Come work with us! Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) and Longfellow Community Council (LCC) are hiring for a VISTA Tenant Organizer position starting August 1, 2022.
ABOUT SNG & LCC
SNG is recognized by the City of Minneapolis as the community engagement organization for the Seward neighborhood. SNG works to make the Seward neighborhood more vital, equitable, livable, and sustainable – by building relationships, by engaging all community members, by promoting equitable and accessible development of the built environment, and by acting as stewards of our natural environment. SNG organizes community events, projects, and programs; connects residents to important resources; and advocates for policies that improve the lives of Seward residents.
LCC is the resident participation group for the Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods. LCC is a community-based organization that represents the interests of residents in the Greater Longfellow area. We develop, protect and enhance neighborhood assets through community engagement. The mission of the Longfellow Community Council is to improve the well-being of our diverse community through engagement, involvement and empowerment.
ABOUT THE VISTA POSITION
SNG & LCC are looking for a passionate, community-focused, self-directed VISTA to assist both organizations in three key areas of our renter engagement work:
This position reports directly to the LCC Executive Director and works with the SNG Executive Director, Community Organizers for both organizations, the joint LCC/SNG Communications Manager, and any relevant committees. The start date for this position is August 1, 2022.
COMPENSATION & SUPPORT
The VISTA will receive the following compensation for this position:
The following support is also provided to the VISTA:
The ideal candidate for this VISTA position will have all or most of the following:
We are looking for someone who is:
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for this position, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “Application for VISTA Position” in the subject line. Please attach a current resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. The start date for this position is the end of August. Questions about the organizations, the position, and the status of the application process are welcome. Please email any question to: email@example.com with “Question” in the subject line.
To date, SNG has received 9 nominations for 9 open board seats for the upcoming election. SNG has decided to extend the deadline for nominations until 5:00pm, Tuesday, April 26. If you are interested in running for a seat on the SNG Board of Directors, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a nomination form.
Our board members come from many different backgrounds and have a range of talents and experiences. Board members attend monthly meetings, help make organizational decisions, volunteer, and more. Seward residents and property owners are welcome to apply!
If no additional nominations are received, those currently nominated will be elected via proclamation at the SNG Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18. There will be no nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting.
If additional nominations are received, the Board of Directors Election will be held Saturday, May 14 – Monday, May 16. Both on-line and in-person voting options will be available, and more information about voting will be available in early May.
The City of Minneapolis is asking for your input. As a resident, you have the right to shape the City’s plan for these important issues. Please use the information provided below to get involved, make your voice heard, and share these resources with others.
Climate Action Plan
Hennepin County has released a draft of our first Climate Action Plan (PDF). The county is gathering feedback on the plan through online meetings and a comment form through Wednesday, March 3.
The county is holding two online meetings where county staff will present core goals and strategies. Anyone interested in the county’s response to climate change is encouraged to attend.
Using online facilitation tools, participants will complete polls about the goals and strategies, offer comments, and ask written questions that will be answered through a moderated process. Meetings will be held:
Sign up to attend a meeting now by completing the RSVP form.
Both sessions will have the same agenda, so you only need to attend one session. Information about how to access the meeting will be emailed a few days prior to the event.
Individuals who wish to offer feedback on the plan but do not want to attend an online meeting may share their comments through an online feedback form.
County staff will summarize the feedback and made final edits to the plan in March. The board would take up formal adoption of the plan, which will include a final public comment process, in April.
Read more about the plan development and previous community engagement efforts process at hennepin.us/climateaction.
Help the City, State and County plan to equitably distribute the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available later in 2021. Your perspectives are vital on:
· What vaccination means to you.
· Your concerns, hopes and suggestions
At its Jan. 6, 2021 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commissioners voted to extend the Parks for All public comment period by six months. The new deadline to send feedback on the draft plan is July 18, 2021
Parks for All will set MPRB priorities and policy direction for the next decade. Minneapolis community members, park users, MPRB staff and partners are encouraged to review the plan and send feedback before the comment period ends Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Your input is welcome whether you have been deeply involved in the planning process over the past two years or if you are hearing about this for the first time! There are numerous ways to learn about the plan and send feedback using the link below.
Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be revised based on public input and presented to MPRB Commissioners for review and approval. Share the Parks for All draft plan with your friends, family, neighbors or other networks using minneapolisparks.org/parksforalldraft or bit.ly/MPRBCompPlan.
There are number of different ways to dive into the plan, including:
The draft document will be the MPRB’s agency policy direction based on shared values with community, agency staff and elected officials.
It will provide guidance in developing policy, establishing or changing programs and services, setting the annual MPRB budget and creating park improvements over the next decade.
