Nothing we say or do can bring George Floyd back to life. But where we direct our time and resources moving forward speaks volumes. The roundup that follows includes community leaders organizing clean-up events and donation drives, fundraisers for damaged businesses, nonprofits working toward social and racial justice, scads of fantastic Black-owned businesses and arts organizations to support, and more.
The list is a work in progress; if you spot outdated information or know of a great organization we should be promoting, email us at email@example.com or send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Please give what you can — money, time, love — and share it with friends and neighbors near and far. Together we will heal.
1. Follow South Minneapolis Mutual Aid on Facebook for a frequently updated calendar of food drives, pop-up grocery distribution centers, and community clean-up events. The Twin Cities Aid Map is another excellent resource for finding up-to-the-minute donation drop-off and distribution sites.
2. City Joy, a community service organization and subsidiary of Minneapolis’ Bethlehem Baptist Church, has founded Support the Cities to organize clean-up events and donation drives. Follow the link to request help with gathering goods and rebuilding, or to volunteer and donate funds and supplies.
3. Donate to the Neighbors United Funding Collaborative‘s GiveMN campaign to raise money to help rebuild small businesses and nonprofits in the Union Park and Hamline Midway neighborhoods of St. Paul. So far, they’ve raised $676,387 out of a $1,000,000 goal.
4. The Lake Street Council is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to using 100 percent of its donations to rebuilding small businesses and nonprofits in the Lake Street community. Its own office building was torched in the fires. Follow @visitlakestreet for more information and donate via GiveMN.
5. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Longfellow has been running numerous donation drives; check their Facebook page for the most up-to-date information. Other shelf-stable donations can be dropped off at Little Earth of United Tribes in Minneapolis and with the ShayCares pop-up at the corner of Lexington Parkway North and Central Avenue West in St. Paul. The latter was organized by comedian Shay Webbie; check her Facebook page for details.
6. The Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul had its windows smashed in the rioting. This essential organization hosts cultural events, provides the community with citizenship and ESL classes, and houses a Hmong museum and library. Support its vital work by donating here.
7. Hire BIPOC artists, designers, illustrators, photographers, podcasters, and animators for your upcoming projects. Here’s a short list to get you started: Wale Agboola, Ta-Coumba Aiken, Noah Lawrence-Holder, Paul Akama Egbe, Emma Eubanks, Leeya Rose Jackson, KP Inspires, Sharp Design Co., and Kehayr Brown.
8. Support Black-led agriculture. Dawn2Dusk Farm is a sustainable, organic, 20-acre vegetable farm in Cambridge co-owned by Moses Momanyi and Lonah Onyancha. Earlier this year, the Kenya-born couple (pictured above) invited fellow immigrants to farm on their land; they’ve also taken over a community garden in Minneapolis to showcase demo plots for urban youth. Pre-order your vegetables online and schedule a pick-up at one of three local farmers’ markets (Mill City, Fulton, or Kingfield).
Equally notable: Naima’s Farm, founded by Somali-American organic farmer Naima Dhore. She and her husband grow carrots, kale, and Swiss chard on an eighth-acre plot at Big River Farms in Marine on Saint Croix.
9. Pimento Jamaican Kitchen is accepting donations for frontline families affected by the shuttering of local stores. They were requesting groceries and household goods, but check their social media for the most up-to-date needs. Also: Order food here! This is one of our Top 5 takeout spots in Minneapolis; the slow-roasted jerk pork and braised oxtail are outta this world.
Looking for other Black-owned restaurants, bars, and bakeries to back in the Twin Cities? Dial up Meseret (our new favorite Ethiopian restaurant), Soul Bowl (see No. 29 on this list), Trio Plant-Based (No. 35), Wholesoul Eatery (No. 38), Breaking Bread (No. 41), Dragon Wok Delivery (No. 62), or a zillion other spots.
