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Give Kids A Smile Days

January 6, 2016

On February 5-6, the MN Dental Association works with dental clinics across the state to offer free dental services to low-income, uninsured children.  In Rice County there are three dental clinics that are participating.  Appointments are required.  

Midwest Dental
412 Heritage Place; Faribault    507-334-7595
February 5; 8:00 – 12:00

Southern Heights Dental
1575 20th Street NW; Faribault   507-334-6433
February 5; 2:00 – 5:00

Johnson Dental
505 Woodley Street W; Northfield   507-645-9669
February 5; 8:00 – 12:00

Professional Drive Dental
600 Professional Drive; Northfield  507-645-5264
February 5; 12:00 – 3:00


Call to schedule an appointment for your child!

To find other participating dental clinics, visit the MN Dental Association website, www.mndental.org.




United Way Video

November 18, 2015

Another very cool video about the good work in our region!  Check it out…

Share the Joy

November 16, 2015

Christmas Presents  Christmas Sharing
  “Share the Joy!”
  December 7, 8, & 9, 2015

Christmas Sharing is a holiday gift program sponsored by the Community Action Center of Northfield.  Through the generosity of hundreds of individual donors and dedicated volunteers, approximately 850 children from 350 households will receive gifts through the Christmas Sharing program this year.  It takes a whole community working together to make this magical program possible. 



  • DONATE MONEY: Cash gifts are used to meet specific needs and fill in the gaps. The fundraising goal for 2015 is $25,000.00.  Checks can be made out to: CAC-Christmas Sharing, 1651 Jefferson Parkway – Suite HS-200, Northfield, MN 55057.
  • DONATE GIFTS: New, unwrapped toys and gifts can be dropped off in designated donation boxes at your church or at the Community Action Center from November 15 through December. 6.
  • DONATE QUILTS OR FLEECE BLANKETS: New, store bought or homemade. Each family receives a blanket or quilt. Please contact Deb Laven for more information, 507-663-9062.
  • DONATE YOUR TIME: Volunteers are needed to help on December 7, 8 & 9 with the sorting of gifts, assisting participants with their gift selections and wrapping gifts and gift boxes. Please email castano.monica@communityactioncenter.org  or call the CAC reception desk, 507-664-3550 to sign up.
  • BAKE COOKIES: Cookies are served to participants and volunteers during the event. Please contact Mary Peterson for more information, 507-649-1889.
  • SEW SLEEPWEAR: – Each child receives pajamas. Pre-cut kits are available at the CAC Clothes Closet, 600 Water St. Please contact Emily Schmitz for more information, 507-645-8582.

If you know of anyone who should be invited to attend Christmas Sharing, please encourage them to call the CAC, 507-664-3550, for eligibility information.

Donation Box Locations
All Saints Episcopal Church
Allina Medical Clinic
Arcadia Charter School
Benjamin Bus
Bethel Lutheran Church
Bridgewater Elementary School
Carleton College Bookstore
City Light Church
Cocoa Bean
Coldwell Banker Realty
College City Beverage
Community Resource Bank
Content Bookstore
Cornerstone Community Church
Cub Foods
Dokmo Ford Chrysler
Econo Foods
First National Bank
First United Church of Christ
Frandsen Bank & Trust
Highview Christiania Church, Lakeville
JBT Food Tech
Johnson Dental
Just Foods
Little Prairie United Methodist Church
Moravian Church
Multek Flexible Circuits Inc.
Northfield Evangelical Free Church
Northfield High School
Northfield Middle School
Northfield News
Premier Bank
Rare Pair
Rejoice Church
Schieck Orthodontics
Sibley Elementary School
St. Dominic Catholic Church
St. John’s Lutheran Church
St. Olaf College Bookstore
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Taylor Truck Line
Trinity Lutheran Church
United Methodist Church
US Federal Credit Union
Wells Fargo Bank


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Health Insurance Open Enrollment

January 5, 2016

Health insurance open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016.  The only way to obtain tax credits to reduce your premiums is to enroll through MnSure.  CAC has trained MnSure navigators ready to help!  Call us at 507-664-3550 to schedule an appointment.

Spaghetti Dinner

December 4, 2015


Thanksgiving Foodbox Distribution

November 25, 2015

Turkey Distribution 4Turkey Distribution 2Parishioners of the Church of St. Dominic brought together turkey dinner fixings for families who may not have had a festive dinner on the Thanksgiving holiday.  The members of the social ministries committee worked hard yesterday escorting the turkeys and food bags to happy families.  CAC is grateful to all who helped!  Happy Thanksgiving!


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The Community Action Center is a private, nonprofit organization serving the greater Northfield area whose mission is to promote a healthy, caring and just community for all people through resources, advocacy and volunteer effort.

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February 9, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
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