Back to School Bash helps HUNDREDS of kids get ready for school

posted Sep 2, 2015, 2:27 PM by Merrick Community Services   [ updated Dec 31, 2015, 8:56 AM ]

On August 29, Merrick's Back to School Bash, hosted at HOPE Community Academy, helped hundreds of East Side school-aged kids get the backpacks and supplies they needed to start school off on the right foot!

Merrick would like to thank HOPE Community Academy for donating the space, DOZENS of volunteers who helped at the event, and the many companies, churches and community groups that contributed backpacks, school supplies and books to the event.

Spring 2015 Gateway Newsletter

posted May 6, 2015, 12:39 PM by Merrick Community Services   [ updated Dec 31, 2015, 9:01 AM ]

The Spring 2015 Gateway Newsletter is out!,+St+Paul,+MN+55103/@44.9518424,-93.1069649,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x87f62aaf632e2a9b:0x85edb0d16ae82e3e

Click the newsletter image to read it online.

Agribank recognized for its support of Merrick

posted Jan 8, 2015, 12:52 PM by Merrick Community Services   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 12:52 PM ]

Here is the article that featured Agribank's varied support of Merrick Community Services:

AgriBank: Creating a holistic approach to supporting nonprofits

2014 Giving Guide

December 19, 2014


When it comes to giving back to the community, St. Paul-based AgriBank's CEO Bill York believes in pairing financial support with time on the ground.

"Having the financial resources is the engine that makes things possible. The volunteer effort is what makes it real," York said. "Having both is important to a holistic solution."

AgriBank, which provides wholesale lending, risk management and retail bank support to 17 farm credit associations, does just that for Merrick Community Services, a social service agency serving St. Paul's East Side. AgriBank employees collect food and monetary donations to help Merrick fill its food shelves, and they conduct annual school-supply drives in August. For the holiday season, employees collect and wrap toys and decorate gift cards for youth and families in need.

"AgriBank has been one of our premier partners for years," said Daniel Rodriguez, executive director at Merrick. "If we have a need, we let them know about it, and there's never been once they've turned us down or disappointed us."

The bank is the top donor to Merrick's food shelf, Rodriguez said.

To gather that level of food and monetary resources, AgriBank gets creative. Fundraising events have appeared in the form of ice cream socials and bloody mary parties, as well as bingo games and lip-sync competitions. Employees also can purchase stickers to wear jeans to work for a day, with proceeds benefiting Merrick.

The hands-on volunteer spirit spans the organization, including York, who has been on the ground serving food and in the spotlight lip-syncing.

"He's there scooping the ice cream; he's there serving people. You don't see that in every organization," Rodriguez said.

Executives at AgriBank also help Merrick on a strategic level. The company's vice president of business services, Ruth Anderson, serves on Merrick's board, while AgriBank Process Improvement Manager Nicole Runge serves on its finance committee, helping the nonprofit to plan and manage its annual budget.

Their involvement has an enormous impact on the agency.

"I can't imagine how Merrick could operate at the level it desires without the ongoing and continuous support from AgriBank; they're just that crucial to us," Rodriguez said. "That's not just about dollars; it's also about volunteers. We feel as if we've been adopted by them."

Job Postings for 10/28/14

posted Oct 28, 2014, 7:44 AM by Merrick Community Services

Laborer Positions

1.       Penguin Insulation, Inc. is hiring for construction professionals and currently have installer positions available.  For more information on the position and to apply, visit their website at or call 763-535-7353. Penguin Insulation is in partnership with Masco Contractor Services’, a family of companies and leading national installer of residential insulation, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, gutters, garage doors, closet shelving, shower doors, and more.  With locations in or near most major metropolitan cities throughout the United States, we combine top-grade building products with superior installation services for builders and consumers.  They are looking to fill positions in Crystal, MN and Houlton, WI.