Any shortlist should include Afro Deli, Capitol Cafe, Wendy’s House of Soul, The Red Sea Ethiopian, Thigh Times Birdhouse, Mama Sheila’s House of Soul, Smoke in the Pit, Handsome Hog, Selam Coffee, Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe, Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, MaMaTi’s African Kitchen, Solomon’s Bakery, PJ Murphy’s Bakery, Fasika Ethiopian, Angelea’s Soul Food Kitchen, Agelgil Ethiopian, Jambo Africa Restaurant, Tommie’s Pizza, Sammy’s Avenue Eatery, Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbecue, Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant, Breakfast Bar, and Milton’s Vittles, Vino, and Beer.
Worth following as well: House of Gristle for pop-ups and catering; The Dripping Root, a juice bar aiming to launch this summer and raising funds here; El Norte Kitchen, which is on COVID-19 pause for the moment; and Cajun Twist, a terrific NOLA-style eatery reopening in fall.
10. Donate to the Headwaters Foundation For Justice, a non-profit catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. It is one of Minnesota’s highest-rated charities per Charity Navigator.
11. Be a cheerleader for the work of Cookie Cart, which provides 15-to-18-year-old teens in North Minneapolis with work and leadership training through its urban nonprofit bakery. (Plus: cookies!)
12. Rally behind Black Visions Collective, a Black-led, queer and trans-centering organization whose mission is to “organize powerful, connected Black communities and dismantle systems of violence [by] building strategic campaigns, investing in Black leadership, and engaging in cultural and narrative organizing.”
13. Support All Square, a civil rights social enterprise that aims to reduce recidivism while also making the best damn grilled cheese sandwiches in the Twin Cities. Its mission: “To invest in the minds and lives of those impacted by the criminal justice system by providing paychecks, power, and pipelines to prosperity.” We were so impressed with this mighty operation, we named it our Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 20 and Minnevangelist co-founder Ashlea Halpern wrote it up for TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places issue.
14. The studios of La Raza 95.7 FM and 1400AM, the Twin Cities’ main Spanish-language radio station, were consumed by fires on Lake Street. (Its office was located one block east of the Third Precinct.) It has been off the air since last week. Follow @laraza957fm for updates on how to help. A GoFundMe has been set up here but has raised only $8,611 of its $500,000 goal.
15. Throw your weight (and wallet) behind Juxtaposition Arts, a.k.a. JXTA, a fantastic teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop, and studio space in North Minneapolis. Its programming includes visual arts literacy training for students ages 12 to 21; a free three-week aerosol painting summer camp; and paid youth art apprenticeships in graphic design, textiles and screen printing, contemporary art, and so much more. Alas, JXTA was also a victim of protest-related violence; the damage included broken windows and the theft of five computers. Donate here to help the organization recover some of its losses and to fund a community-policing program.
16. Read and share the reporting of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the oldest Black-owned newspaper in Minnesota, and Sahan Journal, a nonprofit news site dedicating to “chronicling the struggles, successes and transformations of immigrant communities in Minnesota.”
17. E & L Supermarket and Deli on Lowry Avenue sustained significant damage on May 29. Neighborhood resident Peyton Schuldt organized a GoFundMe for owner Adil Albosaad. Donate here. It has raised $10,598 of its $15,000 goal.
18. Fade Factory, a beloved North Minneapolis barbershop and community hub owned by Trevon Ellis, was gutted by fire damage. Its GoFundMe has exceeded its $100,000 goal, but you can still donate here.
20. Midori’s Floating World Café, opened by Japanese woman Midori Mori-Flomer 17 years ago, suffered extensive damage from fires, looting, and broken glass. Donations made via the GoFundMe will go toward rebuilding the restaurant. It has raised $49,100 of its $75,000 goal. Donate here.
21. The headquarters of MIGIZI, a nonprofit Native American youth group founded in 1977, was burned to the ground. Its new space was just opened last year to serve as a home for urban Native youths. Help them reach their $200,000 GoFundMe goal by donating here.
