March 2016
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Please join us on the Second Thursday of the Month at 6:00 pm for the Summit-University Planning Council Community Forum. All are welcome to come. You can visit our website for more information (or to subscribe to our calendar)

We look forward to meeting you!
 Car2Go to Reduce Service Area
Roughly six months after Car2Go expanded to St. Paul, the fan favorite car-sharing company is scaling back service in the name of efficiency. Under a new deal approved in December by the City Council, those blue-and-white cars will soon serve less of the cityin order to ensure that they remain a viable transportation option in Saint Paul.
The new operating zone spans about 10 square miles, stretching from Eustis Street to Shepard Road, and from Minnehaha to St. Clair avenues.

According to the newly approved permit, the changes would take effect March 1, although Car2Go spokesman Bradley Ducey says a few details need to be ironed out. The company's pitch for service shrinkage was triggered by cars being deserted in low-demand areas, where they would sit idle for days. With only so many cars on the road (535 between Minneapolis and St. Paul), this means users in high-demand areas could see shortages and Car2Go isn't cashing in on as many trips to allow them to remain in those low-use areas.
"The sustainability of our business is a piece of it for sure," Ducey says. "But a lot of it comes down to the mobility patterns that we're seeing."
Since it's not subsidized by the city, some Car2Go users have no qualms with the car-share company trying to make a buck and pulling out of less dense neighborhoods. Some City Council members would have liked to see a larger service area in exchange for a smaller per-car fee. However, it was determined that remaining in the low usage areas would not allow for a viable service model. Service usage will continue to be monitored, with possibility of service area enlargement. Further info can be accessed at:
Hallie Q. Brown HUNGER-CON
Join Hallie Q. Brown Community Center on Saturday, April 2 for HUNGER-CON, a family-friendly community event featuring real superheroes, activities for kids, comic books, local vendors, giveaways, prizes and more! The event runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will take place at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center at 270 North Kent Street, St. Paul. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Stop by for an hour or for the entire event. A suggested donation of one canned food item per person (if you are able) for the food shelf is being suggested. HUNGER-CON is the wrap-up event for the 2016 March Campaign against hunger, a month-long food and fund drive supporting the Hallie Q Brown Food Shelf.

Questions? Contact us at 651-224-4601.
Understanding Saint Paul Neighborhood
Organizations and Boards

For people of color with an interest in Saint Paul neighborhoods

Are you a person of color interested in your neighborhood or your stomping ground in Saint Paul? Are you a board member of a place-based organization? Or are you curious about how you might make an impact on the place you live and work?  Please join Board Repair for a training series :

Non-profit Board Basics Boot Camp
Wednesday, March 16, 6-8pm
Learn the basics of non-profit organizations and board of director responsibilities.

The 101 of Finding and Joining a Board
Wednesday, April 20, 6-8pm
How do you find an organization and board that you want to join? What questions should you ask them? What should you know about yourself? Finish this session with a game plan that suits your interests.

Registration required at:
Each session includes a light dinner (doors open at 5:30). Locations to be determined but will be in Saint Paul. First 30 participants receive a stipend of $50 for attending each session.  Following the sessions, you will have optional access to project staff to support you. Due to the focus of our project, preference will be given to people of color who have an interest in Saint Paul specifically. However, we will fit in as many people as we can.

These sessions are provided as part of Board Repair's project "Diversifying Neighborhood Organization Boards to Increase Effectiveness," funded by the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation. Board Repair is an independent network organized by and for people of color to create a more effective nonprofit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards and committees in the Twin Cities. We achieve our mission by collaborating with others to host gatherings, trainings, and group mentorship.
Store to Door in Summit-University
Store To Door delivers peace of mind for seniors and their caregivers. This volunteer-based shopping and delivery service gives seniors personal, reliable access to their choice of food and household essentials, so they can continue
to live in their own homes.
Additional volunteer shoppers are needed at the Midway St Paul location.  Shoppers fill orders on weekday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. (shorter shifts can be arranged). Shoppers do not pay for or deliver the groceries. Volunteers enjoy the camaraderie, the exercise, and the knowledge that they are helping older adults to stay at home in their community.
To learn more about Store To Door, contact 651-642-1892 or visit
FREE Fire Prevention Tools!
By now most people know it's important to have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, but did you know you can get them for FREE from the Saint Paul Fire Department? Project Safe Haven is a program where you'll get a booklet to do a self inspection to look for ways to make your home safer, then you can schedule an appointment to have a crew of firefighters come to your home. They will answer any questions you may have and check your existing smoke and CO alarms, and if you need new or more alarms, they will install brand new smoke alarms, a CO alarm, and Stove Top Fire Stops. Stove Top Fire Stops are a product hung by a magnet over your stove that will put out a stove top fire. All of this is completely free! To learn more or sign up, call 651-228-6273, email or go to our website: