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Wayzata High School Junior Peter Larson was chosen as one of Minnesota’s top two volunteers and honored as a 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community recipient.
Larson was nominated by staff members at WHS for sleeping outside in the frigid late-autumn air for more than 300 nights over the past six years to raise more than $275,000 to help prevent homelessness in the community.
When Larson was in first grade, his Cub Scout pack heard a presentation by the man who had started the “Sleep Out,” and learned that for every $500 raised, he could help keep a needy family in their home for one month. “When I heard that number, it just clicked in my brain,” said Larson. “It was as if someone told me this is what I should do.”
For the next several years, Larson slept outside one night each year with his scout pack to support this cause. “By fifth grade, I knew I could do more, so I asked my parents if I could sleep out for the entire five weeks of the Sleep Out,” he said. Since then, he has spent each night of the annual November-December Sleep Out in a cardboard box behind his house, sometimes enduring temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero. Through media interviews, mailings, website appeals and speeches to church, scouting and school groups, he asks people to support him by making donations to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, which provides affordable housing and financial assistance to families in need. Larson also has persuaded local restaurants to pledge part of their profits from one day of his Sleep Out. “This is what I was called to do,” said Larson, “because if I don’t do it – who will?”
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As a state honoree, Larson will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in May to Washington, D.C., where he will join the top two honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2011 during the national recognition. The top 10 students will receive an additional $5,000 award, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.
Tom Schulenberg (Branch Manager), Justin Baker,
Tom Brandt, John Farni, Craig Olson. Not in the
picture are Aaron Howe and Brandon Howe.Seven members of the RBC Weath Management team slept out on the balcony of the Carisch building in downtown Wayzata on December 9th. The group did so to raise funds for IOCP’s Sleep Out campaign–over $3,000 for the non-profit organization.According to the guys, it was, very cold, there were many loud trucks and trains, and there were also a few loud guys who snore.Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your IOCP Sleep Out news leader.
IOCP’s total funds raised is now $586,120, which will enable the organization to serve 293 families in the coming year with their housing needs. That is close to one third of the goal this year.IOCP Executive Director LaDonna Hoy and her family, will be sleeping out Saturday, Nov. 27, at LaDonna’s house. Not many people in their 70s would choose to do this in the winter!
On November 16, as part of Give to the Max Day, IOCP raised a total of $325,471 online for its annual housing campaign, the Sleep Out. This number represents a one-day online giving record for the organization. (Last year, IOCP received $48,000 in online donations during the 2009 Give to the Max Day.)
There were 478 donors who gave a total of $175,471. IOCP’s own $150,000 matching pool nearly doubled that amount. An additional $25,154 in cash donations to the Sleep Out were made on that day.
“We are thrilled at this community’s response to the one-day effort,” said Jill Kohler, IOCP development co-director.
In addition, IOCP finished third in the state for amount donated to an organization as part of this year’s Give to the Max Day, behind Second Harvest Heartland and St. Olaf College. More than 3,000 organizations participated in the one-day effort.
Donations made to the Sleep Out on Nov. 16 will help prevent 163 families from losing their housing in the coming year.
Thanks to everyone who participated! if you haven’t supported the Sleep Out yet, click here.
What: Kickoff Rally for the 15th annual Sleep Out, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ annual housing campaign. The campaign goal is $1.8 million, which will enable IOCP to respond to 900 families at risk of losing their housing in the coming year.
The rally will include short videos, audience interviews, and activities for all ages, including a Flurry Zone cash cube. The folk group Tapestry, from Wayzata Community Church, will provide music. Free food—guacamole and chips, Dilly Bars, s’mores, rice krispie bars, popcorn, coffee, hot cider, water—and Meal Deals for $5 will be available. At 8 p.m., after the rally, the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” (PG-13) will be shown FREE on a large inflatable screen at the park, followed by a community sleep out.
When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Klapprich Park, 300 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata
Who: Sleep Out founder Bob Fisher
IOCP Executive Director LaDonna Hoy
IOCP Board Chair Fred Hegele
KARE 11’s Kim Insley, emcee
Groups sleeping out following the Kickoff Rally and movie:
9 area banks: Anchor Bank, Business Bank, Center National Bank, Flagship Bank, M&I Bank, Signature Bank, TCF Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo
Church youth groups: St. Barnabas Lutheran, St. Bart’s Catholic, Plymouth Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist of Minnetonka, Wayzata Community Church
IOCP Board of Directors
Why: Funds raised are used to provide emergency housing assistance and services that will stabilize families long-term, and to pursue affordable housing development projects. During the 14-year history of the Sleep Out Campaign, about 3,200 community members—including individuals, businesses, churches, youth and civic groups—have raised more than $12 million.
How: To donate to the Sleep Out, go to www.iocp.org/donate
Begun in 1979, IOCP is a community-based nonprofit that changes the odds for families and individuals living in Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. IOCP provides direct assistance and connects people with life-changing opportunities and resources. In addition to a food shelf, IOCP addresses five areas of greatest need: housing, employment, child care, transportation, and community connections. For more information, go to www.iocp.org.
From Lenore Franzen, “Peter raised about $3,100 last weekend at Punch Pizza—not quite as much as last year, but it was the night of the big storm and cold. However, I just heard that he is now at $50,000, thanks to an anonymous donation that just came in. Attached is a recent picture of Peter, in case you’d like to include it.
Our overall total to date is $1,060,000, which means we’ll be able to help 498 families with housing needs in the coming year. IOCP will continue to accept donations through January 31, so we are encouraging people to include us in their year-end giving decisions.”
The IOCP Sleep Out has raised $1,000,000, according to Lenore Franzen, Communications Director. This will allow the organization to assist 470 families in the upcoming year. There are only a handful of days remaining in the campaign.
Founded in 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) strengthens the 8 communities it serves by creating opportunities that change lives. We provide hope to struggling families in our midst through creative partnerships, and we engage volunteers.
For the more than 1,500 families and individuals we serve each year, we focus those opportunities around housing, child care, transportation, employment, and community connections. When families have choices in these areas-housing they can afford, a better job, quality child care, a car to get to work, a feeling of belonging-they are able to move forward in building a better life.
IOCP also engages more than 600 volunteers-from children to CEOs-in structured opportunities. They operate our food shelf, staff our reception desk, arrange rides to essential appointments, host community dinners, mentor students, sleep out to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing, promote our car donation program, and coordinate the collection and distribution of school supplies and holiday gifts.
In the seven years Peter Larson has slept out during The Sleep Out campaign, he has accumulated a lot of nick-names. The Sleep Out prince who raised $50,000, the brave Boy Scout who slept in a cardboard box for 43 nights, an Eleven Who Care award winner, a pizza-loving kid inspired by Bob Fisher to help keep families in their homes.“This year I want to help 125 families avoid homelessness,” Peter said. “I plan to sleep out every night of the campaign.” To meet his personal goal, he hopes to raise $71,125.Also back as a major supporter of Peter’s efforts is Punch Pizza in downtown Wayzata. Join Peter and his friends Sunday, Dec. 14, 5–9 p.m. for delicious Punch Pizza! Punch will contribute 50% of its proceeds for the entire day toward Peter’s goal, and will accept donations in a tip jar. Peter’s Boy Scout troop will help serve and staff the event. Many thanks to John Puckett, owner of Punch Pizza.
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