April 18, 2018
Today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight honors Seth Pyle and Jacob Peterson, AmeriCorps Volunteers through the Minnesota Opportunity Corps and Employment Navigators at CLUES.

Seth has been such a great addition to our Minneapolis Employment Services. Seth has been able to step in and offer new and creative programming, reaching an even wider population than before. We are very lucky to have his insight and his critical mind on our team, helping shape services and look at the holistic picture of what it takes for a participant to have a prosperous economic future.

What CLUES means to to Seth:
“Working at CLUES for me means dedicating myself to more than just myself. My service here strengthens my community, and I find that work worth doing.”

Jacob has been an integral part of Employment Services in our St. Paul office. The people he has worked with have gained incredibly important skills for their careers and for their lives. Jake has been a leader in bringing even more service integration and spearheading collaborative efforts within Employment & Career Development and Education. We are lucky to have him as a part of our team!

What CLUES means to to Jacob:
“CLUES is like one big family to me – always supportive and there to help me grow. Both the mission of the organization and the service that I do here align closely with who I strive to be at my core.”
Thank you, Seth and Jacob, for your service!
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April 17, 2018

Today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight is Max Meyers! Max has been a dedicated volunteer for our Al Niño Con Cariño Event for 4 years. He is always willing to work hard to make the event a success. He cares a lot about helping to make the holiday season more special for our clients.

Here’s what Max had to say about volunteering with CLUES:

“I give my time for this event to help the community during the holiday season. Knowing that these kids will be able to have a good Christmas and the event helps a lot of families. It’s cool that CLUES has all the other activities going on that day. Kids get to make gingerbread houses and decorate cookies while their parents get the presents wrapped. Some kids may not have the chance to do that without CLUES. I look forward to the event every year – you know Santa’s always watching.”

Thank you to Max and all our volunteers for your incredible service!

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April 16, 2018

This week, April 15-21, is National Volunteer Week! Each day we’ll be sharing about the wonderful volunteers who make our work possible.

Today’s volunteer in the spotlight is Karen Maldonado! Though Karen is also an employee of CLUES, she goes above and beyond by volunteering her time to support many CLUES events throughout the year. She takes on big responsibilities and provides incredible service that we can always count on to make our events run smoothly and look great.

Here’s what Karen had to say about what CLUES means to her: “CLUES is an organization that not only has helped my family but countless other families and individuals. Everyone in the organization loves what they do and are genuinely trying to help and serve the community.”

Thank you for all you do, Karen! Stay tuned throughout the week for more volunteer spotlights.

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April 12, 2018

CLUES President Ruby Lee presented today at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) 2018 National Conference about the critical role anchor institutions play in improving people’s lives, social capital, health outcomes and economic mobility.

Thank you to NALCAB for the opportunity and to all who attended!

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April 2, 2018

CLUES offices will open at 10 am tomorrow, April 3, due to the snow. Aging Well Services are cancelled for the day. Normal schedules will resume on Wednesday, April 4. Any time there is inclement weather, you can call our Sever Weather Line to see if CLUES will be open at 612-746-3560.

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March 22, 2018

On Saturday, March 17, Senator Melisa Franzen joined CLUES as the guest speaker at the YA! Minneapolis Institute. Senator Franzen spoke with the students and mentors about how to be involved and engaged in your community and gave advice about how to be a part of making change. She also answered questions from the group.

Many thanks to Senator Franzen for joining us! Click here to learn more about CLUES’ YA! Program or apply to be a mentor.

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February 20, 2018

On Saturday, Feb. 10, CLUES staff participated in the 2018 Community Connections Conference held by the City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations initiative. Nearly 700 attendees participated in the event and learned about resources and organizations providing critical services to the community.

Thank you to the city of Minneapolis for inviting us to share about CLUES’ work at this event! If you’re interested in learning more about CLUES, browse our website at, give us a call at 612-746-3500 or stop by one of our offices.

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February 13, 2018

On Saturday, February 10, CLUES welcomed more than 50 individuals and families who have recently arrived in Minnesota from Puerto Rico at our Welcome Boricua open house.

More than 30 volunteers and staff helped to provide our new Puerto Rican neighbors with warm winter clothing, resources on managing stress, an introduction to Minnesota culture and customs and critical assistance to access healthy food, employment, healthcare, transportation and affordable housing.

The event was part of CLUES’ efforts to support the hundreds of Puerto Rican individuals and families who have come to Minnesota in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It’s anticipated that thousands more Puerto Ricans will arrive in the US and Minnesota over the coming year as the island works to recover from these devastating storms.

Following the event, CLUES is now offering ongoing walk-in hours to assist with FEMA, MNSure, SNAP, housing, transportation, employment and other applications and vital services for the Puerto Rican community. We anticipate offering additional open houses and live events to ensure the urgent needs of our new neighbors are met.

Learn more about our project by checking out this news segment from Fox 9!

If you’d like to support CLUES’ services for our new Puerto Rican neighbors, click here to make a donation today.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success and continues to work to support the Boricua community in Minnesota.

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January 26, 2018

Last week, representatives from CLUES, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Association for Science & Technology Centers and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology gathered to present and discuss the Celebrating Urban Birds project and our ongoing collaboration over the past several years.

Since 2015, CLUES has been a part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Celebrating Urban Birds initiative, a citizen science project focused on better understanding the value of green spaces for birds. This project connects people of all ages and backgrounds to birds and the natural world through the arts and fun neighborhood activities. It aims to to increase diversity in participation and access to the sciences.

Throughout the project, CLUES Youth in Action (YA!) students and mentors have participated in a number of activities, including collaborating on two murals that illustrate their immigration stories. They also participated in focus groups to support the university’s research and did community service projects like preparing gardens on Earth Day, making bird feeders and teaching kids about birds and habitats.

In the coming year, CLUES will take another group of students to Cornell University as part of the program and will continue to participate in bird-related art and science projects.

Thank you to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and all community partners that have supported our projects!

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January 25, 2018

In honor of National Mentoring Month, the CLUES Youth in Action – YA! Program would like to thank our volunteer mentors for their investment in our students! With their support, our Latino youth are moving forward and becoming first-generation college students. Thank you for your care, advice and positive examples! Check out the many reasons our students love their mentors:

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