Looking for ways to help? Here are some community, donation resources in Twin Cities | KSTP.com

Looking for ways to help? Here are some community, donation resources in Twin Cities

A mural is painted Thursday near the scene where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell. A mural is painted Thursday near the scene where George Floyd died in Minneapolis.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: June 24, 2020 02:46 PM
Created: May 30, 2020 06:27 PM

The recent events happening in the Twin Cities have resulted in damaged and burned down businesses, creating further issues for community members.

Rioting in Minneapolis and St. Paul, stemming from the death of George Floyd, continue to rage in the metro. Four Minneapolis Police officers were fired in connection to the incident, including Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Many community groups and resources are out there to help with everything from food donations to grabbing cleaning supplies and heading to Lake Street in Minneapolis, and there are many ways for individuals to help out in times of need.

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Here are some resources and tips for those looking to provide aid for those in need of assistance.

  • South Minneapolis Mutual Aid Autonomous Zone Coordination is continuing their efforts amongst the community in taking care of residents in the south side of the city. People on Facebook can join the group, where many have provided donations to those in need.
  • Hunger Solutions Minnesota works with both state and federal government to advance programs that tackle hunger on the large scale, according to their website. They work with food banks and shelves to distribute food on the smaller scale. 
  • Neighbors United Funding Collaborative is a nonprofit fundraiser supporting the Hamline Midway Coalition in St. Paul. According to its website, Midway United is a local fund focused on strengthening the community. They have a $500,000 goal.
  • Support the Cities, a community service group on Facebook, are working to help neighborhoods and small businesses affected by the recent events. They also accept donations to the Emergency Food Fund.
  • We Love Lake Street is an organization that is donating 100% of its donations directly to small businesses and nonprofits in the Lake Street community to help them rebuild their storefronts and serve its neighborhoods.
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is accepting donations to help rebuild the community after the recent damage caused in Minneapolis.
  • "Pop-up" food pantries are being established from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Emerson and Broadway avenues in North Minneapolis and at the intersection of Central and Lexington avenues in St. Paul.
  • Twin Cities Donation Drive is accepting donations in Minneapolis at El Burrito Mercado on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.
  • A GoFundMe page, Midtown Global Market Mend, is accepting donations to help repair damage at Midtown Global Market, which is home to 45 small businesses on Lake Street in Minneapolis.
  • A GoFundMe page, Help Minnesota Transitions Charter Schools, is accepting donations to help rebuild buildings that were damaged during the riots. The schools serve grades 7-12.
  • A GoFundMe page, 701-707 E. Lake Street Fund, is accepting donations for businesses looted and vandalized in the area. Businesses impacted include La Michoacana Purepecha, Total Wireless, Granny's Helpful Hands and El Chuci Market. 
  • YMCA food distribution is available at select YMCA's in the Twin Cities, you can find which locations at the link. Pick up is available Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Loaves and fishes are accepting donations and serving the community
  • The City of Minneapolis has numerous options on their website to help out. 
  • Iron Pub in Uptown is asking for donations to help rebuild the establishment, which was severely damaged and looted. 
  • A GoFundMe page, Give to Asian Businesses Harmed by Unrests, is asking for donations.
  • A GoFundMe charity, African Economic Development Solutions, is asking to help rebuild businesses affected by the recent unrest in the Twin Cities.
  • Minneapolis Public Schools says it doesn't have the staff to efficiently redistribute more resources and is asking people to donate to AchieveMpls in the name of the school you wish to support or a Minneapolis food shelf.
  • Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is organizing a collection of basic needs on Thursday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Changing Lives.
  • Christ In You The Hope Of Glory Ministries in Minneapolis is receiving donations every Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Distributing starts on June 6 at noon and every Saturday until further notice.
  • Chicago Lake Dental created a GoFundMe page to help with costs toward damages caused by riots that happened last week.
  • Lyndale Community School has come together with the YMCA on W. 34th Street and Blaisdell Avenue to start a pop-up pantry. They are asking for donations, such as baby wipes, hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, sunscreen, lotion and more. 
  • The Sports Dome, located in the Midway Neighborhood of St. Paul, created a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the store after it was burnt down in a fire during the civil unrest last week.
  • Christ Church International said it will provide bags and boxes of groceries and household essentials from noon to 2 p.m. each of the Saturdays in June.
  • A Twin Cities Aid map has been created and is updated throughout each day with needs from multiple locations. It is a 100% volunteer effort called the Twin Cities Mutual Aid Project.
  • Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union is accepting curbside donations at three drop-off locations in the Twin Cities. The locations include their branches of Lafayette in St. Paul, Roseville and the University of Minnesota. Donations will be accepted until June 30. Specific needs to items include non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, diapers and baby formula. 

Have other places that are providing aid surrounding the unrest in the Twin Cities? Email us. KSTP will update this list as more options are made available.

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