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summer resource guide 2019

FREE or scholarship supported activities for kids

Got any summer plans for your kids? Looking for affordable activities around Orono or Wayzata to keep the little ones busy or entertain a bored teenager?

The Great Expectations Summer Resource Guide 2019 can help you find free and scholarship assisted programs and activities within the Orono and Wayzata School Districts. Find something for kids of all ages and weeks of the summer.

From sports to the arts, overnight camp to academic enrichment, there are nearly 30 affordable programs for a variety of interests.

For more information contact your Neighborhood Program Coordinator or someone from the Case Management Team. Learn more about the Great Expectations education initiative.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Prepare and Prosper is offering free tax assistance to individuals and families in Hennepin County. Taxes are prepared and electronically filed free of charge by certified volunteers.

Registration is required. Individuals and families are encouraged to schedule an appointment online. However, you can visit one of their walk-in locations for same day support.

The Prepare and Prosper website provides additional information on all locations offering tax assistance, what important documents to bring to the appointment, and support with ITIN – Individual Tax Identification Numbers.

Free ECFE Class at Interfaith Outreach

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn with your child? The Wayzata Early Learning School is offering a FREE Early Childhood Family Education class for children ages Birth to 5!

Class Information:
Monday afternoons
Feb. 25, 2019 – May 13, 2019
1-2:30 p.m.
Interfaith Outreach
1605 County Road 101 N
Plymouth, MN 55447

Come with your child to spend time learning and playing through songs, stories and activities. There will also be a parent discussion and group play time for the children.

Contact a Wayzata Early Learning School Outreach Member to sign up:

Tori Lee – Outreach Specialist


Naomi Huso – Parent Educator


Welde Dubar – Parent Liaison


2019-2020 Home Base and Bright Start Registration

Do you have children attending Wayzata Public Schools? Are you looking for before/after school care or all day Pre-K?
The Wayzata School District has childcare programs available that are designed to meet the needs of working families: Home base Childcare for Grades K-5 and Bright Start Childcare for Pre-K. Registration begins Feb 13, 2019.

Click here for more information on how to register your child(ren).

For scholarship information, contact:
Penny Blankenship

If you would like support with this application process, please contact your Case Manager or Neighborhood Program Coordinator.

Wayzata Public Schools – WISHES Youth Enrichment

Is your child interested in art, computer technology, dance or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Check out the Wayzata Public Schools WISHES Youth Enrichment website for information on the Winter/Spring catalog. There are still spaces left for awesome experiences after the school day ends.

Click here or contact Anne Bipes at 763-745-5200 for scholarship information.

Energy Assistance Program Applications

Applications for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program are now available via Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County. Click here for details on the requirements for this program. You may also request an application by contacting your Interfaith Outreach Case Manager.

For more information on the timeline for the Cold Weather Rule in Minnesota, click here.

Free Phone or Internet Support

Lifeline is a federal program intended to put home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying families – giving low-income households affordable home phone or internet access.

This isn’t a promotion or special offer. If you reside in a state where Midco is an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) and Midco services are available at your home address, you may be eligible for this program if you meet the program qualifications. Click here for more information.

Free or Discounted Museum/Zoo Admission

Are you looking for fun activities for your family? Are you a recipient of benefits such as WIC, SNAP, MFIP, Medical Assistance or Head Start?

If so, you are eligible for free or discounted admission to many museums and the Minnesota Zoo!

For more information on locations that offer discounted admission, click here.

Mental Health Crisis Text Line

With support from the MN Department of Human Services, the Crisis Text Line is offering text-based suicide prevention services across Minnesota.

People who text MN to 741741 will be connected with a counselor who will help defuse the crisis and connect the texter to local resources. Crisis Text Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Click here for more information.


Are you ready to take the next step toward fiancial stability and prosperity? Money Matters, a program of Prepare and Prosper, is now taking applications. Money Matters is an individualized approach with peer support that helps people take action to reach their financial goals.

A financial coach will work with you to:

  • Help you get organized and create a plan
  • Help you stick to your plan
  • Make change happen

For more information on how to apply, visit Prepare and Prosper’s website. You can also email your case manager directly or call our Client Services Volunteer to connect with a case manager over the phone at 763-489-7500.

Health Insurance Assistance

Portico Healthnet is here! Portico was designed to help you find out if you are eligible for affordable health care coverage and to help you apply. They also provide information about where to find low cost medical, dental and mental health services in the community, as well as other services as needed.

Please call 651-489-CARE (2273) to schedule an appointment or walk in during the above hours Portico is present.

Transit Assistance Program (TAP)

Metro Transit is offering an enrollment for a new program that allows anyone who is receiving EBT (food assistance) to apply for the Transit Assistance Program (TAP). Fares increased on Oct. 1, 2017. So, someone taking the bus every day could now save $3/day, $60/month, and $700/year during peak hours with this plan.

Find more information and apply here.


A number of local agencies provide no cost or low cost legal help. We have compiled a general Legal Resources flyer, as well as a Travel Ban Resources flyer.

For more information, please contact your case manager.