December 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Cookie Baking
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: Deliver to The Aliveness Project between Thursday, December 15 and Monday, December 19
  • Thursday, December 15, 9am - 7pm
  • Friday, December 16, 9am - 4pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 10am - 1pm
  • Sunday, December 18 - Closed all day
  • Monday, December 19, 9am -7pm
Location: 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis

Bake your favorite holiday cookies at your home, package them by the dozen, and donate them to The Aliveness Project for our members to receive with their holiday gift. Any flavor is welcome - bake your favorites! Bag or box by the dozen and indicate if cookies contain nuts or are gluten-free.
 
Ages: All ages
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours (depending on how many cookies you would like to bake)

Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org, 612.822.7946, ext. 221. 
 
 
Holiday Gift Expo
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 20 and 21, between 11:30am - 7:30pm
 
Location: 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Aliveness Project is hosting a Holiday Gift Expo, which is when recipients come in to pick up their gifts. Volunteers are needed to host the incoming recipients as they make their way through the Expo; staff the cookie, stocking, or Toys for Tots stations; or assist parents in wrapping toys for their children. 

Ages: Fifteen or older; all youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours, plus a short orientation
 
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org, 612.822.7946, ext. 221.
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Make Play Doh
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Christy, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600, to arrange a drop-off time
 
Location: Contact Christy to coordinate delivery.

Children who are in therapy and at the Family Partnership's two preschool centers use play doh nearly every day, so they go through dozens of batches a month. Making play doh is an easy and fun project you can do as a family. Feel free to make as much or little as you want!

No Cook Instructions
  • 3 cups flour (start with 3 and add a little more as needed)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups very hot water
  • 2 packets unsweetened kool-aid (bright colors work best, generic brands are fine)
  1. Mix dry ingredients (except kool-aid) together.
  2. Mix oil and water and then mix in the kool-aid until it dissolves.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix and knead. Add more flour as needed. It should be soft but not runny or stick to your hands.
  4. Divide this batch into thirds and store each third in a sandwich size zip lock bag. Please label each bag and store in your fridge until you deliver it.
Play Doh Measurement Tips
There are 20 cups of flour in a 5-pound bag: 3 cups needed for recipe, will make up to 6 batches
There are 2.7 cups in a 26 oz can of salt: 1 cup needed for recipe, will make up to 2 batches
There are 50 teaspoons in a 10 oz jar of cream of tartar: 1 teaspoon needed for recipe, will make up to 50 batches
There are 128 tablespoons in 2 liters of vegetable oil: 2 tablespoons needed for recipe, will make up to 64 batches

Sample Label
Play Doh (For playing, Not eating)
Ingredients include:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 packets unsweetened kool-aid
Made by [insert your name here] with Love!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Christy Kramer, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600
www.TheFamilyPartnership.org
 
 
Adopt a Home
Hammer

Date/Time: Ongoing

Location: Different Homes west of the Twin Cities; options include Wayzata, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park

Hammer is a nonprofit organization that supports adults and children with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest. Through innovative programs, Hammer helps create stable, secure home environments that deeply enrich the quality of life for the individuals we support. This is a unique opportunity for families to be matched to one of our homes. Volunteers can host pizza and a movie night, game night, arts and crafts, or a variety of other activities at one of our homes. This allows volunteers to build a rapport and spend quality time with those we serve. When and how long you volunteer will be based on your personal schedules. This is a great way to get to know Hammer and can be done once a month or more.

Ages:
 Six years old and up when accompanied by an adult

Time Commitment: Two hours once a month, or more if desired

Contact: Cathy Thoma, Hammer Volunteer Resources Manager, cthoma@hammer.org, 952.345.8554
www.hammer.org

 
Meals in the Homes
Hammer
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Different Homes west of the Twin Cities; options include Wayzata, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park

Hammer is a nonprofit organization that supports adults and children with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience life to its fullest. Through innovative programs, Hammer helps create stable, secure home environments that deeply enrich the quality of life for the individuals we support. The Meals in the Homes program is geared toward those who enjoy cooking. We are inviting individuals, families, friends, and organizations to help prepare dinner at one of our residences. The recipe and ingredients will be provided. Volunteers can schedule to cook once a month or more frequently if desired. The volunteers then get to stay and enjoy the meal with our folks! We plan on piloting this program in our Unity and 14th Avenue Homes, and then expand it to the rest of Hammer.

