Merrick Events

 Month of March  

Minnesota Food Share






Minnesota Food Share Month

Stretch Your Donation!!

March 1-April 7,2014

 An excellent time to make a difference in the lives of children, families and seniors on 

Saint Paul’s East Side! 

During these challenging economic times,we are seeing increasing evidence from the services provided by Merrick.

"Poverty Relief programs are needed more than ever"


Write a check payable to Merrick Community Services 

(Write poverty relief in the memo) and mail to 
965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300,
Saint Paul MN. 55130 

 Donate food by scheduling a drop off at Merrick's food shelf (Click here for food list)

Click Here for Merrick's Food Shelf Location

Deliver your check to your organization's named representative who will then forward the donation to MCS

During Minnesota FoodShare, you help families find dignity by donating to our Food shelves







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Your donation can inspire hope and create opportunities for a brighter future for children, families and seniors.

Merrick and EDIT Open Discussion of Poverty Through Art

Merrick has built another strong partnership with a local arts organization—Equity Diversity Inclusion Together, or EDIT—this time to bring arts and advocacy home.
This project focuses on poverty, and the families who struggle with it. “What does it mean to be poor?” asks Linda Coleman, the Supervisor of the Youth Program.EDIT’s mission is to empower youth and communities to expand their awareness of diversity issues, embrace a journey toward greater understanding and acceptance,and become committed to social action in order to create a more inclusive society. Two years ago EDIT joined up with youth programs on the North Side of Minneapolis to document the destruction of the tornado in the spring of 2011. Now they have partnered with Merrick’s youth program to bring photography and artistic expression to tough issues on the East Side.

“How do we tell the story of poverty in our community with dignity, honesty, and respect?”

Starting in September, MCS youth met weekly with EDIT staff to learn about photography and expression. EDIT also hosted Wing Young Huie, a local and renowned photographer, whose most recent work along University Avenue in St. Paul brought attention to the Midway neighborhood at the time of the light rail construction project. Once the students had a strong foundation in artistic principles and storytelling, the staff began leading them on small field trips—around the neighborhood, to the police station to interview law enforcement officials, and to a nearby homeless shelter.

Coleman smiles as she reflects on the program. “Our philosophy at the youth program—and Merrick’s vision for the future—is to provide experiences for our youth to prepare them to be community leaders in the 21st Century.”

The project will culminate with a gallery display of the youth program’s photography at MCTC on January 9, 2013. The event is open to the public.


Community Sponsored Events

1,000 Rolls for Food


The Shuharikan Dojo is a warm, friendly place with butter-cream yellow walls and lots of windows, but you would miss it if you didn’t know it was there. It’s above an antique shop in an old building in downtown St. Paul. It’s a calm place, except when it’s full of squirrely kids in their socks, bouncing and stretching and preparing to do Aikido. The Dojo, which means “school” in Japanese, is a non-profit studio for students of Aikido, one of the Japanese martial arts that grew out of the Samurai tradition. Unlike Karate or other martial arts, Aikido emphasizes self-defense while protecting the safety of the attacker, so there’s no kicking or punching. Because of its emphasis on harmony, the St. Paul Dojo began incorporating a week long celebration of the UN International Day of Peace into their fall curriculum. Jon Sharratt, one of the Dojo’s Directors, remembers the 2012 “Peace Week,” saying, “This year we really wanted to reach out into the community. This was our biggest Aiki Peace Week yet.”

 The Dojo celebration began on Monday, September 17th and culminated on Saturday, September 22nd, with the “Roll-a-thon” – a food-and-fundraiser for Merrick Community Services.

 On Saturday the Dojo’s kids class—with students as young as four years old—performed 1,000 total rolls to raise money for Merrick. Aikido teaches a rolling technique unlike that in gymnastics or other tumbling sports – this one is designed to protect the student, both from muscle sprains and from outside attack. It’s a swift, fluid movement - more like a kart-wheel than a somersault. “Once I slipped and fell on some ice, but I tucked my chin and rolled, just like we teach our students,” Sharratt jokes. “So it’s got practical applications!”

