Weekly Roundup: April 17-23

Check out this week’s information for Greater Longfellow and stay safe!


“Keep Calm & Carry Out” Look for these signs throughout the neighborhood showing which restaurants are still open for carry-out or delivery.

An important message about the future of neighborhood organizations like Longfellow Community Council (Not related to COVID-19).
To the residents of Greater Longfellow:
The following notice from the City of Minneapolis – Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCRD) extends the comment period for the draft guidelines on the program(s) that will fund neighborhood organizations. We encourage everyone to review the guidelines (link here) and give your feedback to the City. The proposed program is woefully underfunded and will undo the system of neighborhood organizations that has successfully supported communities like Greater Longfellow for the past 30 years. We need your input now more than ever. Please feel free to contact LCC’s Executive Director Melanie Majors at melanie@longfellow.org with any questions.
The public comment period on the Neighborhoods 2020 program guidelines has been EXTENDED 90 DAYS until July 15, 2020. The guidelines are now expected to go before City Council for a vote by mid-August.
How to leave a public comment:
The extended 90-day comment period also allows us to more fully engage the public in our city, and we are asking all interested organizations and Minneapolis residents to use this time to create a meaningful dialogue. NCR neighborhood specialists are available to help organizations that request assistance.
You may allow submit comments in the following ways:
Email • Neighborhoods2020@minneapolismn.gov
Phone • 612-673-3737
Text Messaging and Voicemail • Español: (612) 404-2978 • Hmoob: (612) 367-6548 • Soomaaliga: (612) 404-2978 • English: (612) 518-8743
US Postal Service Mail
Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 425
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Comments must be received by 11:59p.m., July 15.

During the extended public comment period, NCR will expand their outreach and hold additional virtual public meetings. More information will be available as these meetings are scheduled.The City of Minneapolis held an informational meeting on April 2, the meeting was recorded and is available at minneapolismn.gov/neighborhoods2020 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your neighborhood specialist or NCR at ncr@minneapolismn.gov.


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Take action at a safe distance this Earth Day! Here is a family friendly way to help the earth and stay safe. Earth Day Adopt-A-Drain Activity
Looking for ways to have fun, learn and make a difference this Earth Day, all while staying at home? Adopting a storm drain is a great activity that families can do in their neighborhood combined with online educational activities from the Center for Global Environmental Education! To learn more: https://waterstothesea.org/AADInteractive/https://www.cleanwatermn.org/earth-day-birthday/

Census 2020 Go fill it out: https://2020census.gov/
Your response matters. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. Also, it’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.

Create a Will and Support Longfellow Businesses:
Do you have a will, or does your will need updating? Join the Longfellow Business Association for their 2nd Annual fundraiser, Where There’s a Will, There’s an LBA.  This is another opportunity to support the business community during these challenging economic times.
On Thursday, April 30, Longfellow-based law firm Kennedy & Cain, will be offering appointments on the hour for you and your family to set up a simple will and health care directive. The cost is $500 and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the LBA. Employees, friends and family are all welcome to participate. If you are interested, please contact Kim at kim@longfellowbusinessassociation.org to set up an appointment and get an estate planning packet. Virtual appointments are possible as well.  
For over 25 years, the Longfellow Business Association has been working to ensure a vibrant business climate by monitoring issues that impact our local businesses, as well as providing advocacy, networking, resources and marketing. Learn more at www.longfellowbusinessassociation.org.


Hennepin County Library System Offering Curbside Pickup
Hennepin County Library is committed to providing patrons expanded access to online resources and safe access to physical materials. Curbside pickup is available at eight regional library locations, including two in Minneapolis: Washburn, and Webber Park.
Hours for curbside pickup: Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm Learn more about the pickup process


COVID-19 Updates:

Stay-at-home order extended to May 4To continue Minnesota’s success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 to keep from overwhelming our hospitals and save lives, Gov. Tim Walz has extended the State’s stay-at-home order until May 4. Minnesotans may leave their homes to get essential items, such as groceries or food, prescriptions and gas. People can also relocate for safety reasons, or go to work if their job is deemed essential in a sector. If you leave your home, practice physical distancing measures and keep 6 feet between you and those around you. Everyone is encouraged to stay active outside during this time, provided they keep a safe distance from others. Learn more about the stay-at-home-order

Enforcement of stay-at-home order in Minneapolis
Do not call 911 to report people who are not staying home during the stay-at-home order. Please call 311 if you have concerns about the voluntary compliance of the stay-at-home order involving a business, organization or a group gathering in a public space. We will route all calls to the appropriate City staff for potential action. 

