Weekly Roundup: 6/26-7/2

This neighborhood is inspiring. Stay strong Greater Longfellow.

Rebuilding Greater Longfellow 

LCC wants to take a moment to THANK Plus Relocation for their generous donation of $10,000 (the largest single donation we’ve ever received):  Plus Relocation designs and implements completely personalized mobility solutions with flawless execution for companies of all sizes, including some of the most-recognized brands on the planet. We’ve been in business since 1968, and our innovative, game-changing approach has propelled us to a full-service, global mobility powerhouse with offices located around the world. Our tri-regional model allows us to deliver seamless mobility services in more than 150 countries. To learn more, please visit www.plusrelocation.com

Longfellow Community Council’s Fundraising Effort:
Portions of the Great Longfellow community are unrecognizable due to looting and fires in South Minneapolis. 
 Racial equity is central to the work we do. We will rebuild a stronger and more just community. Our initial assessment finds that 31 buildings have been completely destroyed, including 3 major grocery stores, and 2 pharmacies. Beyond that at least 49 other businesses sustained significant damage. Many are locally- and minority-owned. We’re raising money to implement a three-pronged strategy to aid in rebuilding our community: (1) Food Security, (2) Safety & Security, and (3) Business Restoration (details here.) Want to help? Donations can be made at Share Your Love for Greater Longfellow on GoFundMe, or please consider sharing this information on your social media to help us reach more people. If you’d prefer to donate by mail, checks can be made to “Longfellow Community Council” and mailed to 2727 26th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.

It is going to be a long road to repairing our community, but we’ve already seen how kind, passionate, and driven our neighborhood is. We’re in this together, and we’ll work to build an even better community.

Here are a list of local businesses, when they are open and what they are offering: https://messenger.whatsopen.news/

The Neighborhood by the Falls is AVAILABLE! Click on the link:  https://squareup.com/market/longfellow-community-council/  and scroll down to the “Merchandise” and click on the image of the book (feel free to donate or buy any other awesome merch while you’re at it!) and choose how many you want. Then pick up at the LCC offices, 2727 26th Ave S. Mondays from 10am-1pm (Other pick up times can also be arranged). WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.



Apply online to vote by mail

For the upcoming 2020 elections, the CDC recommends voting by mail if possible. As always, all Minnesotans are eligible to vote early by mail. Voting by mail may mean you need to plan and prepare a bit more than you might if you were going to vote at your polling place, but it doesn’t mean your vote (and voice!) is counted any differently.
Myth: “My mail ballot will only be counted if the race is close.”
Fact: All votes are counted, no matter if cast in-person or by mail.
By law, we count every properly returned ballot we receive by Election Day, period. It is a common misconception that mail (absentee) ballots are only counted during very tight races. Want to vote by mail this year? Apply online today for your State Primary and/or General Election ballot

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Community Support, 2730 E 31st St. • LOCAL Donation/Volunteer OPPORTUNITY
Mon, June 29
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.–Receiving Donations • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.–Distribution (food boxes and household supplies)

Wednesday July 1
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.–Receiving Donations • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.–Distribution (Baby Products – Diapers, Formula, Wipes, etc. and Maxi pads)

We now accepting ONLY on the following items for which we’ve had the most consistent need:

SHAMPOO (especially for coily hair)
DIAPERS (all sizes, especially size six and pull-ups)
DISH SOAP (please no dishwasher soap)

– Paper Products
– Dish Soap
– Laundry Detergent
– Cooking Oil
– Body Soap
– Shampoo
– Hand Soap
– Gatorade
– Baby Products – Diapers, Formula, Wipes, etc.
– Maxi Pads


