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Thrivent Financial commits $9.2 million to Habitat for Humanity


Tue, Dec 6th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements





MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 5, 2011) - For the seventh straight year, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is committing millions to stabilize, strengthen and secure communities by creating affordable housing in partnership with low-income families through its unique partnership called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity.



Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced that in 2012 it will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 142 Habitat for Humanity homes in 32 U.S. states through a $9.2 million contribution. Thrivent Financial's total seven-year support of Habitat for Humanity, helping families achieve the dream of homeownership, will surpass $160 million in 2012.

Habitat for Humanity's relationship with Thrivent Financial brings the financial, volunteer and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing construction leadership of hundreds of local Habitat for Humanity affiliates. To date, more than 480,000 volunteers have donated more than three million hours to construct 1,600 homes in the U.S.



"Thrivent Builds lets you see family life from a different perspective," said Brad Hewitt, president and CEO of Thrivent Financial. "It gives volunteers an amazing opportunity to live generously, to reflect, to grow and to be a part of something that truly changes lives."



When Ka Youa Yang partnered with Thrivent Builds on a home being built as part of Habitat's Jimmy Carter Work Project in St. Paul, Minn., her life changed. "I just couldn't believe it," she said. "I kept saying 'I'm so lucky! I'm so happy!' I called everyone I knew."



Yang, her children and her nephew have moved into their new home and are now financially secure enough for her to begin saving for her children's education.

The Thrivent Builds Worldwide program of the partnership gives Thrivent Financial members and other volunteers an opportunity to build homes abroad or in the United States. During the past six years, approximately 5,800 volunteers forming 540 different teams traveled to build more than 1,000 homes in 33 countries through Thrivent Builds Worldwide.



"We are so grateful to all those at Thrivent Financial who share our desire to make a difference in the lives of families and communities," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "We have worked together in Chile and El Salvador, in Poland and South Africa and from the Nor .....
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Unemployment rate dips to 6.4 percent

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

ST. PAUL - The state's unemployment rate fell 0.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.4 percent in October, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was ..... 
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DEED launching loan programs for small businesses

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has been awarded $15.5 million in federal funding for programs that will support small-business lending in the state.

The funding, from President Obama's Small Business J ..... 
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Arlin Falck Foundation accepting grant applications

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education, and similar matters. The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore ..... 
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AgStar Fund solicits grant applications

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce it is once again accepting grant applications for programs that enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residen ..... 
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Local lineworkers head to Wisconsin to aid in power restoration

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) sent four lineworkers to Friendship, Wis. earlier today to assist with power restoration efforts following a storm that rolled through its service territory. At one point Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative, whi ..... 
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Emily Tracey, PA-C, joins Winona Health Rushford and Winona Clinics

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Emily Tracey, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), has joined Winona Health's Family Practice Department and will see patients of all ages at both Rushford and Winona Clinics beginning mid-August.

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Coffee Street Inn in Lanesboro has new owner

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Cheryl Sherry is the new Innkeeper for The Coffee Street Inn located in Lanesboro. Cheryl originally hails from Southern California and comes to the Coffee Street Inn from Fort Dodge, Iowa where she was working as a Community Relations Director in h ..... 
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Harmony Community Chest Opens Campaign

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

The Harmony Community Chest is starting its solicitation campaign early this year. Due to the difficulty in recruiting and retaining door-to-door solicitors, the Community Chest board members are trying a new approach that entails solicitation lette ..... 
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