For nearly a century, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has provided medical care for children along with clinical and surgical services. With 380 staffed beds at two campuses, the hospitals care for more than 125,700 kids each year. Their pediatric services subscribe to the most current research models and employ innovative practices to maximize the quality of care it provides.
Children’s cultivates a positive and welcoming environment for patients by providing kid-friendly diversions as well as resources for their families. Kids can take part in programming from Star Studio, the in-hospital TV channel, and parents can turn to interpreter services or parenting professionals for assistance.
Children’s will soon complete state-of-the-art renovations on both campuses, which will include private patient rooms, expanded surgery and triage centers, and an internal Ronald McDonald House. The additions will foster an open and airy atmosphere that provides comfort for patients, with designs that integrate science, art, and nature.
Before becoming available for adoption, a recently retired greyhound undergoes a range of veterinary procedures, which may include spaying or neutering, dental care, treatment for worms and other parasites, medications, and vaccinations. After ensuring the animal is healthy, Greyhound Pets of America in Minnesota can embark on a quest to match it with a new home, while contributing to the costs of its foster care in the interim. Foster care allows the dogs to adjust to domestic life while helping foster caretakers evaluate their personalities to aid in the adoption process. The organization typically places 70–90 canines with permanent homes each year. As a nonprofit, Greyhound Pets of America in Minnesota relies on the help of donations in order to prepare greyhounds for adoption.
Gardening Matters supports local gardeners and advocates for their needs, working toward the creation of successful, sustainable, low-cost gardens across the Twin Cities. By sharing information, providing access to education, and connecting gardeners to each other, Gardening Matters aims to increase food production at a community level and influence positive behavior changes.
Gardening Matters works closely with the Local Food Resource Hubs project. Through this network of local residents, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, and the city office, gardeners can receive seeds, seedlings, and low-cost workshops. Also, the network acts as a support group from which gardening newcomers can draw tips on growing and cooking and on composting their own produce.
Last year, local food hubs distributed more than 13,000 seed packets and 15,000 seedlings to gardeners. With the addition of a tool lending library, Gardening Matters hopes to continue improving food security and access to fresh produce.
With more than 80 competitions per year in 19 sports at the state and local levels, Special Olympics Minnesota challenges youth and adult athletes with disabilities. Training and competition in figure skating, gymnastics, bowling, and tennis, adapted to meet the needs of the athletes, focuses on the development of skills. Participation in the sports can help athletes develop mentally, socially, and physically and strengthen the bonds within families and communities in a safe and respectful environment. In Minnesota, 7,100 athletes take part in the games and year-round training, making friends, winning medals, and gaining confidence.
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Mother-and-daughter team Pam and Emily Philipp founded Operation Glass Slipper in 2006 to help high-school girls prepare for their proms. Girls who cannot afford the high cost of attending and outfitting themselves for prom can confide in a trusted adult from their school or community to obtain a referral to the program. The girls then choose a dress, purse, shoes, a necklace, and earrings from Operation Glass Slipper's inventory, which is made up primarily of new shoes and accessories and donated dresses, although the organization must purchase additional dresses to fill gaps in sizes. The girls can also bring a female companion to help them shop. Since its inception, Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted more than 1,000 girls for prom each year.