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Recovery Fund distribution at one-year mark continues long-term rebuilding efforts
With a widely-used expense reimbursement program completed, the Minot Area Community Foundation plans to continue using donated funds to benefit long-term rebuilding in the region. Over the last nine months, Community Foundation staff and volunteers spent hundreds of hours sending out three rounds of notification letters to reach the more than 4,000 families or individuals impacted by the 2011 Mouse ...

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Minot Area Community Foundation provides dollars for six Little Free Libraries!


The Minot Area Community Foundation has worked with three area elementary schools, Next Generation Energy Partners, and North Central Reading Council to establish six Little Free Libraries in Minot. A Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book and bring back another book to share.

"Through the Little Free Libraries, we are hoping to promote literacy and a love of reading," said Cindy Cook, Sunnyside Elementary School Principal.

The Minot Area Community Foundation allocated $3,000 to purchase the raw materials for the Little Free Libraries, which the members of the Next Generation Energy Partners designed and constructed.

"With the Little Free Libraries, we were able to leverage dollars and community resources to put together a project that will benefit many children in our city," said Ken Kitzman, President of the Minot Area Community Foundation.

The Little Free Libraries will be stationed around the community at six locations: Sunnyside Elementary School, Jefferson Early Childhood Center, Roosevelt Elementary School, McKinley Elementary School, South Hill Softball Complex, and Roosevelt Pool.



Minot Area Community Foundation awards $90,000 to the Men's Winter Refuge


Minot, N.D. - The Minot Area Community Foundation has awarded $90,000 to the Men's Winter Refuge to address an acute need in our region for shelter for homeless men during the coldest months of winter. This grant, provided by the Arnold I. Besserud Endowment Fund, marks a milestone for our community by providing seed funding to establish the Men's Winter Refuge as the first men's homeless shelter in Minot.

"As our community continues to change and grow, it is imperative that we begin building our social service infrastructure," said Ken Kitzman, President of the Minot Area Community Foundation. "Our investment in the Men's Winter Refuge signifies our effort to be a leader when trying to meet emerging community needs."

The Men's Winter Refuge tested its ability to house homeless men through a partnership formed in February 2014 with the Minot Police Department, Minot Area Homeless Coalition, and First Lutheran Church. During just two short months of operation, the Men's Winter Refuge was able to house 23 men in a vacant single-family home owned by First Lutheran Church, with eight of those men finding permanent work and several others finding permanent housing during their stay.

The funding obtained by the Men's Winter Refuge from the Minot Area Community Foundation will allow for the renovation of a new shelter facility that can house up to 16 men per night and provide funds to hire paid staff.

"We believe that the services provided by the Men's Winter Refuge will help homeless men more rapidly become contributing, permanent members of the community," said George Withus, Chair of the Men's Winter Refuge Board of Directors.


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