We are looking for volunteers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week and next to help with our food/supply distribution. We are looking for lots of volunteers, so please bring family, friends, coworkers, and church members.
Included in this form is a sign-up for meals for our volunteers. If you as an individual or organization would like to donate money or food for a lunch this week, please sign-up and then email htlcgeorgefloyd@gmail.com.
To sign up as a volunteer, follow this link:
If you’d like to make a financial contribution to our relief efforts, you can do so through our website, htlcmpls.org — choose “other” in the fund designation options, and type in the word “justice.” 100% of gifts will be used to help meet community needs. OR through giveMN: https://www.givemn.org/story/Pelucg
If you are or know someone who is a chaplain, mental health professional, or social worker and would like to volunteer in this capacity please email htlccounseling@gmail.com.
We have been blessed to have mental health professionals onsite often as we provide for our community, but please be aware that we don’t have complete coverage.
At this time, we do not have capacity to arrange for delivery or drop off of items to community members that cannot reach us. We are encouraging folks to use the South Minneapolis Mutual Aid Autonomous Zone Coordination group, as it a great resource for addressing other needs beyond our capacity.
Holy Trinity is a Covid-19 currently a testing site through the MN Dept of Health on Tuesday, June 23rd, and Wednesday, June 24th from 11a – 6p. Please note that Holy Trinity is not responsible for any of the coordination, but simply serves as the host site.
More information can be found here: https://reg.primarybio.com/r/minneapolis?key=staysafemn

Longfellow Community Pantry / Banco de alimentos en Longfellow, Peace Coffee & Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio • LOCAL Donation/Volunteer OPPORTUNITY
With many of the neighborhood stores closed until further notice, we recognize the need for available community resources. We are open for supply donation drop-off every weekday from 1-5 pm, around the side door of the building. Our Community Pantry hours are from 2-5 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. We try to have at least 8-10 volunteers available on Tuesdays and Fridays during the hours we have our doors open to the public. If anyone is interested in volunteering, in either supply organization or to assist individuals using the pantry, our signup form is here: https://signup.com/go/uGNrvbH. As a large segment of our population speaks Spanish, having volunteers who also speak Spanish would be amazing.
While all supplies would be appreciated and distributed, big needs are:
– bottled water
– personal hygiene items (oral hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, etc.)
– household items (laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags, sponges, cleaners, etc.)
– produce
– ready-made meals

As of right now, we have a large number of individuals coming through our space to collect these resources, but don’t have the supplies to be able to fully support them. 

Longfellow Strong Yard Sign Fundraiser! Sunday, June 28, 2727 26th Ave S. • 10am-1pm
We’ll have an outdoor table set up THIS Sunday at the LCC Offices (also the ABC Construction bldg.) Drive up, purchase your sign and be on your way! Super easy! Can’t attend? Don’t worry, we’ll have more pickup options/events listed soon. 
• Yard Signs available for $10 each
• Cash or Venmo ONLY, username: LCC-Strong

(Sorry for any inconvenience.)
LCC and Imagine! Express have teamed up for this fundraiser acknowledging Greater Longfellow’s resiliency and our renewed sense of community. ALL PROFITS will help fund our food security, neighborhood safety, and business stability plan as we work to rebuild Longfellow.

Signs are also available at in our office, 2727 26th Ave S on Mondays from 11am-1pm.
**Remember your face masks and appropriate social distancing practices** And CASH or Venmo ONLY.

Women in Blue (Work in Progress) – Free 24-Hour Screening, Sunday, June 28 @ 11am-Monday, June 29 @ 11am • ONLINE EVENT
This event and series is generously supported by the George Family Foundation. MSP Film Society presents a special FREE encore screening of the MSPIFF39 Redefined Closing Presentation, Women In Blue. This screening is part of the MSP Film Society’s programming initiative, We the People: Required Watching, designed to spark conversation around current events and issues of social impact affecting our community, country and world. Reserve your FREE ticket on our website, mspfilm.org. Starting Sunday, June 28 at 11:00am, return mspfilm.org and click the button: CLICK TO STREAM to watch the movie. You will have 24 hours to finish watching the movie once you start viewing. Conversation: June 29, 7:00pm. MSP Film Programmer Craig Laurence Rice will moderate a conversation with Director Deirdre Fishel, Council Member Alondra Cano, City of Minneapolis, Civil Rights Attorney and Activist Nekima Levy Armstrong, and former Minneapolis City Council Member Ralph Remington about the ongoing efforts of police reform and women’s roles in leadership and community safety. Women In Blue offers an unprecedented view into the inner workings of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), chronicling a department—and a community—grappling with racism and a troubled history of police misconduct long before an MPD officer killed George Floyd in May of 2020. The film reveals the limitations of police reform through incremental change and asks questions that apply well beyond the city of Minneapolis. Could increased gender equity and more women —especially women of color—contribute to greater public safety?

