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December 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 December 2014 - Twin Cities 

 

Brighten the Holiday for Seniors 

Gifts for Seniors

 

Date/Time: Now through December 

 

Location: Check the Gifts for Seniors website for barrel locations  

 

You and your family can help make the holiday season brighter for seniors by donating gifts! Gifts for Seniors provides donated gifts and life-affirming personal contact during the winter holidays to isolated seniors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Please use the Gifts for Seniors wish list as a guide when shopping for gifts for isolated seniors. With the critical support of volunteers, donors and community partners - people like you - we can stop the spiral into loneliness, isolation and early death.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.giftsforseniors.org/contact/

www.giftsforseniors.org 

 

 

LOVE IN[DEED]  

Wooddale Church

 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 6, 9am-noon

 

Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. The sandwich-making project will be hosted at the Edina Campus, 5532 Wooddale Avenue South, Edina  

 

Join Love In[Deed] in making a difference in the Twin Cities. Just show up, choose from a variety of pre-planned volunteer opportunities, and then go serve the community  

 

Ages: Some sites do require a minimum age due to safety concerns or the nature of the work. However, we ensure that there will be sites open to people of all ages.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: For more information visit wooddale.org/loveindeed. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at loveindeedwc@gmail.com
www.wooddale.org 

 

 

Adopt A Holiday Basket  

The Aliveness Project

 

Date/Time: Basket adoption deadline is Friday, December 12. Basket drop off times are Monday- Friday, 9am-7pm. Special weekend hours December 13 & 14 ONLY, 11am-1pm  

 

Location: 730 E 38th St, Minneapolis  

 

Founded in 1985, The Aliveness Project is a local non-profit that offers a variety of supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Since 1988 our Holiday Basket Program has provided thousands of gift baskets to men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Minnesota. Each holiday season, volunteers help by adopting baskets. Most of our baskets are geared towards Christmas or Hanukkah, but we will create a basket for any winter holiday. Basket recipients are families with children, adult couples, or single adults. Using their own funds, the volunteer shops for the basket recipient(s) and may be guided by a wishlist provided by the recipient if they so choose. The wishlist contains info about age, sizes, hobbies, and any particular 'holiday wishes'. We ask volunteers to budget a modest $35 per person in the basket. This allows a volunteer to decide how many people they would like to adopt.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Monica@aliveness.org; 612.822.7946 x206. Click here for more information and to sign-up.
www.aliveness.org 

 

 

Give the Gift of Warmth  

Matter (formerly Hope for the City)

 

Date/Time: You can drop off your donations Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

 

Location: 7005 Oxford Street, St Louis Park  

 

Matter is built on the foundation of resourcefulness. Founded in 2000, Matter is committed to delivering food and other products locally as well as medical supplies and education supplies internationally. Through simple acts of being resourceful, we believe we can change the world. We see a world where everyone and everything is seen for all it's worth, a world where we all matter. This winter, Matter is teaming up with partners in Minnesota and Afghanistan to give the gift of warmth to kids and families in need. We are collecting new and gently used boots, hats, scarves, gloves, and coats. You and your family can bring in your own donations or you can contact hannah@mattermore.org to get a barrel delivered to your school, business, or place of worship for a Give the Gift of Warmth drive.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Hannah Wortz, Service Learning Program Director, hannah@mattermore.org
www.MatterMore.org 

 

 

Make Fleece Blankets   

Camp Noah

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Mail quilts to Camp Noah, 2213 East Main, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or drop quilts off at the Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Ave, Minneapolis  

 

Make and donate fleece tie blankets for the Camp Noah program. Camp Noah is a locally hosted event for elementary-age children whose communities have been impacted by disaster. A Camp Noah event is hosted wherever it is needed, in disaster-impacted communities across the country. Camp Noah can also be done as a preparedness camp to equip children with the resiliency skills that will help them successfully respond to challenges they will face in the future. 

  • Quilt Size - 40' X 72' approximately
  • Please use youth appropriate fabrics, typically towards the older end of the childhood spectrum. Bright, gender-neutral fabrics work the best and please stay away from very specifically themed prints (e.g. sports, Disney, hunting, etc.). The children who receive blankets range in age from 6 to 14.

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Cari Logan, cari.logan@lssmn.org, 320.266.4391 or 507.473.2040
www.lssmn.org/camp_noah/ 

 

 

Holiday Cookie Baking or Holiday Food Drive  

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)

 

Date/Time: Deliver cookies between December 1-3; holiday food donations should be delivered by December 5.  

   

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth  

 

Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin communities. IOCP provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food and clothing, housing, employment, childcare, transportation, and access to resources and healthy community connection. Your family can help by baking extra cookies or bars this holiday season to share with families and kids served by IOCP. The cookies will be served as dessert at IOCP's client holiday party and during their holiday gift distribution. You can also help make the holidays a joyous time for IOCP clients by donating special food items for their celebrations. Click here for a list of needed holiday food items.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact:  Liz Erstad-Hicks lerstad-hicks@iocp.org, 763.489.7506
www.iocp.org 

 

 

Christmas Meal Volunteers    

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

 

Date/Time: Thursday, December 25, noon-2pm

 

Location: St. Mary's University, 2500 Park Ave S, Minneapolis  

 

Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas Meal event. There are a couple of ways you and your family can help:   

  • Drive elder participants to the dinner site, eat and visit with them during the event, and drive them home afterward. Total time commitment is from 11am to 3pm.
  • Deliver a meal and have a brief visit with an elder participant unable to attend the dinner on Christmas Day. Total time commitment would be about two and one-half hours.

Please note that we expect many of these roles to fill quickly, so contact us right away to learn how to reserve your spot.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Two and-one-half to four hours 

 

Contact:  Danielle Fehring at dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0726.
www.littlebrothersmn.org 

 

 

Holiday Helper Program 2014  

Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

 

Date/Time:  Donations will be accepted Monday, November 24 through Monday, December 22, 9am-5pm

 

Location: Gifts may be delivered to the front entrance of the Nursery's shelter in South Minneapolis at 4544 4th Avenue South.  

 

The Holiday Helper Program supports families who access Crisis Nursery services during the winter season of giving. Gifts received from the Holiday Helper Program are distributed to families based on their specific needs and what has been donated. The Crisis Nursery is looking for donations of new, unwrapped toys for children newborn through age six. Toys that promote cultural diversity are encouraged. We do ask that toys do not require batteries and do not promote violence such as toy guns or war action figures. Gifts are given to families beginning on Friday, November 28 through Thursday, December 25.

Holiday Wish List for Families: 

  • New toys, including educational activities, and games for children newborn through age six
  • Gift items for parents such as kitchen items, bath items and winter accessories
  • Gift certificates to retail stores for $25 or more including Target, Wal-Mart, etc.
  • Holiday wrapping paper, bows and tape
  • Large black garbage bags

Please do not wrap gifts. The deadline for making a donation to the Holiday Helper Program is Monday, December 22. This deadline allows Nursery staff to distribute holiday items to families in a timely and efficient manner.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Abbie Hugunin, Stewardship and Volunteer Services Associate, 612.767.8470
www.crisisnursery.org 

 

 

Winter Wear Drive  

Project for Pride in Living

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Deliver items to 1035 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis  

 

Help keep adults transitioning from homelessness warm this winter by providing new warm hats and mittens for the Cabrini Supportive Housing Program's residents. You can also write and decorate "happy holiday" notes to add cheer and brighten their holiday season.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Lynn Weir lynn.weir@ppl-inc.org; 612.454.4474
ppl-inc.org 

 

 

Family Roots Alliance Winter Gathering  

Lutheran Social Service of MN

 

Date/Time: Friday, Dec 19, 5:30-8pm  

 

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 

   

Family Roots Alliance provides supportive services to 40 formerly homeless families who now live across the Twin Cities Metro Area. Families establish goals and work with a case manager to become self-sufficient. Parents help their children be successful in school with the help of an Educational Support Advocate. The Winter Gathering is an evening of pizza, bingo (with prizes!), cookie decorating, family photos, fellowship and fun! Volunteers welcome participants, help with coats, organize and call bingo and many more activities.  

 

Ages: Volunteers ten an older are welcome to volunteer with their families

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Ann Fosco, 612.0879.5331, Ann.fosco@lssmn.org
www.lssmn.org 

 

 

Home-delivered Meals Driver- Food Friend  

Optage Senior Dining Choices

 

Date/Time: Deliveries usually start around 10am and last from one and one-half to two hours, Monday through Friday.

 

Location: Meal delivery routes are in areas around Bloomington, Oakdale, Woodbury, Stillwater, Mahtomedi and North St. Paul.  

 

Get creative and have fun with your kids! Deliver lunch to people in need and then go do lunch knowing you made a difference! Please consider delivering a meal and a friendly visit to brighten someone's day.  

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome. Children under five years of age need 1 to 1 supervision and children under age of 16 need adult supervision

 

Time Commitment: Ongoing and flexible. We ask that you commit to a specific length of time in delivering meals, with your choice of once a week, twice a month or as needed.

 

Contact: Kris Mailand, 615.724.8955, kmailand@preshomes.org
www.optage.org/senior-dining-services/mn/  

 

 

Holiday Home Care Baskets  

Our Saviour's Housing

 

Date/Time: Delivery requested by Wednesday December 17, contact Rachel to arrange delivery   

Location: 2219 Chicago Ave. S Minneapolis  

 

Our Saviour's Housing is a homeless shelter in South Minneapolis. We have three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 40 adults a night, Transitional Housing serving 16 adults, and Permanent Supportive Housing serving 90 adults. Our 90 Permanent Supportive Housing residents have all gained their own apartments after years of homelessness and health problems. The residents' limited budgets make it tough for them to afford the necessities to care for their homes. You and your family can brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket filled with household cleaning supplies along with other festive gifts or treats! Click for a list of suggested items. (Please note: we serve adults only and are unable to accept items for children.)  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible and can be put together at your own location  

 

Contact: Rachel Kennedy, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/

 

 

Help Brighten the Holidays for Others  

 

Do you and your family want to find an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for others? Many local food shelves and other community organizations offer holiday food or toy programs to their clients. Here is a list of organizations you can contact to see how your family can help:

 

Neighbors, Inc, Neighbors Holiday Program
ResourceWest, Toy Chest Drive
STEP, Holiday Toy Drive
PSP, Holiday Helpers
VEAP, Holiday Toy Program
Prism, Holiday Shop
Community Thread, Holiday Hope
CEAP,  Hope for the Holidays
Solid Ground, Home for the Holidays  

 

 

One Book at A Time  

Family-to-Family

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Your home 

 

Family-to-Family is a non-profit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. Family-to-Family programs create a bridge between communities with "more" and some of our country's poorest areas. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. The holiday season is the perfect time to take on a broader commitment that will carry your urge to give back through the whole year to come. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the book lovers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age, grade, reading level, and list of favorite books or authors, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate as a sponsor; recipient children are primarily between the ages of 7 and 12.  

 

Time Commitment: One year 

 

Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.  

www.family-to-family.org 

 

 

 

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 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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November 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 November 2014 - Twin Cities 

 

Free, Community-wide Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair

Doing Good Together™

 

Date/Time: Friday, November 21, 5-8 pm

 

Location: Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis   

 

Doing Good Together, in collaboration with generationOn, is hosting a free, community-wide Family Service Fair at the Midtown Global Market. Families are invited to come together to do simple, hands-on service projects, reflect on the importance of giving back, and learn about opportunities to get involved in our local community.
A diverse group of non-profit organizations will be participating - each hosting a "station" with a fun, kid-friendly service activity for families to complete, including assembling home starter kits for low-income families and making chew toys for orphaned dogs. The partner organizations will provide information about their mission and volunteer opportunities that are available for families. 


This event will be held in conjunction with Midtown Global Market's Family night, and will feature live, family entertainment from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the Market's Central Plaza.  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome    

 

Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like between 5pm and 8pm. If you are interested in joining the team of Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair volunteers, please contact Nassim Rossi.

 

Contact: Nassim Rossi, nassim@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 

 

 

Looking for a Great Holiday Gift that Gives Back?  

Doing Good Together™

 

Location: Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy the Big-Hearted Book Club right at home every month.  

 

Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? ALL the proceeds help DGT™ continue to serve children and families. In addition, the gifts themselves teach children about the joy of doing for others. Most important of all, though, children will LOVE this fabulous book club! Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity, fun stickers and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month, six-month or full-year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.

 

Ages: Most appropriate for children 4-10 years old   

   

Contact:  Laurie at laurie@doinggoodtogether.org with any questions  
www.doinggoodtogether.org  

 

 

Make a Difference for Families Struggling with Homelessness  

Doing Good Together and Edina Community Education

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 11, 6:30-8pm

 

Location: Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina  

 

Your family has an opportunity to do three fun yet meaningful service projects to help families struggling with homelessness. Activities include assembling literacy kits, decorating fresh new pillowcases, and making play dough. All projects will go to benefit People Serving People (PSP), a local shelter for homeless children and their families. Young class participants will go home with their own decorated box for collecting donations so your family can continue the "giving habit." All Twin Cities families are welcome to attend this Edina Community Education class. There is a small fee and pre-registration is required  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome! 

 

Time Commitment: One and a half hours, but feel free to come late or leave early if you need to

 

Contact: Jenny Friedman at jenny@doinggoodtogether.org. You must register online to attend.
www.doinggoodtogether.org 

 

 

Help Older Homeowners with Fall Clean-up  

DARTS

 

Date/Time: Now through November 7, volunteer groups set date and time

 

Location: Older homeowners living throughout the Dakota County area  

 

DARTS is a community-based nonprofit that connects people to services and partnerships that improve their quality of life, help them age well, and enable them to engage in their community. Volunteer families can help seniors remain in their homes by raking and bagging the leaves in their yards.

