Giving Back

Wayzata resident Gary Marquardt plays a bugle.

Wayzata resident Gary Marquardt will be very busy on Veterans Day, as he is every year, by choice … even though he is not a military veteran.

Food has a way of bringing people together—from Sunday brunch with a good friend to experiencing the food of another culture for the first time. We bake cookies for new neighbors, celebrate accomplishments with steak dinners and so on.

Families Moving Forward offers hospitality, emergency shelter and a path to a home with support and stability.

The animals at Long Lake’s Spring Farm Sanctuary look happy. But behind their loving eyes are heart-wrenching stories of past abuse, neglect and the horrors of factory farming.

Reach for Resources is a Minnetonka-based nonprofit organization focused on providing support and services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities.
 

Sandvold Financial Group was founded in the fall of 1986. Its mission? “To help as many people [as possible] get to their next financial level,” CEO Terry Sandvold says.

It’s often said a sports team isn’t just a team—it’s a family. That’s certainly true of the Mound Westonka High School varsity girls’ volleyball team. Aside from perfecting spike hits and bump passes, the volleyball team has accomplished quite a lot outside the athletic sphere.

Minnetonka resident Wendy Hitch is one of six founding members of North Star Therapy Animals (NSTA).

Now in its 21st year, the Giving Tree Project has become a staple of the Christmas season in Excelsior. The project is organized by the Excelsior Fire District and sponsored by Gary’s First Class Car Care.

Annika Van Nest might be young—she’s a sophomore at Minnetonka High School—but she’s already working hard to change the world. Annika founded Jumbago Hope, a charitable organization that fights sex trafficking.

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