Giving Back

Each morning that a resident arrives to move into their new home at Gladys’ Place, they find a friendly face in Bob Kauffman. The 77-year-old volunteer welcomes them, assists with their move and invites them to sit down for a cup of coffee.

Forty-seven years ago, a 20-something University of Iowa undergrad studying modern European history was taking the steps to become an attorney.

Remember the day you received your first bicycle? You jumped onto the seat,
placed your feet on the pedals and flew down the street—whether you had a parent
behind you or not. But as basic as this moment in time seems, not every young

Have you ever been part of a holiday food drive? Maybe you donated some noodles or cans of soup, or helped stock the shelves at a local food pantry. During the winter holidays, food shelves experience a surge of giving.

When a school or sports program needs funding, students and their parents are often recruited to traipse through neighborhoods selling a product door-to-door, a burden to both time-strapped families and solicitation-weary neighbors.

Arts educator Julia Zimmerman dreams of one day opening a storefront art studio where people with disabilities can drop in and create art. A portion of the space would be used to exhibit and sell the items created by students.

December is all about giving, which makes it a great time to consider a gift to a local charity. We’ve picked five local 501(c)3 charities that are doing great things in Plymouth.

The next time you’re enjoying a city park, attending a high school hockey game or networking at a community event, be sure to thank a volunteer.

Ives House program manager Brenda Witt (in black) works with residents Anne, Lauren and Kelly.

From the outside, Ives House looks like any other suburban home with it’s yellow paint, blacktop driveway, green lawn and cedar fence. But inside, it’s a place of empowerment for four women with developmental disabilities. *Anne, Kelly, Lauren and Stacy have lived here together since 2008.

For 22 years, Wayzata High School students have been giving back to the community through the Club Y.E.S. program.

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