Ward 8 Update: Andrea Jenkins, City Council Vice President

CM Andrea Jenkins



Office Hours: Monday 9-11 a.m.

Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St.

May is Mental Health Month: Find ways to support mental well-being during the pandemic

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Now more than ever it’s important to take steps to care for your mental health and reach out to loved ones who need extra support during these challenging times.

May is Mental Health Month and Thursday, May 7, is National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day. The pandemic has increased physical and sometimes social isolation for older adults in Minneapolis.

Interruptions in routine like eating, sleep, daily structure, sense of purpose and relationships has also changed. Any of these factors as well as underlying mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety can impact one’s mental well-being.

If you have an older adult in your life, it’s important to pay attention to their mental well-being (or your own mental well-being especially if you are over 65). The National Foundation for Suicide Prevention suggests a few simple steps:

  • Check in regularly by phone or video chat.
  • Focus on enjoyable activities allowable during the pandemic such as daily exercise, listening to or playing music, reading, watching favorite shows, puzzles, games, and meditation or prayer.
  • Look for activity ideas from AARP and the National Institute on Aging.

The City of Minneapolis has assembled a list of resources highlighting basic needs for older adults here.

The City has also provided $200,000 to community providers from the COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health FundFind a list of providers taking new patients here, and learn more about the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Mental Health Fund here.

The Minnesota Department of Health also has a guide on supporting mental well-being during COVID-19.

Starting on May 13, you can apply online for your ballots for the August State Primary and November General Election

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All MN voters are eligible to vote early by mail. To minimize direct contact with others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to vote by mail.

Starting on May 13, you may apply online for your ballot. Our next election is the State Primary on August 11.

The City’s Division of Elections and Voter Services is doing everything they can to ensure a safe election season for you. This includes keeping you up-to-date as conditions change. They have created a new Voting + COVID-19 landing page to help you navigate your voting options, including voting by mail.

COVID-19 Testing Sites and Information available on the Minnesota Department of Health’s Website

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Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

COVID-19 testing facilities are located across the state of Minnesota. To find the nearest testing location in your community, click on the MN COVID-19 Testing Locations web page. PLEASE NOTE: This site changes on a daily and sometimes hourly basis based on testing demand and supply availability across the United States. This website is updated regularly, but may not immediately reflect changes at a particular clinic throughout the day. Here are the testing facilities in/right by North Minneapolis: NorthPoint Health & Wellness (1313 Penn Ave N, 612-543-2500), North Memorial Health Clinic- Camden (4209 Webber Pkwy, 763-581-5750), and North Memorial Health Hospital (3300 Oakdale Ave N, 763-581-3550).

Is testing free?

Federal law requires health insurance plans to cover diagnostic and serological or antibody testing AT NO COST to patients. There may be charges associated with the visit to obtain the testing, but most health insurance companies in Minnesota have waived copays, coinsurance, and deductibles associated with these charges. Check with your insurance company for more details.

What should I do if I don’t have health insurance?

If you don’t have health insurance- you may be eligible for coverage. Contact Mnsure or the Minnesota Department of Human Services to learn more about coverage options.

Volunteer Mask Drive for Nursing Home Patients– everyone can help!

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No creativity required! Anyone can help. The Making and Sharing Kindness (MASKs) group was started by four volunteers and has grown to an army for good of over 100. Please join MASKs in supplying fabric masks to nursing home residents, other residents in congregate care facilities, day cares etc.

CAN YOU SEW? If you know how to use your sewing machine MASKs can provide sewing kits filled with pre-washed and cut fabric and elastic. Instructions and thread are available.

CAN YOU KNIT OR CROCHET? If you have knitting needles or a crochet hook, you can create “ear savers” that allow residents to keep their masks on all day without irritating their ears. MASKs will supply 100% cotton, instructions, buttons and thread. And the button sewing is optional!

CAN YOU MAKE STUFF WITH YOUR 3-D PRINTER? You can create plastic “ear savers” that allow residents to keep their masks on all day without irritating their ears. MASKs will supply instructions and can provide more filament.

