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NONPROFITS PROVIDING UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT AND ENRICHMENT A ccording to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, “Nonprofit organizations promote the health and well-being of society. Organizations provide people in all communities around the state with services and assistance to help meet needs unmet by government and the for-profit sector. Nonprofits are also an important part of the economy, employing one out of every nine workers in the state. Nonprofit organizations are known for their contributions to their communities, focusing on volunteerism and making a difference.” LIONS CLUB AND FOUNDATION – FREE VISION SCREENING FOR CHILDREN, APRIL 8 The Vadnais Heights Lions through the Lions KidSight program will provide free vision screening for children six months to six years, at our Spring Waffle Breakfast at Vadnais Heights Commons on April 8. Because 80 percent of all learning is visual, we want all kids to have the best vision possible. Caring for Vision has been a part of Lions Clubs International’s mission since its beginning and continues today. The relationship started in 1925 when Helen Keller asked Lions to be Knights for the Blind in this crusade against darkness. Celebrating 100 Years of Service! Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world, with 1.45 million members serving communities in more than 208 countries. As we enter our second century of service, we’ll continue to focus on Vision Care, Diabetes Education, Hunger Relief, Protecting the Environment and Engaging our Youth. The Vadnais Heights Lions, founded in 1980, manages and funds the Vadnais Heights Food Shelf. Other signature events include: Heritage Days activities, bi-annual Waffle Breakfasts and Annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds from these community events benefit our youth and elderly and others that are in need. Please mail your tax-deductible donations to the following address and/or consider volunteering your time at the Food Shelf or one of our other fun events. Your contributions are always welcome! 800 E. County Rd. E Vadnais Heights, MN 55127 651-426-0557 Our featured speaker will be award- winning Minnesota photographer John Noltner, the creator of “A Peace of My Mind,” a multi-media arts project designed to rediscover humanity in a polarized world. NYFS’ mental health and community service programs improve the lives of over 4,000 people every year. Our work is possible because of our strong partnerships with the business, civic, government and educational community. The Leadership Luncheon gathers people together to network and learn about topics that help make our community a great place to live, learn and do business. For more information about this event, or to register, please contact Sandra Bahr: 651-379-3422; sandra@nyfs. org. To support our work at NYFS, please visit our website (below) or mail a check to our Shoreview headquarters. NORTHEAST YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES – LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON, MAY 2 Northeast Youth & Family Services is proud to have been an active part of the northern suburban community since 1976. Over the decades our community has grown and changed in many ways. We invite the community to learn more about NYFS, and the issues facing our region, at our 2018 Leadership Luncheon: May 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville. Attn: Jerry Hromatka 3490 Lexington Ave. N. Shoreview, MN 55126 51