Mille Lacs Band Donates $111,000+
ONAMIA, Minn. – In February and March, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe donated $111,360 in monetary and in-kind contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations and other charitable causes. Every month, the Band contributes to community programs in Minnesota and nationwide. So far in 2010, the Band has donated a total of $169,812 to programs across the region.
In February, the Mille Lacs Band donated $1,000 to Rebuild Resources, a nonprofit organization based in Saint Paul that owns and operates businesses that provide transitional employment for recovering alcoholics who want to become sober and self-sufficient. In the past 25 years, the program has graduated more than 900 men and women, with a measured success rate of 68% and a social return of nearly $500,000 per successful graduate.
In March, the Mille Lacs Band donated $500 to the First Nations Composers Initiative, a Saint Paul-based scholarship program for Native musicians, composers and performers. The program helps Native composers and musicians showcase their work to a broader community.
Other notable contributions included those to the Great River Regional Library in Saint Cloud, a playground in Hinckley, Habitat for Humanity in Aitkin, Saint Jude Hospital in Cannon Falls, Big Brothers Big Sisters in Saint Cloud, and the Family Readiness Group at Camp Ripley.
“The Mille Lacs Band is committed to supporting organizations and causes that are important to all Band employees. We take our responsibility for building strong communities very seriously,” said Michael Garrow, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band.
The Band donated to organizations and causes in Aitkin, Anoka, Barron, Becker, Benton, Blue Earth, Burnett, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Crow Wing, Dakota, Douglas, Eddy, Foster, Goodhue, Hamlin, Hennepin, Isanti, Itasca, Kandiyohi, Kanabec, Kittson, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Lincoln, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pierce, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Saint Croix, Saint Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Todd, Ventura, Vernon, Wabasha, Wadena, Washburn, Washington, Wright, and Wood counties.