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  • Chum Golden Gala | Chum

    Chum's Golden Gala This fall, on October 17th, we are hosting our Golden Gala commemorating our 50th Anniversary. We are hosting the Gala to bring Chum’s mission and our stories to more people than ever before. There will be a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, inspiring stories, and awards. Join us to help stop the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth. Tickets are no longer available, but there are still many ways to get involved! ​ ​ Online Fundraiser Volunteer Form Silent Auction Volunteers Needed It takes all of our community to make this event happen. We need a little over 50 volunteers for the event. So, now is your time to help! Click the button below to sign up to volunteer at the Gala. Volunteer Form Schedule: 5:30 PM: Doors Open 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Social Hour 6:30 PM: Dinner Served 7:00 PM: Program Starts 8:15 PM: Event Ends ​ Online Fundraiser We are raising this money so that we can better serve our community. Our shelter has been at or beyond capacity for a number of years. When first built, it was meant to give 30 people a roof over their heads and a bed to sleep in. Now we have 80 beds and over 100 people staying at the shelter most nights. We are planning to expand our shelter, and have received a big grant from the Federal Government, but more funding is needed to start and complete this project. We have also engaged in the $33 million project to revamp downtown Duluth (Stepping On Up). Needless to say, without more support from our community, we could never tackle the issues surrounding homelessness in our city. ​ What happens with the money donated at the dinner? All the funds we raise at the event are going to be used as general operating funds. What do we do with the money? General operating funds keep our programs running, rent and utilities paid, staff salaries, and other expenses we have to take on as a nonprofit. If you would like a further breakdown of our finances you can access them here. ​ We truly believe that we are the solution to lowering the number of people experiencing homelessness. But, our community holds change in its hands. You can make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in our city. Chum's Golden Gala is a great way to do this. By attending this dinner you will not only be able to directly support people experiencing homelessness, but you will also learn more about the impact Chum has had on our region and be able to spread that knowledge with your friends, family, and community. ​ Chum's Golden Gala is an event that we hope will be a turning point for our city. Let's do this together and put an end to the rising numbers of homelessness in our city. Online Fundraiser The Night's Menu Option 1: Pork Tenderloin Pork Tenderloin and Black Jack Apples, served with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Garden Salad Chef's Choice Fresh Vegetables Rolls with Butter Assorted Bars Option 2: Pan-Fried Walleye Pan-Fried Walleye served with Sautéed Kale, Lemon and Tomato with Tartar Sauce and served with Herb Roasted Red Potatoes Garden Salad Chef's Choice Fresh Vegetables Rolls with Butter Assorted Bars Option 3: Butternut Squash Ravioli Ravioli stuffed with Butternut Squash topped with Pomodoro Sauce and Shaved Parmesan Cheese Garden Salad Chef's Choice Fresh Vegetables Rolls with Butter Assorted Bars Champion Sponsors Advocate Sponsors Ally Sponsors Dougherty Funeral Home Interested In Becoming a Corporate Sponsor? Click Here To Learn More Table Host Resources Click the button below to find resources for those who are signed up as Table Hosts! Table Host Resources

  • 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. This is a great way to set up monthly payments, which helps us as an organization greatly! Donate On PayPal In-Kind Donations We are not taking in-kind donations for the month of February. ​ 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. Cash Donations 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 set up an automatic EFT Withdrawal from your bank account, fill out and bring this form to our office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN. 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 Inclusion | Chum

