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Mall of America actively gives back to the community, with the support of our tenants, employees and guests. We contribute an average of $25,000 every day in cash, products and in-kind support to charities and non-profits. Contributions to our community partners total more than $12 million annually, with a goal to grow this total every year. On behalf of the entire Mall of America family, we want to thank our community partners for the incredible work they do.
Learn more about our community relations in our Community Partnership Booklet, available for download here.
How You Can Help During COVID-19
Organization: Adopt A Classroom
About: We believe every child should have equal access to the tools they deserve to be successful in school.
Immediate needs: Through our Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19, we are currently supporting several high-needs schools throughout the U.S. with the tools students need for distance learning and keeping connected with their teachers. Many schools are in desperate need of technology, such as tablets and laptops, as well as basic supplies so learning doesn’t stop. Support of AdoptAClassroom.org will help us expand our support to reach more students in need.
Organization: Adult and Teen Challenge MN
About: We are the largest residential treatment program in the state of MN. Many of our clients come directly from incarceration and more that are homeless or below poverty level.
Immediate needs: We would appreciate any personal items, clothing, shoes, jackets, etc. We have a special need for white button up shirts and black dress pants for men and women. We appreciate your consideration during this difficult time.
Organization: American Cancer Society
About: It’s a global priority to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Yet, cancer patients still need support. Because cancer research can’t stop, the American Cancer Society’s 24/7 helpline can’t stop either. Where they can, the American Cancer Society is continuing their services to get patients the care and support they need.
Immediate need: Financial donations are needed to continue to ensure access to the American Cancer Society’s expert 24/7 information and resources for all cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones.
Organization: American Red Cross
About: The American Red Cross has a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering and continues to deliver in the face of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Immediate needs: Blood donars
Organization: Angel Foundation
About: Angel Foundation is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit whose mission is to provide support to local adults with cancer and their families.
Immediate needs: We have created an emergency fund for cancer patients who have been impacted by CoVid-19 called Angel in Action. It is in addition to support we normally offer to the local cancer community. The fund has already started awarding grants to local patients. Applications can be submitted through local health care providers upon request.
Organization: Cornerstone Advocacy Service
About: Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. their ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime. Safe and stable futures are possible when we coordinate an effective crisis response, implement trauma-informed support services, mitigate the impact of violence on children and youth, and confront the roots of violence.
• Liquid hand soap
• Dish soap
• Cleaning sprays
• Clorox or other disinfecting wipes
• Paper towels
Organization: Down Syndrome Association of MN
About: Our mission is to empower individuals and families, to create community and celebrate the abilities of people with Down syndrome.
Immediate needs: We are seeking resources for families facing financial hardship and virtual volunteers for one on one mentorship and career coaching for teens and adults with Down syndrome
About: Fraser is a vital community resource for mental health services, daycare services, and long-term care/community living services for individuals with disabilities. We are staying open to continue to provide these important services.
Immediate needs: Donations to our Emergency Response Fund and/or shop through our Amazon Smile page. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase back to Fraser.
Organization: Goodwill Easter Seals of MN
About: Serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for nearly 100 years as a leader in workforce development, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota provides education, job training and placement services to eliminate barriers to work and independence.
Immediate needs: Our greatest needs currently are access to Wi-Fi and computers for participants. Our participants also have many basic community resource needs such as gas, groceries and household goods.
Organization: HandsOn Twin Cities
About: HandsOn Twin Cities is the Twin Cities only full-service volunteer center that both promotes and facilitates volunteerism while improving the community’s ability to create more impact with the time generously given by volunteers.
Immediate needs: HandsOn has been working with our nonprofit partners to learn and share the most immediate volunteer needs during the Covid-19 crisis. We set up a volunteer response hub to easily connect volunteers to immediate volunteer needs or donate in-kind items needed. The opportunities are changing daily/weekly.
Organization: Homeward Bound
About: Homeward Bound supports children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities. They provide 24-hour specialized nursing care, group living environments, in-home services, and individualized housing options for persons of all ages and ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds.
