Weekly Roundup: April 24-30

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


“Keep Calm & Carry Out” Look for red 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.


Minneapolis To Open ‘Hygiene Stations’ For Homeless: Each hygiene station will include a porta-potty, handwashing station, sharps container and trash bin. https://patch.com/minnesota/southwestminneapolis/coronavirus-minneapolis-open-hygiene-stations-homeless

LANGUAGE RESOURCE LINE The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line and email address to answer questions about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Interpreters are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Learn more at stpaul.gov/coronavirus.
Phone Number: 651-266-6000
Email: LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Rebates & Bill Credits for Frontier Communication Customers:
Recently, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ordered rebates and bill credits to Frontier Communication customers (both current and former) for inadequate services, based on negotiated terms between the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Frontier. Customers of Frontier should have received a direct mailing starting on April 13th, 2020 but the Commerce Department is alerting local community leaders and organizations and the media in order to insure that as many consumers are aware of the rebates and credits as possible. https://mn.gov/…/consumers/your-phone/frontier-bill-credits/


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, City of Minneapolis announce the 2020 Do-It-Yourself Earth Day Clean-Up 

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis invite residents to participate in this year’s Do-It-Yourself Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up through the end of April.The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up has been the city’s largest community service project for many years. Since 2008, more than 20,000 residents have removed more than 160,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods and watersheds. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To keep volunteers safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 cleanup is going forward as a DIY project. Everyone is encouraged to share photos of their cleanup: a great way to show what we can all accomplish #alonetogether.Follow these steps to participate:Use a trash bag from home.Head to a nearby park or trail to pick up trash (while getting fresh air and exercise).Practice physical distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines.Share photos of your trash haul on MPRB’s @MPLSEarthDay Facebook page and get a prize.Check here for other ways to honor Earth Day at home and in your community.

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.


Creating a Resilient Yard With Buzz
Blue Thumb’s 2020 Lawns to Legumes workshops teach sustainable practices and pollinator conservation techniques to create resilient yards. Participants can choose from three options — Resilient Yards, Turf Alternatives, and Healthy Soils — to learn sustainable practices ranging from installing a raingarden to replacing a conventional lawn to protecting the living earth that makes up healthy soil. In addition, participants will learn about Lawns to Legumes, a new state program offering grants and other support to help Minnesotans protect the endangered rusty patched bumblebee and other at-risk pollinators by putting in native pocket plantings, beneficial trees and shrubs and pollinator lawns and meadows. Blue Thumb coordinates part of the Lawns to Legumes program in partnership with the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources. “Pollinator conservation can be as simple as allowing clover to bloom within your lawn or installing a few native perennials. Small actions like these can have great impacts when adopted by communities that have the proper information and guidance,” says James Wolfin, an expert on bee-friendly lawns and a manager of the Lawns to Legumes program for Blue Thumb. Workshops cost $15 per household unless otherwise noted and will be offered throughout the spring starting in March. Participants will learn practical information about installing projects, as well as Lawns to Legumes and other cost-share programs and resources that can help get a project in the ground. More information and scheduled workshops are available by visiting  https://bluethumb.org/events/ or calling ​651-699-2426​.

Resilient Yards Workshop (3 hours) A framework for understanding and creating resilience, covering site planning, raingardens, turf alternatives, trees, other plantings, pollinator habitat, and more. Includes one-on-one design assistance for individual yards from Blue Thumb landscape designers, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, Master Water Stewards.

Turf Alternatives Workshop (2 hours) Alternatives to conventional grass turf that require less watering and fewer chemical inputs, with step-by-step instructions for establishing them. Includes information about pollinator-friendly (bee) lawns. Group will discuss common challenges and solutions.

Healthy Soils Workshop (2 hours) Laying the groundwork for healthy soil. Healthy soil helps plants thrive, filters and cleans water, prevents erosion and is teeming with life. Participants learn why healthy soil is the foundation of a resilient yard and how to take action to strengthen and protect their soil.

Locations for these workshops are offered throughout the metropolitan area. As of now, we have several workshops scheduled  with more to come. Updates and additional dates will be updated here: https://bluethumb.org/events/

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.


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

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. 

2-hour online Introduction to Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) Training:https://www.mnpeace.org/star-training.html

This training is accessible for laypersons and professionals to become trauma-informed and resilience-oriented using restorative justice strategies. All are welcome to join us and pay what works for their budget. Please feel free to share this with anyone in your community who may find it helpful. When terrible things happen, like COVID-19, our peace is stolen from us. Most people want to build peace back into their lives.
Pay-what-you-can up to $30
Pre-registration: Tuesday, April 28, 10am-12noon | Friday, May 1, 2020, 2pm-4pm 
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 peacebuilding training integrating neuropsychology, trauma healing and resilience, restorative justice, nonviolent conflict transformation, and broadly defined spirituality. All are welcome to join us online. Space is limited to 30.

This training is for everyone: laypeople, paraprofessionals, and licensed professionals. Training tuition and 2 hours of continuing education for Minnesota social workers, teachers, and nurses is $45.
This training is in high demand. Register early. Sponsored by Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.

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

Housing Gap Funding  Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the application process and timeline for the city’s $3 million in Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing. Applications will be accepted 9am on Wednesday, April 22 through 12pm (noon) on Monday, April 27. The housing gap funds will help at least 1500 Minneapolis households.

