Ways for you to get involved:
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.
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