Block Ambassador Basics

Being a block ambassador does not mean having to do all the work! Recruit others to help you, based on the time available and your respective skills.

Here are some possible responsibilities: 

Keep a current contact list of the neighbors on your block, ​including name, address, e-mail and phone. Share this list (with permission) with all neighbors on the block, as well as with neighborhood liaison Amy Gage if you live near the University of St. Thomas. And keep your contact information current with your district council.

You may also choose to set up a group e-mail list through Google Groups, create a private group on Facebook or NextDoor, or use an E-­democracy forum to connect with your neighbors. 

Connect neighbors to issues, events and notices disseminated by your district council, nearby colleges and universities, the public library and other gathering spots, and the St. Paul Police Department.

Organize a gathering for your block club at least once a year. ​Neighbors who know and enjoy one another help build community! Plan a National Night Out party, a fall potluck, a meeting regarding an issue on your block, or an informal get-together.

Sign up to get e-newsletters and crime updates from your district council: either Union Park District Council or Macalester-Groveland Community Council. Also, get on the St. Thomas neighborhood e-list. W​e want to keep you in the loop!

Encourage neighbors to participate in your block club. ​Welcome new neighbors, and be conscious of any special needs (new parents, seniors) with which your block club might help. Consider getting connected to community-­wide issues such as recycling, beautification, violence prevention and small-business development.

If you'd like to sign on to be a Block Ambassador, please use the information below to contact your district council. St. Thomas would also like to hear from you if you live within the boundaries of the Student Housing Overlay District that surrounds the St. Paul campus: north to I-94, east to Snelling, south to St. Clair and west to the Mississippi River.

  • Union Park District Council: Michael Johnson, 651-645-6887
  • Macalester-Groveland Community Council: Liz Boyer, 651-695-4000
  • University of St. Thomas: Amy Gage, 651-962-6123