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  • Food Shelf | Chum

    Distributive Services Our Distributive Services provide support to individuals who are experiencing food insecurity. Our Food Shelf in Duluth, MN provides people with a basic necessity we all take for granted, access to food and sustenance. Our Food Shelf The Chum Food Shelf located at 120 N 1st Ave West is open Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. Individuals can come through our line and receive a food box full of healthy foods. ​ On Mondays, we distribute food at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave, from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. ​ In Duluth, our community's need for the Chum food shelf has only been growing. We do everything we can to provide for these folks, but we need our community's help as well. It is when the village comes together to provide that we all get what we need! ​ If you would like to support our food shelf, donations can be brought to 120 N 1st Ave W Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Come down the alley and ring the bell, we will be happy to take any and all donations! Chum2GO is a food shelf program intended to increase food access and promote food security in Duluth. The program is specifically intended to reduce barriers for people who may otherwise have a difficult time visiting the food shelf locations in person. Chum2GO serves people with disabilities, large families, seniors, and people who do not have access to transportation. Deliveries are made every other Thursday. The distribution goes from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. ​ If this is a program you need to utilize yourself please fill out this form: ​ ​ ​ We are always needing drivers so that we can serve as many families as possible. If you have a valid driver's license, are able to lift/carry 50 lbs, and have a working vehicle we could use your help! Please contact our Food Distribution Coordinator, April LeDoux by email or phone. aledoux@chumduluth.org or 218-727-2391 ext. 4 ​ Sign Up Page for Chum 2 Go Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Welcome to Chum a Nonprofit in Duluth, MN

    people of faith working together to provide basic necessities, foster stable lives, and organize for a just and compassionate community What is Chum? we are people of faith working together to provide basic necessities, foster stable lives, and organize for a just and compassionate community. Read More Anchor 1 About Us. Chum is a 501(c)(3) organization whose programs serve more than 8,000 low-income, homeless, hungry, isolated, or otherwise marginalized community members each year in Duluth, MN. Chum was founded in 1973 when 10 churches in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood pooled their resources to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s many low-income residents more effectively. ​ We are striving to be a nonprofit in Duluth, MN that can super-serve its clients and end poverty in this amazing, beautiful, and loving community. Hit the button below to learn more about who we are and where we started. Learn More What's new at Chum? We are Hiring! We are looking to fill multiple positions at Chum right now. Now is your opportunity to make a real difference in the Duluth, MN community. Apply Now Chum is proud to Support: Duluth’s shortage of housing causes long-term and chronic homelessness. Waitlists stretch from months (in rare cases) to more than 2 years for subsidized housing. In addition, people experiencing long term homelessness and especially chronic homelessness are rarely able to transition smoothly from the streets or shelter into permanent, independent housing. What is needed are low-cost units that are private, dignified, small scale to encourage community, culturally specific, harm reduction based and providing services including basic life skills like cleaning and cooking. ​ Learn more by visiting their website: steppingonupduluth.org Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Staff | Chum

    Our Team. Chum is comprised of individuals who love Duluth, MN, and want to make a serious impact on the lives of those who call this city home. Administration John Cole Executive Director Greg Kvam Finance Director Kristina Vanderscheuren Office Manager Pablo Romo Office Assistant Amber Sadowski Director of Operations ​ Development and Communications Gracia Swensen Development Director Katie Sharar Grant Writer Anita Skutevik Grant Writer Bradley Zwagerman Director of Communications and Marketing Congregational Outreach, Advocacy, and Community Organizing Rev. Patricia Benson Congregational Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator Kathryn Bell Chaplain St. Louis County Jail Rev. Victor St. George Chaplain Northeast Regional Corrections Center Jane Quesenberry-Nelson Chaplain Arrowhead Juvenile Center Distributive Services Scott Van Daele Terri Bunnell Distributive Services Director Food Shelf Office Manager April LeDoux Food Distribution Coordinator Wayne Porter Food Shelf Support Staff Grant Muellerleile Food Shelf Support Staff Stabilization Services Kim Randolph Megan Hamilton Stabilization Services Director Health and Wellness Coordinator Sundown Lattergrass Community Health Worker Patrick Mainville Housing Advocate LeVar Patterson Deb Holman Housing Compliance Specialist Street Outreach Chris Beekman Chum Center Support Staff Wayne Blackwood Chum Center Support Staff Daniel Brown Deb Ekberg Chum Center Support Staff Chum Center Support Staff Bryanna Hayes Chum Center Support Staff Jon McCoy Chum Center Support Staff Ronnie Patterson Christopher Rockhill Chum Center Support Staff Chum Center Support Staff Samuel Tellinghuisen Melisa Gomez-Romo Chum Center Support Staff Family Shelter Advocate Steve O'Neil Apartments Courtney Beckford Jennifer Flamang Early Childhood Teacher Early Childhood Teacher Valerie Joeckel Family Coach Katie Family Coach St. Francis Apartments Kathryn Bell Site Manager Sarah Meyers Support Staff Jess Todd Support Staff Nikki Support Staff Trey Rivers Support Staff Join Our Team We have many open positions available. Click the button to see our current openings. Job Openings

