Who We Support
The Dictionary Project
The Rotary Dictionary Project allows all third-grade students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, St. Stephen's Catholic School and the St. Francis School District received a free dictionary. The local project is based on a national project designed to assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers. It is funded locally by Connexus Energy in partnership with Anoka Hennepin School District and the Rotary Clubs of Anoka, Blaine/Ham Lake, Coon Rapids and Ramsey and St. Francis Lions.
The students and teachers are excited to receive the dictionaries and plan on using them throughout the school year. Ms. Perkins, third grade teacher at Cedar Creek, excitedly announced to Anoka Rotarians Luanne Kane Hogan, Stacey Buchanan and Paula Coffey “I am so glad you are here, we look forward to receiving these dictionaries each year!” Ms. Perkins also went on to explain to the class that these dictionaries will be kept at school as a learning tool and resource for the remainder of the year.
Each student was able to open their dictionary and explore all that was inside; including maps, sign language, presidential history, facts about each state and the longest word in the English language; a scientific word that has 189,819 letters.
The idea for The Dictionary Project began in Georgia in 1992, when a woman provided dictionaries to 50 students at a school close to her home. Interest in the program grew by word of mouth, and in 1995 it became an official nonprofit organization. Since that time, more than 14 million children in the U.S. have received dictionaries. The idea for The Dictionary Project began in Georgia in 1992, when a woman provided dictionaries to 50 students at a school close to her home. Interest in the program grew by word of mouth, and in 1995 it became an official nonprofit organization. Since that time, more than 14 million children in the U.S. have received dictionaries.
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International Health Service is an all-volunteer organization that provides medical and dental care to the impoverished people of Honduras. Each February approximately 100 people from all over the world head out on teams to various regions of Honduras and spend two weeks helping the people. Each October one team heads out to a remote location in Honduras to provide care. Improve quality of life among people of Central America. Complement existing resources with technology, skills and energy. Respect the culture of those whose lives it touches. Foster international understanding and mutual respect.
Shampoo Samples; if you have smaller sample size shampoo bottles please consider donating to IHS to bring with them to Honduras
Contact Rick Reiter at Rick.Ricardito@gmail.com
International Health Services
Impact Services was founded in 1972 as Anoka-Champlin Meals on Wheels by the Ministerial Association of Anoka. Its humble beginnings started by delivering twelve meals in early 1973 to those in need in Anoka and Champlin. The organization's grassroots effort started serving 3,634 meals during its first year to now providing more than 28,000 meals annually. Major expansion was undertaken in July 2008, when Anoka-Champlin Meals on Wheels was asked to provide meals for people in Northern Anoka County (18 communities and more than 300 square miles) when another program closed. In terms of geographical area, Impact Services is now the largest provider of Meals on Wheels services in the Twin Cities. This major expansion created a 60% increase in the number of people served within the first sixth months of service.
In 2013, the Board of Directors, in following the organization's strategic plan, undertook evaluating and ultimately changing the legal name of the organization to create a clearer and individual identity for the organization, "Senior Care is a Family Affair". This service was aimed at bringing aging parents and their adult-children together to discuss the dynamics and familial issues surrounding the aging process. To sign up to deliver meals or make a donation go to www.impactservicesmn.org