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 
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2017 ResourceWest Volunteer Needs

Front Desk:

Our front desk volunteers are the first point of contact for most people that either call or walk in to ResourceWest.  They serve to direct people to the right places. This is an administrative and people orientated position.  See below for specific days/times – it is a weekly commitment, with subs available if volunteers are sick or on vacation.

Wednesdays, 10 am – 2 pm (starting January 4)

Thursdays, 10 am – 2 pm (January through March)


Computer Employment Lab

The computer employment lab is open, twice a week, for community members to use computers and also receive employment support.  Most duties include helping write resumes and online job applications.  Volunteers need mid-level technology experience. See below for specific days/times – it is a weekly commitment, with subs available if volunteers are sick or on vacation.

Wednesday, 10 am – 1 pm (starting January 4)

Thursdays, 12 pm – 1 pm (starting January 5)


Empty Bowls Silent Auction

For the last 18 years, ResourceWest and ICA Foodshelf, has partnered with the Hopkins School District to launch Empty Bowls every spring.  This is community wide event to bring people together over soup/bread, art and music while raising awareness of the needs of this community.  This year’s Empty Bowls is March 7.  There are many ways to volunteer during Empty Bowls, but our highest need right now is putting together a team for the Silent Auction portion of the Empty Bowls.  Most of the auction items are pieces of art from the community.  Many of the artists give year over year.  Volunteers need administrative skills. This volunteer job is project related, the time commitment varies from January through March.

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

Tarrah Palm –  tarrah@resourcewest.org – 952-277-9341

Thank You!!!

Our office is little quieter today. This time last week, we had a lovely frenzy of excited parents shopping, enthusiastic donors dropping off gifts, and busy volunteers working on all things “Toy Chest”. 420 families picked out gifts for their children! Over 130 families asked for one of the staff to call them back this week with a question related to housing, employment, transportation, etc. This is good news. Toy Chest started a conversation – to something deeper, wider, possibly growing to greater stability for their family.

One of the last parents shopping on Thursday afternoon kept on saying, “I just didn’t think I’d have gifts for my kids this year…Thank You,”  The staff. The volunteers. We received the gift of hearing “Thank You” all week long. I would like to pass on the parents’ heartfelt “Thank You” to you, our generous and faithful community members.

– Tarrah Palm, Executive Director

Hopkins Auto Body · Lunds & Byerlys · Hopkins Elks · Excelsior United Methodist · Mid Country Bank · Hopkins School District IT, Bldg & Grounds · Minnehaha Creek Watershed District · Harley Hopkins · Hopkins Western Fraternal Life · M. Carlson Painting · George R. Wolff VFW · Minnetonka Lions Club · Carlson Companies · Hopkins Lions Club · Gethsemane Lutheran Church · Hopkins Police Department · Bethlehem Lutheran Church · Minnetonka Middle School West · Gatewood Elementary · Hopkins Fire Department · Zion Lutheran Church · St. Luke Church · Minnetonka Family Chiropractic · Big Thrill Factory · Mizpah UCC · Shorewood City Hall · Hopkins Activity Center · Great Harvest Bread Company · Hopkins Women’s Club · First Minnetonka Bank · Coldwell Banker Burnet · Glen Lake Elementary · Immaculate Heart of Mary · Hopkins Rotary · Meadowbrook Elementary · Hopkins North Jr. High · Mask Hair Design Cub Foods · Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran  · Gary’s First Class Car Care  · Mask Hair Designs LLC  · Subaru of America, Minneapolis Zone  · Minnetonka Rotary  · West Suburban Women’s Club · The Westmoreland Family Singers · Kiddywampus · Eisenhower Elementary · The Blake School · Trinity Episcopal Church  · Excelsior Fire Department

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 2016, 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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