How long has the organization been in St. Paul? Founded in 1929, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. is an African American, nonprofit social service agency open to all, primarily serving the Summit University area of Saint Paul, Minnesota and the broader Twin Cities metro area. Hallie Q. Brown Community Center has thus evolved from an independent human services provider to a multi-service center and is the administrative body of the Martin Luther King Center, which houses our partners offering specialized services and programs, including the nationally recognized Penumbra Theatre Company.
How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? The mission of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership.With a primary focus in the Summit-University area, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center successfully operates a wide variety of programs, which specifically address the critical needs of community residents
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: Steve Wilson has a strong history of community involvement. "OUR COMMUNITY IS CHANGING AND WE NEED TO BE IN FRONT OF THE CHANGE, SO WE CAN HELP MANAGE THE CHANGE AND NOT LET THE CHANGE MANAGE US!" Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: Since the early 1990’s, Steve Wilson is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and he is currently still a board member of the Hallie Q. Brown. He has been the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center’s representative on the District 8 - Summit-University Planning Council since the early 1990’s. He has also serves as the Board Chair of the District 8 – Summit-University Planning Council. Steve Wilson was born and raised in the St. Paul, Summit-University neighborhood. He attended grade school at the St. Peter Claver Catholic school. He’s a graduate from the Mechanic Arts High School, where he played a number of high school sports including; football, gymnastics, and track. He is an alumnus of the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, where he also played college football.Steve Wilson has a strong history of community involvement. He’s a former Board member and former Board President of the Rondo Days Organization (Rondo Ave. Inc.), he was involved with organizing the 100 African American Men Mentoring organizations and he’s also been selected to serve on a number of community boards and committees.
Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development association (ASANDC)
How long has the organization been in St. Paul? 1980
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: I firmly believe that serving the community on the SUPC Board enhances our commitment to District 8. Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation's (ASANDC) purpose is to address the needs of neighborhood quality of life issues, advocacy, organizing and community economic and housing development. Our mission is to foster positive relationships within and between neighborhoods, and to support its community members in effecting their choices relative to the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: I am committed to actively engage in all aspects of community building and to bring a voice to the tables of opportunity as a representative of ASANDC and as an individual who calls SUPC home. My interests and skill-sets can only add to the vibrant community in which I serve joyfully.
Unity Church- Unitarian
How long has the organization been in St. Paul? Since 1872 How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? SUPC board member for many years, sponsor of NNO events. We have many community outreach efforts both near and far and strive to be a positive presence in our neighborhood and St. Paul. Some of these projects include giving 70% of our Sunday offering to community non-profit organizations (over $84,000 in 2016!), partnering with Obama Elementary School to provide over 50 volunteers each year to serve in the classrooms and library, holding an ongoing food shelf collection which is shared with Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf, and partnering with Circle of Peace to cook for and host their Monday peace circle. Unity Church-Unitarian carries out the work of love in community, making a positive impact in our neighborhood and in our world. Grounded in the transforming power of our faith, we a. Open our doors and our hearts to those who seek comfort, courage, and meaning b. Build authentic relationships with people across differences, in the spirit of humility and reverence c. Live out our commitment to racial reconciliation and to dismantling racism d. Serve as a trusted and visible leader, partner, and advocate for the creation of a just society and a sustainable environment
Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: I am a leadership development professional with great skills in facilitation, program development, meeting and event design as well as an understanding of different styles and models of leadership and organizational development. In addition I have been active in educating myself regarding anti-racism and white privilege and am committed to making our neighborhood a peaceful and welcoming place for everyone.
Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA)
How long has the organization been in St. Paul? 11 years How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? We work with local entrepreneurs and business owners to by providing them with direct program services ranging from micro loans, business development and public policy advocacy. We asl deploy creative placemaking strategies to add more value to our community/ neighborhood- our most well known initiative is our annual Little Mekong Night Market. Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: We are interested in sharing and exchanging perspectives around sustainability planning. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: We can bring a Southeast Asian perspective in how we can explore, build and sustain each other as a corridor.
Ramsey Hill Association
How long has the organization been in St. Paul? More than 40 years How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? The Ramsey Hill Association has been active in advocating for neighborhood historic preservation and also gives grants each year to local youth service organizations. Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: I want to represent RHA interests and to also be able to inform Ramsey Hill residents of issues involving the great Summit-University area. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: As an active member of the RHA board, I can keep the SUPC board informed about RHA neighborhood concerns. On a personal level as a career social worker I have a lot of experience working with diverse communities and a good understanding of how social service agencies function.