NCJW MN is committed to providing Action, Resources, and Equity in Schools. To support this effort we allocate rapid response funds* to support homeless and highly mobile youth and families. Additionally, we offer stand alone programs to support Twin Cities Metro Area schools:
Books To Borrow
Books to Borrow is a lending library program for children. For almost 2 years, we have been partnering with Neighborhood House, Project for Pride in Living (PPL) and the St Paul ECFE programs to promote literacy, family engagement and strengthen community by providing easy, early access to quality children’s books.
The Books to Borrow program includes:
- Stocking three little libraries with quality, popular titled books for neighborhood children to borrow, read at home, and return for another. Libraries are located at Sibley Manor Apartments, Fort Road Flats and between 1372-1384 St Paul Avenue.
- Providing a classroom lending library for two preschool programs where NCJW volunteers are reading and learning with the children while also helping with selecting books to enjoy at home. (September-May)
- Volunteer-led story time and activities for children to participate in while their parents are shopping at Neighborhood House’s monthly Fresh Produce Distribution Days at Francis Basket Food Pantry located in Sibley Manor Apartments. (July-October)
- Participating in pop-up family programs like National Night Out, holiday/seasonal potluck dinners and a community wide baby shower for new parents; volunteers mingle with families, encourage book borrowing and lead craft activities that support the love of reading.
Food for Families
Minneapolis Public Schools students identified as homeless or highly mobile have increased by 40% over the past 5 years. Issues related to hunger and food insecurity are creating a serious impact on students’ ability to learn.
We are pleased to partner with The Sheridan Story to provide weekend food support to families who may struggle to put food on the table when school is not in session.
With support from the Mount Sinai Community Foundation NCJW MN actively works towards achieving menstrual equity in schools through research, menstrual product drives and distribution, and advocating for legislative policy to ensure menstruating students don’t miss school due to lack of access to menstrual products.
Rose Rees Peace Awards
The Rose Rees Peace Awards honor exceptional high school seniors from 25 local schools who have demonstrated a special interest in and commitment to international relations and world peace. The award commemorates Rose Rees, a past president of NCJW-Greater Minneapolis Section. Rees’ passion for world peace was a guiding principle of NCJW, as well as at the World Affairs Council of Minneapolis, which she founded. Each year, NCJW honors selected seniors from participating schools (as well as their family members, teachers and principals) in her honor.
*Funding requests are referred to NCJW directly through our MPS liaison, we do not accept direct funding requests.