Collaborative Nature Art, Minneapolis Parks Neighborhood Naturalist Program, Monday, June 29
Join us to create something fun and beautiful together! Find and add natural objects to mandalas, collections, “imagination stations” and other artworks-in-progress in the park. Share your addition by tagging your posts with #NearbyNatureMpls This week you can find Collaborative Nature Art prompts at: – Bossen Field – Loring – Lovell Square – Marshall Terrac

Storybook Strolls, Minneapolis Parks Neighborhood Naturalist Program, Monday, June 29
An active literary adventure! Each page of a storybook is turned into a poster so you can stroll through the book and the park at the same time! We’d love to see you enjoying the activity; tag #NearbyNatureMpls to share your experience with us! This week you can find a Storybook Stroll at: – Pearl – Van Cleve – Wirth Beach

Laura Zimmermann, My Eyes Are Up Here – with Joy McCullough, Hosted by Red Balloon Bookshop, Monday, June 29, 6:30-7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Red Balloon Bookshop is delighted to invite you to a virtual Zoom Party in honor of Minnesota author Laura Zimmermann’s debut novel, My Eyes Are Up Here! Laura will be in conversation with fellow YA author Joy McCullough (Blood Water Paint) and will take limited questions from the audience (as time and technology allow!). Bring Your Own Cake and connect wherever you are! Visit redballoonbookshop.com to register for the event and ordered your books!

Free Online Body-Weight Yoga Sculpt w/ Ashley Sondergaard Yoga, Monday, June 29 @ 5pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join Yoga Instructor Ashley Sondergaard each Monday for a FREE online workout. Bodyweight Yoga Sculpt is a high energy fitness class infused with yoga. You’ll move your body, work up a sweat, and finish out with a relaxing transition back into your day. No weights needed. Just find a comfy spot at home, grab a water, and you’re set. All levels welcome. No need to sign up in advance, just use this link to join in on Mondays at 5:00 PM CST. Instagram Live https://www.instagram.com/ashleysondergaard.yoga/ Get the accompanying playlist here: https://www.weddedwellness.com/instagram Contributions appreciated but not necessary. Venmo @Ashley-Sondergaard PayPal: Ashley.j.sondergaard@gmail.com

Pride Trivia with Trivia Mafia, Tuesday, June 30 @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
EVENT DETAILS Join our fantastic producer Andrea and a rotating cast of our hosts for four special events celebrating the full spectrum of what you know (or what we think you should know) about the LGBTQ+ community – there will be pop culture, there will be history, there will bright colors, there will be music, honey. Play along at home with a team gathered IRL or remotely, and submit your scores at the end for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Twitch.tv/triviamafia Sponsored by Twin Cities Pride and Truly Hard Seltzer!

A Breath for George: Outdoor Film Screening, Hosted by Youth Performance Company,  Wednesday, July 1 • 8:30-10pm
Youth Performance Company is honored and excited to partner with New Dawn Theatre to present a screening of the film A Breath for George on July 1st, in the parking lot of the Fairview Business Center. A Breath for George is a collection of songs, interviews, and poems that honors the life of George Floyd. Artists featured include James T. Alfred, Aimee Bryant, Perri Gaffney, Peter Macon, Thomasina Petrus, T. Mychael Rambo, Frank Sentwali, Regina Marie Williams and Jevetta Steel. Interviews with Melvin Carter Jr., Sarah Bellamy, Harvey Blanks, James Craven, Talvin Wilks and Professor John Wright are also in the collection. All screenings are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for local charities. Bring a chair, or stay in your car. Masks required. Social distancing will be observed.Wayne Gannaway on Frederick Douglass, Winona, and Civil Rights, Hosted by Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Historical Society Press, Wednesday, July 1, 7-7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Wayne Gannaway shares his article, “The Perils of Peace: Frederick Douglass, Winona, and Civil Rights in Minnesota after the Civil War” published in the Summer 2018 issue of Minnesota History. His article received an honorable mention for the Solon J. Buck Award. http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/66/v66i02p74-84.pdf On March 16, 1867, Frederick Douglas visited Winona, Minnesota to give a talk, entitled “The Sources of Danger to the Republic.” Douglass warned his audience that the federal government’s institutions were fragile and the fate of African American suffrage was bound up with preserving the costly gains won by the North. In fewer than 20 years, the dangers Douglass foresaw would, in fact, consign African Americans in both the North and South to almost a century of racial bigotry throughout white society—as Douglass put it, an insidious “feeling of color madness” and an “atmosphere of color hate.” Wayne is a native of Winona and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where he received his BA in history. He also holds an MA in folk studies from Western Kentucky University. He is currently the executive director of the History Center of Olmsted County.

