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  • So you want to grow some Rhubarb

    by Rhubarbara Stalk So, you want to grow rhubarb as big as this huh? Well it takes a bit more than your average gardener to grow a leaf bigger than this. As the sun starts shining brighter and the birds start chirping louder, it's time to get our gardens groovin' for the springtime fiesta! And what better way to kick off the party than with the vibrant and tangy taste of rhubarb? This versatile ingredient is like the life of the garden party, adding a pop of flavor to everything from pies to sauces. So, let's dive into the essential steps for getting your rhubarb ready to rock the season ahead! 1. Dividing the Root: To get your rhubarb revved up for the season, it's time for a little root remix. Grab your gardening tools and dig up that old root, being sure to channel your inner rhubarb rockstar as you do. Once you've unearthed it, give it a good split into pieces with at least one bud in each. It's like giving your plant a backstage pass to the springtime show! 2. Replanting: Now that your rhubarb is ready to rock, it's time to find it a prime spot in the garden. Choose a sunny location with soil that's as rich as a rockstar's backstage rider. Plant your rhubarb divisions, cover them up with a little soil blanket, and get ready to watch them grow and shine like the rockstars they are! 3. Soil Serenade: Give your rhubarb the VIP treatment by serenading it with some soulful soil preparation. Mix in some compost like it's confetti at a concert, creating a fertile playground for your rhubarb to strut its stuff. Trust us, your rhubarb will thank you with a symphony of deliciousness! 4. Mulching and Watering: Keep the party going by mulching your rhubarb with a cozy blanket of straw. It's like giving your plants a little rest after their rockin' performance. And don't forget to water them when they're thirsty – even rockstars need a drink now and then! 5. Maintenance Mayhem: To keep your rhubarb rocking all season long, give it a little maintenance TLC. Add some composted manure for a nutrient boost and show those pesky seed stalks the door before they crash the party. With a little love and care, your rhubarb will be ready to steal the show all season long! So there you have it, folks – the ultimate guide to getting your rhubarb ready to rock the springtime scene! Get ready to groove to the rhythm of rhubarb and enjoy a season filled with deliciousness and garden party vibes. Thanks y'all. If you are planning to come out to the Rhubarb Festival on June 29th to see ME mark those calendars and pray for sunshine!

  • Updates From St. Francis

    March brought new beginnings to our community as we welcomed a new tenant to our midst. At our residential complex, we cherish the opportunity to welcome individuals into their new homes and assist them in settling comfortably into their units. As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure every resident feels at home, we are actively working on fixing up rooms with the help of our dedicated maintenance team. If you have any full- or queen-sized mattresses, nightstands, dressers, small tables, or comfortable chairs in good condition that you're looking to donate, we would be incredibly grateful. Your contributions help us create warm and inviting spaces for our new tenants. Moreover, we invite you to join us in setting up rooms and preparing them for rental. Whether you're an individual looking to lend a helping hand or a congregational group seeking a community involvement opportunity, your assistance in staging furniture and making our spaces inviting is invaluable. It's not just about furnishing rooms; it's about creating a sense of belonging for those who call our community home. With the arrival of spring, we're gearing up to beautify our surroundings by planting flowers in our gardens. If you're passionate about gardening and would like to contribute by donating flowers, we would love to hear from you. Your generosity will help us add vibrant colors and fragrances to our shared spaces, enhancing the beauty of our community. In addition to providing comfortable living spaces, we strive to foster connections and create memorable experiences for our residents. One such event is our monthly bingo night, hosted by a dedicated staff member. This event has become a favorite among tenants, offering them an opportunity to socialize, have fun, and win exciting prizes. To ensure the success of these gatherings, we welcome donations of gift cards, which enable us to purchase prizes from the Dollar Store. Your contributions help make our bingo nights even more enjoyable for everyone involved. For any inquiries or to express your interest in contributing to our community initiatives, please don't hesitate to contact us at 218-491-7811 ext. 102. Your support and involvement are deeply appreciated as we continue to create a welcoming and vibrant community for all.

  • Did You Know You Can Triple Your Donation At Chum?

