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Aug. 25 – Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2022

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Community Gives Together

Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together

The Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together initiative seeks to bring the community together to give back in partnership with various nonprofits and organizations.

Supporting Mental Health Organizations Serving Veterans and Others

In conjunction with our Kickoff to Summer at the Fair event, we’re honored to coordinate a donation drive to support three local nonprofits. Stop by their booth at the Kickoff event. Gift card donations can also be dropped off at the event entrances.

Believet Canine Service Partners

Committed to improving the life and independence of veterans, Believet Canine trains and matches highly skilled service dogs with veterans, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder, at no charge to veterans.

  • Donation need: Gift cards to pet food and pet supply companies that deliver (e.g., Chewy, Chuck & Don’s, Petco, PetSmart, etc.); and financial contributions toward the training of service dogs
  • Learn more and donate online (and stop by their booth at Kickoff to Summer to meet service dog stars!)

Invisible Wounds Project 

Working with veterans, first responders, EMS, front-line medical workers, dispatchers and corrections employees and their families, Invisible Wounds Project and its partners provide mental health treatment, counseling, addiction therapy and services related to mental health such as retreats, service dogs and recreational opportunities free of charge and confidentially.

  • Donation need: Gift cards in small amounts ($5-$20) for restaurant chains, grocery store and gas station chains and coffee shop chains (chains are more likely to be located statewide) to be given to those in need and being served by IWP; and financial contributions toward providing services
  • Learn more and donate online (and stop by their booth at Kickoff to Summer to sign thank-you cards to send to those served by the organization, shop their merchandise for sale and participate in minnow races)

Magnus Veterans Foundation

Magnus bridges the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve through community fellowship and an innovative, comprehensive approach to the health, psychological, physical, spiritual and social wellbeing of veterans and their families. Membership services are provided free of charge. The Magnus Veterans Wellness Campus, the first facility of its kind in the country, is located in Dayton, Minn.

  • Donation need: Gift cards for Home Depot, Target and Cub to support ongoing maintenance of their facilities and to purchase household items for guests and food & drink for volunteers and guests; and financial contributions toward veterans’ memberships and operating expenses
  • Learn more and donate online (and stop by their booth at Kickoff to Summer)

Support for these organizations can be given online or at the Kickoff to Summer event. Thank you!

 

Past Projects

Activities Donation Drive Benefitting Older Adults at Lyngblomsten

The Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together hosted a drive Dec. 11, 2021, to collect activity items and toiletries for our neighbors at Lyngblomsten, which provides healthcare, housing and services for approximately 400 older adults and is located just east of the State Fairgrounds.

Learn more about Lyngblomsten.

School Supplies Drive in partnership with Kids In Need Foundation

The Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together hosted a drive July 26-Aug. 1, 2021, during the Amateur Talent Contest Finals to collect new/unopened school supplies. Teachers dedicated to serving students in under-resourced schools often purchase much-needed supplies for children out of their own pocket. These donations benefitted Roseville, Minn.-based Kids In Need Foundation.

Make a financial contribution. (Please write “State Fair” in the Notes section.)

Essential items drive in partnership with Every Third Saturday, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans and YouthLink

The Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together hosted a drive in May 2021 as part of Kickoff to Summer at the Fair to collect items for veterans and young people who are accessing services to achieve supportive and sustainable housing. Thanks to Kickoff attendees, we collected thousands of items to benefit Every Third Saturday, MACV and YouthLink.

Kitchen Pack Drive in partnership with Bridging

The Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together hosted a drive in December 2020 to collect essential kitchen tools for our neighbors seeking housing stability with furnishings and household goods. Fair fans helped us collect 294 full kitchen packs – that’s one full month of client needs at Bridging! In addition, 49 can openers, 190 mixing spoons, 182 spatulas, 365 kitchen linens and 500+ miscellaneous items were donated.

Learn more about Bridging.

Partnership for a ConnectedMN

During the Fall Food Parade in October 2020, we asked attendees and fair fans to consider a financial donation to Partnership for a ConnectedMN. ConnectedMN assists nonprofits, school districts and organizations throughout the state in supporting students with the technology and connectivity tools they need to learn, thrive and prosper, especially in a year when students are more reliant on technology than ever.

Learn more about the impact of Partnership for a ConnectedMN.

Food Drive benefitting Second Harvest Heartland

In partnership with Cub, attendees at the Food Parade over 13 days in August and September of 2020 filled six truck loads with 57,000 pounds of food and household and toiletry products!

Learn more about Second Harvest Heartland.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Minnesota State Fair Community Gives Together, please reach out to us at fairinfo@mnstatefair.org.