"We believe our neighborhood is better when it's connected, when neighbors know each other, when those seeking help can get it, and when the feeling of home does not end at the doorstep. We believe our diversity and tolerance, and openness that make it possible, is our greatest strength. More than anything, we believe that change should not be feared or fought, but engaged as the very means of deepening what is best about us."
The Whittier Alliance teamed up with MCAD and prominent print maker Amos Kennedy to create these prints.
If you'd like one, stop by our office.
Your voice matters. Get Involved.
The Whittier Alliance is participating in a regional survey by the Fair Housing Implementation Council and is seeking feedback regarding affordable housing. The survey can be found in its entirety here. Your feedback is extremely important in helping policymakers prioritize resources to promote and eliminate barriers to fair housing. Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts about Whittier!
In addition to upcoming neighborhood focus groups and the online survey, we will periodically post individual survey questions on social media to allow for discussion.
More than ever, we need to be connected as a community, and to feel like there's a place for us where we live.
Whittier, just know: If you live here, we’re here for you. If you own a business, we’re here for you. Whether it’s been 40 years or 40 minutes, we are here. Born nearby or elsewhere, we are here.
In the coming year, we will be working to connect with everyone, to really listen to what matters to you about where you live. We will be working to make our home -- our immediate home -- more and more connected, and open, and caring, protective of those who need protecting, and celebratory of the most diverse - in the fullest sense of that word - 550 acres in the city of Minneapolis.
We ask that you join us. We'll be more in touch with plans in the time ahead. For now, stop by our office, call us, message us, email us, tweet us, tell us where you’re at and we’ll come to you.
The Whittier Alliance is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2017 Whittier Youth Microgrant! The grant provides financial assistance to non-profit community partners committed to enriching the lives of the young people living in the Whittier neighborhood.
Please read the attached cover letter for more information. Also attached: the youth microgrant application and budget template. Feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office with any questions.
We are excited to fund the next wave of youth programming in the Whittier community!
November 9, 2016 RFP distributed to youth serving organizations/made publicly available
November 30, 2016 Q&A session for interested applicants, RSVP requested;
4pm, Whittier Alliance office (10 E 25th St, Minneapolis 55404)
December 16, 2016 Responses due in to the Whittier Alliance office by 5pm
December 17-30, 2016 Review of Proposals
January 10, 2017 Providers and funding amounts chosen
January 12-19, 2017 Award letters distributed
December 31, 2017 Funding period ends
December 31, 2017 Reports due back in to the Whittier Alliance
Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: The community room at Cavalry Baptist Church located at 2608 Blaisdell Ave.
Please join Councilmember Lisa Bender and the Ward 10 neighborhood organizations on Thursday, November 10th for a community conversation around safety and policing. This will be a chance for ward 10 constituents to hear about recent and proposed investments in the city’s police department including body cameras, implicit bias and de-escalation training and hiring diversity strategies.
City staff will be on hand to share what steps city departments are taking to curb violence and crime from a holistic public health perspective. You will have the opportunity to weigh in and provide your thoughts on this topic in general as well as give feedback about budget proposals that include innovative and creative approaches to public safety. Featured speakers will include community advocates and city staff.
The mayor’s proposed budget is available here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/finance/budget/
Public hearings on the proposed budget and the City Council’s marked-up budget are scheduled for November 30 and December 7 beginning at 6:05 at City Hall.
Date: Thursday, November 10th
Time: 6:30 to 8:00pm
Location: The community room at Cavalry Baptist Church located at 2608 Blaisdell Ave. The community room is ADA accessible through the rear parking lot which can be accessed from 26th Street W. There is parking available on street and in the lot. Ample bicycle parking is provided along Blaisdell
Cohosted by CARAG, East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) – Minneapolis, MN, East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA), Whittier Alliance
Along with Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and Stevens Square Community Organization, the Whittier Alliance will be co-hosting a community discussion about street harassment* on Monday, October 24 from 7-8:30pm at MCAD. The Sexual Violence Center will be facilitating the discussion. All are welcome to attend.
*Street harassment is unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Monday October 24
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
2501 Stevens Av
Auditorium 150 in the south end of the building
The Sanneh Foundation, a 2016 Whittier Alliance youth micro-grant recipient, hosted a series of social impact soccer camps this summer at Whittier Park for youth ages 5-14. Here are some of the highlights:
-306 Whittier kids served
-17 days of programming offered
-90% of parents said their son/daughter learned or improved his/her soccer abilities because of the camps.
-90% of parents reported their son/daughter made new friends and developed a stronger appreciation of diversity because of the camps.
Great work, Sanneh Foundation!
For youth-serving organizations interested in making an impact on the young people of Whittier next year, the Whittier Alliance will be issuing its 2017 youth grant Request For Proposal later this Fall. If interested in learning more, contact Paul Shanafelt at 612-871-7756 or email@example.com.
The Whittier Alliance & Master Water Stewards are installing a rain garden in Whittier on Saturday, October 1 from 10am-5pm at 2422 Pillsbury Ave S. You are invited to learn, snack, chat, and dig if you like! There will be fun and learning for the whole family.
Why Rain Gardens?
Urban runoff carries pollutants into our lakes, streams
and rivers, causing unsightly and sometimes toxic
algal blooms, as well as other sorts of pollution that
are less visible but just as detrimental to water
quality. Raingardens help to capture and filter
runoff. Native wildflowers and grasses also provide
struggling bee and butterfly populations with high quality
food and habitat.
Whittier Rain Garden Social
Saturday, October 1
10am-5pm (feel free to drop by anytime)
2422 Pillsbury Ave S
Last Saturday's Whittier Bike Fair was a great success! On behalf of the Whittier community, the Whittier Alliance would like to thank Ivy Girdwood for coordinating the event, Sunrise Cyclery for hosting and for the free bike tune-ups, Bike Cops for Kids for issuing free helmets and water bottles to kids, Bob's Java Hut for the delicious coffee, and all of the volunteers who helped make the event possible. We might have to do this again next year!
A pop-up park has...popped up in the Kmart parking lot! The Whittier Alliance pitched in with the build and hosted the September Business Association meeting there. The park will be stationed at this location until October 14.
Monday, June 12th
Whittier Rec Center
(425 W 26th St)