SNIA (Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association)

The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1975. The SNIA serves the residents of the Shaw neighborhood by providing information, facilitating discussion, and acting on solutions.

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SNIA

Meetings
View the meeting schedule.
SNIA’s Shaw neighborhood meetings (click that link for all meeting minutes) provide opportunities to personally interact with our ward’s Alderman, the 2nd District Police, our City’s Circuit Attorney’s office, the Neighborhood Stabilization Officer, SNIA Officers, as well as to meet other residents of our community. The Chairs of each SNIA committee are present at meetings to provide updates and answer questions pertaining to committee activities. Meeting agendas address current issues that are relevant to Shaw Neighborhood and St. Louis City. Shaw neighborhood meetings are held bimonthly at St. Margaret of Scotland Church basement (on 39th at Flad). All other meetings are held at the SNIA office at 4103 Shenandoah.

Governance
The corporation is managed by an Executive Committee and governed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of elected representatives of each block in the Shaw Neighborhood – this large network of block captains ensures that every voice is heard and every resident is represented. The Board of Directors meet every other month at the SNIA office (4103 Shenandoah Ave). Read SNIA’s bylaws.

Membership
By joining SNIA, your donation goes directly to supporting the many programs and activities that SNIA members and committee chairs organize and work on to enhance the quality of life in Shaw. Aside from our superstar part-time officer manager, SNIA is completely volunteer-run. Some of the programs that your donation supports include:

  • FREE ADMISSION to the renowned Historic Shaw Art Fair, which is going on its 22nd year!
  • FREE Deals & Discounts with local businesses.
  • Helping Hands grants, which support nonprofit organizations who work in and around Shaw, particularly with youth
  • the Shaw Dog Park
  • beautification of Shaw, from restoration and maintenance of our green spaces to working with the City on streetscape improvements
  • engagement with the youth of our neighborhood through various projects
  • management of information related to the Shaw neighborhood, including linking interested buyers and renters with available properties, managing social media, and archiving of historic information
  • promoting events occurring in and around the neighborhood, like the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market, Whitaker Music Festival, and Food Truck Friday
  • review of new development relative to Shaw’s Historic Code
  • liaising with the police on safety issues