Join Us for National Night Out!
National Night Out is Tuesday, August 2, and Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will again be hosting a community get-together for our friends and neighbors. Come by the center between 4:00-6:00pm to enjoy delicious food, play games, socialize with neighbors, and learn about upcoming events at Hallie Q. The event takes place on our patio overlooking the park. We hope to see you there!
Hope in the Midst of Tragedy
Last week we had an inspiring visitor to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center – a woman who is both a friend of Jonathan Palmer, our Executive Director, and a supporter of Hallie Q. Although she intended to bring a hug and kind words, she – much to her own surprise – came bearing gifts.
The woman lives in the neighborhood and understands that Hallie Q. Brown is an African American organization that is open to all people. With over 80% of our clients identifying as African American, the events of the past few weeks – particularly those so close to home – were weighing heavily on Hallie Q. staff and community members alike.
The woman’s daughter, who attends JJ Hill Montessori School, asked where she was going as she left the house. Upon hearing her mom was visiting Hallie Q. Brown, the young girl – Savannah – gathered up her allowance, tucked it into an envelope and drew a picture of Jonathan, our Executive Director, on the front. She asked her mother to donate the money to the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf.
Savannah knew Jonathan from JJ Hill’s participation in the annual March Campaign against hunger. Each year JJ Hill students organize a food drive during the month of March to support the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf. The students routinely raise more than 2,000 pounds of food for our organization. As a reward, they receive a visit from Hallie’s own superhero, Captain HQB, who is played by Jonathan. The students love hearing from a superhero about how their work makes them heroes in the fight against hunger.
As a student at JJ Hill, Savannah also knew Philando Castile. In Jonathan’s words, her “selfless act, from a young person who I’m sure is still trying to process what happened to “Mr. Phil” is one of the most beautiful acts of kindness and charity I’ve ever witnessed.”
Thank you, Savannah, for generously thinking of others in the midst of a local tragedy. You are an inspiration to all of us at Hallie Q. Brown!
Fun at Rondo Days
The Hallie Q. Brown Fun Zone at Rondo Days was a big hit again this year, with hundreds of kids and their parents stopping by to participate in games and activities. Every child who came by also left with a free book, courtesy of Hallie Q. Brown. Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day a success, particularly the brave souls who endured the dunk tank – Eric Levinson (Board Chair), Scott Flaherty (Board Member), AJ (St. Paul Parks and Rec youth), and our Executive Director, Jonathan Palmer. See below for pictures of Jonathan being dunked! Additional pictures from the event can be viewed via our Facebook album.
P.S. I welcome your input and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, Hallie Q. Brown is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization. Your contribution is tax deductible and very much appreciated in these challenging economic times. Thank you.
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