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National Night Out

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National Night Out (NNO) can be an incredible opportunity to get out of the house in a casual setting and meet the folks you share a block with. Neighbors coming out of their doors to build relationships with one another is the surest way to build stronger communities. 

The FNA has intentionally decided not to host its own official gathering in an effort to direct all residents to build relationships with those on their own block.(This is part of our “Build Strong Communities Effort) By FNA hosting it’s own large event, this would draw people away from their own local level block party. Instead the FNA staff, connectors, and board members will be out visiting all of you where you are at on your own blocks! Look for them in their green FNA shirts! They will be passing out Resource bags to folks who need/want them, along with large yellow trash bags to help keep the streets clean after the party is over!

Did you forget to register with the city to block off your street? No worries, you can still register with the FNA and host in your yard! The FNA gives you a FREE $50 to help with the cost of hosting a party. You can Register Here!

Are you need in Invitations for your Block Party to deliver to every house on your street? Email the FNA at info@folwell.org and we have some ready for you! All you have to do is schedule a pick up! 

Below are some great ideas for hosting your event on Tuesday! These have all been done at different parties and turned out great! 

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Food Ideas:

Ice Cream Sunday’s – 4 gallons, toppings and utensils (non dairy option)

Taco Bar with all the fixings!

Hot Dog Bar with the fixings! Please be sure to purchase all beef hot dogs for neighbors who don’t eat pork. 

Baked Potato bar with all the fixings!

“Make your own” food stations with lots of options allows for serving folks with a variety of dietary needs possible and inclusive. It is an intentional choice to make sure everyone can participate and eat. 

 

Activity Ideas:

Bubbles

Sidewalk chalk

Music

Jump ropes

Water Balloons

 

Basic Event Ideas:

Trash cans with caution tape to block off street – keep your car safe

Pull a recycle bin out to encourage recycling

Use a Bluetooth speaker to fill the block with music

Karaoke

Dance Competition  

Provide a sign in sheet so neighbors can stay connected after the event is over.

 

Don’t forget to take pictures #FNANNO2019

 

Remember to please make a commitment to leave your block cleaner than when you started! Help us protect our kids from harmful trash and protect the Mississippi water from liter! Let’s model behavior of caring and loving the earth, each other, and the community by taking care of it.

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February 2019 Neighborhood Night Recap

Location: Folwell Park

Date: 2.18.2019

# of People: 19

Board Members Present: Beryl Ann Burton, Buzzy Bohn, Joe Bell

Committee’s Present: Crime and Safety, Folwell Farmer Coalition,

Special Guests/Contact Info:

Presentations:

Joe Davis started the night out with a spoken word piece and tips for Storytelling. There has been a collective ask for a focus on Storytelling. The ability to own the narrative of our experience in Folwell, as a community, and as the Northside. Creating space for performance art in Neighborhood Night while also learning skills will be a focus for 2019.

County Commissioner Irene Fernando came and shared with the community about the work she is focusing on as she settles into her new position. Some of that work being focused on is the process of bail, Affordable Housing, and transportation. It was a wonderful time to get to hear from her and create an opportunity for residents to get access to our County Commissioner. You can find out more about Irene at her current website www.hennepind2.com or her campaign website www.voteirene.com

Comfort Adult Day Care on 37th and Emerson came and invited the community to come and participate/volunteer with the work they do at their center. They have been spending a lot of time out in the community getting to know residents and connecting their resource with the Seniors who need it. Folwell is looking forward to getting to know our new neighbor and small business better. You can find out more about the Adult Day Care at eden10@hotmail.com or 651.373.9778 or 612.224.9971.

Community Build Question/Activity:

  • This didn’t happen as our time was used for presentations.

Topics/Issues brought forth from the Community:

  • Snow Removal on sidewalks and side streets and the problems they cause
  • Be aware of the Census coming out. Who is in charge of the Census, and how can Neighborhood Org’s participate in making them successful.
    • Dani has reached out to Ariah at NCR to learn more about the process and where Folwell fits in to the work.

