Collaborations with local organizations help us make a significant impact on the Twin Cities by focusing human and financial resources on the work being done through our partners.
The Community Partnership Ministry maintains Westminster’s local partnerships, some of which were formed more than 30 years ago. Community Partners are service organizations, operating primarily in the City of Minneapolis, to which Westminster provides financial support in the form of grants from the church’s benevolence budget.
Some of the external groups Westminster is working with are African Immigrants Community Services, Banyan Community, Beacon Interfaith, Minnesota AIDS Project, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Page Education Foundation, Project for Pride in Living, Urban Homeworks, and YWCA of Minneapolis.
Every year, an evaluation committee of the Community Partnership Ministry receives and evaluates dozens of applications for financial assistance, as well as requests for a wide range of volunteers. Many Westminster members serve on the boards of our partners and have been instrumental in nurturing relationships between Westminster and organizations serving people in need.
Applications for these grants, focusing on housing, education/training, and healthcare, are due in January. Church members then make site visits and evaluate the applications, with final funding decisions made in March as part of Westminster’s annual budget process. Applications are available on request from Drew Smith.
Two internal Westminster organizations also are supported by Community Partnerships: Social Service and Boy Scout Troop 100.