Twin City Bond Club Yearly Charity Partnerships
Each year, the Twin Cities Bond Club chooses a charity to raise funds for as part of our activities. Thanks to our members and our generous corporate sponsors, we have been able to work with many fantastic Twin Cities non-profit organizations throughout the years.
2017 TWIN CITY BOND CLUB CHARITY: Ronald McDonald House - Twin Cities
Ronald McDonald House – a small but determined group of parents, physicians, friends and McDonald’s owner operators formed the Twin Cities’ branch in 1979. RMH serves over 5,000 families at their 4 Twin Cities’ locations, 80% of the families from the Upper Midwest. “We, in partnership with our community, provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness.” The donation from TCBC will go towards a 3-year sponsorship to repair and upgrade rooms in the RMH that were damaged during a flood in December 2016.
2017 TWIN CITY BOND CLUB CHARITY: No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. In MN, more than 177,000 kids live in food-insecure households and only 16% of eligible kids currently receive summer meals. With your support, we are deepening our efforts in MN with a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland. Our collaboration will focus on 14 counties in the greater Minneapolis – St. Paul area. No Kid Hungry will provide grants and technical assistance to help high-need schools adopt breakfast and afterschool meal models. We will also work to increase summer meals participation through awareness initiatives targeted at low-income families and collaboration with local summer meal sponsors to grow their service areas and increase capacity. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength.
2016 TWIN CITY BOND CLUB CHARITY: Ronald McDonald House - Twin Cities
Ronald McDonald House – a small but determined group of parents, physicians, friends and McDonald’s owner operators formed the Twin Cities’ branch in 1979. RMH serves over 5,000 families at their 4 Twin Cities’ locations, 80% of the families from the Upper Midwest. “We, in partnership with our community, provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness.” The donation from Twin City Bond Club will be used to sponsor the Children’s Family Room which costs $15,500 per month.
2016 TWIN CITY BOND CLUB CHARITY: No Kid Hungry
Nearly 1 in 5 kids in America will face hunger this year. In Minnesota, 195,660 kids struggle with hunger. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast & can count on after school & summer meals when school is out. In MN only 16.4% of eligible kids currently receive summer meals, but we’re changing that. In MN, No Kid Hungry works closely with partners, like Second Harvest, to reach into high need communities so kids get the meals they need to grow, thrive, & achieve. The $15,500 raised will help an elementary school, middle school, & high school make breakfast a part of the school day & open more access to afterschool & summer meals. No Kid Hungry, a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength, has worked for 30 years to end poverty & hunger.
2015 Twin City Bond Club Charity: Bolder Options
Bolder Options is an innovative organization focused on healthy youth development. The comprehensive mentoring program, wellness activities and leadership opportunities coordinate family, community, school and county resources in a united effort to support youth who are at-risk for dropping out of school or becoming involved in delinquent or unhealthy behaviors. Bolder Options engages youth and mentors in goal setting, physical activity, tutoring and community involvement to build confidence, maximize potential, and encourage healthy life skills.
2015 Twin City Bond Club Charity: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - MN Chapter
For years, in fact decades, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF) struggled to gain the attention of major research and pharmaceutical companies to help find a cure for CF. With roughly 30,000 Americans suffering with CF, the market wasn’t big enough for these companies to donate their time and resources to help the mission. So, advancement in life expectancy from 1955 to 1992 moved slowly, too slowly for too many CF patients and their familes. In 1992, when the life expectancy for someone with CF was roughly 12-14 years of age, foundation leaders opted for a new approach; the foundation would start buying the necessary resources. To support this new direction, nationwide grass-roots fundraising efforts became paramount.
Today, because of this new direction and the efforts and support shown by organizations like The Twin City Bond Club, the foundation has a different story to tell. Today, there just as many CF patients over the age of 18 as there are under the age of 18. Life expectancy is now 41 years of age and in 2012, in partnership with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a new drug, Kalydeco, was discovered which has provided a daily cure for 5% of the CF community. In May of this year, phase III results of another new drug presented more positive results. The FDA is reviewing data at this time that could result in a daily cure for another 45% of the CF community within the next 6-10 months.
Thank you to very much The Twin Bond Club for your efforts and generous donation. As you can see from this brief synopsis such contributions are having an amazing impact for those living with CF.
2015 TWIN CITY BOND CLUB CHARITY: Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is different from other children’s hospitals for one simple reason: our focus. Gillette is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of children, teens and adults who have disabilities and complex medical conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, scoliosis, traumatic brain injury. We focus on providing our patients (over 25,000 in 2014) with an exceptional depth of expertise, rather than trying to provide care for all pediatric conditions. Our patients’ needs are extensive and, in many cases, require lifelong care. Gillette provides specialized health care for people who have short-term or long-term disabilities that began during childhood. We help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life.
For much more information, please visit www.gillettechildrens.org.
2014 Twin City Bond Club Charity: Ronald McDonald House
2011 Twin City Bond Club Charity: West Metro Miracle League
West Metro Miracle League that provides opportunities for children with cognitive and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play organized sports. On September 18th a group from the Twin City Bond Club attended a game at the West Metro Miracle League for Baseball. With all of your generous support the Twin City Bond Club was able to donate $15000.00 to the good works of the West Metro Miracle League!
2010 Twin City Bond Club Charity: Ronald McDonald House
The Twin City Bond Club would thank everyone that has made it possible for us to give generously to our charity of choice for 2010. The Ronald McDonald House of the Twin Cities was the recipient of $15,000 from the Twin City Bond Club. Our donation has been used for the new House at the Hospital. A new Ronald McDonald House at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. The House at the Hospital is only the 5th such RMH location in the United States. With our generous donation the Ronald McDonald house was able to purchase all of the linens for all 16 rooms and with the remaining money were able to buy items to fill up the kitchen. We wouldn't be able to give to the charities in the Twin Cities without your support as members and our corporate sponsors. Thank You!
2008 Twin City Bond Club Charity: Sharing and Caring Hands
Sharing and Caring Hands was founded in 1985 as a safety net organization to help those in need of their help. They receive no government or United Way funding and rely solely on donations to do their work. Caring and Sharing Hands serves over 240,000 meals each year. They give out over 375,000 pounds of food each year to people in need.
Mary Jo Copeland, Founder and Director of Sharing and Caring Hands graciously accepted the Twin City Bond Club check for $10,000.00. Mary Jo and staff were available and gave some officers of the Twin City Bond Club a tour.