   

Ages: Young families and beyond  

 

Time Commitment: Two to four hours per yard

 

Contact: Barb Tiggemann, DARTS Volunteer Coordinator, barb.tiggemann@darts1.org
www.dartsconnects.org 

 

 

Holiday Home Care Baskets  

Our Saviour's Housing

 

Date/Time: Delivery requested by Wednesday December 17, contact Rachel to arrange delivery   

Location: 2219 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis  

 

Our Saviour's Housing is a homeless shelter in South Minneapolis. We have three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 40 adults a night, Transitional Housing serving 16 adults, and Permanent Supportive Housing serving 90 adults. Our 90 Permanent Supportive Housing residents have all gained their own apartments after years of homelessness and health problems. The residents' limited budgets make it tough for them to afford the necessities to care for their homes. You and your family can brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket filled with household cleaning supplies along with other festive gifts or treats! Click for a list of suggested items. (Please note, we serve adults only and are unable to accept items for children.)  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome! 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible and can be put together at your own location 

   

Contact: Rachel Kennedy - Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
www.oscs-mn.org

 

 

Meal Service Volunteers  

Loaves & Fishes

 

Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start between 2 and 3pm and end by 7pm, depending on day and location. Click for current volunteer shift needs.

 

Location: Loaves & Fishes volunteers prepare and serve meals on weekday evenings at our dining sites located in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, Hopkins, Shakopee, Bloomington, Eagan and Richfield

 

Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2013, we served over 340,000 hot, nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes volunteers help prepare and serve free meals to those in need. Volunteers who help with meal service assist with assembling trays or plates of food and delivering them to dining site guests. Volunteers also help with cleanup associated with the meal service and dining area maintenance.  

 

Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older

 

Time Commitment: Typically two hours, depends on exact shift

 

Contact: Carly Quintus, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org
www.loavesandfishesmn.org   

 

 

Adopt a Family for the Holidays  

RESOURCE   

Date/Time: Donors will be matched with families between now and December 12; gifts should be delivered to RESOURCE by December 16

 

Location: 1900 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis  

 

RESOURCE empowers people to achieve greater personal, social, and economic success through providing employment, training, chemical health, and mental health services to the Twin Cities. RESOURCE hosts an Adopt-a-Family program as a way to give the families we serve a chance to celebrate the holidays and find hope in their lives. When you register to adopt a family you will be asked what family size you feel most comfortable with and if you are interested in meeting the family you're adopting. We will provide you with the family's wish list and then you can purchase items for the family. Gifts can be wrapped or unwrapped. We can also accommodate larger groups that would like to adopt multiple families or provide gifts for a certain number of people for "Giving Trees."  The Adopt-a-Family project is a fun and meaningful holiday project for a family. Click for more information.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Samantha Sleeman, ssleeman@resource-mn.org or 612.752.8030
www.resource-mn.org

 

 

Walk to End Hunger  

The Mosaic Company

 

Date/Time: Thursday, November 27, 7-10am. Volunteer shift times may vary; walk registration runs from 7-9:30am

 

Location: Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington.  

 

The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly 5K fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. The Walk to End Hunger, held on Thanksgiving morning in the Mall of America, is a great way to start your holiday off right - giving back before you give thanks! Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations working to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities metro area. 100% of the net proceeds of the Walk to End Hunger are distributed to our partner organizations. We have a lot of fun planned! Two rides at Nickelodeon Universe will be open for all walkers, and our first-floor route will have music, balloon animals, Santa, and a craft table for kids. Registration begins at 7am on Thanksgiving morning and ends at 9:30am. There is an official Walk to End Hunger kick-off at 7:30 am. The crowds will be having fun and fighting hunger all morning from 7am until 10am. Families are welcome to volunteer as Greeters, Water Station Attendants and in the Children's Craft Area.  

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate in the walk. Volunteers should be 10 or older and children under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are three hours, plus a volunteer orientation on November 24. Walkers can participate for as long as they'd like from 7-10am.

 

Contact: Kristi Shepherd at kristi@eventarch.com. Register for volunteer opportunities online. To register for the walk click here.
www.walktoendhunger.org 

 

 

Kids Against Hunger- West Metro Pack-a-thon  

Kids Against Hunger- West Metro

 

Date/Time: Friday, November 7, 5-9:30pm & Saturday, November 8, 8am-6pm

 

Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Rd 19, Excelsior  

 

Kids Against Hunger-West Metro (KAH-WM) is a volunteer-driven organization committed to inspiring, engaging, and educating people, starting with our children, by packaging life-saving meals that ease world hunger. Join us at our tenth annual Pack-a-thon and help us pack 350,000 meals for children in Haiti and to fill a food pantry in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. KAH-WM also hosts monthly packing events.    

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate. Young children may be restricted from some jobs such as weighing and sealing food packages

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Julie Kiefer, kidsagainsthungerwm@yahoo.com, volunteer registration is available online
www.kidsagainsthungerwm.org

 

 

Camp Courage Winter Camp  

True Friends

 

Date/Time: December 26-31

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN   

 

Families of up to seven members will assist during winter camp depending on their skill sets, including, but not limited to: cabin support, kitchen support, housekeeping, or program design. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."  

 

Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer (adults provide supervision for those under 18 years). Onsite housing and meals are provided.

 

Time Commitment: Five days, food and housing provided

 

Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952-852-0113
www.truefriends.org 

 

 

Operation Comfort  

 

Date/Time: Flexible, but we would like to receive all blankets no later than Sunday, December 7    

Location: Blankets can be dropped off at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church located at 7160 S. Robert Trail, Inver Grove Heights, 651.455.0093  

 

Over the last eight years Operation Comfort volunteers have made and donated over 400 blankets. These blankets have been donated to social service agencies such as Cornerstone, The Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital. The making of fleece no-sew blankets is fast and simple; all you need to do is select your material and follow directions. You can accomplish this one of two ways:   

 

1. JoAnn Fabrics has prepackaged blanket and pillow kits that include directions 

2. If you want to select from the bolts of fleece, these are the yardage requirements:

  • Baby/Toddler Size - 1.5 yards x 2
  • Child/Lap Size - 2-2.5 yards x 2
  • Adult/Bed size - 2.5-3 yards x 2  

You will need a top layer and coordinating bottom fabric. JoAnn Fabrics also has photocopies of directions for the blankets or you can follow these easy to use instructions:

  • Take the two pieces of fleece - any coordinating colors or patterns
  • Lay out one on top of the other
  • Cut off the salvage edge to make all sides even
  • Cut 4-5" squares from each corner
  • Make the same length cuts along each side about 1" apart
  • Double knot the fringe pieces together connecting the top and bottom pieces of fabric - be careful not to tie them too tight as the side will begin to curl up

If you are unable to make a blanket but would still like to contribute you can donate money that will be used to purchase material for someone else to make the blankets.

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Each blanket will take approximately 1½ hours, depending on the size - the smaller ones won't take as long as the larger ones

 

Contact: Maya or Brenda at brendaandmike@comcast.net or 651.453.9617 or 651.332.4406

 

 

Help Clean and Refurbish Bikes for Kids  

Free Bikes 4 Kidz

 

Date/Time: Volunteers are needed to help clean and refurbish bikes from now thru December 5. Shifts are available Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am-6pm; and Sunday, noon-6pm.

 

Location: The FB4K warehouse is located at 5736 Main St. NE, Minneapolis  

 

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. It's our goal to help every child feel the joys and freedom of riding his or her first bike. Through our bike philanthropy method, we aim to help our communities grow stronger and closer through the power of cycling. Want to help get the 5,000 bikes ready to be given away to kids in early December? If you and your family members are handy with rags, you can help us wipe cobwebs off the bikes! We also need volunteers with bike repair skills to help us refurbish the bikes after they've been cleaned. This is a fun activity for a family to do together and we hope you'll join us! Visit us at www.fb4k.org/volunteer to sign up for a shift or two (or more!)  

 

Ages: Children age eight or older with adult supervision are welcome to volunteer. Youth groups with ages older than 12 are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 child to adult ratio.  

 

Time Commitment: Three hour shifts, but there is flexibility

 

Contact: Jennifer Vogel, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@fb4k.org

www.fb4k.org 

 

 

Holiday Hope Volunteer Opportunities  

Community Thread  

   

Date/Time: Variety of needs and times in November and December

 

Location: 2300 Orleans Street West, Stillwater 

 

There are a variety of ways that families can help their community and share the holiday spirit through the Holiday Hope program. Families can make a difference this holiday season by signing up up to sponsor a family or individual in the Stillwater Area School District. Click for more details about Holiday Hope Sponsor opportunities. Additionally, a wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available during the Holiday Hope program, many that are family-friendly. You can learn more about these volunteer opportunities on the Community Thread website. Volunteer spots fill up fast, so sign up early. This is a great opportunity to teach your children about giving back to your local community by providing a helping hand during the holiday season  

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Sara Pennebecker, holidayhope@communitythreadmn.org or 651.439.7434
www.communitythreadmn.org   
 

Welcome Basket Bundling- National Family Volunteer Day Project

Aeon

 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 10am-2pm

 

Location: Renaissance Box, 200 East 10th St, St. Paul  

 

Gather your family and friends and join us for National Family Volunteer Day!
Join Aeon to create homemade welcome cards for our residents as well as help us bundle welcome baskets for future residents. This opportunity is perfect for volunteers of all ages as we work together to create Welcome Baskets and Welcome Home cards for our residents, many of whom arrive with little more than the clothes on their back.      

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate 

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Tashia, 612.746.0524, volunteer@aeonmn.org. Registration is available online
aeonmn.org 

 

 

No Sew Blankets  

Project Linus

 

Date/Time: Flexible, ongoing need

 

Location: Deliver your blankets to your local Project Linus chapter   

 

As the weather grows colder, why not share something snuggly with those in need. Project Linus provides homemade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life. Volunteer blanket makers help provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. You and your family can make easy, no sew blankets to donate to children in need. Click for blanket making instructions.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check the chapter listings page to find a chapter near you
www.projectlinus.org 

 

 

 

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October 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

October 2014 - Twin Cities 

 

Become a Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair Volunteer!  

Doing Good Together™

 

Date/Time: Flexible, generally 2-3 hours per month

 

Location: Twin Cities metro area  

 

Doing Good Together's Family Service Fair is a fun family event featuring stations with simple, kid-friendly projects benefiting local non-profit organizations. Our long and varied list of station projects includes making cards for sick children, decorating place mats for isolated senior citizens, creating no-sew fleece blankets for homeless families, making non-toxic cleaning supplies, assembling literacy kits for low-income children and braiding chew toys for orphaned dogs. We rely on volunteers to help make our unique family service fairs a memorably impactful experience. As representatives of Doing Good Together, our volunteers help spread the word about DGT's mission and resources; assist children and their families with the station projects; and engage participants in conversations about the significance of their work.  

 

Ages: Volunteers 16 years of age and older are welcome. This is a perfect opportunity for high school students needing to fulfill community service requirements. The ideal candidate will be outgoing and comfortable interacting with both adults and children.

 

Time Commitment: Doing Good Together Family Service Fairs take place approximately once a month and are usually in the evenings, lasting two to three hours. Volunteers are on-call and attend if the time and date work for their schedules.  

 

Contact: Nassim Rossi, Nassim@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org  

 

 

A Duck Race!  

Neighbors, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 4, 11am-3pm

 

Location: The Duck Race is located outside of the T&T Galley on the corner of 9th Ave and Southview Blvd in South St Paul.  

 

Neighbors is a non-profit, social-service agency serving the northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. Neighbors, Inc. events support our efforts to provide social services to our community. Imagine: hundreds of yellow rubber ducks racing each other towards the finish line. The 7th Annual Great Neighbors' Duck Races will be held on Saturday, October 4. We hope to raise $25,000 from this event to support the Neighbors' Food Shelf and other basic needs programs. A variety of fun volunteer opportunities for youth, adults, families and groups are available, including plucking ducks off the race course at the end of the race, playing kid-friendly games and making crafts, selling Duck "adoptions," and dressing up as Delbert the Duck-our giant duck mascot.  

 

Ages: This is a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity--so bring the kids or grandkids to help!

 

Time Commitment: The event lasts from 11am-3pm. Flexible volunteer shifts are available throughout the day. Volunteers helping with setup arrive at 8:30am. Event volunteers arrive at 10:30am. Cleanup starts at 3pm and lasts until 4:30pm.

 

Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or david@neighborsmn.org
neighborsmn.org

 

 

Fall Yard Cleanup, Household & Outside Maintenance for the Elderly (HOME) Program  

Senior Community Services

 

Date/Time:  We are looking for volunteers to help seniors with fall raking October 24th - November 3rd. Other dates are available for outdoor volunteer opportunities as well.  

 

Location: Yard cleanup at a senior's house in any of the following communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland. 

 

Tasks include yard work, leaf raking, window washing, weeding, garage sweeping and cleanup.  

 

Ages: Families are welcome. There is not a specific age requirement, but keep in mind the abilities of your children for the specific cleaning tasks listed above.   

 

Time Commitment: Two to four hours.  

 

Contact: Valerie Anderson, 952.746.4046 or email v.anderson@seniorcommunity.org to schedule a date and time.
www.seniorcommunity.org 

 

 

Create a Cheerful Drawing  

Color A Smile

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Send your children's drawings to Color a Smile, P O Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. It is okay to fold the drawings to fit them in an envelope.  

 

Color A Smile collects colorful, crayon drawings from school children. Every month they distribute these drawings to Nursing Homes, Meals on Wheels Programs, and individuals all across the country. This activity is a simple one that younger children love to do. Visit the Color A Smile volunteer page for additional coloring instructions.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@colorasmile.org, 973.540.9222

www.colorasmile.org 

 

 

Family Meal Delivery  

Open Arms 

 

Date/Time: Monday-Friday 11am-1 pm and Saturdays 9:30-11:30am

 

Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis. You can choose the delivery route that suits you best  

 

With the support of families like yours, Open Arms brings comfort, nutrition, and support to our fellow community members who are living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We do this through delivering homemade food to approximately 800 clients every week across the Twin Cities free of charge, using healthy ingredients.
Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients with your partner or child and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. In return for your service, Open Arms will provide you with the opportunity to be part of a warm and giving community, with engaging and flexible volunteer opportunities, and the chance to give back in a meaningful way. Becoming a volunteer is easy - sign up to attend an orientation. Once you attend we'll ask you to fill out a Volunteer Profile, then you will be all set to go! (It is recommended for kids middle school and older to also attend orientation but not required).  

