Metro Republican Women

Community Involvement

Community involvement and participation in charitable activities is an important part of the Metro Republican Women’s mission. Click on a project below for more details.

Books are Candy for the Mind

Through the BOOKS ARE CANDY FOR THE MIND literacy project, MRW members collect new and gently-used children’s books which are donated to churches, schools, shelters, and clinics for distribution to families who have no books for their youngsters.  Members have contributed more than 5,000 books in the past decade.  A treasured MRW tradition is to have the speaker at each monthly meeting sign a new book for a needy child.

Operation Duffle Bag

Every year the Metro Republican Women provide a variety of comfort items and services to Minnesota soldiers serving overseas and to veterans recovering from service-related injuries. This is a wonderful opportunity to for each of us to show our soldiers how much we appreciate them and all they are doing for us!

Care package list: Sweets: hard candy, Twizzlers, Skittles, M&M’s, PowerBars, Trail Mix, brownies, baked goods, gum, granola bars and canned nuts (no chocolate) Books and Magazines: NYT Bestsellers, People, US, car magazines, local papers (no hardcover books) Entertainment: DVD’s, UNO, Skipo, video games Personal Care Items: Inexpensive cologne, Axe and Tag body spray, athlete’s foot spray/powder, deodorant, chapstick/lipbalm, shower shoes

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Project Spare Change

­Instituted in 2013 in honor of iconic MRW member Jeannette Wier, PROJECT SPARE CHANGE (popularly known as “Jeannette Money”) is a monthly collection dedicated to expanding the scope of various club efforts.  To date, members’ donations of small change have helped Operation Duffel Bag assist local wounded veterans’ programs, contributed to Success on a Hanger’s effort to supply transportation vouchers and other needs of folks re-entering the labor force, and established a Founders’ Fund to provide honorary MRW memberships.
Success on a Hanger

The SUCCESS ON A HANGER project collects clothing, accessories, and personal care items suitable for job interviews and for the workplace.  Items are contributed to Dress for Success, a nationwide program of Episcopal Community Services which assists women who are rebuilding their lives.

The Mitten Tree Project

For the months of August and September we will collect and winter items – mittens, hats and boots – for Hope Academy in Minneapolis.

Talk to Susan Olsen if you have questions.