- Infrared and and forehead thermometers
- Ear thermometers with probes (no oral or underarm)
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes and spray
- Hand, bar soap, and refill bottles
- Alcohol wipes
- Isopropyl alcohol – 70 percent or higher
- Paper towels and toilet paper
- Food items such as low sugar canned food and vegetables, apple sauce, rice and pasta noodles and sauce
About: Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Immediate needs: As of today, due to important travel bans, more than 62 wishes have been put on hold or postponed and another 258 wishes are pending across the state. With social distancing guidelines in place, local wishes, including bathroom remodels or play set installations, are being postponed as well. The economic impact of re-booking prepaid travel or paying for services that might otherwise have been donated is immense. The experience of having a wish brings hope to a family and gives a child the strength to fight their critical illness. Your giving will ensure we can keep our wish kids engaged and optimistic during their extended wait period. Your support will help enable our organization ready to respond to wish families when the health crisis is behind us.
Organization: March of Dimes
About: March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.
Immediate needs: We are looking for 1000 Blood Pressure cuffs & Thermometers for 1000 OB patients. These women will be receiving their OB care virtually and need these tools to help facilitate the visits.
About: MATTER is a global nonprofit on a mission to move people forward by eliminating barriers to a healthier life.
Immediate needs: We created the MATTERbox Snack Pack Kit. Both safe and fun, the MATTERbox Snack Pack Kit is designed for easy packing in homes so individuals, families or small groups can pack 50 healthy snacks and distribute them in their communities to kids out of school, seniors, or anyone in need. We are looking for as many people as possible to order kits and help their local communities or make a donation to the program.
Organization: Midwest Special Services
About: We are a nonprofit organization supporting individuals with disabilities
Immediate needs: Like many others, we are currently not providing services in order to keep everyone safe. Our 140 direct care staff and some of the people we serve (who may live independently), need pantry and personal care items. We have created care packages for our staff and people we serve at our St. Paul location.
Organization: Military One Source
About: Military OneSource is your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support to help you reach your goals, overcome challenges and thrive. Turn to Military OneSource for tax services, spouse employment help, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and much more.
We want to hear from you, so post a comment on our most recent video thread about how you may have helped a military youth dealing with stress around COVID -19 or any tips you have for other military families. Secondly, we are asking that you share the link to today’s video with any military service members or family members you are friends with on Facebook so that they might benefit from the information. Here is a link to today’s video: https://www.facebook.com/military.1source/videos/883338812137573/?vh=e&d=nMilitary OneSource has a dedicated page to help keep you up to date on this rapidly-evolving situation, www.militaryonesource.mil/coronavirus. You can call Military OneSource anytime at 800-342-9647 or you can chat live with a consultant by logging on to www.militaryonesource.mil.
Organization: Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)
About: MACV exists to directly help veterans and their families affected by homelessness or those in danger of becoming homeless. It also strives to serve, inform, educate and train others to carry a message of hope.
Immediate needs: We are starting to see shortages and lack of access for critical items, such as toilet paper, paper products, hand sanitizer, and household cleaning items. In order to ensure we have the supplies in our transition homes for a two-week period, we need toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, all-purpose cleaner, laundry soap, tissue boxes, disinfectant wipes, and wet wipes. Additionally, $50 gift cards to grocery stores within the Metro area or Bite Squad and Door Dash.
Organization: Open Arms MN
About: Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Our clients are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, and we have continued to enroll additional immunocompromised clients, their children, and caregivers during the pandemic. For many of our clients, Open Arms’ meal delivery is their only access to fresh, healthy food during this public health crisis.
Immediate needs: We are asking community members to support the purchase of additional meal ingredients by donating through our website (https://www.openarmsmn.org/donate/). Clients have also requested toilet paper. Toilet paper donations must be in original packaging (no single roll donations, please).
Organization: Outfront Minnesota
About: OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.
Immediate needs: You can help provide critical support to LGBTQ+ community members who are particularly at risk from COVID-19, including LGBTQ+ elders and young people who are at risk for severe mental health issues caused by isolation. Your donation will provide mental health services, critical resources, and access to food and other essentials for the most vulnerable members of our community.
