Midtown Weekly Report and Community Announcements, Week Ending 7-6-20

Hello. I continue to serve the Midtown community while working from home. Please email me at john.baumann or call/text 612-286-7849 if you have questions or need information.

Below is the text of the Midtown weekly report with community announcements for the week ending July 6, 2020. The attached document may be easier to read.

For this report, Midtown is the area from 35W to Hiawatha Avenue, between 28th and 32nd Streets. Portions of the Phillips West, Midtown Phillips, East Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park and Corcoran neighborhoods are included in Midtown.

  • 17 Part 1 (most serious) crimes were reported, up from 15 last week.
  • The Part 1 crimes were 1 rape, 5 robberies, 2 aggravated assaults, 1 burglary, 5 auto thefts and 3 larcenies.
  • 8 violent crimes were reported-1 rape, 5 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. Up substantially from 1 violent crime last week.
  • Police took 2 offenders in Midtown into custody this week.
  • One arrest was for a felony offense.
  • An arrest was made in 1 of the aggravated assaults.

Due to the pandemic, the date for National Night Out has been changed to Tuesday, September 15. You can choose an alternate date if one works better for your group.

United States Attorney Erica H MacDonald has announced the formation of a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force. I have included a copy of the press release.

I have included information from 9 organizations this week:

  • Lake Street Council: We Love Lake Street.
  • Midtown Farmers Market: It’s a Heat Wave-Next Markets on Saturday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 14; What’s Available and In Season?
  • Project for Pride in Living: Virtual Information Sessions: Now Every Monday While We Are Working Remotely; Community Health Worker Program
  • Lutheran Social Services Employment Services: Virtual Career Fair on Monday, July 13;Virtual Job Club Connection-Thursdays at 11 am; Employer of the Day-AmeriCorps on Friday, July 17; 1-1 Career Support.
  • City of Minneapolis-Neighborhood & Community Relations Department:Neighborhood Network Meeting on Tuesday, July 14.
  • Hennepin County Employment Services: Virtual Hiring Event on Wednesday, July 15.
  • City of Minneapolis-Office of Violence Prevention: Upcoming Trainings.
  • Midtown Global Market: Food Available!
  • American Swedish Institute: New Community Fund Established.

I always appreciate your announcements and comments.

Please let me know the email address of anyone who would like to get these reports.

Please contact me if you would like (non-emergency) help from the Minneapolis Police Department or have any questions about crime or policing in Midtown.

John R. Baumann

Crime Prevention Specialist

Midtown Community Safety Center

Minneapolis Police Department

New Cell Phone: 612-286-7849

john.baumann

Midtown Area Crime Report and Announcements

Week of 6-30 to 7-6-20

By CPS John R. Baumann, Minneapolis Police Department, 3rd Precinct

Midtown Community Safety Center, 612-286-7849

Midtown is the area between Highway 35W and Hiawatha Ave, from 28th St E to 32nd St E in Minneapolis, MN

john.baumann or my cell phone, 612-286-7849.

Summary of Reported Part 1* Crimes and Arrests in Midtown

  • 17 Part 1 crimes. Up from15 Part 1 crimes last week.
  • Part 1 crimes breakdown: Rape-1, Robbery-5, Aggravated Assault-2, Burglary-1, Auto Theft-5, Larceny (including Theft)-3.
  • 8 violent crimes– 1 rape, 5 robberies and 2 aggravated assaults. Up substantially from 1 violent crime last week.
  • 0 business robberies; 1 business burglary.
  • 2 offenders arrested and taken into custody.
  • 1 of these arrests was for a felony offense, marked in yellow.
  • An arrest was made in 1 of the aggravated assaults.

*Part 1 crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft, arson and larceny.

Midtown Part 1 Crime Details

Violent Crimes

Rape (1)

7-1, 4:10 am 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) The victim, a hospital patient, said she was sexually assaulted by an unknown suspect while in her bed and under the influence of medications.

