Minnesota has long been known for its strong sense of community and sense of responsibility toward its most vulnerable. The following four local Minneapolis charities are worthy organizations that could use more community support to keep up the tradition of lending a helping hand to neighbors and community members in times of need.

House of Charity

House of Charity’s motto is “Feed. House. Empower.” The organization provides food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and empowerment to those who endeavor to gain independence. House of Charity’s Food Centre feeds more than 350 people each day, and its Housing Program houses 116 adults struggling with homelessness. House of Charity also has programs providing treatment and support for the chronically ill who strive for self-sufficiency.

Open Arms of Minnesota

Open Arms of Minnesota works to feed people in Minneapolis and Saint Paul who have life-threatening illnesses. The organization cooks and delivers healthy and appetizing meals to patients as well as their caregivers and dependents. Open Arms also transforms vacant urban lots into community gardens that grow many of the vegetables and herbs used in the meals it serves in addition to helping the community reconnect with natural food resources.

People Serving People

People Serving People is Minnesota’s largest family-oriented homeless shelter. It is also Minnesota’s most comprehensive shelter, with programs that assist homeless and at-risk families with children to manage in times of crisis. People Serving People also provides guidance to help families build the strong foundations necessary for long-term stability and success with the goal that all children should not only survive, but also thrive.

Cookie Cart

Cookie Cart is a nonprofit bakery providing underprivileged teens with valuable job experience, life skills, leadership training and professional certifications to prepare them for a competitive job market. Teens aged 15 to 18 in both Minneapolis and Saint Paul receive instruction in financial literacy in addition to job training, leadership training, customer service training and job experience. Cookie Cart also provides assistance to teens aspiring to ServSafe or Digital Literacy certifications to further advance their careers.

These four local charities are a good place to start for anyone interested in giving back to the community. A strong community benefits all its members, and Minnesotans have a strong tradition of looking after each other.