  • Congregational Outreach and Advocacy | Chum

    Congregational Outreach and Advocacy Many years ago Chum was formed in response to the economic problems our community faced. Congregations came together to serve folks in our community and meet their needs. Now we are made up of 40-member congregations serving the citizens of Duluth! Community Organizing In Duluth, over 5,000 residents attend one of Chum's forty-member congregations. They are a powerful force in advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs and interests of the lowest-income members of our community, a population often dependent upon Chum programs to meet their basic needs. ​ Initiatives championed by Chum have led to the development of new affordable housing, provided more health care options, increased public investment to prevent homelessness, and helped build safer neighborhoods in Lincoln Park, Central Hillside, East Hillside, Morgan Park, and West Duluth. ​ Our policy priorities at the State level include the construction and preservation of affordable housing, increased resources, services for people experiencing homelessness, increased access to child care, and food security. Our local advocacy includes the construction and preservation of affordable housing, health, and educational equity, and working with the Native American and African Heritage communities to identify, speak to and dismantle structures of domination and racism in Duluth. ​ We are contracted with Arrowhead Regional Corrections and the St. Louis County Jail to provide chaplaincy services at the jail, Northeast Regional Corrections Center, and Arrowhead Juvenile Center. Culturally appropriate spiritual support, study, worship, one-to-one counsel, and restorative justice circles offer hope and provide life skills to residents seeking a brighter future. Through Chum’s partnership with Stepping On Up, we seek to offer housing within a supportive community upon re-entry for those without the opportunity to return to a stable home. ​ John Cole publicly introduced Stepping On Up: A Call to Chum at our Fall 2021 Assembly. This is our 5-year plan to make a person’s stay at the shelter what it should be – short, temporary, and non-reoccurring. It can only become that if we have transitional housing with support services, and permanently affordable housing units available for all. We will be engaged in advocacy at the state and local level as needed as we work to implement Stepping On Up. Congregational Outreach Our member congregations are core to who we are as an organization. Congregations in Duluth are what began Chum, and now we are made up of 40 fantastic congregations! ​ We Give Opportunities For Them To: Give expression to their faith through activities that respond to the needs of the poor and disenfranchised. Strengthen the community by building strong relationships. Bring about systemic changes that benefit the marginalized and dispossessed. ​ ​ Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Chum Mobile Messaging Terms and Conditions | Chum

