Thanks to The Awesome Foundation for supporting Mano a Mano with a grant to create a native plant garden that attracts native bees, butterflies, and birds. Here’s a link about the project on their website.
AwesomeStPaul chose the Pollinators Along Pierce Butler Project because of our commitment to building community in our city. The goal of the project is to create a healthy, vibrant pollinator garden, bordering the entire length of the Mano a Mano International office/warehouse building at 925 Pierce Butler Route in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood.
About The Awesome Foundation
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.
Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
Mano a Mano’s Warehouse in Frogtown, St. Paul
Mano a Mano moved into our combined office/warehouse space in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul in 2013. Since 1994, Mano a Mano’s recovered resources program has collected donated medical supplies, mobiilty equipment, and other items in Minnesota for shipment to Bolivia, where they are distributed to people and organizations in need throughout the country. While the primary mission of our surplus distribution program is to provide supplies for Bolivia, we have also expanded this program since 2020 to distribute durable medical equipment to individuals in need in the Twin Cities, and to provide supplies for other nonprofits working in other countries. We are happy to partner with other organizations when we have excess supplies, items that we cannot send to Bolivia, or items that are not the highest priority for our programs. Ultimately, we want to keep these supplies out of the landfill in Minnesota, and get them to people in need.
Below is some information about our Recovered Resources Program in 2021:
- Overall, we received 348,076 pounds of supplies in 2021; almost all of those supplies would have ended up in local landfills.
- We properly recycled 4,715 pounds of paper and cardboard, and 3,713 pounds of metal.
- We produced 2,855.876 Watts of our own power in 2021 through the solar panels we installed on our warehouse in 2018.
- We are grateful to have received an “Honorable Mention” from the Environmental Initiative Awards in their large-scale sustainability impacts category in 2021!
- Article in Midway Como Frogtown Monitor: “Non-profit sends medical supplies to Bolivia – and shares surplus at home. Mano a Mano keeps medical supplies out of landfills”