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Andrea Kish-Bailey, Executive Director for White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. WBAEFS has served the White Bear community since 1977. In 2017, WBAEFS provided 602,205 meals to 3,900 individuals. The Y’s Executive Director Shane Hoefer says, “Press Publications is a cornerstone of our community. We enjoy the opportunity to partner closely with Press Publications in many ways, especially through the leadership of its Publisher Carter Johnson, who serves on our Community Board. Carter’s now our immediate past chair, and we’re grateful for Carter and Amy Johnson’s many contributions to the Y.” Publisher Carter Johnson says, “In 2010, we strategized with the Y about how we could best engage the community and offer something free and of value to families during our summertime Marketfest. We partnered on a Bounce House where families gather together, where their children have fun together. The Y shares information about their programs, and we connect with our readers. Most community events are ‘one-and-done,’ but Marketfest is six weeks. Our Bounce House is always located in the same place, and our families appreciate knowing we’ll be there year after year. “We’re also in our eighth year of partnering on the Senior Fair, a one-day event held at the YMCA’s Maplewood Community Center. We set up 35 – 40 tables; our topics include housing, financial planning, health insurance and funeral arrangements. It’s a great resource for our seniors and for the younger generation, who are oftentimes their parents’ and grandparents’ caregivers. We offer 22 Vadnais Heights Business Guide & Community Profile entertainment. Walgreens gives free flu shots. Everything is free – free food from Donatelli’s, King City, Pizza Man and more. The Senior Fair has grown stronger every year. And every year Press Publications donates 50 percent of the proceeds back to the Y. “2017 was our 1st Annual NE Women’s Fair, also one day at the Maplewood Community Center. While planning for it with the YMCA and Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation, we asked ourselves, ‘What value do we want it to bring to the community?’ We wanted the women who came to walk away feeling more knowledgeable and stronger. We set up 4 Quadrants: Health & Wellness; Financial Freedom; Family; and Work Success. The feedback was good. We feel good about the variety of businesses and about the empowering educational resources that were offered.” Johnson adds, “People are their community. Press Publications feels strongly about making sure that people have the information they need to be involved in their community.” For more info: ymcamn.org; whitebear. k12.mn.us; and, presspubs.com. WBAEFS & Cummins Sales and Service Andrea Kish-Bailey, Executive Director for White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf, says, “Over the last several years nonprofits have become more visible in their communities. Local organizations like WBAEFS, Merrick, Solid Ground, Lakeshore Players, and a multitude of others participate at community events – like BEARly Open, Marketfest, Manitou Days and Farmers’ Markets – in an From left: Cummins Sales and Service Vice President of OEM Business Lance Arnett, Kish-Bailey, and Cummins’ employees Lindsey Andrews and Katie Roessler. The Cummins Foundation grant supported the work of Roessler to update the food shelf warehouse. effort to build awareness of needs and connect with civic-minded individuals who can give of their time, talents and resources to further the mission of the organizations. Andrea Kish-Bailey, Executive Director WBAEFS, says, “As nonprofits continue to play a more active role in community building, citizens begin to better understand
the relationship between giving and receiving. Volunteers are looking to make an impact in their community. Nonprofits are the vehicle.” WBAEFS has served the White Bear community since 1977. In 2017, WBAEFS provided 602,205 meals to 3,900 individuals (unduplicated) – an increase of 24 percent over 2016. Of the individuals served, 51 percent were children, and 11 percent were seniors over the age of 65. On any given month, over 600 families visit the food shelf for food and support. To qualify for service, neighbors must live within or have a child enrolled in the White Bear Lake School District 624 and self-identify a need for food. Neighbors initially meet with a resource worker who conducts a brief assessment, provides referral connections to other community resources and assists with additional support as needed.