Celebrating Juneteenth with Republic Services at Rondo Commemorative Plaza Project

We were thrilled to host State, City and community leaders to dedicate the community garden at the Rondo Commemorative Plaza site on Juneteenth (Saturday, June 19th).

We received a $150,000 grant from the Republic Services Charitable Foundation to add a community garden at the Plaza, and 60 volunteers from Republic Services and several community volunteers gave their time to this project over two days.

Elected officials and community leaders who participated in this dedication included Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, ReConnect Rondo Board Chair Marvin Anderson, Chair of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners Toni Carter, City Councilmember Dai Thao, Minnesota Senator Sandra Pappas, Minnesota Senator Erin Murphy, Minnesota Representative Rena Moran, and St. Paul Police Commissioner Todd Axtell.

The revitalized space will provide the community with an enhanced place to gather, perform, recreate and celebrate cultural heritage.

This project is one element of a greater plan to reconnect the historically black neighborhood that was split apart when construction of Interstate 94 began in 1956. St. Paul nonprofit, ReConnect Rondo, envisions a 15 to 20-acre land bridge over the interstate between Lexington Ave. and Rice St., more seamlessly integrating the north and south sides of this diverse and culturally vibrant community.

Learn more and check out coverage of our project:

Pioneer Press

Fox 9

KARE 11

Judy Joins our Staff

We are excited to share that long-time Office Volunteer Judy Hartman has joined our team as an Office Assistant! Judy is a graduate of American Indian OIC’s School of Business. After graduation, she was employed part-time in the ABE/GED program while obtaining her Associate’s degree in Human Services from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. Judy has worked for numerous nonprofits throughout the Twin Cities, as well as Ramsey County Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Judy has been volunteering with us for several months, and we are excited to have her join our staff!

Republic Services Builds Ramp for Veterans in Need

We hosted Republic Services on May 25th and 26th to build a ramp at a Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) home that provides transitional housing for veterans. MACV provides comprehensive program and supportive services to homeless veterans, including housing, employment and legal services.

Improving the accessibility of MACV homes is critical to ensuring that they can serve all veterans in our community.  The ramp our volunteers constructed will ensure that the home is accessible for veterans living with a disability.

Check out this article about the project from KSTP.

Master Gardener Intern Spruces Up our Garden

We would like to send a special thank you to Jill Terry, cousin of our AmeriCorps member Kaitlyn Van der Linden, for sprucing up the garden in front of our office! Jill is a St. Kate’s graduate and a Master Gardener Intern for Ramsey County, and she has two pet rabbits. Jill strongly believes in gardening as a therapy tool, and we are grateful for her time, hard work, and expertise!