Upper Midwest Region
Founded in 1986, the Upper Midwest Region is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. It encompasses the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Annual events include Faces of Hope in the Spring and the Celebrando A Los Niños Gala and Pequeño Tour featuring a dance and music troupe from one of the NPH homes in the Fall.
NPH raises the kids and we raise the funds, and we need your help! We welcome everyone who would like to volunteer, join our team, host a Friends Meet Friends event, or attend our special events. Register online today to get involved!
Regional Board of Directors
Thursday, February 13, 2014
International Family Weekend & 60th Anniversary Celebration
• February 13 - 17, 2014
We invite you to meet our NPH Family, where children not only have a second chance at life but a lifetime of family. Donors, godparents, staff and children will gather for an International Family Weekend, February 13-17, 2014, in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We hope you can join us as we celebrate 60 years of family!
Friday, July 25, 2014
NPH Dominican Republic
• July 25 - August 1, 2014
Come experience firsthand how NPH USA transforms the lives of children! You will meet the amazing children, staff and volunteers of NPH Dominican Republic and learn about their daily lives. Whether you are new to Friends or a longtime supporter or sponsor, visiting a Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) home is the best way to see what we do in action.
Notes & News
Call for Interns!
The Upper Midwest office of NPH USA is currently looking to fill two different internship positions, Marketing/Sales and Special Events. Click here to learn more!
The Eau Claire Triathlon
The Eau Claire Triathlon this year was a great success! The event on June 8th & 9th included the first ever kids triathlon around Half Moon Park. Already on its 4th year, the triathlon's goal is to ensure the continued success of each organization's programs. NPH USA, B-Side Community, and Chippewa Valley Free Clinic all benefit from the several hundred participants who didn’t let the weather stop them from supporting our cause. It takes a dedicated group of volunteers to run the event like Clockwork, led by Andy Ottum and Rachael Olson, and it is safe to say, another year well done!
To volunteer or participate in our 2014 Eau Claire Triathlon, visit www.eauclairetriathlon.org.
We are very excited to announce that 147 new sponsors were recruited during our 2nd Annual Godparents Month! Thank you to all of our sponsors who encouraged their friends and family to join our Friends family and sponsor a child, or who increased their current sponsorship pledges. We want to especially thank Vic Roers, Upper Midwest regional board member, for supporting a new child herself and for recruiting three of her friends to sign up as well!
Save the Date for our annual Celebrando a los Niños Gala on Saturday, October 5th
This year for the Upper Midwest Pequeño Tour and Gala we will have the pequeños from NPH Dominican Republic for the first time ever!
Meet one of the pequeñas: Bethania!
Bethania was born on August 22, 1994, as the second youngest of four siblings. The children’s mother abandoned them to live with another man, and their father could not provide for them. All of the four children love one another and respect Debora, their oldest sister, for acting as their mother while they were young. They entered the NPH family on June 30, 2005. Since then, Bethania has discovered a love for dancing. She is a wonderful dancer and enjoys participating in the church choir as well. She’s friendly, outgoing, and a very hard worker. Join us in welcoming Bethania and the other pequeños from the DR this Fall!
This summer, over 275 people are headed to the NPH homes!
These trips include:
· St. Mary’s University of Minnesota – visit to NPH Guatemala
· Oak Grove Lutheran High School in North Dakota – visit to NPH Guatemala
· Side by Side Ministries in Minnesota – two visits to NPH Guatemala
· Benilde St. Margaret school in Minnesota – visit to NPH Guatemala
· Holy Name of Jesus church in Minnesota – two visits to NPH Mexico
· All Saints church in Minnesota – visit to NPH Mexico
· St. Nicholas church in Minnesota – visit to NPH Honduras
· Travelers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin – visit to NPH Honduras
· St. Thomas More church in Minnesota – visit to NPH Nicaragua
· Our Lady of Grace church in Minnesota – visit to NPH Honduras
The 7th Annual 5k Cinco De Mayo Run & Kids’ Runs were held on May 5, 2013
Despite the windy and cold day, the 5k run had over 250 participants and raised over $19,000 with the help of over 50 volunteers! We couldn't have done this without the great help of our volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, and sponsors!
Special Thanks to the NPH USA Club at the University of St. Thomas!
We would like to thank this group for raising $1,000 since March! They have held regular meetings promoting child sponsorship of their godchild in Mexico, have organized a fundraising concert with special guest Dr. Merlin Auntunez from NPH Honduras, and found several other creative ways to raise support for NPH USA/NPH including their donate-a-meal program. We would like to especially recognize Kevin, Suzanne, Kelvin, and Candace for their hard work in making this possible. We’re all very excited about the possibilities that next school year hold. Thank you SO much for your dedication to our mission and our children.
Giving Appreciated Securities
Please consider donating appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds or shares of mutual funds on behalf of the children of NPH! It is easy and provides benefits both to NPH USA and you. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Provide the following information to your broker:
Raymond James Financial Services (Friends’ broker)
8009 34th Avenue South #1495
Bloomington, MN 55425
Account Name: NPH USA
Acct Number: 16080702
Contact Person at Raymond James: Laura A. Kuntz
Phone: (877) 212-6700
[Your name and address]
Name of security and number of shares
Friends tax ID# 65-1229309
2. Have your broker contact Friends’ CFO Todd Schultz to confirm the transaction at 1-888-201-8880 or email@example.com. Alternatively, if you provide the regional director with the name of the security, number of shares sold and date of transfer, we can use that to identify the transaction and confirm your receipt. This is an important step.
Featured Friends Archive
Phil Grisez, Padrino (Godfather) of two and frequent visitor to the NPH homes, was recently featured in the Spring 2011 edition of The Magazine of Mariette College, his alma mater. (Check out the story on the last page of the e-magazine!) His college alumni office contacted him about his recent trips to NPH Honduras, and Phil was excited to share his story and represent NPH well. He travels to el Rancho Santa Fe at NPH Honduras again this summer and cannot wait to visit his godchildren, Wendy and Cinthia.