Ways for you to get involved:

   

  • Como Tidbits  - periodic email alerts about events and issues affecting the neighborhood.  Neighbors have been able to directly effect the outcome of many developments in Como because of the timely nature of these alerts.
    • Email us with your email address and we'll put you on the list
    • Submit a Tidbit of your own
  • Suggest  -  make suggestions for content you'd like to see on the website, etc.

  • Work on a committee with your neighbors! See below or send an email to find out more:
  • Safety - organizes the safety walks, works with the Student Liaisons and the 2nd Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist, tracks current crime trend, and promotes preventive measures. 

  •  Livability & Housing - works on reducing the number of chronic noisy parties in Como and improving communications with University students in conjunction with the Student Liaisons. In addition, the SECIA Neighborhood Coordinator works on enforcing inspections and monitors the home loan program. Email the Neighborhood Coordinator 

  • Communications & special events - plans community event programming for the neighborhood, including the Como Cookout, the Move In Move Out (MIMO) neighborhood free store, etc. Provides planning and space for committee meetings. Works with interns and the Student Liaisons on various neighborhood projects, and publishes The COMO-tion and Como Tidbits.

  • Gardening & Greening - the Community Garden Organizer works with residents to plan, plant, and maintain the public community gardens in SE Como and encourages use of rain gardens, rain barrels, and other green initiatives on private property in the neighborhood. 

  •  Air Quality -  the Environmental Coordinator works with the Environmental Committee, the City, and local businesses and residents to track air emissions in the area and develop Good Neighbor agreements with surrounding industry. 

  • Transportation - the SECIA board works to improve traffic calming measures and safe bike routes throughout Como.  Contact us for more info.

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Internships and Community Projects with SECIA

 

Description: SECIA (Southeast Como Improvement Association) is a neighborhood non-profit 501(c)3 organization that represents the 5,600 residents of the Southeast Como neighborhood in Minneapolis (just north of Dinkytown). Southeast Como is one of Minneapolis' 81 neighborhoods. SECIA regularly sponsors interns and assists students, classes with their community projects.  In the past, students have focused their projects on storm water, community gardens, community events such as the Como Cookout, GrowBarrels, the MIMO (Move-in/Move-out) neighborhood “free store”, biking , community planning, housing, local foods, composting, air pollution and more.

 

SECIA takes pride in our efforts to incorporate students into the neighborhood's initiatives.  Many past interns stay connected to SECIA after their terms, occasionally being offered paid positions, and others earn letters of recommendation. At this time, we mostly can only offer unpaid internship opportunities, but that can change with project funding and student fundraising. SE Como residents are especially encouraged to be involved.

 

Location: In and around the SE Como neighborhood: Mostly at SECIA's offices & at the neighborhood community gardens. SE Como is just north by biking or walking from the U's East Bank. Como boundaries: 35W/railroad tracks to the west; the St. Paul border near Hwy 280 to the east; Elm St./railroad tracks to the south; E. Hennepin Ave/Winter St. NE to the north.

 

Preferable Skills : We look for a self-motivated peoples who can work with minimal direction.  We expect interns to be reliable, and prefer an enthusiasm to acquire skills. We prefer students who currently live, or have lived, in the Como neighborhood, but this is not required.  Proficiency with computers, Google tools such as online calendaring/documents, and social networking is a plus. Persons with gardening and plant knowledge is desirable.    Sometimes physical labor is involved in our work. Hours are flexible and we can work around class requirements/schedule.  We are a small non-profit, so you will be able to input a lot of your own ideas into the position and your creativity is welcome.

 

Check out the www.comogreenvillage.org website for more neighborhood sustainability info.  You can also view our neighborhood website at www.secomo.org .

If you have an idea of a project or want to be contacted as specific opportunities arise, please fill out our volunteer interest form at http://tinyurl.com/Como-Vol-Form or call the SECIA office at 612-676-1731.  Thank you.

 


Check out the University of Minnesota's Student Neighborhood Liaisons blog 
(covering Como, Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park & the West Bank)

 

Check out Council member Cam Gordon's Second Ward, Minneapolis blog