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Rebuilding Together Twin Cities
Response to the Death of George Floyd

UPDATE

With a combined 180 years of service in the Twin Cities metro area, HandsOn Twin Cities, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, Tree Trust, and Heart of America are experts in engaging volunteers and corporate partners in reimagining and modernizing community spaces, small businesses, and residences. HandsOn Twin Cities is a local volunteer center that inspires, equips and mobilizes people to provide hands-on impact in our communities. Rebuilding Together repairs homes, revitalizes communities, and rebuilds lives in the Twin Cities. Tree Trust transforms lives and landscapes by providing pathways to build employment skills for successful, thriving careers and by providing volunteer opportunities for greening the local community through tree planting. Heart of America renovates under-utilized spaces to create safe and welcoming environments for communities to learn and grow, transforming more than 100 spaces annually and 30 sites across the Twin Cities over the last decade.

Recognizing that we can have a greater impact by working together, we are collaborating to ensure an authentic and inclusive transformation process for Twin Cities areas affected by recent civil unrest. We welcome involvement to our collective effort from other sectors and organizations with shared values as we stand together to create a stronger, more equitable, and more inclusive Twin Cities.

ORIGINAL MESSAGE

Dear Twin Cities Community,

We have been heartbroken regarding the tragedy that took George Floyd’s life while in police custody, sparking global outrage, pain and divisiveness. We understand that things are broken in our society and stand with those that face discrimination in any form.

Our streets, the streets where we have worked so hard over the last 23 years to make a better way of life for our citizens, have been shaken to their core, and the need to rebuild and come together is more vital now than ever.

Our work to provide safe homes, community spaces, nonprofit facilities, and small businesses that serve community members with the greatest needs is central to what is needed at this time.

To that end, we are working to formalize an organizational response plan so we can assist in the rebuilding process.

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and our passionate team of volunteers will begin partnering with other local nonprofits and community groups in the days ahead to deliver a sustained, hands-on action plan that will help start the healing process block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, for years to come.

Our work will focus on mobilizing the skills and resources we’ve developed in rehabilitating homes, businesses and community centers with expert craftsmanship and the hard work of our volunteers in the areas with the most need.

Please watch our web site and social media accounts to learn about how you can help in the days to come.

We will forever stay focused on the work we started long before this crisis and are fully committed to increasing our efforts in making the community better, together.

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Kathryn Greiner, Executive Director