Community Service

Collaborating with various organizations and other Rotary clubs, Minneapolis University Rotary Club is proud to sponsor projects to improve the lives and communities of Twin Cities residents. We provide grants for local initiatives through our charitable foundation, with a special focus on education and health care.  We are interested in exploring new partnerships and invite you to contact us at mplsuniversity@gmail.com  See the local grant request form link on the left.

Community service projects we have supported financially or with hands-on service include:

  • Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • The Food Group Minnesota
  • Camp Enterprise
  • World without Genocide
  • Habitat for Humanity
Community Service Spotlight

George Floyd memorial rotary scholarship

“Rotary clubs came together quickly to make this scholarship possible.  We wish our scholar the very best in her studies!” 
Rotary Club Member
Gabby
 
 
In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the unrest that followed, Minneapolis University Rotary Club collaborated with Rotary District 5950 and seven area Rotary clubs to establish the George Floyd Memorial Rotary Scholarship.  Working with Wallin Education Partners, a nationally-recognized college-completion program, we established a scholarship fund. Over four years, the scholarship will provide $24,000 towards tuition for an African American student from Minneapolis to study at the University of Minnesota.  Our scholarship recipient began her studies at the university in the Fall of 2020.  Members of each of the eight collaborating clubs look forward to getting to know and supporting our scholar over her four years of study.

Seward Montessori Elementary School

"The kids love the new books.  Black history comes alive for them in colorful pictures and text.” 
Rotary volunteer at Seward Montessori media center
              

The Minneapolis University Rotary Club has provided two grants to Seward Montessori Elementary, a K-8 magnet school in Minneapolis, to support the school’s mission of providing a culturally rich education for its 900 students.  The first grant funded the purchase of classroom and media center books that reflect students’ racial and ethnic heritages. Rotarians participated in the classroom over several weeks. 

A second grant sponsored the designs for the buildout of vacant courtyard space at the school.  When built, the courtyard will be an outdoor classroom and learning center for creativity, exercise, meditation, and various other learning experiences.  We gratefully acknowledge support for these projects from District 5950 and collaborating Minneapolis-area Rotary clubs.

 
Virtual Food Drive
With the recent pandemic, increased unemployment, and social unrest, there is increased food insecurity.  Studies show that 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger in MN; 1 in 6 kids go to bed hungry every night in MN, and 1/3 of Minnesotans lack access to healthy foods.
 
The Minneapolis University Rotary Club has partnered with The Food Group MN organization, a 501 c 3, to support a Virtual Food Drive.  $100 provides enough food for a family of four to eat three nutritious meals for one week. Every dollar donated will provide nutritious food to the 501 c 3 organizations,  Community Bridge Food Shelf and Simpson United Methodist Church Food Shelf.  Both of these community organizations are located in our service area of Minneapolis, where food insecurity rates have reached staggering levels.
 
We partnered with the The Food Group MN, https://thefoodgroupmn.org/ for the following reasons:
  • They encourage their partners to provide culturally connected foods.
  • They provide nutritious food choices
  • Food provided to their partners free of charge
  • They partner with local farmers during the growing season
  • Virtual Food Drive allows us to designate the areas we want to support, such as the Mpls area that has been greatly impacted.
The Virtual Food Drive will run through October 2021.  Our foundation will provide a donation quarterly and encourage our members to donate. We are also encouraging others in our community, including members in Rotary District 5950, to donate. Between now and the 19th of November, donations from the Virtual Food Drives will be matched up to $75,000 by Luther Automotive Group in support of Give to the Max day.  This is a great way we can make a difference in the community and provide positive publicity for the Rotary.