Summer Book Read by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, Wednesdays @ 7pm, Starting July 1 ONLINE EVENT
Gathered at Five is hosting a summer book read of Austin Channing Brown’s I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. ALL ARE WELCOME. Beginning July 1, we will meet Wednesday evenings at 7 pm by ZOOM to discuss the book. You can order an e-book or audio book or request a hardcover copy for $20 (Sarah has ordered 30 copies). RSVP on Tithely (linked below) and indicate if you need the book mailed or if you can pick it up. Contact Sarah Brouwer with questions. sbrouwer@wpc-mpls.org

Minneapolis Parks Foundation Self-Guided Walk and Talk Tours
The Minneapolis Park Foundation’s popular series is back this summer with new self-guided tours that offer even the most devoted Minneapolis parks-goer something new to explore. Posted below are their first printable guides – of two of their most popular tours, Winchell Trail and RiverFirst – ready to download and go. More are coming – along with digital options – so be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get the announcements. For information: https://mplsparksfoundation.org/news-events/mpf-events/walk-talk-series/.


Neighborhood Safety, Unity, & Resources

Dear Residents, Longfellow Community Council recently became aware of Mayor Frey’s Minneapolis Forward:  Community Now Coalition to accelerate recovery efforts in Minneapolis.  We shared this information last week on our FB page.  The LCC Executive Committee has expressed concern about coordination, resources and community input and involvement.  We have included a letter they recently sent to the Mayor, Council Members and other elected officials on our website.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announces gradual re-openings of parkways beginning June 26
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation (MPRB) announced it will begin to reopen lesser used parkway sections that have been closed to allow more space for trail users to follow social distancing practices to prevent spreading COVID-19.

Renter Protections
The City has adopted renter protection policies as part of our Housing Maintenance Code. Violations of these policies may lead to citations or other penalties. Here’s what landlords need to know to stay in compliance.
The City of Minneapolis is hosting a series of free webinars about the renter protection ordinance. Read more or Register here.

City of Minneapolis Resource List: Resources for food, clothing, financial assistance, medication With the loss of grocery stores and other damage affecting people’s access to food, clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication, the City is compiling this list of resources to help residents. Note: Information is changing rapidly. Please confirm the locations are still accepting or handing out donations before heading out. An overview of resources

  • All Minneapolis food shelves
    Food shelves help ensure all Minneapolis residents have steady access to food. A map to help you find a food shelf and other food resources is available on the City’s website. More resources are listed below the map.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools free meals for kids
    Daily free food boxes for pickup. Seven breakfasts and seven lunches including fresh produce for anyone 18 and under. All families are welcome.
    10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday now until further notice.
  • Free meals for kids app
    More resources for free meals for anyone under 18.
  • MN Food Helpline
    Online map of food resources
    Or call phone hotline at 1-888-711-1151 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • SNAP-EBT emergency food services expanded eligibility
    Plus online purchasing and delivery through Amazon and Walmart.
    Participants with questions can call 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday starting June 1.
    People who use SNAP and don’t want to leave their homes to get food can authorize a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up and deliver groceries using their electronic benefits card. They must contact their county or tribal financial worker to make the authorization. Minnesotans can fill out an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
  • Food and financial assistance
    The Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporarily made it easier for people to get and use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits. Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the department’s new food emergency webpage.
  • If you weren’t receiving SNAP or MFIP but your child had free or reduced lunch, you can apply for P-EBT to help buy food for your family.
    Apply starting noon June 8.
  • South Minneapolis food distribution efforts (Note: Some may be pop-up efforts not licensed by the City of Minneapolis.)
    • CANDO (Central Neighborhood Development Organization)
      Accepting drop-offs at 3715 Chicago Ave., 612-824-1333
    • Simpson Food Pantry, 2740 First Ave. S.; 612-874-7741
    • CAPI (Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders) Food Shelf, 612-721-0122
    • Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (TCDSA) are hosting food distribution of hot meals and fresh produce for all southside residents.
      Northern Sun, 2916 E. Lake St.
  • Minneapolis farmers markets
  • Clothing, financial assistance, groceries, medical care and equipment, and medication through Hennepin County
    Call 612-348-3000 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.Help is available in multiple languages. Residents in need of assistance are assigned a Human Services Navigator to help connect to available services and resources.
  • Pharmacy service
    How to get pharmacy services if your pharmacy has been damaged or closed.
  • Pet food
    The People & Pets Together pet food shelf is open to residents of Minneapolis who need help feeding and caring for pets.
    5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. No appointment necessary.
    3745 Bloomington Ave. S., 612-722-9998

