1) Minnesota Humanities:     Minnesota Humanities Center Logo 2

Established by the state in 1971 and affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Minnesota Humanities Center focuses on bringing the unique resources of the humanities to the challenges and opportunities of our times. The mission of the Humanities Center is to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society.

2) Beyond the Yellow Ribbon:     NG Yellow Ribbon Program Logo

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Servicemembers and their families with community support, training, services and resources.

* Creating awareness through the Yellow Ribbon Community Campaign and synchronizing sustainable community support networks.
* Connecting and coordinating organizations, agencies and companies to provide resources and support to Servicemembers and their families.
* Delivering a series of formal Yellow Ribbon Training events to Servicemembers and their families before, during and after deployment.
* Providing an opportunity for Minnesotans to support Servicemembers and their families.

3) Red Wing Arts Association:     Red Wing Arts Assoc Logo

Red Wing Arts Association is the oldest arts organization in Red Wing, beginning in 1952 as an interactive arts educational program. Our support of the arts incorporates all forms of fine, applied, and performing arts at every level within our community. It is our belief that a personal engagement in the creative process, the active exchange of ideas, and a commitment to the diversity of the arts are mainstays of our culture. An appreciation of artistic expression helps us to remember our past, energizes our present, and develops a strong faith in our future.

We understand that each citizen, in his or her own way, should take an active role in the community to help strengthen it. Supporting the understanding and appreciation of the arts helps ensure a stronger, more compatible community for all.

* To inspire creativity and appreciation of the arts.
* To be a driving force for an active and dynamic arts community in Red Wing and the surrounding area.

4) Operation We Are Here:     Operation We Are Here Logo

* To create an awareness of the challenges of the military community
* To offer practical suggestions to churches, communities and individuals on how to support and encourage the military community
* To provide a comprehensive list of resources for the military community and its supporters

Resources for Veterans and Families:  Links

5) Foot Print Collective:

Our mission is to forge new ways of seeing our common experiences by creating new plays that transform the past into a better future.

Our method is to listen, wonder, create, and repeat.

Wonderlust Productions illuminates a community’s story through live performance, mixing community members from across generations, ethnicities, and perspectives, alongside an ensemble of professional actors, designers, writers, and directors.

6) Helping Paws:     Helping Paws Logo

Helping Paws was founded in 1988. We stay abreast of industry trends, unique opportunities, and community needs to make sure that our mission and core values remain on target. We value input from our staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and graduates.

The mission of Helping Paws is to further the independence of individuals with physical disabilities through the use of service dogs.

7) Paw Pads:     Paw Pads Logo 2

To enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with exceptionally skilled assistance dogs; to utilize the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool.

8) Wilderness Inquiry:     Wilderness Inquiry 1

We are a non-profit adventure travel organization on a mission of connecting everyone to great places through activities such as sea kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, safaris and dogsledding. Our adventures take you all over the world, from the Mississippi River to East Africa on high quality experiences featuring carefully crafted itineraries, excellent food, top notch gear and, best of all, highly skilled trail guides who care deeply about providing you the very best experience possible.

9) The Telling Project:     The Telling Project Logo 1

The Telling Project works to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them.

10) Veterans Voices, MN:     Art Display

Veterans Voices draws on the power of the humanities to call attention to the stories and contributions of Veterans. This initiative amplifies, honors, and recognizes the stories and contributions of Minnesota Veterans in their own voice through plays, art, discussion groups, and the Veterans’ Voices Award.

11) Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27:     VFP Logo 1

Advocates for veterans and their families by sharing resources, etc.; shares with the public the true costs of war and encourages leadership to use restraint in war making efforts {including nuclear proliferation} with a grand desire to abolish war as an instrument of Foreign Policy.

12) Veterans Book Project:     Veterans Book Project Logo     Veterans Book Project Books 1

The Veterans Book Project is a library of books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the current American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In their printed format, the books provide a place or “container” that slows down and materializes the great quantity of ephemeral image files that live on veterans’ hard drives and in their heads.

Each book re-deploys volatile images with the aim of rearticulating and refashioning memories. It stands both independent of and in concert with the larger collection.

13) The 8030 Project:     8030 Project Logo Mara     8030 Photo 3

An “Open Call” artistic project for local Minnesotans to submit their visual concepts representing 22 military suicides a day. Created by local documentarian, Mara Pelecis who lost her father, Andy, a Vietnam veteran, to suicide in 2002.

