Responding to the love of soccer among Somalis and Latinos, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has created artificial turf fields throughout the city. As Jayne Miller, Superintendent, notes “parks are the great equalizer in any community…. because everyone has access to them….we make sure that our policies and procedures aren’t barriers for people to use our facilities and services.” The Minneapolis Park System is the #1 park system in the US (Minneapolis Retains, 2017).

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo credit: May 2013 Photo by Scott A. Schneider for the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. 612.670.7116 –

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit that focuses on hunger relief for children all over the world. Community volunteers typically pack meals at one of their warehouse locations. However, FMSC also goes “mobile” as part of the MobilePack event where supplies and staff move closer to communities. An example is the HealthEast Sports Center’s 90,000-square-foot indoor field house in Woodbury, where over 25,000 community members will prepare 5 million meals to combat global hunger. “We can mobilize volunteer groups and partners and come together to build community around this social need, and it really started from…. how do we build community,” reflects Janelle Schmitz, Assistant Community Development. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 35.4% of Minnesota residents volunteer, ranking Minnesota 2nd among the country for its volunteer rate.