Current Programs / May 2020 -

Twin Cities Response

Our Response

As the Twin Cities continues cleanup efforts of the over 500 damaged and looted business, and are still amid disruptions of access to food and supplies for thousands, requests for assistance have come in many forms. We have been working daily to respond to the community needs.

Our response efforts so far have included delivering food to multiple community pop-up and established food banks in Minneapolis and St. Paul, assisting community food banks cleaning, organizing, and distributing food and supplies, and clearing debris/disinfecting local minority and women-owned businesses.


Small Business Repair Project

Our work is centered along, E. Lake Street in Minneapolis. NECHAMA staff and volunteers have so far cleaned and repaired eight small minority-owned businesses, restoring the damaged business, all of which are now operational.

Hot Meal Delivery Project

We’ve delivered 1,000 hot meals to temporary housing areas and a food bank in partnership with Reverie, a Minneapolis restaurant.

Food & Supply Delivery Project

We worked with local Food Banks, and Pop Up Distribution Centers to organize, procure donations, deliver food/supplies, and transport food overflow to other local food banks. We worked at the following locations:

  • Sanford Middle School Pop Up Food Distribution Site
  • Griggs-Midway Food and Supply Distribution Site in St. Paul
  • El Colegio Mercado 
  • Christ Church International
  • Other undisclosed locations. 
    • A total of 15 pallets of bulk food/supplies delivered to locations across greater Twin Cities.

Water/Solar Project

Powderhorn Sanctuary

In partnership with Footprint Project, we erected, and maintained an FP solar tent to be used as the medic tent, and installed a solar trailer for the residents to charge small electronics. These have since been removed. 

Shortly after the tenants of the temporary housing at the Sheridan Hotel were relocated to the Powderhorn Park Sanctuary, we set up our portable two-stall shower trailer in cooperation with the Parks Department, where it remains in use today. NECHAMA is responsible for the daily operation of the shower.


All local volunteer opportunities will be posted on our Facebook Page. Please check our FB feed for further information and details on how to join us.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ways to Help

Donate needed supplies to local distribution centers by purchasing items from our Amazon Wishlist. All items donated will be distributed to residents in neighborhoods impacted by closed businesses.

Support Our Work


Dorothy Maples

Operations Director

(952) 255-6809


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