 Sharratt estimated that each student had to perform 40-50 rolls in order to hit the 1,000 rolls goal. “When you’re that young you’ve got all kinds of untapped energy.” And he’s recruited the parents and observers to help count each kid’s rolls. “This year,” he says, “We’re getting everybody on board!”

 The students—or “aikidōka”—were also in charge of bringing in non-perishable food items for Merrick’s food shelf program, and at the end of the day, more than 400 lbs of food were donated.

 “This event really brings everything together,” says Jon Sharratt. “It’s about helping the kids take ownership of their community, be involved, and have some fun at the same time.”

 The Dojo is located at 265 W 7th St (3rd floor) in St. Paul, MN.

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FREE Financial Literacy Workshop
Thursday, April 10th & Tuesday, April 15th
5:00PM - 7:00PM (dinner included)
at Merrick Community Services
965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300
To register or for more details, please call
651-771-9339 by April 8th.

Help Resolve Hunger on the East Side of Saint Paul

Donate to your Local Food-Shelf

Year in and year out, Minnesota FoodShare works closely with almost 300 shelves through out the state to serve the hungry.
Merrick Serviced more than 500 families per month.
Distributed more than 360,000 pounds of food.
We couldn't provide this level of support and help if not for you. Your monetary donations help us purchase food at costs far below what could be purchased at a regular grocery store, and your food donations help bring variety to the shelves that families are surprised to find.



            Donate Healthy Food



December 14 & 16th  Holiday Share Event
Phone Bank Volunteers can sign up starting
11/4 through 12/23 to answer phones at Salvation Army North. # of toys received corresponds to # of Merrick Phone Bank Volunteer Hours.

October 30
Legacy & Leadership Luncheon
benefiting Merrick Community Services
featuring author/international foundation and business consultant  Dr. Mark T. Green - University Club, St. Paul. Tickets $125  VIP Reception 11:15 & Luncheon
$75.00 Luncheon  12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. 
November 14 Give To The Max Day & Evening celebration at
Char House & Lounge
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  band, fun, prices!
11-22nd   3M Thanksgiving Match
Remind your 3M friends and families to donate to Merrick during the 3M Thanksgiving Match campaign



July - August      Summer Food Drive                         July - August      School Supply Drive     Aug 6th,             National Night Out   Aug14th,                   
Career Resource Fair
August Kids to Camp  Aug 20th, Tues   
Financial Workshop Families (free)
Aug 20-22,         Backpack Donations Drop Off
August 24,         Backpack Distribution Event,
                           Family Health Mobile & Grooming!
September         DOJO Roll for Peace & Food

Neighbors, families and friends gathered at Merrick's Community Center on August 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for food, fun, music and more! A special thank you to our NNO partners, volunteers and community members who contributed to the event!
District 5 Council member Amy Brendmoen,
District 5 Planning Council
Railroad Island Task Force,
St. Paul Fire Department
St. Paul Police Department
Merrick Community Services Staff and Dedicated Volunteers

Merrick Salutes the Greatest Generation


Senior Services

Join us in paying tribute to our grandparents, parents,   uncles, aunts, friends, teachers, colleagues, military veterans and scores of other seniors to whom we owe immeasurable thanks and gratitude. And it shouldn't stop there!

Merrick's Meals On Wheels Program delivery over 40,000 hot nutritious meals yearly to seniors on Saint Paul's East Side

Merrick Senior Chore Services provides yard work and light housekeeping for seniors. Volunteers are always welcome to share their time and smiles!  To learn more, contact Merrick's Volunteer Office  at (651) 771-9339.

Over 355 students received backpacks and school supplies as part of Merrick's Back to School Bash on August 24th. Free hair cuts, dental kits and laundry soap were also provided. A special thank you to our generous donors, corporate contributors and individuals and volunteers who made the event such as success! Thank you for making a difference for children and families on St. Paul's East Side!


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