Community Sharing Fund
Project for The Saint Paul Foundation

A unique Community Fund that assists individuals and families in crisis situations.

One in five East Metro families are living in or on the edge of poverty. The Community Sharing Fund (CSF) provides emergency funding up to $500 to pay for necessities ranging from housing and medical emergencies to childcare. When you make a donation to CSF you help a family or an individual in
crisis. This gift will have an immediate and direct impact helping mobilize a person’s life. More importantly, 100 percent of your donation will go towards that immediate need.
  • Recently, a single mom and her son Marquis were told that they were being evicted. Marquis’s dad had run out on his wife and son but assured them that he would keep up the rent payment. But he didn’t. Marquis and his mom were able to keep their home because CSF covered the rent payment.
  • Donald was homeless and dying of cancer. When he received his disability check he bought a car for $250. That became his home. But the cancer spread and he needed help. A friend contacted CSF and Donald was placed in a nursing facility where he died one week later with respect and dignity.
  • Matthew is a great little guy but is non-verbal. Last year Matthew was introduced to a communication device that allowed him to use pictures and letters to talk. It was imperative that Matthew has his own device. Insurance covered most of it but his mom needed to come up with money that she did not have. The county social worker contacted the CSF. Matthew is a different little boy now since CSF was able to help pay for him to have his own communication device.
There are a lot of people in our communities who are in financial crisis. They just need some additional help that will ease their financial situation. That is what the CSF is all about. Ninety-eight percent of the people receiving assistance from CSF report that the money received resolved their situation and they were able to move forward with their lives.

In 30 years, CSF has made more than 25,000 emergency contributions helping a total of more than 60,000 people.
We ask you to help us help one more person.
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