Community & Economic Development

Community & Economic Development

Supporting Civic Sustainability

The stronger our neighboring communities are, the stronger we are as a whole. Through various economic development and infrastructure donations, the SMSC is committed to helping others build the foundation for self-sufficiency, a higher quality of life and growth and prosperity.

Honoring Those Who Sacrificed All

Flags For Fallen Military

Flags for Fallen Military (FFM) provides a lasting honor and tribute to those families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty by installing a flag pole and raising an American flag in their memory. Since the organization was formed, FFM has touched the lives of many military families, raising over 500 flags in honor of fallen military personnel across the United States. With a waiting list of over 450 families, the organization’s impact is only expected to grow in the years ahead, bringing comfort and reassurance to grieving families, while providing a lasting tribute to loved ones lost. In support of this mission, the SMSC provided $1,000 to FFM in fiscal year 2019 to help cover the costs of the flags and installation materials, which are provided at no cost to the families being honored.

"The ultimate sacrifice for one’s country should never be forgotten and should always be honored. When a life is laid down protecting our freedoms, we all must find a way to show our personal gratitude."

—David Larson, Founder and Executive Director of FFM

Bringing Neighbors Together for Fun-Filled Fair

Scott County Agricultural Society

Since 1857, the Scott County Fair has provided fun summertime memories for countless fairgoers of all ages. With the help of a $15,000 donation from the SMSC, the 2019 Scott County Fair was able to bring in more attractions and record-breaking attendance over the course of five days in July. In addition to sponsoring the Minnesota Shorthorn Show and providing passenger golf carts for fairgoers, the SMSC’s donation was used toward hosting the Kent Family Circus, which provided family-friendly entertainment in the form of daily circus performances and strolling bike performances.

"The fair was able to be a success in part due to your generous donation, which went toward activities that provided laughter, smiles, and memories for fairgoers of all ages."
—Scott County Agricultural Society

Providing a Safe Space for Homeless Youth

Ain Dah Yung Center

In Minnesota, approximately 2% of the population is Native American, yet an estimated 22% of all homeless youth are Native. To help address the urgent need for supportive housing and culturally responsive programs for these youth, the SMSC donated $100,000 to Ain Dah Yung Center—a nonprofit organization that helps Native youth and their families meet basic needs, like housing, food, and wellness. The SMSC’s donation will sponsor four separate units of supportive housing in the new housing complex, Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung. Completed in the fall of 2019, the new structure will help give homeless or near-homeless youth ages 18 to 24 the means to attain self-reliance in a culturally relevant environment.

Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center provides a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness.

—Ain Dah Yung Mission Statement

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