 

Ages: There is no minimum age requirement for children but everyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Please note that delivery does involve leaving the car a number of times

 

Time Commitment: Shifts are one to two hours. You can volunteer once, on a regular shift, or as you are able.

 

Contact: Maria Kustritz, Volunteer Coordinator, maria@openarmsmn.org
www.openarmsmn.org 

 

 

Buckthorn Busts: Remove Bad Plants  

RemoveBadPlants.com

 

Date/Time: Any Saturday, October 4, 11, 25, or November 1, 9am-11am or 10am-noon

 

Location: The meeting place is in the woods behind Oakwood Elementary School. (Located at County Road 6 and Hwy 101)  

 

Come join us to help remove buckthorn and learn how you can work with your neighbors, friends, and city government to eradicate buckthorn from parks and woods. Please consider coming out and lending a hand in restoring these beautiful woods back to their native state. We have leather gloves and safety glasses for you to use. Please bring your own if you have them.  

 

Ages: Children eight and older are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Up to four hours; please consider joining us for at least one to two hours

 

Contact:  daveturbenson@yahoo.com

www.removebadplants.com 

 

 

Rake a Difference Day  

Community Thread  

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 25, 9am-noon. Registration forms must be submitted by Friday, October 10.

 

Location: Homes to be raked are located in Washington County  

 

Rake-A-Difference Day benefits seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Washington County. This family-friendly volunteer activity engages approximately 700 volunteers annually to rake yards for 80 seniors in need in our community. If you are interested in signing up as an individual or with a group, please visit the Community Thread website for more information and to fill out a registration form. Once you have submitted a registration form, you will be sent a confirmation email and follow up instructions. Yard assignments will be given out on an ongoing basis before October 17. Your group is responsible for bringing all essential supplies (rakes, gloves, etc.). Homeowners are responsible for providing leaf bags, however some leaf bags will be available through Community Thread upon request.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Depends on the number of yards your family or group is able to rake

 

Contact: Kira Young, Volunteer Center and Senior Centers Program Coordinator, 651.439.7434 ext. 206, kira@communitythreadmn.org
www.communitythreadmn.org 

 

 

Make a Difference Day  

Cheerful Givers & Kids 'N Kinship

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 25, 9-10am

 

Location: Thomson Reuters, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan  

 

Help your community on National Make A Difference Day. Volunteers are invited to assemble 3,000 toy-filled birthday bags for less fortunate children. This will be a meaningful and fun hands-on experience. (Photographs and videos will be taken this day and used with various publicity efforts)  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: One hour 

 

Contact: Questions? Contact Kids 'n Kinship at 952.892.6368 or Cheerful Givers at 651.226.8738. Register by October 11 at www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-n-kinship-and-cheerful-givers-host-make-a-difference-day-2014-registration-12784576011. Directions and parking information will be emailed; only pre-registered guests will be admitted. Adults must bring a photo id.
www.cheerfulgivers.org, www.kidsnkinship.org

 

 

LOVE IN[DEED]  

Wooddale Church

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 11, 9am-noon

 

Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. The sandwich-making project will be hosted at the Edina Campus, 5532 Wooddale Avenue South, Edina  

 

Join Love In[Deed] in making a difference in the Twin Cities. Just show up, choose from a variety of pre-planned volunteer opportunities, and then go serve the community.

   

Ages: Some sites do require a minimum age due to safety concerns or the nature of the work. However, we ensure that there will be sites open to people of all ages.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: For more information visit wooddale.org/loveindeed. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  loveindeedwc@gmail.com
www.wooddale.org 

 

 

Be the Change - Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship

 

Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity

 

Location: Your home or the community  

 

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples & individuals with youth ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. Mentoring just works! You can be the change in a child's life by becoming a mentor. We are based in Dakota County and have served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount for over 40 years. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both the volunteer family and the youth and parent/guardian. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it's easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it's a board game, fishing, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable. Kids 'n Kinship gets you started with a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, and provides ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year's time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child - it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!  

 

Ages: Mentors are families, couples, or individuals over 21

 

Time Commitment: One to four hours per week, on your own time (very flexible scheduling: can be weekends, evenings or after school)

 

Contact: Ingrid Henry, Kinship Coordinator at ihkinship@aol.com or 952.891.3885, www.kidsnkinship.org 

 

 

RAKE IT Fall Yard Clean-Up  

Neighborhood Involvement Program

 

Date/Time: Seasonal: starting mid-October (depending upon the weather) until the snow stays.

 

Location: Seniors homes in North & South Minneapolis- exact Minneapolis location TBD, depends upon where the senior citizen lives. 

 

Leaves do fall. Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. This is a one-time fun and flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! 

 

Supplies needed: Rakes, gloves, brooms, and compostable bags   

 

Ages: Minimum age seven with adult

 

Time Commitment: Two+ hours 

 

Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org
www.neighborhoodinvolve.org 

 

 

Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park Brush Stacking  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 25, 9:30am-1pm

 

Location: 235 St. East, Elko New Market. Click for directions.   

 

A recent addition to our Metro county park system, Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park features a mixture of native hardwood forest, oak savanna, prairie, and pristine wetlands scattered across a rolling glacial topography in central Scott County. Amenities at this site will include a nature center, 13 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of bike trails, and more! Help Great River Greening remove underbrush at this beautiful park to expose 300-year-old white and bur oaks at this new metro-area site! 

 

Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours

 

Contact: Jen Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500 x11. Pre-registration is required; register online
www.greatrivergreening.org 

 

 

Bike Donation Day and Help Clean and Refurbish Used Bikes  

Free Bikes 4 Kidz

 

Date/Time: Bike Donation Day is Saturday, October 11, 9am-1pm. Volunteers will be needed to help clean and refurbish bikes from October 13-December 5. Shifts will be available Monday-Thursdays, 9am-9pm; Friday and Saturdays, 9am-6pm; and Sundays, noon-6pm.

 

Location: Bikes should be dropped off at one of our drop-sites (all Allina Health hospitals and most clinics) on Saturday, October 11, from 9am to 1pm. We will not have the exact warehouse site addresses for bike cleaning and refurbishing until late September or early October. When you register, please choose either East Metro or West Metro and then schedule your volunteer time(s) and date(s). The locations will be emailed to registered volunteers as soon as they become available.  

 

Got a gently used bike in your garage that your family no longer needs? We will gladly take it, clean and refurbish it, and make sure it goes to a kid in need. Want to help get the bikes ready? We love folks with mad bike repair skills, but if you and your family members are handy with rags, we'd be happy to put you to work! We need volunteers of all skill levels with bikes to help us clean and then refurbish the bikes. This is a fun activity for a family to do together. Visit us at www.fb4k.com/volunteer/ to sign up for a shift or two (or more!)  

 

Ages: Children ages eight or older with adult supervision are welcome to volunteer. Youth groups with children ages 12 and older are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 child to adult ratio.

 

Time Commitment: Three hour shifts, but there is flexibility

 

Contact: Jennifer Vogel, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@fb4k.org
www.fb4k.org  

 

Operation Comfort  

 

Date/Time: Flexible, but we would like to receive all blankets no later than Sunday, December 7  

 

Location:  Mary Herrera and her family have relocated to San Antonio but in an effort to continue "Paying it Forward" - Mary's good friend Brenda and her daughter, Maya, have graciously offered to continue this project. The drop off location is yet to be determined but will be located in Inver Grove Heights. You can contact Brenda or Maya at brendaandmike@comcast.net to get the location.  

 

Over the last eight years Operation Comfort volunteers have made and donated over 400 blankets. These blankets have been donated to social service agencies such as Cornerstone, The Ronald McDonald House and Children's Hospital. The making of fleece no-sew blankets is fast and simple; all you need to do is select your material and follow directions. You can accomplish this one of two ways:   

  1. JoAnn Fabrics has prepackaged blanket and pillow kits that include directions
  2. If you want to select from the bolts of fleece, these are the yardage requirements:
  • Baby/Toddler Size - 1.5 yards x 2
  • Child/Lap Size - 2-2.5 yards x 2
  • Adult/Bed size - 2.5-3 yards x 2

You will need a top layer and coordinating bottom fabric. JoAnn Fabrics also has photocopies of directions for the blankets or you can follow these easy to use instructions:   

  • Take the two pieces of fleece - any coordinating colors or patterns
  • Lay out one on top of the other
  • Cut off the salvage edge to make all sides even
  • Cut 4-5" squares from each corner
  • Make the same length cuts along each side about 1" apart
  • Double knot the fringe pieces together connecting the top and bottom pieces of fabric - be careful not to tie them too tight as the side will begin to curl up 

If you are unable to make a blanket but would still like to contribute you can donate money that will be used to purchase material for someone else to make the blankets.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Each blanket will take approximately one and one half hours, depending on the size - the smaller ones won't take as long as the larger ones

 

Contact: Maya or Brenda at brendaandmike@comcast.net or 651.453.9617 or 651.332.4406

 

 

Dial-A-Ride Volunteer Opportunity  

Neighbors, Inc

 

Date/Time: Flexible weekday business hours; as much time as the volunteer is available 

 

Location: Neighbors, Inc., 222 Grand Ave W, South St Paul, MN 55075  

 

Do you enjoy driving and want to make a difference? Volunteer drivers are needed to take neighbors, mostly seniors, to their local medical or dental appointments. Rides are scheduled in advance on weekdays based on the volunteer's availability. As a volunteer driver you will make a difference in the life of a neighbor who does not have access to reliable transportation. Training and ongoing support provided. Includes mileage reimbursement and liability insurance for Neighbors' driving assignments.  

 

Ages: Volunteer drivers must be 21 years old. This is a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity--so bring the kids or grandkids along for the ride!

 

Time Commitment: Volunteers receive assignment notices weekly, and can choose how much to drive depending on their schedule. Typically an assignment is no more than a couple of hours.

 

Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or david@neighborsmn.org
neighborsmn.org   

 

 

 

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Common Ground Festival of Giving- 4th Annual Music Festival  

Common Ground Meditation Center

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 13, 11am-3pm

 

Location: Common Ground Meditation Center, 2700 East 26th Street, Minneapolis 

 

The Common Ground Music Festival is an outdoor music concert put on by volunteers from the Common Ground Community. Admission is free! This year's festival will feature well known musicians Ellis, Dean Magraw, Larry Long, Alex Goldfarb, Linda Breitag and others, as well as spoken word performances by Kevin Freidberg, Louis Alemayehu and dance calling by Ann Carter. There will also be fun, kid-friendly activities, including hands-on service projects for families. Common Ground accepts donations to highlight non-profit organizations that are doing great work to make the world a better place. Doing Good Together™ is one of five non-profits that has been selected by Common Ground to participate in and benefit from donations from the music festival. We'll be there to talk with participants about DGT™, host the service projects and join in the fun!   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Up to four hours 

 

Contact: festivalofgiving@commongroundmeditation.org

www.commongroundmeditation.org 

 

 

Pajama Program Book & Pajama Drive  

Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: The Pajama Program will contact you with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation, or you can contact your local Pajama Program chapter

 

Join with our Big-Hearted Families Book Club subscribers to help the Pajama Program collect one million new pajamas, one million new books and the resources needed to get them in the hands of children in need by December 31, 2015. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are often shuffled from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children we serve are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Your family can conduct a pajama and book drive, have a pajama/book themed party, or you can simply send a pair of pajamas and a book from your family to the Pajama Program. Click for information and instructions from the Pajama Program. Once you've completed your drive, report your results here, and the Pajama Program will contact you within seven days with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@pajamaprogram.org, 212.716.9757
www.pajamaprogram.org 

 

 

The Walk to End Alzheimer's  

Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 27, 7-11:30am

 

Location: This event will be at Target Field in Downtown Minneapolis. The walk takes place in a one to three mile path on the streets around Target Field.  

 

There are various volunteer positions that are fit for both adults and children, especially in the Kids Zone and Promise Garden. These positions will help walkers and their children enjoy games and other activities for kids!

 

Ages: Children ten and older are welcome to volunteer with an adult. If you have a child younger than ten and would like to volunteer, please contact robin.thorstenson@alz.org 

 

Time Commitment: Most volunteer positions are from approx. 7:30am to 10:30am or 11am. Some will last until 11:30am

 

Contact: Please email robin.thorstenson@alz.org
alz.org/mnnd 

 

 

Fall Yard Cleanup, Household & Outside Maintenance for the Elderly (HOME) Program

Senior Community Services

 

Date/Time: We are looking for volunteers to help seniors with fall raking October 24- November 3. Other dates are available for outdoor volunteer opportunities as well.

 

Location: Yard cleanup at senior's house living in any of the following communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.


Help seniors with clean-up and maintenance. Volunteer tasks include yard work, leaf raking, window washing, weeding, garage sweeping and cleanup.

 

Ages: Families are welcome. There is not a specific age requirement, but keep in mind the abilities of your children for the specific cleaning tasks listed above.

 

Time Commitment: Two to four hours 

 

Contact: Valerie Anderson, 952.746.4046 or email v.anderson@seniorcommunity.org to schedule a date and time.
www.seniorcommunity.org 

 

 

Alimagnet Park Stacking and Seeding   

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 27, 8:30am-12:30pm

 

Location: Alimagnet Park, 298 Ridgeview Drive, Apple Valley


Alimagnet is an 85-acre park that features old growth oak and basswood trees along the shores of Alimagnet Lake. The hilly terrain of this site was historically grazed, which allowed for a thriving savanna. Large populations of woodland wildflowers existed here until woody overgrowth and buckthorn overtook the park. Volunteers will drag and stack precut trees and seed cleared areas in an attempt to rejuvenate wildflower populations

 

Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500 x11. Pre-registration is required; register online
www.greatrivergreening.org

 

 

Share a Smile Senior Companion  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP)

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior lives. 

 

Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games or whatever!

 

Ages: Families are welcome; children must be 12 or older and accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Six-month minimum commitment; meet with your senior one or two hours a week.

