Welcome to The “Fill MN With” Project Page

As an organization that seeks to build community and to better our society through our events, we’ve wrestled with how to appropriately respond to and address the societal issues at the root of Mr. Floyd’s death and how to help rebuild the Twin Cities businesses that foster relationships, bridge cultures, and offer authentic experiences. These are organizations and local businesses that we work with, respect, and care for. All with the limitations already set upon us due to COVID-19.

As we look to the future, what can we do as individuals and as an organization to help in this moment while we continue striving for peace and justice? What can we “Fill Minnesota With” to both reform and rebuild the city that we love and serve? As we wrestled with this, we jotted down words…Unity….Justice…Equity… and beyond. As we took in the collection of words we were moved by the image of all of them together and decided to create a piece of art showcasing what we want to “Fill MN With”. In an effort to encourage community involvement and help raise funds for those affected by these recent events, we’ve taken this image and created a small collection of items.

We are donating 100% of the net proceeds and equally splitting funds raised between We Love Lake Street, Midway United, and Northside Funders Group.

Should you prefer to donate to these organizations directly we encourage you to do so.  We know that there are many areas of our society and our community that deserve your time, attention, and support – now and always. We urge you to educate yourself on and pursue those avenues. For our part, GetKnit was, is, and always will be built on the idea of supporting and uplifting our diverse communities and the local businesses that reside in their borders, and this is one small part of carrying out that mission.

Our hope is that as we lift and fill our communities with love, we will create change and equity for each of our neighbors.

Fundraising Items

'Fill MN With' Art Print

$15.00 Contribution

$5.00 Contribution

$30.00 Contribution

A Bit More About Our Charities Of Choice

Midway United

The Midway United Fund (through the Neighbors United Fundraising Collaborative) “exists to provide funding to residents, local businesses, and community organizations who bring forth innovative ideas and projects focusing on economic development, placemaking, public art, preventing displacement, and preserving what we all love most about our community. The goal of the Midway United fund is to sustain the vitality and identity of the Union Park and Hamline Midway neighborhoods. “

Northside Funders Group

“Northside Funders Group is working to reduce disparities and build equity, assets and opportunity for everyone in North Minneapolis. Our goal is to remove barriers and make ourselves more accessible and accountable to each other, our partners in this work and the Northside community. We are working in partnership with West Broadway Business and Area Coalition to support efforts to provide relief to businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the uprising across our city. The business corridors along West Broadway, Lowry Avenue, and Penn Avenue have been devastated by fires, looting, and significant structural damage.”

We Love Lake Street

“The Lake Street Council (501c3) has started a fund to help rebuild Lake Street, starting with direct support to small businesses and nonprofits to help them rebuild their storefronts, reopen their businesses and serve our neighborhoods.  A majority of Lake Street businesses are owned by immigrants and people of color, and Lake Street Council is committed to ensuring that our support is accessible to all businesses and has an equitable impact. As we work to allocate and distribute these funds, we will focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in our community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses.”

Future Opportunties

In addition to these fundraising efforts, our hope is that the “Fill MN With” Project could become a platform that not only raises needed funds in the present, but grows into an opportunity for new community outreach events, like many of our past volunteer experiences.  More to come!