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Leading out of trauma

2022-05-19T10:49:47-05:00May 18th, 2022|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, School Success, Success Stories, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

A message from Jeff Mortensen, President & CEO  I once heard someone say that humans are the most adaptable creatures on earth…when forced to be!  Human history is full of all kinds of crises, periods of growth, and steep recessions.  These experiences, and the accumulated lessons learned, help us innovate and transform if we also inspire [...]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Thornton

2022-05-19T10:46:26-05:00May 15th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Giving Back, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

Carolyn Thornton began her volunteer career at 360 Communities over seven years ago. She has supported sexual assault victims/survivors and neighbors seeking stabilizing resources at the Burnsville Resource Center. “I love giving my time, talent, and meager money to those less fortunate," says Carolyn. She says that working with victims/survivors of sexual [...]

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Celebrating 50 years in Dakota County

2022-03-08T20:15:12-06:00March 8th, 2022|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved, School Success, Success Stories, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

a message from President & CEO Jeff Mortensen 360 Communities started as a small group of social-minded individuals who turned belief into action. Their unifying desire to live out values for the good of others was contagious and engaged the broader community in contributing time and resources for over five decades. By building [...]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Don Oettinger

2022-03-08T20:16:35-06:00March 7th, 2022|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved|

Giving back for more than a decade Don began volunteering at 360 Communities when he retired in 2008. He first volunteered with our Armful of Love holiday gift program but quickly branched out to support the Burnsville Resource Center and Food Shelf. “Volunteering for 360 Communities is like a two-way street. You get way more [...]

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Break the Stigma

2021-07-07T15:19:17-05:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Uncategorized, Videos|

Break the Stigma of asking for help Asking for help is not easy for anyone, especially when a person needs to reach out to an agency like 360 Communities for the first time. With the Break the Stigma campaign, 360 Communities hopes to eliminate the shame people often associate with asking for [...]

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Volunteer with a battle of her own continued to fight for others

2021-10-28T11:38:51-05:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Community Resources, Get Involved, Uncategorized|

Longtime 360 Communities supporter Mary Laeger-Hagemeister believed in people and the power of friendship. She knew that with a solid foundation of resources and support, anyone could reach their goals. She also recognized that anyone at any given time could need help. For years, Mary volunteered at the Burnsville Family Resource Center, meeting with families [...]

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Vote now for a better community

2020-10-16T17:47:47-05:00October 15th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved, School Success, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

This year's election goes beyond who will be president. Your vote is your voice on issues affecting housing, education, employment and healthcare. Help make a difference in your community and let’s vote on or before November 3rd! Have you registered to vote yet? Do you know how to track your absentee ballot? Information can be found in 11 languages [...]

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Farmers Markets share fresh produce

2020-08-09T15:20:06-05:00August 7th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, Get Involved|

The Burnsville Family Resource Center recently joined the Rosemount Family Resource Center to offer free fresh produce distributions once a week, made possible by a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland. In Burnsville, the free outdoor market is open on Mondays between 2 pm and 4 pm, through September. In Rosemount, it takes place on Thursdays, [...]

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Exciting changes at the Farmington Food Shelf

2020-08-09T14:42:16-05:00August 1st, 2020|Categories: Community Resources, Uncategorized, Videos|

The Farmington Food Shelf recently moved down the hall in the Farmington Area Public Schools' Instructional Service Center building at 510 Walnut Street. Volunteer lead Cherie Rudolph says that when the school district remodeled, they gave special attention to the food shelf's needs. With the new space, the Farmington Food Shelf has a dedicated entrance [...]

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Resilience and hope during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020-05-11T11:55:30-05:00May 6th, 2020|Categories: Columns, Community Resources, School Success, Success Stories, Uncategorized, Violence Prevention & Intervention|

by Jeff Mortensen President & CEO The pandemic has caused increased levels of uncertainty and anxiety across communities. Dakota County experienced a 3,000% increase in unemployment applications, with more than 37,000 people seeking help in just the last 30 days. Although COVID-19 presents an extraordinary crisis in recent history, families who struggle through hardships have [...]

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