 

Contact: Jeanne, NIP Seniors Program Volunteer Coordinator, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or 612.746.8549

www.neighborhoodinvolve.org 

 

 

Wetland Planting  

Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) 

 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 11, 6-8pm

 

Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park, Saint Paul 

 

Join other River Gorge Stewards volunteers and staff from FMR and Saint Paul Parks & Recreation as we expand the native plant/restored area at this significant riverfront park! Volunteers will help install native wetland plants to receive water from a large-scale native-prairie berm previously planted by FMR volunteers. This will help prevent erosion, build better soils and filter storm water runoff pollution before it can reach the river. The plants will also provide much-needed urban wildlife habitat. Staff will provide all guidance, tools, and gloves needed for a productive and fun event.  

 

Ages: Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Janna, jknittel@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. To sign up, contact the FMR Event Registrar via the contact form (please select Janna by name from the staff list under "Category") or jknittel@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number, and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email and additional details, such as directions and what to wear, from jknittel@fmr.org within one to two business days.
www.fmr.org 

 

 

Food Packing- Youth & Family Service Day  

Second Harvest Heartland West

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 12:30-2:30pm. Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your volunteer shift. That will give you plenty of time to check in, hang up coats and secure purses and jewelry in lockers.

 

Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

 

September is Hunger Action Month. Every hour you volunteer for Second Harvest Heartland during September will be matched with a $5 donation from Bremer Bank, up to a total of $50,000! Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. In addition to the service activity there will be a short hunger awareness activity. The service activity is sorting and re-packing donated food into consumer size packages; this activity includes a variety of positions, so there will be jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These re-packaged items then go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. We hope you will join the fun!

 

Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages eight and older. Adults who bring infants and children under eight years old will not be able to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via www.2harvest.org/volunteer
www.2harvest.org  

 

Share-A-Meal  

Aeon Homes for Generations

 

Date/Time: Flexible- we will work to find times that work with your schedule and hours; weekends, evenings and weekdays are all available.

 

Location: We have several locations located in downtown and south Minneapolis.


Aeon is a nonprofit owner, developer and manager of high quality affordable apartments and townhomes in the metro area. Gather your extended family or another family or two to cook and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner with formerly homeless residents at one of Aeon's apartment buildings. This event will give our residents an opportunity to build community and enjoy a delicious meal. You will plan, purchase, prepare the meal (you can cook on-site or at home), serve the food, and eat and enjoy conversation with 15-50 guests (depending on the property). This is best suited for 3 to 15 individuals depending on the meal you intend to serve. Never cooked for a large group before? Never fear, we have grocery lists to help you plan and prep for some typical meals

 

Ages: Five and up (you know your children best)

 

Time Commitment: Plan on about two hours serving, eating, set-up and cleanup time, plus cooking time.

 

Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, Volunteer Program Coordinator, volunteer@aeonmn.org, 612.746.0524
www.aeonmn.org

 

 

Everybody Loves a Parade!   

Neighbors, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 10:30am-1:30pm

 

Location: Inver Grove Heights Parade, starting location TBD


Neighbors is a non-profit, social-service agency serving the northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. Neighbors, Inc. events support our efforts to provide social services to our community. Please come out and have a good time while supporting a good cause. Volunteers are needed to carry banners and pass out candy and prizes to kids along the parade route with Delbert the Duck, our yellow duck mascot. Delbert attracts a lot of attention from the kids in the crowd, which makes it exciting to walk with him. Must be able to walk one mile. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

 

Ages: This is a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity--so bring the kids or grandkids to help!  

 

Time Commitment: Three hours

 

Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or david@neighborsmn.org
neighborsmn.org 

 

 

Plant Trees in Oakdale  

Tree Trust

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-noon

 

Location: Hadley Avenue North N & 50th St N., Oakdale 

 

Help re-forest Oakdale by planting nearly 50 trees with Tree Trust. This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups, and people of all ages are welcome. No experience is necessary; Tree Trust staff and trained volunteers will teach you how to plant correctly and be present throughout the event to answer your questions and provide assistance. We'll provide all the tools, training and calories you'll need and you'll feel great knowing you helped green Oakdale.

 

Ages: Ages eight and older are welcome with adult supervision

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Christine Lee, Christine.lee@treetrust.org
www.treetrust.org 

 

 

Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

 

Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website registration page  

 

Location: FMSC has MN packing locations in Chanhassen, Coon Rapids 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, 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 wellbeing of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. A single bag of food-which provides meals for six children-costs around $1.32 to produce, and 94 percent of all donations to FMSC goes directly toward the food program.

 

Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is five years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online   

 

Time Commitment: One and a half or two hour shifts

 

Contact: info@fmsc.org, 763.504.2919. Registration is available online
www.fmsc.org

 

 

Growing Good in the Neighborhood  

Project Sweetie Pie & the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 2-5pm

 

Location: Karamu Gardens, 1600 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis 

 

The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness is joining forces with Project Sweetie Pie to bring together volunteers to help plant and weed Karamu Gardens, a communal garden. A communal garden is different than a community garden because no one person has a growing plot. Everyone that works in the garden has access to the food; in addition the garden produce is available to the people who live in the Legacy Housing, the neighborhood and through the local food bank. In January 2014, the Karamu Garden was one of five national recipients of the GRO1000 community garden grant awarded by Scott's through the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This three year, $40,000 grant will provide funds for raised beds, a shade stage/tool shed and programs for local youth and their families.  

 

Ages: Families with children ages six and older are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Michael Chaney, 763.227.4881 or email mvchane@aim.com
www.projectsweetiepie.org or www.dceh.org   

 

 

 

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August 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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Big-Hearted Story Hour  

Doing Good Together + Edina Public Library  

 

Date/Time:  Wednesday, August 6, 10-11am   

 

Location: Edina Public Library, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina
Join us at the Edina Public Library for a story hour that features a kindness-themed book; a fun, interactive project; and an opportunity to reflect with your children on the joy of "giving back." Not just for Edina residents! Parents/caregivers and their children from anywhere in the Twin Cities are welcome. It's free, but registration is required by calling 612.543.6325 or at www.hclib.org/pub/events/ Register.cfm?SessionNo=29109.  

 

Ages: Parents or caregivers with children 5-9 years old

   

Time Commitment: One hour 

 

Contact: Tracy Hvezda-Lehtola, Youth Services Librarian, 612.543.6330, thvezda-lehtola@hclib.org  

www.doinggoodtogether.org     

 

Summer of Smiles: Learn and deliver meals with your family!  

Meals on Wheels

 

Date/Time: Volunteer one hour during lunchtime, Monday through Friday. Your family can volunteer weekly, monthly, or on a schedule that works for you. In addition, you can participate in a variety of at-home activities that will help you get the most out of your volunteer experience

 

Location: We have 40 member programs throughout the Twin Cities, so there is sure to be a program near your home! 

Delivering Meals on Wheels with your children or grandchildren is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time as a family and pass on the values of kindness, compassion, and civic responsibility by helping seniors and individuals with disabilities in your community. Whether you have infants or teenagers, you can make a contribution together to improve your community. Delivering meals involves driving to the program site, picking up, and delivering 8-10 meals. It takes about an hour, and you can choose a program site near your home. The amount you socialize with the clients is dependent on the volunteer and the client. DGT has created a parent handbook to make this volunteer experience richer and more educational for families. Summer of Smiles is a season-long activity series that promotes community building and intergenerational friendships through reading, storytelling and volunteerism. Our aim is to encourage young volunteers to truly understand the importance of delivering meals to their senior neighbors through creative projects that you can do together on your own schedule. To learn more and sign up for Summer of Smiles, visit www.meals-on-wheels.com/smiles .

 

Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime 

 

Contact: Emily Lund, 612.623.3363, Emily@meals-on-wheels.com
www.meals-on-wheels.com 

 

 

Baby Bin  

Simpson Housing Services

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Baskets may be delivered to our office (2100 Pillsbury Ave S, Mpls, 55404) or to our shelter (2740 1st Ave S, Mpls, 55408). Tours are available; please schedule your delivery with Christina Giese.

Simpson Housing Services is seeking organizations, groups, and individuals to create a Baby Bin for mothers with infants in our Family Housing program. Baby Bins provide mom and new baby with basic needs.
Purchase a laundry basket and the following infant necessities from a discount store: 

  • container of baby wipes
  • bottle of baby wash
  • cornstarch baby powder
  • terry cloth bibs
  • burp cloths
  • two packages of newborn diapers, package of size 1 diapers
  • baby clothing: four onesies with two coordinating pants, two pajamas
  • one sleepsack
  • one baby blanket
  • one box of nursing pads
  • one tube nursing cream
  • one baby toy
  • hand sanitizer
  • 3-pack of bottles

Volunteers sign up through staff and are given the mother's name, baby's age, gender, size, and whether mom is nursing or bottle-feeding.  

 

Ages: All

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Christina Giese, 612.455.0859 or cgiese@ simpsonhousing.org (email preferred)

www.simpsonhousing.org 

 

 

Back to School / Supplies for Success  

CEAP

 

Date/Time: Current openings include:  

  • Monday, 8/11, 8:30am-noon or 11:30-3pm
  • Wednesday, 8/13, 2:30-6pm
  • Thursday 8/14, 8:30am-noon, 11:30-3pm or 2:30-6pm

Location: 7051 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Center, located inside the NW Family Service Center. 
CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program) is a community-based charity that has partnered with other resources to assist people in need in the Twin Cities. You can help set up a child up for success in school by helping with CEAP's annual Back to School program in August. Volunteers will help assemble and pack donated supplies for children in our community. Volunteers are also needed to collect and donate school supplies.    

 

Ages: Volunteers need to be 10 and over for donation packing and assembly. Everyone can help collect and donate supplies.

 

Time Commitment: One three and one-half hour shift

 

Contact: Aliza Gevirtz, 763.450.3679, volunteer@ceap.com
www.ceap.org

 

 

Medical Supply Sorting  

Matter (formerly Hope for the City)

 

Date/Time: Every Tuesday evening, 5:30-8pm, and Saturday, August 16, 9am-noon

 

Location: 7005 Oxford Street, St Louis Park

Matter is built on the foundation of resourcefulness. Founded in 2000, Matter is committed to delivering food and other products locally as well as medical supplies and education supplies internationally. Through simple acts of being resourceful, we believe we can change the world. We see a world where everyone and everything is seen for all it's worth, a world where we all matter. Join us as we sort and package medical supplies for international shipment.  

 

Ages: Ages eight and over are welcome to volunteer  

 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half or three hour shifts

 

Contact: Hannah Wortz, Service Learning Program Director, hannah@mattermore.org

www.MatterMore.org 

 

 

Commissary Kitchen Meal Item Helpers  

Optage Senior Dining Choices

 

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, anytime between 7am and 5pm

 

Location: 1375 Terrace Drive, Roseville
Senior Dining Choices makes thousands of healthy, convenient and delicious ready-to-prepare meals weekly. Its innovative approach has helped hundreds of older adults maintain good daily nutrition necessary for their health and wellbeing, and supports their choice to remain in their homes. Families are welcome to come to our commissary kitchen to help package meal items used in the meals that we serve to our hungry seniors and help bring a smile to their face. Your help is much needed!

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome. Children under five years of age need 1 to 1 supervision and children under age of 16 need adult supervision.

 

Time Commitment: One and one-half to two hours

 

Contact: Kris Mailand, 615.724.8955, kmailand@preshomes.org
www.optage.org/senior-dining- services/mn/

 

 

Home-delivered Meals Driver- Food Friend  

Optage Senior Dining Choices

 

Date/Time: Deliveries usually start around 10am and last from one and one-half to two hours, Monday through Friday

 

Location: Meal delivery routes are in areas around Bloomington, Oakdale, Woodbury, Stillwater, Mahtomedi and North St. Paul.
Get creative and have fun with your kids! Deliver lunch to someone in need and then go do lunch knowing you made a difference! Please consider delivering a meal and a friendly visit to brighten someone's day.

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome. Children under five years of age need 1 to 1 supervision and children under age of 16 need adult supervision.

 

Time Commitment: Ongoing and flexible. We ask that you commit to a specific length of time in delivering meals, with your choice of once a week, twice a month or as needed  

 

Contact: Kris Mailand, 615.724.8955, kmailand@preshomes.org

www.optage.org/senior-dining- services/mn/ 

 

 

Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue  

Emergency Foodshelf Network

 

Date/Time: Sundays, July 13-October 26, 12-2:30pm

 

Location: Minneapolis Farmer's Market

Emergency Foodshelf Network is looking for volunteers to help out at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market on Sunday afternoons this summer. We are looking for 10-14 volunteers each week to help out. This volunteer opportunity involves informing vendors and farmers about the produce rescue program, collecting surplus produce from the vendors at the close of the Farmer's Market, and stacking boxes of produce on pallets for pick up. All produce will be distributed to local food shelves. In previous years, Produce Rescuers have collected thousands of pounds of high quality produce each week for our neighbors in need. All volunteers will receive a "Produce Rescue Team" t-shirt! Sign up online at the volunteerspot.com link.

 

Ages: Families with children age seven or older. Volunteers should be able to lift about 10-20 lbs.

 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

 

Contact: Michelle Barcelona, Volunteer Coordinator at 763.450.3897 or mbarcelona@emergencyfoodshelf. org with any questions or if you are unable to sign up online.
www.emergencyfoodshelf.org

 

 

Family Food Delivery  

Open Arms   

Date/Time: Monday-Friday, 11am-2 pm and Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 am

 

Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis
Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients with your children and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. With the support of families like yours, Open Arms brings comfort, nutrition, and support to our fellow community members who are living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We do this through delivering homemade food to approximately 800 clients every week across the Twin Cities free of charge, using healthy ingredients. In return for your service, Open Arms will provide you with the opportunity to be part of a warm and giving community, with engaging and flexible volunteer opportunities, and the chance to give back in a meaningful way. Pick the delivery route that suits you best. Volunteer once, on a regular shift, or as you are able.
Becoming a volunteer is easy - sign up to attend an orientation - once you attend we'll ask you to fill out a Volunteer Profile, then you will be all set to go! (It is recommended for children middle school aged and older to also attend orientation but not required).  

 

Ages: There are no minimum age requirements for children but everyone under age 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Parents are responsible for their children. 

 

Time Commitment: One to three hours

 

Contact: Maria, maria@Openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7331
www.openarmsmn.org

 

 

Campsite or Finish Area Volunteers  

Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day

 

Date/Time: Friday or Saturday, August 22 or 23, 3-7pm; or Sunday, August 24, 12:30-6pm

 

Location: Campsite Volunteers: Pink Information Tent, Harvest Park, 2561 Barclay Street, Maplewood.
Finish Area Volunteers: Volunteer Check-In Tent, MN State Capitol Grounds, 75 Rev. Dr. Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul.
Thousands of women and men come together to raise money for Susan G. Komen. Then they take their commitment to end breast cancer one step further and walk 60 miles over the course of three days. Net proceeds from the Komen 3-Day fund innovative global breast cancer research and local community programs supporting education, screening and treatment. Virtually every major advance in the fight against breast cancer in the last 28 years has been impacted by a Susan G. Komen grant.
Volunteers are needed to help at the Campsite Area and the Participant Finish Area. Campsite Volunteer Teams will be divided into groups upon arrival to fulfill a variety of tasks at the Komen 3-Day campsite. Some possible duties may include: Traffic Control Assistance, Food Service Assistance and Camp Logistics Assistance. The Participant Finish Area Volunteer Team will be divided into 6 groups upon arrival to fulfill a variety of tasks including Pit Stop Support, Concierge, Victory T-shirt Distribution, Traffic Control & Shuttle, Hydration Station and Gear Retrieval. Volunteer teams will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.   

 

Ages: Must be at least 10; children under 18 need to be accompanied by adult

 

Time Commitment: Either a four-hour or a five and one-half hour shift  

Contact: Kiki Setterlund, 651.207.6256. Volunteer registration is available online. Click 2014 Twin Cities Volunteers under Events and Campsite Volunteers or Participant Finish Area under Teams to sign up for a shift.
www.the3day.org

 

 

Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution  

Help provide school supplies for children

Add a "giving" aspect to your family's back-to-school ritual! Many local organizations help to provide school supplies for children who would otherwise be unable to start school with the school supplies they need. The programs listed below need help with either collecting school supplies or distributing supplies to children. If a program close to you isn't listed below you can also contact your local school district or food shelf to see how you can help in your area.

 

 

YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon  

YWCA of Minneapolis

 

Date/Time: Sunday August 17, please check registration site for available shifts.

 

Location: Lake Nokomis, many positions are available depending on interest and skill set. Please check registration site for details.
The YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon is our most-popular athletic event of the year, featuring a 500-yard swim, a 15.5-mile bike segment and a 5-kilometer run, held at beautiful Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. More than 1,200 women will participate in a race dedicated to celebrating the strength in all women: the Seventh Annual YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon. More than 3,500 spectators will be on hand to witness the race, and more than 300 volunteers will make sure that all aspects run smoothly.   

 

Ages: All ages are welcome, under age 14 must have parent present.

 

Time Commitment: Varying shifts available from 4:30am until 4 pm. Sign up online at volunteerspot.com 

 

Contact: Nora Makky, volunteer@ywcampls.org

www.ywcampls.org/events/ womens_triathlon 

 

 

 

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July 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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Be the Change - Mentor a Child 

Kids 'n Kinship

 

Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity

 

Location:  Your home or the community
Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples and individuals with youth ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. Mentoring just works! You can be the change in a child's life by becoming a mentor. We are based in Dakota County and have served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount for 42 years. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both the volunteer family and the youth and parent/guardian. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it's easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it's a board game, fishing, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable. Kids 'n Kinship gets you started with a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, and provides ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year's time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child - it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!

 

Ages: Mentors are families, couples, or individuals over 21

 

Time Commitment: One to four hours per week, on your own time (very flexible scheduling: can be weekends, evenings or after school)

 

Contact: Ingrid Henry, Kinship Coordinator at ihkinship@aol.com or 952.891.3885

www.kidsnkinship.org  

 

 

Family Connection with an Older Adult 

DARTS

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 1645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul. Families will be matched with older adults living in the Dakota County area.
Spend time together as a family and teach your children to get involved in their community at an early age. Be that special family in an older adult's life. You and your family can visit an older neighbor in Dakota County and develop a special two-way relationship. You'll brighten their day by socializing, going on outings, taking walks, or doing an activity together. You can be part of the solution for helping older neighbors maintain the life they want in their own home.

 

Ages: All ages

 

Time Commitment: Minimum 6 month commitment

 

Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.455.1560 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org
http://darts1.org

 

 

Meal Service Volunteers 

Loaves and Fishes

 

Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start between 2 and 3pm and end by 7pm, depending on day and location. Click for current volunteer shift needs.

 

Location: Loaves & Fishes volunteers prepare and serve meals on weekday evenings at our dining sites located in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, Shakopee, Bloomington, and Richfield.
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2013, we served over 340,000 hot, nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes volunteers help prepare and serve free meals to those in need. Volunteers who help with meal service assist with assembling trays or plates of food and delivering them to dining site guests. Volunteers also help with cleanup associated with the meal service and dining area maintenance.

 

Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older

 

Time Commitment: Typically two hours, depends on exact shift

 

Contact: Allie Andersen, Director of Volunteers, 612-326-3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org
www.loavesandfishesmn.org/index.htm

 

 

Tonka Mud Run 

Kids Against Hunger West Metro (KAH-WM)

 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 12. Volunteer shifts are between 7am-1:30pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday evening.

 

Location: Lake Minnewashta Regional Park 6900 Hazeltine Blvd, Chanhassen
Kids Against Hunger-West Metro (KAH-WM) is a volunteer-driven organization committed to inspiring, engaging, and educating people, starting with our children, by packaging life-saving meals that ease world hunger. The Tonka Mud Run was conceived and developed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Their enthusiasm led to the creation of this family-friendly mud run that encourages family fun and fitness, highlights local businesses and parks, and supports Kids Against Hunger-West Metro. Families can volunteer at the Tonka Mud Run in a variety of ways:

  1. Friday night set up
  2. Tear down
  3. Assist with the Mini-Tonka Mud Run
  4. Obstacle Monitors- Two people are stationed at each obstacle during the Tonka Mud Run. Last year, we had a mom and daughter team at one station and a dad and daughter team at another. Family groups of three together could also participate as an obstacle monitor team. 

Families are also welcome to participate in the event! 

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome. Kids Against Hunger- West Metro is all about bringing families and communities together to serve the greater good.

 

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on volunteer activity

 

Contact: Julie Kiefer, kidsagainsthungerwm@yahoo.com. Sign-up for volunteer shifts online
www.tonkamudrun4.kidsagainsthungerwm.org

 

 

Homeless Shelter Dinner Provider 

Our Saviour's Housing

 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 16, 6-8pm; Sunday August 17, 6-8pm; or Saturday August 23, 6-8pm. (Although the volunteer shifts are not until August, volunteers are needed to sign-up prior to that time)

 

Location: Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis
Share a meal with Our Saviour's Housing! Our Emergency Shelter is home to 40 homeless adults every night of the year, and we rely on volunteers like you to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. You will purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for 50 people. Your group will get to sit down and enjoy the dinner with our residents. This is a great opportunity for groups of 3-10 people. Families, congregations, co-workers, or friends can join together for a fun and fulfilling evening. 

 

Ages: All ages welcome with adult supervision! We are a small, peaceful shelter with a strong community feeling!

 

Time Commitment: Groups usually spend a total of 2 to 2.5 hours on-site, plus any off-site meal preparation time

 

Contact: Rachel, Volunteer Coordinator 612-872-4193x2 or volunteer@oshousing.org
www.oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/

 

 

Build-a-Backpack 

RESOURCE

 

Date/Time: Supplies should be delivered to RESOURCE by August 20

 

Location: 1900 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis

Help kids go back to school prepared by organizing a back-to-school drive for families who use RESOURCE services. RESOURCE helps people discover their potential and achieve their dreams by finding a job or recovering from mental illness or chemical dependency. School supplies accepted include: backpacks, binders, notebooks, lined paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, folders, pencil pouches or boxes, rulers, compasses, protractors, scissors, and scientific calculators. Sort the school supplies you collect by type and deliver them to RESOURCE. We will distribute them to children whose parents participate in RESOURCE programs. 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Samantha Sleeman, Volunteer Program Manager, 612.752.8030, ssleeman@resource-mn.org
www.resource-mn.org

 

 

Farmers Market Booths 

CROSS Food Shelf

 

Date/Time: Wednesdays in Rogers, 2:30-7:30pm, or Thursdays in Maple Grove, 2:30-7:30pm

 

Location: Rogers Community Center, 12724 Main Street, Rogers
Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove

CROSS is committed to serving families and individuals in times of need by providing mercy and compassionate supportive services. Volunteers hand out information on CROSS to interested people, answer questions, and when needed, act as a drop off site for food donated from other vendors at the Farmers Market. 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Shifts are five hours, but partial shifts can be arranged too

 

Contact: Stephanie Lehman, 763.425.1050 ext. 104

www.CROSSservices.org 

 

 

Paint it Pretty 

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP)

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location:  Exact location TBD in North or Southwest Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
Enjoy the great outdoors and beautify the neighborhood. Seniors in Minneapolis need your help to paint their homes and garages. Enjoy a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity with your family! 

 

Ages: Family teams are welcome; youth must be age seven or older and supervised by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org
www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

 

 

Lunch Provider for Shelter Guests 

Simpson Housing Services

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Volunteers may participate at our shelter with a tour and other educational activities, or at their own site and deliver to us.  

Providing lunch for shelter guests is a very flexible and fun way to help people experiencing homelessness. Our shelter is open overnight only, from 6 pm until 7 am. When guests leave in the morning they may take sandwiches (and bag lunches if we have them) to eat later. This helps bridge the food gap during the day and also allows working people to save their money. There are three different volunteer opportunities:

  • Sandwich Provider: Purchase plastic gloves, bread, meat, cheese, and sandwich bags. Any kind of bread, meat, and cheese is welcome, but be sure to make sandwiches that you would like to eat. Quality is more important than quantity. Purchase enough materials to make 100 sandwiches.
  • Bag Lunch Provider: Purchase paper lunch bags, bottled water, individual bags of chips, individually wrapped cookie/brownie/granola bar, and napkins. You will need enough to make 50 bag lunches.
  • Square Meal Dealer: These volunteers purchase the supplies to put together both sandwiches and bag lunches.

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Christina Giese, 612.455.0859 or cgiese@simpsonhousing.org (email preferred)
www.simpsonhousing.org

 

 

Welcome Home Basket 

Simpson Housing Services

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Baskets may be delivered to our office (2100 Pillsbury Ave S, Mpls, 55404) or to our shelter (2740 1st Ave S, Mpls, 55408). Tours are available, please schedule a delivery with Christina Giese.
Create a memorable gift for a family moving into a new home. Families coming from shelter often only have some clothing and a few items from their previous home. When they move to a new place they need some basic items to get settled. Simpson Housing Services is seeking volunteers to make and donate "Welcome Home Baskets" for families as they enter the Family Housing program. Volunteers provide a $20 gift certificate to a discount store like Target and additional household items. Baskets items should total no more than $50. Here is a list of items to choose from to include in your basket: 

  • Laundry soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet brush
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Sponges or scrub brush
  • Dish cloth and towel
  • Shower curtain, liner, and rings
  • Bathroom rug
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Wall clock and batteries

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Christina Giese, 612.455.0859 or cgiese@simpsonhousing.org (email preferred)
www.simpsonhousing.org

 

 

Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends  

 

Date/Time: June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN
True Friends provides camp and respite experiences to children and adults with a variety of disabilities, along with their family and friends. Volunteer families are needed to assist during camp. Volunteer tasks can include activities such as cabin support, kitchen support, housekeeping, program design, and more, depending on your skills and interests. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."  

 

Ages: Five and older- adults need to provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.

 

Time Commitment: One week

 

Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952.852.0113

www.truefriends.org 

 
 

Minnehaha Creek Clean-up   

Metro Blooms  

 

Date/Time: Sunday, July 27, 7am-2pm

 

Location: Lake Hiawatha Park, E 46th St. & 28th Ave; or in St Louis Park, meeting at the Knollwood Target, 8900 Minnesota Hwy 7
Help Metro Blooms clean up Minnehaha Creek by helping to collect three tons of trash at our Minnehaha Creek Clean-up event. Volunteers will enjoy a FREE breakfast and lunch, garden gloves, tote bag and meet great folks!   

 

Ages: Children eight and over can help with set-up and registration; children of all ages can help pick up trash.

 

Time Commitment: Come for the entire seven hours or shorter shifts are available

 

Contact:  Barb, barb@metroblooms.org, 612.801.9321
www.metroblooms.org  

 
 

 

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Lunch Making Brigade 

Our Saviour's Housing  

 

Date/Time: This is an ongoing, flexible opportunity

 

Location: 2219 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis
Our Emergency Shelter is home to 40 adults every night of the year, but we are closed during the day. You can help make sure that residents stay fed and healthy even while they're away from the shelter by making simple meat and cheese sandwiches. Individuals and groups can make as many lunches as they are able to, up to 200. You can make either full lunches, including snacks, in a brown lunch bag, just the sandwiches, or just the snacks. Lunches can be made at your own location and dropped off at our shelter, or we can schedule a time for you to make lunches at our shelter!      

 

Ages: All ages are welcome

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Rachel Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing
 

Friendly Visitor  

Nokomis Healthy Seniors

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 4120 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis   

Nokomis Healthy Seniors, a Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, was formed in February 1994 to provide a high quality, cost effective way to meet the need of elders in the Nokomis community. The program gives community volunteers an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and increases connections between neighbors. Friendly visitor volunteers chat, play cards, watch videos, help with small tasks, share coffee, etc. There are many meaningful ways to provide companionship while you develop a relationship with an isolated person. The schedule is very flexible and this opportunity works well for an individual or a family.