    Inclusion Policies CHUM directly serves two communities within the greater community of Duluth: members of our religious congregations (predominantly white, with relatively greater access to resources) and those who come to us for assistance (people who are experiencing homelessness or hunger, with the least access to resources in Duluth, of whom almost 50% are from Communities of Color). Our by-laws require 15 out of 18 board members to be from CHUM Congregations; this makes it difficult to build board diversity. We will be reviewing our by-laws in 2021 with an eye toward facilitating a more diverse board. Consistent with our mission statement to “create a more just and compassionate community,” CHUM recognizes that diversity in all its forms is a positive social good, and celebrates the collective talents, points of view, creativity and skills inherent in a diverse community. In November 2015, the CHUM Board committed to affirmative recruitment and hiring to increase the diversity of our staff whenever there were openings. CHUM’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan included a focus on building our capacity and competence to address racial equity. Striving For Greatness Where we stand as of 2021: % White % African Heritage %Native American %Asian %Multiracial City of Duluth 89.7 2.3 1.8 1.6 4.1 CHUM Board 100 0 0 0 0 CHUM Staff (8.21.18) 76 15 9 0 0 CHUM Staff (3.15.21) 60 28 12 0 0 CHUM Shelter Staff (8.21.18) 58 25 17 0 0 CHUM Shelter Staff (3.15.21) 21 36 43 0 0 CHUM Shelter Guests (2020) 52 21 18 18 7 ​ CHUM provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, and economic position or social class (including status in regard to public assistance) in regard to any position for which the employee or applicant for employment is qualified. CHUM takes affirmative steps to employ, advance in employment, upgrade, train and recruit women, persons with disabilities and members of Communities of Color. This policy extends to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, terminations, and leaves of absence, compensation, and training. In addition, CHUM will not use the services of any placement agency known to discriminate in its referrals on the basis of any of the characteristics mentioned above. CHUM provides equal access to all of our programs, services, and buildings, including the main office, Emergency Shelter, the Drop-in Center, Street Outreach, Food Shelf, Stabilization Services, Steve O’Neil Apartments and any other program we operate or will operate, to all people who are eligible for such services without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, and economic position or social class (including status in regard to public assistance). CHUM complies with all Federal, State and Local laws with respect to non-discrimination in employment and provision of services. We regularly update our policies to reflect changes that promote inclusion, most recently in September 2016 in response to HUD’s final rule toward to ensure equal access to housing and services in shelters regardless of gender identity. People are welcome to stay in the shelter consistent with their gender identity. We rejected the counter-guidance under HUD Secretary Ben Carson. CHUM has received support from the American Baptist Foundation and the Duluth Superior Community Foundation to promote cultural competence (and cultural humility) in our member congregations and on our staff. To that end, most of our staff and over 150 of our congregational members have attended workshops on white privilege. We have sponsored three 3-day “Fostering the Roots of Cross Cultural Competency” workshops with Cultural Fluency, Inc., each attended by 24 people. Several years ago, with the Native American Community we co-sponsored a community-wide process and discussion on the film “The Doctrine of Discovery”. Eight of our congregations have featured “The New Jim Crow” and/or “Waking up White” in their book clubs. While we know that awareness is important, we also know that it is insufficient without action. CHUM serves as the fiscal sponsor for any organization or project originating from or preferentially benefitting Communities of Color who do not yet have the capacity for independent 501(c)3 standing. Currently we are serving as fiscal sponsor for Natives against Heroin (Duluth), the Bob Tavani Respite House, the Indigenous Commission (especially for Gichi-Ode’ Akiing), and Local Solutions to Poverty. In recent years, we were the fiscal sponsor for Alabama 35 #2, a youth bus trip to important historical sites in the Civil Rights movement, culminating in the National Museum of Peace and Justice (aka National Lynching Memorial). We are honored to be a financial sponsor for events that relate to reducing racial disparities, such as the NAACP and Clayton-Jackson McGhie dinners, Social Justice Socials, Arthur Foy Memorial Scholarships, an ELCA Blanket Exercise training for trainers, and Martin Luther King Day celebrations. A special note regarding the CHUM Food Shelf: CHUM’s non-discrimination policies are broader than those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The official USDA non-discrimination statement is: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

  • Homeless Memorial Vigil | Chum a Nonprofit in Duluth, MN

    Homeless Memorial Vigil Come stand with us to honor and remember individuals who experienced homelessness this last year, those who were formerly homeless, and advocates for those people who passed away this last year. December 19th, 5:00 PM. Homeless Memorial Vigil Every year we take time to remember people who passed away who experienced homelessness, formerly experienced homelessness, or were advocates for those persons. ​ We feel it is important to do this because these were sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and even grandparents. They may have had a harder life than any of us could imagine. They deserve to be honored and remembered. ​ At 4:45 PM, people will be meeting at the Chum Food Shelf (120 N 1st Ave W) to drop off donations for Street Outreach. At 5:00 PM, Marchers will gather and get ready for the march. Each person will be given a sign with someone's name who has passed away. Then head to Duluth City Hall At 5:20 PM, Marchers will arrive at city hall, where they will be greeted by Cedar Creek drum group with a welcoming song. At 5:30 PM, the vigil will begin. ​ We hope many people in our community join us to stand with those who have passed away. 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 Email Assembly | Chum

    Thanks! We will let you know when we land on a date for Winter Assembly ASAP! 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 Super Rhubarb Festival! | Chum