 

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13) Veteran Artist Program:     Veteran Artist Program Logo

Since 2009, VAP has worked with national veteran and arts organizations to produce six music/theatrical live events, filmed three documentaries, one feature film, curated gallery exhibits, provided videography/photography services, and helped organize more than 30 community improvement projects, including painting two murals in Baltimore. VAP has conducted projects in New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, Orlando and San Diego. Projects include the Arts, Military + Healing Initiative in D.C., the opening of Bloomberg’sWorkforce1 Veteran Career Center in New York, the first-ever all veteran artist exhibit at the Pentagon and the Arts and Service Celebration in New York City. VAP’s work has been seen on CNN, Fox News, ABC, BBC, MSNBC and covered by NPR, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

14) Combat Paper Project:     Combat Paper Logo 2

Coming home from war is a difficult thing. There is often much to account for as a survivor. A new language must be developed in order to express the magnitude and variety of the collective effect. Hand papermaking is the language of Combat Paper. By working in communities directly affected by warfare and using the uniforms and artifacts from their experiences, a transformation occurs and our collective language is born.

Through papermaking workshops, veterans use their uniforms worn in service to create works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military.

The Combat Paper Project is based in San Francisco, CA with affiliate paper mills in New Jersey, New York and Nevada. The project has traveled to Canada, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Kosovo providing workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists’ talks. Combat Paper is made possible through the collaborative effort of artists, veterans, volunteers, colleges and universities, art collectors, cultural foundations, art spaces, military hospitals and installations.

15) Warrior Writers:     Warrior Writers Logo 1

We are a community of military veterans, service members, artists, allies, civilians, and healers dedicated to creativity and wellness. We use writing, painting, photography, and a host of other mediums to reflect on our experiences and to articulate/express them creatively. Though Warrior Writers is a Philadelphia-based organization, we have members and activities across the U.S. including Chicago, the Bay area, New York, Texas, Boston, Oklahoma, Colorado and more.

16) Warrior Hike ~ “Walking off the War”:     Warrior Hike Logo

Historically, military units would experience a lengthy journey home after fighting a campaign abroad. During this journey home, warriors would process and come to terms with their wartime experiences. But in today’s age of modern transportation military personnel can find themselves home within a few days of serving in a combat zone.

In 2012, after returning home from three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Warrior Hike founder Sean Gobin hiked all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance hiking, Sean created the “Walk Off The War” Program which is designed to support veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails.

17) Wounded Warriors:     Wounded Warrior Logo

To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

* To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
* To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
* To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

18) Connected Warriors:     Connected Warriors Logo

Connected Warriors is the largest community-based volunteer organization in the United States, offering FREE Trauma-Conscious Yoga Therapy to Service Members, Veterans and their Families nationwide.

In communities across the country, our trained volunteer yoga instructors deliver trauma-conscious yoga therapy and other educational programs to our Nation’s Warriors.

The Military teaches our Warriors to be Present in chaos… Connected Warriors teaches our Warriors and their Families to be Present in peace.

19) Dry Hootch:     Dry Hootch Logo 1

Dryhootch is a nonprofit 501c3 organization formed by combat Veterans to help Veterans in their return home. Dryhootch was envisioned as a place where Veterans could gather informally in a coffee house; a safe, comfortable, drug-and-alcohol-free environment. The idea revolved around the creation of a retail coffee shop run by and for Veterans, which would also support an extended network of Veteran families, and encourage Veteran interaction with the community as a whole. “Hootch” is military jargon for a hut or safe place to sleep during combat. The term “dry” denotes the organization’s mission to provide a social gathering place for Veterans that is free of alcohol – one of the major problems plaguing Veterans of all eras. As such, the concept behind “Dryhootch” was a desire to establish a café-like environment dedicated to “helping Veterans who survived the war, survive the peace.”

20) Vet Art Project:     Michael Stokes Veterans Mirror 3

The Vet Art Project provides opportunities for veterans, family, and friends to work with expressive arts therapists and creative media to foster storytelling and attain more personal understanding, awareness, and peace.

21) Movement 22 {M22}:     Movement 22 Logo 1

A movement is defined as a group action of individuals or an organization with a specific focus to influence a social change for the better.

As of 2015 on average 22 military veterans commit suicide daily. Movement 22 is a for-cause organization comprised of Military Combat Veterans and Doctors combating the veteran suicide epidemic proactively vice reactively. As the majority of us are combat veterans with multiple deployments under our belts we understand the day-to-day struggles our fellow service members undergo when dealing with the transition back into civilian life. As a separated military veteran things can get rough as from time to time you may feel isolated and alone.

But you are never alone.