 

Ages: Families are welcome 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Becky Beeskow, 612.729.5499, info@nokomishealthyseniors.org
www.nokomishealthyseniors.org 

 

 

Assemble "Creativity Kits" for Children (Coloring Book & Crayons)  

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA)

 

Date/Time: Flexible, the MVNA office is open 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Arrangements can be made for earlier or later drop off if needed

 

Location: 2000 Summer Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis
Most of the homes visited by Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency nurses do not have any outlets for creative expression, such as crayons. A coloring book opens an important creative avenue for young children. Your family can help by collecting and assembling coloring books and crayons. Then your children can decorate the envelopes for the kit materials.
Each kit should include: 

  • One or two new Coloring Books (sensitive to diversity of clients served by MVNA) - subject of books can be animals, trucks, cartoon characters, etc.
  • New Crayons (set of 24) - thick if possible
  • Stickers - 2 sheets
  • Construction paper - 5 sheets
  • Package the kit materials in a 9" x 12" envelope (unsealed). Children are encouraged to decorate the outside of the envelope.

Please indicate by marking in pencil on the kit envelope as to whether the kit would be enjoyed by a girl, a boy, or either.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Karin Meier, 612.617.4611, meierk@mvna.org. Please call or email to make arrangements to drop off kits
www.mvna.org 

 

 

Let it Grow  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Exact location in North or Southwest Minneapolis will depend upon where the senior lives.
Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening.  

 

Ages: Family teams are welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Volunteer one time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes

 

Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org
www.neighborhoodinvolve.org 

 

 

Help Feed Hungry Kids  

Neighbors, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Various weekday morning and lunchtime shifts. We prefer groups to adopt a week at a school site, but we are flexible with any schedule a group chooses; some shifts are subject to change depending on summer school scheduling and we will keep each group informed ahead of time.

 

Location: Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights; Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton Street, West St Paul; Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Avenue S, South St Paul; South St. Paul High School, 700 2nd Street N, South St Paul
Good nutrition is necessary for students to learn effectively. We need volunteers to help serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school.
Key volunteer activities include: 

  • Build positive community relationships by greeting and talking to students
  • Prepare serving area before meal time and cleanup afterwards
  • Serve meals to students and encourage students to take milk and other required food items
  • Minimal food preparation is sometimes required, with supervision from school kitchen staff

This is a perfect service opportunity for churches, workplaces, community groups, families, and individuals looking for fun opportunities to help their community.

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Between one and a half and three hours of service for each shift

 

Contact: Scott, 651.306.2149 or scott@neighborsmn.org
neighborsmn.org 

 

 

Plant Trees in Golden Valley  

Tree Trust 

 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 7, 8:30am- noon

 

Location: Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley
Help re-forest Golden Valley by planting trees with Tree Trust at Brookview Golf Course! This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups. No experience is necessary; Tree Trust staff and trained volunteers will teach you how to plant correctly and be present throughout the event to answer your questions and provide assistance. We'll provide all the tools, training and calories you'll need and you'll feel great knowing you helped green Golden Valley.

 

Ages: Five and older 

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Christine Lee, Christine.lee@treetrust.org
www.TreeTrust.org 

 

 

Share your Bounty  

Garden Gleaning Project

 

Date/Time: Summer 2014 growing season  

 

Location: Your garden

The Garden Gleaning Projects mission is to facilitate the harvesting and distribution of fresh produce from gardens in the community to local food shelves. Whether you've already got your veggies in the ground or are just now considering what to plant this year, we encourage you to keep in mind your neighbors in need. Consider planting a little extra of the foods your neighborhood food shelf needs most. Some of the most commonly identified fresh foods requested by our partner food shelves are: 

  • Tomatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Hot and Sweet Peppers
  • Cooking Greens (Spinach, Kale, Collards, etc.)
  • Lettuce
  • Sweet Corn
  • Carrots
  • Green Peas
  • Cabbage
  • Herbs (especially Cilantro, Parsley, Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Dill and Chives)

All food shelves are a little different in terms of size, capacity, mission and which communities they primarily serve. It's always a great idea to reach out directly to your local food shelf and ask which fruits and vegetables are most popular.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Variable

 

Contact: Jared Walhowe, gardengleaning@gmail.com or 651.789.3321
www.gardengleaning.org 

 

 

Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends

 

Date/Time: One week, June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN
True Friends provides camp and respite experiences to children and adults with a variety of disabilities, along with their family and friends. Volunteer families are needed to assist during camp. Volunteer tasks can include activities such as cabin support, kitchen support, housekeeping, program design, and more, depending on your skills and interests. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."

 

Ages: Five and older- adults need to provide supervision for those under 18

 

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided

 

Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952.852.0113
www.truefriends.org

 

 

Wayzata Shoreline Planting  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 7, 8:30am-12:30pm

 

Location: Section Foreman House, 738 Lake Street E, Wayzata
Residents of Wayzata worked together on a plan to enhance the city's lakefront on Lake Minnetonka. Join Great River Greening in turning the community's design into reality by restoring a natural shoreline to increase green space, manage stormwater, and improve habitat and ecological diversity.

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome; we only require that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult 

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Wendland Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500 x11. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org 

 

 

 

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Bring a smile to a senior  

Saint Therese

 

Date/Time: Flexible - ongoing 

 

Location: Saint Therese of New Hope, 8000 Bass Lake Rd, New Hope
At Saint Therese, life is good. Our communities provide secure, stress-free living and the very best in senior care and housing with a commitment to each individual's spiritual, physical, emotional and social well-being. Volunteers play an essential role in enriching the lives of our residents. Opportunities to volunteer are available a few hours a week or month and include a wide variety of options such as visiting with residents, helping with special events, playing games with residents, reading, sharing musical talents, leading group activities, escorting residents to and from worship services, and much more!   

 

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Flexible - we'll work with your schedule! Due to the time investment of training new volunteers and costs associated with background checks, we ask that individual volunteers plan to complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service during their time as a volunteer with Saint Therese.  

 

Contact: Matt Crawford; matthewc@sttheresemn.org; 763.531.5075

www.sttheresemn.org/volunteer-opportunities 

 

 

Spring Yard Cleanup, Household & Outside Maintenance for the Elderly (HOME) Program  

Senior Community Services

 

Date/Time: Flexible dates and times throughout the month of May. There will also be opportunities throughout the summer, and again in the fall.  

 

Location: Yard cleanup at a senior's house in one of the following communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park or Wayzata.

Tasks include yard work, leaf raking, window washing, gardening, and garage sweeping  

 

Ages: Families are welcome. There is not a specific age requirement, but keep in mind the abilities of your children for the specific cleaning tasks listed above.  

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Valerie Anderson, 952.746.4046 or email v.anderson@seniorcommunity.org to schedule a date and time.
www.seniorcommunity.org 

 

 

Meal Delivery  

Open Arms of Minnesota

 

Date/Time: Delivery shifts are available Monday-Friday, 11am-1 pm, and Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 am

 

Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis
Our biggest need for groups of volunteers here at Open Arms is delivering meals to our clients living with chronic and life-threatening illness. Most people deliver in pairs or trios (this could be a great way to get your children involved). We provide each driver with a map complete with turn-by-turn directions. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicles. Register for an orientation here.  

 

Ages: Everyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Parents are responsible for the care and behavior of their children. Please note that delivery does involve leaving the car a number of times.

 

Time Commitment: One to two hours


Contact: Maria Kustritz, Volunteer Coordinator, maria@openarmsmn.org
www.openarmsmn.org   

 

 

Treat Trolley  

Lyngblomsten Care Center

 

Date/Time: Monday through Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm or 7-8pm

 

Location: 1415 Almond Ave, St. Paul (just several blocks from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds).
Volunteers go from room to room and offer an evening snack and a brief friendly visit to residents in our care center. This is a great family-friendly volunteer opportunity and a chance to brighten the day of an older adult!  

 

Ages: Children of any age can participate with a parent/guardian. Youth ages 10 and up can volunteer on their own or with a parent/guardian.

 

Time Commitment: Once a week or once every other week

 

Contact: Lana Western, Community Engagement Team Coordinator, lwestern@lyngblomsten.org, 651.632.5324
www.lyngblomsten.org

 

 

Summer Camp Volunteers   

True Friends

 

Date/Time: One week, June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN
True Friends provides camp and respite experiences to children and adults with a variety of disabilities, along with their family and friends. Volunteer families are needed to assist during camp. Volunteer tasks can include activities such as cabin support, kitchen support, housekeeping, program design, and more, depending on your skills and interests. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."

 

Ages: Five and older- adults need to provide supervision for those under 18  

 

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided

 

Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952.852.0113
www.truefriends.org  

 

Katherine Abbott Park Buckthorn Blast!  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 3, 8:30am-12:30pm

 

Location: Katherine Abbott Park, 1000 Lincolntown Ave, Mahtomedi
Be a part of the effort to restore a metro area gem! Katherine Abbott Park is a 76-acre scenic natural area of hardwood forest, prairie, and wetlands. The park is inundated by buckthorn, a non-native invasive shrub that threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. By hauling out buckthorn, we can improve habitat and the overall quality of this great park.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Wendland Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500 x11. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org

 

 

Spring Into Service  

Community Thread

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 17, 9am-noon

 

Location: Nonprofit sites are located across the St. Croix Valley
Spring Into Service benefits organizations and communities throughout the St. Croix Valley. This family-friendly volunteer activity engages over 300 volunteers annually on the third Saturday in May to beautify, clean, and improve their local communities. Our goal in 2014 is to engage 300 volunteers. Join us for a Volunteer Picnic immediately following the service projects from noon-2pm, with food and games at Community Thread, 2115 N. 4th Street, Stillwater.

 

Ages: Check individual sites for age requirements; most sites require that children be at least 8 years old. 

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Kira Young, kira@communitythreadmn.org, 651.439.7434
www.communitythreadmn.org 

 

 

St. Louis Park ReForest Planting  

Tree Trust

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 17, 8am-noon

 

Location: This planting is part of the St. Louis Park Reforest Project, an effort to reforest the city after the loss of trees to Dutch elm disease, and to pre-forest the city before emerald ash borer wipes out many more. This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups. No experience is necessary; Tree Trust staff and trained volunteers will teach you how to plant correctly and be present throughout the event to answer your questions and provide assistance. We'll provide all the tools, training, and calories you'll need and you'll feel great knowing you helped put the park in St. Louis Park.   

 

Ages: Five and older  

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Christine Lee, Christine.lee@treetrust.org
www.TreeTrust.org

 

Garden Guru  

Aeon

 

Date/Time: Approximately two hours per week through the summer

 

Location: Most locations are in downtown and south Minneapolis
If you love to garden and want to help create beautiful green places for people to live, consider adopting an Aeon property! We're looking for individuals and small groups who will come by a property weekly to weed, water, and tend to flowers. We'll provide the plants. Make community service part of your family's summer plans! Your investment will help create beautiful spaces that people are proud to call home. Aeon is an award-winning nonprofit provider of high-quality apartments and town homes for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, and serves more than 3,000 people annually. Established in 1986, Aeon has 1,934 units of quality, affordable housing.
Aeon's mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities.

 

Ages: Youth 6 and older are welcome to volunteer with adult supervision.  

 

Time Commitment: Two hours a week. You can even put together a group of friends to rotate gardening duties.

 

Contact: Tashia Weisenburger at volunteer@aeonmn.org, or 612.746.0524

www.aeonmn.org 

 

 

Canvassing - Change the World One Door at a Time!  

Bridging

 

Date/Time: Flexible, whenever is convenient for your family or group

 

Location: Location will be determined between you and Bridging 

Bridging, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the largest furniture bank in North America. Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Driven by volunteers and donations of furniture and household goods from the community, Bridging has furnished over 60,000 homes since 1987. Attaching door hangers is a simple yet very effective way to spread the word about Bridging. You simply walk through a predetermined neighborhood and attach door hangers to doors. You and Bridging will determine together where your group would like to canvass and we provide the door hangers and Bridging volunteer nametags. There is no doorbell ringing involved! 

 

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: No set time commitment, it can be a few hours or spread out over a few days...whatever works best for you

 

Contact: Sarah Crumrine, Community Relations Assistant, 952.460.1017 or Sarah.Crumrine@bridging.org
www.bridging.org

 

 

Minnehaha Creek Clean-Up  

City of St Louis Park

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 3, 9-11am. (Rain Date is Sunday, May 4)

 

Location: Izaak Walton Creekside Park, 7341 Oxford St, St Louis Park
Join the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission of St. Louis Park for the 8th Annual Minnehaha Creek Clean-Up. Gloves, waders, clean-up tools, and disposal bags will be provided. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable work clothes. Just show up- no registration is needed.

 

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and up, with adult supervision

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Jim Vaughn, 952.924.2699 or jvaughan@stlouispark.org with questions. If the weather is questionable, call the weather line at 952.924.2567
www.stlouispark.org/  

 

 

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Treat Trolley    

Lyngblomsten Care Center

 

Date/Time:  Monday through Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm or 7-8pm   

 

Location: 1415 Almond Ave, St. Paul (just several blocks from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds).
Volunteers go from room to room and offer an evening snack and a brief friendly visit to residents in our care center. This is a great family-friendly volunteer opportunity and a chance to brighten the day of an older adult!  

 

Ages: Children of any age can participate with a parent/guardian. Youth ages 10 and up can volunteer on their own, or with a parent/guardian

 

Time Commitment: Once a week or once every other week

 

Contact: Lana Western, Community Engagement Team Coordinator, lwestern@lyngblomsten.org; 651.632.5324
www.lyngblomsten.org

 

 

Our Caring Cards  

Family Means

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 6-7:30pm

 

Location: FamilyMeans, Stillwater
Participants will be making "Birthday" cards for seniors who attend the Day Out!  Respite program at FamilyMeans on their birthdays. Participants will also make sympathy cards for caregivers in our Caregiver Support Respite Program for when a care receiver passes away. It will be an evening of fun and creativity and you will bring a smile to another's face when they receive your beautiful card.  

 

Ages: Families with children ages five and up

 

Time Commitment: One and one-half hours

 

Contact: Dianne Vierling, 651.789.4055, dvierling@familymeans.org, Space is limited and families will need to pre-register to attend
www.familymeans.org 

 

 

RAKE IT Spring Yard Clean Up  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program

 

Date/Time: Starting in mid-April (depending upon the weather), weekdays or weekends

 

Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. This is a one-time fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times!  