    Mobile Messaging Terms and Conditions Mobile Messaging Terms and Conditions Last updated: February 1st, 2023 Churches United in Ministry, CHUM, operates a mobile messaging program for communications subject to these Mobile Messaging Terms and Conditions. The Program and our collection and use of your personal information are also subject to our Privacy Policy available in the footer of our website chumduluth.org By enrolling, signing up, or otherwise agreeing to participate in the Program, you accept and agree to these Mobile Messaging Terms and our Privacy Policy. 1. Program Description: We may send promotional and transactional mobile messages in various formats through the Program. Promotional messages advertise and promote our products and services and may include promotions, and other marketing offers. Mobile messages may be sent using an automated technology, including an autodialer, automated system, or automatic telephone dialing system. Message frequency will vary 3 messages per month. You agree that we, our affiliates, and any third-party service providers may send you messages regarding the foregoing topics or any topic and that such messages and/or calls may be made or placed using different telephone numbers or short codes. We do not charge for mobile messages sent through the Program but you are responsible for any message and data rates imposed by your mobile provider, as standard data and message rates may apply for SMS and MMS alerts. 2. User Opt-In: By providing your mobile phone number to us, you are voluntarily opting in to the Program and you agree to receive recurring mobile messages from us at the mobile phone number associated with your opt-in, even if such number is registered on any state or federal “Do Not Call” list. You agree that any mobile phone number you provide to us is a valid mobile phone number of which you are the owner or authorized user. If you change your mobile phone number or are no longer the owner or authorized user of the mobile phone number, you agree to promptly notify us at bzwagerman@chumduluth.org . Your participation in the Program is not required to make any purchase from us and your participation in the Program is completely voluntary. 3.User Opt-Out and Support: You may opt-out of the Program at any time. If you wish to opt-out of the Program and stop receiving mobile messages from us, or you no longer agree to these Mobile Messaging Terms, reply STOP, QUIT, CANCEL, OPT-OUT, and/or UNSUBSCRIBE to any mobile message from us. You may continue to receive text messages for a short period while we process your request and you may receive a one-time opt-out confirmation message. You understand and agree that the foregoing is the only reasonable method of opting out. For support, reply HELP to any mobile message from us. Our mobile messaging platform may not recognize requests that modify the foregoing commands, and you agree that we and our service providers will not be liable for failing to honor requests that do not comply with the requirements in these Mobile Messaging Terms. We may also change the telephone number or short code we use to operate the Program and we will notify you of any such change. You acknowledge that any requests sent to a telephone number or short code that has been changed may not be received by us and we will not be responsible for failing to honor a request sent to a telephone number or short code that has been changed. 4. Disclaimer of Warranty and Liability: The Program is offered on an “as-is” basis and may not be available in all areas, at all times, or on all mobile providers. You agree that neither we nor our service providers will be liable for any failed, delayed, or misdirected delivery of any mobile message or information sent through the Program. 5. Modifications: We may modify or cancel the Program or any of its features at any time, with or without notice. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may also modify these Mobile Messaging Terms at any time. Any such modification will take effect when it is posted to our website. You agree to review these Mobile Messaging Terms periodically to ensure that you are aware of any modifications. Your continued participation in the Program will constitute your acceptance of those modifications.

  • Chum Privacy Policy | Chum

    Privacy Policy CHUM Donor Privacy Policy CHUM is firmly committed to the privacy of our donors and to the integrity of our records. Outlined here are the policies we use to protect your privacy and safeguard your information. If you have any questions or comments about this policy, please email us at chum@chumduluth.org. What we collect: we collect name, address, email address, phone numbers, place of work, place of worship and occasionally we collect other family member information. We track all donations, amounts, dates, how paid, and any restrictions on use that accompany donations. You may opt out of sharing any or all information, including requesting that we maintain 100% anonymity. What we do with data we collect: we use your information to send acknowledgements and thank you letters, to notify you about our programs and special events, to request ongoing support, and to invite you to participate in our work (e.g. as a volunteer or to serve on a committee). Publishing your name: We generally publish lists of donors in our Annual Report (which is also available on our website), but you may opt out of having your name published by letting us know at chum@chumduluth.org; by phone 218-720-6521 or in writing to CHUM Development Director, 102 W. Second Street, Duluth, MN 55802. If you indicate at the time of a contribution that you do not want your name printed we do not add you to any printed lists of donors. To learn if you are on the “do not publish” list, call CHUM. Online giving: People may contribute to CHUM over several on-line platforms. Our website is linked to GiveMN to provide investors with a safe, secure and private facility for making online credit-card gifts. Their privacy policy is here: https://givemn.org/privacy. We also collect on-line gifts through an on-line registry sponsored by Shopify which is PCI compliant (http://www.shopify.com/pci-compliant). From time to time we use Razoo for our web donations; Razoo uses the industry leader in security encryption: Verisign for SSL certification. Donor Records: CHUM does not sell, disclose or share information with other organizations or individuals, including our member congregations. We provide information about major contributions to tax authorities as required by law. CHUM requires all staff and volunteers (including members of the Board of Directors) to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to being granted access to donor records. This confidentiality agreement is updated annually. E-communications: If you sign up for our e-newsletter or to receive electronic communications, we will send you a short email update approximately once a month to update you on CHUM news and events. You may unsubscribe to the e-newsletter at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link within the enewsletter. In the Unsubscribe process you may choose to only unsubscribe for specific emails or the list entirely. Discontinuing Contact: It is CHUM’s policy to discontinue contacting any person upon that person’s oral or written request directed to CHUM, any professional fundraiser (CHUM staff or contracted), or any other agent. This goes for traditional as well as electronic communications. Approved 4/9/15 Virus Protection: CHUM protects its computers with firewalls and anti-virus protection software. We maintain a contract with CW Technology, part of which is to make sure that firewalls and anti-virus protection software is updated regularly. Unsolicited communication: CHUM does not send mailings to people who visit our website but who do not sign up for electronic communications or other ways to “stay in touch.” Web logging: web server software routinely logs sessions. CHUM does not keep or use any information that links your web usage to your identity except in those cases where you specifically want us to have the information, e.g. when sending us order or subscription information, making a contribution, or when participating in surveys and study groups. Policy posting and changes: This policy is posted on our website and is available upon request by calling us at 218-720-6521. If we ever change any of these policies, we will post those changes on our website so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone.

