something interesting…

June 17, 2009 at 5:26 pm 2 comments

So yesterday I was reading an article posted on business journal Minneapolis, (I know me, business journal, who would have thought)! Anyways it said, that nonprofits in the Metropolitan area are getting less funding, but having more demand for need. I find that interesting when there are so many fortune 500 companies in the Minnesota, such as Best Buy, Target, 3m, Buffalo Wild Wings, etc. In the Ernst and Young guide for the Upper Mid west regions 16 of the top finalists reside in Minnesota. Ernst and Young also gave 4 of their top awards to businessman in Minnesota.  It would seem to me that businesses should be booming and the community should be thriving in Minneapolis and St. Paul!! Yet banks are acquiring more homes, and nonprofits that serve the community are scrambling to find the funds to serve and feed those that come to them in need of help, homelesness is on the rise, as well as gang violence.

 Yet in the Minnesota area  resides some of the top businessman, and many of the fortune 500 companies call Minnesota its headquarters. With so much money, knowledge, and skill, things such as homelessness, and gang violence should not be on the rise. The Minneapolis and St. Paul economy should be thriving, yet it is not. Brookings Institution ranks Minneapolis and St. Paul as 61 in the largest U.S. cities economic performance. It seems to me there is a problem, that somehow along the way we have lost the orignal dream and our settling for less. My friends, less is less than okay.

So how can the Twin Cities and Metropolitan communities change this? I got your answer, Lemonade Day!!! Lemonade Day is completely different from any other type of program and it is all about rebuilding the American dream one lemonade stand at a time! In this current economy we are suffering the effects of money mismanagement, Lemonade Day teaches youth as well as families about the right way to manage money, as well as giving back to the communities they live in. Right now these simple but valuable lessons are so important, and we can see that from what is going on around us in this economy. Our youth are the future generation and it is so important that we leave them a lasting legacy and Lemonade Day is capable of doing this!!  So let’s band together and break new ground with Lemonade Day in the Twin Cities!!


Entry filed under: Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim Beck  |  June 20, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Great idea! Our kids are opening one in front of our house. Only they are opening the “Honduran version”of a Lemonade Stand. They will be selling chocolate covered bananas, fresh fruit drinks, and coconut pop-cycles.
    They went to the market today to get all their ingredients. I’ll have to keep you posted on how they do.

    • 2. lemonadeday  |  June 23, 2009 at 9:04 pm

      Kim!! Thats so awesome!! You’ll have to let me know how that went!! One of our other interns worked with women in India doing pickles! Its amazing all the creative things that you can do withthis idea!!


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