 

Ages: Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age seven or older and supervised by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on location and size of group

 

Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org

www.neighborhoodinvolve.org  

 

 

South Washington Conservation Corridor Arbor Day Event  

Great River Greening

   

Date/Time: Friday, April 25, noon-4pm

 

Location: 5900 Woodbury Drive, Cottage Grove. The South Washington Conservation Corridor lies on the border of Woodbury and Cottage Grove.  Events at the South Washington Conservation Corridor will meet at Crossroads Church in Woodbury
Plant trees with Great River Greening in the South Washington Conservation Corridor, an 80-acre parcel that is part of a larger greenway in the watershed. It provides native habitat, future recreational trails, and critical storage for stormwater runoff in the event of a significant rainfall.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Four hours

 

Contact: Jen Wendland Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500 x11. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org 

 

 

Thrift Store Helpers  

Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores

 

Date/Time: Shifts are available days, evenings & weekends

 

Location: Arc's Value Village has locations in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield & St. Paul

Volunteers help unpack, sort, tag/sticker donations; hang & tag clothing; and stock the sales floor.  Proceeds support The Arc's programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families  

 

Ages: Volunteers must be at least 8. Youth between the ages of 8-14 should be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of 1 adult per 6 youth

 

Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two-three hours. You can volunteer one-time or on an ongoing basis

 

Contact: Molly Lindblad, 952.915.3652, Volunteer Development Manager. Registration is available online
www.arcsvaluevillage.org

 

 

Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis Watershed Cleanup  

Friends of the Mississippi River

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 2-4pm

 

Location: E. 36th St. & E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis
Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you - the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!

 

Ages: All ages

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: Sue Rich, Volunteer Coordinator, srich@fmr.org
www.fmr.org

 

 

Organize an Essentials Drive for Bridging  

Bridging

 

Date/Time: Can be done at any time

 

Location: 201 West 87th Street, Bloomington, or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville
An Essentials Drive is a fun way for you to collect items that we need to serve over 75 families each week. Below are the items we have groups collect for our essentials drives:  

  • Pillows: We need over 200 pillows per week to give a pillow per person for a good nights' sleep.
  • Towels: All sizes and types wanted for the kitchen and bath. Our goal is one bath towel per person - that's 12,000 towels a year!
  • Kitchen Packs: We need over 75 packs per week to give one to every home. Kitchen packs include: can opener, mixing spoon, spatula and dish towel/cloth. Bonus items include: ladle, whisk, pizza slicer, peeler, hot pad and dish scrubber. Donate full packs or let us bundle for you. Tags to personalize and attach are available.

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Determined by the group. Drives typically last between one and two weeks.

 

Contact: Diana Dalsin, Community Relations Manager, at 952.888.0746, or Diana.dalsin@bridging.org
www.bridging.org

 

 

Be the Change - Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship

 

Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity

 

Location: Your home or the community 

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with youth ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. Mentoring just works!  You can be the change in a child's life by becoming a mentor. We are based in Dakota County and have served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount for 42 years. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer family and the youth and parent/guardian. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it's easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it's a board game, fishing, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable. Kids 'n Kinship gets you started with a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, and provides ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year's time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child - it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!

 

Ages: Mentors are families, couples, or individuals over 21

 

Time Commitment: One to four hours per week, on your own time (very flexible scheduling: can be weekends, evenings or after school)

 

Contact: Ingrid Henry, Kinship Coordinator at ihkinship@aol.com or 952.891.3885, www.kidsnkinship.org

 

 

Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up  

City of Minneapolis

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 9:30am-noon

 

Location: Click for a list of Earth Day Clean Up sites
It's easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30am-noon and check in at the registration table. Every site has a coordinator who is there to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, though we will have some gloves available for volunteers who need them. The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up was initiated in 1995 to draw attention to the water quality improvement needs of Minneapolis' lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality. The goal of the Earth Day Clean Up is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including: the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River. Environmental Education is a key part of the Clean Up. Onsite programs offer volunteers the opportunity to learn about various issues affecting our environment and community today.  

   

Ages: Programs are designed for individuals of all ages

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Tom Godfrey, 612.230.6484, or TGodfrey@minneapolisparks.org 

 

 

2014 Citywide Spring Cleanup  

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 8:30am Registration; 9-9:15 am Kickoff Celebrations; 9:15 am Cleanup begins!  

 

Location: Check registration form for a list of park locations. Kickoff celebrations will be held at six locations: Como Lakeside Pavilion, Highland Pavilion, Indian Mounds Large Shelter, Phalen Picnic Pavilion, Harriet Island - Kelley's Landing, and Linwood Recreation Center.
For nearly 30 years, Saint Paul individuals, families, groups, and communities have volunteered to remove litter from Saint Paul's parks and neighborhoods during the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup. With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers and detracting from the beauty of our community. You will receive your supplies at one of six Kickoff Celebrations from 8:30-9:15 am. After the celebration, head out to a Saint Paul park, natural area, or neighborhood of your choice to clean up. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Ryanna Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651.632.2411

www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=1043 

 

 

Trail Mix Ultra Marathon Race  

Three Rivers Park District- Outdoor Recreation School

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 7am-2pm. Shifts available: Water Stops: 6-10am or 9:45am-2pm. Finish Line: Food: 8:30-11:30am or 11:30am-2:30pm

 

Location: Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford
Volunteers are needed to help with water stops on the trail and food distribution at the finish line. This is the 23rd year of Trail Mix and it is always a very exciting experience for volunteers. Race proceeds are donated to Three Rivers' Adaptive Equipment Fund. 

 

Ages: Ages 10 and older with an adult

 

Time Commitment: Three to five hours, depending on shift 

 

Contact: Katie Andersen at 763.694.7723 or KAndersen@threeriversparkdistrict.org
Threeriversparks.org 

 

 

Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers  

CROSS Food Shelf

 

Date/Time: Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 12:30pm

 

Location: Meals are picked up at Lynde's Restaurant, 209 County Road 81, Osseo

As our program grows, so does our need for volunteer drivers. Whether once a month or once a week, we will work around your schedule. By delivering meals and providing face-to-face connection with a client, you are enabling them to continue to live happily and independently in their own homes. We deliver in the communities of Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton, Corcoran, and Rogers  

 

Ages: All ages

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Stephanie Lehman, 763.267.5182
www.crossservices.org

 

 

Big Climb Minneapolis   

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter

 

Date/Time:  Saturday, April 5, 7am-noon

 

Location: Capella Tower (downtown Mpls) - 225 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis
We need many volunteers for cheer stations, water stops, registration, directing foot traffic, handing out snacks to participants, and event set up and tear down. Big Climb is an endurance event where participants fundraise for blood cancer research and then choose to climb either 48 or 95 floors of the Capella Tower to help raise awareness for blood cancer research.    

 

Ages: Volunteers need to be 12 or older

 

Time Commitment: Two-five hour volunteer shifts are available

 

Contact: Jessica Seipp, 612.259.4504, or Jessica.Seipp@lls.org, by noon on Thursday, April 3
www.lls.org/mn

 

 

 

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Resource and Book List Manager 

Doing Good Together  

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: From your own home
Doing Good Together is looking for a volunteer to maintain our comprehensive website resource list. The list contains books, websites and videos that educate children about important social issues, including hunger, homelessness, environmental protection, etc. Tasks would include checking to be certain that the resources on the list are current, adding new resources, and finding children's book titles needed for our monthly newsletter or other publications. We are looking for someone with a love of children's books, superior writing skills, and experience with Internet research.

 

Ages: Adult or parent/child team

 

Time Commitment: Four-six hours a month

 

Contact: Jenny Friedman, jenny@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 

 

Maple Syrup Volunteers

Tamarack Nature Center  

 

Date/Time: Volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer training on Saturday, February 22, 1-3pm. Maple syrup season will begin in early March and continue through mid April; weekday and weekend sap collecting shifts will be available. Sap collecting shifts run for two-four hours; shifts start at 1pm. Families will sign up for sap collecting shifts the day of training

 

Location: Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Township
Once the tree sap is flowing, volunteers will be needed at Tamarack Nature Center to help collect sap every day of the week starting at 1pm. This is a great family volunteer opportunity! It can, however, be physically demanding, as it requires hiking on and off trail in snow with buckets and supplies. Families with younger children should take into account the physical limitations of their young ones when considering this volunteer opportunity.  

 

Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer, children under sixteen need to be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Mandatory two-hour training on February 22, 1-3pm. Families need to sign-up and volunteer for three sap collecting shifts during the six-week period from mid-March through early April.

 

Contact: Melanie Harding, melanie.harding@co.ramsey.mn.us, 651.407.5350 x118.
Please call or email Melanie to RSVP for the training on Saturday, February 22 
www.parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack/Pages/tamarack.aspx

 

  

 

Memory Care Mealtime Companions  

The Glenn by STSW

 

Date/Time: Any day that works for you, 12:30pm or 5:30pm

 

Location: 5300 Woodhill Road, Minnetonka
We are looking for friendly, kind-hearted individuals to spend lunch or dinner with our wonderful residents in Memory Care, helping to lead conversations. You can talk about the weather, the season, fun current events, and learn a lot about our residents' histories. This can be a very meaningful intergenerational experience

 

Ages: All ages are welcome; children under the age of 15 must have an adult with them

 

Time Commitment: One hour, once a week

 

Contact: Ann Schrempp, Activity and Volunteer Director, 952.345.4414
www.theglennseniorhousing.com 

 

 

Meal Service Volunteers  

Loaves & Fishes

 

Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start between 2 and 3pm and end by 7pm, depending on day and location. Click for current volunteer shift needs.

 

Location:  Loaves & Fishes volunteers prepare and serve meals on weekday evenings at our dining sites located in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, Shakopee, Bloomington, and Richfield.

Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2013, we served over 340,000 hot, nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes volunteers help prepare and serve free meals to those in need. Volunteers who help with meal service assist with assembling trays or plates of food and delivering them to dining site guests. Volunteers also help with cleanup associated with the meal service and dining area maintenance.  

 

Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older

 

Time Commitment: Typically two hours, depends on exact shift

 

Contact: Allie Andersen, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org
www.loavesandfishesmn.org 

 

 

LOVE IN[DEED]  

Wooddale Church

 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 15, 9am-noon

 

Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. Meet in the Wooddale Eden Prairie Campus Gym, Door 5, to choose a site. The sandwich project will be hosted at the Edina Campus.
Join Love In[Deed] in making a difference in the Twin Cities. Just show up, choose from a variety of pre-planned volunteer opportunities, and then go serve the community. Everyone is welcome! It's a great way for families, neighbors, birthday parties and groups to serve together. We provide transportation to and from the project sites. Volunteer sites for March are listed here. We encourage you to pre-register to reserve your spot at the project that works best for you.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome; check website for age limitations for individual sites   

 

Time Commitment: Three hours

 

Contact: For more information visit wooddale.org/loveindeed. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  loveindeedwc@gmail.com
www.wooddale.org 

 

 

Packing Session  

Kids Against Hunger

 

Date/Time: Thursday, March 20, 7-8:30pm (Bloomington); or Monday, March 24, 7-8:30pm (South Mpls)    

 

Locations: The Urban Refuge, 5501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, and Evergreen Community Church, 2300 East 88th St, Bloomington
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. A packing session is a simple way to help feed the hungry and starving around the world. Volunteers pack the meals in four steps: 

  • Filling: Sturdy plastic bags are filled with scoops of soy protein, dried vegetables, fortified vegetarian seasoning, and rice.
  • Weighing: The food packets are checked to make sure they are the correct weight.
  • Sealing: Excess air is removed from the packets and they are closed with a heat sealer. Once sealed, the food will remain fresh for three years.
  • Packing: The packets are packed in boxes for shipping to their destination. One box holds enough food to feed 216 children.

Ages: Volunteers five and over are welcome

 

Time Commitment: One and one-half hours   

 

Contact: info@filltheirplate.org. Register to volunteer online.
filltheirplate.org 

 

 

Food Allergy Awareness Walk  

Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of MN (AFAA):

 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 22, 7-9am

 

Location: Mall of America at Macy's Court, 8100 24th Avenue South, Bloomington
The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and to support those with food allergies. Join us for AFAA's 6th annual Food Allergy Awareness Walk! This unique event is family-friendly and free! Donations are encouraged and incentives are offered for various fundraising levels. Since its inception in 2001, AFAA has been operating on a shoestring budget and run entirely by volunteers. Money raised during the fundraising walk will help AFAA continue their mission to educate, advocate, and support those with life-threatening food allergies.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: Nona Narvaez, 651.644.5937, walk@minnesotafoodallergy.org. Register online or at the event
www.minnesotafoodallergy.org 

 

 

Minnesota FoodShare

March Campaign Drive

 

Date/Time: Bring your food and/or cash donations to your local food shelf prior to April 1

 

Location: Your local food shelf
March is Minnesota Food Share month. Each March since 1982, Minnesota FoodShare has directed the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state. Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during the March Food Drive, a month-long campaign with yearlong benefits for food shelves and hungry families in Minnesota. This campaign recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort and it is the largest food and fund drive for food shelves in the state of Minnesota. The March Campaign raises more than half the food distributed by almost 300 food shelves. Every dollar donated to Minnesota FoodShare during the March Campaign goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. You can collect food or cash donations as a family and donate them to your local food shelf or you can recruit family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or individuals from your faith community or civic group to help organize a larger food and/or donation drive.   

 

Ages: Your entire family can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Bring donations to your local food shelf. If you are interested in organizing a March Campaign, Minnesota FoodShare is here to help. There is a wealth of resources available online at mnfoodshare.gmcc.org/march.php or you can call 612.276.1530
mnfoodshare.gmcc.org 

 

 

Empty Bowls  

Community Fundraisers to Benefit Local Foodshelves:

 

Date/Time: Variety of different days & times in March

Since its small beginnings in 1990 at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Empty Bowls has become an international grassroots project to raise funds for local food shelves. Many metro-area events feature handmade soup bowls created by community members in partnership with local schools, community education departments, businesses and other community members. Local restaurants and businesses donate soup and other items. At most Empty Bowl events attendees make a free will donation, chose a bowl, enjoy some soup, and keep their bowl to remind them of all the empty bowls in their communities and beyond. Many events feature a silent auction, entertainment or other activities. Empty Bowl fundraiser proceeds are used to help families in their local communities with basic needs like food and housing. Local Empty Bowls events are held throughout the year-- here's a list of events happening in March. If your local community is not on this list, contact your local food shelf or school district to find out if there's an Empty Bowls event held in your community.   


