Good Business Awards & Good Neighbor Award
The annual Whittier Good Business and Good Neighbor Awards were presented at our Annual Meeting in March.
Our two Good Business Award recipients are very different but both make exceptional contributions to the neighborhood. GlamDoll Donuts was recognized not just for the joy that their donut fillings bring us, but also for their quiet acts of community generosity. On Christmas when most businesses and services were closed, GlamDoll Donuts was open and serving free turkey and mashed potatoes. At the end of their business day, they donate remaining cakes to the local shelters. They also support local and national social justice and human rights causes.
The Learning in Style School is an unassuming presence on Nicollet Avenue. Many in the neighborhood are unaware of the great work they do providing quality education in English, math, computers and citizenship to adult immigrants and refugees. Their students come from all over the world, and the staff and volunteers build literacy and citizenship skills in a supportive, affordable and respectful environment that is open to all who want to learn.
Diane Gorney was the Good Neighbor Award recipient. As a member of the White Earth Nation, Diane has worked to support the American Indian OIC and education opportunities for American Indian youth. She has also become a trade ambassador, investigating a Native American arts and wild rice agreement with France. Diane is one of the many smart, generous, unassuming residents of Whittier who quietly give back to the community.
Whittier Elects New Board Members
At our April Business Association meeting, the BA membership elected four representatives to the board and the Business Association Chair to one-year terms. Congratulations to Geraldiné Jerez, Araceli Perez, Fadumo Abdinur Anab, Osman Abo and Chair Andy Cohen.
At our Annual Meeting in March the neighborhood elected five new Whittier Alliance board members to three-year terms: Mary Gazca, Sarah Estey, Marie Listopad, Michael Malone, and Christine Popowski. Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone who attended both meetings!
New Year, New Executive Director
Ricardo McCurley officially took the helm at the Whittier Alliance as Executive Director in the first week of January 2016, after getting up to speed with Marian over the course of December. Ricardo was previously the Executive Director for the Southeast Como Improvement Association. Stop by the office, a Community Issues meeting or any number of Whittier events and say hello!
Reopening Nicollet Ave Workshops
The Whittier Alliance in partnership with the Cuningham Group and the Midtown Greenway Coalition recently hosted a series of five workshops to create a neighborhood-based vision for the reopening of Nicollet Ave and development of the Kmart and SuperValu sites. The goal was to develop a plan that reflected the Whittier neighborhood’s preferences for land use and development.
Review presentations from the workshops:
I See/We See Asking the Right Questions & Defining the Places Small Area Vision – Greenway/Transit Nicollet & Lake Policy Support Discussion of Concept Final Concept
Further information about the process can be found at the Whittier Nicollet-Lake Wiki Site.
The Whittier Alliance has free graffiti cleanup supplies. Help keep Whittier prettier by removing graffiti as soon as possible – call 311 or use the online service to report graffiti before cleaning. Read more info about graffiti prevention and removal.
Low Interest Housing Improvement Loans Now Available!
Single Family Home Improvement and Rental Rehab Renewal (3-R) Loans are available for qualifying repairs or improvements to owner-occupied and rental properties within the Whittier Neighborhood. There are no income limits, a low 2% interest rate and many exterior and interior projects qualify. The purpose of these loans is to maintain and improve the housing stock, livability and curb appeal in the Whittier neighborhood. Eligibility and other requirements can be found in the Guidelines & Application for each program: Single Family Home Improvement Application 3-R Application
Raise money for the Whittier Alliance without giving a cent!
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