2.       Dornick Construction Inc, located in Minneapolis, is hiring for all levels of residential remodelers to complete carpentry (frame and finish), drywall, roofing, siding, doors/windows.  Must be reliable, hardworking, and trustworthy.  Need reliable transportation, most projects in the south metro area.  To apply, please visit

3.       Manpower Group is hiring for seasonal general laborer at the Target Retail Store Distribution Center.  This job entails unloading trailers from trucks with products for retail target stores, must be very physically fit person as you will be moving all day long.  For more information and to apply,

4.       R & R Contracting/MJ Track Maintenance LLC is hiring for Railroad Construction Laborer.  Candidates MUST be able to:

• Work a minimum 10 day tour (10 days on/4 off)

• Work at least 10 hours per day (typically 7am-6pm) and variable work schedules as needed.

• Travel overnight, sometimes out of state; lodging and meal per diem provided during overnight travel

• Read a tape measure, understand the overall concept of track construction, and follow directions

• Lift at least 45 lbs and be on their feet for the entire shift.

• Withstand various weather conditions and extremes

• Work safely at all times.

$15.00/hour and benefits eligible after 60 days of employment.  If you are interested applying, send resume and cover letter to their Human Resource Department, 5201 North Washington Street, Grand Forks ND 58203-3800 OR by fax 701-775-0158 OR email OR online at   Refer to Job ID 7916092 when applying, position found on

5.       Ebert Construction is hiring for laborers for various sized projects and service work in the commercial construction field.  The ideal candidate will need to be able to lift 50lbs continuously, have strong organization skills, and be task oriented.  To apply, please fax your resume to 763-498-9951.  For more information and to visit their website,

6.       Alex’s Lawn and Turf is hiring for Laborers to help with lawn care during warmer months and snow removal during the winter.  All applicants must have a VALID DRIVERS LICENSE! We are looking for employees that have at least one year of professional lawn care experience working on commercial and residential properties.  For more information on the position and to apply, visit

7.       Team Industrial Services, Inc. in South Saint Paul is hiring for an ECS Tech Apprentice.  TEAM Industrial Services, Inc.  was founded in 1973 and is a leading provider of specialty industrial services that are required in maintaining high temperature, high pressure piping systems and vessels utilized extensively in the refining, petrochemical, power, pipeline and other heavy industries. The aerospace and automotive industries also rely on Team's inspection services.  The apprentice would be responsible for Monitoring equipment with analyzer and electronic data collector * Identify leaks and process leak tags * Able to make minor mechanical adjustment when situations arise. * Complete daily ECS reports must have basic computer knowledge * Communicate daily equipment changes with office personnel **NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS** * Communicate/Coordinate with plant personnel. * Complete required CBT training * Complete daily ECS reports must have basic computer knowledge * Communicate daily equipment changes with office personnel.  For additional information and to apply, visit

8.       Horizon Roofing, Inc. is hiring for general laborers, fulltime to work on a Commercial Roofing Crew.   Knowledge of commercial roofing systems/applications is not necessary.  Some travel is involved, looking to fill positions immediately.  Requirements: -must have a valid driver’s license –must have means of transportation –must be able to pass pre-employment physical and drug screen.  To apply, visit

9.       Fabcon is hiring for Production Laborers at their Savage, MN location.  The position would perform production labor work necessary to assist with the manufacture of high quality concrete products including, but not limited to wall panels, highway traffic barriers, columns, and sound walls.  For more info on the position and to apply online, visit their website

10.   County Materials Corporation, located in Roberts, WI is looking to hire Plant Laborers.  CMC manufactures and supplies large selections of concrete products and related materials used in construction and landscaping markets.  This laborer position entails general manual labor tasks including loading, unloading, lifting and moving materials.  Assists a variety of functions, with manual labor tasks as needed, per direction.  Having knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices and procedures within any construction related field considered a plus.  For more information and to apply online, visit


CDL  Positions

1.       Waste Management is hiring for residential drivers. Our drivers, who have safe driving records, comply with all local, state, and federal transportation regulations and with company policy. Drivers are expected to communicate professionally with customers and dispatchers at all times. This includes receiving complaints about schedules and quality of service. Our Drivers must make note of and report on any such complaints and respond in a courteous and respectful manner. * Required work hours may be up to the legal limits allowed and may require weekend and/or holiday work. Work hours will vary by route. Drivers must be able to read and understand a map, complete daily driver logs as well as pre and post trip truck inspections. This position will require you to work in all weather extremes including extreme hot or cold, wet or dry conditions.  For more information and to apply, please visit:

2.       Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage Company is hiring for a Local Truck Driver.  Class A license required, individual responsibilities include safely transporting trailers back and forth from customer’s production facilities to Newport Cold.  Assist in yard management/drop trailer program for cold storage.  Warehouse work may be required during slow times.  For more info and to apply, contact Andrew Greenberg 2233 Maxwell Ave, P.O. Box 129, Newport MN 55055 or by phone 651-459-5555 or by email  Refer to job ID 7916843 when applying.

