Many people have been looking for additional positive ways to engage in our community since the election, in the interest of building deeper connections and making sure all neighbors feel welcome to our neighborhood and city. KFNA has been compiling a list of actions and ideas and this week we wanted to share a few with you here, in case the inspire you to get involved. Please contact the person listed for each action to offer your time or assistance. Thank you!
- Kingfield Empty Bowls is one of those events you can be involved in, one of those actions you can take, that can truly make a difference in our immediate community. The biggest need we have right now is for hand-made pottery bowls that will be given away to all attendees at the February event. If you are a potter, if you know a potter, please consider making or asking for a donation of bowls. Each bowl helps, and hundreds are needed! If you would like a digital copy of our Call for Pottery Artists, or email language to use to send to potters that you know, please contact KFNA at firstname.lastname@example.org with you name and email address and we will send you the materials that will help you to help KFNA, help Nicollet Square! If you are a potter and are ready to drop-off donated bowls you can do so through January 31 at the Color Wheel Gallery, located at 46th & Grand, next door to Café Ena. Bowls will ideally be soup-sized and must be created with a food-safe glaze. If you need KFNA to pick up a donation, please contact us at 612.823.5980 or email@example.com.
- Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is the nonprofit development organization of Nicollet Square (located at 3700 Nicollet), an affordable housing option for 42 youth who have experienced long term homelessness. They have a myriad of options of ways you can advocate for affordable housing for youth, families, and ex-offenders.
- Take a moment to encourage your Hennepin County Commissioner to support county funding for on-site supportive services at 66 West (an affordable youth housing option being developed in Edina): To find your commissioner’s contact information, go to http://www.hennepin.us/your-government/leadership/find-commissioner . Send an email or call with this message, along with your full name and address. “Young people are an important part of our community. I believe they deserve a home and the support they need to transition to adulthood. I support county funding for on-site supportive services at 66 West and ask that you support it, too.”
- Advocate for public policies and funding for housing: Become a Beacon Citizen and participate in our advocacy campaign. Take part in one predetermined, collective action each month that will help elected officials and communities make ending homelessness a priority. Contact Kat Vannat Kvann@beaconinterfaith.org about becoming a Beacon Citizen.
- Join our Ambassador Team: Ambassadors create community awareness by inviting five or more people to Opening Doors Tours of our Families Moving Forward program center, night shelter sites at congregations or housing OR by inviting a Beacon speaker to your congregation or workplace. Email Elodie Lee at Elee@beaconinterfaith.org to learn more or call her at 651-789-6260 ext 200
- Become a Community Builder: Share your passion for our work by inviting 10 guests who care about ending homelessness to our annual fundraising luncheon. Email Sarah Mollet Staiger at Sstaiger@beaconinterfaith.org to learn more or call her at 651-789-6260 ext 208.
- Be a front desk greeters: Front desk greeters are needed at Families Moving Forward, a shelter program for homeless families. Front desk greeters provide administrative support such as answer phones and route calls and other administrative tasks as assigned.
- You can support people living with HIV this holiday season by adopting one of The Aliveness Project’s members. The Aliveness Project’s Holiday Gift Program delivers gift cards and other useful items to people living with HIV and their families in December. Gifts will be distributed at a Holiday Gift Expo on December 20-21 where people living with HIV and their families will also have opportunities to pick up home baked cookies, stockings, and other health and wellness related holiday items. Over 600 members have requested holiday gifts, and our goal is to have 100% of them adopted. You will receive a shopping list for every person or household you adopt that will include a $35 gift card and cold weather items. If you’re not able to donate to the Aliveness Project, there are also many opportunities to volunteer including baking cookies, helping at the Holiday Expo, or delivering gifts on December 23. An Application to adopt or volunteer is available on our website http://aliveness.org/holiday-gift-program or by stopping by our center (3808 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis). For more information call Roosevelt at 612-822-7946 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Involved/Get Involved, Friends. KFNA is continuing to crowdsource ideas of what we can do together to make our community a better place. Please feel free to share your ideas on our Facebook page or email us directly at email@example.com.