At this time of year, we’re thankful for all the blessings in our lives, including food. But although there’s an abundant supply out there, not everyone can get to it. This past week we attended a RED Group session (Regional Economic Development), where some of the brightest policy people in Minnesota talked about food access and the difficulties some people have in getting adequate nutritious food, whether it’s because of lack of transportation, income or places to buy it.
We continue our visit with Anne Murray, education and communications director for SMILES, Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprises and Services. This week Anne talks about the power of working together. Many nonprofit organizations working together in a community helps to serve all their clients better, and so supporting even just one organization and its volunteers supports all of them.
Nonprofits have a wider impact than just their mission and just their community, says Anne Murray, education and communications director for SMILES, Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprises and Services. When nonprofits provide services and cooperate with other nonprofits to strengthen one part of the community, the results produce a ripple effect affecting other parts of the community and the economy.
Crow Wing County administrator Tim Houle joins us again to talk some more about the many ways our public employees make our lives better that we take for granted.
This week Crow Wing County Administrator Tim Houle talks about how we see the heroic work of local public employees in times of emergency, but for most of them–law enforcement, social workers, public utility workers–emergencies are just another day at the office.
We continue our conversation with Kevin Paap, farmer, CRPD board member, and president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau. This week Kevin talks about how Farm Bureau represents Minnesota agriculture and how besides exporting crops, Minnesota is also home to technological advancements in ag that are gaining interest in foreign markets.