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Census 2020: WE COUNT

The 2020 Census is here. Have you received it in the mail? Have you filled it out?

Check out the live interactive map to see how well Folwell, the Northside, and Minneapolis is doing.

Learn more about the Census and how to fill it out. Every count matters when it comes to funding critical programs like SNAP, WIC, Parks, Schools and City infrastructure.

Looking for work? Census Job applications have been extended through May.

Multi language Census Videos to help you understand and learn more.

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Info on COVID-19, the Folwell community, and Resources

If you haven’t already, please read the following from the MN Department of Health around the Coronavirus and how to help flatten the curve. Governor Waltz has issued a Shelter In Place Mandate until May 4, 2020. Be sure you are reading correct information around the Coronavirus by Fact Checking.

Questions? Leave a message at or text 612.643.1686 or email info@folwell.org



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Folwell-specific resources and events

If you are a resident who needs assistance, please fill out the REQUEST FORM. We will do our best to assist you.

New to Folwell Online? Join us for a friendly competition to get familiar!

You will be automatically entered to win a monthly cash prize when you:

All winners will be selected and announced at Neighborhood Night! Must be a Folwell resident to win. Check the calendar for how to join meetings and gatherings. All neighborhood meetings will have virtual links in the calendar event.


Walk Well in Folwell: Daily from 4-6 pm

Walking helps boost moods and gets residents moving while practicing social distancing. Bring a bag and gloves to pick up some trash too!


Distance Lunching: Daily from noon-2 pm

Grab your lunch, head out to your porch to say “Hi!” to neighbors and check-in. Build community while keeping a safe distance.


In This Together Signs

Make a sign to hang in your window and encourage folks out walking or driving by. #FolwellStrong

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Volunteer and donation opportunities

Organizing on a hyper local community level maybe the best way to ensure vulnerable residents are taken care of. If you are able to help volunteer your time, resources, or funds please fill out the VOLUNTEER FORM.

  • Donate items to the FNA Drop off location. Text 612-227.0410 to set up a time.
  • Items include: non perishable food, over the counter medicine, toiletries, bottled water, Laundry and dish supplies, toilet paper, etc.
  • Volunteer to help deliver donated goods to home bound residents.

IIf you would like to help support the neighborhoods efforts in securing supplies for those in need, you can donate here: 

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Community resources

This response project is organized by and able to serve Folwell residents. If you live outside of Folwell, please contact your City Council Member or Neighborhood Association (contact info below). If you live in the Camden Community, you can fill out this form for assistance.

  • Ward 4: Phillipe Cunningham – 612-673-2204 or ward4@minneapolismn.gov
  • Ward 5: Jeremiah Ellison – 612-673-2205 or ward5@minneapolismn.gov

Here are a list of updates and resources to help the community navigate the rapidly changing world we live in due to COVID-19:

The following resource list was put together by the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research. As in previous health emergencies, this crisis will disproportionately impact communities most marginalized by structural, social and economic inequities. It is broken up into useful topics including, in part, Food & Utilities, Families & Education, Employment, Housing, and Finances. It is a working document and will be updated as additional resources are identified.

Join the Coronavirus Solidarity Group on FB for extensive resources or see this list of Mutual Aid and Resources.

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FNA Official Responses

March 12 Letter to the Community

March 23 Community Protect and Connect Response Plan

March 28 Stay Connected Flyer

The FNA is doing what we can to help organize efforts to ensure no resident is left without in a potential city wide shut down. We are communicating with local officials to organize efforts and receive updates. Responding to this national health pandemic is providing the neighborhood an opportunity to learn where our strengths are and where our growth areas are in responding to emergencies. We hope to build on this experience to create a strong strategy for whatever might come next. If you are interested in being apart of that work, please email us at info@folwell.org.

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“Leap of Faith” Promraiser: THANK YOU!

The FNA wants to extend a heartfelt Thank you to everyone who participated, contributed and supported the Folwell Neighborhood “Leap of Faith” Promraiser! We were able to host a “Zero Waste” event digging deep into our community to bring supplies from home, create homemade decorations reusing materials, and build an event based on love and determination! The results were transforming a school gym into a magical winter prom!

There was dancing, there was singing, there was laughing, there was meeting new neighbors and building relationships!

THANK YOU to Angelo Williams with Wha’ Jamaican LLC. who cooked and served up Delicious Jerk & Curry Chicken and roasted veggies while managing the kitchen and making sure everyone stayed fed and happy. THANK YOU to Sammy Dee’s for providing Vegan Sweet Potato Sliders and Thirsty Whale Bakery for the heavenly Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, and Vegan cookies!

THANK YOU to Marcus Kar and DJ Karuza for keeping the music hot and the dancers on the floor. The vibe of the winter prom kept the room energized and we are so grateful for talented artists who we get work with throwing dope parties!

