Give Gathering Brings Community Together to Champion Volunteerism

Eden Prairie organizations offer insight into their programs.

Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, believes that “having a healthy volunteer force is one sign of a healthy community,” he says. However, like many other communities, Eden Prairie also faces a challenge—ensuring communication between prospective volunteers and civic organizations.
To alleviate the issue, the Eden Prairie Community Foundation and Eden Prairie Schools Community Education collaborated to organize the first Give Gathering in April 2017. Give stands for “Gather to Inspire Volunteer Engagement.” With more than 140 participants and excellent communal feedback, the event proved to be a success. This year, on April 19, the second annual Give Gathering will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Heritage Rooms of the Eden Prairie City Center, and the City of Eden Prairie will be a partner, as well.

The evening will offer a display of local non-profit and civic organizations, introducing their areas of focus and means of involvement to attendees. Last year’s guests included Cornerstone Advocacy Service, Eden Prairie Reads, Feed My Starving Children and Let’s Go Fishing-Eden Prairie.

“People can drop in at any time and visit the booths they are interested in,” Weber says. In addition to the volunteer associations, some civic organizations, such as the local rotary and wine clubs are also invited. “This will be an opportunity for these clubs to look for members,” Weber explains.
Besides serving as a bridge connecting enthusiastic local residents with organizations, the event aims to increase the general awareness of volunteerism and inspire more people to contribute to the community.