Leaders issue Community Challenge
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (July 16, 2009)- The Brian Klinefelter Foundation Board of Directors are issuing a $10,000 charity challenge to the St. Cloud-area community. The Board will match every dollar donated by October 15 to the Foundation’s Grow Great Kids Community Challenge up to $10,000. The board of directors raised the $10,000 for the match.
“Our board of directors see a tremendous need to create environments that nurture, support and grow great kids, especially during these uncertain times,” said Dave Klinefelter, chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors.
Recent studies show that 11 million children and teens currently are home alone or unsupervised after school nationwide and violent crimes triple after the school bell rings. The mission of the Brian Klinefelter Foundation is to decrease youth violence by assisting passionate community members in supporting the positive development of youth.
The Foundation achieves this by partnering with area employers to implement family-friendly policies and practices, so that activities like family dinners can become a reality. After completing the Foundation’s 9 Steps to Success program, businesses report seeing an increase in employees’ productivity and morale and higher retention rates of top talent.
In the past year, the Foundation has helped 60 businesses through its Family-Friendly Workplace Initiative. “The businesses we work with have discovered that in troubling economic times employees that maintain balanced home and work lives are happier, healthier and more successful at work and at home,” said Dawn Moen, program coordinator for the Foundation.
Donations may be made by mail to: The Brian Klinefelter Foundation, 720 West St. Germain Street, Suite 163, St. Cloud, MN 56301 or online with the link above.Please designate your donation for the Grow Great Kids Community Challenge. For more information, call 320-259-5525 or visit GrowGreatKids.org.
The Brian Klinefelter Foundation is dedicated to preventing violence by challenging adults to accept the responsibility for forming meaningful relationships with youth through positive activities. The Foundation seeks to offer help and provide the tools and resources for employers, schools, community groups and individuals to connect with kids. The Foundation was founded in 1996 after the tragic death of St. Joseph Police Officer Brian Klinefelter.