Community Outreach

AAUW St Paul members generously contribute their time, money and materials to support Community Outreach projects.  The purpose of our outreach is three-fold:

  1. Help our neighbors in need
  2. Develop partnerships with charitable organizations in the Twin Cities
  3. Build public awareness of AAUW St Paul

Outreach Opportunities for the 2021-2022 Program Year

Thank you for aiding Farnsworth School’s Art Projects.  They have plenty of supplies now for their budding artists.

Donations of items from the following list may be dropped off at our Branch Office, 990 Summit Avenue, or the front porch of Kim Blair’s home (address and contact information may be found in our membership directory).  We invite our friends and members of the community to join us in assisting these neighbors in need.

  • St Paul City School: a) winter wear.  The children and their families look forward to much needed winter clothing. Please remember them the next time you shop in store, or online.  All sizes.  b) library books to keep the kids in reading materials whether at school or at home.
  • Interfaith Action Food Shelf. Minnesota is better off than most states, but out of the 2600 cities and towns in our state there are only 350 food shelves.  In 2020, 1 out of 6 children, didn’t know if there was a next meal.  The number of families served by the food shelf continues to grow.  Black, Hispanic and Native American children are at least twice as likely to go hungry.  The Interfaith Action Department of Indian Works Food Shelf needs staples and especially healthy snack foods.  When you come to the clubhouse and drop off a non-perishable food item, the food shelf receives a couple grocery bags full each week.  Pidamayaye (Thank you in Dakota language), for helping all these families.
  • Niniijaanis “War Pony” Art Bus. Scholarship alumna Brook LaFloe is busy planning art projects and raising funds for the “War Pony” (fastest and most honored of horses) Art Bus to deliver Native American culture and crafts to the neighborhoods of Native American children.  Initially planned for pre-schoolers, parents and teens have asked for lessons in cultural arts as well.  With a donation of beads from one of our members, Brook now has a meaningful craft to offer teens and adults.  To teach their cultural heritage through arts and crafts, please go through your sewing cabinets and when shopping, consider the following:  beads and buttons, faux flowers, variety of papers, glue sticks, ribbons, water colors and crayons, colored pencils, colored pipe cleaners, colored yarn and string, etc.  They are very excited to begin offering their classes in summer.
  • Ujamaa Place. The African-American men rebuilding their lives in the Twin Cities need the basics, to restore their personal dignity, as well as present themselves for employment.  So far our members have provided four boxes of hygiene items and undergarments.  Socks, underwear, undershirts, sweatpants are all needed, as well as soap, shampoo, tooth paste, etc.  All sizes.
  • Martha’s Closet. There are very few organizations accepting clothing, but Martha’s Closet in downtown St Paul has been accepting our members Fall and Winter career wear for women re-entering the workforce.  As you know, women were most hard hit with job loss during the pandemic.  They, and their children, will have an easier time of it, when the women can go back to work.

Additional Outreach Opportunities

Additional Outreach Opportunities will be posted to this page as they come up, so check back often.

AAUW members will also receive occasional emails with updates, and can find detailed reports of our Outreach activities in the 990 News.

Updated: 10/14/21