From: Hoffner, Melodee Anne
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 1:36 PM
Subject: Request for community collaboration project
My name Mel Hoffner and I serve on Blue Earth County Department of Human Services Social Services Task Force committee. We oversee the children’s services in Blue Earth County such as foster care, child protective services, child care, etc. There is a family room at the Blue Earth Government Center in need of a serious update. The room is used primarily by child protection staff as a place where supervised visits occur between children who are in placement and their parents or other relatives. In these situations, there are safety or other concerns present so the children and parents meet in a safe and neutral place where staff is present to intervene if necessary.
Currently the items (toys, couch, games, books, etc) in the room are pretty worn out, broken and missing parts. Because of limits in public funds, used toys that make their way to the room are often donated by staff. Having an opportunity to discard some of these items and replace them with newer toys, complete sets of a game or activities, newer furniture, etc. would greatly be appreciated. Children who typically use the toys and other items in the room range from 0-10 in age.
Our committee is looking to collaborate with community/university folks to update the family room. We are looking to replace toys (prefer washable), books, couch, rocking chair, cash donations, puzzles, board games or activities that the parents and children can do together. Our goal is to have the family room updated by mid February of 2010(although anytime before or after then would be great). We were wondering if any organizations would be interested in helping us achieve this goal? If you have any questions or interest please feel free to contact me at my home number 257-2136 or my email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I would be happy to answer any questions or meet with your members anytime. Thank you for the consideration and we looking forward to hearing back from you.