Bellmont Gives Back to the Max

Today marks one of Bellmont Partners’ favorite days of the year – Give to the Max Day! This annual day of online giving was started by GiveMN in 2009 as a way for organizations to generate excitement and raise money to improve the quality of life in Minnesota and communities around the world.

Giving back to the community has always been important for Bellmont Partners, and we recently formalized an internal program called Bellmont Gives Back, an initiative encouraging each of us to give back to the community in our own ways, on company time. Through this initiative, we’ve dedicated time to dozens of Minnesota nonprofit and professional organizations, including Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Dorothy Day Center, Chaska Valley Family Theatre, Wishes & More, Surly Gives a Damn, Oasis for Youth, Girls on the Run – Twin Cities, Minnesota PRSA, Project DIVA, Center for Girls’ Leadership, Winona State University, Minneapolis Recreation Development and more. We’re always grateful to work with a team that allows and encourages us to devote some time each month to doing good in our community.

In addition to these “extracurricular” projects, we’re also proud of the work we’ve done with the following Minnesota nonprofits:

Second Harvest Heartland – As one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations, Second Harvest Heartland is aiming to provide 12 million meals to the more than one in 10 Minnesotans who may go hungry this holiday season. Learn more about how you can help Fill Another Table at www.2harvest.org/fillanothertable.

People Incorporated – As the Twin Cities’ largest community-based provider of mental health services, People Incorporated is passionate about helping the most vulnerable members of our community find hope through integrated mental health care. Whether it’s addressing chronic illness, providing crisis intervention or eliminating external barriers – such as identifying stable housing or treating chemical dependency – improving access to mental health and wellness services is vital to improving lives and livelihoods throughout the Twin Cities.

ThreeSixty Journalism – ThreeSixty Journalism is a nonprofit program of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas, and uses the principles of strong writing and reporting to help diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities. Brian Bellmont is on the board of advisors for this amazing organization, and we’re proud to support the next generation of storytellers.

Interfaith Outreach – For nearly 40 years, Interfaith Outreach has been helping families living in eight Twin Cities western suburbs overcome barriers, believe in themselves and soar to new heights. Now through Dec. 31, Interfaith Outreach is aiming to raise $2.3 million to create brighter futures, one family at a time. For more information, visit www.iocp.org/donations/sleep-out/.

Smile Network International – Smile Network is a humanitarian organization that provides life-altering reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and adults in developing nations. When you make a donation to Smile Network for a dollar, ten dollars, five hundred dollars or more, you are giving someone in need the priceless gift of dignity.

Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties (CAP Agency) – CAP Agency serves communities in Scott, Carver and Dakota counties in Minnesota, and takes a comprehensive approach to advocating and empowering self-sufficiency for our neighbors. Through CAP Agency’s partnerships, they connect our neighbors to resources they need now and the tools to create a better future.

We could go on and on about other organizations near and dear to our hearts, but we’d rather you stop reading this blog post, head on over to GiveMN.org and donate to a nonprofit (or two!) that is important to you.

Happy giving!

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