Twice a year, City & County Credit Union hosts Making the Greater Good Even Greater. Small businesses and non-profits doing good in our community are nominated for a chance to win $2,000. Take a peek below at our winning organizations making a difference in our community.
Spring 2021 Non-Profit Winner
Ruby’s Pantry is for anyone that is looking to extend their monthly grocery budget. There is no income or residency requirement. Each guest donates $20 and receives an abundance of grocery items. Each donation is used to cover operational costs like trucking, gas, and warehouse staff. All of the food is donated by corporate food donors making it possible to reach more families each month at locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Guests can attend as many locations each month that work for their schedule.
The purpose of Ruby’s Pantry is to secure and distribute corporate surplus food and goods to help fight poverty, hunger and disease in rural communities for those with low resources and in crisis. They have also created the ”Blessing Box” concept to activate people to be alert to the needs of others and to be proactive in encouraging, showing friendship and meeting tangible needs of struggling neighbors, friends and strangers regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.
“The proceeds from winning the Greater Good contest will be used to purchase fuel for our trucks. The funds will provide enough fuel to deliver food bundles to 15 of our distribution locations. Thousands of families will be positively impacted thanks to the Greater Good contest.”
Kori Schmidt, Ruby’s Pantry Administrative Assistant
Spring 2021 Small Business Winner
Little Gosling’s Daycare
Little Gosling’s Daycare provides high quality, developmentally appropriate childcare, and early childhood education for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years old. Their program is designed to incorporate a balanced learning approach that focuses on individual children’s academic, social, cognitive, physical and emotional growth in order to be prepared for kindergarten. Their creative theme-based curriculum includes ongoing assessments, sign language, Spanish, math concepts, language and literacy, handwriting, gross and fine motor activities, science/cooking, and art activities.
Little Gosling’s Daycare’s goal is to be in partnership with the parents and to build a relationship with each family so that they can provide the best early childhood education to the children they serve.
“I plan to utilize the gifted money to make some upgrades to my business for both the building and materials used by the children. One of the items that I plan on purchasing is a camera security system for outside, as well as a keypad for the door that parents use to enter while dropping off and picking up their children. Another item I plan on purchasing is an upgraded playset for the backyard to use during our recess time. Lastly, I plan on using the remaining funds to upgrade our art materials and toys. Making the Greater Good Even Greater will have a great impact on our daycare and our ability to provide the best childcare and learning opportunities for the children that I serve.”
Stacy Gosselin, Little Gosling’s Daycare Owner