WeCAN News

WeCAN Coat Drive Begins October 1

As you begin to prepare your wardrobe for upcoming cooler weather, please consider saving your winter coats and snow pants for WeCAN’s annual Coat Drive. Collection boxes will be located throughout the community from Oct. 1 - 21. Coat distribution will be held at WeCAN on Oct. 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. WeCAN will accept all sizes of clean, gently-used coats (particular needs include large adult sizes and grade school children’s sizes), snow pants and boots. New gloves, mittens, hats and scarves are also gratefully accepted. Collection boxes are available at the following locations: Bethel United Methodist Church, Christ Lutheran Church (Maple Plain), Gillespie

New WeCAN Director is Christopher Anderson

The Board of Directors of WeCAN announced September 16 that they have hired Christopher Anderson as the organization’s Executive Director. Board President Rick Rohrer says, “We are thrilled that Christopher will be the agency’s new executive director. His wide‐ranging experience, perspective, and energy in our local community will be instrumental in leading WeCAN to the next level of excellence in support of serving low-income families in Mound and the western suburbs of Minneapolis.” Anderson joins WeCAN after an 11-year position as Director of Adult Faith Formation and Community Outreach at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota. Before that, he served as Program Director fo

Successful Program Gets Kids Ready-to-Learn

Officer Steve Sturm from the Minnetrista Police Department helped kids pick out backpacks.Click on the photo for more images from Ready-to-Learn. Thanks to a generous community, Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) distributed back packs and new school supplies to over 250 children this year. For many western Hennepin County families struggling with unemployment or the increasing costs of basic necessities like groceries and gas, back-to-school shopping puts significant stress on the household budget. For over 20 years, WeCAN’s annual Ready-to-Learn program has helped to ensure that area kids are ready for the start of the new school year by collecting and distributing back packs and b

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