Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) is a program with deep, historical roots in Minneapolis. From their conception in 1879 as “Bethel Mission” and their start as one of the first settlement houses in the city to the present day, they have positively impacted so many lives in our communities. PUC recognizes the systemic racism that creates barriers for communities of color in Minneapolis and actively works to close the gaps that ragingly persist in Minnesota. To do this, PUC creates and operates programming all throughout the city, focusing on things like education, housing and work, policy, and food security to name a few.
PUC is able to accomplish so much because of their network of events, organizations, and enterprises that all share the same commitment to their neighbors. One of these such enterprises is Full Cycle, a bike shop on 35th and Chicago. Full Cycle is more than a bike shop, though. They have a strong bond with their Southside community, but Founder and Director Matt Tennant realized they weren’t able to operate at full capacity due to energy efficiency limitations. Eventually, they decided to apply for and received Minneapolis Green Cost Share funding in 2020 to upgrade their space.