Category Archives: Donation

November 19, 2020 eNews

Support the Armatage Neighborhood!

Support your neighborhood nonprofit with a donation on Give to the Max Day! Small or large, every  donation helps us engage community members, advocate for the neighborhood, and serve as a critical connector between residents and local government.

Visit…/Armatage-Neighborhood-Association to donate.

Welcome to New Board Members!

Congratulations to Vikisha Goberdhan and Ethan Komoroski on being elected to the ANA Board!  And thanks to everyone who joined to vote in this month’s Special Election.

At the November 17 meeting, the ANA Board approved year-end expenses, discussed proposed changes to the board and committee expectations and renewed staffing contracts for our Coordinator, Lauren Anderson, and our Accountant, Rachel Ireland-Henry.

Armatage Holiday Light Tour

Enjoy the colorful city streets and light displays of the Armatage Neighborhood this holiday season with our first-ever Holiday Light Tour from 5:00-8:00pm on Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 20.

Sign up for the Tour

Click here to register for the tour by Tuesday, December 8 and be a bright spot in the neighborhood this season! By signing up you agree to have your address published on the tour map. Just like our Halloween Tour, we’ll ask visitors to vote for their favorites after visiting each stop on the tour. The three addresses with the most votes will each win a $50 gift card to an Armatage business!

Palmisano Presents Tonight!

Email to attend Council Member Linea Palmisano’s community presentation and discussion on the Minneapolis’s proposed 2021 budget  tonight (Thursday, November 19) from 6:30-8:00pm.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling Survey

Got a few minutes? Take Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling’s survey on how your waste generation and purchasing behaviors have changed since March. The responses are anonymous and will serve as a guide for developing community outreach and educational messaging for 2021. The survey will close December 20 at 11:59 p.m. but don’t wait, fill it out today. Take the survey here.

Sign up for Snow Emergency Alerts

Snow season has arrived! Avoid a ticket and tow and help crews do a complete job plowing the streets by moving your car when a Snow Emergency is declared. In addition to the mailing the City of Mpls recently sent out to all residents, there are a few key things you can do to make sure you don’t miss a Snow Emergency alert:

Transforming Community Safety Survey Closes Friday

There’s just over a day left to provide your input on what community safety looks like and share your ideas about a new model of community safety for the City of Minneapolis. Your input will help inform efforts to expand and improve the public safety system, with the goal of ensuring that every single person in Minneapolis can trust they’ll be kept safe. Stay up to date on this process at

Survey links:

COVID-19 Housing Assistance

Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program helps cover housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities or other housing-related costs for eligible renters and homeowners in communities across the state. People in Minnesota interested in applying for assistance can call the Greater Twin Cities United Way’s 211 Resource Helpline at 651-291-0211, visiting or texting “MNRENT” or “MNHOME” to 898-211. The 211 Helpline has dedicated multilingual staff to answer questions about the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. You can also check the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program frequently asked questions.

Hennepin County also continues to offer emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at

Give Feedback on the Proposed 2020 Budget

Share your thoughts on Mayor Frey’s recommended 2021 City Budget by submitting a comment online or at an upcoming virtual public hearing:

  • 6:05pm on Wednesday, December 2
  • 6:05pm on Wednesday, December 9

Learn how to participate in online public hearings here. Comments submitted online will be entered into the public record and shared with the mayor and council members. The City Council is scheduled to vote on adopting the budget on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Visit the City’s website to learn more about the mayor’s recommended budget, key dates in the approval process, FAQs and more. You can also watch a series of videos on the City’s budget process.

New Stay Home Order Takes Effect Friday

Tomorrow (Friday, November 20), new statewide restrictions will go into effect to combat the dangerous spike in COVID-19 cases that has occurred this fall. Some of these changes include:

  • All bars and restaurants will end dine-in service and operate exclusively with takeout or delivery. This is a great opportunity to support our neighborhood businesses by getting take out!
  • Fitness centers and gyms will be closed.
  • Adult and youth sports practices and competitions will be paused (professional and collegiate sports will continue).
  • Minnesotans should not gather with anyone outside their immediate household, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • During the next four weeks, no person outside of the immediate household be brought into your home, except if certain exceptions apply.
  • Weddings, funerals, and other similar planned ceremonies can be held with the current rules in place, but all receptions and gatherings around these ceremonies must be canceled or postponed.

This is an incredibly challenging time for all. Learn more at

March 15, 2019 eNews

March 19, 2019 Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Park Update:
    • Park equipment needs for Spring & Summer
    • Summer Registration
    • Egg Hunt
  • Plan Modification: Funding for Mini Grants & Rain Gardens – Stacy Sorenson, City of Minneapolis Department of Neighborhood & Community Relations
  • Spring Newsletter
  • Summer Festival
  • Neighborhoods 2020
  • SW Parks & Minnehaha Parkway Master Plans
  • Other New Business
  • Secretary Report – minutes approved via email
  • Treasurer Report – financials emailed
  • Committee Updates
    • Green Team
      • Fix-it Clinic Recap
      • Donation Drive – April 6
    • Mini Grants
  • Coordinator Update
    • Proposed changes to Garage Sale
    • Shredding Event
    • Board special election April

Upcoming meetings/events:

Apr 6 – Green Team Donation Drive (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
April 13 – Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Green Team Donation Drive

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods on Saturday, April 6 and the Armatage Green Team will help you sort and pass them along to one of many wonderful organizations.

Organizations supported through the Donation Drive include Ready for Success, Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Animal Humane Society, CornerstoneMN, Tech Dump, Leonardo’s Basement, Committee Against Domestic Abuse, DAV, and Second Harvest Heartland. Accepted items include clothing (especially men’s and women’s professional clothing), working electronics and cords, new children’s clothing, baby food and formula, new toiletries and personal care items, clean textiles and stuffed animals, food shelf donations, wire hangers, and more.  Contact for more information.

Street Flooding and Storm Drains

Thanks to our record snowfall and rain, many streets are flooded and storm drains are blocked. Please contact 311 to report flooded streets so crews can keep our roads safe.

If you’re able to clear the snow and ice from your block’s storm drain(s), please do! Many Minneapolis residents are using Google Maps Street View to find the locations of the storm drains on their block. The City of Minneapolis will re-launch its Adopt a Storm Drain program this spring.  Learn more and sign up to adopt your storm drain at

Avoid Ice Dams with Help from the City and CenterPoint Energy

Icicles and ice dams mean that a lot of energy – and money – is being wasted as heat escapes through the roof of your home. You can solve that problem by sealing air leaks between your house and attic adding insulation in your attic. Insulation can help protect your house from ice dams and water damage while saving you money and energy – and even reducing the pollution that contributes to climate change.

Get Help

  • CenterPoint Energy offers rebates for 30 percent of the cost ($500 maximum) when you air seal and insulate your attic. For details, visit
  • The City of Minneapolis offers loans for the work with no interest. For more information, call 612-335-5884 or visit

Shovel Out Garbage and Recycling Carts

This winter’s frequent snowfalls have made it difficult for crews to collect garbage, recycling and organics, and pulling a cart out of a snowdrift can injure them. Remember before your collection day to shovel a 36-inch-wide path from your garbage, recycling and organics carts to the street or alley.

City ordinances require this path be cleared for garbage, recycling and organics carts within 48 hours after the snow stops falling. If City crews have to shovel out the cart(s), a fee of $30 per cart will be added to your utility bill. If the snow stops for less than 48 hours and the carts aren’t yet shoveled out, for their safety, crews can’t empty the carts.

Learn more about garbage, recycling and organics collection here.

Neighborhoods 2020 – Comment by March 31

Want to keep the Summer Festival, Halloween at the Park, Happy Hours, rain gardens, Fire on Ice, forums on pressing community issues, or security rebates? These and more are all services provided and supported by the Armatage Neighborhood Association. Funding for neighborhood groups like ANA and the events we support runs out next year.

The City of Minneapolis is reviewing new guidelines, funding, and whether neighborhood organizations will continue to exist to support our community’s needs. The vision of Neighborhoods 2020 is to have an inclusive community where all people are valued, all communities are engaged, and leadership mirrors the great diversity of the city. View the new recommendations at and submit your comments in support of continued funding and support for neighborhoods in one of the following ways:

Please cc the ANA at and Council Member Linea Palmisano at on your comment. Thanks for making your voice heard.

Southwest Parks and Minnehaha Parkway Initial Concept Designs

In case you missed it: Initial Concept Designs are out for each Southwest Minneapolis park and for the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail.  We’ve posted the design options for Armatage Park, the Washburn Tot Lot, the 58th & Oliver Triangle and Minnehaha Parkway on the ANA website at  All Southwest park designs are searchable at and full Minnehaha Parkway designs are at

Share your feedback by March 31:

  1. Take the online surveys for both projects:
  2. Drop off a comment: All 13 Southwest Minneapolis Recreation Centers as well as MPRB Headquarters and Parade Ice Arena have a printed packet of concept designs, along with comment cards and drop-off boxes.

April 4, 2019 eNews

Upcoming meetings/events:

Apr 6 – Green Team Donation Drive (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
April 13 – Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt (10:00 am)
April 16 – Monthly Meeting (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
May 11 – Free Shredding Event (10:00am – 12:00 pm)
May 14 – Neighborhood Happy Hour (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
May 21 – Annual Meeting & Board Elections (6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Green Team Local Nonprofit Donation Drive

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Armatage Recreation Center

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods to the Armatage Rec Center on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00am – 12:00pm and we will pass them along to nonprofits and other great organizations for environmentally and socially responsible reuse. If for some reason we cannot take your item, we will find the best recycling or disposal option for you.

Check out the full list of accepted items and organizations supported through the Donation Drive at Extra boxes and bags to help transport donations after the event are very welcome, too!

Introducing Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants!

How can we make our neighborhood a better place and engage our neighbors? If you have ideas and want to implement them, the ANA has just launched a new Armatage Neighborhood Mini Grants Program. Grants are available for up to $1,000 and subject to the City requirements that prohibit spending on food or entertainment. Get all your questions answered at or at a Q & A session at our Annual Meeting on May 21.

The deadline to apply for a Mini Grant is June 15. Award notifications will be made by August 1, 2019 and grant recipients will have up to a year to complete their projects. Questions? Please contact us at

Armatage/Kenny Egg Hunt

Celebrate the arrival of spring with our annual egg hunt at Armatage Park. Bring the whole family down for this fun event. Enjoy an Egg Hunt, caricature artist, arts and crafts, live bunnies, and a light continental breakfast.

Important details:
*The Egg Hunt will begin at 11 am sharp.
*$5 per child.
*Pre-registration is required. Spots are limited and we will not take registration at the door.

Register today at:

Help shape the future of transportation in Minneapolis!

The City is hosting 5 community workshops and 1 online open house in April to collect public input on transportation-related opportunities, issues, and priorities to develop the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan. We’ve linked the SW and Online Open Houses below – see the rest at

Community Workshop (Southwest)
Tuesday, April 9
Richfield Lutheran Church 
8 W 60th St

Online Open House (Facebook Live)
Tuesday, April 30
City of Minneapolis Facebook page

Can’t attend an event? You can still get involved!

You can learn more about the Transportation Action Plan and provide direct feedback on our interactive website. Our topic pages include short surveys and are a great place to share your thoughts. You can also use #gompls to talk transportation with us and follow the City of Minneapolis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Climate Change, Energy & Transportation Town Hall

Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), Representative Frank Hornstein (61A), and Representative Jamie Long (61B) invite their constituents to attend a town hall meeting on climate change, energy, and transportation opportunities that are being discussed at the legislature and in Minnesota.
Sunday, April 7
Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55405)

Local Nonprofit Donation Drive

Whether you are spring cleaning, need to Marie Kondo your house or just want to make a donation to help someone in need, bring your goods to the Armatage Rec Center on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00am – 12:00pm and we will pass them along to nonprofits and other great organizations for environmentally and socially responsible reuse. If for some reason we cannot take your item, we will find the best recycling or disposal option for you.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event please contact

Items Needed:

  • Clothing
    • All used and new clothing items, shoes and accessories, especially:
      • Professional dress clothes: men’s and women’s suits, ties, shoes
      • Used bras
      • NEW underwear and socks
  • Personal Care Items
    • NEW toiletries and hygiene products
  • Children’s Items
    • Clothing (must be new for Crisis Nursery; other charities can take used)
    • Baby food and formula
    • Used, unexpired car seats and infant carriers
  • Electronics:
    • Cell phones, computers (desktop and laptop), chargers, monitors, TVs, printer, batteries
      • Guaranteed data destruction by Tech Dump
      • Some items require a recycling fee and will not be collected at this event, check the list
  • Food Shelf Donations
  • Miscellaneous
    • Wire Hangers
    • Old, clean towels and blankets
    • Used stuffed animals
    • Textiles
    • Pet Food
  • And much more – see below!

Items Needed by Organization:

The drive will support the following organizations.  Please access the links to see their full list of needed/accepted items.

Animal Humane Society

Committee Against Domestic Abuse – Women’s Shelter

    • CADA’s mission is to provide safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter.
    • Items Needed: New toiletries and hygiene items, unexpired car seats, diapers, new underwear and socks, office supplies, and much more.

Cornerstone MN

    • Cornerstone’s ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. Healthy futures are possible when we coordinate an effective crisis response, implement trauma-informed support services, mitigate the impact of violence on children and youth, and confront the roots of violence.
    • Items needed:  All items must be new, unopened and unused.  Personal care items, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, and much more.

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

    • The mission of the Nursery is to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families.
    • Items needed:  All items must be new and unused.  Children’s clothing, baby wipes and diapers, children’s toys and crafts (see link for specific items)

Second Harvest Heartland:

Soma Bra Donation:

    • We created the Soma Bra Donation to help restore dignity and self-esteem to women in need. To date, we have collected more than 1.7 million bras for women’s shelters affiliated with our partners across the U.S. and beyond. Donated bras are distributed to women affected by domestic violence and/or homelessness through the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the I Support the Girls organization.
    • Items needed: Used bras

Disabled American Veterans

    • A membership organization made up exclusively of Minnesota men and women disabled in our nation’s defense, our mission is to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served.
    • Items Accepted: used clothing, accessories, media, housewares, toys, and much much more

Leonardo’s Basement

    • Leonardo’s Basement is a one-of-a-kind creative learning environment for “kids” of all ages to design and build from their imagination.
    • Items accepted: hardware, tools, toys, art supplies, household items, art supplies, SOME electronics.

Ready for Success:

    • Ready for Success provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing, accessories, and new personal care items suitable for job interviews and the workplace.
    • Items needed:  Men’s and Women’s professional and business casual wear – suits, ties, dresses, slacks, pants, skirts, shoes, handbags and accessories.

Tech Dump:

    • Tech Dump, a division of Jobs Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing job training and practical experience for adults facing barriers to employment that prepares them to be more valuable employees with an expanding future.
    • Items accepted: phones, computers, peripherals and cords, computer components
    • Guaranteed data destruction

Donation Request Policy

Adopted January 1, 2008

  • Any person or organization wishing to ask the ANA for a financial contribution must submit their request in writing or via email to the board president, secretary or NRP coordinator by the second Tuesday of the month.
  • If the request is submitted by this time, the request will placed on the next meeting’s agenda. the meeting will occur a week after, on the third Tuesday of the month.
  • Either the person submitting the request or a representative from the organization submitting the request must appear at the meeting and orally present their request to the board.
  • After the presentation and board discussion, the board will vote on the request.
  • If the request is not submitted by the second Tuesday of the month, or an individual or organization appears at the next board meeting to present their request, the board will place the request on the next month’s agenda, and will follow the procedure listed above.