April Business of the Month

April Business of the Month

In honor of the great sacrifice local businesses have made to keep our community safe and healthy, we devote this month’s business of the month to Hutchinson area businesses. Please remember to think local and support those who have taken difficult and costly steps to protect our community. We appreciate all businesses and want to commend them all for their flexibility, ingenuity, and sacrifice in these difficult times. Check for up-to-date information on local businesses.

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Are you a local business? Thank you for all you have done for Hutchinson. We see your hard work. Thank you for taking bold action in these uncertain times. Please check our Business Resources page for important information for businesses. We update this page frequently.

March 2020 – Business of the Month

This month’s featured business is Phoenix Drumline.www.phoenixdrumline.org

History:

Phoenix Drumline is a non-profit organization that has been part of the Hutchinson community for about 26 years.  Phoenix has two distinctly different seasons.  It is currently the peak of the winter competitive season.  Terry Lillis, the instructional director, leads the efforts to put on a performance that never fails to disappoint.  For those who aren’t familiar with the winter program, it is similar to Hutchinson High School’s new field marching program, but with percussion instruments only. The other season is summer parade season.  This is what Hutchinson and the area communities know Phoenix Drumline for.  Who doesn’t love a parade with a drumline, right?  Very fun, very playful.  Summer is a more casual season compared to winter.   Shane Matter, the summer instructor takes the kids through the basics and sets them up for a successful season.  Many don’t realize that to be in Phoenix, you can be in winter or summer, or both seasons.

 

What to Know:

Phoenix is dedicated to developing young people not only musically, but they also work hard to develop young leaders.  For those who saw the Hutchinson High School’s field show program under the direction of Kevin Kleindl and want to be ahead on your marching skills, Phoenix is an AWESOME skill builder for field marching, percussionist or not.  Even though it is winter, planning for the summer season has already begun.  If you are interested in learning more about Phoenix Drumline, attend the Summer open house at the High School Band Room on April 7th at 6:30pm.  If you are finishing up 6th grade up to age 22 and are curious about what they do, stop by!

 

The Current Season:

This year’s winter program What She Had Done, the Lizzie Borden story is very dark in comparison to last year’s show What Baking Can Do.  The preliminary competition is in Burnsville on March  28 and the season finishes on April 4th for MPA finals at Mariucci arena at the U of M. The summer season includes parades and community service events that qualify for service hours (Relay for Life, Water Carnival parades, for example).  Sometimes we get to do really cool impromptu things like perform at the Super Bowl Live events!

Important Fact!:

You DO NOT need to know how to play piano to be a member, nor do you even need to know how to read music.  Phoenix Drumline takes everyone and finds an instrument that fits the member.  The only requirement is to have dedication to practice, practice, practice, and also to have fun!

What would you like people to know about the Chamber?

The Chamber does so much to boost our community and local businesses.  You are EVERYWHERE!  For those who are not Chamber Members, I suggest you stop by the Chamber office and learn about all the benefits a membership provides.  You will be surprised!

 

 

 

 

 

February 2020 – Business of the Month

 

This month’s featured business is Hager Jewelry. Hager Jewelry has served the Hutchinson area since 1913, and has been in their downtown location for over 75 years. You may recognize them by their signature piece – the clock seen along Main Street.

What You Should Know About Hager Jewelry

Mark and Deb Cormier are the welcoming owners of Hager Jewelry. They stand by their motto “We service what we sell,” and are passionate about the jewelry business. Members of the staff attend buying shows at least once a year to seek out the latest trends in the industry. They also attend educational seminars and consult with other jewelers to ensure they are using the best practices in the industry.

Hager’s sells fine jewelry, watches, and gifts in all price ranges and for all ages. They have a large selection of bridal rings for brides and grooms. And, if they don’t have the exact diamond size and shape you are looking for, they utilize trusted gem dealers to get exactly what you want. Hager’s offers an official Harley Davidson watch line for men and women, Bulova and Wittnauer brand watches, and a variety of watch band styles and materials. They recently added a new line of men’s jewelry – stop in if you haven’t seen it yet!