Ages: Six years old and up when accompanied by an adult

Time Commitment: Two hours once a month, or more if desired
 
Contact:
Cathy Thoma, Hammer Volunteer Resources Manager, cthoma@hammer.org, 952.345.8554
www.hammer.org 
 
 
Christmas EVE Day Celebration
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 24, between 11am and 3pm, depending on volunteer activity
 
Location: Envision Event Center (formerly called The Prom Center), 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale
 
Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders served by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas celebration. Volunteer opportunities include meal preparation, serving, clean-up, entertainment, meal delivery and more. Our greatest need is for drivers/meal companions to provide a truly warm, connected experience for our elders. Visit our website for specific volunteer needs.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to four hours
 
Contact: Kate Josephson, holidays@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0746
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
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 the isolated seniors they serve.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
 
 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Delivery requested by Friday December 16, please contact Rachel to schedule delivery time
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Our Saviour's Housing has three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 40 adults a night, Transitional Housing serving 16 adults, and Permanent Supportive Housing serving 100 adults. Our 100 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. Brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket! Basket items should include:
  • Package of new underwear
  • Package of new socks
  • Package of plain Hanes undershirts
  • Shower curtains and liner
  • Package of AA or AAA batteries
  • Queen sized sheet set
  • A coffee pot or a blender or a toaster
  • A lamp or a fan
Contact Rachel for a complete list.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, and can be put together at your own location!
 
Contact: Rachel Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193x2
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Help Brighten the Holidays for Others
 
Do you and your family want to find an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for others? Many local food shelves and other community organizations offer holiday food or toy programs to their clients. Here is a list of organizations you can contact to see how your family can help:  

Neighbors, Inc, (Dakota County) - Love Your Neighbor Holiday Program
STEP (Hennepin County), Holiday Toy Drive
VEAP (Hennepin County), - Holiday Toy Program
PRISM (Hennepin County), - Holiday Shop
Good in the Hood (Hennepin County) - Holiday Help Campaign
Community Thread (Washington County) - Holiday Hope
CEAP (Anoka & Hennepin County) - Hope for the Holidays
Solid Ground (Ramsey & Hennepin) - Home for the Holidays
IOCP (Hennepin County) - Holiday Season Volunteer opportunities
Keystone Community Services (Ramsey County) - Gifts of Hope
PROP (Hennepin County/Carver County) - Holiday Wishes
360 Communities (Dakota County) - Armful of Love
Community Action Partnership (Scott, Carver & Dakota Counties) - Hope for the Holiday



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Giving Plates
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Your own home or community location


Making some baked goods to bring to along to a holiday gathering? You and your family can bake up some extra treats to share as a holiday gift with new or isolated neighbors, sick or stressed friends, or even service providers you meet on a regular basis, like the mail carrier or school bus driver. Then your family can design giving plates to place your home baked goodies on as part of your gift! Visit the Doing Good Together Design a Giving Plate for directions to make your plates and for additional ideas and reflection questions
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.DoingGoodTogether.org
 
 
Thank You for Your Giving

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this week, we want to thank each one of you for your commitment to making a positive difference in your communities. We are especially thankful for all the families who are living our mission of kindness and volunteering by using these monthly lists to find local volunteering opportunities. If you believe these lists are a value to you and your family, please include Doing Good Together in your year-end giving.

 

 

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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 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

November 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Free, Community-wide Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair
Doing Good Together™
 
Date/Time: Friday, November 18, 5 - 7:30pm
 
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 - each hosting a station with a fun, kid-friendly service activity for families to complete, such as creating  toys for orphaned cats; assembling hygiene kits for the homeless and making stress balls for children in crisis. Doing Good Together's National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair will be held in conjunction with the 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.

