Partners in Policymaking is welcoming applications for its eight-session leadership training program that will start this fall at the Crowne Plaza Aire in Bloomington, near the Mall of America. Adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities will be trained at no cost. The monthly two-day sessions will be held on Fridays and Saturdays from September-May (no session in December), with the March class held on Sunday and Monday so participants can visit legislators at the Capitol. Childcare and respite allowances are given, mileage is reimbursed and meals are provided. Applications are due by July 15. Visit tinyurl.com/4yymse5c or contact Brenton Rice at brenton@togevents.com or 651-242-6589.

The American Cancer Society is relaunching its volunteer Road to Recovery driver program after pausing it due to public health concerns during the pandemic. Drivers provide cancer patients with free rides to treatment. This year, an estimated 35,130 people will be diagnosed with cancer in Minnesota. The society screens and trains all volunteer drivers, who must be fully vaccinated, have a good driving record and current license, proof of insurance and computer access. Visit cancer.org/roadtorecovery.

Memorial Blood Centers recently announced a blood emergency, noting the most critical needs are type O, Rh negative and platelets. The general blood supply currently stands at about a two- to three-day level, with type O and platelets at just a one- to two-day level. This is well below the ideal inventory of five to seven days. To make an appointment to give blood, call 888-448-3253) or visit mbc.org/donate.

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Open Arms of Minnesota delivered its 10 millionth free meal on June 7 to a 68-year-old client in Saint Paul’s Lowertown. The milestone delivery would never have been reached without the legions of volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to their fellow neighbors and citizens who are suffering from critical illnesses. Open Arms plans to open a new kitchen in the Runway 52 building at 380 E. Lafayette Frontage Road by October 2022 to serve as the base of operations for its frozen meal production. It is asking the public’s help to raise the final 40 percent of $6.6 million needed to cover the expansion costs. For more information, visit openarmsmn.org.

Second Harvest Heartland encourages Minnesotans in need of food resources this summer to find the nearest meal site in their neighborhood. There are hundreds of federally funded, state-administered program sites at schools, libraries and parks across the Twin Cities and throughout the state serving nutritious meals and snacks all summer long. Each site serves up to two meals per day, like breakfast and lunch or a snack and dinner. Meals and snacks are available to children 18 and younger. There is no need to register before visiting, and no personal information or identification will be collected. For more, visit 2harvest.org/summermeals.

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