What do you love about the Summit-University District? The community members, our churches, businesses, schools, community organizations, and our community celebrations!!!!!!
How have you been involved in your community in the past? The Urban Farm and Garden Alliance (UFGA) is a collaboration of eight Community Gardens and a group of Backyard Box Gardeners that promotes reconciliation, healing, peace, social and environmental justice through the cultivation and sharing of food in the Summit-University (Rondo) and Frogtown communities of St. Paul, MN. In 2014 leaders from six unique community gardens in the Aurora/St. Anthony and Frogtown Neighborhoods and backyard box gardeners represented by Community Stabilization Project (CSP) Healthy Homes Program came together to form this Alliance: Lexington Commons, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, Victoria Community Garden, NeighborWorks Greenhouse Garden, Peace Sanctuary Garden, The Lovejoy Family Community Garden, and CSP Healthy Homes Gardens (3 Community Gardens plus Backyard Box Gardens). The Alliance of these gardens serves to share ideas, resources and co-host educational workshops and summer activities and events through partnerships with other organizations and institutions including the University of Minnesota, Bethel University, Hamline University, Macalester College, , Asian Economic Development Association, Frogtown Farm, Public Art St. Paul, Renewing The Countryside, Twin Cities Agricultural Land Trust, The Storymobile and AfroEco.
Please tell us about why you are running to join the SUPC Board: We want to have a restorative land-based and environment justice presence on the Summit-U Planning Council Board. Thank you!!!! Peace
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc.
What do you love about the Summit-University District? What I love about the Summit University District is the people. They are diverse, caring, and engaged in their community. It makes it a great place to be and be involved.
How have you been involved in your community in the past? Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is a 93-year old African American nonprofit social service agency open to everyone. We provide key programming and services in six core areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Enrichment, Seniors. Basic Needs, Historical Archives and Multi-Service Center Hub Programming. Our programs and services are open to all who need them.
Our big project right now is our Community Archive which chronicles the history of Hallie Q. Brown and the surrounding Rondo Neighborhood, preserving the heritage and culture for generations.
Please tell us about why you are running to join the SUPC Board: Our organization has been honored to have served for many years on the SUPC Board. We believe we provide a unique perspective, culturally and organizationally, that contributes to the discussions and deliberations of the Board, ensuring that the people we serve are represented in the decisions and directions of the organization.
Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC)
What do you love about the Summit-University District? I have lived and worked in the Summit University district for many years, what I love is the diversity, and the fact that Rondo residents' stories are represented and appreciated.
How have you been involved in your community in the past? ASANDC is a 40-year-old organization, that has served the Rondo community from its inception. Focused on the residents and descendants of Rondo. Our goal is to continue reclaim rondo, create a place for the economic well-being of Black households and businesses that have been displaced
Please tell us about why you are running to join the SUPC Board: ASANDC has been at the table of SUPC because we want to continue fighting for economic justice of the summit u area. We are dedicated to the work, and believe in serving the community.
The Ramsey Hill Association
What do you love about the Summit-University District? City life among ongoing preservation of an old neighborhood, dynamic neighbors, diversity of neighbors, our parks, schools and terrific shopping and food venues.
How have you been involved in your community in the past? The RHA began in the early nineteen seventies to build awareness of a part of the city that was in danger of being razed. We are proud to have grown to a true leadership position in the city and want to continue that work. We continue to provide support to a number of non-profit organizations and are currently in partnership with the city to restore the fountain at Cochran Park and working on saving 300+ ash trees in the neighborhood.
Please tell us about why you are running to join the SUPC Board: To become a better partner with SUPC and the city while advocating and supporting neighborhood engagement and improvement both north and south of Interstate 94.