Serving the St. Croix Valley Area Since 1967
Community Thread weaves through the community in a variety of ways. In addition to being one of eight regional Volunteer Centers in Minnesota, connecting people through service, we also provide extensive programming for seniors through our Stillwater and Bayport Senior Centers, provide rides to medical appointments through our Transportation Program, coordinate volunteers for the Medical Reserve Corps and make the holidays a little brighter for families in the St. Croix Valley through our Holiday Hope program.
For more information, select a program listing to the left, join us for an upcoming event or visit us during weekday business hours.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Sally Anderson Joins Community Thread as Executive Director
“We are very pleased to have Sally Anderson as the new Executive Director," said Al Godfrey, Chairman of the Community Thread Board of Directors. “Her experience as a nonprofit leader and her knowledge of the community will benefit the organization as we continue to support volunteerism, help seniors stay connected, and build a stronger community in collaboration with our partners. This is an exciting time in Community Thread’s continuing evolution."
Sally was previously with Valley Outreach, another St. Croix Valley nonprofit,and serves on several community leadership teams. She has a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Indiana University and earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Wisconsin. “I am very excited to be joining an outstanding organization such as Community Thread,” Anderson said. “I have a deep appreciation for the impact that volunteers can make and their value to this community in particular."
Community Thread Featured in United Way Video
Community Thread is featured in the United Way of Washington County- East Video. Advance to minute 8 to see Transportation Clients Ardis and Bob Johnson share their story. And check out Community Thread's video too.
Holiday Hope Helps Spread the Cheer Around
The holidays aren't always happy for everyone. But Community Thread's Holiday Hope program (formerly called Holiday Bureau) exists to help make the season a little brighter. Mary learned first hand what a blessing Holiday Hope was for her family. The 44 year old account analyst lost her job in the recession a few years ago, and at the same time her brother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Mary took care of her brother, which took a large amount of her savings, and cared for his dog after he passed away. Sadly, the dog developed medical problems as well and destroyed the carpet in the family's living room.Then the furnace stopped working.For almost a year Mary and her children made do with space heaters to keep their home warm until they could afford to fix the heater.
Thankfully, during the past few years that Mary has been trying to bounce back, Holiday Hope has helped make things easier. A generous sponsor family has provided Mary and her family with gifts and a holiday meal. Mary is extremely appreciative of the gifts but also of the extra effort shown by her sponsor. "My sponsor was amazing," Mary shared, "She just really listened. That means the most [to me]." When Mary's sponsor learned that her furnace was broken they sent a friend to take a look at it.They discovered that the furnace was leaking dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide.This sobering news spurred Mary into action, and she looked into getting a new furnace, even though she couldn't afford it. She soon discovered that she qualified for a free new furnace through an energy assistance program. "I never would have called if they hadn't looked at [the furnace]. wouldn't have been brave enough to do it. My sponsor also gave us towels and blankets, and we were almost out of those. Who knows where I'd be without her."
There are three ways you can get involved in HOLIDAY HOPE:
- Sponsor a family who needs a little help and hope this holiday season.
- If you are a family that needs help, we invite you to apply for assistance. Learn more and register.
- Donate to this worthwhile program that serves more than a thousand people every year. Just indicate your donation is in support of Holiday Hope.
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