How We Can All Get Involved
The tragic events that have happened over the last month in this country, namely the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, have left us both profoundly saddened and deeply troubled. Words alone are not enough to express the way we are feeling over the unjust acts we have witnessed. There is no place in this world for the racial discrimination and cultural intolerance that continues to take place.
We stand, as full partners with our community and beyond, to aid in the effort to eliminate systemic failures that have led to the inequalities and injustices long experienced by people of color. It is our responsibility as an organization to listen, learn and use our power, platforms and resources to help build the equitable society we want to see—one built on fairness, justice, tolerance, respect and understanding.
Now is the time for us all to take action—even when it is difficult or uncomfortable to do so. Below you’ll find a helpful Resource Guide with educational materials and ways to help your community. This is just the start. We have got a long way to go, but change is only going to happen when it comes from all of us.
Thank you for your continued support and faith during these difficult times.
We will do this, together. One Team. One Territory. One Twins Family.
- The Minnesota Twins
Gifts for Seniors is looking for remote help creating greeting cards with uplifting messages for isolated seniors in the neighborhoods affected.
HandsOn Twin Cities: highlighting volunteer opportunities and rebuilding communities
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Southside: high need for bilingual volunteers, especially those who speak Spanish and Somali.
The Salvation Army volunteers are needed to assist in packing boxes with food, helping unload food deliveries and stocking the pantry. Shifts occur Monday-Friday from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm (some vary slightly) in locations around the metro.
Sanctuary Covenant Church – Peace and Prayer BBQs. Volunteers needed July 3, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Second Harvest Heartland seeks healthy volunteers to sort, package, and label items for food boxes.
SEWA AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness) is looking for volunteers to help with food packing and delivery.
The Sheridan Story: increasing food distribution in the neighborhoods around the metro area
Support the Cities: assessing where clean-up efforts will be most needed and will share that information on its Facebook page.
Volunteer Lawyers Network is asking for non-lawyers to help facilitate justice. As a clinic assistant you will help run a legal advice clinic at the Hennepin County courthouse by interviewing clients, gathering pertinent information and forms to prepare their case for the meeting with a lawyer, and providing follow-up assistance as directed by the lawyer. Fast-paced clinic helps clients with a wide range of legal issues.
YMCA Minneapolis will be using their Midtown location (2121 E Lake Street) to provide food, hygiene, and other basic supplies two days per week for the next several months, in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, The Sheridan Story and Youthprise. Volunteer shifts will be posted in the link shared.
There are many opportunities to volunteer, and they change daily. Additional resources include the Star Tribune, which posts updated lists frequently, and the Twin Cities Mutual Aid map, which lists pop-up volunteer opportunities and others. We are not regularly vetting these two ever-changing sources. We recommend you call ahead to learn more.
Virtual Volunteering Options
Volunteer with Harvard University’s Project Implicit, an organization dedicated to educating the public about hidden biases and providing a ‘virtual laboratory’ for collecting data on the internet. Take an Implicit Association Test (IAT) and support their research
Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills.
Create your own! Think about a unique skill you have (accounting, data analysis, maintenance, etc.) and consider how you might be able to leverage that unique skill set to assist a social justice-minded organization to further its work.
Today we would like to highlight a number of local organizations that work tirelessly to serve the needs of the North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis and Midway communities. Their work will help rebuild the neighborhoods, restore people’s spirit, and drive change and opportunity.
Youth, Education & Food Assistance
ACES is an out-of-school-time program that focuses on using sports to get kids excited about math and social-emotional learning through providing project-based curriculum for low-income students in grades 4-8 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Appetite for Change use food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis. We bring people together to learn, cook, eat, and grow food, creating change that lasts.
Several of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities are serving as distribution hubs for affected communities. If you’d like to support this effort and their mission to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, you can donate here.