22. The East Lake Library was badly damaged by smoke, water, and graffiti. The Friends of Hennepin County Library are requesting donations for the Local Library Equity Fund, which will “help restore the libraries most affected by the recent unrest in Minneapolis” and go toward supporting patrons in historically marginalized communities.
23. El Sabor Chuchi is another family-owned restaurant that suffered significant property damage. Javier Tamay, the owner’s nephew and a junior at Great River School in St. Paul, has set up a GoFundMe. It has exceeded its $100,000 goal, but you can still donate here.
24. Midtown Global Market on Lake Street is home to 45 small businesses representing more than 20 cultures, ethnicities, and countries of origin. It suffered property damage and looting and has set a GoFundMe goal of $250,000. Donate here.
25. We were heartbroken to learn that Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore, the oldest independent science fiction bookstore in the country and our Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 4, burned to the ground amid the riots. Owner Don Blyly is making interim plans to operate a limited mail-order business; a GoFundMe campaign is trying to raise $500,000. Donate here.
26. Learn more about the Mapping Prejudice project from the University of Minnesota Library. In a nutshell: “We are a team of geographers, historians, digital humanists and community activists seeking to expose structural racism. We have led community members in the work of unearthing thousands of racial covenants that reserved land for the exclusive use of white people. This allowed us to build a map that shows how these racial restrictions were embedded in the physical landscape. We are expanding the geographic focus of our work to incorporate new communities. Please join us in this effort.”
27. Ingebretsen’s Nordic Marketplace, our Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 69, experienced broken windows and looting. They have asked that volunteers coming to Lake Street to help clean up either walk or bike down (parking is limited) and to bring donations of nonperishables, toiletries, and diapers. There are multiple donation drop-offs in the area; consult the Twin Cities Aid Map to find a location in need. Follow their Facebook page for updates on the reopening.
28. Family-run distillery Du Nord Craft Spirits suffered extensive fire and sprinkler damage. Chris and Shanelle Montana, who have been working for years to diversify Minnesota’s craft alcohol scene and hire more women and people of color, shared this message: “We have received a tidal wave of love and support from across the nation. Many have asked how they can help. Thanks to the support we have received and an impending insurance claim, we feel funds would be better directed to our sister businesses in distress. Therefore, Du Nord is establishing this fund to support black and brown companies affected by the riots. In the coming days we will add to the leadership team to bring in more business owners and community leaders. We are dedicated to rebuilding Minneapolis in a way that ensures our cultural beacons are restored.” Thus far, the couple has raised $554,474 of its $1,000,000 goal.
29. Chef Gerard Klass is a class act. The Soul Bowl founder has been partnering with local churches and organizations to provide free meals to families in need. Details for donating are outlined above. It’s also worth noting that Klass’ fried chicken sandwich is one of the best things we ate last year and a major reason we crowned Soul Bowl our Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 134. Lotsa options for vegan friends, too! To learn more about Klass’ plans to take over the fast-casual food world, one chicken sandwich at a time, read his extended Q&A in Minnesota Monthly with Minnevangelist co-founder Andrew Parks.
30. Share the work of painters Leslie Barlow, Maiya Lea Hartman, Lissa Karpeh, and others at Studio 400 in the Northrup King Building. This is a vital multidisciplinary studio space for young artists of color and others from traditionally underserved communities. To learn more about the ethos behind the space and the void it fills in the Twin Cities’ art scene, read our Northbound Q&A with Public Functionary’s Tricia Heuring. And follow the hashtag #creativesaftercurfew to see how this crew is painting our streets right now.
Side note: The Tanzania-born, Minneapolis-based Studio 400 artist Philipo Dyauli is selling $50 prints of A Tale of Two Cities, a brilliant painting of Lake Street that he completed shortly before it burned. All proceeds will be donated. It’s for sale here, along with numerous original works.
