Who we are

Tonka CARES is a prevention-focused coalition made up of 50+ members representing various sectors of the community. We work with local law enforcement, businesses, city government, Minnetonka Public Schools, non-profits supporting youth, faith communities, students and parents to create a healthier community and environment that supports positive decision making among young people.

The coalition was established in 2005 and is one of only twenty-six coalitions across MN awarded a federal Drug-free Communities Grant. Tonka CARES has 2 years left of its primary grant and relies on community donations to be sustainable in the future.

According to the Minnesota Student Survey, most young people in our community choose not to use alcohol, marijuana or other drugs. Yet those who do use may compromise their learning, endanger their health and ultimately risk their lives. This a national issue, as well as a local one – but it is local community efforts to reduce substance use that have the most impact.


We welcome your participation.

Kim Oelhafen
Project Director

Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1-2:30 p.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, March 13, 1-2:30 p.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, May 8, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room

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