  • Monthly Newsletter | Chum

    Please Consider Supporting CHUM There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form CHUM Wishlist

  • Chum Our Credentials | Chum

    What Makes Us Great? Chum has been a core component of our community since 1973. Over the years we have grown to meet the needs of this community. We strive for excellence in our service, and as an employer to many in Duluth. Check out this page and let us prove it! Our Financials If you are curious, click any of the buttons below to view our most recent financial documents. 2021 Financial Statement 2021 990 Form Guidestar Platinum Transparency For several years, we have maintained our status on Guidestar to prove our transparency and trustworthiness as an organization. If you are curious to learn more about our financials and other information click the button below. Guidestar Minnesota Council of Nonprofits We are a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. Among other organizations, we advocate for more housing in our area and across the state. Check out their website by hitting the button below. MN Council of Nonprofits

  • Volunteering | Chum a Nonprofit in Duluth, MN

    Second Saturdays Looking for a consistent opportunity to volunteer every month? Second Saturdays are an amazing way to give back to your community. If you would like to join us next month signup below. Second Saturday Signup Monthly Volunteer Opportunities If you would like to be involved in a consistent, month to month, volunteering opportunity check out Second Saturdays. At various locations each month, we get together to serve the needs of our community! ​ Through member congregations and other volunteers, we have been able to meet many needs so far. For these events, we respond to the highest need we see in our community and organize accordingly. ​ If you or a group would like to get together to serve on one of our Second Saturday events, please fill out our form to sign up! ​ Sign up and join us next month! What We Have Done So Far In the past few months we have done the following events. They have all made such a big difference for the people Chum serves. Christmas Cookies for Warming Center guests. Casserole Crock Pot Servings for St. Francis Residents. Advocacy training to make a difference in local legislation. Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Giving | Chum

    Ways To Give One of the easiest ways to get involved at Chum is to become a monthly donor. It's as easy as using the form on this page and choosing the amount that is right for you. ​ Even just $25 a month can provide a 5 day emergency food supply for a family of two. ​ We also have other options to give online via PayPal. ​ If time is the gift you are looking to give please see more options below! In-Kind Donations Contributions of clothing, food, etc. can be delivered to the Chum Admin Office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55812. Household supplies or other items can be brought here, please knock on the door for assistance. If you are unable to use the times suggested, please call for an appointment or an alternative drop-off site. Don't know what to bring? Check out our wishlist. ​ Donations can be taken Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Gifts of Cash Cash is the simplest gift to make. It provides both the donor and Chum immediate benefits. Your gift is made outright and can be either unrestricted or designated to a particular CHUM program. To learn more about gifts of cash, click here to learn about Gifts of Cash. Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • How to get Involved | Chum

    How To Get Involved At Chum Thank you so much for your interest in getting involved at Chum! We are determined to fulfill our mission in Duluth, and we can't do it without you! One of the easiest ways to get involved at Chum is to become a monthly donor. It's as easy as using the form on this page and choosing the amount that is right for you. ​ Even just $25 a month can provide a 5-day emergency food supply for a family of two. ​ We also have other options to give online via PayPal. ​ If time is the gift you are looking to give please see more options below! Best Ways To Get Involved Stepping On Up ​ Volunteering ​ Expanding Horizons ​ Laundry Love ​ Second Saturdays ​ ​ Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Ways to Give | Chum

    Ways To Give One of the easiest ways to get involved at Chum is to become a monthly donor. It's as easy as using the form on this page and choosing the amount that is right for you. ​ Even just $25 a month can provide a 5-day emergency food supply for a family of two. ​ We also have other options to give online via PayPal. ​ If time is the gift you are looking to give please see more options below! In-Kind Donations Contributions of clothing, food, etc., can be delivered to the Chum Admin Office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN Household supplies or other items can be brought here, knock on the door for assistance. If you are unable to use the times suggested, please call for an appointment or an alternative drop-off site. Don't know what to bring? Check out our wishlist. ​ Donations can be taken Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Gifts of Cash Cash is the simplest gift to make. It provides both the donor and Chum immediate benefits. Your gift is made outright and can be either unrestricted or designated to a particular Chum program. To learn more about gifts of cash, click here to learn about Gifts of Cash. Please Consider Supporting Chum There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

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