One thing that sets the Minot Giving Hearts Day Collaborative apart from other fundraising efforts is that we all work together to create a successful event. It is part of the culture here at Independence, Inc.; we collaborate with over 26 other groups in Northwestern North Dakota in order to best serve the disability community.
This group effort has enabled us to become a part of Emergency Exercises in multiple counties to ensure our first responders are prepared to the best of their ability to respond to the needs of everyone involved. It also means that evacuation shelters are evaluated for accessibility. Furthermore we collaborate with other helping agencies on numerous events and projects throughout the year.
Giving Hearts Day allows us to work with 10 other nonprofits, and the Minot community has really stepped up. Broadway Bean & Bagel, Gate City Bank, and Sweet & Flour have all stepped up. Also the local media have been sharing our stories and getting the word out to the local community.This is all so vital because there isn't a person who is not touched by this group in one way or another.