Organization: Pinky Swear Foundation
About: Our mission is to help kids with cancer and their families with financial and emotional support. Pinky Swear supports families by helping to pay for groceries, rent, utilities, mortgage payments, transportation and much more.
Immediate needs: These brave kids with cancer need us now more than ever. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the financial and emotional tolls on their families are devastating. You can help by making a donation today to the Pinky Swear Foundation COVID-10 Emergency Relief Fund.
Organization: Ronald McDonald House
About: Our network of local Chapters has been helping millions of families with sick children find comfort and support when they need it most. We provide vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide.
Immediate needs: In response to COVID19, in-kind item needs for our families include non-perishable food items (especially healthy snacks like nuts, jerky and fruit cups), store-bought frozen meals or catered meals from a local restaurant.
Organization: SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
About: SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.
• bikes (new or used) for youth and teenagers to ride
• bike helmets (new) for youth and teenagers
• pairs of new tennis shoes all youth and teenagers sizes
• Pairs of athletic socks for youth and teenagers
Organization: Simon Says Give
About: Kids Celebrating Kids! It is our purpose to help the next generation of leaders to be unstoppable. We engage youth who want to be involved in helping other youth by volunteering their time, talent or treasure. Our goal is to impact 2 million kids by 2022 through our Simon Says Give Programming.
Immediate needs: Birthday gift items for ages 5 to 12 and backpacks and school supplies for kindergarten to grade 12 and all the supplies a kid would need! Please send referrals to kids that are in need!
Organization: The Link
About: The Link was founded in 1991 by former Minnesota Vikings players, Jim Marshall and Oscar Reed, who wanted to support youth in north Minneapolis who were being victimized by crime, getting involved in crime and who were struggling with poverty and homelessness. The Link is still based in their original vision and in north Minneapolis and continues to work with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice.
Immediate needs: Advocacy with Congressional Members, state reps and local elected officials to include additional funds for emergency shelter, housing and healthcare services for people experiencing homelessness and/or sex trafficking in their COVID-19 responses and beyond.
Help with getting items that are hard to find right now such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, spray bottles
Organization: The Salvation Army – Northern Division
About: The Salvation Army serves thousands of people a year throughout Minnesota and North Dakota by providing food, shelter, disaster response and other critical services, meeting human needs without discrimination.
Immediate needs: The need for Salvation Army assistance has tripled during the COVID-19 crisis. A monetary donation to The Salvation Army ensures we can continue to service families in need during COVID-19 and long after it’s gone.
Your contributions allow us to quickly respond to changing needs, as well as support local economies through the purchase of goods.
In-kind goods of non-perishable food, baby supplies, hygiene products, cleaning, sanitizing items, and paper products are welcome at Salvation Army facilities.
We are also in need of volunteers to help assemble boxes filled with food and basic necessities for those in need. Please visit our website for more information on making a donation or volunteering.
Organization: Twin Cities Pet Rescue
About: Our mission is to rescue abandoned, homeless, abused, neglected, and otherwise unwanted dogs, cats and small companion animals, with the ultimate goal of finding each one a stable and loving forever home. We specialize in providing care for animals with medical needs and behavioral issues and transitioning them thoughtfully and safely into adoptive homes.
Immediate needs: Dry dog food (puppy and adult), dry and canned cat food (kitten and adult), cat litter (unscented preferred). You can also view our Amazon Wish List for donation items being requested. Please email email@example.com for donation drop-off locations. Additionally, we are accepting new foster homes. If you are interested in fostering a dog or cat, please visit our website here to begin the application process.
About: VEAP is a basic needs organization whose programs include access to healthy foods, social services, housing stability and supportive services for those in need.
Immediate needs: Currently, financial and food donations are our biggest need. $100 feeds 30 families for a week. In terms of food donations, we’re specifically looking for shelf stable products (soups, pasta, cereals, etc.) and toilet paper and diapers.