How long has the organization been in St. Paul? 90 years
How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. (HQB) is an 90year-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? 37 years
How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? We provide affordable housing both ownership and rental, advocacy and policy work, youth and adult leadership ans development, Wealth building through financial education classes and Business development .
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: Aurora St Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC) has been working in S/U community since 1982 - ASANDC believes the work we do will continue to strengthen and to build livable and vibrant S/U for the young and the old, for families and their children, and individuals. ASANDC started out as a crime watch group to address the crime, safety and quality of life issues in the community. We since have grown our services to further build a strong community by addressing the poor housing stock in S/U. ASANDC has been responsible for improving and enhancing the overall stability, health, and wellness, and leading many initiatives that ensure the constituents of the S/U have a voice in what happens in the neighborhood since 1982. ASANDC wants and plans to continue this work as mentioned to to make our S/U neighborhood the best neighborhood it can be welcoming those that want the same. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: Leadership and the knowledge in running a non profit 5o1c3. A long history working with S/U Planning Council, we understand what a planning council is , does, and why is was formed. Fund development, Fiscal responsibility, Deep Understanding of Board governance, Board experience, and the knowledge of board relationship to staff. A great wealth of knowledge on St Paul City Processes and procedures. ASANDC will bring, already in place, good working relationships that it has with many City heads and staff of several City departments ASANDC is seen as a trusted organization by many in this community , we bring that reputation to the board so that S/U can better connect with the community in building stronger relationships with both residents and other organizations. Last, but not least, ASANDC is an organization that has a high level of cultural competence.
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 why you are running for the SUPC Board: Serving the Summit-University neighborhood as a SUPC board member allows me to the opportunity to share the core values of Unity Church (wonder, open-hearted, engagement, courageous action) with the larger community. Being thoughtful about how the city's agenda impacts our community, listening carefully to those whose voices are not always heard, and taking careful action to build capacity in our neighborhoods is a great honor and an important way for me to live my values in the world. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: I will continue to show up, offer support, engage our congregation with the work of the SUPC (including financial support), learn, listen, and ultimately work to practice inclusion and equity in all of my actions.
Urban Farm and Garden Alliance
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Ramsey Hill Association
How long has the organization been in St. Paul? Since 1972
How has the organization been involved in community service in the past? We organize neighborhood events such as Meet and Greets, National Night Out events, operated an historic house tour and annually award thousands of dollars in grants to local non-profits that serve children and youth in our community.
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: RHA has many years of activism and accomplishments in the areas of historic preservation, crime prevention, community engagement, beautifying parks and gardens as well as providing financial support to youth-serving organizations. Both RHA and SUPC have a mission of improving our community and hope to continue to coordinate our efforts in the future.
Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: A member of the RHA Board will be an active participant in SUPC Board activities and can provide communication between the two organizations.. We believe it is crucial to coordinate and align efforts wherever possible, especially with regards to providing feedback and input to the City regarding policies and actions that impact our neighbors, lives, and livelihoods.