In The Community
BACKPACK ATTACK / UNITED WAY
Calvary is proud to serve as a Live United partner for United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties. Through this partnership, we support the Backpack Attack program which provides hungry students a child-friendly bag of supplemental food to take home over the weekend. Each year Calvary volunteers pack more than 3,000 bags of food. All are invited to participate!
THE SHELF FOR STUDENTS
Located at Alexandria Area High School, The Shelf for Students provides food, personal care items, school supplies, and select clothing items to high school students in need. Calvary is the primary partner with AAHS staff and social workers to carry out this program, although many local businesses and individuals generously support its work. The Shelf is guided by this important belief: Every student has the right to access healthy food and basic necessities, freeing them insecurities associated with hunger and poverty.
ADVENT GIVING TREE
Many of us are looking for a way to spread generosity during the holiday season. Calvary’s giving tree annually sponsors 100 local kids in need through a partnership with United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties. To participate, look for the tree filled with colorful ornaments in the gathering space, beginning each November.
FREE TAX PREPARATION
Each winter, Calvary hosts West Central MN Communities Action Free Tax Preparation Program. West Central’s mission is to reduce the effects of poverty and to help people achieve self-sufficiency, and improve the quality of rural life. If you could benefit from this tax-prep service or know someone who could, please contact West Central directly at (218)685-7004 or (800)492-4805, ext. 9.