Tiger TLC fund was created by ALHS staff after recognizing an array of unmet student needs in a variety of areas. There are many student needs which can be barriers to their academic achievement and to their lives outside of school as well. Some examples include a scientific calculator for an advanced math class, basic clothing, assistance in obtaining a birth certificate to enter the job market, personal care items, food or school supplies such as backpacks or zip-up binders. Students with financial need can receive assistance through this fund by a staff referral. We truly believe all students have a right to a high quality education despite their socio-economic status, and this fund was developed to provide resources to address the often unseen barriers they contend with every day.
The Martin Luther King, Jr Scholarship has an interesting history. Some of you might remember a local organization called Paths to Peace, founded in 2004 to promote peaceful living for all residents in Freeborn County. In addition to establishing a monthly peace-related column in the Albert Lea Tribune and sponsoring peace-related educational opportunities--including a unique film series at Riverland Community College--Paths to Peace also established this scholarship awarded each year to graduating seniors in the Albert Lea area who have demonstrated a commitment to peace and justice. Paths to Peace is no longer an active organization, but the MLK Jr. Scholarship remains.
Proclaimed a Yellow Ribbon Community in August 2011, Albert Lea has a long standing tradition of Veterans Organizations participating in community events. In order to become a Yellow Ribbon Community, a steering committee was formed in 2010 with key city officials, a representative from the National Guard, and a leader from the Family Readiness Group. They received valuable advice while partnering with the commanding officer of the Delta Company and the chairman from the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Southeast Minnesota. Albert Lea has set up a free Skype service at a local business for families of deployed soldiers, purchased Hug-a-Hero dolls and dog tags for the military children, and hosted a Memorial Day deployment picnic and dance for the local Guard unit. They are currently building a Wall of Honor at the local mall featuring photos of deployed soldiers and their families.
The FRIENDS provide many extras for the public library through the money raised by their used book sales and membership dues. Highlights of FRIENDS contributions include funding for special performers for National Library Week and the Summer Reading Program, craft supplies for the Children’s Library, and the puppet theater enjoyed by many of the library’s youngest users. The FRIENDS also supply bookmarks for the children.
Semcac is a Community Action Agency. Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
– The Promise of Community Action
In the summer of 2016, a local group began fundraising for a splash pad at the corner of Fountain Street and Broadway in Albert Lea. The splash pad's anticipated cost was $150,000. Check this page out for information about fundraisers and other opportunities available.
Downtown Albert Lea is gorgeous in the summer with beautiful flowers, now help us spruce up the area with new Christmas decorations. It’s been 20+ years since a significant capital investment has been made in our city’s holiday decorations. Five years ago, there was an investment made for new winter garland and banners. There was considerable negative public sentiment about our holiday decorations during the 2017 holiday season. Residents and others expressed a desire for more decorations throughout the holidays. This project will allow us to have an improved atmosphere downtown not just at Christmas, but all winter months. The current banners and garland won’t go to waste, they will become our winter decorations, after the Christmas decorations are taken down.
Bikes for Barker is an annual event that supports The Garth Barker Memorial Scholarship Fund. It was established in memory of Fountain Centers Director Garth Barker, who passed away in 2007. It provides financial aid to individuals who wish to continue their education in the field of chemical dependency counseling.
The Humane Society of Freeborn County is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals, enforcing all laws designated for the protection of animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, placing all adoptable animals into responsible homes, and controlling overpopulation through community education and spay/neuter programs.