Ways to Support the Minneapolis Community
Our local community is important to us, and they need us now more than ever. Here's how you can do your part to help the businesses and people that rely on our support. We will continue to update as we find more resources.
How to Help Rebuild & Donate to the Minneapolis Community
Minneapolis neighborhoods and businesses are in need of our help following the death of George Floyd. Help support the community by joining neighborhood cleanups, assisting with food drives, and contributing to donations. Here are some resources to support the rebuilding of the Minneapolis community.
- We Love Lake Street: The Lake Street Council in Minneapolis is collecting donations to support small businesses and nonprofits that need to rebuild
- The Neighbors United Funding Collaborative: helping the Midway + Union Park small business and nonprofit community rebuild their storefronts during this time of need.
- Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition: has joined together to help with the clean-up of small businesses, starting with businesses along the Lake Street, Midway and East Saint Paul business corridors then allocate resources throughout the Twin Cities.
- Support the Cities: assessing where clean up efforts and donations will be most needed, and will share that information on its Facebook page.
- Northside Funders Group: all donations received currently will go to support businesses that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
- GoFundMe Donations for Damaged Restaurants: crowd-funded efforts to assist the owners of restaurants in the Twin Cities area, including Midtown Global Market and Gandhi Mahal.
- Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: contributions will help Rebuilding Together Twin Cities provide critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, who are older adults, individuals living with disabilities, families with children and active and retired members of the armed services.
- Twin Cities Aid Map: find up-to-the-minute donation drop-off and distribution sites around the Twin Cities.
- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: has been putting together multiple donation drives.
- Headwaters Foundation for Justice: this non-profit advocates for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice.
- Friends of Hennepin County Library: requesting donations for the Local Library Equity Fund to help restore libraries in neighborhoods that sustained damage as well as tackling poverty and inequality facing the Twin Cities community.
- Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund: a Black-owned distillery is raising funds to support Black and Brown companies affected by the damage.
- North Central University George Floyd Scholarship Fund: donate to contribute toward the educational promise of aspiring young black American leaders.
- Better Together MPLS: a group of small businesses across the Twin Cities have come together to raise money and support Lake Street’s small businesses.
Ways to Support the Community Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
1. Order takeout or delivery
While dining in may not be an option, there are plenty of places that are currently offering takeout or delivery (and even curb-side pick-up!) Check out these dining resources:
- Restaurants offering takeout:
- Restaurants offering takeout/delivery in the North Loop:
- Restaurant closures:
- Restaurants offering free lunches while schools are closed:
- Best takeout restaurants:
- Restaurants in the metro offering curbside pickup:
- #SaveTwinCitiesEats Initiative (Purchase take-home dining, offers or unique experiences)
2. Tip well if possible
With restaurants and bars being temporarily closing to dining in, our servers, who rely on tips, are losing an important source of their overall income. In order to support them, if it's financially feasible for you, please continue to tip (even for takeout), and tip well!
3. Order things online
Many of us are finding ourselves working from home full-time, maybe for the first time ever. And we want to make sure we're comfortable, stocked up, and prepared! From stylish planners and desk accessories, to cozy sweaters, to local art pieces that will spruce up your feng shui, there are plenty of ways to support local businesses while also doing something nice for yourself. Check out all the shops offering curbside pick-up at this time.
4. Stay stocked with local brews
Stock up on local brews at participating grocery stores, or check out the local breweries offering beer to go. Many are offering curbside pickup of crowlers, growlers, bottles, and more. If you're planning on enjoying a few beverages while cozying up at home, be sure to drink local!
5. Buy gift cards
Buy gift cards for restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, hotels, attractions, theaters, museums, concert venues, boutiques, anywhere you can! Save them for a later date, or plan to give them as gifts.
6. Stream local musicians
Concerts may be cancelled or postponed, but our local artists aren't giving up. Many of them are planning to live stream shows to provide us with some much needed entertainment at home. Some are even streaming live music daily. Check out this schedule to find out when to tune in.
7. Follow local artists on social media, and buy their art
Let's show our local artists some love by supporting them and their work. Follow artists on social media, share their posts, and if you are financially able, buy something from them. Treat yourself to those earrings, invest in a piece of art for your living room, try out some new glassware -- now is the time. Minnesota Makers features over 100 local artists, and you can shop their items online.
8. Donate to community organizations
While many of us are lucky to be able to work from home and stock up at the grocery store, others are struggling to find their next meal. Let's come together and help those in need. Organizations like Second Harvest Heartland are working to make sure those who are in need of food/meals will get them. From donating food to volunteering your time, there are plenty of ways to help out. See our list of community organizations and their efforts here.
9. Maintain your gym membership
If you're a member at a local gym, don't cancel your membership (if it's financially feasible for you). It's a tough time, especially for small studios, so keeping your monthly dues will help immensely. Many studios are also offering virtual or online classes to replace in-studio sessions (check your studio's website or social media channels to see if this is an option). One of our local favorites, Basecamp Fitness, is offering at-home workout ideas and classes via Instagram. Another favorite of ours, YogaFit, is now offering 45-50 virtual classes a week, and are posted on their YouTube channel so people can access them at any time.