NOT A CRAFTER OR SEWER? You can pick up and drop off materials to crafters, wash iron and precut fabric, donate supplies or donate $ to buy supplies.


  • 100% cotton fabric – quilting weight is perfect. (If you don’t know what it is made of do not donate it! Polyester blends are hot and hard to breathe through)
  • 100% flannel fabric
  • 1/8” & ¼” elastic in any color, any amount
  • Spools of thread – especially in neutral colors
  • 100% cotton yarn
  • Plastic buttons measuring ½” to 1”
  • A gift card to Lakes Makerie to buy fabric. This locally owned shop is provides a 20% discount. Lakesmakerie/products/gift-card   When you receive your gift card forward it to maskmaking2020@gmail.com
  • Make a cash or credit card donation in person at Pumphouse Creamery. All proceeds will be used to buy materials. COMING SOON you’ll be able buy fabric masks on line from pumphouse-creamery.com

DROP OFF FOR ALL NON- MONETARY DONATIONS In the blue or yellow tub outside of 14 Hill Gift Shop at 4737 Chicago Ave S.

DROP OFF FOR ALL CASH DONATIONS Pumphouse Creamery at 4754 Chicago Ave S. from 12pm-6pm

Please contact MASKs if you have any questions at maskmaking2020@gmail.com

Look out for the new Census 2020 PSA by Comcast and Complete the census for our future generations!

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Now more than ever, it’s important that all people are counted so that we receive the necessary resources required to meet our needs. The 2010 Census count currently plays a significant role in government response to our current pandemic. Completing the census is vital to the future of our communities and the process is easy, safe and confidential.

Complete the census in the safety of your own home:

  • Online at my2020census.gov
  • By Phone
    • 1-844-330-2020
  • Or via mail
    • Simply fill out the form you receive in the mail and return in the envelope provided.

Help get out the count!

Visit the City of Minneapolis’ web page here to learn more about historically undercounted communities and projections for 2020. Compare national data and learn more about census tract demographics by visiting the US Census Bureau’s web page here. Currently, Minnesota ranks number one in the country, at 68.1%, for self-response! However, there is still much work to be done to ensure all people are counted in Minneapolis.

Organizations and individuals can help place calls directly to community members to encourage them to complete their census form. The MN State Demographers office is providing access to a predictive dialer system which will allow individuals to make calls from the comfort of their own home.

Phone banking shifts are available 1:00-4:00pm (days vary) or 5:00-8:00pm (days vary). If you would like to call into a specific neighborhood or geographic location, we ask that you organize a volunteer call team of at least 10 individuals and designate a team lead.

Training for team leads and then to the entire team will be provided at the beginning of each shift.

Please send sign-up if you or your neighborhood/community organization would like to Get Out The Count.

Translated materials and resources

The City of Minneapolis has translated census outreach materials that are available on our resources page:

Visit minneapolismn.gov/census/wecountresources for information in:

  • Hmong
  • Lao
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Other major languages.

Youth leaders develop videos highlighting the importance of physical distancing

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Youtube videos about Physical Distancing

Youth leaders in Minneapolis have collaborated on a video series with the City’s Health Department to stress the importance of physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board.

Check out the City’s Youth Tik Tok Competition with C.E.O on COVID-19 facts

Violence is preventable and so is COVID-19. The Office of Violence Prevention in partnership with C.E.O. (Change Equals Opportunity) launched a TikTok competition for youth to create videos with COVID facts in a way that’s relevant to them. Link to TikTok account: https://vm.tiktok.com/7hAB8h/.

Take survey by May 31: How should the City focus its violence prevention efforts?

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Take this survey by May 31 to help guide the City’s violence prevention priorities for the next three-five years. It only takes a few minutes to share your thoughts on what forms of violence are most pressing in our community.

Knowing violence affects so many different communities in so many different ways and yet having limited resources, we need your feedback to help develop a citywide approach to addressing violence in a new strategic plan.

If you’d like to use the survey in an alternative format or a different language, email research.health@minneapolismn.gov.

