Voice your Opinion on Transit Cuts and Fare Raises

The Minnesota House and Senate have both passed bills to substantially cut transit service. The House bill cuts existing metro transit service by 40%.

The Metropolitan Council is seeking public input on a proposal to raise transit fares in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Comment now on proposal to raise transit fares.

WSCO will be on the Radio!

KMOJ 89.9 FM Sunday, April 23rd  1-2pm

Monica Bravo (WSCO Executive Director) will be on KMOJ this Sunday (April 23rd) from 1-2pm talking about the West Side Comprehensive plan with Lissa Jones!!

West Side Blood Drive! April 20-21, 2017


Red Cross reaches out to West Side community to promote diverse blood donation

West Side community invited to roll up a sleeve and help save lives

2017 West Side  información en español

2017 West Side information in English

  1. St. PAUL, Minn. (April 10, 2017) — The American Red Cross is encouraging the West Side community to help increase diverse blood donations. A special blood drive will be held April 20-21 at the Red Cross St. Paul Blood Donation Center. The blood drive will help educate and build awareness of the need for blood donors from all backgrounds.


Having a readily available and diverse blood supply continues to be important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. The best chance for a successful transfusion may come from blood donors of similar ethnic backgrounds to that of the patient.


Blood types are hereditary and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. The demand is often higher for types O and B blood. Some ethnic groups have higher frequencies of these blood types and play a key role in ensuring availability for patients.


“Donating blood is an easy way to give back to your community and help your family, friends or someone across the street or across the nation who is in need of lifesaving blood products,” said Ann Anaya, board member with the American Red Cross Minnesota Region and senior council for 3M. “The work of the Red Cross is important and donating blood is one small way that you make a positive impact on another human being in a time of need.”


West Side community blood drive

Thursday, April 20, 1-7 p.m.

Friday, April 21, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Red Cross St. Paul Blood Donation Center

176 S. Robert St.

Spanish interpreters will be available and RapidPass is available online in Spanish.


The public can make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in.


Special refreshments and snacks will be available, and all who come to give will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Visa gift card or other prizes.


Everyone is invited to donate blood. It takes about an hour and doesn’t cost the donor anything. Donors are given a mini-physical, including a hemoglobin, pulse and blood pressure check and temperature reading before each donation. Following the donation, donors enjoy a snack and refreshment before they leave.  


How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Future Sol: Celebrate and Help Plan the West Side Flats Greenway

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On Earth Day from 11AM – 2PM., the City of Saint Paul will unveil new design concepts of the West Side Flats greenway development at a fun, family-friendly event featuring storytellers, speakers, music, a local food truck, and a special sunflower planting activity. This is the public’s final opportunity to provide input on the greenway’s preliminary design before it is finalized later this year.

Volunteers will be on hand to help attendees pot and plant sunflowers in more than 100 bright yellow buckets that will be lined across the property. Write a unique message and draw an inspiring picture on your bucket, and come back to visit as the plants bloom throughout the summer. The event, jointly hosted by the City of Saint Paul and the West Side Community Organization, takes place just across the Mississippi River from downtown in Saint Paul’s West Side neighborhood.

West Side Flats is a 40-acre brownfield site that will be developed into a thriving, mixed-use, riverfront urban village that better connects the community to the Mississippi River. A scenic greenway is being planned for the site to serve as both a vibrant public open space and stormwater infrastructure.

Find the event on the West Side Flats, directly east of the West Side Flat Apartments – near the riverwalk for an afternoon filled with ART, SUNFLOWERS, TACOS, MUSIC, STORIES, and CULTURE.

Food will be sold by ‘El Taquito’ taco truck!! El Taquito Taco Shop Inc

El día del mundo desde 11AM a 2PM, la cuidad de Saint Paul va a revelar los nuevos conceptos de diseño del nuevo parque en los West Side Flats en un evento divertido y para la familia. Vamos a tener cuentistas, hablantes, música, carro de comida, y una actividad especial de plantar girasoles. Esto es la oportunidad final para el público a proveer ideas para el diseño del futuro parque antes de que se finaliza más luego este año.

