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.


Tonka CARES is a diverse community coalition that fosters the healthy development of youth, including substance use prevention and early intervention. With a commitment to stay current and relevant- and leveraging research and data – we:

  • Build Relationships: We engage, connect and inform, with and for youth.
  • Promote Wellbeing: We focus on essential community needs.
  • Make Connections: We serve as the hub for information and partnerships.
  • Think Systemically: We improve conditions within the community to effect change.

Tonka CARES Updates

Eat. Talk. Connect!

Eat. Talk. Connect.

A program that encourages families to connect and build strong relationships by sharing at least three meals every week. Click the logo for conversation starters, meal planning tips & activities, and more. We'll be here to help every week!

Follow us on twitter and Facebook each week for your conversation starter!!!

#eattalkconnect #tonkaCARES #TonkaSchools

Teens & E-Cigarettes

Did you know... that for the first time in 17 years, the prevalence of youth smoking in Minnesota has increased as a result of e.cigarette and vape usage.... click E-cigarette & vaping for more information and resources in our community.

Happy studets standing in the High School Commons


We rely fully on grants and community support. Donate and become a sponsor of Tonka CARES! All contributions are tax deductible.

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Kim Oelhafen
Project Director
952-401-5056 (desk)
612-322-5277 (mobile)

Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, Sept. 19, 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room (View Meeting Minutes)
  • 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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