Committee Reports:

  • Crime and Safety: Buzzy Bohn – buzzy@folwell.org
    • Safe Street Workshops will be held at Folwell Park on April 13 from 1:30-3:30pm
    • Look at what it would take to put Stop Lights on Penn and 36 and/or Lowry and Logan.
  • Folwell Farmer’s Coalition: Dani Tietjen – danielle@folwell.org
    • Took a look at schedule and events folks want to have at the garden’s
      • Penn Ave Garden:
        • 2nd Sunday’s Potluck
        • Every Thurs work night
        • Meditation and yoga at garden
      • Story Garden:
        • First Friday Movie nights
        • Every Weds work night
        • Storytelling bonfire events
    • Other Events neighbors want to see:
      • Growing/Cooking lessons
        • Learn how to garden
        • Container gardening
        • Pickling and Canning
    • First weekend in April have a sign party at Folwell Park. These signs will be at all the gardens to help folks navigate where they can harvest and what items are. Communication is key to ensuring people feel comfortable in the gardens.
    • All these events will be added to the Folwell Calendar that comes out this April, as well as updated on the website.
    • Comfort Adult Day Care would like to connect with Project Sweetie Pie to offer gardening opportunities in the plot behind their building.
  • Green Team: Kathy Acaso – green@folwell.org
  • Formal meeting didn’t happen. Will be waiting till next month to organize. Tentative schedule is for Spring Clean Sweep to happen April 27-28, 2019

One Word Evaluation:

This activity didn’t happen due to running over time and ending on lively conversation.

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Folwell Harvest Festival 2018

Folwell partnered with the Cleveland Neighborhood Association to throw a Harvest Party for the neighborhood. The Penn ave Garden was the site chosen this year in large part due to the commitment from both neighborhoods to focus more energy on the struggles on Penn.

Community response, relationship building, and a deeper investment in the area is the path the neighborhood is taking to address high crime and violence on the block. The garden has been a refuge for many this summer, providing food and opportunities to connect.

More than 75 folks showed up to celebrate the season and break bread together. Community gathered a bonfire and listened to elders share stories. Children made scare crows and painted bird houses for the gardens. 50 pumpkins were given away for free and folks took family photos at the photo booth. Students played soccer and tag in the field, having room to run and play. We roasted marshmallows, listened to music, ate amazing food, and learned about one another.

Neighbors shared ideas and strategies they want to see in the neighborhood to address their struggles. Plans were made for future events and building projects. Residents were listened to and bridges were built.

The FNA and CNA are grateful for the funding available through the Penn Ave Safety Grant to provide opportunities for community members to build authentic connection and create grassroots strategies for addressing violence in the community.

Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that made this beautiful fall festival happen!

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Winter and Emergency Assistance Help

It can often be difficult to navigate through all the city/county/non profit resources.

In the midst of crisis, we don’t want you stressed about who to contact to find help. The Folwell Neighborhood Association has collected a short list of agencies that can help stand in the gap with you.

First, at any time you can call 211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they will connect  you with emergency health and human services.

Below you will find heat, energy, bill assistance and food and clothing shelter resources.

Energy Assistance

Neighborhood Hub 612-522-0942  3120 Washburn Ave   https://www.n-hub.org/

Resource Navigators assist with supplying information about housing, resume building, free use of computer lab, free notary. Limited amount of utilities support if Northside residents has disconnection notice and has been denied emergency assistance.

Hennipen County Emergency Programs  1-844-903-8466 https://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/emergency-assistance

Or contact gail.anderson@hennepin.us at 612-596-1300

MN Commerce Department 1-800-657-3710 https://mn.gov/commerce/eap.jsp

Low Income Energy Assistance Program  

Shut off Protection Plan protect and reconnect your heat

https://mn.gov/puc/consumers/help/shut-off-protection/

Community Action Partners (CAP)

https://www.caphennepin.org/files/8615/3848/6920/EAP_Now_Accepting_Applications_Press_Release_2018-19.pdf

Senior Community Services 952-767-7886

HOME Program Coordinator

10201 Wayzata Blvd. | Suite 335 | Minnetonka, MN 55305

Heat Share 1-800-842-7279  https://salvationarmynorth.org/programs-that-help/basic-needs/heatshare/

HeatShare is a Salvation Army program that provides emergency utility assistance for people with no place left to turn.

