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Ways to Meet Immediate Community Needs

Resources to help you take action

Our community is at a crossroads. We must confront systemic injustice with bold action. We have witnessed the courage of protesters, the resilience of business owners, and the generosity of thousands of caring individuals as they respond to urgent needs in the Twin Cities and across the country as a result of long-standing historical oppression.

The following resources offer multiple ways to engage with nonprofits that have been directly affected or are serving communities directly affected by the current unrest. Areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul need volunteers to help with relief and recovery efforts, as well as monetary and in-kind donations to rebuild businesses and care for people who have been displaced.

Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund

The Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund will provide immediate support to help rebuild micro- and minority-owned small businesses that were destroyed as a result of the unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder. This is the first initiative in a collaboration with our Foundation, the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Minneapolis Foundation to commit to transforming the criminal justice system. Our three organizations will learn from, partner with and support people of color and American Indians who experience the greatest disparities, co-develop solutions and advocate for policy to dismantle racism and remove barriers to an inclusive and thriving region.

Funding will be distributed to nonprofits focused on small business development to cover repairs, equipment, technology, relocation expenses and more. Individuals can contribute to the fund through tcrebuild.org. Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation fundholders can direct grants through the donor portal.

More Ways to Get Involved

Note: Many of the resources below are shared documents and are changing rapidly. The Foundation has not verified the information within these documents.

Volunteer and donation opportunities
compiled by HandsOn Twin Cities

Map showing aid locations receiving and distributing donations

Resources for those who would like to support the Minneapolis protests against police violence and demand justice for George Floyd. This extensive document includes volunteer and donation opportunities for those in the Twin Cities and from home

How can I help? document focusing on North Minneapolis compiled by Northside Council Member Offices of Jeremiah Ellison (Ward 5) and Phillipe Cunningham (Ward 4)

Request help or sign up to volunteer or donate, by Support the Twin Cities

Twin Cities Plywood Rescue for collecting and repurposing plywood from ReUse Minnesota

Learn More about Racial Equity

At the Foundation we are committed to dismantling a belief in a hierarchy of human value, with a focus on racial equity. Our work as a community foundation is not done until all lives are valued equally. We know this will require immediate action and long-term efforts.

Becoming anti-racist is a lifelong process. The articles and websites in our racial equity resources guide serve as starting places to helping you get informed and moving into action.

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