Transform Minnesota Message on Community Involvement

We consistently receive inquiries asking how individuals and faith communities can best support their local and neighboring communities. Those requests have skyrocketed over the past month.  

We are so grateful that thousands of Christians have responded with their time and material donations.  

Now we encourage the Church and people of God to dig deeper... 

The Church can put our weight, energy and finances towards established organizations that are actively engaged in addressing the root issues that created the current pain in our cities. Exercising a clear and loud voice to denounce racial injustice is critical for change, but sometimes the most helpful way to serve as a community heals, is to do so silently.

sometimes the most helpful way to serve as a community heals, is to do so silently.

Let this be an opportunity for us to listen, learn, and serve where needed.  

If you’d like to make a single or regular donation to an organization that has historically been committed to meeting real needs in our community or partner long-term with an organization through sustained volunteer efforts, consider the following or similar organizations:  

If you’d like to donate items or assemble volunteer groups for current service opportunities, please know that larger groups are difficult to place right now. Most organizations requesting volunteers need small groups or individuals who can commit to already defined roles. Please do not volunteer expecting to provide structure, new vision, or leadership. Below are confirmed requests for June service opportunities and material donations. Please contact each location prior to arriving to confirm. 

Canned goods and swept streets are tangible expressions of Minnesota’s collective care, but they don’t address the systemic issues contributing to the list of disproportionate inequities our Minnesota neighbors facePeople created in the image of God are still facing significant barriers with regard to nutrition, physical and mental healthcare, education gapssafe and affordable housing, transportation access, legal aid and counsel, immigration assistance, and hope and healing for those experiencinsubstancedomestic, and/or sexual abuse.  

Jesus offered long-term attention to the needs of those he met. He visited and listened. He sat and ate with. He walked with. Jesus committed. As Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to commit to and love those who are hurting.

Jesus committed. As Christians, we have a biblical responsibility to commit to and love those who are hurting.

Many in our cities are hurting today and bracing for the threats of eviction, gentrification, and unemployment. Transform Minnesota would like to encourage the Church, and all who have a desire to support their neighbors and enact real change, to commit to the following with us as we continue to listen to our neighbors:  

  • Pursue real needs. Avoid perceived needs.  
  • Seek out community and organization-led volunteer opportunities.  
  • Practice humility. Don’t assume you are needed in the ways you think you are necessary.  
  • Steer short-term energy toward sustained, committed, long-term efforts that build reciprocal partnerships, and promote racial and economic justice, healing, and harmony.  

Now is the time for the Church to invest in our neighborhoods and surrounding communities through long-term commitments and relationships. Pray about where God will lead you!  


June 16, 2020
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