City of Minneapolis seeking disaster declaration for areas impacted by civil unrest
The City of Minneapolis, in partnership with Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota, is seeking a disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the areas impacted by the recent civil unrest in Minneapolis. A disaster declaration would make low-interest property damage and economic injury loans available through the SBA.
The City needs your help to receive this declaration. We are seeking additional information from businesses owners and property owners who sustained building damage, e.g. fire damage, or business loss, e.g. damaged inventory, and do not expect losses to be fully covered by insurance (40% or more uninsured loss).
If this describes your situation, please complete this survey no later than Thursday, July 2 to provide data on your losses. Your response is optional and will not impact in any way your eligibility for relief funds should they become available. You will not be more likely or less likely to receive relief funds. Instead you are providing information that will help our community apply for a disaster declaration and if declared, provide access to these loans to all eligible business and property owners in our community.

For questions or assistance completing the survey, contact the Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov. Assistance in Spanish, Somali and Hmong is available.

For additional information about the City of Minneapolis response to the recent civil unrest, including resources for businesses, visit Minneapolis Forward.

 Minneapolis Forward: resources for recovery, rebuilding
Over the last several months, our Minneapolis community has faced extraordinarily painful challenges. The City of Minneapolis is working hard to help the people of our city heal and recover, to emerge stronger and more equitable than before.
To find information about legal actions related to George Floyd’s death, plans to transform public safety and resources for residents and businesses impacted by recent violence, civic unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, visit minneapolismn.gov/minneapolisforward


COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Phase III of the Stay Safe MN plan includes a gradual turn of the dial to allow cautious and safe re-opening of indoor dining, gyms, and entertainment venues, beginning June 10, 2020. 

  • Restaurants can begin offering indoor dining while maintaining social distancing, requiring reservations, and seating no more than 50 percent occupancy.
  • Indoor social gatherings can take place with 10 people or less; outdoor social gatherings can take place with 25 people or less.
  • Gyms, personal fitness and yoga studios, and martial arts may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as theaters and concert halls, can open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Recreational indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, arcades, and museums may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Personal services, such as salons, tattoo parlors, and barbershops, may increase occupancy rates to 50 percent while requiring reservations.
  • Outdoor entertainment venues, such as sporting events, concerts, and theaters may open at 25 percent capacity.
  • Places of worship can increase occupancy rates to 50 percent.  

City of Minneapolis guidance for businesses on openingHousing cost assistance from Hennepin County  Hennepin County has up to $15 million available to help low-income renters who can’t afford their housing costs this month due to COVID-19. Even though there is a temporary hold on evictions, rent is still due.  Folks may qualify for emergency assistance if they:

  • Rent anywhere in Hennepin County.
  • Had household income below 50% of the area median income (about $46,550 for a three-person household) before COVID-19.
  • Lost income due to COVID-19 that has not been replaced by unemployment insurance or other emergency assistance.
  • Can’t afford housing costs this month.
  • Are not currently receiving Section 8 or other rental assistance.

There is no deadline to apply. Priority will be given to households with the lowest incomes and those not eligible for unemployment insurance.  Learn more and apply for assistance   If you do not have internet access or cannot complete the form in English call 612-302-3160.