It is a tool for communicating to MPRB staff, commissioners and the general public about what the MPRB does and it values.
It will build on what works now while identifying gaps in programs, services and strategies that need to be filled in the next decade. Parks for All focuses on the park system as a whole, not specific recommendations for individual parks.
It will build from master plans, other policies and activity plans, strategic directions and the community input gained during the last two years of engagement across the system, all of which incorporate more specific recommendations.
To learn more about this project and others, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/planning.
Answer this ownership interest survey to help direct future SNG initiatives and trainings: respond HERE.
We love food, which is why most of us hate seeing it go to waste. By taking steps to reduce food waste, you can ensure the money you spend on your food and the energy, land and water it takes to grow it and get it to you doesn’t go to waste. Reducing food waste is also one of the most important actions we can take to address climate change.
Help Hennepin County understand more about food waste so we can work together to reduce it! Take the 5 minute survey to provide insights into how you interact with food – from shopping, storage, cooking, and finally disposal – and how the county can support you in preventing food waste. Your responses will be used to create better resources that help residents reduce food waste.
This survey is open to all Hennepin County residents, with a special focus on getting responses from people living in multifamily housing. So if you live in an apartment building, please share this with your neighbors or ask your property manager to distribute it! Take the food waste survey now.
If you have fallen behind on your mortgage due to COVID-19, HomeHelpMN is a program you should know about. It’s a mortgage relief program from Minnesota Housing, designed to get you the help you need, when you need it most.
If you are behind on your house payments, you may qualify for financial assistance to reinstate your mortgage. You may also qualify for other expenses like property taxes, insurance, association fees or lot rent.
If you need other options, we’d be happy to direct you to a HUD-certified housing counselor.
Visit HomeHelpMN.org to find out what you need for the application. Once you’re ready, simply create an account to register and click the apply button.
HomeHelpMN is offered through Minnesota Housing to help if you have fallen behind on your mortgage or other housing-related expenses due to the pandemic. Whether it’s providing financial assistance or guiding you to trusted resources, we want you to get the help you need, at the time you need it most.
The current application period is May through August 17 at 5pm. Applications will be processed as they are submitted. In the event of high demand for funds, the funds may be fully allocated before the date the application period closes. Homeowners are encouraged to submit their applications early in the application period. If applications received during the application period exceed available funding, applicants may be put on a wait list. A submitted application is not a guarantee of funding availability.
We have a Community Engagement Committee meeting on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30pm.
We’ll be planning for SNG’s involvement in the upcoming Franklin Open Street.
Join us on Zoom or contact email@example.com.
The Seward Neighborhood Garage Sale is this weekend. There will be over 40 sales throughout the neighborhood selling vintage wares, clothing, books, and more. Sales will go Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Check out the event page for more information.
Please join us for the SNG Community Development Committee meeting, 7:00-9:00pm, Tuesday, May 10 via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86315962194
On the Agenda:
Hiawatha Avenue between I-35W and Hwy 62 needs to be resurfaced and three bridges in the project area need to be repaired. The project will be broken up into two sections, the northern half from Downtown Minneapolis to 32nd Avenue and the southern half from 32nd Avenue to Hwy 62. Work will take place starting in spring through fall 2022.
SUMMARY OF WORK
Spring 2022 through Summer 2022
Note: Closure time-frames are tentative and subject to change.
Late Summer 2022 through Fall 2022
Note: Closures will not occur at the same time. Closure time-frames are tentative and subject to change.
Nearby Construction Projects
The following projects will take place near Hiawatha Avenue construction. Plan ahead and stay informed if you travel in these areas.
For more information and to sign up for email updates visit: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy55minneapolis. Leave a message for someone on the project team: 612-464-4005 or email: Connect@Hiawathaconstruction.com
Chard Your Yard is a program that provides 3′ x 5′ x 12″ installed garden beds for residents of and around the Greater Longfellow neighborhood. The gardens are provided at-cost to residents, and construction and delivery are provided by volunteers. There are options for discounted beds for persons with low-income and persons with disabilities.
In 2021, we expanded our program to include the Seward neighborhood. Right now the program is accepting orders for garden beds to be delivered in May of 2022.
Check out the website, and order soon as our program always sells out.
We’re also looking for volunteers to help with garden installs in May. If you are a high school student, your time counts as volunteer service hours.
We’re looking for community members to join our Board of Directors! There are nine open seats on the board, elected to staggered three-year terms. Our board members come from many different backgrounds and have a range of talents and experiences. Board members attend monthly meetings, help make organizational decisions, volunteer for committees and other initiatives, and more.
To request a nomination form please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Applications will be accepted until April 20. Seward residents and property owners are welcome to apply!