We want to thank generationOn with the generous support of The Walt Disney Company for making this event possible

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like any time between 5 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
 
 
Halloween Candy Drive
Kinderberry Hill
 
Date/Time: Tuesday through Friday, November 1 - 4, 7am - 6pm
 
Location: Candy can be dropped off at any of Kinderberry Hill's six locations.

You and your family can help benefit U.S. troops serving overseas by donating unwanted Halloween candy at any Kinderberry Hill location. Your candy will be donated to Blue Star Mothers Minnesota, Minnesota Loves our Military, and other local military support locations. Children who donate candy will receive gift bags.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 763.557.1111
www.kinderberryhill.com/
 
 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Delivery requested by Friday December 16, please contact Rachel to schedule delivery time
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Our Saviour's Housing has three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 40 adults a night, Transitional Housing serving 16 adults, and Permanent Supportive Housing serving 100 adults. Our 100 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. Brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket! Basket items should include:
  • Package of new underwear
  • Package of new socks
  • Package of plain Hanes undershirts
  • Shower curtains and liner
  • Package of AA or AAA batteries
  • Queen sized sheet set
  • A coffee pot or a blender or a toaster
  • A lamp or a fan
Contact Rachel for a complete list.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.

Time Commitment:
Varies, 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/
 
 
Homeless Shelter Holiday Meal Provider
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Many available dates, including: lunch on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24; dinner on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1; a special Thanksgiving celebration on Friday, November 18; and a special December Celebration on either Friday, December 16; Monday, December 19; or Tuesday, December 20. We also have January dinner dates available!
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Share a meal with Our Saviour's Housing! The Emergency Shelter is home to 40 homeless adults every night of the year, and they rely on volunteers like you to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. Volunteers are needed who are able to purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for 40 adults. There is a full kitchen that your family or group is welcome to use. This opportunity is best suited for groups of 4 to 8, though groups of up to 12 may serve. Your group will also be able to sit down and enjoy dinner with our residents. Families, congregations, co-workers, or friends can join together for a fun and fulfilling evening!
 
Ages: All ages are welcome with adult supervision. Our Saviour's Housing is a small, peaceful shelter with a strong community feeling!
 
Time Commitment: Groups usually spend a total of one to two and one-half hours on-site, plus any off-site meal preparation time.
 
Contact: Rachel Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Holiday Shelter Bingo Hosts
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24 or New Year's Day, Sunday January 1, scheduled between 10am and 6pm. Bingo usually lasts between one and one and one-half hours.
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Hosting a Bingo game is a wonderful way to connect with our Emergency Shelter residents for a fun night of volunteering! We provide the Bingo set, and we ask that your group provide the prizes. We suggest the size of a bingo host group be between one and six people; a couple of people can help call out numbers and spot winners, and other members can socialize with residents or be in charge of refreshments.

Ages: All ages welcome with adult supervision!
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours
 
Contact: Rachel Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
 
 
Walk to End Hunger
The Mosaic Company
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 7 - 10am. Event kick-off will start in the Mall of America Rotunda at 7:30am.
 
Location: Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington. Please park in the East Parking Ramp on level P1 or P2. Registration will take place on floors 1 and 2 of the East Broadway entrance, right by SeaLife.

The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly 5K fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. The walk, 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. The crowds will be having fun and fighting hunger all morning.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate in the walk.
 
Time Commitment: Walkers can participate for as long as they'd like from 7-10am.
 
Contact: rholmes@hungersolutions.org or 651.789.9847. Walk registration is available online.


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fighting hunger

 
Snack Drive
Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest (RMHC-UM)
 
Date/Time: Contact the Volunteer Office at 612.767.2788 to schedule a drop off time.
 
Location: Donations should be delivered to the administrative office at 818 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis or RMH-Oak Street, 621 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis

Families can help out RMHC-UM by purchasing items that families can grab and go on their way to the hospital or clinic. Suggested items to donate include:
  • Granola or cereal bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Applesauce cups
  • Juice boxes
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Haley Nelson, Director of Volunteers, hnelson@rmhtwincities.org
www.rmhtwincities.org/
 
 
Cooks for Kids Meal Providers
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
 
Date/Time: Volunteers serve dinner everyday at 6pm; brunch is also served on Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Volunteers typically arrive two - three hours earlier in order to get everything prepped and ready. All food must be prepared on-site or in a commercial kitchen.
 
Location: Four metro locations.

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 any of our 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.
 
Ages: Families with children 14 and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: One time or recurring
 
Contact: Catherine Beringer, cberinger@rmhtwincities.org, 612.767.2794. Registration is available online.
www.rmhtwincities.org
 
 
Adopt a Family for the Holidays
RESOURCE
 
Date/Time: Gifts should be delivered to RESOURCE by December 12
 
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. The Adopt-a-Family project is a fun and meaningful holiday project for a family.
  • You will be matched with a specific family in need that is currently participating in a RESOURCE program.
  • Information includes children's ages and gift ideas.
  • You purchase gifts for the family. You are not required to provide the family with everything on their wish list. The wish list is meant to be a tool to provide the donor with guidance.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Kristina Schenkelberg, kschenkelberg@resource-mn.org
www.resource-mn.org  
 
 
Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 24, between 11am and 3pm, depending on volunteer activity.
 
Location: Envision Event Center (formerly called 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 1pm.
  • Deliver a meal and have a brief visit with an elder participant unable to attend the dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas EVE Day. Meal pick up time is at 11:30am - noon at Envision (formerly called Prom) Center. Total time commitment is about two hours.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
 
Contact: Kate Josephson, kjosephson@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0746
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
Christmas EVE Day Celebration
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 24, between 11am and 3pm, depending on volunteer activity
 
Location: Envision Event Center (formerly called The Prom Center), 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale
 
Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders served by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas 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 EVE Day. Meal pick up time is at 11:30am - noon at Envision (formerly called Prom) Center. Total time commitment is about two hours.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
 
Contact: Kate Josephson, kjosephson@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0746
 
 
Holiday Gift Delivery
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: December 23, 9am - 3pm
 
Location: 3808 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis

Deliver gifts to one to two or more recipients' homes in the Twin Cities metro area. Spread the joy and cheer of the holiday season to Minnesotans living with HIV and their families. This is a great opportunity for families and groups to give back during the holidays. Volunteers can enjoy breakfast on us at The Aliveness Project!
 
Ages: All ages, as long as accompanied by an adult
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours or more, depending on how many deliveries you would like to make. Includes time to pick up gifts, enjoy breakfast, and make deliveries.
 
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org, 612.822.7946, ext. 221. Registration is available online or you can contact Laura to register.
 
 
Cook for Kids
Jeremiah Program
 
Date/Time: Ongoing, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 - 7pm
 
Location: The Jeremiah Program has two campuses:
  • 1510 Laureal Ave, Minneapolis
  • 932 Concordia Ave, St. Paul
The Jeremiah Program is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization using a proven, holistic approach to transform families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a
time. Through support for a career- track college education, safe and affordable housing, quality early childhood education, and empowerment and life skills training, Jeremiah Program prepares determined single mothers to succeed in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. Volunteers purchase, prepare, and serve a meal for families on the evenings when mothers attend Life Skills programming. We estimate meals serve 30-40 people.

Ages: Families with children seven and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: This is a one-time opportunity although many groups sign-up multiple times over the course of a year.
 
Contact: Meghan Redmond, mredmond@jeremiahprogram.org or 651.332.5006
www.jeremiahprogram.org
 
 
Friendly Visitor Volunteers
The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness
 
Date/Time: Based on volunteers availability, six month minimum commitment
 
Location: Seniors live in the Twin Cities west metro

Friendly Visitor Volunteers will be matched with a senior to do friendly visiting on a regular monthly or bi-monthly basis. Connect with a senior in our community to brighten their day. The visit may include visiting, running errands with the elder, taking a walk, going out for coffee or a specific need. An orientation is provided at the Center, and the Volunteer Coordinator attends the first visit with volunteers.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Once or twice a month for two to three hours at a time
 
Contact: Marta Volbrecht, Volunteer Coordinator, marta@normandalecenter.org


Learn more about
helping the elderly

 
Connect the Dots
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Flexible, on your own time
 
Location: Drop off completed kits at Community Thread, 2300 Orleans St. W., Stillwater

Community Thread's vision is a community where all people are engaged, enriched, and connected. Connect the Dots is a community-wide initiative for volunteers of all ages, especially for families. You can help teach the value of volunteerism to your children and strengthen our community by assembling supplies for local nonprofits. Check out the Connect the Dots Project page to pick out a project or two!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Paige Stein, paige@communitythreadmn.org or 651.439.7434
www.CommunityThreadMN.org
 
 
Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
 
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@boxproject.org, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
 
 
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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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October 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities -updated

 

October 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Family Volunteer Day at The Food Group
The Food Group
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 5, 10 - 11:30am
 
Location: The Food Group, 8501 54th Ave N, New Hope

Come together with your family to make a difference for those struggling with food insecurity in our community. This event is designed for children five and older and their families. Volunteers will learn about the issue of hunger; participate in service activities like repacking, sorting, and labeling food; and find out easy ways they can continue to assist people in need. Space is limited and volunteers must sign-up in advance using this link.

Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Nicole Smalley, nsmalley@thefoodgroupmn.org
www.thefoodgroupmn.org
 
 
2016 Stillwater Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
American Diabetes Association - MN Area
 
Date/Time: Event runs from 8:30am - 1pm on Saturday, October 1. Various volunteer shifts are available.
 
Location: Pioneer Park, 515 2nd St. N., Stillwater

Want to help push back against diabetes as a family? Join us at the 2016 Stillwater Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Stillwater on October 1. This community event brings participants together for a non-competitive walk/run (choose the 1 mile or 5K route) as a team or individual to help raise awareness and funds for diabetes research, programs, advocacy, and information. You and your family can either participate as a team, individual walker, or set-up/day-of-event volunteer(s).
 
Ages:
  • Walk participants: Everyone can participate; adults must accompany children.
  • Volunteers: Minimum age of 16 for unaccompanied volunteers. Some positions can be family friendly, such as cheering on the route, set up/take down and the Youth Zone.
Time Commitment: Two to five hours, depending on shift
 
Contact: Jennifer Williams, jwilliams@diabetes.org or 763.593.5333 ext. 6728.
Race registration is available online. To sign up to volunteer, please contact event manager Jackie Reding at jreding@diabetes.org or 763.593.5333 ext. 6598
www.diabetes.org/minnesota
 
 
Help Us Clean and Refurbish Bikes
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
 
Date/Time:
  • Bike Collection Day: Saturday, October 8, 9am - 6pm. Shifts are 9am - noon, 11:30am - 3:30pm, 3 - 6pm and 5 - 8pm.
  • Bike repair and cleaning shifts: October 10 - December 2, shifts are scheduled 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm and 6 - 9pm.
Location: Health hospitals and clinics on Saturday, October 10, from 9am - 4pm. 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 ages eight or older with adult supervision are welcome to volunteer. Youth groups with ages older than 12 are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 child to adult ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Tia, FB4K Volunteer Coordinator at tia@fb4k.org. Volunteers can register online for Bike Collection Day and Bike Repair and Cleaning Shifts.
www.fb4k.org

 
National Wildlife Refuge Restoration
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 8, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, 9450 Old Cedar Ave S, Bloomington

Join Great River Greening where the road ends and nature begins! This 12-acre site, located where Old Cedar Avenue once crossed the Minnesota River, is a part of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers at this event will enhance native wildlife and biodiversity by planting native vegetation and eradicating invasive plant species. This work will fit into plans to increase accessibility and recreational use of this future community and refuge resource.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Katie, volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, 651.272.3989. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue
The Food Group
 
Date/Time: Sundays, 12-2:30pm, now through October
 
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: Jared Walhowe, 763.450.3870 or jwalhowe@thefoodgroupmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.thefoodgroupmn.org
 
 
Farmer's Market Pick-Ups
Neighborhood House
 
Date/Time: Every Sunday from now until October 23, 12:30 - 2:30pm
 
Location: St. Paul's Farmer's Market (Lowertown St. Paul)/Neighborhood House - The Wellstone Center campus, 179 Robie Street, St. Paul

Come help collect and sort produce donated by vendors at the Farmer's Market, load our van, then help unload the collection at Neighborhood House. The produce is distributed through our Food Markets, which provide food support to families in need.
 
Ages: This is a family-friendly volunteer opportunity; all ages are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Vanessa Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.789.2524, vedwards@neighb.org. Registration is available online
www.neighb.org

 
 
Dine Out/Give Back Mondays
Doing Good Together + The Lowbrow
 
Date/Time: Monday, October 24, 4 - 10pm
 
Location: The Lowbrow, 4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

On Dine Out/Give Back Mondays, the Lowbrow, a Minneapolis eatery, donates 10% of their sales for the entire evening to a local nonprofit. On Monday, October 24, the donation will be to Doing Good Together. They donate 10% of ALL sales, regardless of whether the guests are supporters or not. Please come (and bring family and friends!) to enjoy a great meal while spreading kindness and mingling with other DGT supporters. You can make reservations for tables of 6 or more. We'd love to see you there!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Any amount of time between 4 and 10pm
 
Contact: Laurie, laurie@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Rake a Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 29, 9am - noon. Groups are encouraged 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, November 5.
 
Location: Seniors' yards around Washington County

Make a difference in your community by helping seniors remain independently in their homes. Volunteer with Community Thread for Rake a Difference Day on Saturday, October 29 (around 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 will 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 Wednesday, October 12 to secure your participation!
www.CommunityThreadMN.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
 
 
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 & Rosemount for 44 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
 
 
Paint 3 Classrooms In Our School
Arete Academy
 
Date/Time: Any day or time now through November 3
 
Location: Barry Family Campus, 4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park

Arete Academy of Exceptional Education is committed to partnering with parents to educate and support twice-exceptional students - gifted students who also have learning disabilities - so they can learn the academic, social and emotional skills needed to overcome their disabilities, reach their full potential, and apply their gifts to make lasting contributions to the world. Located in a western suburb of the Minneapolis, Arete Academy of Exceptional Education is the only school solely dedicated to educating and supporting twice-exceptional students in the Midwest. You can help give the Arete Academy classrooms a fresh coat of paint. Kids can help put blue painters tape around the edges and paint the corners and around cabinets and edges with smaller brushes.

Ages: Families with children age ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Between one and eight hours, depending on how much time you're able to volunteer.
 
Contact: Leah Brzezinski, Leah@2a2e.org, 952.261.9921
www.2a2e.org
 
 
Volunteer Meal Teams
The Family Place
 
Date/Time: Lunch is served at 11:30am on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday. Dinner is served at 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Location: The Family Place, 244 Tenth Street East, St. Paul

The Family Place is a day center for families living without permanent housing. The Family Place provides a safe place for families with children during the daytime hours. School-age children have access to stable bus service to their schools, parents are involved in an extensive 16-week life skills training course with the expected outcome of ending repeated and generational bouts of homelessness. Every Saturday and Sunday teams of volunteers prepare and serve lunch and dinner for the families at The Family Place. Each team creates a menu, provides the food, prepares the meal and cleans up afterwards. Meals are served family-style with team members joining families and staff at the table. Click here for more specific meal preparation information.