 

“We Service What We Sell”

Hager Jewelry is a full-service jeweler.  Their motto “We service what we sell” is core to their business. They offer a host of services. Visit them for:

State certified watch repair

In-store jewelry repair

Custom engraving

Diamond setting

Custom jewelry design

Complimentary jewelry cleaning

Remounting your pieces to make them new again

Gold, silver, and platinum buying

 

Expert Advice

Mark says, “Talking to a person who has been in the jewelry business for 40 plus years is an excellent way to learn and be comfortable buying a precious gem. We have resources to get you the diamond you want at the price you can afford.” Stop in any time to their store at 138 Main Street South to have your jewelry serviced or cleaned, ask questions, or pick out a new piece for yourself or for a gift!

138 Main St S 
Hutchinson, MN 55350
http://www.hagerjewelry.com
http://facebook.com/hagerjewelry

Hager Jewelry is open 6 days a week and can also be reached at (320) 587-2230.

 

Stop in for Valentine’s Day store specials featuring deep discounts on beautiful items for your sweetheart, or something new for you.

November 2019 – Business of the Month

760 Century Ave SW

Hutchinson, MN 55350

https://hutchinsonpethospital.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hutchinsonpethospital/

 

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2017-2018 pet ownership survey, nearly 57 percent of American households own a pet. It’s no wonder then that Hutchinson Pet Hospital is celebrating 35 years of serving the Hutchinson community’s furry friends.

Hutchinson Pet Hospital got its start in 1984 when Dr. Curtis Reiter purchased Dr. Carlson’s downtown veterinary practice. In 2013, Dr. Kristen Roffey purchased the practice from Dr. Reiter.

Since 1984, Hutchinson Pet Hospital has built a passionate legacy of caring for pets and keeping them healthy. Hutchinson Pet Hospital creates customized health care plans for each pet which includes vaccinations, diagnostic and early disease screenings and parasite protection programs. The entire staff works as a team with the pet owner to deliver excellent care.

Fear Free Certified

Hutchinson Pet Hospital Mission Statement

The entire staff at the Hutchinson Pet Hospital is Fear Free Certified. Their mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets. They love pets and always want them to feel safe and as comfortable as possible while in their care. This Fear Free Car extends to their boarding and grooming departments. Hutchinson Pet Hospital groomers work to make the process pleasant so your pet can look and feel their best. This Fear Free philosophy is also applied to the training classes for puppies and kittens with behavior issues offered at Hutchinson Pet Hospital.

Proud to be AAHA accredited

Only 12 to 15 percent of veterinary practices in the United States and Canada hold the American Animal Hospital Association accredited designation. Hutchinson Pet Hospital is proud to hold the AAHA accreditation, holding their practice to a higher standard. They are the only clinic in the area to hold this designation. The AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the US and Canada. To earn this designation, practices are evaluated on over 900 standards of quality from pain management and patient care to team training and medical record keeping.

A variety of pet-centered services

In addition to creating customized preventative pet care, Hutchinson Pet Hospital offers regular oral health assessments, which are vital to a pet’s longevity and good health. Routine surgery and dentistry care are provided at the highest level of safety and technical skill to ensure your pet recovers as quickly as possible. With a surgery suite equipped with CO2 laser, a pet’s pain is minimized and aids in a speedy recovery.

If you pet is sick or injured, Hutchinson Pet Hospital has easy and affordable access to top notch care by Board Certified veterinarians. Care can be provided through digital radiology and ultrasound consultations, traveling Board Certified surgeons and dermatologists.

With a state of the art photobiomodulation, or cold laser, therapy, a pet will have decreased inflammation and pain and accelerated healing. This treatment modality effectively encourages healing for a wide variety of conditions including post-surgical incision sites, ear infections and orthopedic injuries.

All aspects of pet health are addressed by the highly trained Hutchinson Pet Hospital staff, from wellness exams and vaccinations to sick pets, grooming, boarding and training. The staff has a combined 218 years of experience, with 99 of those years at Hutchinson Pet Hospital!

Celebrating 35 years with Open House on Nov. 8

Serving the community’s pets since 1984, Hutchinson Pet Hospital is dedicated to a pet’s whole well-being. Celebrating the past 35 years, Hutchinson Pet Hospital is hosting an Open House on Friday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to come visit the facility and enjoy the celebration.

What does Hutchinson Pet Hospital enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

Hutchinson Pet Hospital joined the Chamber in 2018. We know that we need to take advantage of more of what the Chamber offer, but we really like how much help the Chamber has been with advertising and promoting our business.