Voluntarios van estar disponible para ayudar ustedes para plantar los girasoles adentro más de 100 baldes amarillos que van a estar estacionado a través la propiedad. Escribe un mensaje único y dibuja una pintura en sus baldes, y regresa para visitar durante el verano para ver las flores florecer. El evento, organizado conjuntamente por la Cuidad de Saint Paul y el West Side Community Organization, ocurre enfrente del centro de cuidad de Saint Paul a través del rio Mississippi en la comunidad del West Side.

‘West Side Flats’ es 40 acres de tierra que va hacer desarrollado a una floreciente área en frente del rio que va a conectar la comunidad al rio Mississippi. Un parque pintoresco está siendo planeado para el área para servir como un vibrante espacio público e infraestructura de agua tormenta.

¡Encuentra el evento en el ‘West Side Flats,’ directamente este del Apartamentos ‘West Side Flats’ – cercana al camino de rio y la isla ‘Harriet’ para una tarde llena de ARTE, GIRASOLES, TACOS, MUSCIA, CUENTOS, Y CULTURA!

¡La comida será vendida de ‘El Taquito’ camión de tacos!

Opportunity: WSCO is seeking a Fundraising Consultant!


The West Side Community Organization powers the people of the West Side to create a vibrant and thriving neighborhood for all.

Growing out of a movement in 1973 to save Humboldt High School, WSCO is rooted in activism, using organizing and equitable development principles as a foundation for all of our work. Our staff, board members and volunteers:

  • increase the civic participation of residents by initiating organizing campaigns, providing leadership development opportunities for youth and adults, and by educating and building the power base of residents to tackle civic issues.
  • inform issues concerning our built environment through community economic development planning, organizing resources to clean up urban blight, and advocating for equitable development
  • promote a healthy natural and social environment by fostering connections between neighbors, promoting environmental justice, and expanding housing and transportation options for all West Siders


WSCO is seeking a fundraising consultant/expert to build organizational capacity for raising funds and meeting revenue goals in 2017. 

This position will:

Review and assess current fundraising strategy and activities

Recommend annual strategies and lead the development of resulting activities

Specific Deliverables Include:

  1. Individual Donor Strategy and Implementation
  • Assess current annual development activities, current donor list and giving levels.
  • Create:
    • Strategies for individual donors based on organizational capacity and donor potential
    • Calendar/schedule of individual donor activities, milestones and timelines.
    • Key story and messages for individual donors.
    • Develop talking points for Board Members access/use.
  1. Grant Writing Strategy and Implementation
  • Assess current organizational case for support, program goals, program outcomes, and accompanying budget requirements.
  • Assess current funding proposals and required attachments in use including program and organizational budgets that outline revenue and expense by program/case.
  • Create:
    • Institutional funder prospect list and calendar to include foundations, businesses, and governmental organizations, with accompanying deadlines including cultivation and outreach strategies.
    • Proposal template for general operations
  1. Other
  • Coach organizational staff and key board members on identified strategy for funder and individual donor outreach/cultivation.
  • Educate and enlist Board Members in engaging a broader base of stakeholders; identify prospects, and determine actionable tasks.


  • Description of experience and expertise of primary consultant and any key personnel as appropriate.
  • Narrative description of project execution plans
  • Itemized cost of key deliverables
  • Include at least two writing samples, one of which must be an example of narrative used in marketing
  • References for other clients with similar projects



Total project not to exceed $10,000



Consultants will be evaluated on previous success working with community-based organizations, their ability to meet expected deliverables, and the timeline & budget.

This opportunity is open to both individuals and firms/organizations. WSCO is especially interested in working with traditionally underrepresented persons and/or those who have demonstrated success in economically & racially diverse communities.

Please submit complete applications to by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5 pm. No phone calls please.