Blog: Social Issues
Health Care for the Homeless
Hennepin County's Health Care for the Homeless provides medical clinics at 11 different shelters and drop-in centers. Find locations and hours to get health care, including treatment and medications. Appointments aren't required, but call the individual clinic to confirm it's open, or call the main phone number at 612-348-5553.
Minnesota Food HelpLine
Find solutions to your family's food needs by calling the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151. The help line is provided by Hunger Solutions Minnesota and is available Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assess your situation and provide help.
Choose to Reuse
Hennepin County is partnering with 72 local reuse retailers to offer coupon books valid through November 30th. Choose to Reuse coupon books are available at all Hennepin County Libraries. New this year is the ability to get coupons on your smartphone or tablet.
Free Community Meals
Find a listing of free community meals at CSR Minneapolis. Meals are located at various organizations in Minneapolis and the western Metro area.
Get Ready for MnSure
Enrollment for MnSure begins on October 1, but you can start finding answers to your questions about health coverage now. Find out how it will work, calculate your cost, and read answers to frequently asked questions.
Free Summer Meal for Kids
Find a free summer meal for kids using the Summer Meal Map through Second Harvest Heartland. The Summer Food Service Program is completely free and provides a nutritious meal to kids ages 18 and younger.
Should doctors be allowed to help terminally ill patients die? This is the topic of a recent report available on CQ Researcher, a database which presents both sides of timely controversial topics. Other recent reports include mental health policy, media bias, and free speech at risk, among many others.
Project Homeless Connect
On Monday May 20, 2013, Project Homeless Connect will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Over 100 organizations will be available to assist people experiencing homelessness find mental and chemical health care, employment training and placement, free haircuts, medical and dental care, ID assistance, and more. Volunteers needed.
24 Hour Crime Victim Hotline
Help is available for crime victims at 612-340-5400 through the Council on Crime and Justice. This is a 24 hour hotline available for all crime victims and is free and confidential. Advocates are available to provide guidance, advocacy, information and emotional support.
Become a Foster Parent
Are you interested in providing foster care? The first step is to attend a Hennepin County Foster Care Information Meeting. Find out more about the Foster Care Licensing Process and also the current needs in the county.
Homeless Shelter Resources
Find a variety of resources and services available for people experiencing homelessness at Hennepin County Homeless Shelter Resources. Shelters for families, youth, single adults, and for those experiencing domestic violence are listed. Also, for emergency and transitional housing help call the Metro Shelter Hotline at 1-888-234-1329.
Hennepin County Public Assistance
If you need help but don't know where to go, take a look at Hennepin County Public Assistance services. Find programs to assist with health care, food, mental and chemical health, services for immigrants, seniors, people with disabilities, and more.
Guns and Violence
Learn more about the arguments for and against gun control with Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Search for the "Guns and Violence" topic. Also included are recent newpaper and magazine articles on what causes violence and opinions on how to prevent it.
Check Up On Charities
Before you donate to a charity, find out if it meets the standards of the Charities Review Council. Search for reviews of charities, tips on how to give smart and safe, and information on donating cars and goods.
Project Homeless Connect
On Monday, December 10, 2012, Project Homeless Connect will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Over 100 organizations will be available to assist people who are homeless find mental and chemical health care, employment training and placement, medical and dental care, haircuts, and ID assistance. Volunteers are needed.
Feeling Thankful? Become a Volunteer
Find volunteer opportunities with over 300 nonprofits in the Twin Cities area with HandsOn Twin Cities. Search for volunteer positions that fit your interests and availability.
It's Give to the Max Day
Today is Give to the Max Day, when every donation you make gives your favorite organization the chance to collect even more money. Hundreds of nonprofits and schools are offering the opportunity to match your dollars throughout the day.
Choose to Reuse
Go green this month and choose to reuse items instead of purchasing new. Hennepin County partners with 80 local retailers to offer Choose to Reuse coupon books valid through November 30. Copies are also at your local Hennepin County library. If you have items to donate, find businesses and non-profits that accept them with the Choose to Reuse Directory.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Learn what you can do to stop bullying at Pacer Center's National Bullying Prevention Center. Information from various government agencies on what bullying and cyberbulling are, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying can be found at StopBullying.gov . Also, find the latest news, research, and links to health and safety resources regarding bullying at MedlinePlus.
Register to Vote
In Minnesota you can register to vote on election day, but why wait? Voter registration applications can be found at any Hennepin County Library or can be printed from Minnesota Votes. Also at Minnesota Votes find your polling place or how to vote absentee. If you decide to wait until election day, find out what you need to bring with you from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.
State of America's Children Handbook
Find statistics about children's poverty, health, education, and more with the 2012 State of America's Children Handbook, produced by the Children's Defense Fund.
Find Affordable Housing
Search for affordable rental housing in Minnesota at Housinglink. See the status of subsidized housing waiting lists in the Twin Cities metro area and sign up to receive newly listed housing and waiting list openings by email or text message.
Kids Eat Free! Summer Meals for Kids
Second Harvest Heartland has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Education to help facilitate the Summer Food Service Program and help bring more meals to more kids this summer. Use this map to find a free lunch near you.
Know Your Controversial Issues
Do you want to learn about various sides of controversial issues? CQ Researcher compiles weekly reports on current topics, such as recent ones about distracted driving, internet regulation, and immigration conflict, among many others. Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides facts as well as arguments for and against a wide range of topics.
Resources for Seniors
If you are a senior or a caregiver, the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging can connect you with community services including financial assistance, in-home help, transportation, health insurance counseling, and more.
Need To Do Some Spring Cleaning?
Find out where to dispose of appliances, electronics, mattresses, and more with the Hennepin County How to Get Rid of It Guide. If you have items to donate including cell phones, bicycles, clothing, and more, find organizations that accept them with the Choose to Reuse Directory. The Twin Cities Free Market is another way to give away (and get) free items.
Save Energy, Save Money
Learn tips on how to save energy in your home, vehicle, or workplace with Energy Savers. Also, find financial assistance information from the U.S. Dept of Energy for energy efficient purchases and improvements in the form of tax credits, rebates, and energy-efficient financing.
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