Folwell Updates

2018 Annual Meeting & Elections

We need you! The FNA Board of Directors will be holding its Annual Meeting & Election on Monday, November 12 from 6:00-8:00pm.

We will have 5 seats (of 11) up for election at this time, and are accepting applications to be on the ballot.

So, we need you! … To run for the board… To come on Nov. 12… To talk to your neighbors about running for the board… To encourage your neighbors not interested in running for the board to vote on Nov. 12… To volunteer at the event. This IS really be a community effort! We definitely need you!

Deadlines: If you want your application published on the Folwell website, you must have your application in to info@folwell.org by 12noon on Thursday, November 1. We will be accepting applications and nominations from the floor up until candidate introductions on Monday, Nov. 12.

You can find links to the Application and Elections Procedure below.

If you have questions about running for the board, being on the board, or about anything else please email info@folwell.org.

Application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MYtfS2_6WKg-IeyHLgghnkWVhEZeq_5a/view

Elections Procedure: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tiZFh817otFgXISSM2IR4M6Pj03jCkEA

Thank you and we’ll see you then!

FREE Passes to North Commons Water Park for Folwell Residents

The wading pool at Folwell Park has been closed this summer, and won’t be reopening before fall. In effort to provide an opportunity to cool off in this late summer heat, our Park Commissioner Kale Severson secured UNLIMITED FREE WATER PARK PASSES to North Commons for Folwell Residents.

Currently the Passes are available at the Folwell Park Building’s front desk.
Park passes have also been distributed to the Neighborhood Connectors so while they are out, they can be handing the passes out to those who are interested.
Passes will also be handed out at any block party the FNA is hosting.

Currently those parties are Friday Aug. 10 at Fremont Clinic from 6-9pm and Saturday Aug. 18 at Fremont Market from 1-4pm.

These passes are for ANY resident, youth or young at heart. They are a one use pass, so residents will have to go back to park building and get another one when you want to go again.

North Commons Water Park is open through Labor Day Weekend and is located at 1801 James Ave N.

Are there any residents who would like to be a distribution center to make these as available as possible for folks? Please contact Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

One distribution center will be at the Story Garden. The Story Garden is located at 35th and Humboldt Ave N. Simply knock on the door of the gray house next to the garden for passes.

We fully understand that this is not a complete solution to the problem of the wading pool and it doesn’t fix it, but we want to thank Kale for making this happen and those who have been helping look for solutions to cool kids off in the heat.

It is our goal to make sure this information is circulated around the neighborhood and passes are readily available. If you have other ideas, please let us know!

Introducing Neighborhood Night

IMG_8779The Folwell Neighborhood Association has been working towards creating open dialog, providing opportunities for connection and involvement, and building community power. We have taken a step forward in this process by launching Neighborhood Night. Through the end of the year, the FNA will be hosting dinner, large group discussions and committee meetings once a month at Folwell Park. The goal is to create easy on ramps for involvement in the work of the neighborhood. We understand that there are challenges with this program idea, but we are confident that through working together, we can find a way to build systems that support the work that needs to get done.

The first Neighborhood Night will be Monday June 18, starting with dinner at 5:30pm. Program starts at 6pm, with the evening closing at 8:30pm. A set schedule for the remainder of the year will be determined at the first gathering. If you would like to help volunteer, or have questions, please contact Dani at danielle@folwell.org.

Please see a sample schedule below.

Neighborhood Night Sample Agenda – June 18, 2018
5:30pm    Dinner

6:00pm    Community Time

  • Introductions
  • Agreements
  • Discussion around format for Neighborhood Night
    • Large Post it’s for input around the room
    • List Positives
    • Find Hurdles
    • Address questions and concerns from survey and audience
    • Create sample schedule
    • Finalize dates/times

6:45pm    Committee Agendas presented

7:00pm    Break out into small groups

  • If committees aren’t presented, but residents are interested in the work, collect names and info
  • If residents are available and don’t want to join a committee, they can continue casual conversation if they would like to stay
  • Committees present will break out into small groups and discuss their agenda items.

8:00pm    Regroup and Recap/Next steps

8:20pm     Evaluation

8:30pm    Close and head home

** This is a sample schedule for a pilot program. The FNA board, staff and community will continue to work towards the healthiest version of engagement. This will be accomplished through open dialog, evaluation, diverse communication, board meetings, committees, and board meetings. Thank you for being apart of this work.

Faxes, Copies, and Notary Needs

With the recent move out of our office, we wanted to be sure neighbors know that these services are still available to residents.

Camden Neighborhood Center offers the following services to Folwell residents:

  • Faxes
    • Outgoing – Free up to 30 pages
    • Incoming – Free up to 10 pages
      • $0.05 for each page after 10
  • Copies
    • Free for the first 10 pages
      • $0.05 for each page after 10
  • Notary
    • Free

 

Camden Neighborhood Center is located right next door to our old office space. Their address is: 1210 37th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Hours of operation: M-F 2:30pm-4:30pm

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.

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!