31. Hafsa Islam, daughter of Gandhi Mahal owner Ruhel Islam, released a statement after the restaurant burned to the ground following three days of protests at the nearby Third Precinct. “We were not going to set up a GoFundMe page, but realized that a number of the things we lost are not able to be replaced by insurance. When we rebuild we want to be able to replace our aquaponics system in the basement. And we want to be able to continue to provide a community space for people to gather. If you donate here, we will also use the funds to make food to support others in our community during this challenging time. We are looking into a temporary kitchen so that we can continue to provide takeout food. Thanks for your outpouring of support. And for continuing to demand justice for George Floyd.” They’ve now exceeded their $100,000 fundraising goal.
32. Pie & Mighty got its windows smashed but they’re still out there making delicious pies and now have a touching George Floyd mural, pictured above, on their boarded-up windows courtesy of Danii Twilight. Pre-order some pie and help this small biz get back on its feet.
33. Turf Club, our favorite small music venue in St. Paul, was flooded by sprinklers, but owner Dayna Frank is asking for funds to be donated to bigger causes like the George Floyd Memorial Fund, Reclaim the Block, and Minnesota Freedom Fund. Please note: Some of these higher-profile organizations, along with the Northside Health Collective, have already received millions in donations and requested that funds be redirected toward other smaller but still very worthy causes.
34. Support the storied Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, a 44-year-old local institution whose productions “illuminate the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.” Donate here. Other BIPOC theater, comedy, and dance outfits to put on your radar include activist-choreographer Maia Maiden of Maia Maiden Productions, comedy improv troupe Blackout, and African diaspora-minded performance group Brownbody.
35. Order cauliflower wings, BBQ jackfruit fries, and more from Trio Plant-Based, the only Black-owned vegan restaurant in Minnesota. Owner Louis Hunter, pictured above, started the restaurant after being charged with protesting the police killing of his cousin Philando Castile. He has raised $167,914 of a newly set $250,000 goal on his long-running GoFundMe campaign.
36. Extreme Noise, a collectively owned and operated punk record shop and one of our favorite local vinyl stores, was hit by looters. Their message: “Extreme Noise is very fortunate to be in the position that we will not need much financial support to get through this time. We will not ask for and will not accept donations, but will be having some special-edition shirts by local punk artists that were initially planned for the pandemic relief and will be printed by local non-profit Elpis Enterprises, which employs youth in the Twin Cities affected by homelessness.” They ask that monetary donations be directed to Norman’s Medical Fund, Justice 4 Jamar, MIGIZI, and Northside Funders Group. Donations of pet food and supplies should be made to People and Pets Together; other in-kind donations are welcome at Southside Harm Reduction and Indigenous Roots.
38. Hankering for some NOLA-style catering or delivery? Order your catfish po’boys, red beans & rice, and other soul food goodness from the Black woman-owned Wholesoul a Lavender and Sage Eatery, serving the Twin Cities and Burnsville.
39. Both the Freewheel Bike Midtown Bike Center (2834 10th Ave. S.) and The Hub Bike Cooperative (3016 Minnehaha Ave.) in Minneapolis have sustained serious property damage. Follow their accounts and the Hub newsletter for updates on how to help moving forward.
40. Volunteer with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), a nonprofit organization “actively committed to improve low-wage work conditions and fight for fair wages in the Twin Cities.” Give ’em a follow on Facebook and Instagram for information on upcoming food drives and fundraisers.
42. Follow the contemporary Native American gallery All My Relations Arts (our Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 123) and Native-run sister café Pow Wow Grounds for more information on how to volunteer with their community pantry.
43. Need a fun custom cake for your kiddo’s next birthday? Look up Nneka Sederstrom of Daughters & Sons Bakery, a Black woman-owned business in Prior Lake. For custom cakes, cake pops, cakesicles, cupcakes, cookies, and macaroons, look no further than gourmet baker Brandie Itman of Bella Nava Creations in Shakopee. Her whimsical Instagram proves that our only limitation is our imagination.
