Mission & Values

Our Mission

The mission of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is to be the vehicle for our community members to shape their neighborhood.

Our Vision

Our vision is to engage our diverse community members to build a safe, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhood.

Our Values

LNA’s values represent the approach we bring to our work. They are a valuable testament to how important community members are as people and a recognition of what they bring to the table.

Building a Working Multi-Cultural Community  

LNA believes the neighborhood’s diverse population and diverse housing stock is an asset to the community that is best utilized when people understand each other and when connections are made across the neighborhood’s diverse communities. LNA further believes that building strong bonds and bridging relationships between community members makes the neighborhood healthier by providing people with the connections they need to pool their resources to take advantage of opportunities to improve their quality of life and address issues in the community.

Asset Based Organizing

LNA believes the most effective way to improve the neighborhood is to start with the assets that already exist in the community. LNA further believes that community members, through their ideas, time, and energy, are the neighborhood’s most important asset. We reject traditional client service models that demean people in need because we believe all community members are important and bring skills and abilities to the table.

Civic Engagement

LNA believes all community members have the right and responsibility to be involved in determining the neighborhood’s direction. LNA further believes that neighborhood organizations play a vital role in  Minneapolis’ civic ecosystem by providing a positive vehicle for people to channel their energy and ideas and that LNA has an important role to play in shaping Minneapolis’ future.

Sustainability

LNA believes the organization has an important role in helping to create a more sustainable community where there is a balance between the resources we use and the resources we create. LNA further believes that a truly sustainable community works towards achieving the sustainability of all of its resources, including human, environmental, housing, transportation, economic, and recreational.

Flexibility

LNA believes it is important to be an organization that is open to different approaches and that we should be willing to try new things with thought and intention.

Service Area

LNA proudly serves the Lyndale neighborhood of Minneapolis: Lake Street to 36th Avenue and 35W to Lyndale Avenue S.