 

October 2019 – Business of the Month

1180 State HWY 7 E

Hutchinson, MN 55350

https://www.agsystemsonline.com/

October is National Manufacturing Month, and this month’s featured business has a rich manufacturing history in Hutchinson. Our local October Business of the Month, Heartland Ag Systems, recently became the largest Case IH commercial application equipment distributorship in North America, when Ag Systems merged with Heartland Ag earlier this year.

A local start before the merge

AG Systems, Inc.  was founded, by Dick Lenz in 1965 in Hutchinson Throughout its history, Ag Systems, Inc’s reputation grew as a leading manufacturer in agriculture equipment industry. Ag Systems is know for making anhydrous ammonia equipment, liquid applicators, pull-type spreaders, nurse tanks and the legendary Brute bumper. In addition, the company is the longest-running distributor for the Case IH application equipment line in North America. The distribution covers a trade area of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. AG Systems, Inc. also carries Snyder tanks, New Leader spreaders, a wide variety of parts for the fertilizer industry and a mobile service fleet to support the needs of its customers.

On February 28, 2019, AG Systems, Inc. of Hutchinson, Minnesota, and Heartland Ag of Ames, Iowa, merged to create the largest Case IH commercial application equipment distributorship in North America. The new organization operates as Heartland AG Systems, Inc. The merger brings customers an expanded footprint, with nine locations across eight states, from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Colorado from east to west and from North Dakota to Missouri from north to south.

New facility offers great employment opportunities in Hutchinson

Heartland Ag Systems, Inc., strives to be the employer of choice for the Hutchinson area. The company employs approximately 100 people in Hutchinson and nearly 300 throughout the entire company.  They are investing in their future by building a new facility.  The new facility improves working conditions, allows for employment opportunities and aids in better service for our customers.  We have a great history of employee satisfaction and supporting the community through donations.

Manufacturing is done right here in Hutchinson

Heartland Ag Systems, Inc.’s sole manufacturing operations is in Hutchinson.  The products they manufacture are distributed throughout the USA and Canada.  As the largest CASE IH application equipment distributor in North America, Heartland Ag Systems is meeting the agriculture needs of the farmers through the country .  One way Heartland Ag System provides excellent customer service is through their commitment to servicing their equipment. Heartland Ag System service technicians provide a mobile service fleet, in addition to a local service center.  We have several local growers that rely on us for support of their products and farming operations.

Creating products that last and employees that stay

It may be surprising to some to learn of the geographical and agricultural impact of the product, manufactured by people of surrounding communities.  This company makes a difference for those that use it and for those that build the products. Heartland Ag Systems, Inc. takes pride in their low turnover rate and long-standing years of service of their employees.  Not only is this company assisting the ag industry, but they work to make sure their products are better for the world around them. The updated technology that is in the equipment today provides better stewardship for our environment, which in turns provides for a better tomorrow.

         

What does Heartland Ag Systems, Inc., enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

We appreciate having the chamber as an avenue to help connect us to the community in ways that we would not be able to do without being members of the chamber. We fully intend on strengthening our partnership with the chamber as we continue to grow our company.

 

 

 

September 2019 Business of the Month

2 Main St. S.

Hutchinson, MN 55350

https://www.facebook.com/HutchinsonAreaCommunityFoundation/
https://hutchinsonareacommunityfoundation.org/

The September Business of the Month began with an initial $35,000 donation by Irvin Burich who believed Hutchinson needed a community foundation. Burich, a Hutchinson businessman, supported the community foundation concept because it provides people of any income level a way to leave a permanent legacy in the form of a financial contribution to improve the community’s quality of life. In April 1999, Burich’s initial donation started the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation.

Now in its 20th year, the HACF has awarded 218 grants totaling more than $300,000 since the first grant was made in 2004. The Foundation’s endowment balance has grown to $850,000. in 2018, more than $35,000 was given to award recipients.

       

On September 11, 2005, the Founders Pathway was dedicated. The Pathway is a granite walkway leading from Washington Avenue to the Hutchinson Brothers statue. The majority of the Foundation’s funds have been raised from the sale of pathway pavers. The pavers are available for a $5,000 donation and there are still pavers available.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation helps people, organizations and businesses that want to improve the community now and in the future. The HACF also has an affiliation with Southwest Initiative Foundation through its Community Foundation program. The Foundation wants everyone to join the legacy of Hutchinson by accepting donations of all amounts from individuals, families, businesses and other foundations. The capital gained through those donations is applied to endeavors that serve the best interest of the community.

