Partner Agencies – 2016

Camp Friends

Camp FRIENDS provides social, recreational and educational programming for middle school and high school students with disabilities. The program is run by the Northfield Public Schools Community Services Division, which strives to support the learning and participation of adults, youth and children in our community.

Community Action Center

The Community Action Center promotes a healthy, caring and just community for all people.  The CAC meets basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter; provides crisis support, transportation, and services designed to facilitate neighbors helping neighbors.  Included in programming: Northfield Works, the Food Shelf and emergency financial assistance.

Children Thrive

Enhances the well-being of families and builds self-esteem for kids.  Programs include Operation Backpack, Christmas Sharing, Thursday’s Table community meals, and youth volunteer opportunities.

Vital Communities

Recruits, trains, and manages volunteers across CAC programs.  Builds relationship networks across the community to address economic and social challenges.

Homes for All

Provides emergency shelter, transitional housing for homeless families, and permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people with mental illness.  All housing programs include case management services to foster self-sufficiency.

HealthFinders

HealthFinders provides free primary medical and dental care services, diabetes management, wellness education and advocacy services for those in our local community with limited healthcare alternatives.  We have a medication assistance program offering prescriptions free of charge to any uninsured resident of Rice County.  Our two primary care clinics are located in both Dundas and Faribault along with a dental clinic only in Faribault.

Healthy Community Initiative

Coalition works with community partners to create, support and fund programs that benefit Northfield youth and families.  Collaborations include Take It to the Box medication disposal, Mayor’s Youth Council, Growing Up Healthy, and the Mentoring Coalition.  HCI has helped bring $4 million in grants to Northfield organizations over the past eight years.

HOPE Center

Creates zero-tolerance for sexual and domestic violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention and Education.  Provides direct support to victims of violence in Rice County, collaborative support to other organizations that serve victims, and educational support to the entire community.  All of HOPE Center’s services are free and confidential.

Northfield Schools Chemical/Behavioral Health Services (Omada)

Addresses prevention and early intervention of the chemical and mental health needs of students in Northfield High School, Middle School, and Alternative Learning Center.

Northfield Schools PRIMETIME and PLUS Programs

Gives low-income and at-risk youth positive, constructive and educational ways to spend after-school and summer time.

Northfield Schools TORCH Program

Latino, first-generation and at-risk students in Middle School and High School receive guidance and academic support to prepare them for college: Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes.

Northfield Union of Youth

Youth-run organization provides programs targeting at-risk and alternative youth.  The Key youth center welcomes all youth ages 12-20.  Gives power and voice to area youth; creates a caring and enriching community.

Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative

Provides scholarships for nine youth sports leagues.  All funds go directly to scholarships.

Project ABLE

Offers vocational, social and recreational opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.  Adaptive Summer Youth Program offers activities to increase independent-living skills, socialization and vocational skills in a day-camp setting.

Project Friendship

Campus-based mentoring program matches children grades 2-7 with college students from St. Olaf and Carleton colleges.  Mentors provide supportive friendships and model positive, responsible behavior.

Ruth’s House of Hope

Transitional housing that provides safe shelter, food, resources and guidance to homeless women and children while teaching life skills towards self-sufficiency.

SEMCAC Senior Dining

Serves noon meals Monday through Friday at the Northfield Senior Center, targeting seniors of low income or at nutritional risk.

Serve Minnesota – Reading Corps

Trains AmeriCorps members as Reading Corps tutors to provide evidence-based tutoring to all children, ages 3 to grade 3, who need supplemental support to reach reading proficiency by the end of third grade.


Northfield Area United Way’s Executive Director fosters collaboration between community groups, makes connections between potential partners to create or expand community services, raises awareness of social services supported by United Way grants.

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