We’re living in a time that is stressful and difficult for all of us. Mental health and self-care are important for your well-being during these uncertain times. It’s okay and completely normal to need help and support.
Do you need help, or know someone who does? Now is an important time to be kind and look out for one another. We’re all in this together.

State launches helpline to report discrimination
Amid rising reports of discrimination from the Asian American community, Gov Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have launched a Discrimination Helpline to reinforce the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The helpline will allow those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. 
Toll-free helpline: 1-833-454-0148
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Minneapolis Animal Care & Control seeking emergency foster homes to avoid shelter overcrowding
Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC) is preparing for a possible influx of animals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid shelter overcrowding, MACC hopes to recruit members of the community for emergency foster homes.
Foster homes help manage the shelter population by increasing MACC’s capacity for care and allowing staff to better focus resources. It also keeps animals well by reducing stress on their immune systems and mental health.
MACC will provide all the supplies to care for the animal and needs foster homes that: 
•  Can commit to take an animal for at least four weeks
•  Have reliable transportation to pickup the animal and supplies
•  Can keep the animal separate from other animals you may have in your household
Learn more about the application process

Health Department seeking applicants for COVID-19 community outreach grants:
The Minneapolis Health Department is releasing $100,000 through a request for application process to support the work being done to respond to COVID-19 and to ensure that the basic needs of the community are being met. Applicant agencies may apply for up to $15,000 for COVID-19 response activities to take place between May 15, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020 focused on underserved, cultural and vulnerable communities. The application deadline is April 24. More information about eligibility, available funding, project scope and activities, and other details can be found on the City’s website.

Important notices, Information, and Reminders
• Government responses:  FederalStateCountyCityParksSchools
• Coronavirus FAQs from the City of Minneapolis
• MN Department of Health has a new public dashboard with the latest information
• Bus and train hours have been reduced (see changes here)
• Utility shut-offs have been suspended
• Wi-Fi internet has been opened up
• Tax filing deadlines moved to July 15th (read more)
• MPS is offering free food for students
• To get regular updates from the City on COVID-19, sign-up here
• Please do not hoard food or toilet paper – there is plenty!Additional resources: Small Businesses & Employers
• Small business? Learn about different support here
• City’s Small Business Team
• FAQs for local businesses: Find information about how to stay updated on the latest orders, how to pay license fees, food pickup zones and more
• Federal Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Resources relating to Children, Seniors, and other Vulnerable Populations
• Need health insurance? MNSure enrollment is open through April 21, 2020
• Seniors in need of assistance? List of providers and help
• Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging’s Resource for Older Adults during COVID-19
• Food shelves in Minneapolis
• Families can apply for cash Emergency and food (SNAP) assistance at http://applymn.dhs.mn.gov. Before applying, you can see if you are eligible for ApplyMN programs at http://mn.bridgetobenefits.org
• School and Child Care Questions? Call 651-297-1304. This is a state hotline open for school and child care questions for Minnesota residents that is open 7am to 7pm everyday of the week.
• State of Minnesota childcare information
• Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is offering free, weekly food pickup for all children 18 and under at nearly 50 food distribution sites across the city of Minneapolis. Each day, up to 10 different sites across the city offer food pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Food boxes contains five breakfasts and five lunches, including fresh fruits and vegetables and items that families can heat at home. Children do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive food and families are welcome to take one box per child per week. Pick-up locations and more information. Families can also download the Free Meals for Kids mobile app to find their nearest food pick-up sites. 
COVID-19 information from the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
• University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers 

Resources relating to Insurance, Employment, and Unemployment:
• Information on unemployment benefits
• Minnesota Employment and Economic Development Department’s resources for workers
• Updates on how COVID-19 impacts Sick and Safe Time protections
• Information on the City’s wage theft prevention ordinance
• Minnesota Department of Labor information
• U.S. Department of Labor resources
• Other resources for workers

Housing Information & Resources:
• Resources for renters (including legal resources)
• FAQs on suspension of evictions
• State of Minnesota Housing information
• Minneapolis Public Housing COVID-19 information
• Evictions have been halted (read details and exceptions)

