July 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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July 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 
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Become a Mentor  

Kinship of Greater Minneapolis


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity with flexible hours based on your schedule


Location: In your community  

Families needed to reach out to a child in your community who needs additional support and nurturing! Kinship of Greater Minneapolis is a 56-year-old mentoring organization that looks for couples, families and individuals to spend time with one of Kinship's waiting children in Hennepin and Anoka Counties. The children, ages 5 to 15, are anxious to be matched with families who will offer them friendship and an opportunity to see life from a fresh perspective. Bake cookies, throw a ball, read a book, take a walk - it is simple, yet life changing.  


Ages: Families with children are encouraged to participate as mentors


Time Commitment: One year commitment required with weekly outings as often as you can manage


Contact: Hennepin County, Margie Edberg, Executive Director, 612.588.4655; Anoka County, Penny Kallas, Anoka Co. Kinship Director at 763.862.6755

Want to mentor but live in Dakota County? Check out Kids 'n Kinship, (www.kidsnkinship.org) for the local mentoring program, sister to Kinship of Greater Minneapolis 



Help Feed Hungry Kids  

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunch hours, see list below


Location: Varies, see list below  

Good nutrition is necessary for students to learn effectively. We need volunteers to help serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. No meal preparation is necessary. Volunteers serve prepackaged meals and develop positive relationships with summer school students. This is perfect for families and individuals looking for fun summer opportunities to help their community. The following shifts and locations still need volunteers:


Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights:

  • June 25 - 1 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45)
  • June 26 - 3 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45)
  • June 27 - 3 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45)
  • June 28 - 4 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45), 5 for lunch (10 to 12:30)
  • June 29 - 1 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45), 2 for lunch (10 to 12:30)
  • August 1 - 1 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45)
  • August 2  -1 for breakfast (7:15 to 9:45)       

Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton St., West St. Paul:

  • July 12 - 4 for lunch (10:15 to 12:45) 

Kaposia Learning Center, 225 1st Avenue South, South St. Paul:

  • July 16 - 1 for lunch (12 to 12:45)
  • July 31 - 4 for breakfast (8:30 to 9:15), 3 for lunch (12 to 12:15)    
  • August 2 - 5 for breakfast (8:30 to 9:15), 4 for lunch (12 to 12:15)

Ages: Minimum age is 10. Volunteers 10-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: We are happy to work with people's schedules to find the best fit for volunteering


Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or david@neighborsmn.org




Walk for Wishes

Make a Wish Foundation of Minnesota


Date/Time: Saturday, July 14, 7am-noon


Location: Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington  

Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota at the 6th Annual Walk for Wishes as we walk and run to help make wishes come true for Minnesota children with life-threatening medical conditions. Through this walk/run event, you will have the opportunity to support the mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota, to honor wish children and their families, and to enjoy a positive family-friendly outdoor experience. Entertainment, activities, music, prizes and food are available throughout the event!  

Event Schedule:

  • 7am- 5K Run Registration & Breakfast  
  • 7:30- 5K Run begins  
  • 8:00- 2-Mile Walk Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:30- 2-Mile Walk begin


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Up to 5 hours the day of event


Contact: Jean Carlson, 612.767.2764 or jcarlson@wishmn.org.  Online registration is available here




Mitch's Pantry  

Miracles of Mitch Foundation


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Miracles of Mitch Foundation office, 545 West 78th Street, Chanhassen (in the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre building)

You can help families by making an in-kind donation of grab-n-go food for the pantry in the Pediatric Oncology family lounge at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. The Miracles of Mitch Foundation (MOMF) was formed by Steve and Becky Chepokas in memory of their son Mitch. Since his passing in 2003, the MOMF has provided financial and quality-of-life support to the families of children being treated for cancer in Minnesota. Read more about Mitch's inspiring story here.


List of Approved Items - All items must be individually packaged: 

  • Beef Jerky
  • Chips/Pretzels/Crackers 
  • Applesauce
  • Pudding
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Microwaveable Soup

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Amount of time needed to purchase and deliver items


Contact: Anna Haugo, 952.974.9603, Anna@MiraclesofMitch.org, to arrange a time to drop off your donations 




Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)


Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website registration page  


Location: FMSC has local packing locations in Coon Rapids, Chanhassen and Eagan

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Our approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Packaged in small pouches, each of which provides six highly nutritious meals, this easy-to-prepare food blend has won rave reviews all over the world. While the formula was designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children, the ingredients also improve the health, growth and physical well-being of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. A single bag of food provides highly nutritious meals for six children. Each bag costs around $1.32 to produce, and 93 percent of all donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program.  


Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old  


Time Commitment: Shifts are either 1.5 hours or 2 hours


Contact: Register online at FSMC's Registration Page




Family Companions Senior Visiting  

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly


Date/Time: One weekend afternoon a month


Location: Your home

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is  committed to relieving isolation and loneliness while promoting the well-being and independence of older adults in the Twin Cities Metro Area. Family Companion volunteers welcome an elder into their home once a month, providing him or her with a family-centered environment that can include a meal and other activities based on mutual interests. The time commitment includes one face-to-face visit each month, phone calls and travel time. Family Companion volunteers are thoughtfully matched to elder friends based on interests, personality and location. 


Ages: Adults with children of any age


Time Commitment: Approximately 3-4 hours per month is suggested 


Contact: LuAnne Speeter, lspeeter@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0753




Wish List Needs  

East Side Neighborhood Services


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis  

 East Side Neighborhood Services is a nonprofit human services agency that provides basic needs resources and social services to individuals, families and neighborhoods primarily located in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Our purpose is to assist people of all ages and backgrounds in realizing a higher quality of life. You can help us help others by cleaning out your closets or conducting a donation drive for our wish list items. You'll help individuals who are in need and at the same time help our programs save money. Wish list items include:

  • BASIC NEEDS: Shoes and boots of all sizes from infant to adult, children's gently used clothing sizes newborn to 12, coats, mittens, scarves, pajamas, rain gear, bathing suits, personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, diapers, bandages, hand lotion, household cleaning supplies, laundry soap, sponges
  • NUTRITION: Snack items, bottled water, non-perishable food
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Backpacks, notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, calculators, rulers, scissors, paper, daily planners   
  • TOYS AND GAMES: Toys such as balls, windsocks, Tonka trucks, sand toys and games for all ages, such as Fisher Price toys, puzzles with all the pieces  
  • SPORTS EQUIPMENT: Baseball gloves, footballs, weights, yoga mats, jump ropes, badminton, volleyballs and balls  
  • ART SUPPLIES: White cotton t-shirts, craft paper, colored paper, paints, brushes, markers, crayons, poster paper, pastels, charcoal, sketchbooks, disposable cameras, yarn, fabric for sewing, fabric scraps for quilting and crafts, sewing thread
  • EQUIPMENT: Flash drives, alarm clocks, portable loudspeaker, commercial refrigerators, cd players, sewing machines, knitting needles, infant seats, car seats, high chairs, office chairs, play pens, cribs, strollers, pillows with cases and coverings  

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Mary Anstett, 612.781.6011, to arrange a time to drop off your donations 





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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together (www.doinggoodtogether.org). When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.

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