Upcoming SNG Meetings

All meetings are virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Email blasts and web posts will be sent prior to meetings with agenda and Zoom meeting ID info.
SNG Board Meeting:  June 24,  6:30 – 8:30PM.  Meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month. email Kerry@sng.org
Community Equity and Inclusion Meeting:  July 3, 10:30. email Mhluger@gmail.com
Community Building Committee: July 7, 7 PM. email Kerry@sng.org(normally the first Tuesday of the month).

Community Development Committee:  July 14, 7PM in Matthews Center.  Meets the second Tuesday of the Month.

Culturally specific food and Supply Drive Sat. June 20

Saturday, June 20th
10 – 12 drop-off
12 – 2 Pickup

We have highlighted items that are in high demand at the following grocery stores in Seward, Shabelle Grocery at 2325 East Franklin Ave. and Seward Market, 2431 East Franklin Ave.  Please consider shopping for your donations at these two locations. You will support local businesses and help Seward neighbors by getting the food they regularly eat.

Address where we will be hosting the food drive:
Seward Towers East
2910 East Franklin Ave

Volunteers needed: email kerry@sng.org or just show up.
Look for these markers in the Seward stores

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Calling all Seward Enthusiasts!

Do you think Seward is a great place for you to live or work? We do too!  We are inviting people to self-nominate to be on the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) board. Candidates will be introduced at the June 24th Board of Directors meeting and elections will take place immediately following the meeting.

SNG has been essential in Seward to:

  • fostering a vibrant, safe, and healthy community
  • supporting a successful business district
  • celebrating the diversity of our neighborhood
  • creating opportunities to connect with our neighbors

The board welcomes people 18 years or older who live or work in the Seward neighborhood. At present, the SNG board is going to be short by 4 members of its minimum and the make-up is not representative of our neighborhood make-up as a whole. We’re in particular need of representation by people of color, and renters. We need your service, please!

Here’s a few expectations for you to consider:

– 2 year term

– Monthly 90 minute meetings on the 4th Wednesday

– Participate in at least one committee: communications, community development, community building, equity and inclusion, neighborhood history, and/or fundraising.

– Contribute financially to SNG each year (any contribution is welcome)

– Volunteer for SNG activities/events

– Average total volunteer time per month: 5 to 10 hours

If you’re interested (and we really hope you are!), please send a short biography of yourself (no more than 200 words) to Kerry at Kerry@SNG.org and also complete the following candidate survey: https://forms.gle/MUraPt4MMDbzdpwV6

Thanks for your interest,
Seward Neighborhood Group

photo © Liza Davitch

photo © Liza Davitch

Seward Towers Food & Supply Drive Sat. June 20

SNG is hosting a food and supply drive next Saturday, June 20. Donations can be dropped off in Seward Towers East parking lot from 10 -12am and people can pick up items from 12 -2. If you are buying items for our drive please consider buying from our two minority owned grocery stores Shabelle Grocery at 2325 Franklin Ave. or Seward Market at the corner of 25th Ave. and Franklin.

We also need volunteers from 9 – 3, come for the entire time or just an hour or two. Email Kerry@sng.org if you are planning to come but feel free to just show up if that works better.

Facebook event HERE.

Food Drive Requests. We have highlighted items that are in high demand:


Halal food, no products with pork or gelatin

Aim for healthy and holistic, the less processed, the better.

  • Dried Beans-lentils-split peas-garbanzo beans-kidney beans
  • Basmati Rice bags
  • Dried Corn
  • Oil
  • Pasta-Spaghetti and macaroni shapes
  • Fresh produce
  • Spices
  • Tea/coffee
  • Flour


  • Diapers (sizes NB-6, especially larger sizes and pull ups)
  • Baby formula (including sensitive)
  • Baby wipes

Personal hygiene

  • Sanitary products (pads, tampons)
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner (for ethnic hair)
  • Body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste


  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwasher detergent


  • Baby Tylenol
  • Neosporin
  • First aid kits
  • Allergy medicine
  • Teething medicine


Food Distribution Today Friday June 12

FREE fresh produce for families, 10 am THIS morning at the Brian Coyle Center. Thank you Zakat Foundation of America!


Help Seward Rebuild

Make a donation to support Seward neighborhood’s small businesses and community organizations!

Seward neighborhood’s businesses were badly damaged by looting and arson following the murder of George Floyd. The ownership of our businesses represents the diversity of the Seward neighborhood. They are small, community focused, and many are immigrant and minority owned. Our businesses provide goods and services that meet the immediate needs of our neighborhood. They need your support.

100% of your donation will go directly to helping Seward businesses rebuild. We will distribute the funds equitably and ensure that our neighborhood effectively supports its amazing organizations.

This GoFundMe page was organized in coordination with Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG), Seward Redesign, and Seward Civic and Commerce Association (SCCA).


Volunteers Help Open up Seward Businesses!

Thank you to our neighborhood volunteers who helped take down the plywood and open up many Seward businesses. The boards will ultimately go to a central location on UMN campus by ReUse MN for reuse.DSC_0051DSC_0057DSC_0100DSC_0098DSC_0101


Say Their Names: Vigil and Teach-In – June 11 at Matthews Park

Boneshaker Books and Seward neighborhood residents will hold a memorial vigil honoring the people killed by police in the Twin Cities, followed by a teach-in by Dominique Diaddigo-Cash, a restorative justice practitioner on alternatives to police. We are calling the Seward neighborhood together to pledge to stop relying on the police.

Dominique will be joined by Ilhan Omar, community members honoring all those killed by police in the Twin Cities, and Seward residents Ramla Bile and Emma Youndtsmith.

This is an educational, family-friendly event open to all people residing in the Seward neighborhood. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, attendees should wear masks and practice social distancing. Please bring flowers for the vigil. Water and a limited number of flowers will be provided.  Thu. June 11, 7:30pm in Matthews Park

Magacoodi ku Dhawaq: Xusuus iyo Warbixin

Boneshaker Books iyo xafada Seward deganeyaasha waxee qaban doonaan xusuus oo lagu xusaayo dadkii ay boolisku ku dileen Magaalooyinka Mataanaha iyo aga gaarkoodi oo ay ku xigto waxbarid ka imaaneyso dad shaqadoodi ee tahay soo celinta cadaalada. Wexee sharixi waxyaabaha kale ee lugu beddelan karo wicitaanka booliiska. Waxaan ugu yeeraynaa xaafada Seward si wada jir ah inaan balan qaadno joojinta ku tiirsanaanta booliska.

Tani waa munaasabad waxbarasho, oo qoyska dhan u banaan, una furan dhammaan dadka deggan xaafada Seward. Ka qeybgalayaasha waaxaan ka codsaneynaa inay xirtaan maask sayno ilaalilino faafida cudurka Coronavirus.
June 11 from 7:30-8:30 PM at Matthews Park

RSVP on Facebook HERE.

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Seward Business Offering Help to Damaged Properties

HomeProud Handworks is generously offering their services free of charge to any business or homeowner whose property has been damaged as a result of the events of the last week. They are particularly interested in helping anyone whose insurance won’t cover the cost of repairs.

Thank you to the owner, Ken Webb! We are so lucky to have you in the neighborhood!

Support and like their Facebook page here.

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Equity & Inclusion Meeting Fri. 6/5 10:30

Hello Seward friends! The ‘equity & inclusion’ committee (name tbd) formed on April 29, will be meeting this Friday June 5 @ 10:30 am in Matthews Park (north end near toddler playground). We are looking forward to coming together as neighbors to discuss how we can be a more inclusive and equitable community.

Please wear your mask.