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DARTS Thanks Barb Tiggemann

for 19 Years as Volunteer Manager

Join us as we celebrate Barb's Retirement:

Taps and Apps

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Tuesday, May 23

Bald Man Brewing

Appetizers provided by an Anonymous Donor and Cash Bar

RSVP requested 651-455-1560

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South St. Paul LOOP Bus Service Begins May 24, 2017

Operated by DARTS

What: Ribbon cutting for South St. Paul LOOP transit

When: Wednesday, May 24, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Central Square Community Center, 100 7th Avenue. N, South St. Paul, MN

In response to the growing need to have affordable and convenient bus options for the city’s residents, DARTS worked with partners to design and launch a LOOP circulating bus service in South St. Paul. The South St. Paul LOOP service begins operation on May 24, 2017, running Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  See schedule at https://www.dartsconnects.org/transportation

This transportation service offers both planned stops on an hourly loop schedule and the flexibility to request a stop nearby.  The LOOP will pick up riders at five senior housing facilities and take them to nearby grocery stores, neighbors, inc., pharmacy, restaurants, and the library.  This route also introduces the opportunity to link two communities, as it intersects with the existing DARTS West St. Paul LOOP route, allowing residents from either community to travel the other community’s routes.  All LOOP buses are lift equipped and provide door-to-door service.  The service is supported via community contributions and riders pay a $2, ride-all-day fare.

The introduction of the South St. Paul LOOP service occurs May 24th at the 8:30 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at Central Square Community Center, one of the stops on the LOOP.  The ceremony is emceed by the River Heights Chamber of Commerce.  South St. Paul Mayor James P. Francis, Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord  and DARTS will make brief remarks. Sheri O’Connell, a senior residing in the River Heights building, commented that “The LOOP is an antidote to our prayers.”

Thank you to sponsors of the South St. Paul LOOP:  The Saint Paul Foundation, ProRx Pharmacy, Bolton & Menk, Jerry & Sandy Meyer, MidWestOne Bank, HealthEast and Southview Center. 

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Successful 2017 DARTS Breakfast Fundraiser 

 

 Thank you for supporting DARTS at our third annual Fundraising Breakfast with guest speaker, Dave Nimmer (former WCCO anchor, and contributing author for Minnesota Good Age). Dave's messages included "give of yourself" and "plan your next adventure".  You gave!  The breakfast raised nearly $25,000 to support DARTS services.

Thank you to our event sponsors: Thomson Reuters and Bremer Bank

 

Plan your next [DARTS] adventure: Party It Forward, September 30, 2017

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Give the Gift of Independence This Father's Day!

Still trying to think of a good gift for your older loved one? DARTS offers gift certificates for home cleaning, home repair and outdoor chores services.

Call us today to learn more at: 651-455-1560

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Help an Older Adult With Summer Yard Chores

DARTS is looking for volunteers to sign up to help a senior mow this summer.  To volunteer, Click Here.

 
 
 

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DARTS Celebrates its 5th annual Party It Forward Fundraiser

DARTS recently celebrated our 5th annual Party It Forward fundraiser at the Southview Country Club. It was a fun-filled evening of celebration and giving thanks to DARTS for the services we provide to older adults. Thanks to event hosts Mike and Lori Dalglish, our sponsors, Southview Country Club, as well as all of our guests and volunteers for helping to make this our best Party It Forward yet! 

To view the complete photo album of the night's festivities, CLICK HERE.

 

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DARTS' Learning Buddies Featured in Pioneer Press

DARTS' Learning Buddies program was recently featured in the Pioneer Press. For over 20 years, Learning Buddies has connected older adults with students in grades K-5 to work together on class work, share experiences and learn from one another. 

 

To read the article in the Pioneer Press, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the program and how to become a Learning Buddies volunteer, CLICK HERE

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DARTS Meets Standard From Charity Review Council

DARTS is honored to again be rated as "Meets Standards" by the Charities Review Council. Go to www.smartgivers.org to see our latest information or research any nonprofit.

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July 22nd, 2016 - DARTS in the StarTribune

"Hastings seniors to get bus service in September"

Click here to learn more! 

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Get your FREE 2016 DARTS Eldercare Resources Guide


Dakota County Eldercare Resources has the most commonly requested services for older adults. This guide contains a wealth of information with the most current names and numbers of services for seniors and people with health issues or who are caring for a loved one.

Call 651-455-1560 to receive your free copy through the mail or, better yet, download now. 

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A Double Dose of Volunteering Can Make Your Day

Richard Most has always enjoyed connecting with people, and his past volunteer experiences have included the development of a Dad’s Club at his children’s elementary school and assisting with reading and art programs for students. Four years ago, his wife found a job in the Twin Cities, so they moved from Indianapolis to Eagan with their two daughters to “experience a new area.”  He decided at that time to broaden his volunteer experiences here, too. Read more »