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Pay it Forward

The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Saint Paul, the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, African Economic Development Solutions, Hmong American Partnership, Latino Economic Development Center, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Neighborhood Development Center, and other partners launched a call for volunteers to serve as business mentors for a new Pay It Forward Program.  

Leveraging an existing business mentor model developed by SCORE Saint Paul, Pay It Forward will engage an array of volunteers with financial and business experience to support local business owners who need assistance in navigating COVID-19 grant and loan relief opportunities. 

  • Business Mentor Volunteers. Pay it Forward Business Mentor Volunteers are community members with business and financial experience who can help support businesses who need assistance to navigate COVID-19 grant and loan relief opportunities. Community members who can speak Hmong, Somali, Oromo, Spanish, and Karen are encouraged to apply to ensure everyone in our community can access this resource. Those who are interested can apply now.
  • Assistance for Businesses. The Pay It Forward Business Mentor program helps businesses navigate COVID-19 grant and loan relief opportunities at no cost.

Learn more and apply at

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Our community is facing unprecedented challenges. Serve Saint Paul: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is building a community of service in Saint Paul by connecting neighbors who could use a helping hand during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest. In partnership with Cities of Service and AARP, this initiative engages volunteers to safely support community members who are experiencing barriers to meeting some basic needs due to age, mobility, income, or other factors. Working together as a community, our city will emerge stronger and more connected.

Find opportunities and sign up to be a volunteer.

Personal Protective Equipment Donations

The City of Saint Paul is grateful for all of the community members who have expressed interest in donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City  is currently accepting donations for some items. Donations must be in unopened, original packaging in accordance with approved medical standards (with the exception of cloth face masks).  

The following items are currently being accepted by the City: 

  • Masks (N95, surgical, procedural) 
  • Disinfecting Wipes such as Clorox or Sani-Cloth wipes 
  • Hand Sanitizer (At least 70% alcohol, Gel preferred) 
  • Isolation or Surgical Gowns 
  • Eye Protection (Safety Glasses or Goggles) 
  • Homemade cloth face coverings

Submit information about your donation here or drop off your donation on Fridays, 1-4 p.m. at the Fire Department Headquarters (645 Randolph Avenue) starting July 17.

The City of Saint Paul greatly appreciates your generosity and reminds you that we can all contribute to fighting the virus by practicing social distancing.