The Minnesota Community-Share Project

by Daniel Triestman | Mar 15, 2012
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Summary:

The goal of the Minnesota Community-Share Project is to establish an integrated network of communication which will work to match the needs of a community with its available resources. Working with community programs, churches, synagogues, mosques, non-profit agencies, civic-minded individuals, local businesses and philanthropic partners we will create a comprehensive database of local products and services that are available for community use. As well, we will create a list of the specific needs of the members of a community as identified by the community itself. Through a system of grassroots efforts and incentive we hope to challenge individuals and organizations to volunteer to share whatever resources they may have -clothes, food, transportation, tutoring, mentoring, handyman services, garden-space, tools, companionship, car-repair, equipment, temp work, training, storage space, etc. Available resources, as well as community needs, will be categorized on an online database. Those interested in utilizing available resources can access the web-site, review the available options and then contact the share-partner to make arrangements via secure e-mail. Individuals can also review the list of needs to see if they have the resources to help out someone else. All resources will remain available until the share-partner removes the resources from the database. As well, all needs will remain listed until they are met.

It is our hope that the Minnesota Community-Share Project will not only meet the needs and consolidate the resources of the community, but will also create a network of philanthropy and good-faith which will transcend racial and religious demographics.

About You

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About You

First Name

Daniel

Last Name

Triestman

Country

United States, MN, Saint Louis County

City

Eveleth

Innovation

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The Minnesota Community-Share Project

What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths in your community?

The goal of the Minnesota Community-Share Project is to establish an integrated network of communication which will work to match the needs of a community with its available resources. Working with community programs, churches, synagogues, mosques, non-profit agencies, civic-minded individuals, local businesses and philanthropic partners we will create a comprehensive database of local products and services that are available for community use. As well, we will create a list of the specific needs of the members of a community as identified by the community itself. Through a system of grassroots efforts and incentive we hope to challenge individuals and organizations to volunteer to share whatever resources they may have -clothes, food, transportation, tutoring, mentoring, handyman services, garden-space, tools, companionship, car-repair, equipment, temp work, training, storage space, etc. Available resources, as well as community needs, will be categorized on an online database. Those interested in utilizing available resources can access the web-site, review the available options and then contact the share-partner to make arrangements via secure e-mail. Individuals can also review the list of needs to see if they have the resources to help out someone else. All resources will remain available until the share-partner removes the resources from the database. As well, all needs will remain listed until they are met.
It is our hope that the Minnesota Community-Share Project will not only meet the needs and consolidate the resources of the community, but will also create a network of philanthropy and good-faith which will transcend racial and religious demographics.

Impact and Sustainability

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How will your idea have a positive impact on your community?

There are three distinct ways in which the Minnesota Community-Share Project may serve to improve the lives of Minnesota community members:

1. The Minnesota Community-Share Project can unite Minnesotans of all cultural backgrounds through a work of common good. Although Minnesota represents a diversity of social, economic, religious and racial persuasions The Minnesota Community-Share Project may serve to bridge the cultural divide by connecting community-minded individuals through the work on philanthropy.

2. The Minnesota Community-Share Project can create a vital link between the resources and needs of specific Minnesota communities. The Minnesota Community-Share Project gives voice to all Minnesotans to share their specific needs as well as opportunity to all Minnesotans to meet the specific needs of others. Although Minnesota has a number of agencies geared toward "helping the needy," there exists no comprehensive approach that works to network these agencies, as well as the "so-called needy," in a collaborative effort to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.

3. The Minnesota Community-Share Project is aimed toward making community-activism the responsibility of all Minnesotans. A goal of the Minnesota Community-Share Project is to encourage everyone, regardless of their needs, to identify what available resources or skills they can share to improve the lives of those around them.

What do you think the lasting effect will be if your idea is implemented?

The Minnesota Community-Share Project is not an event, but rather a sustained network of communication that can provide an enduring service to the communities of Minnesota. Once the website is established and the initial contacts are made the Minnesota Community-Share Project will serve as an on-going link between the needs and resources of Minnesota communities. Although the Minnesota Community-Share Project is unique in its scope of network and extent of service there is nothing proprietary about this approach. It is our hope that other communities follow our lead, creating a global network of philanthropy that will permeate all of our lives. So long as the internet remains viable and charity lives on in the heart of man the Minnesota Community-Share Project can continue to provide a valuable service for generations.

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