Cottage Grove Human Services / Human Rights Commission, Vice-Chair and former Member, October 2004 – October 2016
Christie was the Vice Chair of The Commission from December 2013 to October 2016. She was a member from October 2004 – March 2008 and March 2011 to November 2013. She lead the fundraising subgroup from 2012 to the end. The Commission facilitated communication between the citizens and the City Council and raises the citizens’ awareness of human services and human rights issues. She participated in many Commission activities as a group and individually. In Winter 2007 to Spring 2008, she helped plan the production of The Commission and South Washington Telecommunications Commission’s award-winning program to educate the public about Yeshiva High School, the Hasidic Jewish boys’ boarding school that existed in Cottage Grove at that time. In 2013 and 2014, she brought the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Kevin Lindsey, J.D., to Cottage Grove to speak about his priorities for the legislative session. She has written and had published in the local newspaper many editorials in support of The Commission’s goals. She lead the fundraising committee and planned and executed 4 fundraisers at Carbone’s Pizza, Culver’s Restaurant, and Cub Foods.
On left: MN Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey after he discussed human rights issues in MN with the citizens of Cottage Grove at discussion and outreach event in January 2014. In middle: City Councilwoman Jen Peterson at fundraiser and outreach event at Carbone’s Pizza in 2013 at Halloweentime. On right: Commission members bagging groceries at Cub Foods at fundraiser and outreach event in May of 2013.
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network of Cottage Grove Steering Committee, former Member, February 2011 – May 2014
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network of Cottage Grove is a non-profit organization that helps the families of deployed Service members and veterans by doing practical work for them, such as lawn mowing, snow removal, and home and car repairs. As a member of The Network’s Steering Committee, Christie had a variety of duties, some consistent and some project-oriented. In Spring of 2011, she was the leader of the silent auction for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, our first fundraiser. In Summer 2013, she brought to Cottage Grove “The Echoes of War” presentation, which is an eye opening and highly emotional presentation about the long-term emotional and physical effects of combat on Service members, i.e. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). She was 1 of the managers of the organization’s Facebook page. Lastly, she recruited people to volunteer to do awork for the deployed Service members’ families and veterans.
Washington County Community Corrections Advisory Board, former Member, September 2004 – December 2005
Christie received info. on and provided Washington County Community Corrections with public opinion regarding various corrections issues, along with several other members.
God’s Closet, former Lead Volunteer on First Saturday of the Month, 2006 – May 2014
God’s Closet is a charity in St. Paul’s East Side Neighborhood that provides free clothes, household goods, books, and toys to low-income people who live in or near the area. Christie was the lead volunteer on the first Saturday of the month. She was responsible for opening, closing, and the safe, welcoming operation of the store, recruited and lead group of volunteers who organized donated inventory and provided customer service, and maintained records.
Source of Free Information On Family Law Related Issues
Through ChristieLegal’s website and social media accounts, which include Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChristieLegal), Twitter (www.twitter.com/ChristieLegalMN), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/christielthompson), Christie posts current information on child custody, child support, divorce, grandparent visitation, co-parenting, the causes and effects of divorce / ending of a significant romantic relationship, and dating. She posts info. re. co-parenting because that’s the most important thing that happens after a child custody or divorce case. She also posts dating counselors’ advice in hope that folks learning how to date more effectively will decrease the need for people to file child custody, child support, divorce, and grandparent visitation cases.