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Your generosity has touched many

Over the past few months there have been numerous requests from many sources for donations to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. On a local level, your contributions have been put to good use. Here are reports from the CWE Farm, Storied House face mask project, and the CWE North CID’s meals program.

When Nancy and Arthur Culbert celebrated the CWE Farm’s 10th anniversary with an effort to raise $10,000 for 3 area food pantries, the response from the community was overwhelming. Their letter of gratitude (below) follows some recent photos of the farm at 5057 Waterman,  just west of Kingshighway. (Arthur Culbert and Lee Cagle, one of the new farm managers, are shown with Lee’s daughter Aiko, below right.)Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  The Storied House The Creative Courant Suzanne Miller Farrell Lee Cagle Kate Haher CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Farm

Greetings friends,
Hooray! With great joy we deem our Central West End Farm 10-year celebration an overwhelming successYour generosity far exceeded our expectations. From LA to Miami, Boston back to St. Louis, seventy-eight citizens wanting to make a difference donated $12,000 to help feed our hungry neighbors during these challenging times. You didn’t just donate, either. You gave enthusiastically from the heart.  
One ten year old and his eight year old sister reported combining the contents of their piggy banks to donate $17.25. Another donor contributed a portion of her stimulus check. A Dad donated to demonstrate his desire to support his daughter’s volunteer work with the Farm.  
Through all of your contributions we significantly exceeded our goal of $10,000! We are immensely grateful for your support, as are the patrons of our recipient food pantries. We are thrilled that Sprouting Gift Gardens Foundation will deliver $4,000.00 checks to Second Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Central Baptist Church food ministries to support their efforts to feed the hungry in our old neighborhood in Saint Louis. 
 Take good care of yourselves and each other. Be well. And remember, there’s no place like hope.
 
With gratitude and love,  
Arthur & Nancy Culbert

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  The Storied House The Creative Courant Suzanne Miller Farrell Lee Cagle Kate Haher CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Farm

CWEnder Suzanne Miller Farrell was overwhelmed with orders for face masks following my April 16th post on sources for face coverings found in the neighborhood.  Miller Farrell has a production team in the U.S. that was making masks using fabrics culled from her home accessories line, The Storied House. She also decided she would allocate a portion of sales to create masks at no charge for those who could not afford them.

Miller Farrell recently emailed an update about that effort:

“The $$ I raised from mask sales have provided nearly 1,000 masks to frontlinters here and in Ireland, and to 800 school children in South Africa. YAY!”

In addition, shortly after the stay-at-home orders went into effect in the City of St. Louis, this tireless entrepreneur started an online 10-day Creativity Challenge.  That proved to be such a success that she recently launched The Creative Courant, a weekly good news (remember that?) journal. Each Friday, Farrell emails well-researched and inspiring stories as well as fun links to entertain both you and your families. You’d be wise to subscribe.

News from the CWE North Community Improvement District:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Services Urban Gardens  The Storied House The Creative Courant Suzanne Miller Farrell Lee Cagle Kate Haher CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Farm

Finally, you may remember seeing an opportunity to contribute to the CWE North Community Improvement District’s program to fund meals prepared by neighborhood restaurants for delivery to healthcare workers at BJC and to City Hope STL, a homeless shelter.

Under this initiative, local restaurants were paid $15 for each meal they provided to the program, which offered a supplemental source of revenue while they navigated uncharted waters.

The CID’s Executive Director Kate Haher reported that $32,700 has gone into funding this effort, $7,425 of which has come from contributions from the community.

Thank you to neighbors here and afar for what you have done for these organizations and many others. As the saying goes—and it’s so true—we’re in this together.

From CWE North Community Improvement District: COVID-19 Economic Development Update

From Kate Haher, executive director:

Please see the update below from the St. Louis Economic Development Corporation outlining resources available during this crisis.

St. Louis Development Corporation is working with our regional partners to provide information, resources, and assistance to small businesses. We are here to help. Please check out the resources below and go to their websites for the most current information and applications. If you need assistance, please call the Small Business Resource Hotline at 314-615-1777.

COVID-19 Regional Business Information Center

The St. Louis Regional Chamber is keeping the most up-to-date website to provide information on COVID-19, with information on business resources, regional resources, travel, and event updates. Please check it often to see the latest information. You can find that website here.

Regional Impact Survey

Please fill out the Regional Impact Survey so we can learn more about your needs and how we can serve you better. You can find the Regional Impact Survey here.

Small Business Resource Fund

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and the St. Louis Development Corporation are offering a zero percent interest loan of up to $5,000 for small businesses in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County that have sustained economic damage due to the COVID-19 crisis. Loan details can be found here.

Apply here. For questions about the program, please email bizhelp@stlpartnership.com.

St. Louis Community Foundation Regional Response Fund

The St. Louis Community Foundation has established two funds to help small businesses and nonprofits.

The Gateway Resilience Fund will help provide short-term monetary relief to small locally-owned businesses and their employees.

The Regional Response Fund was established to direct aid to local nonprofit organizations delivering services to people affected by the virus including children, the elderly, and isolated. To learn more, click here.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). All businesses in Missouri and Illinois are eligible to apply. Loans can be made for up to $2 million. Submit an application to SBA for a disaster loan at here. For more information on the three step process for obtaining a disaster loan, click here.

America’s SBDC – Missour

To help business owners prepare for the changing circumstances associated with COVID-19, the Missouri Small Business Development Center (SBDC) suggests the following steps to take for businesses financially impacted: Find those steps here.

Contact SBDC Business Counselor, Colleen Mulvihill, directly at cmulvihill@stlpartnership.com.

United Way 2-1-1

Serving United Way of Greater St. Louis’ service area and the entire state of Missouri, United Way 2-1-1 connects people to services that help them live their best possible lives – from basic needs to childcare to disaster relief to counseling. For more information, click here.

OTHER RESOURCES

Ameren Missouri Income Relief Program

STL Take It Home supports local businesses.

MO DED Covid-19 Business Resources

 

Mother Nature spoils this year’s CWE Halloween Festivities

If you’re an event planner a weather day such as last Saturday’s could cause you to reconsider your profession. For the first time in memory a steady, cold rain put the kibash on both the kids’ and pet Halloween parades. After that regrettable but necessary decision, sponsors and organizers were in constant contact throughout the day about what to do about Saturday night’s adult costume contest extravaganza. It was touch-and-go right up until 7 p.m. (the costume contest was due to start at 8), as they wondered if the drizzle would stop in time to safely plug in the lights and sound system so the show could go on.

But that wasn’t to be and CWE North CID’s Kate Haher & Erica Lembo, as well as the event’s producers Dennis Gorg and Frances Thompson decided that the party would go on, just not onstage. They invited attendees to come to the CWE and party in the bars and restaurants. Judges then roamed among the crowd and awarded those with the best costumes prize money or CWE Bucks.  It wasn’t the same as we have come to expect of this great event, but it made the best of a challenging situation and those who came out seemed to have a good time anyway.

Here are a few photographs from the evening:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture  Kate Haher Frances Thompson Erica Lembo Dennis Gorg CWEScene

Thanks to Kate Haher and Erica Lembo of the CWE North CID, Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson, Dennis Gorg, and everyone else who spent the last few months planning this year’s event. This is one for the record books, and hopefully the last time rain spoils the parade.

More photos can be found on CWEScene’s Instagram page.