    by Food Shelf Director, Scott Van Daele March is almost here and, the Minnesota March FoodShare Campaign will begin on February 26th and will continue until April 6th.  I want to thank you for your past support.  Because of the efforts of groups like yours, the 2023 campaign raised $91,630 and 69,188 pounds. Our goal for this year is to raise $100,000 and 50,000 pounds of food to stock our shelves, and we can achieve that success in this campaign with your help. During 2023, the Food Shelf distributed 533,152 pounds of food to 15,781 people in Duluth. Our Food Shelf was a major source of each visiting family’s nutrition throughout the year. Together we are fulfilling our call to feed the hungry. So what do we need?? More money, or more food?? We need both! But the Food Shelf can do much more with money.  As a member of Second Harvest Food Bank, our money goes much farther than it would shopping at Super One or Cub Foods. For every $1 that gets donated, we can buy $3 worth of food—that’s three times more!!! We hope you will all get creative, have fun, and help us raise funds and food! We can’t do this alone! Please let us know if you are on board to help.  Resources for awareness material like posters, hunger fact sheets and other informational forms can be found at http://www.mnfoodshare.org/resources/  If you have questions or want to more information, I am always available to help at 218.727.2391. THE TIME TO DONATE IS NOW, BUT LET’S GET TO THE DETAILS ON FOOD DONATIONS! So, you’re ready to donate food to the Food Shelf. That’s great! Whether you’re starting a food drive or just planning to grab a few extra items for donation while out grocery shopping, there are a couple of things you should know about what you can (and should) donate and what Chum won’t accept. What food you CAN donate to Chum: This part is pretty easy. Chum accepts dry and canned food donations. What does that mean? Basically, any food that is “shelf-stable” or nonperishable – you can keep it in your pantry and it won’t go bad. And remember, only donate food that hasn’t reached its “sell-by” date yet. Specifically, Chum often need items like: Peanut butter (Small Jars-16oz) Canned soup (Non Cream) Canned fruit Canned vegetables Canned stew and Canned Pasta Canned fish Canned beans Pasta Rice Cereal That’s not an exhaustive list, but it covers much of what Chum regularly needs. Additionally, Chum accepts NEW personal care and household items since many families struggle to afford them and aren’t covered by other food assistance programs like SNAP. Look in your pantry if you’re still stumped about what to donate. Families struggling with hunger often can’t afford the staples that we normally have stocked at home. So, check your pantry out and go from there. Even specialty foods like olive oil, dressings, or marinades can be helpful if they don’t need to be refrigerated. What not to donate to Chum: The number one rule to remember is this: if your donation is perishable, i.e., it’s something with a limited shelf life if not refrigerated, Chum can’t accept it. But there are other categories of food that you can’t donate. We've broken it all down into this handy list: Items needing refrigeration: As we've already mentioned, this is the big one. Food like produce, dairy, and meat can spoil easily and we often times do not have the refrigerator or freezer space needed to keep these items fresh. While an individual can’t donate a bunch of bananas or a frozen turkey, Chum works directly with farmers, retailers, restaurants, and other companies to source these perishable foods for donation. Expired food: When considering what to donate, think about what you’d be comfortable serving your family. Chances are, you don’t eat food that’s past its “use-by” or “sell-by” date, so avoid donating anything past those dates as it could be unsafe to eat. Leftovers: While it may be tempting to want to share the bountiful food from big meals like Thanksgiving, it’s best to keep leftovers for the family. To ensure the people they serve are safe, Chum can’t accept leftovers or anything made in personal kitchens because they aren’t individually sealed and Chum can’t verify the ingredients or preparation process. Food with packaging concerns: This includes food with damaged packaging such as dented or bloated cans, packaging that is already open, or even items in glass containers, which can shatter and cause food safety concerns for any other food they’re stored near. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn't consider buying it new, don't donate it. Baked goods: Similar to leftovers, since Chum can’t confirm how your baked goods were made or their ingredients, they can’t be donated. But, Chum has relationships with local restaurants and bakeries which will donate extra food that is properly labeled and handled to Chum.

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  • 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 Donate On PayPal Make a Difference in Duluth There are many opportunities to give online and make a difference for people experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty in Duluth, MN. Click the button to learn more! Giving 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 About Us. Chum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 Want to Make a Difference? As the largest safety net for those experiencing homelessness in Duluth, MN, we stay pretty busy. If you want to help us accomplish our mission, and stay connected with everything happening, sign up for our newsletter! Full Name Email Submit Thanks for Joining The Team! We are Hiring! We are looking to fill multiple positions at Chum right now. Now is your chance to start a job in Duluth, MN that makes a real difference in the 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 service programs in Duluth, MN. A gift of time, through volunteering in Duluth, MN, 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

