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Rochester Downtown Alliance partners with six non-profits for Pay It Forward themed Thursdays on First & 3rd

Release Date: June 26, 2017

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Rochester Downtown Alliance partners with six non-profits for Pay It Forward themed Thursdays on First & 3rd

ROCHESTER, Minn. --- June 26, 2017 --- The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) is pleased to announce the six non-profits organizations who will be featured at our Pay It Forward theme at Thursdays on First & 3rd on July 13, 2017 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm. The Pay It Forward theme is designed to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the important services provided by non-profits in our area.

At the event, each non-profit will have an engaging activity for attendees to learn about their mission. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to “give back” to each organization by donating to play a Soak ‘N’ Wet water game onsite. Below are the participating non-profit organizations who will be featured at the event.

Bear Creek Services (BCS): Provides personalized community life experiences for individuals with disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.
Activity: Spin the wheel for a chance to win a ticket to “Beers of the World,” view printed houses, and visit with BCS residents.

Bolder Options: Offers one-on-one mentoring to professionally referred middle school youth, providing them with a caring and responsible mentor.
Activity: Play various yard games onsite with proceeds benefiting Bolder Options. Middle school youth will be onsite assisting with the activity.

Girls on the Run: Inspires girls 3rd - 8th grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.
Activity: Attendees will be encouraged to write expressions of gratitude and positive self-talk in chalk and on poster boards.

Growing Home: Uses composting and urban farming as a vehicle for teaching basic job skills and providing on-the-job training to disadvantaged, at-risk, and undeserved youth in the Rochester area.
Activity: Using local compost, attendees can plant a seed in cup to take home and grow.

Hiawatha Homes Foundation: Provides quality support services to people with disabilities such as developmental, physical, traumatic brain injury, and Autism Spectrum Disorder at home and in their community.
Activity: Play an interactive Christmas tree bean bag toss with a twist to promote disability awareness.

Youth Build – Work Force Center of Rochester: Offers a construction career pathway to at-risk and undeserved youth in the community through a partnership with Rochester Alternative Learning Center (ALC) and Phoenix Academy.
Activity: Raffle to win a Youth Build constructed fire-pit chair, and also some "construction activities" for all ages to play.

The RDA is proud to support and feature the work of these non-profits at Thursdays on First & 3rd and we encourage the public to come down and help us pay it forward on July 13. More information online at:

About Rochester Downtown Alliance

The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people—representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district.

We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

Media Contact: Karli McElroy
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Office: (507) 216-9883