How you can help the North Minneapolis recovery effort

May 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

 An update from NAIOP Minnesota’s charitable partner, Catalyst Community Partners

Catalyst’s recovery work
Catalyst is leading the commercial property recovery efforts and is hosting 2 emergency one-stop shop assistance sessions for all commercial property owners and businesses impacted by Sunday’s tornado with 8 other collaborating agencies and the City of Minneapolis. Up to 50 businesses may have been impacted. Catalyst will organize donations of services, volunteers, building materials, etc. needed to get the commercial properties and their small business tenants operational again.  If your organization can assist in these recovery projects in the coming months, please contact Catalyst President Sue Wollan Fan at (612) 877-4004 or
What you can do
Send a check of any amount to Catalyst Tornado Recovery Fund, 3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Minneapolis MN 55416 or donate online (designate “Tornado Recovery Fund” in the comments area).  Catalyst will use these funds to assist commercial property owners and small businesses in their recovery. You can also give online to the general Tornado Recovery fund administered by the Minneapolis Foundation – click here.

Neighborhood update
All Catalyst properties withstood the storm with minimal damage. Catalyst’s newly renovated 5 Points building located at the “ground zero” intersection of Penn & West Broadway had only a few tears in the roof membrane from flying debris.  Surrounding buildings did not fare as well.  Many had their facades and roofs ripped off; some were flattened.
Since Monday, Catalyst and KMOJ-FM radio have been operating an emergency resources center at 5 Points where hundreds of residents have given and received food, water, blankets and immediate family needs. The 5 Points outdoor plaza has become a central gathering spot for volunteers, organizers and residents needing assistance.  From its 2nd level offices, KMOJ-FM broadcasted for 53 hours straight without electrical power, providing public announcements and updates via a small generator. Full story  

Nate Dogs, a Kindred Kitchen member-business, served 500 free hot dogs at an impromptu community BBQ on Monday night in the Cub Store parking lot for 400 tornado victims. Food trucks throughout the metro area joined in the event. Full story

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