Minnesota Emergency Response Initiative looking to double reach from last year

ERI is looking to reach 700 organizations across the state

Minnesota Emergency Response Initiative looking to double reach from last year

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Started in 2020, the Minnesota Emergency Response Initiative was created in response to help those affected by COVID-19.

The group is looking to partner with even more organizations this summer and is looking for people to help.

“We are also able to place AmeriCorps members with nonprofit organizations to work with families and individuals that are experiencing really important things, such as homelessness and food insecurity and isolation,” explained Katelyn Dokken, senior manager of the Emergency Response Initiative. “So that is sort of the mission of our organization and we had a really great summer last year.”

The group also helps with education by sending members to schools to help with summer programs. They’re looking to help double the organizations that it did last summer.

The organization runs for 10 weeks throughout the summer to partner with other organizations inside the community. They are here in Mankato partnering with at least five different groups.

“We are able to train folks that are really willing to get in there and make a difference and do something good and put them in partnership with organizations in our partnership out there for 10 weeks to serve their community,” Dokken said. “So we are able to work with those partner organizations, but we can also take some of the weight off them and they can focus on the good work that they are doing.”

Applicants for the Emergency Response Initiative are encouraged to sign up online.

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