As the unjust killing of George Floyd and the destruction from riots in the city have caused us to ask "how can we respond?" we want to be a Christ-Centered and Christ-Sent people seeking to bless the city in the midst of these trying times.
After an overwhelming response to immediate needs that emerged in the first couple weeks of the aftermath, we're now turning our focus towards supporting ministries that are long-time experts in the issues most affecting our city at this time. We will be updating our website with those opportunities, but here are the current recommendations:
Serve with Community Emergency Services
While we've been able to organize and collect a sizeable donation of personal hygiene products to CES, they need volunteers to help in the distribution of those products and food throughout the coming weeks. An application process is necessary and can be found at: https://www.cesmn.org/ces-
Donate to our Minneapolis Relief Fund
We've started a brand new fund to help meet the immediate needs in our city and to support the long-term work of God's justice being established in the city of Minneapolis. 100% of donations to this fund will go to funding established relief projects and contributing to historically black church communities disproportionately affected by things like COVID 19, systematic injustice, and the destruction that took place during the recent riots.
Just go to https://firstfreempls.
Partner with Source
From the Source website:
"The loss of George Floyd’s life was a terrible tragedy, since he died at the hands of those who were supposed to protect him. We see that what was started as a tragedy and injustice would not only be a conduit for historic change in police and political culture but also for racial reconciliation and restoration throughout our culture and society. Each of us needs to first search our minds and actions to discover ways we need to change. Then we need to voice the need for change in our own networks and congregations, using our influence to spread racial reconciliation and restoration."
Ways to get involved with Source
- Lake St Food Crisis Response: 20 tons of fresh produce/diaper giveaway every Saturday in June – 10,000 meals for the homeless and displaced volunteers needed
- A Month of Prayer, Serving & Art
- Food Donation and Distribution Info
- Mural Project and Art Show
- Let the Healing Begin Art Show
- Bikes for Lake St
- Get Involved