Robbery (5)

6-30, 10:21 am 14xx Lake St E (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victim said he was getting into his vehicle when the suspect demanded the keys. The suspect hit the victim in the arm with a golf club and punched him in the face. The suspect grabbed the keys but couldn’t start the vehicle, so fled in a different vehicle.

7-3, 10:05 pm Powderhorn Terrace & 12th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood)The victims said they were walking home and were jumped by 2 unknown suspects who demanded money and threatened to shoot them. The suspects struck the victims with handguns and kicked them. Both victims lost their wallets, cash and ID.

7-6, 6:36 pm 28th St E & Oakland Ave (Phillips West neighborhood)The victim said 2 unknown suspects took his vehicle at gunpoint. The victim later located the vehicle using his GPS.

7-6, 7:00 pm 29th St E & 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The 2 victims said that the suspect got out of a black SUV, pointed a pistol at them and demanded money. The victims gave the suspect their wallets and phones and the suspect fled in the SUV.

7-6, 11:00 pm 28xx Bloomington Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim said she was on the sidewalk when 2 unknown juvenile suspects ran up and pulled her purse off her shoulder with force.

Aggravated Assault (2)

7-4, 5:45 pm 8xx 28th St E (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)The victim, a nurse, removed a restraint to reposition the suspect’s arm. The suspect lashed out and scratched the victim and later spit in her face. MPD Sgt Dean Christiansen is the lead investigator.

7-6, 6:21 pm 31xx 19th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood)Domestic The victim and her partner got into an argument. Later, the partner slapped the victim several times and then strangled her. Officers arrested Byron Compos Ortiz. MPD Sgt Paul Albers is the lead investigator.

Property Crimes

Burglary (1)

7-1, 12:49 am 20xx 28th St E (Phillips West neighborhood) BusinessEntry: Broken glass door. Loss: Medicine.

Auto Theft (5)

7-1, 3:00 am 32nd St E & 23rd Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) The victim said a vehicle containing 4 unknown suspects pulled up next to his vehicle. One suspect sprayed him with a likely chemical irritant and then the suspects began punching him. The suspects pulled the victim out of his vehicle and one or more of them drove away in it.

7-1, 8:50 pm 32nd St E &10th Ave S (Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle running with keys inside while he made a delivery and then it was stolen by an unknown suspect.

7-5, 1:00 pm 30xx Oakland Ave (Central neighborhood) The victim said she left the vehicle parked with the doors unlocked and a key inside. There is Ring video that shows several suspects. The vehicle was involved in an accident on 7-6-20 and towed to the MPD impound lot.

7-3, 1:00 am Lake St E & Columbus Ave (Phillips West or Central neighborhood) The victim said she had been hanging out with the known suspect. He took her keys and later assaulted her. Eventually, he drove away in the vehicle.

7-4, Between 7:30 and 8:00 pm Lake St E & 17th Ave S (East Phillips or Powderhorn Park neighborhood) The victim said he left the vehicle with doors unlocked and keys inside before it was stolen by an unknown suspect.

Larceny (Including Theft) (3)

Theft from Person

7-4 29xx Bloomington Ave (East Phillips neighborhood)

Theft from Motor Vehicle

7-4 29xx Chicago Ave (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

Other Theft

7-5 29xx 11th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood)

MPD Arrests in Midtown This Week

Arrestees Taken into Custody (2 Total, 1 Felony)

7-4, 7:31 pm 28xx 12th Ave S (Midtown Phillips neighborhood) Trevon Pierre King: 5th Degree Domestic Assault.

7-6, 6:21 pm 31xx 19th Ave S (Corcoran neighborhood) Byron Compos Ortiz: Domestic Assault-By Strangulation (Felony).

Please let me know if you’d like additional information about either of these arrests.

National Night Out Date Change

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the City’s date for this year’s National Night Out has been changed from August 4 to Tuesday, September 15. You can also pick an alternative date if one works better for your block. Contact Luther Krueger, luther.kruegeror 612-673-5371 with any questions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 8, 2020

United States Attorney Announces New Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the formation of a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force (Task Force) in response to the extraordinary spike in gun violence and violent crime across the Twin Cities. The Task Force brings together additional federal and state resources to assist local law enforcement to investigate, arrest, and prosecute individuals responsible for gun violence in our communities.

The Task Force will serve as a coordination hub for intelligence and law enforcement operations focused on violent crime in the Twin Cities. Law enforcement partners will utilize the Task Force to maximize intelligence gathering and information sharing capabilities to ensure swift and precise identification of those individuals who are perpetrating violence.

“This increase in violence, particularly the shootings, is unacceptable and it must end – that is why I am launching a new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force to help turn the tide,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “The goal of this Task Force is not to flood our communities with law enforcement, but rather to leverage law enforcement’s collective resources to allow for focused and effective enforcement actions. Bringing safety and security back to our cities requires collaboration, and we need law enforcement, city leaders and community members all working together toward the common goal of bringing an end to this violence.”

The Task Force operates from a multi-agency command center and is comprised of federal agents and analysts from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Secret Service, United States Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, police officers from the Minneapolis and St. Paul Police Departments and deputies from the Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota counties Sheriff’s Offices, as well as federal and state prosecutors.

The public may report tips by calling 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit pictures and/or videos at www.fbi.gov/violence.

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United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota: (612) 664-5600

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Community Events and Announcements

Lake Street Council

We Love Lake Street

Applications are now available for our We Love Lake Street Recovery Grant.

Apply for a Recovery Grant Here

The Lake Street Council (501c3) will utilize 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.*

Donate via PayPal or Credit Card:

Or if you prefer, donate through GiveMN.org

You can also send us a check to the Lake Street Council at PO Box 7091, Minneapolis, MN 55407

If you’ve got more to give, check out these additional fundraisers for Lake Street businesses: Additional Fundraisers

Thank you to everyone that has donated.
We are amazed by your generosity.

As of Wednesday, July 8th, at 12:00PM, we have raised:

$8,844,622

We are overcome with gratitude for the outpouring of support for our Minneapolis businesses. It will take millions of dollars to rebuild, and over 65,000 people have chipped in to make that a reality.

Midtown Farmers Market

It’s a Heat Wave

Next Markets on Saturday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 14

Uff da, it’s a hot one out there. Many of us live in homes built before the days of air conditioning or choose not to use it for environmental reasons. On days like these, the idea of turning on your stove or oven to cook can feel daunting. Come to the Midtown Farmers Market instead and pick up supplies so you don’t have to.

On Saturday, you can get fresh meat for grilling outdoors, all the seasonal salad ingredients you could ask for, fermented pickles and relishes, fresh bread, and so much more. And as always, you can grab curries, samosas, burritos, pizza and other ready to eat foods.

At the Tuesday Market we’ll have all the ingredients for a delicious garden salad. Greens, radishes, garlic, snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, herbs and more. You can even top it with a little cheese! Caprese salad, here you come! Or pick up a fresh and ready to eat pizza and avoid cooking entirely for the evening. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh blueberries too! There is no better ice cream topping than market fresh fruit.

We are open Tuesdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm. We hope to see you there!

What’s Available and In Season?

Bedding plants, cucumbers, carrots, green onions, kohlrabi, radishes, rhubarb, chard, collards, and other greens, tomatoes, herbs, peas, green beans, summer squash, blueberries, pickles, jams, lamb, beef, pork, poultry, samosas, mango lassis, bread, coffee, nuts, breakfast burritos, eggs, cheese, pizza, maple syrup, honey, and more!*

*Always subject to change. Not every item listed is available at both markets.

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

Virtual Information Sessions: Now Every Monday While We Are Working Remotely

We at the PPL Career Center hope you are staying happy & healthy during this unprecedented time. The Career Center building is still closed until further notice. We want to reach out and let you know that we are here for you, even while we are working from home.

