Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

Our community is coming together to help businesses clean up and rebuild. We have a long road ahead of us, but if your willing to be a part of building a stronger more just Longfellow, here are some ways to get involved.

Volunteers Needed:

Interested in helping with cleanup and rebuilding efforts in Greater Longfellow? We are in search of volunteers to assist with general clean up and graffiti removal efforts, as well as anyone interested in providing special services such as skilled labor, IT support, legal aid, marketing or anything else they may be helpful to local businesses. Sign up to be added to our volunteer contact list using the link here https://forms.gle/wSB5MhP9XCS1oFqa7

Donate:

Portions of the Great Longfellow community are unrecognizable due to looting and fires in South Minneapolis. We need your help to rebuild. 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. Learn more or donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuilding-longfellow-amp-lake

Overview: Rebuild Longfellow is a grassroots effort of Longfellow residents (mostly business professionals) organizing our neighborhood to support our businesses. We’re gathering data from businesses regarding their needs, working to share that data via website, and also coordinating with our block leaders to coordinate this work.

Immediate Focus

  1. Respond to initial data received from businesses (Longfellow Businesses: Let us know your needs to help you in the coming days, weeks, and months. This survey should take 5 minutes of your time to fill out.)
  2. Coordinate with Longfellow block leads on a “adopt-a-business” effort to ensure we’re capturing all current needs
  3. Translate business needs survey into Spanish

Long-term Focus

  1. Ensuring we manage scalable processes for data inputs and how we communicate. 
  2. Flexibility for Rebuild Longfellow to grow into supporting nonprofits, schools, other organizations, and neighbor-to-neighbor support. To start, our focus remains supporting businesses.

(Update 8/28/2020) Longfellow Community Council (LCC) Partners with consulting firms to Rebuild Longfellow Consortium of consultants provides pro bono support to Greater Longfellow

Minneapolis, MN  August 27th – The LCC Board of Directors has agreed to an official partnership with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH®), Community Design Group (CDG), Biko Associates, and Patrick Connoy to assist the residents and businesses of Greater Longfellow to create a rebuild plan for the area affected by the unrest after the tragic death of George Floyd.  The consulting team has a long and successful history of working on community projects across Minneapolis. Many of the consultants have a connection to the Longfellow neighborhood, having been a part of planning and development along Lake Street in the past and the lead for the SEH team is also a Longfellow resident.

The goal is to create a new vision for equitable, sustainable and resilient redevelopment while enhancing public spaces; preserving key community assets; and rebuilding civic, commercial and residential places for the coming years. The rebuild plan will be inclusive and respectful of the urgent need for our community to become more equitable and welcoming to communities of color.  Community engagement will be at the forefront of the work to ensure that residents, businesses, and community organizations use their collective wisdom to rebuild Longfellow in a way that serves the whole community.

LCC and the consulting team are currently in the process of creating a Steering Committee and a community survey.  Stay tuned through the LCC website and Weekly Roundup for updates and community participation activities through our website at http://www.longfellow.org. Longfellow Community Council is the citizen participation organization for the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood.


(7/6/2020) Here’s a quick neighborhood update:
• On June 13th, LCC facilitated a graffiti removal/clean up event (while respecting BLM street and plywood art and text). We had about 40-50 (pictured) neighborhood participants helping with that effort.
• Our weekly newsletter continues to inform residents about ongoing ways to donate and volunteer https://longfellow.org/category/weekly-roundup-newsletter/
• Peace Coffee & Holy Trinity Lutheran Church have both set up temporary pick up sites for food/necessities for community members in need https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4da5a829a0f85-holy7
• Block club leaders have begun facilitating anti-racism training, to help residents understand their role in systemic racism and ways to actively work toward racial justice
• We’re continuing to share resources, events, and reading lists for those wanting to further educate themselves on white fragility, racial justice, and systemic oppression
• Residents have volunteered time and energy to implement Rebuild Longfellow to coordinate the needs of damage businesses with skilled volunteers https://rebuildlongfellow.org/
• Our Executive Director, Melanie Majors wrote the attached heartfelt Thank You letter to volunteers and donors, which was published in the July issue of the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger