The Seward Neighborhood Group was established in 1960 to make the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis a better place to live, work, and play.

SNG is a volunteer-driven organization with an elected Board of Directors and these currently active committees:

* Community Development

* Crime and Safety

* Environment

* Fundraising

* History

* Restorative Justice

Seward Neighborhood Group – 2010 Accomplishments

>Re-started a home improvement loan program and hired a Housing Coordinator

>Won a CURA grant to stage a concert series in Matthews Park showcasing East African cultures in Seward

>Worked with Seward Redesign to implement goals from Franklin Avenue Planning, including: advocating for changes to the City’s planned improvements to the Cedar/Franklin Ave. intersection; promoting community involvement in shaping plans for the reconstruction of Riverside Avenue; and approving a loan from NRP funds to help a new restaurant move into the old Seward Co-op space

>Collaborated with neighborhood businesses and over 30 Block Clubs on National Night Out

>Coordinated residents’ discussion groups, weekly Sewing Circles, and the Seward and Somali Weavers’ Collective in the Seward Towers

>Worked with gardeners to establish a long-term lease with the city for the Hub of Heaven Garden site

>Won a two-year grant from the McKnight Foundation to support general operations

>Coordinated with Seward Redesign and other neighbors a vigil, community forum, and memorial fund for victims’ families in the wake of the Seward Market murders

>Community Development, Crime and Safety, Environment, and History Committees organized neighborhood action throughout the year on pedestrian safety, requests for building variances, the routing of high-voltage transmission lines, preserving neighborhood history archives, and many other issues

>Coordinated Garage Sale Days in May with over 100 sales

>Collaborated with the online Seward Neighbors' Forum (forums.edemocracy.org/groups/ mpls-seward) and Seward Profile news blog (sewardprofile.posterous.com) and created a SNG Facebook page (facebook.com/sewardneighborhood) to better inform residents about current news and events

>Supported the 11th Annual Seward Arts Festival, with dozens of local artists and businesses participating

>Worked with Seward residents who won a Hennepin County grant to carry out an Enhanced Recycling pilot project in Seward, slated to begin in fall 2010; also, after over a year of requests, Seward residents successfully lobbied the City of Minneapolis to implement an Organics Collection pilot program in part of the neighborhood, starting in fall 2010

>Formed a Fundraising Committee to create a more stable financial base for years to come

>Supported the Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Program, which accepted 25 referrals in 2010, resulting in $1500 returned to the community and 75 hours of community service

>Celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of SNG!!!

You can help add to the list in 2011! Contribute to SNG, and make Seward a better place to live, work, and play.

Join the Conversation

...

Organization Information

  • Summary

    The Seward Neighborhood Group was established in 1960 to make the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis a better place to live, work, and play.
  • Reports

  • Web

  • Email

87 Fans

Also fundraising for this cause