The Foundation employs no staff and operates with a volunteer Board with administrative support from the Chamber and SWIF. The Foundation serves as a vehicle for donors, helping them achieve their charitable goals.

The Foundation recently has converted its grant application process to an online submission. The application can be found on their Website at https://hutchinsonareacommunityfoundation.org/. Grant applications are currently being accepted for the Foundation’s current grant cycle and will be accepted online until October 4.

What does the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The Foundation enjoys the partnership and collaboration that is gained by our membership in the Chamber.

July 2019 Business of the Month

Logo for RAM Buildings

 

592 Industrial Dr, Winsted, MN 55395  |  (320) 485-2844

HISTORY

In 1998 Rollie Radtke, then the owner of the Waconia lumber yard, and Gregg Machemehl, a post frame sales and project manager came together to create RAM Buildings. Over the last twenty years RAM has developed commercial general contracting and excavation divisions. Specializing in post frame and steel frame construction lends itself to a variety of project opportunities including airplane hangars, poultry & dairy buildings, equestrian complexes, commercial buildings, agricultural buildings, storage buildings, and Post-Frame Residential homes.RAM stage in Winsted

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RAM BUILDINGS

  • Post Frame Construction is an economical building method and RAM strives to help their customers achieve their building needs using budget minded construction methods.
  • RAM’s goal is to deliver personal service, excellent workmanship and deliver with timely completion to their projects.
  • RAM Buildings is a company of integrity. Their customers and the companies they work with need to know that RAM’s word is something they can count on.
  • RAM enjoys post frame construction because of the diverse of projects they can build for a variety of clientele. They are efficient, so buildings go up relatively quick. Their company takes pride in their projects and has a feeling of satisfaction leaving a jobsite with a building in place after only a few weeks.
  • RAM also distinguishes itself from some of their competitors by offering the RAM Advantage; this is their desire to take your project on at whatever capacity you want them to. If you are looking for a builder who can take care of the project from excavation, to building, electrical and plumbing, and cement – they can do that.  If just you want a team who can help you construct the building so you can take care of the rest, RAM can do that too.  RAM Buildings is comfortable taking on the whole project, a few parts of your project or just one piece.

PRODUCTS, SERVICES, AND PROMOTIONS

  • RAM specializes in constructing all buildings-built post frame. They also build steel buildings which are mostly used for commercial purposes.
  • Another area of expertise is the design and construction of equestrian complexes. These projects include stall barns, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, storage and social areas. These projects are spectacular and impressive.  They’ve also built move in ready commercial projects over the years.
  • RAM builds year-round, working hard to keep their carpenters employed over the winter. To help make this happen they offer an incentive to customers by providing the best value through their winter discount program. They also offer a RAM Days promotion which coincides with our company’s anniversary at the end of February each year. The discount runs through late-spring / early-summer discount to kick off the year.
  • A few things that make RAM unique are:
    • RAM has seven carpenter crews building locally and throughout MN. They have long-standing relationships with subcontractor framing crews that they work with as well.
    • They are willing to take on any aspect of your project as your contractor (RAM Advantage)
    • RAM has many tenured employees with a great deal of experience in all aspects of their business. This makes it easier for us to find the right way to service their customers.

Construction worker standing on ladder nailing wood together   Group of construction workers working together to assemble wood structure  Construction worker using a circular saw to cut wood

Recently RAM has set out to reach the next generation of carpenters and tradesmen.  They have invested a great deal of time and resources into developing a three-week training course for those interested in carpentry and want to start their career right after graduation.  RAM visited about 20 schools from the area, including Hutchinson High School. One 2019 graduate signed up for our course and has successfully completed it.

Reaching the next generation of carpenters is going to be a big task for all businesses in the construction industry and RAM has endeavored to be a leader in doing so.  This will help RAM achieve their goal of continued steady growth.

RAM has been in business for 20 years! Happy Anniversary!

What does RAM Buildings enjoy most about being a Chamber Member?

RAM loves being a part of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce because of all the connections that we make, it is so much fun learning about everyone’s business and seeing the passion that every member has for what they do.

June 2019 Business of the Month

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union Logo

1250 MN-15, Hutchinson, MN 55350
(877) 794-6712

 

Our June Business of the Month got their start in 1936 as St. Mary’s Parish Sleepy Eye. Their name was changed to SouthPoint Federal Credit Union in 2002 and their business expanded to three counties. Today, we know them as SouthPoint Financial Credit Union, a non-for-profit financial cooperative serving 19 counties and more than 21,000 member owners. They have branch locations in Sleepy Eye, Springfield, New Ulm, St. Peter, North Mankato, and Hutchinson, with a 7th branch opening in Waconia in late 2019/early 2020.

