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Please note: Although both Cargill and the CCA Board have authorization to start coordinating some CCA group volunteer activities effective September 1, 2020, it remains your personal decision whether or not to participate in any group activity. It is important for each of you to consider your personal situations and prioritize the health of yourself and those around you when making a decision whether or not to participate. Individuals at high risk for serious COVID-19 infections  or who are in contact with high risk individuals, may choose not to participate. High risk individuals are defined by CDC @ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html and by the Minnesota Dept of Health @ Minnesota Order defining high risk individuals

Event calendar

    • 04/01/2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10/31/2021
    • (CDT)
    • Various

    The nice spring weather may have you anxious to start playing golf with other Cargill Alumni. Joe Fournier is investigating an array of golf courses available for Cargill Alumni to play on Thursday mornings again this year. With the weather uncertainty, a firm schedule will be issued later this spring. In the interim, if it appears that a Thursday weather outlook is promising and a golf course is available, Joe will send out an invitation to all who have indicated an interest in playing this year. 

    If you would like to be added to the golf schedule, please send Joe an email indicating your interest to fournier_joe@hotmail.com. You will receive weekly reminders of upcoming events and the annual schedule once it is available.  For questions, he can be reached by email or at 763-420-6720.  Members who have golfed in the past with CCA, remain on the golf list and do not need to re-register. COVID-19 precautions will again be in place, following CDC and State of Minnesota guidelines. This golf event is not sponsored by Cargill, Inc.  We are looking forward to a safe, fun filled golf season in 2021.


    • 05/19/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
    Register

    Our book for Wednesday, May 19 is “The Secrets We Kept: A novel" by Lara Prescott 

    Synopsis:  INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.  A HELLO SUNSHINE x REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK

    A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.

    At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.

    The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.





    • 06/02/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • 8501 54th Ave. N. New Hope


    The Food Group  -  Project Description    

    Volunteers handle various tasks: repackage donated food into smaller boxes or packages to be distributed to TFG’s network of hunger relief organizations; sort and remove damaged, perishable and nonfood items that have been donated; package special food packs for specific programs such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

    Changes from a year ago would be basically 3 for us:

    1)  Everyone must wear a mask. If you don't have one they will furnish you with one.

    2)  Hand sanitizer is provided and should be used when you enter.

    3)  The group will be limited to 14 to ensure distancing concerns.

    Contact/RSVP: John Tschumperlin at tschump@aol.com

    Location: Site Map

    • 06/07/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Coon Rapids site - 401 93rd Ave NW 55433

    Feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit.   

    CCA volunteers pack food bags in an assembly line – measure ingredients, then fill, weigh, seal and box the bags for shipment.

    If you are able to volunteer and can follow FMSC guidelines, Contact: Larry Knutson  952.228.1819

                  email:  larryknutson@hotmail.com


    FMSC COVID-19 Update and safety measures

    Our sites are now open with new safety measures are in place. These changes override any conflicting information found on this FAQ page. Please review these safety measures carefully:

    • If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please stay home.
    • All volunteers will be required to wear masks both inside the building at all times and outside the building when waiting to check-in. Acceptable masks include multi-layer cloth, non-medical disposable, or N95 that fit snugly and completely cover your nose and mouth. Please note that neck gaiters and plastic face shields worn alone are not acceptable. A mask with a face shield is acceptable.
    • All volunteers will have their temperature checked and go through a verbal symptom screening upon arrival. Temperatures must be under 100.4°F in order to pack.
    • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in and shop FMSC MarketPlace™.  If there is a line at the door, please wait until those in line have entered the building to help respect social distancing requirements.
    • Volunteer group size is limited to 5 people. Please note that you will not be socially distanced from anyone you choose to sign up with. You will be socially distanced from any other groups in the packing room. If you sign up as an individual, you will likely be paired with another volunteer but will still be six feet from each other (at opposite ends of our packing stations).
    • If your group is larger than five, simply register for multiple groups of five. Your groups of five will still need to maintain social distance from your other groups of five, however we will do our best to keep your packing stations as close to each other as possible.
    • If you or anyone in your group develops symptoms while packing, you and your entire group will be asked to leave immediately.
    • The packing setup has been changed to accommodate groups ranging in size from one to five.
    • If you are in a high risk category, please stay home.
    • A reservation is required to pack. No walk-ins can be accepted.
    • Service hour verification is temporarily suspended.
    • Please be aware of local government restrictions for your area, especially pertaining to travel.



    • 06/16/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual via Zoom
    Register

    Our book for Wednesday, June 16 is “The Deep Deep Snow" by Brian Freeman

    Synopsis:  In an intense, emotional mystery that spans a decade in the life of a small town, bestselling author Brian Freeman brings us an unforgettable heroine who discovers that the dead may sometimes be easier to rescue than the living. 

    Deputy Shelby Lake was abandoned as a baby, saved by a stranger who found her in the freezing cold. Now, years later, a young boy is missing—and Shelby is the one who must rescue a child. 