    Super Rhubarb Festival 2024 More Pie, More Food, and More Fun! Saturday June 29, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at Stella Maris Academy Holy Rosary Campus 2802 E 4th St Duluth, MN. See you there! Sign Up To Volunteer Day Of Schedule Shuttles & Parking Preorder Pie Exclusive Presenting Sponsor: What's Going to Make This Rhubarb Festival Super? Great question! We are making this the Super Rhubarb Festival commemorating Chum's 50th Anniversary. Now that we are at the end of our 50th anniversary year celebration, we wanted to throw the community an extra big party to say thank you for all of your support. It has been an incredible year, from the largest fall dinner we have ever had to all the different clothing and food drives YOU started. ​ The year's SUPER Rhubarb Festival will be bigger and better than ever. We are making more pie, more food, and even more games for everyone to enjoy. Rhubarbara is even challenging some of the local mascots to a foot race! ​ This will be one of the most memorable Rhubarb Festivals, so mark your calendar and join us on Saturday, June 29! Volunteers, Volunteering, Volunteer Seriously, it takes hundreds of volunteers to make this event happen! If you love Rhubarb Festival and have never volunteered, how about making this year your first? We would love to have you and show you the ropes (stalks?)! There is something for everyone, click the button and take a look! Volunteer Sign Up Day Of Schedule: Day of Schedule: 9:00 AM - The start of the SUPER Rhubarb Festival 9:30 AM - Windjammers Concert Starts 10:30 AM - Shuttles begin to run from UMD 11:00 AM - Kid's Run Life Parade Concert Starts 11:30 AM - Mascot Run 12:30 PM - Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners Concert Starts 1:15 PM - Bucket Raffle Ends 1:50 PM - Raffle Winners Announced 2:00 PM - Big Wave Dave Concert Starts 3:00 PM - End of Day. Cleanup Starts 3:30 PM - Last shuttle from Super Rhubarb Festival to UMD lot. Music Schedule 9:30 AM - Windjammers ​ 11:00 AM - Life Parade ​ 12:30 PM - Breanna Marie & The Front Porch Sinners ​ 2:00 PM - Big Wave Dave and the Ripples Shuttles, Transportation, and Parking With the Super Rhubarb Festival being the biggest Rhubarb Festival to date, we thought it would be good to help everyone get there! There will be shuttles running from UMD directly to the Super Rhubarb Festival at Stella Maris Academy Holy Rosary Campus from 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Park in UMD's Maroon Lot B (see below) right off of College St. and University Drive. ​ East 4th Street will be closed from Hawthorne Road to Wallace Avenue. Parking will be available at Ordean-East Middle School and the upper lot at Stella Maris Academy Holy Rosary Campus, but very limited. We have lots of people planning to come this year and we are highly encouraging people to take the shuttle. Please plan accordingly! Preorder Your Pie! How much do you love the Chum Rhubarb Pie? If you love it as much as us; preorder yours today and skip the line! Preorder Here Raise a Glass To Super Rhubarb Fest Strawberry Rhubarb Cider Night Tue, Jun 18 Duluth Jun 18, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 2515 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806, USA Jun 18, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 2515 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806, USA Learn more Happy Hour at Bent Paddle Brewing with Live Music and Raffle Mon, Jun 10 Duluth Jun 10, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 1832 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806, USA Jun 10, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 1832 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806, USA Learn more Evening on the Patio & Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Release Party Thu, Jun 06 Duluth Jun 06, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 525 S Lake Ave #102, Duluth, MN 55802, USA Jun 06, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 525 S Lake Ave #102, Duluth, MN 55802, USA Learn more Happy Hour at Sir Ben's with Live Music Wed, May 29 Duluth May 29, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 805 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA May 29, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Duluth, 805 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA Learn more Raffles We are raffling off a couple of awesome items at this year's Super Rhubarb Festival. Stop in at Chum Admin (102 West 2nd Street) for a ticket and a chance to win! Tom Lohman created another beautiful hand-turned segmented bowl, a true work of art. Chum Quilters (women from 5 congregations) have produced a gorgeous hand-stitched quilt incorporating hundreds of different fabrics. Each of these items will be raffled separately, with the drawing at 2 PM on Saturday, June 29 at the Super Rhubarb Festival (need not be present to win). $5 for a chance to win, and to support the work of Chum! Gold Sponsors: Silver Sponsors: Bronze Sponsors: Rhubarb Partners: Dougherty Funeral Home Contract Tile & Carpet LLC The Jamar Company Hunt Electric In-Kind Donors: And: YOU! If your business, or the one you work for, is interested in being a sponsor at the SUPER Rhubarb Festival, click the button below for more information! Sponsorship Info 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

  • 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 on the first and third Thursdays of the month. 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

  • 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 2022 Financial Statement 2022 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

  • 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 Director of Distributive Services We are looking for a Director of Distributive Services at the Chum Food Shelf. This role will be responsible for the overall management of our distributive services programming including the operation of the Chum Food Shelf and the collection and distribution of donated food, household supplies, etc. This is a full-time position, click the title of this job for a full job description. Apply Now Early Childhood Teacher We are looking for an Early Childhood Teacher at the Steve O'Neil Apartments. In this role you will make a big difference in the lives of the children in the Early Childhood Program. You will assist the Early Childhood Program Coordinator and help meet the needs of the children in their care. This is a full-time position, click the title of this job for a full job description. Apply Now Support Staff - St. Francis Apartments We are URGENTLY looking for St. Francis Apartments Support Staff at Chum. In this role, you will be responsible for St. Francis Apartments 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 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 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 - 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 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

  • Chum Our Supporters | Chum

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