This Financial Center offers credit union services as well as services for two supporting divisions: SouthPoint Home Mortgage and SouthPoint Investment Services. SouthPoint provides industry leading transactional, deposit and loan services to meet the demands of today’s mobile consumers and small businesses. Among some of their services are:

  • Checking, Savings, and Money Market Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Youth Savings Accounts
  • Certificate of Deposits
  • Auto and Home Loans
  • Credit Cards
  • Mobile Wallet and Mobile Deposit

Nearly everything that members need to do in branch can be done with one of SouthPoint’s Mobile Platforms (with the exception of withdrawing money). Their members also have access to the MoneyPass ATM network, which offers a surcharge-free ATM experience for qualified cardholders at over 32,000 convenient ATM locations across the US. Wherever their members are, SouthPoint is, too!

Ladies from SouthPoint holding an award in front of a step and repeat banner at an event SouthPoint's branch president Megan Karg handing a box of food donations to the food shelf representative SouthPoint Financial Credit Union Hutchinson Building - a stone structure with the logo on the front of the building

SouthPoint makes it their mission to always do the right thing for the right reason. They empower their members to achieve goals and chase dreams by providing them with exceptional service and guidance along the way.  SouthPoint is owned and governed by its members. Every member has an equal right to both voice their opinions and vote at their annual meeting. As a credit union, SouthPoint’s profits are distributed to members in the form of lower rates, fewer and lower fees, and higher savings rates.

SouthPoint is recognized as one of the Nation’s Healthiest Credit Unions. They are a recipient of the Crystal Performance Award from Raddon, which recognizes credit unions for achieving a top ten ranking based on a balanced scorecard measurement of growth, income, efficiency and margin management. Each year more than 500 credit unions were evaluated for this award; the winners were ranked among the top two or three percent of all credit unions analyzed by Raddon for two consecutive reporting periods. SouthPoint has also been recognized with a Credit Union National Association Diamond Award, which rewards creative excellence and outstanding results.

Above all, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union is a community-minded financial center providing the best support and services possible for their members. To learn more about SouthPoint Financial Credit Union visit www.SouthPointFinancial.com or call (877) 794-6712!

 

What does SouthPoint Financial Credit Union enjoy most about their Chamber Membership?

The SouthPoint team enjoys that the Chamber helps to foster the connection between our local businesses and the community.

May 2019 Business of the Month

Business logo for Hantge Funeral Homes

Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel
899 MN-15, Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 587-2128

 

HISTORY

Funeral Service in Hutchinson can be traced back to the beginnings of our local history and many changes have occurred over the years. In the 1800s, those known as “Undertakers” – who undertook the task of burying the dead – were also cabinet-makers who also made caskets when needed.  During this time, Funeral Service was often associated with furniture stores. Many times a visitation was held in the deceased’s home. The Dobratz and Quast families served the Hutchinson community in funeral service for many years.

A photo from the early 1900 with the H.A. Dobratz Building, a crowd of people and cars. Horse draws a carriage for an old funeral in the early 1900s Richard, Everett and Robert Hantge pictured with a hearse from the early 1900’s still owned by the Quast Family. This picture was taken at Esther Quast’s funeral on May 24, 2002.

  • 1911:A. Dobratz Furniture and Undertaking was established on Main Street.
  • 1973: Everett Hantge, a Brownton native who graduated from the University of Minnesota Mortuary Science, opened a funeral home in the former Quast Funeral Home in Hutchinson which was on the corner of Hassan Street and 2nd Avenue.
  • 1978: The Dobratz Family sold the funeral business and building to Everett Hantge. The Dobratz Chapel was renamed the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel, reflecting the continued tradition of the Dobratz name in Hutchinson. This location was on the corner of Glen Street and 4th Avenue, across from Peace Lutheran Church.
  • 1989: Robert Hantge, son of Everett Hantge, returned to Hutchinson after working in Minneapolis to join the firm. In 1991, Everett’s youngest son, Richard, joined the firm. Richard had also held employment in Minneapolis prior to returning to Hutchinson.
  • 1998: A Family Services Counselor and Preplanning Consultant, Brenda (Schramm) Hornick, was added to assist families with prearranging funeral and cremation services. In 1999, a crematory was installed at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel to provide our community with full cremation services.
  • 2000: The Hantge Family purchased the former Citizen’s Bank drive-thru bank building, which was converted into an additional south chapel, providing two chapel locations in Hutchinson.
  • 2003: The Dobratz-Hantge Chapel on Glen Street in Hutchinson was sold to Peace Lutheran Church. In the spring of that year remodeling construction had begun on the south chapel. It was expanded to provide two large chapels, a fellowship room (which provides an alternative place for families to hold luncheons), a fireplace room, and a larger selection room.
  • Today: Hantge Funeral Chapels continue to care for the special needs that occur at the time of a death in the communities we serve.

