How has the organization been involved in community service in the past?
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. (HQB) is an 89 year-old, African American, nonprofit social service agency open to everyone, located in the Summit-University neighborhood of Saint Paul. HQB provides programming in six core areas: Early Childhood Education, Youth Enrichment, Seniors, Basic Needs, Historical Archives and Multi-service Hub center which provides access to a variety of partner programs, gathering space and volunteer opportunities.
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board:
We believe an ideal community is one where community members of all ages, abilities, races, cultures, and economic levels: -Are recognized as valuable assets. -Experience a safe and productive environment. -Have opportunities to contribute to the Center and expand their talents and knowledge. -Have access to a full spectrum of services, including social, emotional, educational, and recreational opportunities appropriate to their unique needs and interests. -Are linked to the community’s heritage and history. -Are involved in intergenerational and cross-cultural experiences that enrich and strengthen the community as well as benefit individuals and families. All of this can only be achieved by working together in partnership with partners in the community. Being a part of the SUPC Board will provide an opportunity to combine our resources and efforts with partners in the community for a greater overall impact. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board:
Today, approximately 1/3 of St. Paul’s residents of color live in the Summit-University neighborhood. The area continues to evolve demographically and HQB is a leader in administering services that reflect the needs of the community. HQB believes an ideal community center is one where residents of all ages, abilities, races, cultures, and economic levels can thrive. We would bring this philosophy to the SUPC Board as well as intergenerational and cross-cultural experiences that will enrich and strengthen the Board's relationship with the community as well as benefit individuals and families therein. .
Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development association (ASANDC)
How long has the organization been in St. Paul? 36 years
How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? We provide affordable housing both ownership and rental, advocay and policy work, youth and adult leadership ans developmetn, Welath building through financial education classes and Business development .
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: ASANDC has worked with District 8 Summit University Planning Council since our organizational existence on several neighborhood initiatives for example but not limited to crime prevention work, rebuilding and rehabbing homes for home ownership to stabilize our community, worked on eliminating nuisance properties,, and other quality of life issues and to create and offer opportunities for prosperity for our constituents. Is is our goal to continue the above work and we see not doing this without working with D8. Getting things done in our community gets done when we work together. We see this as an opportunity to be involved and doing that work together by being a member of D8. As an organization, we see us having better ways to connect to more folk in our community on a larger scale by being on the D8 board. Last but not least, D8 is seen as a well respected agency that has served the community well.
Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: We are well connected to the community 36 years serving the community Budget and Non Profit Management Board experience Policy and advocacy experience Neighborhood organizing and community building experience A Deep commitment to the ongoing well being and prosperity for our community and its people.
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.