Community Connections

The mission of the Community Connections Committee is to build strong intergenerational, multicultural, safe neighborhoods through community ownership.

Participating Community Partners

Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center

2825 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

VOARRCVOA provides residential reentry services for men and women who are allowed to complete part of their prison sentences in the community. This affords them the opportunity to restore community ties, obtain employment, and pay a portion of their care and supervision to the state or federal jurisdictions who have authority over them for the period of their stay. See more information here.

East Lake Library

2727 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

East Lake Library 004East Lake Library provides a myriad of community activities, workshops, classes, presentations and discussions, for anyone from youth to seniors citizens! Check out their website for up-to-date information on hours,  upcoming events, and opportunities.

Minneapolis Police Dept 3rd Precinct Crime Prevention

3000 Minnehaha Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Shun Tillman, the 3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist (CPS), regularly attends CCC meetings to brief members on crime trends, community safety meetings, block club leader development, and other pertinent information. As our neighborhood CPS, he works with residents, neighborhood organizations and businesses to:

  • Recruit and train block leaders to get block clubs started
  • Maintain block clubs
  • Present safety and neighborhood livability information to the public
  • Publish and distribute crime alerts
  • Promote National Night Out
  • Resolve complaints about problem properties
  • Respond to crime trends

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the above information, you can find Shun Tillman at:

MPD 3rd Precinct CCP/SAFE
3000 Minnehaha Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
612-673-3563 Fax

Current & Upcoming Projects We’re Supporting

Longfellow365, a Community Photography Project

Starting January 2014, seven photographers from Greater Longfellow will each be assigned a day of the week to photograph something in the neighborhood. Find more information, click here, or for questions contact Guthrie at Photos will be posted daily to

Longfellow Faith Forum’s Backpack and School Supply Drive

The Longfellow Faith Forum (LFF) is filling a gap for much-needed backpacks and school supplies for children who are homeless or highly mobile in our local schools.  There has been an increase in the number of children affected by homelessness.  While our schools provide numerous services and resources to all of their students, the demand is greater than their resources.  Often students, especially those who are homeless or highly mobile, arrive at school with no supplies.  Several faith communities in the Greater Longfellow and Seward neighborhoods have begun collecting:

  • 3-ring 2″ binders
  • folders
  • notebooks
  • pencils
  • pen cases
  • clip-on reading lights
  • financial donations

These resources are critical for the children who receive them.  We have a great opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact on these students and their families. If you would like to participate in this project with material resources as listed above, please drop off donations at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Ave S. Minneapolis) between the hours of 9am-1pm, or contact the office at 612.729.9376 to arrange a drop off time. If you would like to make a financial contribution to this project, please contact JoAnna Lund at 612.722.4529 ext. 2 or at

For more information, please feel free to contact Pauline at

Past Projects:

Minnehaha Free Space Youth Video Project

LCC contracted Intermedia Arts to execute a four-week course in video media production with underserved youth at Longfellow Park. Participants made videos that focused on Greater Longfellow.

Meeting Day and Time:

Generally the second Tuesday of the month. Check the LCC web calendar for meeting location and time.

For further information:

Contact JoAnna Lund at 612-722-4529 ext. 2 or