June 2020 newsletter: Message from Board Chair Toni Carter, coronavirus/COVID-19 updates, Ramsey County Library summer learning program

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June 2020 Newsletter

In this issue:

- Message from Board Chair Toni Carter 
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 update
- Summer learning program
- Park shelter reservations open
- Resources for county businesses
- Employment assistance
- Fill out your 2020 census
- Upcoming events
- In the news

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May 29 message from Board Chair Toni Carter

As chair of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, I want to share with you how deeply saddened we all are by the devastating injustices that occur too frequently within our midst. Like you, we’re appalled and angered when those to whom we’ve given authority to serve and protect us so thoroughly misuse and betray our trust. And when our justice system repetitively fails to swiftly provide justice after such violations, scars left unhealed deepen with each re-injury. That is the case now with the death of Mr. George Floyd while in custody of the Minneapolis Police. We offer our prayers for his family and friends, and also for our Twin Cities communities in the aftermath of this horrible occurrence.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak updates

Ramsey County government remains open and we are committed to providing services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while protecting the health of residents and our staff. 

View weekly COVID-19 updates provided at meetings of the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners

Food and basic needs assistance

food and basic needs assistance programs available

Many people in Ramsey County are struggling with access to enough healthy food. Information on food and basic needs resources is on our website, including assistance programs:

  • To increase monthly food budgets.
  • For children under the age of 18.
  • For seniors.
  • For residents with transportation or mobility barriers.

An interactive map is also available to help locate food resources in your neighborhood.

Visit ramseycounty.us/foodresources

Summer learning program at Ramsey County Library

Summer break at home

Ready, set, read! Summer break at home is designed to inspire and encourage children ages 4 to 19 to read, explore, create and discover - all summer long! 

Participants can track their progress through the free Beanstack Tracker app.

Learn more about the program at rclreads.org

Updates to Parks and Recreation services

Picnic shelter and pavilions open for reservations

Park shelter and pavilion rentals have reopened, aligning with current Stay Safe Minnesota guidance. Reservations can be made online or by calling 651-748-2500. We will contact larger groups with existing reservations that are impacted by this change.

Make a shelter reservation

Ramsey County beaches will remain closed until further notice to help slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the community. We will continue to monitor guidelines and best practices to determine if and when beaches can reopen this season.

Emergency assistance for small local businesses

small business relief fund

The Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund is accepting applications from local businesses with 20 or fewer employees impacted by COVID-19. The fund will provide grants of $7,500 to businesses. Applications open through June 12, 2020. 

Apply at RamseyCountyMeansBusiness.com

Employment assistance for residents

State and local resources are available for people whose jobs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. County resources include employment assistance programs, virtual workshops and guidance counseling.

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Learn more about employment assistance

Act now and fill out the 2020 census

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It's not too late - respond now to the 2020 census and do your part to help Ramsey County have a complete count of all of our residents.

Census counts help determine critical functions of government – everything from the number of elected officials that represent us, to funding for hospitals, schools, highways and social programs.

It's easy to respond online, by phone or mail.

Visit 2020census.gov to fill out the 2020 census

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Upcoming events

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Board of Commissioners Meeting
Tuesdays, June 9, 16 and 23.

Foster Care Parent Orientation
Thursday, June 11.

Town Hall: Voting and the 2020 Census
Wednesday, June 10.

Sexual Violence Prevention Committee
Wednesday, June 10.

Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection - Roseville 
Fridays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27.

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In the news