44. So many immigrant-and-family-owned restaurants, grocery stores, nightclubs, and shops on Lake Street were severely damaged or completely destroyed in the fires. These include Somali eatery Quruxlow, Ethiopian restaurant Addis Ababa, and Latino-owned businesses Carnicería La Huazteca, El Nuevo Rodeo, and Mercado Central, which houses 35 businesses under one roof. Keep an eye on Visit Lake Street’s Instagram and Facebook pages for more information on how to help with cleanup efforts or donate to specific Lake Street fundraisers.
Three that are are on our radar include (1) Diana Lucia Espitia Molano’s GoFundMe for the vendors of Mercado Central, which has raised $45,584 of its $300,000 goal. Donate here. (2) Jennifer Montano, niece of Pablo Hernandez (the co-owner of Scores Sports Bar), has started a GoFundMe for the Latino community affected by the unrest. It has raised $20,995 of its $100,000 goal. Donate here. And (3) Mowlid Khadar Jigre, whose father owns the Jigjiga Business Center on Lake Street, has set up a GoFundMe to help out Somali-owned businesses that were vandalized and looted. It has exceeded its $100,000 goal, but you can still donate here.
45. A message from ONE Fermentary & Taproom co-founders Ramsey Louder and Joseph Alton, posted on May 28: “We are heartbroken over the murder of George Floyd and the events of the past few days in Minneapolis. Systems of inequality that have persisted for generations in our country have time and again lead to tragedies such as this. Silence and inaction can be deadly as well. To help further process of real change, we would like to challenge you to take some sort of positive action. Educate yourselves about the history of inequality and injustice that has plagued POC for hundreds of years. Financially support organizations that are doing the work to effect systemic change, like Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Voices for Racial Justice. Critically assess your own thoughts, language, and actions. We are committed to doing our part and will donate a portion of our sales this week to Humanize My Hoodie. Stay safe and be kind to one another.” Note: ONE Fermentary & Taproom will reopen with patio seating on June 10 at 4 p.m.
46. Follow Avivo for updates on how you can help more than 60 individuals who were recently cleared from the Hiawatha homeless encampment near the protest site. Here is a list of urgent donation needs; here is a link for making monetary donations.
47. Lake Street isn’t the only neighborhood hurting right now. The Northside Funders Group, in partnership with the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, is trying to raise $2 million for small businesses in North Minneapolis impacted by recent events. So far, it has raised $2,014,202 of its $5,000,000 goal. Donate here.
48. Bedazzle yourself in the righteous pins, patches, and stickers of Minneapolis-based designer Gigi Berry. Shop the full collection at Gigi’s Flair Emporium, located within The Future boutique in Minneapolis.
50. Donate to Women for Political Change, which “holistically invests in the leadership and political power of young women and trans and nonbinary individuals throughout Minnesota.”
51. After the Covid-19 restrictions loosen, schedule a tour of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery in North Minneapolis and educate yourself on the legacy of African Americans in the North Star State. The space itself is small, but the issues it tackles are huge, covering everything from culture and sports to housing segregation and criminal justice reform.
52. The Somali Museum of Minnesota, our Reason to Love Minnesota No. 29, was also damaged, but good news — they’ve already exceeded their fundraising goal for repairs! When the basement museum reopens, we encourage everyone to visit and learn more about our local Somali community. While you’re at it, check out Isuroon, a grassroots nonprofit working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond, and the Soomaal House of Art, a Minnesota-based Somali art collective that provides exhibition and studio space, mentorships, and educational programming to Somali artists.
53. Shega Foods, an East African grocery store in Minneapolis, has been running multiple food drives. They’re actively recruiting volunteers to help with drop-offs and pick-ups, so reach out if you’re able to help. Otherwise bring non-perishable groceries, first-aid items, feminine hygiene products, diapers, baby formula, baby wipes, toilet paper, and paper towels.
