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NEWTRAX: TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR THOSE IN NEED Newtrax is a nonprofit collaborative organization that provides daily transportation from home to work and back for approximately 600 adults with disabilities in the Northeast Metro. We own a fleet of more than 45 accessible vehicles and run our own dispatch center and maintenance garage. Newtrax was founded in 2011 by member organizations Merrick, Inc. and PAI, Inc. to create efficiencies and reduce redundancies in transportation, IT and financial management. Merrick and PAI are nonprofit organizations that provide vocational and life enrichment services to adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. All three organizations operate with a passion about removing barriers to under-served populations. VADNAIS HEIGHTS AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION VHACF Board photo, from left to right: (Chair) Jerry Moynagh, Gerry Urban, Joan Czaia, Muriel Janneke, Trisha Kauffman, Mike Greenbaum, Evan Cordes and Kevin Watson. From the beginning, Newtrax has been a shared endeavor with one vision: safety, efficiency, collaboration and – most importantly – responsiveness to the unique needs of its clients. We’re focused on meeting the growing demand for transportation services and are intent on creating partnerships with community organizations that serve seniors, residential providers of adults with disabilities, faith communities, and low-income individuals that need transportation assistance to find employment. We’re also working towards keeping seniors and adults with disabilities more engaged in their community by providing access to community events, outings and social activities. Visit our website (below) for more information. White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-789-6221; 52 Vadnais Heights Business Guide & Community Profile The Vadnais Heights Area Community Foundation (VHACF) is proud to support and strengthen our community by making grants to help meet community needs. Past grants have included: fellowships to local teachers in partnership with Fund for Teachers®; funds to local libraries and local area food shelves; annual scholarships for high school seniors and elementary school scholarships for environmental camp; non-profit organizations supporting families in crisis; local public safety providers and various community service projects; community theaters, local arts and cultural events; and funds to a number of the many excellent non-profits in our community providing much-needed vocational, social and transportation services. VHACF also partners with the City of Vadnais Heights, Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation and various individuals to accomplish wonderful things for Vadnais Heights residents, area businesses and its surrounding communities. CENTURY COLLEGE FOUNDATION: TRANSFORMING LIVES FOR 50 YEARS The Century College Foundation, founded in 1973 by local philanthropist, J. Stanley Hill, transforms the lives of students by offering an array of scholarships and other financial supports, such as Random Acts of Kindness, Emergency Grants and an on-campus Food Pantry. Donations – sent to the following address – help students on their path toward self-sufficiency and a brighter future. Transforming Students’ Lives James is a student who was called into the office of the Union Pacific St. Paul depot one day and was told of his indefinite furlough due to his lack of seniority. “There was nothing I could do to regain my profession as a railroad conductor,” James said. He took this as an opportunity to fulfill his goal of pursuing his education and perhaps a different occupation. James received the Mathematics Scholarship which is supporting him toward his engineering degree. James is thankful for the support and encouragement of Century College. For more information, contact Randy Johnson at the following number. We need your help! VHACF receives grant requests that are quadruple the amount of our available funds, so we are always in need of your donations. Visit our website (below) or mail your tax- deductible donation today! White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-779-5532 PO Box 270502 Vadnais Heights, MN 55127