SUPPORT

Hantge Funeral Chapels believe the funeral honors the memory of the deceased while helping the survivors to accept the reality of death; it guides them to the healing of their grief. You and your family are the funeral home’s number one priority. A funeral is something that needs to be done right and the Hantge Funeral Chapels are fully committed to funeral service that is in your best interest.

It is the funeral home’s privilege to serve families and walk with them on their grief journey. Hantge Funeral Chapels allows families to receive the healing benefits of their aftercare program by inviting them to their annual Beyond Sorrow grief seminar and annual Holiday Remembrance Program. Working with their full-time funeral directors means you’re never alone. They are available to serve your family at any time… 24 hours a day, every day.

Peaceful photo of headstones in a cemetery Banquet tables and chairs set up for a luncheon post funeral A photo of an urn and candles symbolizing the cremation services offered by Hantge Funeral Chapels

SERVICES

The Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel owns their own funeral chapel and can take care of every aspect of the cremation process for you – you loved one never leaves their care. Their team allows you to incorporate personalized and creative ideas to celebrated the lives of your loved ones, whether it be a dove release, hose drawn carriage to the cemetery, or anything else to make the day special. Their team can also assist families in personalizing and creating the cemetery marker or monument.

Some are unaware that the Hantge Funeral Chapels also offer professional pre-planning. They have a full staff of licensed professionals who will come to your home or meet with you at the funeral home. Pre-planning and pre-funding allows your family the opportunity to make funeral arrangements and decisions before the need arises. The Dobratz-Hantge Chapel can host both a funeral service and a funeral luncheon to follow at the funeral home.

COMMUNITY

This family-owned funeral home supports, participates, and believes in our hometown causes, events and organizations. The staff and owners are your local friends and neighbors, and their goal is to provide sensitive and caring assistance during life’s most difficult times and create meaningful celebrations that honor your family and friends.

April 2019 Business of the Month

Logo for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

177 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 587-1000

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit veterans organization that was chartered in the Hutchinson area in 1982. There are 31 chapters throughout the state of Minnesota. As of now there are 410 members from the Hutchinson area that covers about a 30-mile radius. The group is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling the promises made to the men and women who served. They are building better lives for the men and women that served their country by providing FREE assistance in obtaining different benefits they earned while serving. In addition, they have an Auxiliary that works right alongside the DAV in everything they do – together as one!

If you’ve seen little green bins placed throughout the community, then you’ve seen the DAV and Auxiliary collection boxes. They collect clothing, shoes, leather goods, and small household goods including pots & pans, silverware, dishes and other nik-naks in these bins. The DAV supports green efforts by keeping these items out of landfills and recycling them through thrift stores in the metro area. The DAV is then paid by these thrift stores and all of the income goes back to into our community to help take care of our local veterans and their families.

In addition to assisting with veteran benefits and collecting various donations, the DAV and auxiliary provide transportation to and from medical appointments, free of charge. They own and operate four handicap vehicles and two ambulatory vehicles. They do accept donations if the patient is able and willing to do so. They also have what they call a “donor connect program” which involves loaning handicap equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, crutches, walkers, and almost any kind of handicap equipment you can imagine to veterans, family members and other members of the public. They have such an abundance of this equipment and are happy to loan it to people, with the intention that it is returned when they no longer need it. These items are also accepted as a donation to the DAV and Auxiliary if people are able to do so!

This is strictly a volunteer operation. The DAV and Auxiliary has volunteers that complete office work, clothing collections, cleaning, transporting patients, delivering handicap equipment, and repairing equipment when possible; they have absolutely no on a payroll. Consider volunteering or donating to the DAV and supporting your local veterans!