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WE NEED YOUR HELP
The global pandemic has forced TCMC to suspend all in-person activities for the foreseeable future.
These activities were our primary source of income and the loss of this income threatens our very existence. We are an extremely lean non-profit - we only spend money on basics like rent, utilities, and insurance. If we do not raise significant funds very soon, we will be forced to close for good in the next 2-3 months.
Even as we struggle to survive financially, we are working on ways to continue our activities in digital form. But setting this up takes time and money, and even once this is done we know it won't replace all of the money we were able to raise with our in-person services.
The TCMC board has determined the bare minimum we need to continue functioning for the rest of 2020, and we have also calculated the average donation we need from every person who uses TCMC's services. That number is $60 for the rest of 2020. If you are reading this, chances are that TCMC has helped you or someone close to you get through a difficult time. Please consider returning the favor and helping TCMC get through this difficult time with your donation. If $60 for the year isn't in your budget, we understand. Please use the Donate button below to contribute whatever you can afford.
TCMC is in its 44th year and we think you'll agree that there is a need, now more than ever, for us to continue serving the men of the Twin Cities. Please help us to help you.DONATE
Since 1973, men have been discovering the Twin Cities Men's Center to find emotional support from other men — in all of life's transformation situations: discovering who I am and what I want; experiencing the end of a marriage or a relationship breakup; exploring sexuality; learning about father-son relationships; facing retirement; re-entering society after a time-out in prison; managing expression of anger, etc.
An educational non-profit, TCMC has produced 7 Midwest Regional Men's Conferences, hundreds of workshops on a myriad variety of subjects, and is the primary clearinghouse for Men's Resources in the Twin Cities.
Men Talk -June/July edition now online
Read the official newsletter of the Twin Cities Men's Center online edition. Men Talk, a regional, bi-monthly newsletter features a comprehensive Events Calendar of programs and schedule of support groups, informative articles, poetry, an occasional resource directory, book reviews and other information about special events and news covering men's groups in the Twin Cities. Men Talk has appeared in one form or another since 1977.
In Memoriam – Bob Anderson
It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of Bob Anderson. Many of you know and love Bob and know the kind, gentle and giving man that he was. Bob passed away on May 4, 2020. Speaking to his partner, John, we learned that Bob had not been sick and was feeling just fine. He suddenly went downhill very fast and "just wasn't feeling well". He laid down to take a nap and within an hour, he was gone.
There was a private service for Bob for just his family. Once the COVID-19 stay-at-home order has been lifted and social distancing concerns are lessened, the family intends to hold another service that will be open to the public. we will publish that information when available.
Despite being legally blind, Bob never hesitated to answer that call when he was needed. He always had time to give to others and whenever the Men's Center had a fundraiser or asked for donations, Bob ALWAYS contributed! John shared with me how very important TCMC was to Bob. He frequently accompanied Dick Madigan and Tom Maher to the corrections facility in Lino Lakes to present to the men there about TCMC. Besides teaching Anger Management classes and speaking at Lino Lakes prison, Bob wrote grant applications for TCMC and MenTalk articles and donated some of his poems and essays to our library. Since the 1980's he was a frequent resource for info and support for our office managers (Randy and Tom). His networking with The Fathers Resource Center and Aliveness Project provided key outreach opportunities for our members. Bob felt strongly supported by and exemplified our Mission Statement in action. It goes without saying that Bob will be greatly missed by many!
Bob's family asked that gifts and memorials be directed to TCMC, Read the Star Tribune obituary here: http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000355010/
Have You Overcome Adversity? Would You Like to Earn $20?
Jane Gilgun, Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is looking for men to interview for research on success stories, stories of men who have coped with and overcome adversities. She pays $20 per interview. She typically does three interviews because she want men to tell me their life stories, and this can take time. The first interview is for men to learn about the research. They will receive $20 for that interview whether or not they choose to be part of the research. If interested, men can text or leave a voice message at 612-237-6126. All are welcome.
If you have an interest in volunteering for TCMC please consider joining a committee. We are looking for committee members for our Fundraising, Outreach, and Support Group Committees. Please contact the TCMC office to be put in touch with committee chair are you are interested in serving.
Fundraising and Contributions Help Needed
Attention TCMC members and supporters, the TCMC Fundraising and Contributions Committee can use your help. If you have an interest or experience in Fundraising and are willing to volunteer some of your time; please contact Damon Starks at email@example.com.
TCMC is now eligible to receive Choice Dollars through Thrivent Financial!!
Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who's eligible to direct Choice Dollars?
Choice Dollars charitable outreach funds can make a world of difference to the Twin Cities Men's Center! Thrivent's Choice Dollars program allows eligible Thrivent members to recommend where they feel Thrivent should distribute a portion of its charitable funds. Directing Choice Dollars to TCMC is easy. Simply go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to learn more and find program terms and conditions. Or call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice®" after the prompt.
Thrivent also has other opportunities to help the Twin Cities Men's Center, but we need to know which of OUR supporters are also THEIR members! If you believe in TCMC's mission and you are a Member of Thrivent Financial, please contact Tom to find out about other ways you can help TCMC through Thrivent Financial!
TCMC joins the Amazon Smile program
The Twin Cities Men's Center is now listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. This means when any Amazon customer who registers with Amazon Smile and selects the Twin Cities Men's Center as their charitable organization of choice, 0.5% of any qualifying purchase will be donated to the Twin Cities Men's Center. You can sign up to help us out at < https://smile.amazon.com/>.
Men Help Other Men at the Twin Cities Men's Center.
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