Get Involved

There are three main ways to get involved in your neighborhood association:

  1. Run for the MHNA board
  2. Attend or join committee meetings
  3. Help with individual projects and events

Got ideas? Opinions? Time? A desire to help? Get on board!


The MHNA board needs your voice. The greater diversity of people involved in the MHNA board, the more our neighborhood thrives and remains a wonderful place to live, work, learn, play and grow—for everyone: renters, homeowners, students, elders.

Anyone who has been a resident and member of MHNA for six consecutive months may run for a board seat. For 2019, we are particularly eager to bring expertise and interests in management, finances, creative placemaking, transportation / infrastructure, and land use and development.

We also need diverse perspectives. So, if you have at least an interest in any of these issues (or others) and want to be a part of something big, please consider running.

Here are 8 great reasons to run for the MHNA board:

  1. You want to stay on top of what’s happening in the neighborhood.

  2. You want to contribute your voice to ensure our neighborhood is a diverse and vibrant community.

  3. You want to meet your neighbors, city officials, developers and local business owners.

  4. You want to flex your leadership muscles—or learn how to.

  5. You want to learn about community engagement, neighborhood organizations or nonprofit boards.

  6. You want to give back in an easy, meaningful way.

  7. Rather than complaining, you want to be a part of finding solutions.

  8. You love our neighborhood—and want others to love it too!

What does board membership involve? We’re happy to have a chat with you and share what we know. Take a look at the Candidate Form, the Board Position Description and contact Chris Lautenschlager, MHNA Executive Director, with your questions.


Board & General Membership Meetings

In January, April, June, and October, meetings of the entire membership of MHNA are held the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. The MHNA board meets immediately after at 8pm. These meetings are held at the Pillsbury A-Mill, 315 Main Street SE. All are welcome to attend both of these meetings.

In February, March, May, August, September, and November, MHNA board meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm, but these meetings are conducted at First Congregational Church, 500 8th Avenue SE. Members and the general public are also welcome to attend MHNA board meetings.

All MHNA meetings are handicap-accessible. If you need any special accommodation or ADA-related accommodation, contact the MHNA office 5 business days in advance of the meeting.

Committee and Task Force Meetings

Attending committee and task force meetings is THE way to stay on top of what's going on in the neighborhood and to contribute to decisions, weigh in on issues and join in on projects. Watch the calendar for meeting times and agenda, and contact the committee or task force chairs for more information. Here's more information about our standing committees.

Individual Projects and Events

Want to tend a garden? Create public art? Make the neighborhood safer and more beautiful? Help throw a great party or event? We've got plenty in the works! Here are just some of the projects that are in motion or on the calendar in 2018:

  • 3rd Annual September Ice Cream Social (Saturday, September 29th)
  • Neighborhood Yard Sale
  • Minneapolis Open Streets (Sunday, September 30th)
  • Rehabbing the artwork in Elwell (Turtle) Park
  • Caring for our 6th Avenue SE Greenway Gardens
  • Litter Container & Adopt-a-Street Program