Woodbury Rotary Club raises over $18,000 to support Canvas Health’s Homeless Youth Program

The Woodbury, Stillwater Sunrise, and Stillwater Noon Rotary Clubs joined efforts to raise funds to assist and serve the needs of Washington County’s homeless youth population. As a result of the clubs’ efforts, Canvas Health’s Homeless Youth Program will receive more than $18,000 of funding to continue its services.

“The Woodbury Rotary Club takes great pride in focusing on projects and programs serving all youth within Woodbury and throughout Washington County. With our passion for community service, all members actively participate in programs and projects, persevering until they are completed,” said Alan Henaman, Woodbury Rotary Club President.

According to Pam Johnson, who oversees Canvas Health’s Homeless Youth Outreach program, the Rotary donation will be life-changing for the program’s local youth ages 16-21 and will be used to connect program participants to resources for food, clothing and shelter, allowing them to stay in school, get a job and ultimately reach independence.

“It’s apparent that the Rotary Club members who have raised funds to make this donation have a deep commitment to our communities, our youth and social change – not just through their sharing of resources, but through a transformative process in helping homeless and at-risk homeless youth find stability and a future,” Johnson said.

“Rotarians look for ways to make communities stronger and lives better through personal and financial support. It is clear to us that helping young people who are without stable housing and support systems is a critical community need. We believe Canvas Health is the right organization to assist in making that change and are pleased to have provided some financial assistance in this endeavor,” said Beverly Driscoll, Stillwater Noon Rotary Immediate Past President.

Stillwater Sunrise Rotary President Steve Madsen praised Canvas Health’s thoughtful connections of homeless youth to appropriate resources. “When youth are referred to Canvas Health by community support service staff, teachers or other caring adults, the youth are met with genuine, caring people who help them find solutions to the problems causing their homelessness and also help them find a place to stay,” Madsen said. “The Stillwater Sunrise Rotary is proud to support this kind of practical, essential community service.”

The Rotary Clubs of Woodbury and Stillwater are a part of a worldwide organization of business, professional, and community leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Woodbury serves the communities of South Washington County including Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport and St. Paul Park and is part of Rotary District 5960. The Woodbury Rotary Club Breakfast Meetings are held at 7 a.m. on Thursdays at the café on the lower level of Stonecrest. For more information on the Woodbury Rotary Club contact Cork Wicker at corkwicker@yahoo.com.

Stillwater Sunrise Rotary has been serving the surrounding community for the past 30 years.  We meet at Joseph’s Family Restaurant every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. The group touts itself as a fun and dynamic group, and always welcomes visitors and new additions.  If you are interested in membership, please contact Jack Gibbons at jgibb99@comcast.net.

The Stillwater Noon Rotary Club has enjoyed a lively membership ever since 1919. We meet every Thursday at 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Lowell Inn Banquet Center in downtown Stillwater. Parking is available next door at the parking ramp and attendees can ask for a parking pass from the front desk of the Lowell Inn. Visitors and fellow-Rotarians from other clubs are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Stillwater Rotary Club contact Molly O’Rourke at Molly.ORourke@co.washington.mn.us.

Canvas Health’s Homeless Youth Outreach Program offers outreach and engagement, reunification with family/kinship, scattered site housing, connection to resources for food and clothing, employment search and assistance, lessons on financial responsibility, connections to health and dental care, truancy prevention, assistance with higher education, connections to shelters, and is currently recruiting for Host Homes. The Canvas Health Homeless Youth Outreach Coordinator can be reached at (612) 695-8183.

Contributions are welcome for the Homeless Youth Program; tax-deductible checks can be made out to Canvas Health and sent to Canvas Health Development Department at 7066 Stillwater Boulevard, Oakdale, MN 55128 or online at CanvasHealth.org/DonateNow.