We want to extend a HUGE SHOUT out to our “Partner” Sponsors: Pillsbury United Communities and Full Stop on Lowry. Our “We Believe” Sponsors: #Dayblockbrewery, Broadway Liquor Outlet, and #FirstAvenue. The “Ground Level” Sponsors: B&W Tax Service, Center for Urban & Regional Affairs – CURA, Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization, Super USA on Dowling, Nekima Levy Armstrong and Marques Armstrong, Pastor Dan, and Paperboy Flyers.A special “Thank you” to our raffle donors: North End Hardware and Rental for the donation of the Snowblower and; the Anonymous Donor for the 65in TV!

With sponsors, donations, tickets, and silent auction items, we were able to raise $8,419!When the FNA said ‘Yes!’ to leasing the commercial space at 3701 Fremont, we accepted we were taking a risk. Together with the community, the FNA decided that securing a mixed-use building with prime commercial space and two apartments above was worth the risk. There were a few small businesses that had to decline the original lease offer due to the rent for the 1800 sq. ft. commercial space being outside of their current business capacity. With the FNA’s willingness to secure the lease and the generosity of the community, we can now offer affordable options to up and coming small businesses on the northside.

While we raised thousands of dollars, we are still $3,500 short of our ultimate goal. If you were hoping to attend and weren’t able, or wanted to contribute, you still can! You can donate at https://folwell.org/3701-freemont/

The next steps include securing a sublessor to occupy the space with us, diversifying our funding, and exploring a community-ownership model.

The FNA team builds with the community at the heart and center of the work harnessing the collective power of our residents as the driving force for creating healthy neighborhoods. You believed in us as we stepped into an uncharted future. We are SO grateful for your support in what we are co-creating.We extend our deepest gratitude to you for believing in us and building with us. We look forward to the ways we can continue to create community-led development and investment.

As supporters and partners, we commit to keeping you informed and updated as the FNA 3701 Fremont Project progresses.

With our sincerest thanks,Folwell Neighborhood Association Board and Contractors #folwellstrong#folwellneighborhood#folwellprom

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Drake Residents Relief

For Drake Residents

The FNA form has now been closed as the funds available have been distributed. Pillsbury United has been brought in with greater staff capacity and more funds to assist Drake residents. For all financial assistance through Pillsbury, please contact: Jacara at jacaraw@pillsburyunited.org.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve as on of the first agencies to help release funds and get families housed. It was a pleasure and honor to work with so many of you.

FNA’s role with Drake residents

The historic Drake hotel in downtown Minneapolis experienced a devastating fire at 3am on Christmas day. We are deeply grateful that no one was hurt. Since then, residents have been housed at First Covenant downtown, at friends homes, and scattered throughout a couple select hotels.

From the beginning community members have been showing up, caring, advocating, and assisting Drake residents. Our neighbor Mysnikol Miller, who has been on the ground from the beginning as a community member helping and assisting, asked FNA to act as a fiscal agent in an effort to release funds through the Minneapolis Foundation to directly help residents.

$25,000 was released by the Minneapolis Foundation to the Folwell Neighborhood Association (FNA) on Dec. 31, 2019 to cover immediate housing needs such as direct deposits, application fees, and first month’s rent for former residents of the Drake Hotel. FNA committed to release all $25,000 for housing needs. No overhead costs or admin fees were removed from this fund. All time dedicated to these efforts have been volunteered.

FNA participated in the Red Cross MARC event on Jan. 3 -4, 2020 connecting with residents to begin releasing the funds. A form was created on our website for residents to apply and volunteers were available at First Covenant to connect with residents.

As of Jan. 18, 2020:

  • $20,859.27 has been distributed to 16 families. These 16 units have all been relocated into housing. This has come in the form application fee’s, direct deposits, Jan rents, prorated Jan rents and a couple Feb. rents. The closer we move to the end of January, assisting with Feb rent to provide stabilization is needed.
  • $9,721 has been promised through Letters of Guarantees for an additional 7 families.
  • We have been assisting with another 5 families who have filled out the form, but currently don’t have housing options.
  • FNA received an additional $7,422 in donations.
  • FNA has $1,842 left.

With funds running low, FNA has closed our application form. We are committed to following through with each of the families that have reached out to us. All of them are in different various stages of rehousing. If/when they are all housed and there are funds left over, that money will be redistributed to Pillsbury United. They received $250,000 from the Minneapolis Foundation to assist residents. They have greater staff capacity to provide better resident care, and larger funds to address to greater needs. FNA will be sharing all of our funding commitments with Pillsbury to assist with equitable distribution to residents. For the sake of privacy, we will not post families names whom we have helped or allocation amounts, but that list has been given to the Red Cross, Hennipen County and Pillsbury to ensure all residents are receiving the care and help they need.

Donations

The FNA is no longer collecting donations on behalf of the Drake residents. 100% of funds dedicated to Drake Hotel Residents that went through the FNA have been or will be used to support residents. FNA has not and will not take any funds from donations or grants to assist with organizing efforts or admin costs.