We are going to continue Virtual Information Sessions running every Monday at 10:00am until we are back in our offices. The platform we will be using to conduct our meeting is Zoom, which can be accessed via a computer or a smartphone. We recommend downloading the application now and testing it prior to the Virtual Information Session:

OR search for “Zoom” in the App Store

The Virtual Information Sessions will run from 10:00 am to 10:40 am every Monday and 40 participants are allowed to join. The Intake Team will be hosting, and members from our Employment Specialist and Access Lab team will be in attendance.

The schedule of the meeting is as follows:

  1. 10:00am – Welcome & introductions of PPL staff members
  2. 10:10am – Brief overview of services presented by Intake Team
  3. 10:20am – Questions from the audience (via the chat feature)
  4. 10:35am – Wrap up & email-share

IMPORTANT: If you are interested in attending, please email ONE of the following emails to receive the Zoom URL link. Do not respond directly to this email. You will click on the link you receive from us at 10:00am on Monday to access the Information Session:

Rachel Werch – Rachel.Werch OR Maggie Brown – Maggie.Brown

* When emailing, please briefly mention the service you are interested in. For example, “I am interested in the Virtual Workforce Ready program.” OR, “I am interested in resume and cover letter help.” *

Community Health Worker Program

The PPL Career Center is proud to be partnering with Normandale Community College to bring you free training for this in-demand position, as well as the opportunity to earn college credits!

For those who enjoy customer service and working with diverse populations, and who may be looking to start a career in social work or healthcare, this position is the perfect intersection of all four. You would take on an important role helping people navigate healthcare resources and complex systems, so they can lead healthy lives.

Beginning August 24, 2020, and running for approximately 8 months, you would take classes online on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with PPL and Normandale. Topics of these classes include legal and ethical responsibilities, communication skills, conflict management, care coordination, basic first aid, and much more. There would also likely be an internship opportunity for you to put these skills into practice – more details to come. In addition to your coursework, you would receive PPL’s Employment Specialist and Financial Coaching services during, and after, the program. Upon graduating in Spring of 2021, you would be prepared to apply for positions such as Community Health Worker, Contact Tracer, Outreach Educator, among others.

Attend a virtual information session this month to learn how to take part in this exciting opportunity! See additional details below.

You may view Normandale’s flyer here!

Lutheran Social Services Employment Services

Virtual Career Fair Monday, July 13, 10:30 to 11:30 am

This online event is an opportunity to meet employers and learn more about their companies and job openings. Have your resume ready to email directly to participating employers. Registered participants will receive information on how to connect to the Virtual Career Fair prior to the beginning of the event. Registration will take place on MinnesotaWorks.net. For more information see July 6th and July 13th 10:30 – 11:30am – Virtual Career Fair

Virtual Job Club Connection – Thursdays at 11 am

Join our Virtual Job Club! This is a free, weekly drop-in time to connect with others looking for jobs. We will be offering this 1-hour weekly, drop-in group via Zoom with the option to join over phone or video. All are welcome!

Register Here

Employer of the Day-AmeriCorps Friday, July 17, 12:00 pm

Join us as we welcome AmeriCorps for a 30-minute information session to share about their different service programs, including Math Corps, Reading Corps, Opportunity Corps, and Recovery Corps.

Hear about the valuable career and education benefits AmeriCorps members receive and learn how to apply! AmeriCorps Staff will be available for questions following each session.

To learn more about AmeriCorps, visit their website page here.

Participants can join this Zoom call via phone or video.

Register Here
1-1 Career Support

Looking for help in preparing for a phone or virtual interview? Nervous about using Zoom or Microsoft Teams and not sure where to start?We got you!

We offer free, individualized career support over phone or video call (Zoom or Microsoft Teams) and can help you practice, prepare and feel comfortable using online platforms in an interview!

Set yourself up for success with 1-1 career support from LSS!

If you would like to set up a time to chat with LSS, click the register link below and put ‘1-1 career support’ in the comments section.

