Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Community Thread?

Community Thread is a community-supported nonprofit that strengthens local neighborhoods. We maximize resources and volunteers to improve the quality of life of adults and their families. We do this by providing services aimed at older adults, particularly those desiring to live independently. Our name symbolizes our belief that each act of service is a thread that ties people, communities and lives together.

Q: Do you have activities or services for older adults?

Yes! Please visit our Thrive webpage to learn more about our social activities, special events, transportation services, home help, and more!

Q: Do you offer gym equipment or public computers?

No, we do not offer these amenities because there are other places in our community that offer them, such as Stillwater or Bayport Public libraries, River Valley Athletic Club, or Stillwater Fitness.

Q: Can you help me find a volunteer opportunity?

There are three easy ways we can help you: search Community Thread Connect for an opportunity, call the Volunteer Center staff at 651-439-7434 and ask them to help you find a volunteer opportunity that interests you, or stop in and staff will help you find an exciting opportunity that matches your interests.

Q: What if I need to complete community service hours?

Community Thread works with many nonprofit organizations that may have volunteer opportunities to meet your needs. Please search Community Thread Connect for volunteer opportunities, or call the Volunteer Center at 651-439-7434. We will try to help you find the most appropriate opportunity to help fulfill your responsibility.

Q: How old do you have to be to volunteer?

Community Thread’s Volunteer Center can help find volunteer opportunities for community members of all ages. We have many opportunities for family and group volunteering where age limits are not a problem. For younger volunteers, adult supervision may be required. If you’re interested in volunteering, call us and we’ll help you find the right volunteer experience for your age and abilities!

Q: What area do you serve?

It depends on the service. Call us to see if you are eligible.

Q: How can I get a copy of your newsletter and calendar mailed to me?

Call us at 651-439-7434, or stop in to either location. You may also go to the bottom of this page and click on the Subscribe box by The Connector to receive a printed newsletter at your home.

Q: Do you accept donations of household items?

We accept gently-used jewelry, fashion scarves, and handbags for our annual sale to benefit older adult programming. We also accept school supplies year round to support students and teachers in the Stillwater Area School District with Stuff the Bus. 

Q: Where does your funding come from?

We do not receive federal or state funding. Every year, we need to raise the funds for our entire budget. About half our funding comes from area foundations. The remaining half of our funding comes from United Way of Washington County – East, municipalities, businesses and faith-based organizations and individual donations. We rely on all of these sources, including our participants, to support and fund our programs and services. You can read more in our annual reports and financial reports here.