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Charity of the Month


Mission Statement:

In the spirit of caring for our neighbors, 360 Communities provides hope and support to people by engaging communities to prevent violence, ensure school success and promote long-term self-sufficiency.

Charity Description:
Founded more than 40 years ago by a group of volunteers, 360 Communities provides hope and support to more than 14,000 individuals each year with services in over 40 locations, including a network of five food shelves, two resource centers, two domestic violence shelters, and three programs that support school success from birth through high school graduation. More than 1,000 volunteers donate their time, energy and talent in support of 360 Communities every year.

360 Communities delivers a full circle of support to families through its strong network of programs and resources.  Staff and volunteers engage people to identify the root causes of their problems and provide resources to help them onto a path toward self-sustained success.

Food Shelves and Resource Centers
360 Communities’ network of five food shelves provides immediate aid to individuals and families and gives them access to resources to help them reach self-sufficiency. In 2012, about 11,000 people benefited from this vital service. Family resource centers in Burnsville and Rosemount serve as open, welcoming places for community members to gather, work with volunteers and staff, and plan their individual paths to success.

Violence Prevention and Intervention
Since the first 360 Communities Lewis House shelter opened its doors in 1979, more than 65,000 survivors of domestic abuse have benefited from its safety, support and advocacy services, with help provided to more than 2,000 women and children annually. Trained advocates offer emotional support, referrals to community resources and help navigating the court system. 360 Communities Sexual Assault Services offers a 24/7 telephone hotline and trained advocates to help sexual assault survivors cope with the aftermath of the physical and emotional trauma they have experienced.

School Success
360 Communities’ three school success programs ensure children arrive at school ready to learn. Dakota Healthy Families is a home visiting program that enhances parenting skills of first-time parents and promotes a healthy learning environment in the home so children can start kindergarten prepared for school success. Child Care Aware works with licensed day cares, unlicensed child care providers, as well as parents and other community organizations to promote the availability, affordability and quality of child care services in Dakota County. Partners For Success® employs family support workers in 31 schools and 7 school districts to partner with educators and families to implement effective home-based strategies to increase parental involvement, improve academic performance and connect families to community resources.

Be Part of the Solution
Volunteer or donate by visiting 360Communities.org or calling 952.985.5300. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.




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