keeping Our History Alive virtual 5K. Registration deadline is Aug. 8, on the KCHS website at , click on events. Fee is $30 per person. Walk, run, jump or bike the 3.1 miles and post your pictures on the Kandiyohi County Historical Society's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page when you are done.

L SP Prairie Pothole Bike Tour: Aug. 29, 9 a.m., starting at Monson Lake State Park, Sunburg, 45 miles. Join the Land Stewardship Project’s Robin Moore and Terry VanDerPol for a curated tour complete with local parks, a large native prairie preserve, and insights into how land management affects the region.

The tour also can be joined at Swift Falls around 10:30 a.m., Terrace Mill around noon, at the Ordway Prairie at 1 p.m. (on or off your bike) and will finish back at Monson Lake State Park around 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.


The suggested sponsorship amount is $1 or more per mile. Registration available on Land Stewardship Project website and for more information or to register by phone, call Robin Moore at 320-269-2105 or email .

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. NAMIWalks Minnesota’s DIT (Do It Together) virtual walk will combine virtual “socially distanced” components with “real life” safe-distance celebrations. To find out how to participate, join one of the online meetings. Choose from 6 p.m. July 30, 9 a.m. July 31, noon Aug. 4, noon Aug. 5 or 2 p.m. Aug. 6. To register, “see classes” at or, contact Julia at or 651-645-2948, ext. 104.

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 St. S. 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 .

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Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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