Click here to purchase tickets to SpringFest, the annual celebration and fundraiser to support the work we do for our community at ResourceWest.



ResourceWest is a non-profit community agency that serves low-income families and individuals living in the west metro community. We help people become more connected, more resourceful, and more hopeful about their future. From crisis, to action, to hope: the services of ResourceWest stabilize families and ultimately help build healthier communities one neighbor at a time.

Our mission is: To assist people and strengthen community through collaborative programs and connections to resources.

Our core programs are:

1. Resource Connection Program
2. Children and Youth Programs
3. Social Services Program
4. Community Collaborative Programs

How You Can Help:
As a non-profit organization, our work is entirely supported by in-kind donations, grants, volunteers, and contributions from individuals, businesses and community groups. We welcome you to join our family of donors with a tax-deductible gift to ResourceWest.

ResourceWest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working toward the greater good of our community and beyond. With your help, we can continue to help people connect to resources and improve their situations.

Our Location:
1011 First Street South,
Hopkins, MN 55343
(952) 933-3860
Office Hours: 10am -2pm 

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Project based: We often have administrative projects that require 2-3 hours to complete a task.  This is a 2x monthly commitment. If you enjoy and have skills surrounding organization and administration – this is just right for you.  Computer skills are helpful, but, not necessary.

Spring Events: With SpringFest (our annual fundraiser) on April 28, we have a plethora of opportunities that are fun and engaging.  For example, running around town spreading the word about the event, day of activities (greeting, set-up, silent auction assistance).  We can help you make a good fit with this event.

Resumé assistance.  We have community members that are in need of Resumé formatting.  If you are a proficient at editing, and word-smithing – this could be a great way to use your skills

If any of these volunteer positions are interesting to you or someone you may know, please contact:

Tarrah Palm – – 952-277-9341

Thank you to all the Empty Bowls Champions!

Thank you so very much for mixing in your “special ingredients” to make our Hopkins School Community’s 19th Annual EMPTY BOWLS fundraiser for ICA Food Shelf & ResourceWest a great success!  Your support helps to fill the empty bowls in our community.

The recipe for our amazing Empty Bowls event:


1,320   Bowls (created by our students, staff, and community potters)

34        Teachers (Hopkins Schools art, music, and elementary teachers)

318      Volunteers

302      Entertainers (musicians & choirs of all ages)

54        Fine Art Auction Pieces

1,517   Full Bowls (servings of soup and bread)

40        Sponsors (of in-kind services)

Mix well together and the yield will be $70,474!*  Including the $51,750 “Challenge to the Community Fund” sponsored by Minnetonka Rotary Club & SUPERVALU and 189 business, civic, congregation, city, school, and community leaders!

We hope you will join us for the big 20-year anniversary of this incredible community event scheduled for March 13, 2018!

Very gratefully yours,

Peg Keenan, ICA Food Shelf Executive Director

Tarrah Palm, ResourceWest Executive Director

Ron Kamps & Amy Saldanha, Empty Bowls 2017 Community Co-Chairs

*As of 3.8.17 2:00 p.m.

ResourceWest has a new Executive Director

On behalf of the board of directors at ResourceWest, I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Tarrah Palm as the agency’s new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2016.


Tarrah has worked at ResourceWest since July of 2014 as the Program Specialist, coordinating our Children’s Programs, Community Collaborations and volunteers. She has worked closely with our community partners to implement in-kind donation drives for our three children’s programs increasing the number of contributions and participating organizations each year. She has overseen the resource collaborations where providers such as tax assistance, employment support and a mobile children’s dental unit come on site to provide greater access to services for families who need support. In addition, Tarrah has also been instrumental in coordinating the volunteers who provide over 1,000 hours to support the essential safety net services we provide to low-income residents in our community.

We believe Tarrah’s vision, knowledge of our programs and her role in the Hopkins and Minnetonka communities will prove invaluable as we continue to provide stability to our neighbors in need. Prior to joining ResourceWest, Tarrah worked internationally with the Freedom Firm in Ooty, India for two years. Tarrah and her family reside in Minnetonka, her children attend Hopkins schools and they are active community members.

Please join us in welcoming Tarrah to her new role!

Kim Hunwardsen

Your gift today to ResourceWest has the power to change lives.

Take Amanda, for example. She is a single mother of two young children and taking care of her brother’s two children. She was unemployed for the longest time before she finally landed a good job. One week after starting the job, her car broke down. Living in Minnetonka, she was too far from the bus route to be able to get to work in Minneapolis.


Amanda was scared when she came to ResourceWest. She knew if she missed work, she would lose her job. She was already behind on the rent, and she was afraid she and the four children would become homeless. Our case workers were able to help Amanda get her car repaired. Amanda is still employed, her household is stable, and she is optimistic about her future.

As we start off 2017, I invite you help those, like Amanda, that are struggling in our community.

Your gift will help ResourceWest to provide in-depth case management to our many clients stuck in a crisis. Eighty-percent of these clients report greater empowerment, improved self-esteem, and a more stable household.

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