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Ongoing community aid efforts in the Twin Cities

Water, food and other essentials are distributed to the community at a church one block from George Floyd's memorial site on June 9, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

The Twin Cities community and world at large have been impacted deeply by the killing of George Floyd. In the wake of tragedy, many forms of neighborly support have surfaced.

We compiled a list of ongoing mutual aid efforts seeking and offering aid locally. We’ve also included a variety of other ways to support and amplify Black voices.

Donation and Distribution Sites

Interactive map of sites in the Twin Cities taking donations and providing aid – Find a nearby location where you can donate, volunteer and/or receive assistance.

North Point Health and Wellness Center Food Shelf (1835 Penn Avenue North, Minneapolis) Accepts food donations Monday through Thursday each week from 10am to 3:30p.m. To volunteer, fill out the application on their website. Seeking volunteers to help out at least once per week for at least three months.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) (2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404) Accepting donations of perishables and non-perishables on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 p.m., as well as Saturdays 12-4 p.m. Donations can be dropped off at the south entrance, by the mural. Volunteers needed for distribution help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 p.m.

Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio/Peace Coffee Community Pantry (3260 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406) Accepting donations from 2pm – 5pm on weekdays. Volunteers can pick a time to help here.

YWCA Midtown (2121 East Lake Street, Minneapolis) Accepting donations from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Find the updated list of items needed on their website. Food and supply pick-up available Wednesdays 9 a.m. – noon and Saturdays 1 – 4 p.m. Volunteers can sign up here to help out.

Provision Community Restaurant (2940 Harriet Ave S., Minneapolis) Provides free, pre-packaged meals for pick-up Monday through Friday between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. In search of volunteers at any commitment level. They have a variety of roles including food prep, busser, dishwasher and greeter. Learn more about volunteering with them here.

Loaves & Fishes (Locations around the metro – listed here) – Provides free to-go meals to Minnesotans in need. They serve locations around the state, including 21 locations in Minneapolis and St Paul and all Twin Cities YMCA locations. Volunteers can sign up based on areas of interest or as a reserve volunteer here.

Shared Ground’s Food For The People – Shared Ground is a multicultural farmers cooperative aiming to address inequality in the food system. Their Food For The People initiative will bring 60 boxes of fresh farm food each week to BIPOC organizations and families in the Twin Cities for the next 18 weeks. Donations will help pay farmers fair wages for the food, and a portion will go directly to the partnering BIPOC organizations receiving the food. To help with food distribution or farmwork, fill out their volunteer form.

Mixed Blood Theatre – (1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis) Mixed Blood is partnering with Cedar Riverside youth to run a donation center. This site is accepting and distributing donations on Wednesdays through the end of July from 12-2 p.m.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Accepting donations based on changing needs. An updated donation schedule of accepted items can be found on their Facebook. Large quantity donations can also be organized and donated using their sign up sheet. Volunteers can sign up to help here.

Support the Cities An organization connecting volunteers from across the Twin Cities with those seeking help. They assess where volunteers are needed, and share that information on Facebook events page.

People & Pets Together (3745 Bloomington Ave., Mpls) A pet food shelf open to residents of Minneapolis accepting donations of dog and cat food, litter and other pet supplies. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Other Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Trades People – Fill out this form if you are a professional trades person who wants to help rebuild local small businesses and nonprofits impacted by recent events.

Mural Artists – Use this list to find local mural artists or add your name if you’re an artist seeking an opportunity.

Builders – Rebuilding Together Twin Cities provides urgent home repairs for homeowners who are older adults, individuals living with disabilities and families with children. Learn more or sign up to help out on their website.

Fundraisers

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition –  In support of Northside businesses that have been impacted.

Lake Street CouncilDirect support for small business and nonprofits to rebuild and reopen.

Hamline Midway CoalitionAn initiative of Neighbors United Funding Collaborative serving Midway and Union park small businesses in need.

Campaign Zero Online platform and organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in America.

Du Nord Foundation–  Provides support to black and brown-owned businesses affected by the riots.

Little Earth Residents Association Provides food and safety for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.

Minnesota Healing Justice Network Provides a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).

Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization Community driven organization for those who live and work in the Central neighborhood

The Oluwatoyin Salua Freedom Fighters Fund Justice For Black Girls is seeking to award a total of $50,000 to Black women youth activists in honor of Oluwatoyin Salua.

Headwaters Foundation Oversees participatory grant making programs that prioritize community organizing led by Black People, Indigenous People, and people of color (BIPOC). Their mission is to amplify the power of community to advance equity and justice.

Cornerstone Doula Trainings This organization aims to offer accessible and equitable care for maternal health and reproductive health. To sponsor their training initiative, visit their donation page here.

Sanctuary Movement Community effort working to provide shelter, food and other important services to displaced and unsheltered people. Updated food and supplies needs for Powderhorn Park Sanctuaries East and West are listed here. Volunteers can sign up here to help with cleanup, sorting donations, tent repair and more. To orchestrate bringing prepared meals, email powderhornfood@gmail.com.

Justice Frontline Aid Crew  – A group of concerned citizens working to provide aid and to assist in treating minor wounds sustained during the protests.

Black Table Arts –  Gathers Black communities through the arts to organize, educate and create spaces for leadership.

Friends of Hennepin County Library – Aiming to restore libraries in neighborhoods that suffered damage and to combat inequality in the Twin Cities.

On this site, donations will be split between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers

Black-owned businesses you can support

List of local Black-owned coffee shops in the Twin Cities by Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

List of local Black-owned businesses in the Twin Cities by MSP Mag

List of local Black-owned businesses in the greater metro area by Kare 11

List of local Black-owned music and arts organizations by the Local Current blog

List of local Black-owned restaurants by City Pages

List of Black-owned bookstores by state by refinery29

List of Black-owned Farms and Gardens made collaboratively