Get Involved

Let's work to create a community to be proud of! There are plenty of opportunities to use your time and talents and contribute to the success of Eden Prairie. Whether you are a parent, empty nester, or simply a friend to the community - we are stronger together. Your contributions are valued and appreciated. Check out the list of opportunities below to see what fits your availability and interests. 

Working Together in the EP Community

Volunteer Program

Learn how you can give back to our schools by becoming a volunteer! Learn more on our Volunteer Program page

Community Engagement Impact Council

Are you or your organization interested in collaborating with Eden Prairie social service providers and nonprofits to create a stronger community? Join us as we learn from one another, explore the needs and gaps in services in Eden Prairie, and discuss how we can leverage resources and develop collective solutions. The group is composed of a cross-section of the community representing parents, local nonprofits, Eden Prairie Schools, government entities, churches, and other individuals who are interested in creating a vibrant and responsive community. 

To help guide the direction of the CEIC and Community Education's Family Resources Program, a community-wide needs and gaps assessment was conducted in 2017, which still guides our work today. You can read more about the areas we are working to address in this report.

CEIC Vision Statement: A vibrant community where diversity is celebrated and all feel welcomed, respected, connected, and engaged.

CEIC Mission Statement: To work collaboratively to build upon our community strengths, to foster connectedness and access to resources, and to address community needs and gaps in services. 


Join Us! 
If you would like to participate or learn more about the CEIC, please complete this form. Meetings occur every other month from 4:00-5:30 pm. Locations rotate. For more information, contact Molly Patil, Director of Adult & Community Engagement Programs at mpatil@edenpr.org.

2019/2020  Meeting Dates

September 12, 2019 @ TreeHouse Eden Prairie

November 14, 2019 @ The Eden Prairie Senior Center

January 9, 2020 - location is TBD

March 12, 2020 @ The Eden Prairie Art Center

May 14, 2020 - location is TBD

July 9, 2020 - location is TBD

Early Childhood Advisory Council

What is the Early Childhood Advisory Council? As a group of interested parents, we seek to be informed and to inform decisions that affect Eden Prairie’s Early Childhood Programs.  This year’s once monthly meetings will focus on topics such as:

  • Technology use in Eden Prairie’s Early Childhood classrooms
  • Legislative dialogue with one of our state Legislators
  • Preschool and ECFE program offerings for 2018-2019 school year
  • District Superintendent conversation about Early Childhood initiatives

Council members may also volunteer to participate on any of our ongoing working committees:

  • Advocacy
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Communication

Childcare during meetings is provided for children ages 0-5 with one week’s advance RSVP. If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Advisory Council, please contact Sarah Moline at smoline@edenpr.org.

Winter Warm-Up & Friday Fun Day

Winter Warm-Up & Friday Fun Day

Community Education hosts two large family-friendly events each year that are free and open to the public. Winter Warm-Up is Saturday morning February 1, 2020 from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM at the Education Center. Friday Fun Day is Friday evening April 17, 2020 from 5:00–7:00 PM held at our Lower Campus Preschool Center.

Each year, over 600 people join us for FREE family fun including games, classroom activities, music, dancing, face painting and more! Families have the opportunity to meet our early childhood staff, ask questions, and get help registering for preschool, ECFE or other Community Education programs.

Our Family Resources Program also sponsors a community resource fair at both Winter Warm-Up and Friday Fun Day. Local nonprofits and service organizations are invited to host tables and share information with families about available programs and services. If you are interested in hosting a table at our resource fair, please contact Reta Johnson at reta_johnson@edenpr.org or 952-975-7030.

School Supplies Drive

2019-2020 Back-to-School Supply Drive

Every year, students need adequate supplies to be successful in school. The Back-to-School Supply Drive is our opportunity to ensure all students are prepared, even if a family is experiencing financial hardship. 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

• Supplies provided to match student needs
• Easy process for families – no need to register
• Backpacks/supplies distributed at the schools
• Tailored program better meets individual school needs
• Increased connections between the schools and community 

This is a collaborative effort between Grace Church, Wooddale Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Life Church, the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools, the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, PROP, the district, multiple community businesses and individual donors, and other churches. We are always happy to welcome additional collaborative partners. This program would not be possible without your support!

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

• Volunteer
• Donate Funds at epcommunityfoundation.org (On donation page, write Eden Prairie School Supply Program in comment box)
• Donate Supplies--Community drop-off locations include PROP (14700 Martin Drive) and the Education Center (8040 Mitchell Road) or shop our Amazon Wish List of most needed items and items will be shipped directly to our School Supplies Headquarters!
• Organize a Supply Drive

Shop our Amazon Wish List!

Let’s make this our best year yet!

A HUGE thank you to the following Eden Prairie Churches who have stepped up to "Adopt a School" this year:

  • Grace Church (Oak Point & Cedar Ridge)
  • Wooddale Church (CMS & Eden Lake)
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church (Prairie View)
  • Life Church (Forest Hills)

HOW TO ACCESS THE PROGRAM:

Families in need can access supplies during Back-to-School Open House Nights across the district. Simply stop by the school your child will be attending for the 2019/2020 school year during Back-to-School Open House Night and ask for the School Supplies Program or to speak with the school social worker. For more details accessing supplies and other help, visit the Family Resources Program website.

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Teach a Class (Adult or Youth)

Eden Prairie Community Education is always looking for new courses to offer. Do you have a special skill, talent or new class idea to share with others? Community Education offers lifelong learning for all ages, before and after school, evenings and weekends.

TEACH AN ADULT ENRICHMENT CLASS 
We are now accepting proposals for our Winter/Spring 2020 season. Please review the information below and read our Adult Instructor Handbook prior to submitting your proposal.

Submit A Proposal

Here is the information you'll need to complete the online proposal:

  • Name and contact information

  • Class title (60 character maximum)

  • Print version of your class description (250 character maximum)

  • Online version of your class description (recommended limit of 500 characters) 

  • Dates and times you want to teach 

  • Course materials you will provide

  • Your instructor fees (description and amount, include optional or additional supply fees you will collect from students)

  • Preferred minimum and maximum number of students

  • Facility and room preferences, room set-up and equipment needs

  • Your instructor bio (optional)

We will contact you concerning the status of your proposal and to schedule an interview if we would like to offer the class. Please complete one course proposal form for each class you wish to teach. We will accommodate requests for classes, dates, and times whenever possible. Contact the Community Education office at comed@edenpr.org with any questions.

ADULT ENRICHMENT PROPOSAL TIMELINES 

Fall 2019 courses will run September 9, 2019 through December 21, 2019

Course Proposals are no longer being accepted.

Winter/Spring 2020 Classes: January 13 through May 31, 2020

Course Proposals will be accepted August 26, 2019 through October 7, 2019

Summer 2020 Classes: June 1 through August 22, 2020

Course Proposals will be accepted December 27, 2019 through January 27, 2020 

View Current Adult Courses    Fall 2019 Adult Instructor Handbook


TEACH A YOUTH ENRICHMENT CLASS 

If you are interested in teaching a Community Education class for youth, please contact Youth Program Specialist, Sam Jay.

View Current Youth Courses


 

Donate

There are many ways to donate to Community Education that enrich the lives of people in Eden Prairie, and donations help us manage our resources in the best way possible, making our funding stretch even further.

We collaborate with organizations like PROP to support our community members in need and create a culture of giving and gratitude. We seek organizations to partner with us by sponsoring events, such as the GIVE Gathering, Winter Warm-Up, and Friday Fun Day. Donations in support of special events or equipment purchase are tremendously important in our efforts to keep costs down while maintaining high quality programming. Occasionally, donations of food are also welcome during certain times of the year, such as Teacher Appreciation Week.

Your donation to Community Education is tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt for your records. If you would like to designate a gift in honor or memory of someone, we will be happy to send a card to the designee(s) of your donation.

If you would like to explore how your gift can make a difference, please contact Molly Patil, Director of Adult & Community Engagement Programs at mpatil@edenpr.org or 952-975-6942. 

The GIVE Gathering

Let's Gather to Inspire Volunteer Engagement! Save the date for the 2020 GIVE Gathering Volunteer Fair:

Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 6 - 8 pm

Eden Prairie City Center Lower Level, 8080 Mitchell Road

The fourth annual GIVE Gathering Volunteer Fair, which is a collaborative effort put on by the City of Eden Prairie, the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, and Community Education, will be Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 6 - 8 pm at the City Center. This free event is an easy way for community members to explore volunteer opportunities for the entire family with over 30 organizations who serve our Eden Prairie. Attendees also participate in a group service project and can enter to win prizes donated by some of Eden Prairie’s best restaurants and local businesses.

We hope you are able to join us, whether you are looking for volunteers to support your organization or are seeking ways to give back!  


GIVE Gathering Activities

Volunteer Fair

       -Connect with over 30 service and civic organizations and learn about fun volunteer opportunities.

Group Service Projects

       -Previous projects have benefited PROP and the Yellow Ribbon Campaign. 

Nonprofit Networking

       -Learn about what other nonprofits are accomplishing in the community and build connections with each other.

Prize Drawing

       -Win prizes from places such as Original Pancake House, Red Savoy, Lion's Tap, and more!

Nonprofit and Service Organizations Participating

Each year more and more nonprofit and service organizations want to be a part of this event and host a table. As the event draws nearer, we will post the list of these organizations on this website.


Vendor Information

Is your nonprofit or civic organization interested in hosting a table at the GIVE Gathering?

This event will be on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 6 - 8 pm in the lower level atrium and Heritage Rooms at the City Center. The focus of this event is on nonprofits with a charitable mission to improve life in Eden Prairie; it is not suited well for participation by the faith community. Political action groups are not eligible to host a table. Civic organizations or service clubs with paid membership may participate, but only if they have at least one volunteer or engagement opportunity that does not require membership. We are looking to offer a hands-on opportunity for attendees to participate in a service project during this event. If your organization is set up for and willing to host such an activity, please contact Molly Patil at mpatil@edenpr.org or 952-975-6942. To register for a table, please check back on this site in early 2020, where an online application will be posted.

Notes

  • Tables are 6’ x 2.5’ in size, two chairs will be available at each table.
  • Limited electrical outlets are available. Please note in your application if you need access and plan to bring your own extension cords.
  • If bringing food, it must be individually packaged. 
  • Promotional items and trinkets are encouraged!
  • This event is intended solely to promote volunteer opportunities and is not intended for individual business promotion or member recruitment. Please do not take donations or sell items. 

 

PeopleFest!

 

PeopleFest! A Community Celebration of Culture

The purpose of PeopleFest! is to bring residents together in celebration and awareness of the many cultures that make Eden Prairie great. PeopleFest! is held in the fall and presented in collaboration by the City of Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie Chinese Association, Eden Prairie Community Foundation, Eden Prairie Schools Community Education, Hennepin County Library, Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission, Interfaith Circle and others. 

Learn more at  www.edenprairie.org/peoplefest.

Diaper Drive

Diaper Drive October 1 - 31, 2019

Did you know that a third of Minnesota babies and toddlers don’t have enough clean diapers? Parents in our state are facing the tragic choice between purchasing enough food for their family, or keeping their little ones clean and healthy.

Throughout the month of October, Eden Prairie Schools Community Education and the Early Childhood Advisory Council host a diaper drive to collect diapers in partnership with the Diaper Bank of Minnesota/Help Us Grow. This drive is part of a larger metro-wide collection with the goal of 50,000 diapers. All diapers collected through the Eden Prairie drive will be donated to PROP (People Reaching Out to People) for local families in need. The drive kicks off on October 1st and runs through the 31st. 

Donate through Amazon Wish List

Each year, several local organizations partner with the diaper collection. Community members are welcome to drop off donated items at any of these locations. 2018 Diaper Drive drop-off sites included:

  • Eden Prairie Schools Education Center, 8040 Mitchell Rd.
  • Eden Prairie Schools Lower Campus, 8100 School Rd.
  • City of Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Road
  • Southlake Pediatrics, 800 Prairie Center Dr #120
  • Kinderberry Hill, 10160 Hennepin Town Rd.
  • Kindercare, 12760 Anderson Lakes Pkwy.
  • Kindercare, 8825 Aztec Dr.
  • Especially For Children, 6223 Dell Rd.

2019 sites will be added as partners are confirmed.

What is Accepted?

  • New packages of diapers

  • Opened packages of diapers (Did your child outgrow a size so you no longer need them?)

  • New packages of wipes

Did You Know?

  • 5.3 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.

  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.

  • Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps.

  • Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.

  • No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.

  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.

Graphic illustration for Diapers and Wipes donation drive

Weekend Food For Kids

Weekend Food for Kids Program

Weekend Food for Kids is a partnership between Eden Prairie Schools, the Sheridan Story, and a number of generous community sponsors. This program provides free food for children who don't have access to the nutrition they need over weekends during the school year. Food is provided discreetly to children whose parents opt into the program. Any family in need is welcome to participate.

Contact your school's social worker to sign up or learn more.

To learn how to contribute funds or to learn about becoming a sponsor, contact Reta Johnson, Family Resources Specialist, at reta_johnson@edenpr.org or 952-975-7030. 

PROP also runs a Summer Food for Kids Program and provides healthy food for families throughout the year.