  • Job Opportunities | Chum

    Join Our Team Give back to your community and find fullfilment in your career by working for Chum Director of Mission Advancement We recently started the Mission Advancement Department at Chum and are ready to hire a director. This is our main fundraising program for Chum, ensuring we have the funds and support needed to serve our guests. In this role, you will guide and develop the strategy needed to not only keep our programs running but also bring us into a much-needed period of growth. We are looking for someone with at least ten years of experience in the fundraising world. This is, of course, a full-time position; click the job title for the full job description! Apply Now Stabilization Manager The Stabilization Manager is responsible for operating multiple, innovative shelter and drop-in programs that serve a population of people who are not utilizing traditional emergency shelters. Programs include but are not limited to a seasonal Warming Center and Safe Bay parking for people living in vehicles. This position is responsible for hiring and training staff and overseeing operations at multiple sites, including emergency on-call responsibilities. Full-time starting at $21.16/hour. Apply Now Family Coach We are looking for a Family Coach at the Steve O'Neil Apartments. You will be working directly with residents, advocating and supporting those impacted by homelessness. This is an incredibly rewarding role, and you would have the opportunity to make a big difference in our community. Starting at $18/hour. Apply Now Support Staff - Shelter We are URGENTLY looking for Shelter Support Staff at Chum. In this role, you will be responsible for Emergency Shelter/Drop-In Center services and other activities, as needed, by performing the following duties personally or through other employees and/or volunteers. This is an incredibly rewarding role, and you would have the opportunity to make a big difference in our community. Starting at $17/hour and $18/hour for overnights. Apply Now Support Staff - St. Francis We are looking for St. Francis Support Staff at Chum. In this role, you will be responsible for St. Francis services and other activities, as needed, by performing the following duties personally or through other employees and/or volunteers. This is an incredibly rewarding role, and you would have the opportunity to make a big difference in our community. Starting at $17/hour and $18/hour for overnights. Apply Now Support Staff - Warming Center/Safe Bay We would not be able to take care of and support our guests using these programs without our support staff. This role is the bones of the program, checking in with, and making sure folks using the warming center/safe bay are taken care of. As the warming center closes in the spring of this year, Safe Bay will open shortly after. We need your help for both! Full-time and Part-time positions are available starting at $17/hour and $18/hour for overnights. Apply Now Construction Project Manager - Stepping on Up We are looking for a Construction Project Manager for Stepping On Up. In this role, you will facilitate the development of shelter and housing sites as part of a community-wide strategic initiative to address homelessness in Duluth. They will take projects from the vision stage to handover to the operating organization(s) by overseeing the design, construction, budget, and closeout of physical properties and buildings for use as temporary shelter and permanent housing. This position is part-time and starts at $25/hour. Apply Now Outreach Worker - Stepping on Up The need for more folks in this position has been steadily increasing. We are barely able to keep up with and provide support to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. In this role, you would be directly working with people experiencing homelessness and helping them get access to resources. Full-time starting at $20.30/hour. Apply Now Summer Internship - Street Homelessness Response ​ This is an exciting opportunity to be involved on the ground level in implementing a five-year plan to address unsheltered homelessness in the Duluth area. The internship will include a variety of experiences, including on-the-ground work with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and policy research and advocacy. Apply Now Year-Long Internship - Street Homelessness Response ​ This is an exciting opportunity to be involved on the ground level in implementing a five-year plan to address unsheltered homelessness in the Duluth area. The internship will include a variety of experiences, including on-the-ground work with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and policy research and advocacy. Apply Now

  • Volunteering | Chum a Nonprofit in Duluth, MN

    Volunteering With Chum Volunteering in Duluth is so easy with Chum. You are able to share with us what you are most interested in, and we can find a project that best suits your skills and abilities! ​ ​ Our Volunteer Form Note To All Chum Volunteers: Calling all volunteers! We want to take some time to extend our sincere gratitude for all you have done for this organization. Simple thanks are not enough for the incredible impact you have made on this community. On Monday, May 6th we will be hosting a volunteer appreciation event at Our Savior's Evangelical Lutheran Church ! You can join us at 12:00 PM OR 5:30 PM so that everyone can make it. We'll share stories, express gratitude, celebrate, and show the immense impact we have made together as a community. Please let us know if you can make it by clicking or tapping the button below: RSVP 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! What is it? The Laundry Love initiative consists of regular opportunities to come alongside people who are struggling financially by assisting them with their laundry. Laundry Love partners with groups and local laundromats in cleaning clothes and linens for low-income or no-income families and person(s). Why are we doing it? There are many people in our neighborhood who lack a very simple need: to have clean clothing. This is an opportunity for us to better serve our community! How Can You Help? The laundromat is one of the most beautifully diverse places to be. Spin City Laundry has opened Tuesday mornings as a time to set aside for Laundry Love. Here’s how it works: Earth Breeze supplies us with laundry detergent sheets (free!) Spin City reserves the use of a block of washers and dryers Congregations and community groups team up to staff each Laundry Love session Pick a Tuesday each month to host the event from 8:30 – noon Collect funds to cover the cost of the machines (about $10/load) Manage the reservation map of machines and apply post it labels to keep track of things Distribute detergent and dryer sheets, feed coins into machines Hang out with folks and get to know each other! Share a snack or a game of cribbage, whatever feels right for you. Monthly commitment preferred. ​ Sign Up Here 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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