For a third year in a row, IPR staff and faculty spent a day volunteering at Open Arms of Minnesota.
IPR’s ongoing commitment to the community results in many classes engaging in service projects that bring community members into the studios and classrooms, or send students out into the greater community. But one day each year, IPR staff and faculty head out on there own to perform a day of community service.
Open Arms of Minnesota
Open Arms is a nonprofit organization bringing comfort, nutrition, and support to fellow community members living with life threatening illnesses. Open Arms delivers free meals tailored to the needs of people with cancer, HIV/Aids, multiple sclerosis, and ALS. Open Arms has over 5,000 volunteers who work daily with staff chefs and nutritional specialists to cook and deliver meals to over 1,000 clients and their families throughout the Twin Cities.
Why Open Arms is special to IPR staff
IPR’s unique connection with Open Arms is Trish Williams (Administrative Assistant) who lives with multiple sclerosis and has been a client of Open Arms since 2009. This year, IPR volunteers (including Trish) were busy peeling and chopping 75 pounds of potatoes, packing 376 chicken stew entrees, stuffing donation envelopes, and decorating client bags.
For more information go to openarms.org to learn about volunteering, receiving meals, or making a donation.