Register Here

City of Minneapolis

Neighborhood & Community Relations Department

Neighborhood Network MeetingTuesday, July 14, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

This meeting is open to all 70 neighborhood organizations for the purpose of sharing information and best practices; asking questions; and, receiving updates from City staff. This is a great time to network with other neighborhood organizations and share your stories of success. If you would like to join or have any questions please contact Steven Gallagher, steven.gallaghe​r.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting +1 612-276-6670 United States, Minneapolis (Toll) Conference ID: 867 375 160# Local numbers | Reset PIN | Learn more about Teams | Meeting options [https://i.imgu​r.com/Jke8vQH.p​ng] Anyone can join a Microsoft Teams web meeting. A free software download may be required. The type of download may vary based on how you join the meeting (computer, android device, apple device).

Hennepin County Employment Services

Virtual Hiring Event Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

To register for the event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-hiring-event-tickets-111172885092.

Event links and registration will also be posted on the Hennepin County Employment Service website, at s.

Virtual Event Agenda:

Join the event online at ttps://hc.adobeconnect.com/july15/.

The employers will give a short presentation about their company, the positions they are currently hiring for and how to apply. After the presentation, you will have the opportunity to speak with each employer to get your questions answered.

Participating Employers:

Marsden – General Cleaners (FT & PT)

Minnesota Department of Corrections – Corrections Officers

Valvoline – Auto Technicians

This event is free and open to all career seekers, workforce professionals, employment services staff, counselors, etc. This event is hosted by Hennepin County.

If you have questions, please contact:

Lisa Cain at lisa.cain2 or 612-596-1990

Colleen Dufek at colleen.dufek or 612-543-5159

Meykal Ahmed at meykal.ahmed or 612-348-9872

City of Minneapolis-Office of Violence Prevention

Upcoming Trainings

Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience for Cultural Competence

2-hour online training

When terrible things happen, like COVID-19, racism, police brutality, our peace is stolen from us.
Most people want to build peace back into their lives and community.
These 2-hour online trainings are partially funded by the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Violence Prevention to promote racial trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice for all who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis.
Pay-what-you-can up to $30


Click the date/time link to register:

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 17, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 2pm – 4pm CST
Friday, July 31, 2020, 10am – 12pm CST

This 2-hour online training teaches basic concepts, models, and strategies of the 5-day Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience – STAR Training. STAR is a research and practice-supported community education training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality for increasing cultural competence. All are welcome to join us. Space is limited to 30. This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. This training is not only for “staff.”
Training objectives:

1. Learn and reflect on the various types of trauma and common responses to psychological trauma for increased racial healing and equity.
2. Learn and reflect on the links between unhealed trauma and cycles of harm and violence experienced by all people.
3. Learn and reflect on the basic STAR trauma healing and resilience models and associated practices for increased racial healing and equity.
4. Explore ways to apply trauma healing, resilience, and restorative justice practices toward building peace within your sphere of influence.
Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses can earn 2 hours of continuing education for $45. These trainings are in high demand. Register early.
Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.

Online STAR-Lite Training: Learning Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience

in a Single Day for Cultural Competence

8-hour online training

This training is being partially grant-funded by the Engelsma Family Foundation for those who live, work, and/or play in Minneapolis.
Pay-what-you-can-up-to $40.

Click here for details and to register: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
STAR-Lite is a single-day, evidence-based online training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. STAR-Lite is for professionals, paraprofessionals, and laypeople. All are welcome to join us. This training is partially funded by the Engelsma Family Foundation. Space is limited to 60. Optional 6.5 CEs and 5.5 CLEs available for an additional $35. Please register as soon as possible and at least by 9am the day before the training.

Coming to the Table (CTTT)

CTT are free, monthly racial healing talking circles o Address interpersonal, community, and structural racial harm, violence, and trauma. At CTTT, descendants of those who were enslaved, descendants of slave owners, Indigenous community members, and all those interested in engaging in safe constructive dialogue are invited to come together to envision Minneapolis as a just and truthful community – one that acknowledges and seeks to heal the racial wounds from the historical trauma of slavery, genocide of Native Americans, and the racism these collective traumas continue to spawn. CTTT provides ongoing relationship engagement, leadership, resources, and a supportive environment to dismantle racism. Join Peacebuilding Assistant Executive Director and CTTT facilitator Crixell Shell and others invested in transforming racialized trauma into nonviolent power with positive productive alternatives to revenge to make Minneapolis a peacebuilding power city for all. 20 people maximum per circle. Register for these free monthly online talking circles at:

We are grateful to the Engelsma Family Foundation for funding our CTTT Minneapolis talking circles in 2020.