3.       Dean Foods is hiring for Class A Route Deliver Drivers, an entry level position.  Under minimal supervision, responsibilities include all delivery route activities including: Deliver and service major accounts as well as perform other deliveries that may occur, 4 day work week, Learn and maintain knowledge of all products sold, Promote the entire line of Land O'Lakes and Dean Foods products, Represent the company with integrity at all times, Observe all company and DOT rules and regulations.  To apply, visit

4.       CRST Expedited, located in Plymouth, MN is hiring on for entry level CDL truck drivers with a $200 sign on bonus.  This does not appear to be a local position but would require to drive interstate.  For more information and to apply, call 866-907-7372.  Information on this position was found at:

5.       Goodmanson Construction is hiring for concrete finishers/laborers with folks who have their CDL.  Fulltime position that will switch to snow removal duties during the winter months.  Base compensation for this position is $13—25/hour, depending on qualifications.  For more information and to apply, visit their website at

This position was found on, Job ID 7912009

Sponsor a Merrick Food Drive

posted Oct 27, 2014, 10:09 AM by Merrick Community Services

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a food drive, we have a partnership packet ready to assist you, complete with posters, flyers, announcements and suggested donation items.  

Contact Merrick's Development Department at (651) 771-9339. 

On behalf of those in need, as well as the entire Food Shelf Staff and Merrick Community Services, thank you for your participation in this year’s food drive.

Become a Merrick Food Shelf Partner

posted Oct 27, 2014, 10:07 AM by Merrick Community Services

Help fill empty plates! Become a Merrick Food Shelf Partner today! Send an email to and download your Partner Packet today!   Merrick Food Shelf Partner Packet

Donations are also accepted online and/or by check. Make check payable to Merrick Community Services.  Memo: Poverty Relief. Mailing address:965 Payne Ave # 300, Saint Paul, MN  55130. 

We appreciate your donation of  non-perishable and fresh food during the summer months Please contact our Woodland Hills Food Shelf at Food Shelf   for delivery times. Phone: (651) 287-2088

Merrick's Woodland Hills site at 
1740 Van Dyke Street,
St. Paul, MN 55109  
Phone: (651) 487-0001.

Donate Food, Coats & Hats, Gifts to Merrick Community Services

posted Oct 27, 2014, 10:04 AM by Merrick Community Services   [ updated Dec 31, 2015, 9:14 AM ]

Donations of items help Merrick Community Services to help those struggling with poverty on Saint Paul's East Side.

Please call Terry at 651-771-9339 x1014 or email her at to arrange a time to bring your donations to Merrick Community Services.

Here is our wish list of items:

  • Nonperishable Food Items
  • Coats (new or clean & gently used)
  • Hats and Mittens (new)
  • Toys (for all ages)
  • Holiday Gifts (for older children)

Thank you for supporting Merrick Community Services with your donation!

Planned Giving to Merrick Community Services

posted Oct 27, 2014, 9:56 AM by Merrick Community Services   [ updated May 12, 2016, 1:07 PM ]

Remember Merrick Community Services in your Estate Planning!.

Contact Merrick's Director of Resource Development, Brandon Griffinz, at 651-771-9339 x1014 or via email at   Brandon will be able to discuss Merrick's legacy programming, and is also supported by a volunteer, who is a lawyer specializing in estate planning.

Why consider Merrick Community Services in your Estate Planning?
Merrick Community Services has been operating on Saint Paul's East Side since 1908, and we continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable communities on the East Side through our self-sufficiency and stability-focused programs.  An planned gift is a way to continue your legacy on Saint Paul's East Side - helping both the young and old to have a stable and independent life.  

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