Food Resources available in Ward 8

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  • Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St.
    • Monday – Thursday, 10am-2pm, food shelf located in the basement.
    • Call 612-821-2300 9am-3pm to reach the Administrative staff for information or assistance.
  • Bancroft School, 1315 E 38th St
    • Mondays, 10am-2pm, MPS is providing FREE meals to any child 18 years and younger at this location while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave and Green School, 3416 4th Ave S
    • Tuesdays, 10am-2pm, MPS is providing FREE meals to any child 18 years and younger at this location while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Lyndale School, 312 W 34th St
    • Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, MPS is providing FREE meals to any child 18 years and younger at this location while schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Ave, (612) 827-2504
    • Food shelf open Saturdays, 9am-noon.
  • Incarnation Catholic Church, 3801 Pleasant Ave, (612) 822-2101
    • Food shelf open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am-2:30 pm.
  • The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Ave, (612) 824-5433
    • Food shelf and to go meals available Monday – Thursday, 12-6 pm; Fri, 12-4 pm.
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 S 17th Ave, (612) 724-3693
    • free little pantry to take what you need.
  • Macedonia Baptist Church, 3801 1st Ave S, (612) 827-4608
    • Food shelf open every 4th Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm.

Having a backyard recreational fire this spring?

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With the warmer weather of spring, some Minneapolis neighbors are enjoying time staying at home with outdoor fires. Following these laws will help keep Minneapolis neighborhoods safe and livable:

  • Outdoor recreational fires are permitted between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Keep fires small: less than three feet in diameter and two feet high.
  • Postpone a fire when Minneapolis is under an air pollution advisory. Fires release fine particles that contribute to air pollution and are implicated in a number of health problems including strokes, heart attacks and asthma. Sign up for air quality alerts at http://mn.enviroflash.info.
  • Burn only untreated, unpainted, dry wood. Never burn cardboard boxes, trash or debris, because the smoke can be toxic.
  • Fire must be at least 25 feet away from a structure or combustible material and in a fire ring or pit with edges more than six inches high.
  • Have a hose or fire extinguisher present.
  • Postpone the fire when the wind exceeds 10 mph.
  • Fire must be constantly attended by someone 18 years or older and completely out before being abandoned.

Illegal open burning or recreational fires could result in fines that start at $200.

Be a good neighbor

These simple suggestions could help neighbors be considerate of each other when having a fire:

  • Letting neighbors know when planning a fire.
  • Postponing a fire when smoke will blow directly at a neighbor’s house or when still weather conditions prevent smoke from moving away at all.
  • Understanding that recreational fires can have serious health impacts, especially for children, older adults and people with existing health conditions. If neighbors say they are affected, please respect the serious medical harm a fire could be doing to them and extinguish the fire.

Below are links to videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong on how to have a safe recreational fire in Minneapolis:

Recreational fires in the city Here’s what you need to know when having a recreational fire in Minneapolis.

Fogatas en la Ciudad (Spanish) Esto es lo que tienes que saber cuándo hagas una fogata en Minneapolis.

Qor-yo gub ka magaalada (Somali) Waa tanaa waxaad u baahantahey mar ka aad dooney-sid in aad dibada ku shidid dab gudaha miniyaabolis.

Hluav taws los yog bonfire hauv nroog (Hmong) Ntwam no yuav qhia koj txoj cov hluav taws nyob nruam zoo hauv nroog Minneapolis.

For more information on recreational fires or to register a complaint about a recreational fire, call 311 or email Minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov, or to register a complaint about a recreational fire outside 311 hours, call 911. The Fire and Police departments are authorized to extinguish a fire immediately if it violates City ordinances.

For the Minneapolis law on recreational fires, visit the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Chapter 178 at www.minneapolismn.gov/government/ord/index.htm.

Learn more about air quality research in Minneapolis here.

Gov. Walz extends stay-at-home order to May 18

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Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve, or a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom or before eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth – with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms, for 10 days after your illness onset and three days after your fever resolves without fever reducing medicine (whichever is longer), and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Up-to-date guidance from the Department of Health on recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.


Visit us at minneapolismn.gov/ward8

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Andrea Jenkins, 350 S. Fifth St., City Hall Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please call 311 at 612-673-3000.

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Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

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