Stoneridge Software Pays it Forward – Q4 2015

By Carly Samuelson | December 8, 2015

Give Q3During 2015 each team member has been given the opportunity to donate $100 towards the charitable cause or organization of their choice in a Pay-It-Forward initiative.

We have also recently completed our Stoneridge Gives campaign, a larger corporate donation of $3,000. Three of our employee-chosen organizations, The Regeneration Center, American Red Cross - Dakotas Chapter, and The Retreat, were featured in a vote. In the end, we decided to donate to all three, with The Regeneration Center receiving $1,500, The Retreat receiving $1,000, and the American Red Cross - Dakotas Chapter receiving $500.

Below are the organizations that have been donated to in our fourth quarter. For a full list of employee donations, click here.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association provides public health education, educates lawmakers, policymakers, and the public on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, and provides science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to patients. The organization currently has over 22.5 million volunteers and supporters, and has funded more than $3.8 billion in heart disease and stroke research since being founded in 1924.

Learn more or donate to the American Heart Associate here.

Barnesville Area Community Fund

The Barnesville (Minn.) Area Community Fund was established in 1990 through community donations. The Barnesville Area Community Fund benefits citizens of Barnesville and the surrounding area by working towards enriching community life. The Barnesville Area Community Fund provides community assistance through educational scholarships, revolving loans, community grants, the Barnesville School Foundation, and a humanitarian fund which assists community members who have gone through a tragic loss.

Learn more or donate to the Barnesville Area Community fund here.

Barnesville Area Food Pantry

The Barnesville (Minn.) Area Food Pantry's purpose is to receive and distribute food in the Barnesville area to improve the quality of life for those in need and to strengthen the community of Barnesville. The Barnesville Area Food Pantry serves families in Barnesville, Minn. the surrounding areas. It is coordinated by volunteers and stocked by community members.

Learn more about the Barnesville Area Food pantry here.

Camp Courageous

Camp Courageous, located in Monticello, IA., is year-round respite care and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was first established in 1972.  Today, nearly 7,000 individuals with disabilities are served at Camp Courageous through a year-round program. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities in order to experience success, which helps develop enhanced feelings of self-esteem which carry over to work, home, or school environments.

Learn more or donate to Camp Courageous here.

Can Do Canines

Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. Since 1989, Can Do Canines has provided assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge. Can Do Canines' dogs are often adopted from local animal shelters and are provided to clients with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness or children with autism.

Learn more or donate to Can Do Canines here.


CaringBridge is a free website service that transforms personal connections into support when it's needed most. By creating a CaringBridge website, people in a time of need can share updates, photos and videos, connecting with friends and family who care and want to help.  One in nine people in the U.S. have used CaringBridge to rally support for a loved one during a health journey, and over half a million websites have been created since 1997.

Learn more or donate to CaringBridge here.

Churches United for the Homeless

Churches United for the Homeless was created by a group of churches in the Fargo-Moorhead area in 1987. The mission of Churches United is to provide shelter an support in a spiritual setting. They provide services not only to residents who stay at Churches United, but to the whole community by offering free meals, a food pantry, and a thrift store open to the public. Churches United is the only homeless shelter within 250 miles that accommodates single men, single women, and families, with an emphasis on keeping families together.

Learn more or donate to Churches United here.

Creative Care for Reaching Independence

The mission of Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI) is to enhance and enrich the lives and learning of people with disabilities. CCRI focuses on creating a person-centered, team-oriented, and professional environment to help the individuals seeking their services to perform at the top level.

Learn more or donate to CCRI here.

Cy’s Place

Cy’s Place is a non-profit organization in Rochester, Minn., that provides affordable housing for out-of-town families with children undergoing cancer treatment at the nearby Mayo Clinic. The organization was founded in early 2013 by a family who experienced this and saw that there was a change that needed to be made. Cy’s Place has received a plot of land to build a larger facility to house more families, and just recently launched their campaign in spring 2015. Cy’s Place wishes to offer support by providing lodging for out-of-town families with children who are facing significant medical challenges and receiving treatment from Mayo Clinic.

