Good Neighbors published July 9, 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 .

Walt’s Car Wash Fundraiser: 7 7 p.m., July 11, Willmar, a portion of sales and all tips will be directed to the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.


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. Then at dusk, light your luminaria in the safety of your driveway or curb and celebrate 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.

Charity golf events

Charity golf events in the area are listed here, including event details, golf course, start time, type of golf, cost and number to call to register.

Lloyd Hovey/AAHFS: The Atwater Area Help for Seniors program annual four-person scramble in memory of Lloyd Hovey will be July 18 at Island Pine Golf Course in Atwater. Cost is $60 per person and includes green fees, cart, gift bag and box lunch. Due to COVID-19 regulations, no gathering will be allowed before or after the tournament. Therefore to avoid gathering during registration, tee times will be used for each group with the first wave of tee times starting at 9 a.m. and 10-minute intervals from then on. Carts are one rider per cart unless you ride to the course together or are from the same household. Six-foot social distancing is advised at all times. Depending on the number of teams, a morning wave of tee times and an afternoon wave of tee times may be needed in order to have enough carts for everyone. These guidelines may change by the tournament date. Register by July 15 to guarantee a golf cart. To register call 320-974-8600. To avoid contact with registration, it is advised to please pay your team entry fee in advance. Please make checks payable to: AAHFS and mail or drop off checks to: Island Pine Golf Club, 1601 Wyoming Ave., Atwater, MN 56209.

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.

LSP 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 .


Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

WILLMAR — The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota has awarded $265,000 in grants through its COVID-19 Women & Girls Response Fund to organizations who address the needs of women and girls experiencing gender-based violence or older women, that address policy and advocacy and that offer short-term financial support for everyday needs, including child care, elder care, food, housing, transportation, health and wellness. Grant applications are being accepted monthly and on a rolling basis, as funds are available. Receiving a grant was:

United Community Action Partnership: Marshall, $7,500, to provide direct assistance to women and girls who need short-term financial support across 13 counties. United Community Action Partnership delivers needed critical services and support to the most vulnerable in west central and southwest Minnesota including housing, food, transportation, and health/wellness.

Open Your Heart Foundation

WILLMAR — Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Foundation supports programs in communities where many traditional funders do not reach — volunteer-run domestic violence shelters, homeless programs in sparsely served, remote corners of the state, inner city programs dedicated to serving the poorest among us, and hunger programs serving clientele with special needs. Their primary goal is to ensure that frontline providers of crisis services have the tools, equipment, and infrastructure necessary to carry out their work. Receiving a grant was:

Safe Avenues: $4,000 for a new commercial refrigerator and freezer to provide more storage for their clients’ food and beverages while staying at the shelter. It is the only domestic violence shelter located in an 18-county area of southwestern Minnesota.

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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