Meals for Shields

We are partnering with Paddy O’s to provide an opportunity for the community to purchase and share a meal and have a conversation with the first responders who serve our neighborhood at Paddy O’s on Wednesday, November 22 anytime from 2-7pm.

Click here to purchase a meal. Proceeds raised beyond the costs to prepare the meals will be donated to BackStoppers.

Paddy O’s will also be providing a complementary shuttle to/from Scottrade Center for Guns ‘n Hoses, and there will be drink specials during the event.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

 

 

We will also be conducting a Meals for Shields program for the holidays in December, stay tuned for details!

2018 Board Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 DNA Board of Directors.

There are 4 resident member seats and 2 small business member seats up for election.

The elections will take place during our annual town hall meeting on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6pm in the auditorium of the Downtown Central Library.

Click here to view and fill out the form.

 

In accordance with Article VIII, Section 2 of the DNA Bylaws, all nominations must be submitted to the Board of Directors no later than 7 calendar days prior to the election, which will be Monday, January 1, 2018.

There will be a Board retreat on Saturday, February 3 from 9am-3pm at a location to be determined in Downtown that all board members are expected to attend.

Please contact us at info@saintlouisdna.org with any questions.

Town Hall Meeting

Mark your calendars for our next Town Hall Meeting on Monday, November 13 at 6pm in the auditorium (lower-level) of the library.

Agenda
Neighborhood Announcements
Elected Officials Updates & Questions
DNA Committee Updates & Questions
Chouteau Greenway Updates
NGA & Project Connect Updates
Jefferson Arms & Lucas Park Updates
Updates from Downtown STL, Inc.
Updates from Neighborhood Police
Updates from City of St. Louis Homeless Services

The post-meeting social will be at Alumni Saint Louis.

Click here to view the Facebook event page.

Fall Fires Block Parties Kicks Off

Join us for our annual series of events Fall Fires Block Parties every Friday night from October 20-Novermber 17 for live music, fire pits, and food/drinks in various locations around Downtown St. Louis.

The first event will take place Friday, October 20th at 13th & Washington. The remaining events will occur each Friday afterwards, until our last one on November 17th.

Remaining dates & locations:

  • Oct. 27 – Mansion House
  • Nov. 3 – near Start Bar
  • Nov. 10 – 20th and Washington
  • Nov. 17 – MX

You’re welcome to BYO lawn chair and food/drink OR purchase from neighboring bars/restaurants.

What Can We Do?

The St. Louis region faces problems related to racism, inequality, and frayed relationships between police officers and the communities they serve, and we are not alone in this. New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Houston, Denver…we are all confronted with these problems no matter where you live, and people respond differently on how to address them.

Some volunteer with organizations tasked with assisting people who are homeless, some advocate for new funding streams for schools in impoverished communities, some develop and implement community policing programs, and some address them by opening up their wallet for organizations working on these dilemmas. These complex problems seem insurmountable to many, and they are when working alone. But history shows us collective efforts do make a difference in solving these problems.

With this in mind, the Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors has recently approved a range of items we believe fit within the mission of the association and will assist in addressing some of the problems brought up in the protests occurring on our streets. Some of these initiatives are new and some we have been advocating on behalf of for years.

Advocacy

One of the pillars of our association is to be an advocate for our membership, and with this in mind the following items have been added to our list of issues we are advocating for or have already been doing so.

Community and Police Relations

One specific area we want to speak to is how we can do our part to help improve community/police relations. We have seen the positives that come from a close relationship with the police officers serving in our neighborhood, and we have seen the negatives that occur when those relationships are damaged. We intend to facilitate opportunities for relationship building by undertaking the following.

  • Holding monthly “Coffee with a Cop” events in Downtown
  • Sending personal invitations to neighborhood police officers to attend community events
  • Starting a “Meals for Shields” program to raise funds and provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for first responders

Other Items

  • Partner with SLATE on 2 job fairs every year starting in 2018 to ensure people in our community know about employment opportunities.
  • Furthermore, Downtown is a small business hub employing thousands of people, and we will use our network of small business members to raise awareness of youth job programs available for these employers to hire disadvantaged youth.

These efforts are how we can do our part to improve these issues, which stretch well beyond our neighborhood.

Furthermore, we will continue our policy of maintaining free membership for all of the 9,500+ residents who live in Downtown to ensure there are no barriers to entry for residents willing to participate and join others to improve our neighborhood.

If you are interested in assisting with these efforts or have other ideas, then please contact Jared Opsal at jared@saintlouisdna.org or 314-669-4534.

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