FORM is not just about meeting our personal needs!

 

Our goal is to provide a volunteer/community outreach opportunity 3-4 times a year to reach out and support children and families in need. Here are some of our current and past projects.

Ronald McDonald House Aluminum Tab Drive

All of 2019

The Ronald McDonald House provides support for families facing their child's health crisis. Their mission is "provide a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness." You can help us support the Ronald McDonald House (RDH) of the Twin Cities by collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup or other aluminum cans. The funds generated from recycling these aluminum gems help offset the RDH expenses.

It’s a small gesture, but collecting aluminum tabs can make a big difference – in fact, since its founding, the Pop Tab program has raised more than $800,000 for the local chapter.*  These funds have helped cover program costs at the locations across the Twin Cities and have had a significant impact on the families they are able to serve. 

How do you begin? Find a central spot to collect your tabs at your home and/or center (either in an official pop tab house, jar, or ziplock baggie) and when the container is full, bring it to a FORM meeting. We will make sure it is delivered to the local donation site. It is that easy. How often do we get a chance to support a family and recycle at the same time? Let's see what we can do together to help families experiencing a health crisis. 

*The local chapter supports 4 RDH in the Twin Cities: two in Minneapolis, and two in St. Paul.

SOCKTOBER!

October/November 2019

SOCKTOBER was started 9 years ago by Brad Montague and "is a project fulled by compassion and creativity and led by kids and grownups in every state in the United States and on every continent." Socks are a small item but, can mean a great deal. They are one of the most needed but, least donated items at homeless shelters. The weather is changing, and so is the need for warm footwear. Homeless shelters across the United States are preparing to serve men, women, and even children who live on the street. We can all do our part to help a family in need.  In 2018, we spearheaded the campaign to collect 684 new pairs of socks! All were delivered to a Twin Cities non-profit serving homeless families, Sharing and Caring Hands. Let's see what we can do this year to help another family!  

April/May 2018

Nina Sutton and Jenny Wespiser started this non-profit in 2008 to provide disposable diapers and wipes to families in need in the Twin Cities. Diapers are collected through diaper drives in the community, and distributed by staff at child care centers located in low-income areas. Without these supplies, many families are truly struggling to provide the most basic care for their children. Update: we collected 1,268 wipes and 854 diapers to date! We look forward to supporting PBB again in the future!

November 2018

Directly from their website:

"Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Our process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved. Help turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world." 

FORM members have participated in FMSC events several times the past few years, and we're excited to have you join us at future events. Update: Since June of 2017, FORM volunteers have helped pack 662 boxes containing 155,592 highly nutritious meals. Our outreach efforts helped to feed 427 children world-wide for an entire year.

December 2018/January 2019

Toothbrushes for Toddlers is a small non-profit whose mission is "to aid dental health to disadvantaged children." As of today, they are focusing on disaster areas and emergency needs, delivering donated dental supplies around the world.  Donations may be dropped off at any of our December or January gatherings.  Our past efforts have help collect a total of 102 toothbrushes, 38 tubes of toothpaste, and 9 containers of floss.

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