Learn more or donate to Cy’s Place here.

Great Plains Food Bank

Great Plans Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota and serves people in North Dakota along with western Minnesota. Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. Each year, Great Plains Food Bank touches the lives of one of every nine individuals in the area seeking food assistance.

Learn more or donate to Great Plains Food Bank here.

Homeward Animal Shelter

Homeward Animal Shelter (formerly Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead) is a local and community-funded, non-profit animal shelter. It provides a second chance at happiness to lost, abandoned and owner-surrendered animals and educates the community in the proper, loving and kind treatment of animals.  Over the past 49 years, Homeward Animal Shelter has placed over 25,000 animals in lifelong homes.

Learn more or donate to Homeward Animal Shelter here.

JRDF – Minnesota Chapter

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat type-1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes affects both children and adults and currently has no means of prevention and no cure. JDRF works to change this with grassroots support, scientific knowledge, and strong industry and academic partnerships to fund research.

Learn more or donate to JDRF here.

Mayo Clinic

The mission of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the country. In 2014, 1.3 million people from all 50 states and 143 countries visited Mayo Clinic for care.

Learn more or donate to Mayo Clinic here.

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) was founded in 1998 and is the statewide organization serving as the leading voice and resource on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Minnesota and on a national level, standing up for the rights of the FASD community, providing education and training so that FASD is better understood, and creating awareness so all women know that there is no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy.

Learn more or donate MOFAS here.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since 1951, the Nature Conservancy has protected over 119 million acres of land and thousands miles of rivers worldwide. The Nature Conservancy is active in all 50 states and 35 other countries.

Learn more or donate to The Nature Conservancy here.

Nokomis Child Care Center

The Nokomis Child Care Center, of The Village Family Service Center, is a daycare in Fargo, ND, that provides traditional daycare services in a nurturing, safe, and stimulating environment. Nokomis's unique role in the Fargo-Moorhead area is that it accepts children of families facing special financial needs, and children dealing with special emotional, physical, behavioral, and developmental needs.

Learn more or donate to Nokomis Child Care Center here.

People Reaching Out to People

People Reaching Out to People (PROP) was founded in 1971 in Eden Prairie, Minn. The mission of PROP is to compassionately provide comprehensive support to our neighbors in need that creates a path toward self-sufficiency. PROP helps area families in financial distress meet their basic needs through services such as a food shelf, housing assistance, employment counseling, mental health services, and money management.

Learn more or donate to PROP here.

Project for Pride in Living

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. PPL works with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services, and education. Project for Pride in Living began as an affordable housing developer in 1972, and has since become a robust multi-service agency that today serves more than 13,000 low-income people annually.

Learn more or donate to PPL here.

Southside Family Nurturing Center

Southside Family Nurturing Center was founded in 1974 on the belief that child abuse and neglect are preventable. After starting in the basement of a church in Minneapolis, they have now grown to nurture more than fifty families every year. Southside Family Nurturing Center was one of the first private, not-for-profit agencies to implement holistic family treatments in Minnesota.

Learn more or donate to Southside Family Nurturing Center here.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children's life-threatening diseases such as cancer and sickle-cell disease. It is located in Memphis, Tennessee. Unlike other hospitals, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from donors. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. It costs $2 million per day to operate St. Jude, and public contributions provide 75 percent of the funds necessary to operate the hospital.

Learn more or donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital here.

Susan G. Komen Foundation – Twin Cities

The Susan G. Komen foundation is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives. The Susan G. Komen foundation, since its inception in 1982, has invested over $2.6 billion into these multiple fronts for breast cancer. Their efforts have contributed to a 34 percent decline in the breast cancer mortality rate in the U.S.

Learn more or donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation – Twin Cities here.


Venture has implemented a Care Point strategy to deliver food, education, and discipleship to children around the world by using intense physical challenges such as biking or climbing mountains, to raise awareness and funds that benefit hurting and hopeless people around the world. Since 2002, Venture has sent out dozens of teams which have raised over $700,000 for projects working to free the world of poverty, slavery, and injustice.

Learn more or donate to Venture here.

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