The Southeast Community Organizations' mission is "to share knowledge and power, to organize and to advocate WITH the people who live and work in our neighborhoods. We build leadership to seize opportunities and to work for social and racial justice."
This year has been challenging for all of us, yet SECO staff have stepped up and worked even harder at meeting the needs of our residents. We have never closed or taken a break. In fact, we've found even more to do!
While recreation centers have closed up and existing local food shelf resources have disappeared, SECO has identified gaps, and worked on our own and with partners to serve our community. Each day, we provide important resources from the City of St. Paul, Ramsey County and the State of MN on our social media for residents. We've continued to convene meetings and educational sessions on-line (almost 80 to date!), and helped distributed thousands of pounds of food to residents. We have also handed out masks, volunteered with Southeast organizations needing assistance, and advocated for St. Paul's Tenant Ordinances. In a time of separation, we've chosen to come together, boots on the ground, so that community needs can be met.
Throughout this all, our priority continues to be on racial justice, and we will continue to collaborate with coalitions to make systemic change in our district, and in our city.
We collaborate with local citizens, to help residents find their own personal power and play an active role in our political, social economic systems. We help neighbors of all backgrounds find and use their voices to make a difference in their local community.
This is done through various efforts, including:
Our office supports neighbors who grow together through local gardens and young people who develop advocacy skills through our Youth Organizers program. We manage neighborhood clean-ups and public art activities, and serve as a general, all-round resource for our residents.
We listen, we advocate, we educate and we act!
Our two office staff is efficient and resourceful, but we can't do it alone! Your support makes a huge difference in the lives of everyone who lives in the Southeast area.
Your donation makes a difference:
$25 Provides paper and printer ink to print and distribute flyers with resources for residents, and posters of food distribution events.
$50 Provides communications and internet support - allowing us to host on-line meetings that are accessible to community.
$100 Allows us to host an event to help build community at Sun Ray Shopping Center as a way of deterring crime and demonstrating how we can improve spaces together.
$200 Brings families together for a forum to talk about solutions to issues such as teen suicide or youth homelessness.