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As we gather and give thanks for all the things in life we cherish, we ask you to consider making a year end gift to the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, so we can continue working with you to make Lyndale one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The end of the year is a special time for nonprofits, a time that determines their direction for the coming year and lets organizations put the financial resources in place to accomplish their missions.
Leading up to Minneapolis's mayoral election, with one of the largest ballots the city has seen, Lyndale did its part in getting out the vote. Joining the many people canvassing the streets of Minneapolis, Lyndale staff and volunteers canvassed the blocks of Lyndale to educate community members about Ranked Choice Voting. We also utilized the opportunity to speak about LNA and to learn about the needs and desires of the neighborhood's community members.
As LNA staff and a Lyndale community member, I tend to go to a lot of community events, activities, and programs. At these events I end up meeting a lot of amazing and incredible people whose commitment to community building always inspires me. I first met Hareda Sidow when she was a member of the first Somali cohort of the Women’s Leadership Program. I noticed how welcoming and warm she seemed and loved her energy. Flash forward a year and I am sitting in the morning ESL class and I hear “Hola, como estas?” and turn around to see Hareda walking in with her amazing smile.
The thank you notes were all written and sorted. And off we went with a great group of Lyndale Walkers, neighborhood volunteers, and LNA staff ready to head out, knock on doors, and greet folks with a thank you for everything they do to help others
Every November the Lyndale Walkers volunteer to hand deliver thank you notes to community members who have, in some way, made someone’s day brighter. Notes thanking people who have given a helping hand, volunteered for neighborhood activities, have been a good neighbor or friend, were dropped off at the Lyndale Community Center.
On Sunday, November 17th over 200 notes were hand delivered and it was priceless to see the surprise and happiness on recipients faces.
For the second year in a row, the Glenda Clayton Make a Wish Foundation is having their Toys for Tot event at the Lyndale Community Center. This event brings hundreds of people into the community center to choose toys for their children. Last year the event served 800 families – meaning approximately 2,400 children who may not have otherwise received gifts for the holidays.
It's getting to be that most wonderful time of the year, which means Lyndale's annual La Posada celebration. This year's event will be Saturday, December 14th from 4:00 - 7:30pm at Lyndale School. Please save the date!
Lyndale’s La Posada is based on the traditional Latin American holiday celebration, which means lots of food, dancing, singing, and merrymaking. There will be activities for the kids as well as photos with Santa. This is a fun opportunity to connect with other community members in a festive, family environment.
There are many things to love about Lyndale and the people who make up this community. Our diverse community members have worked hard to keep the neighborhood safe, vibrant, and sustainable. As the holiday season approaches we would like to encourage you to Give to the Max on November 14th, 2013. Give to the Max Day is a state-wide initiative that encourages all Minnesotans to give to their favorite nonprofits.
Join us for a special Give to the Max Happy Hour at Pat's Tap on Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 to 7:00. For everyone who donates between now and then we'll buy you a drink at the Happy Hour! Even if you don't donate or want to give in a different way, come and join us for a fun, neighborhood Happy Hour.
For some volunteers, administrative tasks aren’t all that appealing. But for volunteer Pam Haag, she loves the chance to label postcards, open returned mail, or sort papers. Matter of fact, she loves volunteering with LNA so much that she has committed to volunteering at the office twice a month for the foreseeable future!
Normally I’m not a big fan of people telling other people to steal from us, but at a recent gathering of neighborhoods it was one of the nicest compliments I’ve heard in years.
In mid-October current and future 10th Ward neighborhoods and business associations came together at a gathering organized by Council Member Meg Tuthill to share with each other what they’re working on, upcoming events, and shared challenges.
At the meeting we heard a lot about environmental initiatives other neighborhoods were working on, the twin challenges of raising money and getting more people involved, along with a deep passion for bringing people together to improve their community. It was reassuring and inspiring to see such a deep commitment to neighborhoods across the Ward.
This meeting afforded an opportunity for the Crime and Drug Committee to tour the City’s 911 facilities, through a connection between a former 911 staff member, who is now our Crime Prevention Specialist (CPS) Amy Lavender and a shift supervisor Sara Boucher-Jackson. The umbrella for all activities at the 911 center is known as Minneapolis Emergency Communication Center (MECC), located in the basement of City Hall. The Emergency Operations Center which is used as a back-up to MECC is located at 37th and Marshall NE, in Minneapolis
About Get Involved
Here at Lyndale we want you to get involved in your neighborhood. Whether it's with LNA or another one of the great organizations serving our community. To find out more about getting involved in Lyndale contact Aryca at 612.824.9402 x 26.
Saturday, December 144:00 pm to 7:30 pm
¡Ya viene lo mejor tiempo del año! Júntate con nosotros para el gran evento anual de La Posada donde habrá comida, Santa, aguinaldos, comunidad y más.
The most wonderful time of year is coming! Join us at our grand annual event, La Posada. There will be delicious food, Santa, gifts, community, and more!
Event Ambassadors/Embajador de evento:
It’s that time again! La Posada is just around the corner and there are many opportunities to help out with this great event. Tamales, dancers, community, and Santa all make this one of the most special events of the season. We’ll need help with set up, food service, activity helpers, clean up, children wrangling, and just general help with the merriment. Contact Aryca (email@example.com – 824-9402 ext. 26) to learn more about each opportunity and to sign up for a shift.