 State executive order suspending evictions extended until July 13  The governor’s latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until July 13. This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay rent, however. It also does not include eviction actions based on cases where the tenant seriously endangers the safety of residents, or where the tenant seriously endangers the safety of others on the premises. Read the executive order

Donate homemade face masks at Minneapolis fire stations for Mask Drive Mondays 
Minneapolis residents can deliver homemade masks to their local fire station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday beginning June 8 for Mask Drive Mondays. Remember to stay 6 feet away from others when dropping off your donation. Note: fire stations are not equipped to take any other donations at this time. The City plans to distribute the donated masks throughout Minneapolis to residents, organizations and businesses that are most in need, including food shelves, congregate living facilities, small corner stores and shelters.

COVID-19 testing recommended for people attending protests, vigils or events; three special testing sites available for critical neighborhoods
The State has added special COVID-19 testing sites for critical communities for people who have recently been a part of large gatherings whether or not they have symptoms. Make sure to preregister for a time slot if you can before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays, so if you don’t find anything available, keep checking back. The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that any Minnesotan who has attended a protest, vigil or community cleanup get tested for COVID-19, which can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together for long periods of time. Even people who do not have symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

Residents who live in the area of these three sites who have recently been a part of large gatherings are invited to preregister for free COVID-19 testing:

  • Holy Trinity Church (pedestrians)
    2730 E. 31st St.
  • Sabathani Community Center (drive up, limited pedestrians)
    310 E. 38th St.
  • New Salem Baptist Church (pedestrians)
    2507 Bryant Ave. N.

Make sure to preregister for a time slot if possible before heading over to be sure you have a spot. Appointments have been filling up fast. People who arrive without an appointment might have to come back later or another day. Appointments for the next week will open up on Wednesdays. People who join the waiting list will be notified when slots open up. The registration form is in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. Spanish, Somali and Hmong interpreters will be onsite. Interpreting for other languages will be available by phone.

Preregister for a time slot and find more information online here or by phone at 1-800-657-3903 if you don’t have internet access or need interpreting. If you do not live in the neighborhood of one of these three new sites, use this directory to find a testing location near youOnce you’ve been tested for COVID-19, it’s important to self-isolate until you receive your test results to avoid infecting others in case you test positive. If your test is positive, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends staying home for at least 10 days and until you have three days fever-free without using fever reducing medication.

COVID-19 Info

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 


Ways to Help

Help support urgent community needs created by the Coronavirus outbreak, while keeping in mind the following:

Honor the public health recommendations. If you’re delivering supplies or food to a family or  organization, follow the suggestion of social distancing – ring the doorbell and move away from the door, text them beforehand, etc. Please follow physical distancing and prevention guidelines. You staying home helps everyone.
Feel connected through solo volunteering. Even if you’ve signed up for a solo volunteering opportunity – like delivering food to someone who needs it or distributing door hangers with information – know that the people you’re helping appreciate your outreach and you’re helping people feel connected. You’re also staying true to the health department’s suggestion of social distancing.
Look for opportunities that are limited in size. Organizations know how important of a role they play in minimizing the spread of the disease. If you are committed to volunteering with others, look for a group size of 10 or less.
Stay home when you are sick. Of course, you should be doing all of the things to stay safe – handwashing, limiting exposure, etc. – but this one deserves a second shout out. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Thanks to people who think like you, there will be plenty of volunteers out there to help when needed.

How to donate food & supplies

If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.


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

Puzzle of the Week: “Pillsbury’s Best”
The Art Assignment
Como Park Zoo 2020 Summer Camp in a Box
Open Eye at Home (July – Nothing is Something)
Cantus Vocal Ensemble “COVID-19 Sessions”
Outdoor Options
The Water Blog
Stay up to date on metro Mississippi River water issues with the Friends of the Mississippi River Water Blog. As news comes out or important river protection milestones are achieved, updates will be posted at: https://fmr.org/waterblog
St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site
The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit: http://www.mnhs.org/places/safhb/.
Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps
The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visithttp://www.mnmississippiriver.com
Minneapolis Bicycling Map
The City of Minneapolis now has a map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.
Historic Walking Tour of St. Anthony Falls from UMN Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences