December 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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December 2015 - Twin Cities 

 
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.
 
Location: With over thirty neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site 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 eight to ten 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. Learn more about delivering meals as a family.
 
Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime
 
Contact: Tara Kumar, 612.623.3363, tara@meals-on-wheels.com
www.meals-on-wheels.com
 
 
Cookie Decorating
Open Arms
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 12, 10am - noon
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis
 
Looking for ways to introduce your kids to helping others? Open Arms is hosting a cookie decorating opportunity, where you and your family can brighten our clients' days by decorating holiday cookies for them. Enjoy treats and coffee while working on a creative activity together!
 
Ages: Families with children age eight and older are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Up to two hours. Feel free to arrive and depart when needed during the shift.

Contact: RSVP to molly@openarmsmn.org with the names of those attending and the ages for anyone under the age of 18
 
 
Cook For Kids
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
 
Date/Time: We have meals three times a day, seven days a week, so it can work for anyone's schedule! Check our online calendar for shift availability
 
Location: 4544 4th Ave S, Minneapolis
 
Recruit a team of up to six people to purchase groceries, cook on site and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner to children at the Crisis Nursery. This is a great opportunity for your family to cook a meal for approximately 30 children, care provider staff and volunteers.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. All volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours at the Nursery (includes prep, serving, eating and clean up), plus shopping time. This can be a one-time opportunity or an ongoing one.
 
Contact: Keith Johnson, kjohnson@crisisnursery.org. or 612.767.8483. For more information visit www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer or go directly to our application: www.crisisnursery.org/content/cook-kids-creative-snack-application
www.crisisnursery.org
 
 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing

Date/Time: Delivery requested by Thursday December 17, please contact to schedule delivery time.

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 many essential items to really make their house a home. You can brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket. Please note, we serve adults only and are unable to accept items for children. Suggested items include:
  • Kitchenware (including cooking & eating)
  • Shower curtains & liners
  • Basic tools
  • Throw blankets & pillows
  • Towel and full bed sheet sets
  • Household décor items such as picture frames
  • Calendars or day planners
  • Socks, gloves, hats, scarves, or slippers
  • Headphones
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
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing

 
Brighten the Holidays for a Senior
Gifts for Seniors
 
Date/Time: Now through December
 
Location: Check the Gift for Seniors website for barrel locations
 
You and your family can help make the holiday season brighter for seniors by collecting and donating new, unwrapped gifts to them through Gifts for Seniors. Click on the Gifts for Seniors wish list to find out which items are most needed. 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. This is how it works:
  • Donors provide new, unwrapped gifts from the Gifts for Seniors wish list through gift drives or drop-offs at gift barrel locations around the Twin Cities metro area.
  • County and community agency partners pick up gifts for their clients from the Gifts for Seniors seasonal operations center.
  • Community volunteers collect donated gifts and bring them to our operations center where they are sorted, inventoried and displayed.
  • Agency partners select and personally deliver gifts to isolated seniors they serve - with that they also give the important gift of a life-affirming visit.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Host Families for International Students
Academic Year in America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your home and local community
 
Would you like to give your son or daughter the opportunity to learn about another culture? Join Academic Year in America (AYA) this holiday season by giving your family the opportunity to share the American culture and celebrations with an international exchange student. AYA accepts exchange students from over 30 different countries from around the world and represents families across all 50 states. Don't miss this chance to bring the world to your doorstep. Exchange students would arrive at the beginning of each academic semester. Apply now to be a host family for Spring semester 2016!
 
Ages: This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity but volunteers interested in being host parent(s) must be 25 years or older. We are seeking families of all shapes and sizes, which includes those with small children, teenage children, no children, single parents, one parent living in the home, elderly couples, non-traditional families/same sex couples, etc. All are eligible to apply.
 
Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for six-eight weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.
 
Contact: Jackie, jfedor@aifs.org, 203.399.5043
www.academicyear.org
 
 
LOVE IN[DEED]
Wooddale Church
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 12, 9am-noon
 
Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie
 
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. Please pre-register online if there is a specific site you'd like to attend. Click here to view the sites for December.
 
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/near/love-indeed/ or email loveindeedwc@gmail.com
www.wooddale.org
 
 
Christmas Day Celebration
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thursday, December 25, 11am - 3pm
 
Location: St. Mary's University, 2500 Park Ave S, Minneapolis
 
Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders served by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas Day celebration. You and your family can help by driving elder participants to the dinner site, eating and visiting with them during the event, and driving them home afterward.  

Ages:
 All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Danielle Fehring, dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0726. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
Holiday Helper Program 2015
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
 
Date/Time: Donations will be accepted now through Monday, December 21, 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 starting on Friday, November 27 through Friday, 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, 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 21. 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: Call 612.767. 8467 if you have any questions or need more information.
www.crisisnursery.org/
 
 
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:
 
 
 

Create a Family Mission Statement

Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great year-end project but you can do it anytime!
 
Location: Your home or other convenient location
 
As the New Year approaches, take time away from life's busy demands to create an artistic representation of your family's mission. Our conversation starters will guide you through a big-hearted discussion about your family's passions, priorities, and goals. Your New Year's resolutions will be more meaningful, and more doable, than ever! Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas on creating your own family mission statement!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One hour or more

Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
BIG-HEARTED FAMILIES™ BOOK CLUB 
Just in time for holiday gift giving:  Our new and improved Big-Hearted Families Book Club offers families a unique opportunity to turn reading time into family time. Every quarter we'll deliver recipients (kids ages 4-10) more than a carefully chosen book with a big-hearted theme. We also include customized conversation cards for parents and kindness activities for the entire family. It's a great way to help families connect while learning big-hearted lessons too. Order by December 16 for Christmas delivery. Find our book club and other kindness-themed gift options in our online DGT Store.

 

 

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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.
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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November 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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November 2015 - Twin Cities 

 
Free, Community-wide Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Friday, November 20, 5 - 7:30 pm
 
Location: Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Doing Good Together is hosting a free, community-wide Family Service Fair in celebration of National Family Volunteer Day. 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 more involved as a family in the community.  A diverse group of nonprofit organizations will be participating (Open Arms, Hats and Mittens, Volunteers of America, Bundles of Love, People Serving People, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, The Lift Garage, Walker Methodist, Global Citizens Network and the Community Outreach arm of the Animal Humane Society) - each hosting a station with a fun, kid-friendly service activity for families to complete, such as assembling snack bags, decorating literacy kits and making no-sew fleece scarves.

We thank our sponsors generationOn and Disney Friends for Change (Gold) and Global Citizens Network (Silver) for making this event possible. Doing Good Together's National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair 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, which features a wide variety of ethnic dinner options.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like any time between 5pm and 7:30 pm
 
Contact: If you are interested in joining the team of Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair volunteers or if your business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Nassim Rossi at nassim@doinggoodtogether.org.
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Host families for International Students
Academic Year in America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Your home and community

The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values. 

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for 6 weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.

Contact: Jackie, jfedor@aifs.org, 203.399.5043  
 
 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing

Date/Time: Delivery requested by Thursday December 17th, please contact to schedule delivery time.

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 many essential items to really make their house a home. You can brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket. Please note, we serve adults only and are unable to accept items for children. Suggested items include:
  • Kitchenware (including cooking & eating)
  • Shower curtains & liners
  • Basic tools
  • Throw blankets & pillows
  • Towel and full bed sheet sets
  • Household décor items such as picture frames
  • Calendars or day planners
  • Socks, gloves, hats, scarves, or slippers
  • Headphones
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
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing

 
Walk to End Hunger
The Mosaic Company
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 26, 7 - 10am. Volunteer shift times may vary; walk registration runs from 7 - 9:30am.
 
Location: Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington. For easy access to registration on Thanksgiving morning, park on the fourth level of the East Parking Ramp and enter via the East Entrance, on the fourth level.
 
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 $1,500,000 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! The first-floor route will have music, balloon animals, Santa, and a craft table for kids. On the second floor, walkers can "break a sweat" and do family-friendly, calorie burning exercises with Bodies by Burgoon. Registration begins at 7am on Thanksgiving morning and ends at 9:30am. There is an official Walk to End Hunger kick-off at 7:15am in the Rotunda. 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 23rd. 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
 
 
Adopt a Family for the Holidays
RESOURCE
 
Date/Time: Donors will be matched with families between now and December 1; gifts should be delivered to RESOURCE by December 7.
 
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.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Samantha Sleeman, ssleeman@resource-mn.org or 612.752.8030
www.resource-mn.org
 
 
Caring Cooks
RESOURCE, Inc.
 
Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Thursday each month. The meal must be ready to serve by 6pm, generally volunteers arrive for food preparation at 4pm
 
Location: North Minneapolis location

Meal service volunteers are needed at our evening client workshops. This is a great opportunity for small groups or families! We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal for about 15 workshop participants. Volunteers can either:
  • Prepare and serve a meal that has already been planned.
  • Plan, purchase ingredients, and prepare a meal for one of our programs that host evening workshops and activities. There is a kitchen available on-site for volunteer use.
  • Bring store/restaurant bought food and serve participants.
  • Prepare a freezable meal ahead of time and drop it off for one of our programs to utilize with reheating instructions.
Ages: This is a great family opportunity. Children must be able to help parents in the kitchen and follow directions.
 
Time Commitment: Meal must be ready to serve at 6pm, so please plan accordingly. The average time commitment is one and one-half to two and one-half hours. This meal service opportunity can be one-time or ongoing.
 
Contact: Samantha Sleeman, ssleeman@resource-mn.org  or 612.752.8030
www.resource-mn.org

 
Meal Delivery Driver
Optage Senior Dining
 
Date/Time: Ongoing; pick a day that works for you, Monday - Friday, around 10:30am
 
Location: Seniors homes in Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Stillwater, Bloomington, or Forest Lake
 
Volunteer drivers deliver meals daily or weekly, help participants store, heat and eat meals and review weekly menus, or assist with table set-ups for daily hot meals. Equally important are regular check-ins with participants to make sure they're doing well. Volunteers will pick up meals and deliver them to those in need, on a route or a one stop apartment building.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer; adult must have valid drivers license
 
Time Commitment: About an hour
 
Contact: Kris Mailand, kmailand@preshomes.org, 651.724.8955.
www.optage.org
 
 
Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 26, between 11am and 3pm, depending on volunteer activity
 
Location: The Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale
 
Help brighten the Thanksgiving holiday for isolated elders served by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Thanksgiving Day celebrations. 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 Thanksgiving. Meal pick up time is at 12:30 p.m. Total time commitment is about two hours.
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
 
Contact: Danielle Fehring, dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0726
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
Christmas Day Celebration
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thursday, December 25, between 11am and 3pm, depending on volunteer activity
 
Location: St. Mary's University, 2500 Park Ave S, Minneapolis
 
Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders served by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas Day celebration. 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. Meal pick up time is at 12:30 p.m. Total time commitment is about two hours.
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
 
Contact: Danielle Fehring, dfehring@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0726
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
Repackage Rice and Beans- Help Stock the Food Pantry
Feeding America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Find a food shelf in your local community
 
One in seven people in America are food insecure, living in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Rice and beans are nourishing, filling, and infinitely adaptable food staples. You and your family can help feed the hungry in your community by transforming inexpensive bulk-packaged goods into meal-sized portions. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for project instructions and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Find your local food shelf on the Feeding America website
www.FeedingAmerica.org
 
 
Give to the Max Day is almost here!

During this season of thanks, we'd like to extend our appreciation to all of our donors, subscribers, website visitors, and social media followers. And a special thanks to the families who use and enjoy the vast array of DGT™ programs, projects, and resources. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. Please include Doing Good Together™ in your giving plan for Give To The Max Day on November 12! Not available that day? Schedule your donation beginning on November 1.

 

 

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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.
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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October 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

October 2015 - Twin Cities 

 
We need your input! Be on the lookout for our upcoming DGT communications survey, which will be emailed to you mid-October. We appreciate your feedback!

 
Rake a Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 9am - noon. We encourage groups to rake yards between 9am - noon, but group leaders are welcome to work with homeowners to schedule another raking time prior to or following the event. The inclement weather date for the event is Saturday, October 31.
 
Location: Seniors' yards around Washington County
 
Make a difference in your community by helping seniors and individuals with disabilities remain independent in their homes. Volunteer with Community Thread for Rake a Difference Day on Saturday, October 24 (known as Make a Difference Day nationwide!) to rake the yard of a fellow community member. This is a great family-friendly opportunity to connect with local seniors and enjoy a morning outdoors. Locations are available throughout Washington County. Volunteers should bring their own rakes and gloves; homeowners provide leaf bags. 
 
Ages: Open to all ages; volunteers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per every five children age 12 and under).

Time Commitment: Three hours or until yards are finished.
 
Contact: Sara Pennebecker at 651.439.7434 or Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Sign up by Friday, October 9 to secure your participation!
www.CommunityThreadMN.org
 
 
Twin Cities CureSearch Walk
CureSearch for Children's Cancer
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 4, afternoon. Exact times will vary depending on volunteer task.
 
Location: Lake Phalen in St. Paul

CureSearch Walk unites the community and local hospitals to walk towards ending children's cancer. The Walk celebrates families who have been affected by children's cancer, and is family-friendly and fun. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, set up, tear down, refreshments, cheer stations, T-shirts, form Walk Teams, etc. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate in the walk. Families with children ages three and older can help distribute T-shirts, participate at cheer stations, and hand out refreshments. Setup and tear down volunteers must be at least 12; registration volunteers must be at least 16.
 
Time Commitment: Between two and seven hours, depending on activity
 
Contact: Brecka Putnam, brecka.putnam@curesearch.org
www.curesearchwalk.org/twincities
 
 
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 Works! Please consider stepping forward today to mentor a child with your family. 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, 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!
 
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: Rita Younger, Kinship Coordinator at rykinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990
www.kidsnkinship.org

 
Prairie Planting in Mendota Heights
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: The Dodge Lilly Property, 680 Highway 110, Mendota Heights. The Dodge Lilly Property is located on Highway 110 between Dodd Rd and Delaware Ave in Mendota Heights. Parking for the event will be available in the Mendota Church of Christ parking lot at 680 Highway 110, Mendota Heights.
 
Join Dodge Nature Center and Great River Greening in a prairie planting event to accelerate prairie restoration, increase diversity, and provide nectar sources for pollinators at Lilly Prairie, a locally famous jewel for hiking. Prior to European settlement, Minnesota boasted more than 18 million acres of prairie. Today, less than two percent remains. Join us as we work with neighbors and other community volunteers to help this secluded gem return to ecological health.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Rake the Leaves Fall Clean Up
HOME Program of Senior Community Services
 
Date/Time: Pick your own date and time, starting in mid-October (depending upon the weather).
 
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, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.
 
Leaves do fall. Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent in their home! Volunteer tasks include yard work, leaf raking, window washing, weeding, garage sweeping and cleanup. The Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) Program of Senior Community Services provides affordable home maintenance and chore services to help seniors age 60+ continue to live independently in their own homes in 29 Hennepin County communities.
 
Ages: Families with children age seven and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, feel free to volunteer once or multiple times.

Contact:
Jeanne, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.org
 
 
Help Clean and Refurbish Used Bikes 
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
 
Date/Time: Bike Donation Day, Saturday, October 10, 9am - 6pm. Shifts are 9am - noon, 11:30am - 3:30pm and 3 - 6pm.
Bike repair and cleaning shifts: October 12 - December 5, shifts are scheduled 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm and 6 - 9pm.
 
Location: Health hospitals and clinics on Saturday, October 10th, from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Exact Mall of America location for Bike Repair volunteers will be sent via email with map and directions.
 
Volunteers are needed to haul, move and organize over 5,000 FB4K bikes! Bikes will be transported to the FB4K warehouse at the Mall of America to be staged for cleaning and fixing. Join the Cleaners, Preppers, or Mechanics for a shift to repair bikes. 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 to help us move and clean bikes. This is a fun activity for a family to do together! 
 
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 adult to child ratio.

Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: FB4K Volunteer Coordinator at jenna@fb4k.org. Volunteers can register online.
www.fb4k.org/home

 
Senior Chore Program Fall Clean Up
Northeast Youth & Family Services (NYFS)
 
Date/Time: Arrange a time between October 25 and November 7 that works for you.
 
Location: Seniors' home in Shoreview and White Bear Lake
 
Northeast Youth & Family Services Senior Chore Program is having their annual Fall Cleanup for seniors in need. Volunteers are needed to spend a few hours improving the lives of area seniors and help them live independently for as long as possible. Rake and bag leaves, pick up debris, sweep sidewalks and bring in lawn furniture for seniors who are no longer able to complete these tasks themselves. If possible, bring a rake and work gloves! Please dress for the weather.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages can participate.
 
Time Commitment: Up to four hours
 
Contact: Debbie, 651.757.4061 or debbiep@nyfs.org. Please register by October 16.
www.nyfs.org
 
 
Fall Yard Clean Up
DARTS
 
Date/Time: Pick your own date and time between October 24 through November 7.
 
Location: Seniors' homes in West St. Paul/South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Farmington or Rosemount
 
Families can play a crucial role in helping older homeowners in Dakota County area by raking and bagging up leaves this fall. This is a great way for families of all ages to spend time together and connect with a senior. Please bring rakes and gloves.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours per yard.
 
Contact: Barb Tiggemann, barb.tiggemann@darts1.org
www.darts1.org
 
 
Beat Back the Buckthorn
Three Rivers Park District
 
Date/Time: Friday, October 16, 9am - noon; Saturday, October 17, 9am - noon; Saturday, October 31, 9am - noon.
 
Location: Tierney's Woods, Hyland Lake Park Reserve 8163- 8319 Highwood Dr, Bloomington
 
Help preserve forests and woodlands by removing buckthorn. With no natural controls, this invasive species produces a dense shade that prevents the establishment of native habitat. Volunteers work in wooded areas with uneven terrain and use different methods of removal such as loppers, handsaws, and handwork via pulling younger plants.
  • Removal sites are off trail and/or may be in remote areas of the park. Therefore, volunteers must arrive on time or early at the designated meeting location. The group is then led to removal sites.
  • Volunteers must come prepared for the weather and bring something to drink (and snacks, if desired). Water and restroom facilities are NOT on site and require a drive to nearby Hyland Park Reserve at Richardson Nature Center.
  • Training, equipment, and spare gloves are provided at the start of each session, but it is recommended to bring your own preferred work gloves.
  • Dress to get dirty and wear comfortable, sturdy closed-toe shoes (no sandals) with long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Be aware that poison ivy, ticks, mosquitoes, hornets, etc. may be found in some areas of our parks. Use bug spray, learn to identify and avoid poison ivy and check after walking through vegetation.
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Volunteer Office, 763.559.6706, Volunteer@threeriversparkdistrict.org. Online registration is preferred.
www.threeriversparks.org
 
 
Food Packing- Youth & Family Service Day
Second Harvest Heartland West
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 7, 9 - 11:30am, or 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
 
Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. Volunteers sort and repack donated food into consumer size packages. This activity includes a variety of positions, so there are jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These repackaged items then go to our partner agencies, such as food shelves and soup kitchens that serve our hungry neighbors. 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: volunteer@2harvest.org, Volunteers can sign up online at www.2harvest.org/volunteer. Please note that Youth Service Day volunteer spots fill up quickly.
www.2harvest.org
 
 
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
Nicodemous Wilderness Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Pick a location to clean up in your community
 
Fall winds are sending wayward wrappers flying out of open car doors and fluttering school papers out of our hands. In spring, everyone is in the mood for neighborhood clean up, but by October, the Earth Day influence seems to have worn off. Recommit to cleaning up during your fall walks. Clear out litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your own neighborhood. Take all necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely. You can pick your favorite walk and do a one-time sweep, or make clean up a regular family event. Take a few digital photos of what you've picked up. Then have your family send an essay about your experience along with your favorite photo, your names, age(s) and address to mail@wildernessproject.org. Your essay will be published on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website, your children's names will appear in the Registry of Apprentice Ecologists, and you'll get an official certificate. Visit the DGT™ Clean Up Your Neighborhood project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@wildernessproject.org
www.wildernessproject.org/
 
 
DGT WORKSHOPS
 
Did you know? Doing Good Together™ offers engaging workshops that are perfect for parent groups. We offer two popular topics:
Both provide attendees with dozens of ideas for fun, meaningful activities that fit easily into families' lives. The format includes discussion, problem solving, and idea sharing. We have presented to schools, faith communities and community groups, both locally and nationally, for over 10 years. For more information, contact Jenny at jenny@doinggoodtogether.org.

 

 

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September 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

September 2015 - Twin Cities 

 
Common Ground Festival of Giving- 5th Annual Music Festival  
Common Ground Meditation Center
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, noon - 4:30pm
 
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, Alex Goldfarb, Larry Long, and Linda Breitag with Precious Sparkle Kitty, as well as spoken word performances by Louis Alemayehu and dance calling by Ann Carter. There will also be fun, kid-friendly activities. 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™ and join in the fun! 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to four and one-half hours

Contact: festivalofgiving@commongroundmeditation.org
www.commongroundmeditation.org

 
The Washburn Games
Washburn Center for Children
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 27, 1:30 - 4:30pm. The fun run is at 3:45pm; closing ceremonies are at 4pm.
 
Location: Bryn Mawr Meadows, 601 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis (park near Penn Ave & 394)
 
Come play rugby, soccer, lacrosse, cricket, karate, football, yoga and more at The Washburn Games, a noncompetitive sports sampler for children ages 4 - 12. Kids can discover their favorite sport (before you sign them up for a season they don't like) and give back to the community. All participants receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag and the joy of helping others. Plus, there's a chance to win amazing prizes, including a $1,000 educational scholarship. Volunteers will help participants through the sports stations by retrieving balls and cheering them on. No sports experience necessary! All proceeds support children struggling with social, emotional or behavioral problems
 
Ages: Children ages 4-12 may participate in the event. Parents and teens 13 and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Liz Jones, Development and Events Coordinator, ljones@washburn.org, 612.872.3316
www.washburngames.org
 
LOVE IN[DEED]
Wooddale Church
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 26, 9am - noon
 
Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. A specific project in the city of Edina 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 or email loveindeedwc@gmail.com
www.wooddale.org
 
Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing
Kids Against Hunger - West Metro
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 5, 9 - 11am
 
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. No special skills or training are needed to pack at an event - just the desire to roll up your sleeves and dig in! When you arrive, a Kids Against Hunger team leader will show the group a short video describing the history and mission of Kids Against Hunger. After that, you'll wash up, don your aprons and hairnets, and choose a spot at a packaging station. You may be filling bags with food, weighing bags, sealing bags, or packing bags into shipping boxes. Team leaders will be at each station to explain each phase of the process and to provide assistance.
 
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. Registration is available online.
www.kidsagainsthungerwm.org
 
2015 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 26, 7am-noon
 
Location: Target Field, 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 rayaz@alz.org
 
Time Commitment: Most volunteer positions will last between four and five hours
 
Contact: Please email rayaz@alz.org
www.alz.org/mnnd
 
Family Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm and Saturdays, 9:30am - 11:30am
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave South, Minneapolis
 
Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. This year, Open Arms network of more than 2,400 volunteers will help cook and deliver more than 470,000 meals for people living with life threatening illnesses. Pick the delivery route that suits you best and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license
 
Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. All adult volunteers must sign up for and attend a new volunteer orientation at our office at 2500 Bloomington Ave South, Minneapolis.

Contact: Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7343
www.openarmsmn.org
 
Farm for All
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: There are a variety of days and dates available throughout through October
 
Location: Garden plots are located in St. Paul, Richfield, and Coon Rapids
 
Loaves & Fishes is seeking volunteers to help maintain our garden plots at three locations in the Twin Cities Metro. Much of the farm work will depend on weather. Volunteer opportunities are subject to change with short notice. Volunteers will be notified of any changes via email.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on location
 
Contact: Carly Quintus, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673 or volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org. Registration is available online
www.loavesandfishesmn.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.
 
Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites are located throughout the metro area.
 
Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2014, they served over 400,000 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
Registration is available online - click here for dinner serving opportunities www.loavesandfishesmn.org 
 
Apple Valley Green Futures Community Planting
Tree Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Quarry Point Park, 15725 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley
 
Help make the community a bit greener! Volunteers are needed for this community tree-planting event. Spread shade-bearing trees across Quarry Point Park for years of enjoyment. Hands-on training is provided at every event, so no experience is required to volunteer.
 
Ages: Children and dogs are welcome, as long as they're supervised.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Tate Vaughan, tate.vaughan@treetrust.org, 952.767.3919
www.treetrust.org
 
Sheridan Memorial Park Raingarden Tending
Friends of the Mississippi River
 
Date/Time: Thursday, Sept 10, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water St. NE, Minneapolis

Last spring, volunteers installed a large raingarden at Sheridan Memorial Park to beautify the park, provide bee, butterfly and bird habitat, and reduce the amount of polluted runoff flowing from the nearby parking lot and local streets into the Mississippi River. Volunteers are now needed to help maintain the relatively young planting by weeding out invasive species - such as birdsfoot trefoil, sweet clover, burdock and dandelions - and assisting with other tending tasks, including replanting, as needed. 
 
Ages: Children are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Amy Kilgore, FMR Event Registrar, akilgore@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 (up to 3).
www.fmr.org
 
Rake-a-Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 9am - noon. We encourage groups to rake yards between 9am and noon, but group leaders are welcome to work with homeowners to schedule another raking time prior to or following the event. The inclement weather date for the event is Saturday, October 31.
 
Location: Seniors' yards around Washington County
 
Make a difference in your community by helping seniors remain independent in their homes. Volunteer with Community Thread for Rake-a-Difference Day on Saturday, October 24 (known as Make-a-Difference Day nationwide!) to rake the yard of a fellow community member. This is a great family-friendly opportunity to connect with local seniors and enjoy a morning outdoors. Locations are available throughout Washington County. Volunteers should bring their own rakes and gloves; homeowners provide leaf bags. 
 
Ages: Open to all ages, volunteers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per every five children age 12 and under).

Time Commitment: Three hours or until yards are finished.

Contact: Sara Pennebecker at 651.439.7434. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please email Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Sign up by Friday, October 9 to secure your participation!
www.CommunityThreadMN.org
 
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary Woodland Restoration
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Troutbrook Nature Sanctuary, 169 E Jenks Ave, Saint Paul. There is considerable construction in the area around Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary so please plan your drive accordingly
 
Great River Greening has been planting at Trout Brook for over a year, and the restoration of this site is well underway! Help continue the transformation of this neglected former railroad site into a 42-acre nature sanctuary by removing invasive plants and woodland debris from the forested areas of the site. Once completed, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary will provide prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest, wetlands, recreational trails, and stormwater management-all right in the heart of the city.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
Sponsor a Family
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Once a month
 
Location: Click here to see the communities where Family-to-Family sponsors families
 
Family-to-Family is a nonprofit 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. Start the new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. You and your family can help an American family living in poverty with a monthly box of groceries. Your monthly donation or the box of food you ship will ensure that "your" family gets the food they need the last week of every month, when food stamps often run out.  After you sign up we'll send you details about the family you're helping. Visit the DGT™ Sponsor a Family project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Nancy Hennessee, nhennessee@family-to-family.org. Visit the Family-to-Family Sponsor A Family page for sign-up options.
www.family-to-family.org 
 
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August 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

August 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

Event Committee Members  

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Event will be held April, 2016

 

Location: Meeting locations will be determined by committee members  

 

We are seeking folks to join the DGT Event Committee, which plans, organizes, coordinates and promotes our annual fundraising event in April. Committee tasks may include: 

  • Soliciting silent and/or live auction items
  • Soliciting individual and corporate sponsors for the event
  • Planning for food, beverage, and entertainment
  • Recruiting and coordinating event volunteers
  • Event set-up, production and clean-up
  • Event promotion and publicity

We invite anyone to apply who has a passion for our mission and who enjoys having fun working for a great cause with other like-minded individuals. Experience with event planning, recruiting event sponsors, promotions and marketing, or social media is helpful, but not required.  

 

Ages: Adults, 21 and over

 

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month

 

Contact: Lisa, laglaus@gmail.com
www.doinggoodtogether.org 

 

 

Harvest Festival  

Open Arms of Minnesota

 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 22, 10:30am - 1pm

 

Location: The farm is located at 668 Victoria St. S. St. Paul, between 7th St. S. and Scheffer Ave  

 

Join Open Arms for a family-friendly harvest festival!  Enjoy food, fun activities, and mini-farm volunteer tasks. This event is free. 

 

Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!

 

Time Commitment: Feel free to drop in as you please!

 

Contact: Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7343
www.openarmsmn.org

 

 

Lunch Making Brigade for the homeless!   

Our Saviour's Housing

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address    

 

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 with this really easy and flexible opportunity of making simple meat and cheese sandwiches! Your family is welcome to either make 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 to make lunches at our shelter!   

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

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

 

 

Volunteer Grocery Shopper  

IOCP

 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 8 or 22, 11am - 1pm

 

Location: IOCP Food Shelf, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth. Please enter through Resale 101

 

Volunteer Grocery Shoppers will use request lists to shop for low-income seniors who are unable to come to the IOCP food shelf on their own because of limited mobility or access to transportation. After shopping for the client's food items, volunteers will weigh the items to record what is leaving the food shelf. It is important volunteers pay close attention to the person's request list since many of our clients have strict dietary restrictions and/or they don't want to waste food that isn't useful to them.   

 

Ages: Volunteers ages 5-13 must sign up to work with an adult

 

Time Commitment: Approximately two hours. Volunteers can sign up once or make an ongoing commitment. No prior training or experience is required.  

 

Contact: Karen Gray, Food Shelf Scheduler, 763.557.6682, kgfoodshelf@gmail.com. Registration is available online
www.iocp.org

 

 

High Five for Supplies  

Simon Says Give

 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 8 or Sunday, August 9, Shifts are two-hours and are scheduled between 9am and 5pm

 

Location: St. Thomas Academy, 9494 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights  

 

Simon Says Give is a nonprofit founded by Mandi Simon. At age seven, Mandi knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Most importantly, the lives of other kids! With the last name Simon, it was pretty easy to come up with "Simon Says Give." From that day forward, Simon Says Give was born, and has blossomed into a value oriented charity foundation, grown almost entirely by kids. Help sort and pack backpacks. The 2015 High Five for Supplies Goal is to support another 10,000 kids during their Backpacks and School Supplies drive! In honor of Mandi's August birthday, Simon Says Give celebrates her by providing as many kids as possible with the tools they need to go back-to-school with school readiness!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts 

 

Contact: Call 1.888.470.7523. Registration is available online
www.simonsaysgive.org 

 

 

Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue    

The Food Group

 

Date/Time: Sundays, 12-2:30pm, now through October 25

 

Location: Minneapolis Farmer's Market  

 

The Food Group, formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network, is partnering with Hunger Solutions Minnesota to collect surplus produce from farmers, vendors and customers at the Minneapolis Farmers Market to distribute to food shelves and meal programs in the Twin Cities metro area. Produce Rescue Team Volunteers distribute boxes and flyers to market vendors and collect boxes of surplus produce at the close of the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. All rescued produce will be donated to local food shelves and meal programs. In previous years, Produce Rescuers have collected thousands of pounds of high quality produce each week for our neighbors in need.  

 

Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Multilingual skills are a great plus!

 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

 

Contact: Sara Lovett, 763.450.3869 or slovett@thefoodgroupmn.org. Registration is available online
www.thefoodgroupmn.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 Bloomington, 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: Volunteer Manager, 952.915.3652. Registration is available online
www.arcsvaluevillage.org 

 

 

Summer Bag Decorating  

Open Arms

 

Date/Time: Monday, August 10; Friday, August 14; Tuesday, August 18; Thursday, August 20 or Tuesday, August 25. Come anytime between 10:30am and 1:30pm.

 

Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis   

 

Looking for ways to introduce your kids to helping others? This summer we're hosting family volunteering opportunities, where you can brighten our clients' days by decorating the brown bags we use to deliver food to our clients. Enjoy milk, cookies and coffee while working on a creative activity together!  

 

Ages: Families and children of all ages welcome.   

 

Time Commitment: Up to three hours. Feel free to arrive and depart when needed during the shift.

 

Contact: Erin, 612.872.1152
www.openarmsmn.org

 

 

RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride  

Charity Events of Minnesota

 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 8, various times

 

Location: Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan  

 

The 8th Annual RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride is a one-day bicycle ride, with multiple route options, that raises money and awareness for local breast cancer service organizations. This marks the eighth year for the Breast Cancer Ride where hundreds of cyclists and volunteers will come together to do something incredible. Check the volunteer page for available opportunities.  

Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer together but parents are asked to select volunteer opportunities that are age appropriate.

 

Time Commitment: Will vary depending on volunteer position

 

Contact: Kari Mitchell, BreastCancerRide@charityeventsofminnesota.org, 651.209.8387
www.BreastCancerRide.org  

 

 

Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution  

Help provide school supplies for children

 

Add a "giving" aspect to your back-to-school ritual! Many local organizations help 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.  

  • Simpson Housing Services (Minneapolis area), Tools for Schools Build a Backpack with School Supplies, Nick Pavlick at npavlick@simpsonhousing.org or 612.455.0872
  • St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP (St Louis Park), STEP Back to School Program, Julie Lapointe, 952.925.4899 x13, julie@STEPslp.org
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, VEAP (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) VEAP Back to School Program, kristap@veapvolunteers.org
  • Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, IOCP (West suburban Hennepin County) Back to School Drive, Lynn Vettel, lvettel@iocp.org, or Liz Erstad-Hicks, lerstad-hicks@iocp.org, or 763.489.7506
  • People Responding In Social Ministry, PRISM (Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale and parts of Crystal and Plymouth), PRISM School Supplies drive, Eleanor Trenary, 763.432.4210, etrenary@prismmpls.org
  • ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), ResourceWest Back to School Program, 952.933.3860, info@resourcewest.org
  • People Reaching Out To Other People, PROP, (Eden Prairie and Chanhassen schools students) School Supply Program, Cindy at 952.294.8378 or cindym@propfood.org
  • Ramsey County Community Sheriff's Office, (Ramsey County), Night to Unite School Supply Drive, Volunteer Services Department, 651.266.4090,
  • 360 Communities (South suburban Minneapolis and St Paul), School Supply Drive, Miquela Hernandez, 952.985.4006, mhernandez@360communities.org
  • Keystone Community Services, (Primarily St. Paul), School Supply Drive, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.603.6650 or volunteer@keystoneservices.org
  • Community Thread/United Way of Washington County-East, (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2015, sara@communitythreadmn.org, 651.439.7434

 

 

Sign a Petition  

Change.org

 

Date/Time: Anytime

 

Location: Your own location 

 

This is a great summer activity that will challenge your kids to think critically and take action about causes that matter to them. Take time as a family to learn about and support a cause that you and your children care about through online petitions. You can start a petition or sign a existing petition at Change.org. This way you can participate in initiatives that are up and running, or start a petition for a cause that's meaningful to you. Check out Doing Good Together's Sign a Petition page for ideas on how to get started!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.Change.org 

 

 

Share Kindness Campaign  

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Now through July 31 only 

 

It's a kindness campaign! It's a fundraiser! It's a fashion statement! Doing Good Together™ is holding a limited-time fundraising sale of these fun 2-sided "Share kindness" T-shirts. When you wear our colorful shirt, you'll be spreading a positive message, building awareness of DGT™ and helping our nonprofit raise funds to continue our big-hearted programming efforts. T-shirts must be ordered no later than July 31.  

 

Order your t-shirts at www.booster.com/doinggoodtogether. Youth and adult size shirts are available.  

 

 

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July 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

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.

 

Location: With 35 neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site 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. Learn more about delivering meals as a family.   

 

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

 

 

Meal Service Volunteers    

Loaves & Fishes

 

Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start between 2 and 3pm and end by 7pm, depending on the day and location. During the summer months, Loaves & Fishes also hosts several lunch dining sites dedicated to feeding children who are out of school for the summer.   

 

Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites and summer lunch sites are located throughout the metro area.   

 

Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2014, they served over 400,000 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. Registration is available online - click here for dinner serving opportunities and here for lunch serving opportunities
www.loavesandfishesmn.org  

 

 

Family Meal Delivery  

Open Arms of Minnesota

 

Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm and Saturdays, 9:30 - 11:30am  

 

Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis  

 

Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. This year, Open Arms network of more than 2,400 volunteers will help cook and deliver more than 470,000 meals for people living with life threatening illnesses. Pick the delivery route that suits you and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license.  

 

Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!

 

Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. All adult volunteers must sign up for and attend a new volunteer orientation at our office at 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis  

 

Contact: Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7343
www.openarmsmn.org  

 

 

Doing Good Together at Highland Fest  

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 18, 10am - 8pm & Sunday, July 19, 10am - 5pm   

 

Location: Highland Fest, Highland Park. Visit us in the Community Village.  

 

Join Doing Good Together at St. Paul's popular Highland Fest this July! Doing Good Together will be hosting a tent featuring fun family activities that empower children to make the world a better place. Thank you to our generous sponsor New Horizon Academy (Highland Park).

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: nassim@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org; www.highlandfest.com 

 

 

Foster Families for Dogs  

Good Karma Animal Rescue of MN

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Twin Cities area  

 

Good Karma is a small, foster-based animal rescue located in the Twin Cities, with the belief that when it comes to rescuing animals, the focus should remain on quality care rather than quantity of animals. Good Karma does not have a physical shelter or facility. All their animals live in foster homes and learn how to become part of a family. Temporary families are needed for shelter dogs while they await adoption! Good Karma provides all supplies needed to foster a dog. Visit their website for more information on fostering a dog.   

 

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Minimum of two weeks; average is four to six weeks

 

Contact: Lisa Booth, lisabooth826@gmail.com
www.goodkarmamn.org

 

 

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 works! Please consider stepping forward today to mentor a child with your family. We are based in Dakota County and have served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount for over 43 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, 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 two-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 three 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 rykinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990
www.kidsnkinship.org  

 

 

Family Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends - Camp Courage  

 

Date/Time: June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN   

 

Families of up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) assist during camp depending their on 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 must provide supervision for those under 18 years.

 

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks through August.

 

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

 

 

Tonka Mud Run  

Kids Against Hunger West Metro

 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 11. Volunteer shifts are between 7am - 1:30 pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday from noon -  8pm

 

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. This will be the third annual Tonka Mud Run! 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 set up
  2. Assist with the Mini-Tonka Mud Run
  3. Obstacle Monitors: Two people are stationed at each obstacle during the Tonka Mud Run. We have 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 partner team.
  4. Tear down

If you'd prefer, your family can choose to participate in the race rather than as volunteers. The run is for kids and adults featuring a kid fun mud run and a 5K run for adults-including obstacles that won't make you scream too badly!  There is a timed course and a just-have-fun course if you want to skip out on some of the run. Click here for race registration.

 

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; www.kidsagainsthungerwm.org  

 

 

Cooks for Kids Meal Providers  

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest

 

Date/Time: Volunteers serve dinner everyday at 5:30pm; brunch is also served on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. Volunteers typically arrive 60-90 minutes earlier in order to get everything prepped and ready.

 

Location: Four metro locations, our newest St. Paul location inside Children's Hospital needs volunteers starting on August 1.  

 

After a long day in the hospital, a fully prepared meal served by friendly volunteers makes a huge impact on families staying at a Ronald McDonald House. Volunteer groups are needed to participate in the Cooks for Kids meal program at their new location inside Children's Hospital in St. Paul or at any of their four metro locations. The Cooks for Kids meal program gives volunteers a special opportunity to support families who are staying at Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers purchase, prepare, and serve a buffet style meal of their choosing and by doing so, they give families one less thing to worry about. Click here for more information and guidelines for Cooks for Kids volunteers. Younger family members can help prepare food or bake items at home or they can help by preparing breakfast bags (a decorated lunch bag filled with snack items for families to take to the hospital with them).    

 

Ages: Families with children 14 and older are welcome to volunteer onsite; younger children can help with advance preparation or by preparing breakfast bags.  

 

Time Commitment: One time or recurring

 

Contact: Marlee Landsburg, mlandsburg@rmhtwincities.org, 612.767.2794
www.rmhtwincities.org 

 

 

Million Acorn Challenge  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Collect acorns between August 22 and September 16. Acorns should be dropped off at Great River Greening on one of the following dates: 

  • Wednesday, September 2, from 12-7pm
  • Wednesday, September 9, from 12-7pm
  • Wednesday, September 16, from 12-7pm

Location: Collection must occur within a 25-mile radius of Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park or South Washington Conservation Corridor to ensure that the acorns match the sites ecotypes. Maps will be provided, and Great River Greening will provide suggested collecting sites to all groups. Drop-off collected acorns at Great River Greening, 35 West Water Street, St. Paul  

 

Did you know that there used to be nearly two million acres of oak savanna in the Twin Cities? Today, fewer than 3,800 acres remain. Help us reach our goal of collecting one million acorns within the seven county metro area, where they will eventually be planted in the South Washington Conservation Corridor or at Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park. This August and September, join Great River Greening in collecting acorns to restore local oak savannas! Volunteers are needed to help collect acorns from sites all across the metro area. Every acorn counts, and you can start at a park or natural area near you (with land-owner permission). Your efforts will renew and restore local oak savanna populations.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Jen Kader, Volunteer and Outreach Manager at (651) 665-9500 x11 or by email at jkader@greatrivergreening.org. Pre-registration is required, so sign up today. An informational packet with details for the collection will be sent to all registrants in early August. Once you've signed up you'll receive a registration packet filled with challenge rules, acorn types, and helpful hints and resources.
www.greatrivergreening.org 

 

 

Assemble CWS Kits  

Church World Service (CWS)

 

Date/Time: Kits are accepted year-round

 

 

Location: Ship all Kits prepaid to:  

Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex 

601 Main Street

P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776-0188  

 

CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. Assembling these kits is a great activity to add kindness to a summer barbeque or other summer family get-together. Church World Service (CWS) collects School Kits, Hygiene Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Clean-up Buckets and distributes them worldwide to those in need. Click the above links for instructions for assembling and shipping the kits. You can make it a party and divide the cost among many families. Doing Good Together's Assemble Kits for CWS page offers suggestions for reflections, resources and ways for your family to take the activities further.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 1.800.297.1516, info@cwsglobal.org
www.cwsglobal.org 

 

 
 

 

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June 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

June 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

Brush Stacking at Carver Park Reserve  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 13, 8:30am - 12:30pm

 

Location: Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria  

 

Join Great River Greening for this project kick-off event to help restore oak woodlands at Carver Park Reserve in the west metro. Known for its vast diversity of wildlife, Carver Park Reserve is struggling with buckthorn, an invasive shrub that threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Help us haul and stack buckthorn to ensure that biodiversity continues to thrive at this beautiful site!  

 

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org 
 

Family Volunteering at Open Farms  

Open Arms of Minnesota

 

Date/Time: May through August: Tuesdays, 9am - 7pm; Fridays, 9am - noon; or Saturday mornings  

 

Location: The farm is located at 668 Victoria St. S. St. Paul, between 7th St. S. and Scheffer Ave  

 

Open Arms grows vegetables and herbs for our kitchen at our urban community garden in St. Paul. Families will work side by side with the Farm Program Coordinator completing many tasks over the course of the growing season. Tasks include but are not limited to; vegetable production, direct seeding, bed preparation, composting, weeding/cultivation, transplanting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling with a focus on food safety and risk minimization.   

 

Ages: Children eight and older are welcome to help out at the farm!   

 

Time Commitment: Two hours per shift. All adult volunteers must sign up for and attend a new volunteer orientation at our office at 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis.   

 

Contact: Kelly Wilson, kellyw@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.6231; Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7343
www.openarmsmn.org  

 

Community Food Drive   

PRISM

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 730 Florida Ave South, Golden Valley  

 

PRISM serves thousands of people in the western suburbs by addressing basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, employment, and more. You can help by organizing a food drive for PRISM! We will provide the needed materials (fliers and handouts, collection boxes) so that you can connect with your community. Volunteers are responsible for bringing items to PRISM at the end of the drive.  

 

Ages: Adult organizer, and helpers of any age

 

Time Commitment: Varies, 4-12 hours 

 

Contact: Eleanor Trenary, etrenary@prismmpls.org, 763.432.4210
www.prismmpls.org

 

Bingo Helpers  

Johanna Shores, formerly Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills

 

Date/Time: Weekends, morning or afternoon times available

 

Location: 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills 

 

Volunteers will help set up for bingo, call bingo, distribute prizes, and help residents with their cards. Socialize and make this a fun event for all! 

 

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer 

 

Time Commitment: One and one-half hours 

 

Contact: Liz Peterson, Volunteer Director, ahvolunteer@preshomes.org, 651.631.6011
www.johannashores.com

 

Gardening Assistants   

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center

 

Date/Time: Two-hour shifts Tuesday through Friday between 9am-3pm

 

Location: 220 Diffley Road, Eagan

 

The mission of Caponi Art Park and Learning Center is to make art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds by providing a cultural and educational center where people come together with art and nature to restore, nurture and maintain the basic unity of the human spirit. Gardening assistants will work on a variety of projects from planting flowers and trees to weeding and watering under the direction of a staff member or experienced volunteer. No experience is necessary, just a love of nature and a drive to learn.  

 

Ages: Children as young as five are welcome to volunteer with their families.

 

Time Commitment: One or two 2-hour shifts now through October

 

Contact: Kelly Henriksen, Kelly@caponiartpark.org
www.caponiartpark.org    

 

Farm for All     

Loaves & Fishes

 

Date/Time: There are a variety of days and dates throughout the summer. Click for current volunteer shift needs.

 

Location: Garden plots are located in St. Paul, Eagan, Richfield, and Coon Rapids    

 

Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2014, they served over 400,000 hot, nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes is seeking volunteers to help maintain garden plots at four locations in the Twin Cities Metro. Volunteers are also needed to transport produce from the garden to the Loaves & Fishes Central Office in Northeast Minneapolis, which will then be utilized in Loaves & Fishes meals at local dining sites.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer 

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on location

 

Contact: Carly Quintus, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org. Registration is available online   

www.loavesandfishesmn.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. During the summer months, Loaves & Fishes also hosts several lunch dining sites dedicating to feeding children who are out of school for the summer.  

 

Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites and summer lunch sites are located throughout the metro area.  

 

Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2014, they served over 400,000 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

Registration is available online - click here for dinner serving opportunities and here for lunch serving opportunities  

www.loavesandfishesmn.org    

 

Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)  

Metro Area Community Gardens

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Varies 

 

Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website

 

Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following websites for information about local community gardening resources:

 

Help Support Nepal  

Multiple Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing 

 

Location: At home 

 

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal was devastating. It's estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by it. It's natural to feel helpless because we are so far away. However, this is a great opportunity to build empathy and awareness of this natural disaster and the impact it has had on so many families. What the relief efforts need most is funding. Here are two sites that list dozens of organizations that need aid: 

You can use this as an opportunity for your family to discuss how to choose an organization to support and then how to raise the money to donate. Lemonade stands or bake sales are great ways for children to be involved in the process of fundraising!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Choose a charity from Charity Navigator's list

 

Garden Guru  

Aeon

 

Date/Time: Weekly during the growing season

 

Location: Properties are located throughout the metro area

 

Make community service part of your family's summer plans! If you love to garden, consider adopting one of Aeon's properties. Aeon is looking for individuals and small groups who will come by a property weekly during the growing season to plant, weed, water, and tend to flowers. They'll provide the plants. All you need to give is about one to two hours a week--any day, any time!  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 3500 people annually. Established in 1986, Aeon has 2,160 units of quality, affordable housing. Aeon's mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

 

Family Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends - Camp Courage  

 

Date/Time: June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN   

 

Families up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) assist during camp depending on skill set (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 must provide supervision for those under 18 years.

 

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August.  

 

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

 

Help Feed Hungry Kids  

Neighbors, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August

 

Location: Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St Paul; Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton Street, West St Paul; Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Avenue S, South St Paul; Moreland Elementary School, 217 W. Moreland Ave W. St. Paul  

 

Good nutrition is necessary for students to perform better in school. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. Volunteers 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 5. Volunteers 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.  

 

Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift

 

Contact: Jenna at 651.306.2143 or jenna@neighborsmn.org. To register online: go to www.neighborsmn.org/feature/volunteer, click on the One-Time Volunteer Activity Schedule link and select your shifts.
www.neighborsmn.org 

 

Share a Story with Heart!

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Your home 

 

Writing stories together as a family is a great summer project that gets kids talking, writing, reading, imagining, and building those empathy muscles. Use our Doing Good Together Story Starters with Heart to enjoy a thought-provoking family time activity. Your homemade stories can be a great way to cheer up a sick or lonely friend. Make a gift of your creations!  You can also find lots of story starter ideas for kids of all ages on the Journal Buddies website.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org, journalbuddies.com

 

 

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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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May 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

May 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

Buckthorn Blast  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 16, 8:30am - 12:30pm

 

Location: Katharine Abbott Park, 1000 Lincolntown Ave, Mahtomedi  

 

Be a part of the effort to restore a metro area gem! Join volunteers in removing buckthorn and other woody invasives to help restore our native landscape and secure the legacy of Minnesota land and waters. Help us complete the buckthorn removal at the park. Volunteers will be doing a mix of cutting and stacking.  

 

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org

 

 

Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary Planting  

Great River Greening

 

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

 

Location: Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, 169 E Jenks Ave, Saint Paul  

 

Plant trees, shrubs, and grasses along the brook as we continue the transformation of this neglected former railroad site into a 42-acre nature sanctuary! Once completed, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary will provide prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest, wetlands, recreational trails, and stormwater management-all right in the heart of the city!  

 

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org

 

 

Garlic Mustard Pulls  

Three Rivers Park District

 

Date/Time: Friday, May 8 or Saturday, May 9, 9am - noon, Silverwood Park; Friday, May 22 or Saturday, May 23, 9am - noon, Hyland Lake Park Reserve

 

Location: Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony; Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington  

 

Help preserve forests and woodlands by harvesting garlic mustard. Once established, this invasive non-native plant prevents the regeneration of native plant species. Take some of your harvest home for cooking; although invasive here, other cultures (mostly European and western Asian) have used it as a cooking herb for centuries. Volunteers help increase the amount of area we can cover to keep this aggressive invader at bay, and volunteers can further assist in early detection and eradication by sharing their new knowledge of what garlic mustard is and the impact it has on our environment. Your help is extremely important to this battle on invasive species!

   

Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older; and youth ages 8-14 must be accompanied by an adult. A permission form must be submitted for minors before participating these service events.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Volunteer@threeriversparkdistrict.org. Advance registration is required; online registration preferred
www.threeriversparks.org 

 

 

St Louis Park Arbor Day Planting  

Tree Trust & The City of St Louis Park

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 9, 9am - noon

 

Location: Bass Lake Preserve, 3535 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park, meet at the tennis courts  

 

Come lend a hand and give back to the earth. Join with your community to plant a ceremonial tree then break out into teams to plant lots more trees and other native plants in Bass Lake Preserve. The City of St. Louis Park is implementing a huge dredging and vegetative renovation to Bass Lake Preserve and your volunteer time and effort will help us transform this wonderful asset.   

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate; children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: For more information and to sign up, please contact Tate.Vaughan@treetrust.org
www.treetrust.org 

 

 

Spring Into Service  

Community Thread

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 16, 9am - noon

 

Location: Sites are located throughout the St. Croix Valley; volunteer picnic to follow at Community Thread, 2300 W Orleans Street, Stillwater  

 

Spring into Service helps local nonprofit organizations that work to strengthen our community every day. By volunteering to beautify and spring clean at these organizations, volunteers help those who support this community. This family-friendly volunteer activity engages 100-300 volunteers annually, assisting with a variety of projects to help nonprofits better serve the St. Croix Valley.  

 

Ages: The minimum age to volunteer is eight.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Paige Stein, 651.439.7434, paige@communitythreadmn.org. Register online.
www.communitythreadmn.org

 

 

COMMUNITY CANVASSING EVENT  

BRIDGING

 

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

 

Location: Location will be determined between you and Bridging  

 

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. Bridging serves over 80 households each week who are given a sense of dignity and stability as they rebuild their lives. 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 together determine where your group would like to canvass and we provide the door hangers and Bridging volunteer nametags. There is no doorbell ringing involved! Bridging provides the door hangers and you provide the volunteers.    

 

Ages: Everyone 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: Bridging-Roseville, Wendy, 651.319.9295 or wendy.erickson@bridging.org;
Bridging-Bloomington, Dave Rannow, 952.460.3750 or dave.rannow@bridging.org
www.bridging.org 

 

 

Minnehaha Creek Clean-Up   

City of St Louis Park

 

Date/Time: Saturday, May 2, 9-11am. (Rain Date is Sunday, May 3)

 

Location: Izaak Walton Creekside Park, 7341 Oxford St, St. Louis Park  

 

Join the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission of St. Louis Park for the 9th 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 five 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 

 

 

Family Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends - Camp Courage  

 

Date/Time: June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN   

 

Families of up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) assist during camp depending on their skill set (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 must provide supervision for those under 18 years.

 

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August.

 

Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952.852.0113

www.truefriends.org 

 

 

Lunch Making Brigade  

Our Saviour's Housing

 

Date/Time: Flexible - can be done on your own time!

 

Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address  

 

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; up to 200. You can either make 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 to participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

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

 

 

Host families for international students  

Academic Year in America

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Your home and community  

 

The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values.   

 

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

 

Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for six weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.

 

Contact: Emily at EmilyS.aifs@gmail.com
www.academicyear.org

 

 

Childcare  

RESOURCE, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Two Thursdays every month from 5:45 until 8 pm

 

Location: 2nd and 4th Thursday in Roseville  

 

Ongoing childcare attendants are needed in Roseville two to four Thursday evenings each month. Volunteers will create and lead activities as well as provide supervision to children ages infant to eight years old while mothers attend career advancement workshop. This is a great opportunity for parent/child volunteer teams! We are looking for volunteers to make at least a six-month commitment; longer commitments are welcome.

 

Ages: Parent/Child Teams with children over 12 years old; Sibling Teams if both siblings are over 14 years old

 

Time Commitment: Six months, some flexibility permitted

 

Contact: Samantha Sleeman at ssleeman@resource-mn.org
www.resource-mn.org

 

 

Caring Cooks  

RESOURCE, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Two Thursdays every month. The meal must be ready to serve at 6pm.

 

Location: 1st and 3rd Thursday in North Minneapolis  

  

Meal service volunteers are needed at our evening client workshops. This is a great opportunity for small groups or families! We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal for about 15 workshop participants. Volunteers can either: 

  • Prepare and serve meal that has already been planned;
  • Plan, purchase ingredients, and prepare meal for one our programs that host evening workshops and activities. There is a kitchen available on-site for volunteer use;
  • Bring store/restaurant bought food and serve participants;
  • Prepare a freezable meal ahead of time and drop it off for one of our programs to utilize.

Ages: This is a great family opportunity. Children must be able to help parents in the kitchen and follow directions.

 

Time Commitment: Meal must be ready to serve at 6pm, so please plan accordingly. The average time commitment is one and one-half to two and one-half hours. This meal service opportunity can be one-time or ongoing.

 

Contact: Samantha Sleeman at ssleeman@resource-mn.org
www.resource-mn.org

 

 

Grow The Garden  

Senior Community Services HOME Program

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Exact location TBD in suburban Hennepin County or Minneapolis, depends where the senior lives.  

 

Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! You and your family can help seniors maintain their gardens throughout the growing season.  

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Assist one-time or adopt a garden for the season.

 

Contact: Jeanne, Volunteer Coordinator, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or 952.767.7894. We reserve dates on a first come, first served basis and request at least a two-week advance notice due to scheduling logistics.
www.seniorcommunity.org

 

 

Help Feed Hungry Kids   

Neighbors, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August

 

Location: Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St Paul; Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton Street, West St Paul; Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Avenue S, South St Paul; Moreland Elementary School, 217 W. Moreland Ave W. St. Paul     

 

Good nutrition is necessary for students to perform better in school. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. Volunteers 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 5. Volunteers ages 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.  

 

Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift

 

Contact: Jenna at 651.306.2143 or jenna@neighborsmn.org. To register online: go to www.neighborsmn.org/feature/volunteer, click on the One-Time Volunteer Activity Schedule link and select your shift.
www.neighborsmn.org  

 

Foster a Pet  

Your Local Animal Shelter Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

 

Fostering a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have. When you foster a pet you: 

  • Free up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another pet.
  • Give your foster pet the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption.
  • Help the shelter or rescue learn more about the pet so he or she can end up in the best home possible.
  • Socialize the pet to a home environment.

Visit the DGT™ project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.   

 

Ages: Fostering a pet is a great family opportunity. Your local animal shelter organizations will let you know if they have any specific age requirements.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check Petfinder's list of Animal Welfare groups by state to find a rescue group or shelter near you.

 

 

 

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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.
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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April 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 April 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

Celebrate!    

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Thursday, April 16, 5:30-8:30pm

 

Location: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. South, Minneapolis    

 

Join us as we celebrate 10 years of creating ripples of kindness and building family traditions of caring. Learn more about our organization while enjoying the company of others interested in raising compassionate children through family service. Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. We'll be featuring: 

  • Delicious appetizers and drinks
  • Live music by members of The Melvilles
  • Silent auction
  • Wine raffle
  • Service projects for local charities

Remember: Your generosity will enable us to help more families raise caring, compassionate children who give back to their community. Purchase tickets here and visit our website for more details. Also, be sure to check out our fabulous ONLINE AUCTION, which opens March 31. All proceeds will be used to support our mission - providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families live generously.

       

Ages: Most suitable for adults, but all ages are welcome

 

Time Commitment: As long as you'd like, up to three hours

 

Contact: diana@doinggoodtogether.org

www.doinggoodtogether.org 

 

 

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 Works! Please consider stepping forward today to mentor a child with your family. 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, 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 two-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 three 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: Rita Younger, Kinship Coordinator at rykinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990

www.kidsnkinship.org 

 

Want to mentor but live in Hennepin or Anoka County? Check out Kinship of Greater Mpls (www.kinship.org) for the local mentoring program, sister to Kids 'n Kinship. Contact 612.588.4655 in Hennepin County and 763.862.6755 in Anoka County.  

 

 

Organize an Essentials Drive

Bridging

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 201 West 87th Street, Bloomington, or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville  

 

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. Bridging serves over 80 households each week who are given a sense of dignity and stability as they rebuild their lives. Collect pillows, towels or kitchen utensils for Bridging.  

  • Pillows: We need over 240 pillows per week to provide a pillow per person.
  • Towels: All sizes and types (kitchen and bath) needed. Our goal is one bath towel per person - that's over 12,000 towels a year!
  • Kitchen Packs: We need over 80 packs per week to give every home a set. Basic packs include can opener, mixing spoon, spatula and dish towel/cloth. Donate full packs or let us bundle for you!  

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Bridging-Roseville, Wendy, 651.319.9295 or wendy.erickson@bridging.org;
Bridging-Bloomington, Dave Rannow, 952.460.3750 or dave.rannow@bridging.org
www.bridging.org   

 

 

Help Grow a Garden  

Senior Community Services

 

Date/Time: One time or throughout the growing season

 

Location: Seniors homes in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County  

 

Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Help make someone's Grandma or Grandpa proud of their yard. Assist one-time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening.  

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Jeanne, SCS - HOME Program, Volunteer Coordinator, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.org 

 

 

Pack Meal Items  

Optage Senior Dining

 

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. Volunteer kitchen assistants help bag and package meals for home delivery. Most seniors just want to continue living in their own home for as long as they can and our meal program is making a real difference by helping them do just that.  

 

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  

 

 

Arbor Day Tree Planting  

Great River Greening

 

Date/Time: Friday, April 24, noon-4pm

 

Location: South Washington Conservation Corridor, 5900 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury  

 

Plant trees with Great River Greening in the South Washington Conservation Corridor! This 80-acre parcel is part of a larger greenway in the watershed providing critical native habitat and storm water management, and will be the site of future recreational trails. We'll be planting 3,000 oak trees grown from acorns collected as a part of the Million Acorn Challenge that Great River Greening ran for several years.  

 

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org
www.greatrivergreening.org

 

 

Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis Watershed Cleanup  

Friends of the Mississippi River

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 9:30am-noon

 

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

 

 

2015 Citywide Spring Cleanup  

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 9-11:30am

 

Location: Como Park Pavilion, 1199 Midway Pkwy; Harriet Island - Kelley's Landing, 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd; Hamline Park, 1564 Lafond Ave; Highland Picnic Pavilion, 1200 Montreal Ave; Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Dr; Swede Hollow Park, Intersection of Greenbrier St. and Margaret St.  

 

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. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Up to two and one-half hours

 

Contact: Ryanna Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651.632.2411
www.stpaul.gov/index.aspx?nid=1043  

 

 

Celebrate Earth Day!  

City of Minneapolis

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 9:30am-noon

 

Location: Click here for a listing of Minneapolis Earth Day clean-up sites. Arrive at any site between 9:30am-noon and check in at the registration table.

   

It's easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required! A site coordinator will give you gloves and bags, and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. 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. Check in at the registration table to get a bag and instructions on where to pick-up and leave trash. A volunteer coordinator will be at each site to assist volunteers and answer any questions.  

 

Ages: Open to all ages 

 

Time Commitment: Up to two and one-half hours

 

Contact: Erica Chua, Event Coordinator, 612.230.6479 or echua@minneapolisparks.org
www.minneapolisparks.org/ 

 

 

Vermillion Stewards Earth Day Cleanup  

Friends of the Mississippi River

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 25, 9-11:30am

 

Location: South Creek, Lakeville. Volunteers will meet at Cross of Christ Community Church, 8748 210th St. W  

 

Earth Day volunteers will register in the church parking lot, then enjoy a light breakfast (think granola bars and coffee) as you learn a little about Lakeville Friends of the Environment and FMR's Vermillion Stewards program - helping residents learn about the watershed while working to protect and enhance its unique natural resources. Lots and fields surrounding the church lead right up to South Creek, giving volunteers plenty of cleanup options. You can pick up trash from the parking lot and other hard surfaces, venture into the grassy areas leading up to the stream, or put on your waterproof boots to pick up litter in the marshy area next to the creek.   

 

Ages: Families are welcome to participate

 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

 

Contact: Kate Clayton, 651.222.2193 x23
www.fmr.org

 

 

Service Day Saturday   

City of Savage & Harriet Bishop Elementary Service Club  

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 10am - 4pm

 

Location: Participants are encouraged to volunteer anywhere and report the results, or attend the service fair at city hall in Savage.    

 

A ten-year-old resident of Savage researched the idea of a citywide day of service and proposed his idea to the mayor.  She agreed, and April 18 will be the first annual day of service in Savage, in honor of Global Youth Service Day. Residents, businesses, organizations, and schools are encouraged to volunteer or complete a service project during the week of April 11-18 and report their efforts via the city's website. Projects and total number of hours will be recorded and displayed on a visual at city hall. Additionally, a youth led Service Fair will take place at city hall on Saturday. The public is invited to stop by to complete fun, hands-on service projects which will benefit local non-profits. This free event will also host a collection drive. Donation bins will be available for the following items: brown paper grocery bags to benefit Neighborhood House food shelf, gently used books and toys to benefit Read Indeed and The Toy Corner, personal hygiene products to benefit Kody's Closet, non-perishable food items to benefit Ruby's Pantry, and monetary donations to benefit families in under-resourced countries around the world (every $50 collected will be given to Bremer Bank's We Create Change program, which will purchase a goat for a family, in order to help them become more independent). All Service Day Saturday participants can pick up a commemorative wristband at city hall on Saturday and are encouraged to wear it around town.  

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to volunteer and you don't need to live in Savage to participate. 

 

Time Commitment: Any amount of time, though we recommend at least one hour.    

Contact:  Email servicedaysaturday@gmail.com
servicedaysaturday.wix.com/savage 

 

 

Family Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends - Camp Courage

 

Date/Time: June-August

 

Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN, or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN   

 

Families up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) assist during camp depending on skill set (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 must provide supervision for those under 18 years.

 

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August.

 

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

 

 

Think Spring Volunteer Break!  

DARTS

 

Date/Time: Month of May -pick a day and time!

 

Location: Dakota County area  

 

Grab your rakes and gloves and invite your friends, families and co-workers to a to a spring volunteer break. Help seniors take care of their yards by providing a day of outdoor spring-cleaning. Volunteers play a crucial role in helping older homeowners in Dakota County maintain a sense of pride in their property. This is a great opportunity for families to share in the experience of giving back to the community. It all happens in May!  

 

Ages: Families are welcome; all ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.455.1560 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org. To sign up for family volunteering go to: www.darts1.org/volunteer  
www.darts1.org  

 

 

Plant a Row for the Hungry  

Ample Harvest or Garden Writers Association

 

Date/Time: During the growing season  

 

Location: Your garden, community garden, or wherever you have the opportunity  

 

Spring is in the air and gardeners everywhere can't wait to get started. Whether you plant a container garden on a windowsill or a deck, overthrow a patch of lawn in favor of a garden, or join a community effort, planning a row dedicated to the local food shelf can make a world of difference. Donating dedicated produce or extra produce from your garden helps food shelves provide more healthy food options and helps prevent food waste. Check out Doing Good Together's Plant a Row for the Hungry page for more information, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. To find a food shelf near you that would like to receive your produce donation, visit Ample Harvest's find a food pantry page.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Ample Harvest, info@AmpleHarvest.org or Garden Writer's Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, PAR Hotline 1.877.492.2727
www.ampleharvest.org, www.gardenwriters.org

 

 
 DGT Families Making a Difference

Are you and your family taking advantage of the opportunities in our monthly listings? We'd love to hear about your experiences. Email us your stories and photos and we'll share them with our readers!

In mid March a number of DGT families from the Boston area came together to help support the Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive. The event was hosted by Kira Hower, our Boston Coordinator and facilitated by Caryn Oppenheim, youth services coordinator at Cradles to Crayons. The program included a short video about C2C, a reading of the children's book Pajamas of My Dreams, and a thoughtful discussion about what types of donations are important and why. The event ended with the kids and adults making "well wishes" cards to go inside backpacks for the kids. Participants donated over 100 pairs of pajamas and raised awareness about the needs of the C2C families.
 

 

 

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 March 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

March Campaign Drive  

Minnesota FoodShare

 

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

 

Location: Your local foodshelf 

 

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 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. 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: Varies

 

Contact: Suzanna Shatila, 612.276.1530. 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 Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign
mnfoodshare.gmcc.org 

 

 

Empty Bowls  

Community Fundraisers to Benefit Local Food Shelves

 

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.   

 

Think Spring Volunteer Break!  

DARTS

 

Date/Time: Month of May -pick a day and time

 

Location: Dakota County area  

 

Grab your rakes and gloves and invite your friends, families and co-workers to a to a spring volunteer break. Help seniors take care of their yards by providing a day of outdoor spring-cleaning. Volunteers play a crucial role in helping older homeowners in Dakota County maintain a sense of pride in their property. This is a great opportunity for families to share in the experience of giving back to the community. Raking will happen in May but we'd like to start connecting with volunteers now.  

 

Ages: Families are welcome; all ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.455.1560 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org. To sign up for family volunteering go to www.darts1.org/volunteer  
www.darts1.org 

 

Rake the Leaves Spring Yard Clean Up  

HOME Program of Senior Community Services (SCS)

 

Date/Time: Seasonal: starting mid-April (depending upon the weather). Clean up can be scheduled on either weekdays or weekends.

 

Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior lives.  

 

Volunteers are needed to help with spring yard clean up for seniors in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent in their home. You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard.  

 

Ages: Families with children ages seven and older. Feel free to sign up multiple times.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Jeanne, SCS HOME Program Volunteer Coordinator, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.org 

 

Food Packing- Youth & Family Service Day  

Second Harvest Heartland West

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 4, 9-11:30am or 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  

 

Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. Volunteers sort and repack donated food into consumer size packages. This activity includes a variety of positions, so there are jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These repackaged items then go to our partner agencies, such as food shelves and soup kitchens that serve our hungry neighbors. 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: Kaia Arthur, 651.209.7909, karthur@2harvest.org. Volunteers can sign up online via  www.2harvest.org/volunteer.  Please note that Youth Service Day volunteer spots fill up quickly.

www.2harvest.org 

 

Driving Older Adults for Easter Lunch    

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly

 

Date/Time: Sunday, April 5, 11:30am-2:30pm, Easter Sunday

 

Location: Prom Center, 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale  

 

Please consider joining Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly for our annual Easter lunch. You and your family can help drive a couple elders to the lunch, be their companion during the meal and take them home. This is a great way to provide much needed social companionship to those we serve.   

 

Ages: A great opportunity for all ages. Volunteers under 18 years of age need to be with a parent/adult.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Joshua Windham, jwindham@littlebrothersmn.org or call 612.746.0732
www.littlebrothersmn.org  

 

LOVE IN[DEED]  

Wooddale Church

 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 28, 9am-noon

 

Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. A specific project in the city of Edina 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 or email Ben Forsberg, ben.forsberg@wooddale.org.
www.wooddale.org

 

 

Childcare  

RESOURCE, Inc

 

Date/Time: Two Thursdays every month from 5:45 until 8pm

 

Location: 1st and 3rd Thursday in North Minneapolis / 2nd and 4th Thursday in Roseville  

 

Ongoing childcare attendants are needed in north Minneapolis and Roseville two to four Thursday evenings each month. Volunteers will create and lead activities as well as provide supervision to children ages infant to eight years old while mothers attend career advancement workshop. This is a great opportunity for parent/child volunteer teams! We are looking for volunteers to make at least a six-month commitment; longer commitments are welcome.  

 

Ages: Parent/Child Teams with children over 12 years old, Sibling Teams if both siblings are over 14 years old

 

Time Commitment: Six months, some flexibility permitted

 

Contact: Samantha Sleeman at ssleeman@resource-mn.org
www.resource-mn.org

 

Caring Cooks  

RESOURCE, Inc.

 

Date/Time: Two Thursdays every month. The meal must be ready to serve at 6pm

 

Location: 1st and 3rd Thursday in North Minneapolis  

 

Meal service volunteers are needed at our evening client workshops. This is a great opportunity for small groups or families! We are looking for volunteers to provide a meal for about 15 workshop participants. Volunteers can either: 

  • Prepare and serve a meal that has already been planned;
  • Plan, purchase ingredients, and prepare a meal for one our programs that host evening workshops and activities. There is a kitchen available on-site for volunteer use;
  • Bring store/restaurant bought food and serve participants;
  • Prepare a freezable meal ahead of time and drop it off for one of our programs to utilize.

Ages: This is a great family opportunity. Children must be able to help parents in the kitchen and follow directions.

 

Time Commitment: Meal must be ready to serve at 6 pm, so please plan accordingly. The average time commitment is one and one-half to two and one-half hours. This meal service opportunity can be one-time or ongoing.

 

Contact: Samantha Sleeman at ssleeman@resource-mn.org
www.resource-mn.org 

 

Cook For Kids  

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

 

Date/Time: We have meals three times a day, seven days a week, so it can work for anyone's schedule! Check our online calendar for shift availability

 

Location: 4544 4th Ave S, Minneapolis  

 

Recruit a team of up to six people to purchase groceries, cook on site and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner to children at the Crisis Nursery. This is a great opportunity for your family to cook a meal for approximately 30 children, care provider staff and volunteers.  

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Two hours at the Nursery (includes prep, serving, eating and clean up), plus shopping time. This can be a one-time opportunity or an ongoing one.

 

Contact: Abbie Hugunin, ahugunin@crisisnursery.org or 612.767.8470. For more information visit www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer or go directly to our application: www.crisisnursery.org/content/cook-kids-creative-snack-application
www.crisisnursery.org 

 

 

Visiting the Elderly  

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Various Twin Cities locations 

 

Many seniors in our community face loneliness every day. You and your family can share the kindness of a personal connection with an older adult. When your family visits a senior you help your children become comfortable with our aging population and bring cheer to those who are isolated and lonely. Regular visits with a senior can help enhance the lives of both the senior you visit and your family. Many programs provide training and ongoing support for volunteers; some will ask for a minimum time commitment, typically at least six months. Doing Good Together's Visit the Elderly project page offers lots of suggestions for visiting with seniors, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. You can contact a local nursing home or care facility or an organization in the Twin Cities that offer senior visiting programs like Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly and DARTS.    

 

Ages: Organizations may have differing age requirements but most will welcome families with children.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, Joshua Windham, jwindham@littlebrothersmn.org or call 612.746.0732
DARTS, Barb Tiggemann, 651.455.1560 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org
You can also search for nursing homes in your area on Senior Linkage Line 

 

 

 

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February 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

February 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

For The Love Of Peyton Blanket Party  

 

Date/Time: Saturday, February 7, 3-9pm

 

Location: Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Avenue South, Bloomington  

 

Please come and bring your friends and fleece to the 10th annual Love Of Peyton Blanket Party! The inspiration for the blanket party was a hand-tied blanket that was given to Peyton Bocklage during his treatment for cancer. Peyton will be turning 11 this August and hopes you can help us help others share the warmth of a new blanket. We are continuing the tradition of bringing comfort, hope and love to others through the making of hand-tied fleece blankets. Volunteers meet once a year to make as many hand-tied blankets as possible in one evening. We are a grassroots effort and volunteers are the most important component to a successful blanket party. Learn more about Peyton's Blanket Story at Kare 11 Boyd Huppert's Land of Ten Thousand Stories.   

 

Ages: Volunteers should be 12 or older

 

Time Commitment: Up to six hours 

 

Contact: Berva Bocklage, berva.bocklage@gmail.com
www.peytonblanketparty.com 

 

Help Grow Big Hearts with the Big-Hearted Families Book Club!   

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Place your order by February 1 to receive before Valentine's Day.    

 

Location: Your young recipient will enjoy this gift right at home   

 

Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? Give a Valentine's Day gift of the Big-Hearted Families Book Club. You'll transform family night into a fun, book-centered kindness practice. Your recipient will receive a fantastic picture book, conversation starter questions,  a kindness related activity, tasty recipe and fun stickers right to their mailbox each month. You can subscribe for one month, three months, six months or a full year. Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.  

 

Ages: Most appropriate for children ages four to ten    

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

 

Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

 

Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website for details   

 

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 92 percent of all donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program. Volunteers hand-pack all of our fortified meals. More than half of FMSC volunteers are under the age of 18. In 2013, nearly 800,000 volunteers joined FMSC to package more than 191,600,000 meals for children around the world.  

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

 

Time Commitment: Shifts are one to two hours  

 

Contact: info@fmsc.org, 763.504.2919. Registration is available online. For volunteer and registration questions, registration@fmsc.org, or call Jan at 763.951.7306.
www.fmsc.org 

 

Pack Meals  

Fill Their Plate

 

Date/Time: Sunday, February 1, 1-2:30pm; Saturday, February 14, noon-1:30pm; or Monday, February 23, 7-8:30pm

 

Location: 5501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis. Feel free to park in our parking lot or along the street. We only ask that you avoid parking on the north side of 55th Street-our neighbors have requested this and we want to honor that.  

 

Fill Their Plate is a ministry of The Urban Refuge with the goal of bringing nourishment to those in need. We accomplish this by partnering with feeding partners in a local area (currently, primarily in Haiti) and send them food to distribute. We are located in South Minneapolis at The Urban Refuge. During our packing sessions volunteers package a specially formulated, dry, rice-soy casserole into serving size portions to send to people in need. Volunteers pack the meals in four steps: 

  • Fill: Sturdy plastic bags are filled with scoops of soy protein, dried vegetables, fortified vegetarian seasoning, and rice.
  • Weigh: The food packets are checked to make sure they are the correct weight.
  • Seal: 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.
  • Pack: The packets are packed in boxes for shipping to their destination. One box holds enough food to feed 216 children.  

Ages: The minimum age to volunteer is five.

Time Commitment: One-and-one half hour shifts  

 

Contact: info@filltheirplate.org. Register for a shift online
 www.filltheirplate.org

 

Welcome Baskets for Families  

Emma's Place

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 2163 Van Dyke Street, Maplewood  

 

Emma's Place offers permanent housing to single parents with three or more children. A wonderful community environment gives the residents of Emma's Place a village in which to raise their children. Families often come to Emma's Place with few belongings. You can help by getting together with your family and friends to purchase and put together a welcome basket that will make move in day special. Welcome baskets include all the items needed for families to make a fresh start in their new home.
Most welcome baskets include: 

  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mop, broom and dust pan
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish soap and sponges
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Dish rack
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen towels
  • Shower curtain and rings

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Lucille Prinsen, lprinsen@emmanorton.org, 651.251.2627
www.emmanorton.org

 

JDRF One Walk  

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

 

Date/Time: Saturday, February 21. Walk start time is 8:30am

 

Location: Mall of America, Bloomington 

 

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! Walk participants are encouraged to support the walk by fundraising or making a donation.  

 

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

 

Time Commitment: The walk lasts an hour 

 

Contact: Kara Fischer, kfischer@jdrf.org, 952.851.0770,  Click for online registration information
www.jdrfwalktocurediabetes.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. Our starting goal was to help feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis as many times a year as possible, with the ultimate goal of doing it everyday of the year. Today, we are helping to feed about 4,500 people per week through various shelters and food shelves. 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), as a family 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 

 

Birthday Bag Mittens Drive  

Cheerful Givers

 

Date/Time: Now through February 28 

 

Location:  Send your mitten donations to: Cheerful Givers, 1287 Berry Ridge Road, Eagan, MN 55123  

 

It's a cold winter in Minnesota! For kids living in poverty, just imagine how good a new pair of warm mittens would feel. There are about 16,000 Minnesota kids living in poverty having birthdays this month. Cheerful Givers provides toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. Wouldn't it be great if they each could have new mittens in their birthday bag, along with an assortment of small new toys? Your family can help by donating mittens to Cheerful Givers.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Karen@cheerfulgivers.org
www.cheerfulgivers.org

 

Host families for International Students  

Academic Year in America

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Your home and community 

 

The local chapter of Academic Year in America is seeking families to host incoming international exchange students. This is a fantastic opportunity for families who wish to enrich their families' culture, to build memories and friendships, and to showcase their culture and values.   

 

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

 

Time Commitment: Families can choose to host a student for 6 weeks, for a semester, or for an academic year.

 

Contact: Emily at EmilyS.aifs@gmail.com
www.academicyear.org 

 

Create Pet Toys

Animal Humane Society

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Donated items can be brought to the customer service counter at any AHS location during regular business hours; no appointment is necessary  

You and your children can make pet toys to entertain and help animals feel more at home while they're living in shelters. The animal lovers in your family will enjoy the activity of sharing love and toys with lonely pets. You can create cat blankets or toys for the Animal Humane Society or you can check out Doing Good Together's Create Pet Toys project page, which includes ideas for lots of different pet toy projects, and reflection questions and other resources.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Call Customer Service at any AHS location. You can also schedule a tour of one of our AHS facilities for when you bring in your donations. All tours need to be scheduled in advance. 
www.animalhumanesociety.org

 
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January 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

January 2015 - Twin Cities 

 

Cookie Bakers 

Habitat for Humanity  

 

Date/Time: Cookies can be dropped off at our office Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 5pm  

 

Location: 1954 University Ave. W, St. Paul  

 

Cookie bakers are great assets to Twin Cities Habitat because they allow us to thank our construction volunteers. We ask cookie bakers to bake two to four dozen cookies and drop them off at our office. You can make cookies as often as you want. Cookie bakers will be emailed a few times a year for a "cookie callout" when we are running low. Cookie baking is a fun and easy way for all ages to get involved in Habitat and you might even get to eat a few cookies as well!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Julia Brauchle, Volunteer Coordinator, julia.brauchle@tchabitat.org or volunteer@tchabitat.org, 612.305.7114

www.tchabitat.org/ 

 

 

LOVE IN[DEED]  

Wooddale Church

 

Date/Time: Saturday, January 24, 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   

 

Did you know January is National Mentoring Month?  Start your new year off right by mentoring with your family! 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 43 years in community-based mentoring. Kids 'n Kinship also runs a school-based program in four elementary schools, providing tutoring and support to youth during the school day. 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 two-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 three 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  

 

 

MLK Day Thrift Shop Volunteers  

ARC Value Village

 

Date/Time: Volunteer shifts available on MLK Day (1/19): 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, 4-6pm and 6-8pm; and MLK weekend (1/17 & 1/18): 9am-12pm, 1-4pm and 4-6pm

 

Location: Value Village has locations in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield, St. Paul, and Bloomington 

 

Volunteer at any Arc's Value Village on Monday, January 19 and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Opportunities are also available MLK weekend at all stores. Volunteers work together to unpack, sort and tag donations at Arc's Value Village in support of The Arc Greater Twin Cities and its programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  

 

Ages: Families are welcome. Youth must be at least eight years old.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Molly Lindblad, Thrift Volunteer Development Manager, 952.915.3652, mollylindblad@arcgreatertwincities.org. Registration is available online. Go to www.arcsvaluevillage.org/volunteer, click the "Volunteer" button to browse the calendar for openings and sign up directly!
www.arcsvaluevillage.org 

 

 

Family Companions  

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

 

Date/Time: One weekend afternoon a month

 

Location: Your home 

 

Family Companions welcome an elder into their home once a month, providing him or her with a family-centered environment that can include a meal and other activities based on mutual interests. The time commitment includes one face-to-face visit each month, phone calls and travel time. Family Companion Volunteers are thoughtfully matched to elder friends based on interests, personality and location.  

 

Ages: Adults with children of any age

 

Time Commitment: Three-four hours a month, with a six-month minimum commitment. There is also a one and one-half hour orientation and basic training session.

 

Contact: Josh Windham, 612.746.0732 or jwindham@littlebrothersmn.org
www.littlebrothersmn.org

 

 

Bring Your Child To Serve Day  

Second Harvest Heartland

 

Date/Time: Monday, January 19, 6-8pm

 

Location: 6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 1700, Golden Valley  

 

We're excited to offer parents and their children an opportunity to volunteer together and generate awareness around the issue of hunger! Each year, Americans across the country come together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to serve their neighbors and communities in honor of Dr. King. As part of this national movement, we're once again hosting "Bring Your Child to Serve Day" on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Volunteers sort and re-pack food from food drives and donations, re-package bulk food such as pasta or cereal into consumer size packages, sort and salvage damaged products or food items, or label cans. These items go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. This position requires that you are able to stand for several hours.  

 

Ages: Volunteers ages eight and over are welcome. All youth must have a signed waiver from a parent/guardian to volunteer. Parent/guardian may sign the waiver on-site if accompanying child.

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Kaia Arthur, 651.209.7909, karthur@2harvest.org. Please register by January 14 to reserve your spot. Learn more and register online
www.2harvest.org

 

 

Family Meal Delivery   

Open Arms

 

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

 

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 that children middle school and older also attend orientation but it is 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 two to three 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

 

 

Sort Books  

Read Indeed

 

Date/Time: Saturday, January 10, 9am-noon or Friday, January 23, 9am-noon

 

Location: 625 St. Louis Ave. Ste 20, Hopkins  

 

Read Indeed is a 501(c)3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving 14-year-old who wants to make the world a better place-one book at a time. Maria began Read Indeed when she was eight years old and her original goal was to collect and distribute one million books to kids in need by the time she turned 18. She accomplished that goal before the age of 13! Now Maria wants to distribute books to all 50 states in the U.S. and every country in the world. Having donated more than $4 million in books, Maria has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

The Read Indeed warehouse is open the second Saturday, and the fourth Friday of every month. Volunteer jobs include: 

  • Counting books
  • Sorting into age-appropriate categories
  • Boxing books
  • Hauling boxes
  • Loading boxes into vehicles for organizations receiving books

Come prepared to work. The Warehouse is very well organized; however going through boxes can get dusty at times, so please wear appropriate clothing.  

   

Ages: We welcome volunteers at every age, and physical ability.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: readindeedforkids@gmail.com, 612.720.4694. Registration is available online
www.readindeed.org 

 

 

Sixth Annual Feeding the Dream - Community Food Drive  

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)

 

Date/Time: Now through January 19

 

Location: Drop off non-perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Center

  

The need for food donations does not end with the holidays. Help out your community and those in need by dropping off non-perishable food items at any Minneapolis Park and Recreation Center for the Sixth Annual Feeding the Dream Food Drive. Proceeds will be donated to the Sabathani Community Food Shelf. The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 7,000 pounds of donations have been collected.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, time to collect and deliver your food donations  

 

Contact: Diane at whittier@minneapolisparks.org

www.minneapolisparks.org  

 

 

Snow Angels  

DARTS

 

Date/Time: Whenever it snows more than two inches in a 24-hour time period 

 

Location: Dakota County area  

 

Help an older person get out and stay safe by shoveling their driveway and sidewalk during the winter. Volunteer families will be assigned to one senior to help clear off snow on their sidewalks, driveway and steps. When it snows two or more inches you will check with your senior to see if they need you to come shovel.  

 

Ages: Families are welcome; all ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.234.2254 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org
www.darts1.org 

 

 

Bring a Smile, Bring Your Family  

Minnesota Masonic Home

 

Date/Time: Flexible - no evenings after 6:30

 

Location: 11501 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington  

 

Bring a Smile to our residents by bringing your family to visit with them. Our residents love to see the smiling faces of your children. We'd love to have you come to our home to visit our long-term residents and bring them joy.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Once for week for one and one-half hours with a three month commitment  

 

Contact: Beverly Potz, Beverly.Potz@mnmasonic.org, 952.948.7977
www.mnmasonichomes.org  

 

 

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.   

 

Location: With 35 neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site 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. Learn more about delivering meals as a family.   

 

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 

 

 

 

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