‘Take-your-dog-to-work’ Day set June 21
Dogs across the globe will join their owners at work on Friday, June 21. Businesses across the United States and abroad will experience these benefits firsthand — and promote the urgent need for pet adoptions as they participate in the 15th annual celebration. Dogs across the United States and abroad will accompany their owners to work as businesses celebrate the event. To learn more about TYDTWDay, download event materials or search for adoptable pets, visit www.takeyourdog.com. To learn more about event creator PSI, visit petsit.com.
United Way volunteer opportunities
Schools seek tutors, mentors
St. Cloud Area Schools are looking for volunteers to support elementary-age students in summer school. Volunteers will assist with daily activities in the classroom. One-on-one and small group activities may be included. Volunteers are needed between 8-11:30 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays starting June 18. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift per week for the duration of the summer program. Orientation is provided for volunteers and provides information on reading strategies and tips for successful tutoring. St. Cloud Area Schools are looking for volunteers who are interested in reading or tutoring, enthusiastic about working with kids and flexible. Contact Sonia Dickrell, volunteer coordinator, at 320-529-6500 ext. 6268.
Catholic Charities Emergency Services is in need of food for their food shelf this summer. They are specifically seeking food items that are kid friendly to help parents and their children during the summer months. Suggested food items are as follows: canned food with a popped top and no cooking required, peanut butter, tuna, soup, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, oatmeal and more. Donations are accepted at Catholic Charities Emergency Services, 157 Roosevelt Road, Ste. 100, St. Cloud. Contact Catholic Charities Emergency Services at 320-229-4560.
Artists sought for BRAsterpieces exhibit
An art exhibit of BRAsterpieces, sponsored by Visual Arts MN, Breastoration and Midsota Plastic Surgeons will be shown during July and August at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. Artists are being sought to create BRAsterpieces or bra art, a novel medium used to bring about public awareness. BRAsterpieces need to be turned in to Midsota Plastic Surgeons by June 17. The deadline will be extend up to July 1, but artists must contact organizers to let them know.
If artists are inclined to make more than one bra, the organization will continue to accept them up to Oct. 1 for the fall events.
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day USA, is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. The American Society of Plastic Surgery and the Plastic Surgery Foundation, who started the initiative of BRA Day USA, site recent study findings that seven of 10 women are not fully informed about their breast reconstruction options. Funds raised on BRA Day USA go toward breast reconstruction research and funding for women that are wishing to have breast reconstruction.
The second annual BRA Day USA will be held at the Le St-Germain on Oct. 16. Mark your calendar and plan to attend to learn more about breast reconstruction and see the full exhibit of BRAsterpieces. For more information, call Ruth at 320-529-4262 or visit www.midsota.com.
Hike to raise funds for Place of Hope
A matching grant hike to raise awareness, funds and hope will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 in Boundary Creek Neighborhood Park, 10122 104th Ave. N., Maple Grove. Proceeds will benefit Place of Hope Ministries. Join the hike or support a hiker by visiting razoo.com or make a check out to Place of Hope Ministries and mail it to 511 9th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303. For more information, visit www.placeofhopeministries.org or call 320-203-7881. Proceeds will benefit women’s and girls programming.
Shop for a Cause June 20-21
Looking for a way to support worthy causes while having fun? Plan your next shopping adventure June 20 and 21 and “Shop for a Cause.” This first time event will benefit many worthwhile programs while saving you 20 percent storewide (some exclusions apply) at the Gift Gallery located at St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health Plaza and the Gift Shop at St. Benedict’s Senior Community – St. Cloud. The shops offer many unique items for your next special occasion including great wedding gift ideas. For more information, www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.For a patient undergoing dialysis, getting enough protein is critical to fighting infection and illness. Too little protein is the number one risk factor of death. Unfortunately, for many of these patients, insurance doesn’t cover the cost of protein supplements. To help dialysis patients who otherwise couldn’t afford protein drinks, the CentraCare Kidney Program turned to the St. Cloud Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary for funding.