As a returning grantee in 2008-2009, AAHWM partnered with four organizations for their project that reached Hmong, Lao, Burmese, Cambodian and Vietnamese populations. During their project, AAHWM attended almost 30 community and organizational events offering workshops to over 640 people on household hazardous waste, non-toxic cleaning, recycling, junk mail and household waste. Over 200 people made non-toxic cleaners, 327 opted out of junk mail and 185 people started recycling in their homes. In addition, some events also offered a non-toxic cleaning station where past and new participants could make or refill a bottle of non-toxic cleaner. Lastly, AAHWM staff conducted a broadcast on Hmong Minnesota radio and plan to do more on radio and cable stations in the future.
This project was a unique partnership among AAHWM, Volunteers of America, Lind-Bohanon/Shingle Creek Neighborhoods, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. In 2007-2008, staff and board members from these organizations were trained in junk mail reduction and toxicity reduction, and in turn trained over 300 elders and youth in these practices. Elders were also taken on field trips and engaged in workshops to make non-toxic household cleaners. Reusable grocery bags were printed with a culturally appropriate design and distributed to the elders and youth. Residents of Lind-Bohanon and Shingle Creek Neighborhoods were also engaged in waste reduction education at National Night Out events.