“Minnesota Nice” is a familiar phrase used by out-of-state visitors to describe the culture of altruism we enjoy in Minneapolis. The staff of Fifth Street Towers is no exception, believing that if one is in a position to help, then one has a moral obligation to do so. As such, the property has been involved with a host of charities over the years to help those in need, including the Big Climb for the Cure benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, sponsoring two children’s wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and most recently, the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days, in which building staff raised $1,787 for cancer research. The building also holds occasional blood drives through Memorial Blood Center and The Red Cross to provide life-saving transfusions to hospitals running short.
Fifth Street Towers also works to help those who’ve fallen on hard times, sponsoring food drives through Second Harvest Heartland, clothes drives through Dress for Success, donating holiday decor to organizations who then decorate the homes of service families, and collecting school supplies through the Caring Tree for the benefit of local children in need. But by far, the most beloved and successful charity program is during the holiday season when we host the Wish Tree Project. Local children from low-income families hang their wishes on the tree, and tenants can choose a wish to fulfill. Many tenants have made this a tradition within their own families, taking their children out to purchase a gift for a less-fortunate child, teaching that helping others is a gift in itself.
Each year we are astounded by the generosity of our tenants, and their willingness to help those less fortunate. Fifth Street Towers is proud to have so many tenants who are invested in giving back to their community.