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Who we are

Westonka Healthy Community Collaborative is a task force made up of several community organizations and leaders that share a common goal: make the Westonka community and schools an encouraging and prosperous place for at-risk kids and families.

The Westonka School District and community organizations deliver countless services and fulfill many needs, but—as with all communities—there are gaps of care or focus.

That’s where we come in, our sole mission is to find these gaps and work collaboratively to make sure at-risk kids get the support and education they need to thrive. 

The Executive Committee

    • Christie Larson /

    • Liz Krough /

    • Carol Watson /

    • Joel Dahl /

    • JeanAnn Thayer /


What we do

We develop and/or fund innovative programs and services for families with kids that need extra support. These are mainly focused on:

       • Mental health for children and their families

       • Educational and academic success

       • Programs for at-risk children


Our initiatives

Through the granting of funds, Westonka Healthy Community Collaborative helps make these possible:

Community Link Resource Fair
Brings community members together with resources they may otherwise have a difficult time accessing

After-School Activity Bus
Allows kids to partake in homework clubs, sports and extra-curricular activities

Positive Community Coordinator
Professional that visits classrooms in elementary schools to encourage positive behavior and teaches kids how to relate to each other


WeCAN Ready to Learn Program
Provides school supplies and backpacks to children in grades K-12

WeCAN Kids Food Program
Fills a gap in food support for school-age children over major school breaks

Kids Core Counselor In Training Program
Children gain valuable work experience and skills by working along professional staff, learning the ropes of school-age child care

Licensed Chemical Counselor at the high school from Relate Counseling


How it works

Westonka Healthy Community Collaborative receives federal funds generated through the Local Collaborative Time Study (LCTS), an entitlement program that captures dollars from Medical Assistance and Foster Care Assistance. The funds are designated for use in early intervention and prevention services in Minnesota.

Funding comes from the Federal, State, and County government, and not from the school district.

Funding requests must be turned in
by Feb. 15 for the following school year.


Contact Us

To learn more the Westonka Healthy Community Collaborative or to learn about opportunities to make a difference in your community, please fill out the form below. 

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Our Office

5901 Sunnyfield Rd E Minnetrista, MN 55364