Introduction to Restorative Justice for Community Healing and Transformation

2-hour online training
Relationships are ruptured by harm and violence. Restorative justice heals and repairs individual and community relationships to prevent violence.
Pay-What-You-Can-Up to $50
This training is for everyone who wants to learn the basics of Restorative Justice.
Details and registration are at: Friday, July 24, 2020, 10am – 12noon

Training objectives:
1. Learn the basic Restorative Justice philosophy, principles, and practices.
2. Learn the differences between Restorative Justice and other types of justice.
3. Discuss how to apply Restorative Justice concepts through a trauma-informed lens for community healing and transformation.

Midtown Global Market

Food Available!

The following businesses continue to offer freshly prepared food and groceries. You can now do pick-up at the counter. (Please adhere to mask requirements. Please call or go online to arrange curbside pickup or delivery services.

Groceries & Retail

Produce Exchange | 612-879-0050 ORDER ONLINE

ORDER ON

Grass Roots Gourmet | 612-871-6947 Hours may vary.

Rituals (Aromatherapy products)| Curbside pick-up 612-729-5522

Cuisine

Manny’s Tortas | Curbside pick-up 612-870-3930

To order delivery: BITE SQUAD GRUBHUB

Jakeeno’s Trattoria | Curbside pick-up 612-767-1102

To order delivery: GRUBHUB DOORDASH BITE SQUADBITE SQUAD

InfusedLife Plant-Based Eatery | Curbside pick-up 612-208-7302

Hot Indian Foods | Curbside pick-up 612-236-4423 or online

To order delivery: CHOW NOW BITE SQUAD DOORDASH

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Eastlake Craft Brewery | Curbside pick-up 612-276-2262

ORDER DELIVERY

ORDER DELIVERY

Sabbai Cuisine | Curbside pick-up 612-353-6326

Moroccan Flavors | Curbside pick-up 651-410-0361

DOORDASH

DOORDASH

Salsa a la Salsa| Curbside pick-up 612-872-4140VIEW MENU

To order delivery:ORDER ONLINEONLINE

Andy’s Garage | Curbside pick-up 612-886-2602

To order delivery:ORDER ONLINE

Los Ocampo| 612-872-8562

Pham’s Rice Bowl | 612-870-2622

GRUB HUB

Mapps Coffee | 612-229-2201

American Swedish Institute

New Community Fund Established

We at ASI are reaching out to our community partners to learn what we can do as an organization to best assist them in this time of crisis. We stand prepared to act and to be of service.

Donations have been coming in to various organizations across the Twin Cities to help businesses, families and individuals affected by the recent burning or looting of businesses that were essential sources of food and supplies in Phillips West and other neighborhoods. To aid organizations, such as PICA Head Start which was the beneficiary of an earlier donation drive organized by ASI, we have established a Community Fund that will allow us to help direct support where it is needed.

Gifts can be made to the American Swedish Institute Community Fund, designated to local organizations including PICA Head Start.

The American Swedish Institute has long-standing partnerships with our neighbors in the Phillips West community including Ebenezer and PICA, also working with schools including Bancroft and Anderson Elementary. PICA serves preschool children and their families through play-based museum experiences, outdoor play and garden opportunities and family programming. PICA Head Start serves nearly 2,500 children and families in Hennepin County and offers a variety of programs and services for children and families in addition to Head Start and Early Head Start. We are also considering additional donation dates and will share details as they are confirmed.

We encourage and implore friends of the American Swedish Institute to assist in the rebuilding of our community. Here are some of the organizations working toward that goal:

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