Great River Area Faith in Action is a faith-based nonprofit organization that focuses on mobilizing volunteers, empowering our clients, and educating our communities and clients.
Established in February 2003, over the years we have grown, adding professionals and programs that allow us to support family caregivers, coordinate volunteer services, bridge generations and assist families in crisis. Throughout our growth we have remained true to our mission of providing compassionate, caring assistance to people who find life difficult because of age, disability or life circumstance.
In 2013 we served more than 1,700 individuals, families and households in the central Minnesota region with our programs and services. We mobilized over 1,000 volunteers, who together provided more than 21,000 hours of service to help their neighbor in need. As one of the largest volunteer agencies in this area, we are committed to strengthening our communities…one caring relationship at a time.
Our funding comes from many sources:
- We encourage those using our services to share in the cost of providing them.
- About 50% of our funding comes from local support including fundraisers and proceeds from our store, The GREAT Room in Elk River. We also receive donations from family members of those we serve, as well as from other individuals, businesses and congregations.
- In 2013, approximately 5% of our funding came from local foundations or United Way organizations, including Sherburne County Area or Central MN United Way, Three Rivers Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation of Central MN.
- We received a grant from Otto Bremer Foundation in 2013, and are presently funded in part under contract through the Central MN Council on Aging with Older Americans Act Dollars, and have a CS/SD grant, through the MN Department of Human Services, Aging Division.