54. Mother Co. plant shop in Minneapolis, our Reasons to Love Minnesota No. 70, has been running donation and pick-up drives for construction-grade materials, including offering sheet goods, lumber, steel, and glass. They’ve also offered welding, basic metal fabrication, basic framing construction, demo/volume rubbish removal, transport of excess supplies, delivery services, plants, grass, and landscape restoration to community members in need. Active drives are being posted to the shop’s Instagram page; call or text 612-293-9287 for more details.
55. Buy a bracelet from Epimonia, a social enterprise founded by a Somali-American entrepreneur and former refugee from Kenya. The bracelets are made from recycled life jackets worn by refugees in Greece and manufactured by refugees in a Minnesota factory. Fifty percent of the profits are donated to such organizations as Dream Refugee, Refugee 4 Refugees, The UN Refugee Agency, and the International Institute of Minnesota.
56. Get to know Black Table Arts, a nonprofit that organizes Black artists and leadership through writing workshops, conferences, open mic nights, poetry readings, podcasts, and more.
57. Get involved with Communities United Against Police Brutality, a group that monitors police abuse in Minnesota and advocates for permanent systemic change. CUAPB hosts meetings every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at 4200 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis.
59. Donate to the mutual aid fund for the Black Immigrant Collective, an advocacy group that offers legal support for deportation and detention and “makes visible the impact of immigration policy and law enforcement on Black immigrants.”
60. Introduce your kids to dolls and books from the new multicultural toy company Corage Dolls. The diversity-minded mission of founder Flora Ekpe-Idang, a Twin Cities transplant, is “to elevate, educate, and encourage girls of color to be unstoppable.”
61. Buy clothing and accessories from Minnesota-based POC fashion designers such as Ashley Jensen of Gilded Roots, whose brand is currently selling face masks made with Kente cloth and other African prints, plus T-shirts, bomber jackets, and harem pants. While you’re at it, check out the covetable goods of MOLARÁ, House of Talents, Akua Gabby, Designs By Taniguchi, Diays Designs, NSOD Clothing, Righteous Souls, Mab Mindz, Samantha Rei, Fulbekloset, Houston White, Right Justified, Hybrid Nation, Queen Anna House of Fashion, Isyoma Design, D.Nolo, Ramadhan Design, Luuli Collections, and Black Fashion Week MN.
62. Dragon Wok Delivery is another great Black-owned restaurant to get behind. It recently moved into a new location at 38th and Chicago — directly across the street from the Cup Foods where George Floyd was murdered. The restrictions surrounding COVID-19 were trying enough for the restaurant industry; with further unrest, the restaurant made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service operations. Now they’re focused on providing water and pans of fried rice to protesters and people who’ve come to mourn Mr. Floyd’s passing. A friend of Dragon Wok has set up a GoFundMe page to help the staff through this challenging time. Donate here.
63. Support the excellent multicultural programming at The Cedar Cultural Center, a non-profit performing arts organization in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. With the COVID-19 lockdown still partially in effect, they’ve unveiled the Cedar Public Access Channel, an artist-driven online content stream for concerts, interviews, discussions, archival recordings, and more.
64. Al Maa’uun, a Black-led, grassroots nonprofit with deep roots in North Minneapolis, has set up a LaunchGood campaign for the neighborhood. Donations will be used to purchase food, basic household supplies (including hand sanitizer and masks), and urgently needed medications. It has raised $366,840 of its $400,000 goal. Donate here.
65. Get to know the African Career, Education, and Resource (ACER), a nonprofit engaging African immigrants living in the north and northwest suburbs of Minneapolis “to advance equity and eliminate disparities for the area’s large and growing African community.” Donate here.
67. Wilderness Inquiry is all about inclusive outdoor adventure travel. The pioneering organization hosts more than 500 experiences a year, ranging from outdoor workshops to multi-day trips for urban youth, individuals with disabilities, and other nontraditional users of public lands and waterways. Contributions help fund scholarships for people with financial need and programs for underserved youth and families. Donate here.
