Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods contributes 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? The Real Minneapolis!
For The Real Minneapolis HOPE is the new four letter word. They are a volunteer-led community building collective that cultivates health, healing, and the most precious of all resources: Hope. Initially founded as a way to help the people lovingly preserving George Floyd’s memorial and making it a safe and comfortable space to visit (their first Beautify Citywide Clean-Up), The Real Minneapolis has expanded their focus to programs for youth, essential workers, houseless, and under-resourced. The three BIPOC founders, Valerie, Mary Claire (MC), and Marni are simply community members and volunteers that love our city and felt summoned to help. With mere thousands in funding, they have done so very, very much.
Their Hope Youth Center is the first true equitable learning pod in MN, free and open to all. Intersection of Hope is their effort to create a safe, sustainable, sacred space for the healing, recovery, and growth of the community surrounding George Floyd Avenue. Their HopeMobile—a motorhome for street outreach to the houseless community—is on the road delivering crucial supplies and aid. Their Free Farmer's Market works with local farmers and organizations to provide a Farmer's Market outside of Phelps Community Center during their existing food shelf times. Their HOPE Beyond the Rubble initiative involves youth-planted and maintained flowers and baskets to be displayed at Minneapolis businesses that were damaged during fires and looting. Their South Minneapolis Youth Garden is a secure and convenient location at Chicago and Lake Street for Minneapolis youth to plant and maintain their own garden—they pay community teenagers $14.50 an hour throughout the summer to spearhead the garden and mentor the younger kids! Their Building HOPE with In•Signity program connects their Youth Team to "Marty the Sign Guy" where they can learn how to build creative signs and sculpture pieces for their youth garden...They do a lot with the simple power of listening and doing. See more @realmpls.
If you don't need anything from us, please consider supporting The Real Minneapolis directly
If you DO find yourself in need of tiny sweaters or new rainbows, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Charlotte for the stellar nomination!
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.