HCP News and Upcoming Events
La Crescent Neighbors Day is back! April 17, 2021 from 8 a.m. to noon.
We are happy to hold a modified Neighbors Day this year. Keeping community members safe is our priority, so CDC guidelines and Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan are guiding this year’s plans. Now is the time to get your team together and join this community-wide event – you can help by raking yards for your neighbors. We are especially encouraging HOUSEHOLDS to participate as a team this year. For more information, or to sign up to participate, email email@example.com Register by April 5 so that volunteers and neighbors can be matched.
Fundraiser to Support Diverse Libraries
We are pleased to announce our fundraiser to support diversifying local libraries raised $1200. Diverse libraries help to build community, preserve cultural heritage, and help us understand one another. The funds will be divided between our seven local libraries.
La Crescent Food Shelf is now located at 436 S. 6th St., La Crescent - the building formerly housing Pam's Design Perfection hair salon.
***Curbside pickup due to the Coronavirus continues.
We are open these hours: **Temporary Change through the end of May: Wednesdays 3 - 5 PM, and the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9 AM - noon. We are distributing pre-packed bags of food directly to people in their cars. We now are doing phone pre-orders to customize the non-perishable foods, and have an online order form as well, see our page here. We serve residents of Houston County once a month, but if there is an emergency need, please call 507-895-1115.
Farmers to Families Boxes Friday April 16 and 23rd at 4:30 PM until gone. We will also have them each Friday at 4:30 PM in the month of May!
If you would like more information, or to volunteer, please contact LaCrescentFoodShelf@gmail.com
Neighbors in Action is working hard to meet the needs of our older neighbors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our Care Partners are providing homemaking services throughout all of Houston County while adhering to the strictest safety protocols. We are also doing our best to meet transportation requests but have very few drivers who are willing to volunteer at this time. We are also able to meet requests for outdoor chores as volunteers are available. The safety or our clients, staff and volunteers remains our number one priority. Please call our office at 507-895-8123 if you or an older friend or neighbor needs assistance getting groceries, medications or other essential supplies. We can also provide regular phone calls for reassurance and companionship.
The La Crescent Community Bike Shoppe is located at 227 Main St., inside the AcenTek building. We are an all volunteer bike shop working year round on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 6-8 pm. In addition, you can find us June - August on the back parking lot behind Corky’s Pizza on Saturdays mornings, 9-12 pm. For more information call 608-790-2580.
Do you have an affectionate pet that may be a good fit for pet therapy? Touching Moments is currently accepting applications for handler teams. To learn more visit www.touchmoments.org or call 507-894-2210
Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center is currently accepting volunteer applications for side walker and lead positions. If you love horses, enjoy helping others, and like having lots of fun, contact us today by calling 507-894-2210 to learn more.
HCP Statement on Racism
At HCP we believe a healthy community partnership includes prioritizing the health and well-being of all of our community members regardless of color, gender identity, ethnicity, or country of origin. It is clear, now more than ever, that there is a problem in our country. Even as a small community we are not immune to the issues of racism and unconscious bias. It is time for us to listen, learn, educate ourselves, and speak up. Now is not the time to stay silent. If you hear something say something. Together we can be a positive force for change right here in our own community. Together we have the power to put an end to bias and racism. We cannot wait for someone else to fix the problem for us.
We need to do better.
We can do better.
We will do better.
Here at HCP we will be taking the following action steps:
1) Supporting diversification of local public libraries through a mini grant program for interested schools or libraries (see details below).
2) Ensuring all HCP board members and staff attend an anti-racism training annually.
3) Incorporating actions and language about supporting diversity into our Strategic Plan.
4) Supporting community efforts to enact positive change in our community. If you would like to get involved contact Eric Minor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some resources to begin your own journey and to help you continue the conversation.
➔ www.laxwakingupwhite.com Waking up White La Crosse is a grass-roots community volunteer organization committed to creating a healthier multicultural community in the greater La Crosse area.
➔ Book: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi – "Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future."
➔ Documentary: 13th - "Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America." (Netflix - currently streaming for free)
➔ Movie or Book: Just Mercy - "A powerful true story that follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his battle for justice as he defends a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence." (Amazon Video - currently streaming for free)
➔ Podcasts: A1 - Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America (47 mins) + Acknowledging Racism Is A Good Start. But It’s Only The First Ste . (46 mins) (free)
➔ Movie: I Am Not Your Negro - “Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.” (available on YouTube and Amazon Prime)