68. Minnesota Voice is a member-based coalition of non-profit organizations working toward “permanent change in racial, social, an economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, especially focused in underrepresented communities.” Donate here. And don’t forget to vote!
69. Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits was burned to the ground in the riotous aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. Owner Jason Krause is trying to raise $20,000 to help out employees who lost their jobs. Donate here.
70. Volunteer with the Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition (MRRC) to help with clean-up efforts for small businesses. They’re currently working along business corridors on Lake Street, in Midway, and in East Saint Paul, but will soon allocate resources throughout the Twin Cities. Sign up from the homepage or donate here.
71. Get your caffeine fix from Wildflyer Coffee, a nonprofit specialty coffee company with a nine-month employment-training program for youth experiencing homelessness. “Systemic racism and inequality is a large piece of the overall puzzle for many of our employees,” write the co-founders. “The majority of the youth we serve are part of impacted minority communities.” Wildflyer has temporarily suspended operations so it can help its team members process, cope, and heal; donations are being accepted here.
72. Load up on chocolate chip cookies laced with caramelized jalapeños and other veggie-centric baked goods from youth-led social enterprise Green Garden Bakery. Based in Heritage Park in North Minneapolis, these young entrepreneurs grown their own vegetables in a community garden; bake them into healthy vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free desserts at a shared commercial kitchen; and then sell them at local markets, co-ops, and art festivals. Pricing is pay-what-you-want and proceeds go back into the community. Order desserts online here or donate to Green Garden’s Mighty Cause fundraising campaign here. To date, the kids have raised $8,459 of their $20,000 goal.
73. Root to Crown Healing & Wellness offers race-based trauma services, art therapy, and healing-centered yoga. A community-supported fund has been set up to provide therapy to BIPOC individuals experiencing the devastating “effects of racism, police brutality, and white supremacy.” Donate to the therapy fund here.
74. DreamHaven, a 43-year-old bookstore that specializes in new and used science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, and graphic novels, also suffered looting and property damage in the aftermath of the protests. Owner Greg Ketter has started a GoFundMe for the restoration of his shop; so far, he has raised $21,783 of his $25,000 goal. Donate here.
75. Get in the ring with Northside Boxing Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit boxing gym in North Minneapolis co-founded by pro boxers Phil “The Drill” Williams and Moe “The African Assassin” Marciano Kayongol. It opened in March 2016 as “a safe place to teach fundamentals about life, character, nutrition, education, and boxing.” Its Youth Boxing Program is free for ages 9 to 21; training includes boxing drills, technique work, running, and strength conditioning, and each session ends with a healthy meal. Donate here.
76. Better Together MPLS is a new fundraising campaign founded by a coalition of 14 local businesses and benefitting Urban Ventures, a non-profit staple of the Lake Street community for the past 27 years. Participating parties include Sota Clothing Co., North Made, Borealis Wool Co., Paddle North, Humble Apparel Co., and Gray Duck Clothing Co.; donations go toward the rebuilding efforts led by Urban Ventures. For every gift of $30 or more, donors receive a Better Together MPLS T-shirt. Donate here.
77. Modern Times Café in South Minneapolis has temporarily transitioned to a business model “whose sole purpose is to foster and support our greater community.” To that end, the staff has agreed to work as volunteers for the month of June. Ed Felien, who holds the deed to their building, has agreed to furlough their mortgage payment this month. They’re now serving a limited menu as a pay-what-you-wish, donation-based cafe, giving 100 percent of their profits to local BIPOC businesses and organizations affected by the tragedy.
78. And lastly, a message from Eastside Food Co-op: “Calling all artists and friends! We invite you to bring beauty and messages of solidarity to our boarded up windows. Help us create a community art piece! These boards are your canvas.”