Community Shares of Minnesota (CSM) is part of a network of organizations that connect, fund and raise awareness for community groups fighting for fairness and equality. Our focus on long-term solutions is what makes the work so important today — the member organizations we fund passionately work to end poverty, reduce violence, provide healthcare, fight for equal opportunities, and achieve peace.
We provide essential general operating funding support for 40+ community and art organizations. In times like these, this funding is crucial to the social justice organizations we support.
During this unprecedented time our members are continuing to support communities across Minnesota in a variety of ways-
CSM Member Resources during COVID-19 State of Emergency
- HOME Line and IX were a crucial part of the eviction mortarium that resulted in Governor Tim Walz stopping all evictions in Minnesota, and they are still working hard to help renters know their rights during this time.
- Upstream Arts provides art classes to youth and adults with disabilities. All in-person classes have been cancelled, but they offer free daily interaction videos with Upstream Arts activities for you and your loved ones to practice together at home, as individuals, and as part of a web of virtually connected community.
- Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly– sets up volunteers to visit isolated elderly All in person volunteer visits with their elderly friends have been cancelled, but regular phone calls to isolated elderly has been set up so that in the time of social distancing and fear or anxiety of the elderly being vulnerable to COVID-19, they are still in contact with their volunteer friends.
- One Voice Mixed Chorus is holding virtual choir practices and will be streaming performances of their planned concerts so the choir and community can still come together virtually at this time
- Friends for a Nonviolent World has started virtual coffee conversations M-F at 10am so that people can meet and learn more about alternatives to violence.
- COMPAS teaching artists programs in schools has started to post daily creative arts activities on their social media so that their students and the community can still participate in the arts.
- Alley Newspaper helped host a community supplies drop off and pick up in Phillips neighborhood for those in need.
We know nonprofits across Minnesota are already playing a vital role in addressing the impact the coronavirus will have on our nation in so many ways. Many of our members are on the front lines fighting for equity for all Minnesotans in these uncertain times. If your workplace is interested in helping support those vital nonprofits, we have a few ideas for you.
- Hold a response fundraising campaign through your workplace-
This is an easy way for employees to support the nonprofits they care about through organized efforts. You can set this up just like your current community giving campaign with options for payroll deductions, cash and credit cards. Please let Community Shares know if you would like us to set up an online campaign for you!
- Help support employees with an Employee Assistance Fund (EAF)
This global pandemic is impacting our physical, our mental and our emotional wellbeing. It is forcing businesses and their employees to pivot away from ‘business as usual.’ Between childcare needs, access to affordable healthcare, and potential loss of income, your employees may be facing unexpected hardships. Please see list above for ways our members can help support you colleagues.
Your company can help address those hardships by starting an Employee Assistance Fund (EAF), also known as an Employee Relief Fund or an Employee Crisis Fund.
If your team is interested in setting up a giving campaign to support local nonprofits or an EAF on iPledge please contact:
Sheryl Raygor, Program Manager Community Shares of Minnesota