The Minneapolis chapter of Jack and Jill of America is a member organization of mothers with children, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
The Link supports youth in North Minneapolis who are being victimize by crime, getting involved in crime and who are struggling with poverty and homelessness.
Donations to the Local Library Equity Fund (Friends of Hennepin County Library)will be used to help restore the libraries most affected by recent unrest in Minneapolis and will help fund new programs and resources focused on tackling the persistent poverty and inequality facing our black, brown and indigenous friends and neighbors.
The Man Up Club empowers young black males to make positive life choices while preparing them for post-high school education by providing a safe place to build positive long lasting relationships with mentors, a brotherhood to congregate, as well as facilitated discussions about life challenges, family dynamics and dealing specifically with the issue of fatherlessness.
Northside Achievement Zone – based in North Minneapolis, NAZ is focused on supporting children from cradle to college. Their NAZ Family Emergency Fund is working to close the technology cap that many families in the community are facing as the result of the closure of libraries, schools, and other community spaces.
Pillsbury United Communities serves the Twin Cities by creating enduring change toward a just society. Programming includes food shelves and nutrition services, emergency childcare, education programs, and more.
The Sheridan Story Unrest Response is supporting children and families left without access to essential items because of the recent unrest, through bringing food and hope to these communities.
United Negro College Fund serves as the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement, helping students not just attend college, but thrive, graduate, and become leaders.
Restore & Rebuild
Lake Street Council will utilize 100% of funds to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses, and serve our neighborhoods.
Midway United is an initiative of the Neighbors United Funding collaboration focused on helping the Midway and Union Park small business and non-profit community rebuild their storefronts.
The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation is focused on supporting small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve their neighborhoods.
Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund is an effort led by the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis Foundation and St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation to provide immediate support for micro- and minority-owned small businesses that were destroyed as a result of the unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.
Based in South Minneapolis, Urban Ventures works to break the cycle of poverty with a focus on empowerment through education. Right now they are working to distribute groceries and essential items to families in need, as well as coordinate clean-up crews throughout the neighborhood.
Support Local Business
Minnesota is home to many businesses and organizations owned and operated by community members of color.
Midtown Global Market has become a Minnesota destination and is made up of 45 small businesses representing 16 cultures. Due to damages incurred during the protests and the pandemic, the market is closed until further notice, but you can support the small businesses with a donation.
Mercado Central is thriving marketplace that offers a range of artisan goods and foods that celebrate Latino culture and economic progress. The 35 businesses they support also were damaged during the protests. Support them with a donation to the Neighborhood Development Center– and visit when they reopen.
Films and Shows:
*Free to stream on YouTube
- American Son
- Dear White People
- See You Yesterday
- Time: The Kalief Browder Story
- When They See Us
- If Beale Street Could Talk
- The Hate U Give
George Tillman Jr
*With Cinemax, also currently free to rent
- 4 Little Girls
Available to Rent
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975
- Fruitvale Station
*Free to stream on Tubi
- I Am Not Your Negro
James Baldwin Documentary
*Or Kanopy Via Your Library
- Just Mercy
*Free to rent throughout June
- The Black Panthers
Vanguard of the Revolution
Movies for Kids
- Our Friend Martin: YouTube
- Remember the Titans: Amazon
- Ruby Bridges: Disney/Amazon
- Selma, Lord, Selma: Disney
- 42: Amazon
Subscribe and Listen
- 1619 By the New York Times
- About Race
- Code Switch By NPR
- The Diversity Gap
- Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause
- From the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- Pod Save the People By Crooked Media
- Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
- Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
- Redefining Realness – Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
- Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
- The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century – Grace Lee Boggs
- The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color – Cherríe Moraga
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Books for Kids
- Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins – Carole Boston Weatherford
- Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom – Virginia Hamilton
- One Crazy Summer – Rita Williams-Garcia
- Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice – Mahogany L. Browne
- Let’s Talk About Race – Julius Lester
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. – Doreen Rappaport
- The Undefeated – Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson