Giving Back

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If you find yourself with some free time on your hands once the kids head back to school, consider volunteering with the White Bear Area Senior Program which is committed to providing support and care for our local seniors.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. Since 1977, the organization has been a cornerstone of the community and a critical resource for individuals and families in need.

On her 23rd birthday, April 26, 2015, Colleen Wood, a newly minted Peace Corps volunteer and 2010 graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School, stepped off an airplane in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, after 30 hours of travel.

At its 23,000-square-foot commercial facility in White Bear Lake, Grandma’s Bakery uses about 1,200 pounds of soybean oil per week. The bakery used to buy the oil in 35-pound cardboard jugs, packaged inside heavy-duty cardboard boxes.

Where do families go in White Bear Lake who are experiencing difficulties taking care of their most basic needs? The answer is Solid Ground, the nonprofit that has been serving families experiencing homelessness since the late 1980s.

For just over two years, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church has been serving their Community Meal every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

As a mom, White Bear Lake High School alum Tanya Rodriques understands the importance of loving and believing in kids.

Feeling connected to the local schools can be easy when you have a child or grandchild going through the school system. But without the familial link, the connection between the schools and the community becomes more tenuous.

Childhood friends Isabel Birkeland and Sydney Peterson, who attend Mahtomedi High School and White Bear Lake Area High School-North Campus, respectively, have been volunteering since they were 10 years old and have raised $500 for Haiti earthquake and tsunami relief; they’ve also sent money to th

Propped in her chair at the Minnesota Hair salon in Maplewood, 7-year-old Clara Degneau watches stylist Stacey Johnson put the finishing touches on her new bob haircut. With her hair 12 inches shorter, Clara is all smiles knowing it will be going to help kids in need.

Mary MacCarthy grew up in a family that loved the arts. She studied psychology in college and worked in a variety of areas, including business and marketing, and with Minnesota Public Radio.