The City has worked with the Tenant Resource Center (TRC) to engage a broad team of Hennepin County staff and Community Prevention Providers (CPPs) to facilitate the Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA) program. The amount of assistance provided will depend on the individual needs of the household. In most cases, the maximum amount of assistance will not exceed $1,500 per household, but providers will have the flexibility to provide up to $2,000 under extraordinary circumstances. Eligible expenses include rent payments, utility payments and/or other housing stability related costs.
Payments will be made directly to the rental property owner, utility company, or the housing cost payee.
Details on the Minneapolis Gap Funds for Housing guidelines and process are available http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding and have also been posted in Somali, Oromo, Spanish, and Hmong. During the application period, applications can be completed online (http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding) in English, Somali, Oromo, Spanish or Hmong. Those without online access can call the Tenant Resource Center at 612-302-3129 and leave a voice mail message.

ENGLISH:Applications for Minneapolis Gap Housing Assistance will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 22. Apply by noon Monday, April 27. http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding#housing
SOMALI: Codsiyada Kaalmada Guryaha“Gap Funding” ee Minneapolis waxay furmayaan 9:00-ka Aroornimo, maalinta Arbacada ee Abriil 22. Codsigu wuxuu ku egyahay duhurnimada Isniinta ee Abriil 27. http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding#housing
HMONG: Kev tso ntaub ntawv thov pob nyiaj Minneapolis Gap Housing Assistance yuav qhib thaum 9 teev sawv ntxov hnub Wednesday, 4 hli tim 22. Yuav tsum tso ntaub ntawv tsis pub dhau 12 teev tavsu hnub Monday, 4 hli tim 27. Mus tso npe hauv: http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding#housing
SPANISH: El periodo para solicitar ayuda de renta en Minneapolis es del miércoles 22 de abril a las 9 a.m. hasta el mediodía del lunes 27 de abril. http://minneapolismn.gov/coronavirus/gap-funding#housing

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!

Mental Health Resources
• University of Minnesota: Managing Fear and Anxiety for Healthcare Workers  
• Ramsey County residents who are experiencing stress and mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the county’s Crisis Team for support and resources. The county’s two crisis lines continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week 
• Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7878
• Adult Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-266-7900
• 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 

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 

Multilingual Health Information
• Governor Walz releases COVID-19 public service announcements in multiple languages
• COVID-19 Prevention Tips in ASL from the CDC 
• COVID-19 PSA created by the Minnesota Department of Health 
• 2019 ኮሮናቫይረስ በሽታ (ኮቪድ-19) 
• فیروس كورونا المستجد 
• 2019 Novel Coronavirus Hmoob
• Koronafayraska Cusub ee 2019
• Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
• Loại coronavirus mới 2019 (COVID-19)
• Twin Cities PBS: Coronavirus: An Almanac Special 
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

More 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


Ways to Help:

Please follow physical distancing and prevention guidelines. You staying home helps everyone.

Calling all Minnesota crafters, sewers, and creatives! We need your talents, now more than ever.
The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have launched a Homemade Mask Drive to support those working and living in congregate living facilities.
On Saturday, April 25 from 10am to 2pm, Minnesotans can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station. Fire stations will then deliver the masks to local congregate living facilities for their employees and residents to wear. All 775 fire departments in the State of Minnesota will participate. While they don’t replace medical-grade personal protective equipment, cloth masks help keep the wearer’s germs from getting on other people, which is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. More details on how to make masks here: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/volunteer/masks.jsp

•  SPFD will then deliver the masks to communities most at risk from COVID-19, including local congregate living facilities for their employees and residents to wear.  
•. While these masks don’t replace medical-grade personal protective equipment, cloth masks help keep the wearer’s germs from getting on other people, which is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19. 
•  If you are planning to participate in the mask drive, here are some helpful example design guides and patterns: 

Hand Sewn Masks without elastic: https://youtu.be/sFMc7IvkrYw

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.


Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Storytimes on Facebook for families and babies by Hennepin County librarians, playlist is also available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJK0OFBItbwC2QKqpCoGrbsWWUTdMybuh

Are You OK?: A Virtual Gathering by Pollen • Thursdays, April 23, April 30, May 7, 2pm 
90-Second Newbery Film Festival: Live from Your Living Room • Saturday, April 25, 3 -4:30pm
Virtual Book Launch for A Woman’s War, Too by Virginia Wright-Peterson • Wednesday, April 29, 7-7:30pm

Good News Network

Story time at MN Children’s Museum

MN Science Museum – Learn from Home

The Smithsonian Museum offers virtual tours of their current and permanent exhibits, and viewers can even take a look at a few of the past exhibits. Users can easily navigate between adjoining rooms of the museum and click on the camera icons for a closer look. Fun Stuff for Kids at Smithsonian  | Tours and Information

NASA is offering a slew of STEM activities for grades K- 4: Activities range from building foam rockets to solving space station emoji puzzles. Parents can also download coloring sheets and books for younger kids.

Discovery ChannelDiscovery Education offers free virtual field trips complete with companion guides and hands-on learning activities. For example, kids can explore Polar Bears And The Tundra or take a look behind the scenes of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

Take a trip to Mars: Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. The site is in the middle of an update, but the 360 mode offers a great digital view. 

Mo Willems, beloved author of Waiting Is Not Easy! and The Pigeon HAS To Go To School! is hosting a Livestream Lunch Doodle. Every day at 1 PM EST, new episodes will be posted on the Mo Willems page on the Kennedy Center’s Website.

MN Wild coloring book  

PBS free videos and games for kids

National Geographic games, videos, cool stuff, and brain busters

Scholastic teaching remotely Grades K-12 free resources and strategies

Earth Day Activities to Do at (or near) Home

Virtual National Park Week
The Current’s Virtual Gigs
Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting (31 seasons!)
Earth Science at Home: Waters to the Sea – Mississippi River Adventure
National Geographic Earth Day Activities for Kids: Family Safari

Help Animals

Animal Personality Quiz

Protect the Earth as a Family

Climate Change Conversation

Wildlife Protection
Virtual Train Rides Around the World
WCCO Compilation of Free Virtual Activities
Disney Drawing Tutorials