    The only evidence of what happened to ten-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. After a desperate search fails to locate him, the close bonds of Shelby’s hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion. Everyone around her is keeping secrets. Her adoptive father, her best friend, her best friend’s young daughter—they all have something to hide. Even Shelby is concealing a mistake that could jeopardize her career and her future. 

    Unearthing the lies of the people in Jeremiah’s life doesn’t get the police and the FBI any closer to finding him. As time passes and the case grows cold, Shelby worries that the mystery will stay buried forever under the deep, deep snow. But even the deepest snow melts in the spring. 

    When a tantalizing clue finally comes to light, Shelby must confront the darkest lie of all. Exposing the truth about Jeremiah will leave no one’s life untouched—including her own.





    • 07/12/2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Chanhassen Site - 18732 Lake Drive 55317

    Feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit.   

    CCA volunteers pack food bags in an assembly line – measure ingredients, then fill, weigh, seal and box the bags for shipment.

    If you are able to volunteer and can follow FMSC guidelines, Contact: Larry Knutson  952.228.1819

                  email:  larryknutson@hotmail.com


    FMSC COVID-19 Update and safety measures

    Our sites are now open with new safety measures are in place. These changes override any conflicting information found on this FAQ page. Please review these safety measures carefully:

    • If you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 please stay home.
    • All volunteers will be required to wear masks both inside the building at all times and outside the building when waiting to check-in. Acceptable masks include multi-layer cloth, non-medical disposable, or N95 that fit snugly and completely cover your nose and mouth. Please note that neck gaiters and plastic face shields worn alone are not acceptable. A mask with a face shield is acceptable.
    • All volunteers will have their temperature checked and go through a verbal symptom screening upon arrival. Temperatures must be under 100.4°F in order to pack.
    • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in and shop FMSC MarketPlace™.  If there is a line at the door, please wait until those in line have entered the building to help respect social distancing requirements.
    • Volunteer group size is limited to 5 people. Please note that you will not be socially distanced from anyone you choose to sign up with. You will be socially distanced from any other groups in the packing room. If you sign up as an individual, you will likely be paired with another volunteer but will still be six feet from each other (at opposite ends of our packing stations).
    • If your group is larger than five, simply register for multiple groups of five. Your groups of five will still need to maintain social distance from your other groups of five, however we will do our best to keep your packing stations as close to each other as possible.
    • If you or anyone in your group develops symptoms while packing, you and your entire group will be asked to leave immediately.
    • The packing setup has been changed to accommodate groups ranging in size from one to five.
    • If you are in a high risk category, please stay home.
    • A reservation is required to pack. No walk-ins can be accepted.
    • Service hour verification is temporarily suspended.
    • Please be aware of local government restrictions for your area, especially pertaining to travel.



Past events

05/10/2021 Feed My Starving Children
05/05/2021 The Food Group
04/21/2021 CCA Book Discussion Group - "Gone to Dust"
04/12/2021 Corp. Responsibility - Virtual Coffee Chat - Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities
04/07/2021 CCA We Talk About ...
03/30/2021 Corp. Responsibility - Virtual Coffee Chat - CARE - part of the International Women’s Day series
03/24/2021 CCA We Talk About ...
03/22/2021 Corp. Responsibility - Virtual Coffee Chat - Pillsbury United Communities
02/15/2021 CCA - The Constellation Fund Virtual Chat
01/13/2021 CCA Board Meeting
12/01/2020 Bentleyville
12/01/2020 Sever's Holiday Lights
11/27/2020 Christmas in Color
11/19/2020 GLOW Holiday Festival
11/16/2020 Healthcare Options for 2021 with Via Benefits
09/09/2020 CCA Board Meeting
08/12/2020 CCA Board Meeting
07/15/2020 Second Harvest - canceled
04/17/2020 Cargill Alumni 363 Sandwich Event -canceled
04/01/2020 The Food Group - Canceled
03/24/2020 Habitat for Humanity - canceled
03/18/2020 Music Man - canceled
03/18/2020 Prodeo Academy - canceled
03/17/2020 Second Harvest
03/11/2020 Habitat for Humanity
03/10/2020 Second Harvest
03/04/2020 The Food Group
02/26/2020 Second Harvest
02/25/2020 Bridging
02/20/2020 Feed My Starving Children - NW Metro Mobile Pack
02/19/2020 Prodeo Academy
02/18/2020 Second Harvest
02/11/2020 Second Harvest
02/05/2020 The Food Group
01/29/2020 Second Harvest
01/29/2020 Habitat for Humanity
01/28/2020 Bridging
01/21/2020 Second Harvest
01/14/2020 Second Harvest
01/08/2020 The Food Group
12/24/2019 Bridging
12/10/2019 Second Harvest
12/04/2019 Salvation Army Bell Ringing
12/04/2019 The Food Group
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