April’s Special Partnership

It’s been a busy month for blog posts, and we are posting a little early for April, but with good reason. This month we have had a lot of news to share and April will be more of the same. We will continue to update you with more board members. We are also going to share with you our April partnership and some big news for the fall, so keep checking in and following what’s new with us. We appreciate it!

Our April partnership is with Common Grounds a coffee shop in Columbia Heights. Nick a friend of mine and former social work supervisor is part of a team that started this amazing coffee shop. With my connection to Nick, and with Ryan my husband helping to build it coupled with the coffee shop’s mission to be invested in it’s community….this coffee shop stands out to us, and holds a special place in our hearts! We hope you check it out and see what we do! Meet Common Grounds and learn how they are helping partner with A Charlie Girl Foundation….

We are Community Grounds!  While we are an independent coffee shop, we absolutely value COMMUNITY.  We understand that community can be the difference between loneliness/isolation and friendship/support.  This is why we are excited to partner with Charlie Girl Foundation and their work in the area of supporting families and children with congenital heart defects.  Their mission is our mission and supporting them is an easy decision!
Community Grounds will be celebrating 1 year of business this summer.  Two summers ago, Ryan McManimon graciously gave us several hours of his time on behalf of M Square Construction, with no promise of work.  Eventually we did hire his company to remodel our space into what it is today, they did an amazing job for us and continue to be friends of Community Grounds!  It is a joy for us to partner with his family in their work!
During the month of April, Community Grounds will be hosting weekly Intergenerational BINGO events.  Every Saturday 1:00-2:30 during the month of April, 10-12 seniors and 10-12 kids will gather in our kids space and play BINGO, winners will get a free small beverage from our menu.  The cost to play will be $5 and all those funds will go to Charlie Girl.  If you can’t make that event but would still like to stop by and see the coffee shop built by M Square, feel free, we will have an opportunity for cash donations to Charlie Girl available throughout the month.
Community Grounds can be found online at communitygroundsmn.org.  You can also search for us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.