NorthPoint 612-767-3125 Housing and Livability programs

You must become a Program Participant to be given access to the variety of programs they offer. Call Rose McCullough for more info at the number above, or check it out online at https://www.northpointhealth.org/human-services

Sustainable Resource Center 612-872-3294 http://www.src-mn.org/energy-bills

Energy Conservation Program

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) https://liheappm.acf.hhs.gov/navigator

 

Food Shelf and Food Insecurity Assistance

United Way 211 https://www.211unitedway.org/

24/7 emergency help for all health and human needs

North Point Minneapolis 612-767-3125 https://www.northpointhealth.org/human-services  

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday – 9am – 3pm, Wednesday 11 – 6pm, Friday – Closed

Second Harvest Heartland http://www.2harvest.org/who–how-we-help/how-to-get-help/#.W7UbcminG3A

Camden’s Promise  612-521-3575  4656 Colfax Ave N

1st and 3rd Saturday 12:30 – 2:30pm

Salvation Army 612- 522-6581   2024 Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis

Pastor Paul’s Mission  612 -521-4665    1000 Oliver Ave N Minneapolis

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul Clothing Closets

Contact Need Help Paying My Bills for a list of all Clothing Closets.

The Unlimited/Kidz Klozet Elim Baptist Church  612-789-3591  685 13th Ave NE Mpls 55413

Distributes free children and women’s clothing. May have Christmas gifts, toys, meals. Other aid is seasonal such as school supplies and backpacks.

Northside Life Care Center   612-522-6589  4367 Thomas Ave N Mpls 55412

Distributes free diapers and formula, baby clothes, maternity clothing, and more to newborns, pregnant moms, or new mothers.

Oak Park Neighborhood Center   1701 Oak Park Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Provides needed clothing for adults and children.

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Summer 2018 Housing survey and Neighborhood Connectors

The main focus for the Housing team in 2018 is meeting residents and gathering data around housing concerns and issues. Having a whole new board and many new residents, we felt it was important to hear from you, the residents, about how to develop this program. The housing team was awarded at $10,000 grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) a program within the University of Minnesota to hire Neighborhood Connectors.  The FNA hired four residents to door knock every home in Folwell throughout July and August.

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Meet your Neighborhood Connectors! Guinevere, Mysnikol, Cece, and Chuck

The Neighborhood Connectors have two primary goals:

  • Meet you, the residents. We are striving to be a neighborhood friendly face, provide contact info to individuals in an effort to support and connect them to resources that will assist in making lives a little bit easier.
  • They are outfitted with a housing survey to learn more about the real time demographics of Folwell. This aids in understanding who Folwell is and what are the hurdles to housing needs that folks have.

As the Mayor and City Council are focused on affordable housing, it was important to the FNA that Folwell had a strong voice and direction in what affordable housing and housing needs looks like for us. With a large percentage of rentals, abandon buildings, and empty lots, there is a lot of conversation around what could/should/needs to be built and prioritized. The survey will help provide the info, while the relationship building will provide the support.


A LITTLE ABOUT THE SURVEY

We are asking personal questions in the survey to learn about the neighborhood medium income and age, housing needs and barriers. This is to help us as the housing team and Neighborhood Association advocate for the real needs of the community. We need to know what level of affordable housing we are fighting for. We need to know if it’s families, elderly, young folks, etc that are experiencing housing insecurity. While this personal information can be invasive to some, all surveys are anonymous.

We also understand that our Neighborhood Connectors are asking your name because they want to get to know you. PLEASE NOTE: Your name is not attached to your survey. That information is collected in two different platforms and do not cross over. If you choose to take a survey, it is kept separate from the survey taken.


BLOCK PARTIES

Along with Door Knocking, the Housing team is hosting four block parties this summer to bring residents together, build relationships, and hopefully connect with those who weren’t home when our Neighborhood Connectors are out. The block parties will be hosted with free food, music, activities, games and our Neighborhood Connectors!  Come join us

Sunday July 8, 1-4pm: 36th and Penn at Penn Ave Garden

Tuesday July 31, 6-9pm: 33rd and James in the Northside Boxing Club parking lot

Friday August 10, 6-9pm: 33rd and Fremont in the Fremont Clinic parking lot

Saturday August 18, 1-4pm: 36th and Fremont near Fremont Market

Here are a few photos from our first successful Block Party!