Resources for parents to help them talk with their children about COVID-19:
• CDC: Helping Children Cope During and After a Crisis
• CDC – Printable Coping Strategies Activity and Coloring Book
• PBS – How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain(e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. If you are not having any symptoms and are going out in public, wearing a cloth face covering will help you from spreading any infection. If you do wear a cloth face covering, the CDC notes it is important to wash it every day to get rid of any trapped viruses or bacteria.
Here are some links to information about making a homemade mask from credible sources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 
How to Make Your own Face Covering (CDC) 
MDH Interim Guidance on Face Coverings
Face Mask Kit (Providence St. Joseph Health) 
How to make a face mask (Allina Health) 

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19. Learn more about Coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission. Tips for avoiding these scams:
• Hang up on robocalls.  
• Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. 
• Don’t click on or respond to emails asking for personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. 
• Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 
• Don’t click on or respond to emails that claim a positive COVID-19 test within your workplace. 
• Don’t click on or respond to emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization


Ways to Help:

Please follow physical distancing and prevention guidelines. You staying home helps everyone.
Community support: Learn how to help and find other community resources.

The Health Department is establishing a donation hub to facilitate connections between those have capacity or resources to donate and those with complementary needs. The City isn’t doing any warehousing or storage of actual items, but is instead helping to catalog what’s available and what’s needed then help people on each side find each other. The best first step for folks interested in donating anything besides PPE, and folks who need items other than PPE, is to fill out the appropriate form (links below). From there, staff leading the COVID-19 response in the Health Department will do what they can to deploy resources and bridge gaps. 
The following is from Health Department staff:
Donation Form – for use by organizations/individuals wanting to donate items other than Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
·         https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/1614aa3cfb5445eb94abf1c20983491c 
Request for Information and Resources  – for use by organizations/individuals needing items other than Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
·         https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a6ec5734947240a48d8782ceb5fdb908  
·         Including thermometers! 
We also have a form for organizations to fill out if they are in need of PPE. Please have them email COVID19@minneapolismn.gov and we will follow-up directly with the organization and send them the form.

Support Local businesses: We’ve received inquiries from several residents asking how they can help support local businesses through this strange time. One thing to check out is this information about which places are open, when, etc. from the Longfellow Business Association:
Covid-19 is undoubtedly going to take a toll on our local economy. Health and safety should be the top priority right now – but we also encourage you to think about ways to support Longfellow’s business community. Click to view the spreadsheet COVID-19 Business Support which provides links for businesses that are open, as well as information on how to order food and/or access their services.  
This list is a work in progress.  As life changes rapidly, be sure to double-check status, hours, and offerings by visiting the business’ website, Facebook page, or by calling. If you know of additional businesses that should be added or changes, please email info@longfellowbusinessassociation.org.

Small Business BINGO
How many Seward & Longfellow small businesses can you support this Spring? Submit 5 receipts to brigid@redesigninc.org for a chance to win a $100 giftcard to one of your favorite local spots! Every BINGO is another chance to win! View the Bingo card Online.

Can you sew? One critical need that has emerged over the past several days is the need for more personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gowns, in hospitals and other health care settings. In recent days, doctors and nurses have warned that they are running out of equipment to stay safe as they diagnose and treat patients. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Allina Health, along with several community partners, have launched a statewide volunteer effort, calling for people to sew and donate masks for doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Read more here
The CDC compliant DIY mask pattern, material list, and directions can be found here: https://www.sewgoodgoods.org/face-mask-covid-19

Can’t sew, but still want to help? If you don’t sew but would like to support the effort, donations are welcome to Sew Good Goods through GiveMNAll money received will be used for supplies to support the community through this COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a Minnesota health systems that would like to receive handmade masks or a local fabric store that would like to supply fabric to volunteers, contact Susan Schuster at susan.schuster@bluecrossmn.com to be added to the list. Health care systems accepting masks are asked to provide their own drop-off sites and make sure their facility has a process for accepting and sanitizing masks. Any surplus masks will be made available to other organizations in need.


Looking for something interesting while social distancing?

Loft Wordplay (April 7 – May 9) The one-day festival planned for May 9 has been converted to a virtual celebration that will run through May 9. All events are free of charge.  http://www.loftwordplay.com 

Virtual Tours of Iconic Minnesota Tourism Destinations 

Playwriting Course for Kids

Theater Mu Virtual Events

Minnesota Zoo Learning Corner

Re-Live Your North Shore Vacations with a Photo Contest

Cheetah Cub Cam from National Zoo

NatGeo @ Home

NatGeo Kids

Aquarium of the Pacific “Online Academy”

TED Connects (Live at 11 am)

National Theatre Live at Home

Good News Network

12 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Hosting Virtual Tours