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


Pay close attention to Halloween candy. Beyond the dangers of needles, opened packaging and the like in candy, parents today need to be aware of marijuana edibles disguised as common candy. Unlike the smoked form, these intoxicating treats are very easy to disguise as harmless everyday treats. Edibles can be found in nearly almost anything, from lollipops to chocolate bars. Youth can be exposed to these products without their knowledge. Older teens may choose to experiment with these products during the Halloween holiday- unaware of the high concentration, and slower onset of action that edibles can have in comparison to traditional smoking, many teens experience extremely adverse reactions and even overdose.

Talk with your youth about healthy ways to enjoy this and other holidays in the absence of mood altering chemicals.

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Big changes in our community.....

For more information on these new ordinances and there effective dates, please visit Tonka CARES Tobacco & Vaping page.

Eat. Talk. Connect!

A program that encourages families to connect and build strong relationships by sharing meals ever week. Click the logo for conversation starters, meal planning tips & activities, and more!

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Kim Oelhafen
Project Director
952-401-5056 (desk)


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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Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    • 9-10:30 a.m. DSC Room 109
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • 1-2:30 p.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019
    • 9-10:30 a.m., DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • 1-2:30 p.m. DSC Community Room
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    • 9-10:30 a.m. DSC Community Room

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