Offering Help, Building Hope, Improving Lives
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Help Local Students Get “Ready to Learn”
To ease some of the financial stress of back-to-school time, the Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) is starting its annual collection of new school supplies for K-12 students in its service area.
Collection boxes are out throughout the community. School supplies will be distributed to those who need them on Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WeCAN Offers “One Stop Opportunity Center”
WeCAN’s “One Stop Opportunity Center” provides family advocacy services like housing assistance, medical resources and family support programs, as well as food support like Meals on Wheels, emergency food bags and the new WeCAN Mobile Market, which will deliver healthy food to families and individuals who have barriers to accessing a traditional food shelf. Our jobs program, computer lab and access to office equipment help build self-sufficiency and skills. Community partnerships allow WeCAN to provide a wide range of services and referrals as well.
At the annual board meeting in June, directors looked at other services and partnerships which could be added to WeCAN in the future. Possibilities include mental health services, nutrition classes, mobile health checks, expanded jobs program, Life Skills class, enhanced case management and more.
Over 50 percent of our funding comes from donations and fundraisers. We need your support to continue to serve the needs of our neighbors. When volunteer time is leveraged, your donated dollar becomes $1.09 that goes directly to WeCAN programs. Please consider making a contribution by using the “donate” button at left. We appreciate your support!
WeCAN Mobile Market is Getting Ready to Roll!
The food program at WeCAN is well underway! The mission of WeCAN’s Mobile Market is to offer a non-discriminatory, dignified and respectful way for individuals and families, with barriers to accessing traditional food shelves, to receive healthy food. When the rain stops and our gardens are full of fresh vegetables, the truck will be ready to roll and deliver nutritious produce.
Thanks to the Mound Westonka Rotary Club and the Olson Family Foundation, a truck has been purchased and is in the process of getting retrofitted and wrapped to be able to deliver the food. Starting this week, the Mobile Market is teaming up with Westonka Schools to deliver kids’ food bags during the summer lunch program. A bag of food will be sent home with children once a week, so children do not have to go without food during the summer break. We currently are in need of donations of kid friendly food, such as single serve mac and cheese, applesauce, peanut butter and jelly, and boxed meals. You can help, too! Please drop off items at the WeCAN office, 5213 Shoreline Drive in Mound.
Facility upgrades at WeCAN have been undertaken to comply with Hennepin County food safety standards. Several staff members and volunteers recently took a food manager certification class, as suggested by the county.
Coming soon, the WeCAN Mobile Market will begin delivering healthy food to home bound senior citizens and disabled members of our community.
WeCAN’s Office Hours
Monday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday – Closed; Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Friday – Closed