 

 

 

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Cook For Kids /Creative Snack for Kids  

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery  

 

Date/Time: We serve three meals and three snacks a day 365 days a year. Meal times are 7am, 12pm and 5pm. Snack times are 10am, 3pm, and 7pm. There is an availability calendar so teams can see what openings we have for meal volunteers. 

 

Location: 4544 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis  

Teams plan the meal/snack, purchase the groceries, prepare, cook, serve, eat with the kids, and cleanup. Food must be cooked on-site, or purchased already prepared. Teams make enough food for 25-30 people, which includes the children, staff and volunteers.

  

Ages: Ages 12 and over. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.

 

Time Commitment: One and a half to two hours plus shopping time

 

Contact: Danielle Brady, Volunteer Services Manager, 612.767.8472 or dbrady@crisisnursery.org. Teams can apply directly on our website.

www.crisisnursery.org 

  

 

 

Host a Birthday Bag Blitz  

Cheerful Givers 

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Fill the bags at your home or other location, and then deliver them to a local shelter or food shelf 

Cheerful Givers helps families by helping to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. This simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens bonds in families. Your family or group will assemble birthday bags with new toys for children ages 3-12 and deliver bags to a nearby shelter or food shelf. Items should be suitable for children ages 3-12. About 8-10 new items go into each bag, with a total value of about ten dollars. Each bag should include one "lasting" item like a plush animal or book. Click for directions for assembling birthday bags. This is a unique, fun activity for all ages! Please contact Cheerful Givers to tell them how many birthday bags you filled and where you donated them.    

 

Ages: All ages will enjoy this project

 

Time Commitment: Will vary, depending on the time needed to purchase supplies, assemble and deliver birthday bags

 

Contact:  Karen@cheerfulgivers.org or visit www.cheerfulgivers.org for more information

www.cheerfulgivers.org

 

 

Family Service Night Volunteers  

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Usually evenings, 3-5 hours per event 

 

Location: Twin Cities metro 

Doing Good Together (DGT) helps local faith-based groups, schools and businesses organize family service events. DGT is seeking on-call volunteers to attend these events and assist participants with the various hand-on activities at the event stations. Most events run for 5 hours, including set-up and clean-up. Volunteers should be comfortable with noisy environments and working with children of various ages. 

 

Ages: Volunteers need to be age 16 or older

 

Time Commitment: Volunteers should commit to at least 3 family service events over the course of a year.

 

Contact: Nassim Rossi at nassim@doinggoodtogether.org

www.doinggoodtogether.org

 

 

Activities Assistance for Seniors  

Maplewood Care Center   

 

Date/Time: Any day, Monday thru Saturday, between 10am and 8pm

 

Location: 1900 Sherren Ave E, Maplewood  

Our activity department needs volunteer assistance with fun activities and outings such as bingo, crafts, baking, polishing nails, parties, and visits into the community for movies, shopping, museums, restaurants, etc. We also need volunteers who would like to visit residents in their rooms or bring their dogs in for pet visits or provide religious visits.   

 

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome. We also love to have groups of children visit and we will come up with an intergenerational program for your visit. Children younger than 15 are welcome with parents.  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, we will call you the beginning of each month to see if you are available for specific activities or outings that month. You can come as frequently as you like, and we will schedule you according to your interests.

 

Contact: Linda Alwell, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.748.3552, lalwell@voa.org
www.volunteersofamerica.org 

 

 

Youth Service Days  

Second Harvest Heartland 

 

Date/Time: Saturday March 1, 9-11:30am or 12:30-2:30pm. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to sign-in, hang up coats, and lockup items such as purses in our individual lockers for your convenience.   

 

Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. In addition to the service component there will be a short hunger awareness activity. The service component will be to sort and re-pack donated food into consumer size packages; this activity includes a variety of positions, so there will be jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These re-packaged items then go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. We hope you will join the fun!  

 

Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages 8 and older. Adults who bring infants and children under 8 years old will not be able to volunteer.

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via www.2harvest.org/volunteer
www.2harvest.org 

 

 

Sandwich Makers  

The Sandwich Project

 

Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity 

 

Location: Sandwiches can be prepared in your home or any location that is convenient for you and then delivered to one of The Sandwich Project local drop off sites.
Each year, many organizations put together programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas to help feed, clothe and take care of those less fortunate. There is a remarkable amount of time, energy and money that goes into these programs. But what happens the other 363 days of the year? The Sandwich Project was established with those other days in mind. We depend on volunteers from all over the Twin Cities to make sandwiches that The Sandwich Project then delivers to the hungry and homeless in our community. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with kids of any age. You can make them in your home or at a church (or just about anywhere), by yourself or with a group. It is easier to feed 150 people than you might think. It simply takes one trip to a local grocery store to purchase the supplies, and the time and effort to prepare 150 sandwiches.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, commitment includes purchasing supplies, preparing the sandwiches and delivering them to a local drop off site 

 

Contact: To learn more and to sign up to prepare sandwiches, visit the The Sandwich Project Instructions page

www.thesandwichprojectmn.org 

 

 

Volunteer Ushers- The Black Snowman  

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development

 

Date/Time: Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 23. Check their calendar for dates and showtimes.    

 

Location: 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul
Steppingstone Theatre has a great opportunity to volunteer in the community. Come usher at one of our weekend performances.
We ask that ushers: 

  • Arrive 1 hour before the show
  • Greet patrons as they enter the auditorium
  • Take tickets and hand out programs
  • Following the performance, pick up papers, programs, wrappers, etc. in the auditorium 

Ages: Minimum age is 8 

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Katie Schmieg Miller, 651.225.9265, katie@steppingstonetheatre.org

www.steppingstonetheatre.org 

 

 

2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes  

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

 

Date/Time: Saturday, February 22. Walk start time is 8:30am

 

Location:  Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Join thousands of others in supporting juvenile diabetes research while walking around Mall of America. The walk starts at 8:30am (Registration starts at 7:30am) Walk for as long or short of a time as you'd like! Then stay for the post walk entertainment.

 

Ages: All ages can walk (or ride in a stroller)

 

Time Commitment: A few hours

 

Contact: Kara Fischer, kfischer@jdrf.org 952.851.0770, Click for online registration information

www.jdrfwalktocurediabetes.org    

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together. Doing Good Together bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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Marketing and Communications Manager for Doing Good Together

Do you have skills in marketing and communications? Interested in taking your commitment to family service into your career? DGT is looking for a part-time Marketing and Communications Director to join our team. Click here for more information.

 

 

Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship

 

Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity

 

Location: Your home or community   

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with children ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. Mentoring Works! Please consider stepping forward today to support a child age 5-16 through weekly fun and enriching activities with your family. We have been serving youth in Dakota County for 42 years. Our youth live in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount though our mentors may drive in from other areas. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer(s) and child/parent. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it's easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it's a board game, sledding, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable, a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, as well as ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year's time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child - it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!  Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? Find more information here: www.mpmn.org/Events/NationalMentoringMonth 

 

Ages: Mentors are families, couples, or individuals over 21

 

Time Commitment: One to four hours per week, on your own time (very flexible scheduling: can be weekends, evenings or after school)

 

Contact:  Ingrid Henry, Kinship Coordinator at ihkinship@aol.com or 952.891.3885, www.kidsnkinship.org 

 

 

Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

 

Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website registration page  

 

Location: FMSC has MN packing locations in Chanhassen, Chaska 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, 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-which provides meals for six children-costs around $1.32 to produce, and 94 percent of all donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program.

 

Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online 

 

Time Commitment: One and a half or two hour shift

 

Contact: Registration is available online
www.fmsc.org 

 

 

Lunch Box for Kids Meal Packing  

Hope for the City

 

Date/Time: Scheduled upon request 

 

Location: 7005 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park

Come help package meals and help feed a child! At Hope for the City we work to restore hope and dignity to people locally and around the world. One of the ways we do this is through our Lunch Box for Kids program that helps to provide meals to kids to during holiday and summer breaks. Come help us pack the rice and beans or macaroni and cheese meals that will provide nutrition and hope to those we serve. The cost per meal is .25 and we do ask our volunteers to make a donation to help cover the costs for the ingredients. Contact us for more information regarding this opportunity. 

 

Ages: Five and older 

 

Time Commitment: Two hour time slots 

 

Contact: Hannah Wortz, hannah@hopeforthecity.org
www.hopeforthecity.org

 

 

Packing Emergency Diaper Bags 

Second Stork

 

Date/Time: Open availability: weekdays, evenings and weekends

 

Location: 2060 Centre Point Boulevard, Mendota Heights -- enter in back of the building
Each year, thousands of new moms and dads across the Twin Cities lack the resources to bring their baby home from the hospital with even the most basic supplies such as diapers, cribs and formula. Second Stork works with social workers and nurses at almost 20 hospitals across the Twin Cities metro area. At their discretion, medical professionals can give cribs, formula, diapers and wipes provided by Second Stork to families in need. Volunteers open, sort and repack surplus from baby registry gift packs and produce emergency "diaper bags" (100 newborn diapers, 200 wet wipes and related items) for distribution by hospitals to families in crisis.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome

 

Time Commitment: Typically a minimum of 2 hours

 

Contact: info@secondstork.org
www.secondstork.org 

 

 

Birthday Bag Providers  

Simpson Housing Services

 

Date/Time: Twice a month for 2014

 

Location: 2100 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis

Create a memorable birthday for children in our Family Housing program. We are looking for volunteers to commit to creating 2 birthday bags per month for one year. You may make more than 2 bags if you wish. We will provide you with the name, age, gender, and birthdate for each child. Staff contacts Birthday Bag volunteers bimonthly and will give you the information for the children you are matched with for the upcoming two months. Bags are due back to our main offices before the child's birthday.
Birthday Bags include the following items: 

  • Disposable cake pan
  • Cake mix
  • Frosting
  • Small paper party plates
  • Party napkins
  • Candles
  • An age appropriate gift with a value of $20. If you are matched with a youth age 13-18, please purchase a Target gift card of $15-$20

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Year long commitment for 2014 

 

Contact: Christina Giese, 612.874.8683, cgiese@simpsonhousing.org  

www.simpsonhousing.org 

 

 

5th Annual Feeding the Dream - Community Food Drive  

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)

 

Date/Time: Now through January 20

 

Location: Drop off non-perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Parks Recreation Center
The need for food donations does not end with the holidays. Donations for the fifth annual Minneapolis Feeding the Dream community food drive will be accepted through January 20. Over the past four years, the MPRB, with generous support from the community, has donated more than 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to local food banks. The Sabathani Community Food Shelf will benefit from the 2014 Food Drive. This year's food drive concludes during the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration held January 20 from 6:30-7:30pm at Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis. The public is invited to attend the hour-long program that honors and celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event.

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Time to collect and deliver your food donations

 

Contact: Megan Gregory, Event Coordinator, mgregory@minneapolisparks.org, 612.230.6479
www.minneapolisparks.org 

 

 

Fill our Fridge  

Lutheran Social Service Metro Homeless Youth Programs

 

Date/Time: Ongoing, flexible

 

Location: Midway Area of St. Paul
The LSS Metro Homeless Youth Programs serves homeless youth ranging in age from 16-21. Our programs provide safe and supportive services to homeless youth through street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional living programs, case management and advocacy, and independent living skills. We are looking for volunteers to help stock our drop-in center with food for breakfast and/or lunch each week for the youth who stop by. We would provide you with a shopping list and it would be up to you to purchase and drop-off the items.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: One to two hours

 

Contact: Annie Harm, annie.harm@lssmn.org, 651.470.8804

www.lssmn.org

 

 

Write a Letter!  

Operation Gratitude

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Letters and artwork can be mailed to Operation Gratitude, 17330 Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Operation Gratitude sends 100,000+ Care Packages each year to deployed Troops and Wounded Warriors. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops.
Don't know where to start? 

  • Start with a salutation, such as "Dear Service Member" or "Dear Hero"
  • You can write to a Deployed Troop, a Veteran and/or a Wounded Warrior
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you pray for them is wonderful
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, Pets
  • Talk about life back home: Sports, Weather, Music, and Movies
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter/package recipient can reply.
  • Children: FIRST NAMES ONLY with parent mail/email
  • Still can't find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead (Please avoid glitter!)

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or  info@operationgratitude.com
www.operationgratitude.com  

 

Snow Shoveling for Seniors

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program     

 

Date/Time: Dependent on when it snows   

 

Location:  Exact location TBD in Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
The snow has been falling early this winter and NIP still needs volunteers to help shovel snow for seniors in our community. You can get in shape and help your neighbors too! Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen's walkways and driveway. Adopt a yard until the weather warms. Residents will provide the thankful smile.

 

Ages: Family teams and small groups welcome. Youth must be first graders or older and supervised by an adult.

  

Time Commitment: Adopt a yard for the winter season

 

Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, Jeanne Tramel Rasmussen, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org
www.neighborhoodinvolve.org      

 

LOVE IN[DEED]    

Wooddale Church

 

Date/Time: Saturday, January 25, 8:30am-noon

 

Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. The sandwich-making project will be hosted at the Edina Campus, 5532 Wooddale Avenue South, Edina
Join Love In[Deed] in making a difference in the Twin Cities. Just show up, choose from a variety of pre-planned volunteer opportunities, and then go serve the community. Buses will be provided. Volunteer sites for January will be listed here

 

Ages: All ages are welcome; check website for age limitations for individual sites   

Time Commitment: Three and a half hours

 

Contact: For more information visit wooddale.org/loveindeed. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  loveindeedwc@gmail.com
www.wooddale.org    

 

 

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