Frogtown Gardens: Tapping Immigrant Farming Traditions in an Inner-City Neighborhood
Nothing brings people together like food, or inspires collaboration like gardening and cooking. The mission of Frogtown Gardens is to make our neighborhood a greener, healthier place. We dig, plant and weed. We share the joys of urban harvests. In an area with minimal green space and limited access to locally grown food, we work to preserve and enhance green places, to demonstrate the value of gardening for food, and to advocate for healthy development in the neighborhood we call home.
Braham Community Center
Lakes & Pines Community Action Council is working with the City of Braham & a local non-profit, Tusen Tack, to construct a community center for the residents of Braham to utilize for community meetings, senior dining & youth recreation. Currently, the City of Braham and its residents do not have a community facility to utilize. The City Council chambers are often used for community meetings, but the building code dictates that the room can only have 50 occupants. This situation is inadequate when over 1200 people reside in the City.
African Community School
We have collaborated with the Jewish Family and Children's Service to implement a programs for seniors called "Generations Online". This program is funded by Digital Inclusion to bring technology closer to seniors who wish to learn the "ins" and "outs" of e-mail and the Internet. Classes are available for all seniors 50 years of age and older from 10:00am until 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Southeast Minnesota SHIP
Southeast Minnesota SHIP is a nine (9) county collaborative partnership in Southeastern Minnesota. In the spring of 2009, the Minnesota Department of Health released an RFP for a new initiative - SHIP - Statewide Health Improvement Program. This program's goals are to help Minnesotans live longer, better healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease.
African Families Development Network - What We Do
One of our many collaborations is with the Jewish Family and Children's Service. Our collaboration is the Generations Online Program funded by the Digital Inclusion Fund to empower the seniors in our community with the basic knowledge of Internet e-mail use.
We also have a collaboration with Minnesota Home Ownership Center. Our programs provide future homeowners, who are immigrants and refugees, mostly from African countries, who have relocated to Minnesota. This programs allows them to realize a dream that might not be possible in their native land.
Voice: Community Building Initiative
Voice represents a collaboration between the Sabes Jewish Community Center (Sabes JCC), Jewish Community Action (JCA) and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation with the goal of engaging and connecting the Russian-speaking Jewish elderly community in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. With the current leadership of Lyudmyla Petrenko, Community Organizer and Programmer, VOICE provides programming opportunities for this Russian-speaking population to address the key concern of this group: social isolation from the broader Jewish and general communities.
Riverlan Community College Disc Golf Course
SHIP and our Collaborative Partners focus on broad, sustainable, evidenced-based changes to the policies, sytems and environments that exist in our schools, community, worksites and healthcare systems that will make it easier for our residents to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives. In Freeborn County we were looking for ways to increase access to recreational facilities, particularly to high risk and underserved population. The activities needed to be free and open to all the residents. The monetary investment reguired to participate in the activity was also a main factor.