Ages: Adults with supervised school aged children
 
Time Commitment: Approximately three hours (includes food prep, serving and clean up)
 
Contact: Mary Walde, Volunteer Coordinator, mwalde@famplace.org, 651.699.5318 or 651.470.4287
 
 
Rake The Leaves Fall Yard Cleanup
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
 
 
Senior Chore Program Fall Clean Up
Northeast Youth & Family Services (NYFS)
 
Date/Time: Arrange a time between October 23 and November 13 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 Monday, October 15.
www.nyfs.org  

 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF
 
Date/Time: The 2016 UNICEF campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
 

Location:
Check the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF website for donation instructions

Add a giving component to your child's trick or treat experience! When children Trick or Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help add up to lifesaving change for children. UNICEF helps improve the health and wellness of children in over 150 countries and territories. You can help your children learn about issues facing other kids around the world including education, health care, nutrition, clean water, and sanitation. Visit the Doing Good Together Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
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September 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Friendship and Flowers Visiting to Seniors
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Every third Saturday of the month
 
Location: Homes of shut-in seniors in Minneapolis or St Paul

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a volunteer-based organization committed to alleviating isolation and loneliness among the elderly while promoting their independence and well-being. Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly provides home visits, social engagement, intergenerational activities and holiday meals, in addition to advocacy, referrals and support. Friendship and Flowers visitors provide companionship, friendship, and help to relieve loneliness felt by isolated and shut-in seniors. Volunteers deliver flowers and treats to shut-in elders on the third Saturday of each month, while sharing friendly conversation. It's a wonderful opportunity for families who want to volunteer together.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours per month, every third Saturday of the month. One and one-half hour orientation and basic training required.
 
Contact: Volunteer Manager at volunteer@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0732.
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
Hold a Back-to-School Drive for The Family Partnership
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Christy at 612.341.1600 or ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org
 
Location: The Family Partnership, 4123 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

The Family Partnership's mission is building strong families, vital communities, and better futures for children through counseling, education and advocacy. Since 1878, The Family Partnership has been recognized as an innovative and highly impactful nonprofit in the Twin Cities area. Last year, more than 30,000 children and families benefitted from the specialized services and programs offered in order to realize their full potential - regardless of income or origin. What better way to close out the summer than to donate school supplies and help the littlest of students get back to school! Items needed include:
  • Crayons (8ct)
  • Markers (8ct)
  • Colored pencils (8ct)
  • Notebooks (wide and college ruled)
  • Glue sticks
  • Pocket folders (solid colors)
  • #2 pencils
  • Pens (red, black, blue)
  • Highlighters
  • Childproof scissors
  • Erasers
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Christy, 612.341.1600 or ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org
www.TheFamilyPartnership.org 
 
 
Make Snack Bags for The Family Partnership
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Christy at 612.341.1600 or ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org to coordinate.
 
Location: The Family Partnership, 4123 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to assemble healthy snack bags for the hundreds of children, teens, and adults served each day at The Family Partnership's five locations and four drop-in childcare sites.
How much should go in each snack bag? This is completely up to you. Most bags contain two snacks and something to drink.
How many snack bags should I make? This is completely up to you and how much you want to give. We often say, "Fifteen is great ... 100 is awesome!"
What items should you choose from for healthy snack bags?
Due to possible allergies, please refrain from including any items that contain peanuts.
For health purposes, all items should be prepackaged from the manufacturer.
We are unable to accept food items that have been divided and placed into food storage bags. For example: dividing a large bag of pretzels into several smaller bags by hand.

Content Suggestions:
  • Juice Boxes
  • Bottled water
  • Raisins
  • Dried Fruit
  • Granola Bars (no nuts)
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Applesauce
  • Fruit Cups in Water
  • Fruit snacks (sugar free if possible)
  • Trail Mix (no nuts)
  • Plastic Utensils (Spoon/Fork)
  • Napkin
Each bag should cost less than $5.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Christy, 612.341.1600 or ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org
www.TheFamilyPartnership.org
 
 
Sort and Repack Food
Second Harvest Heartland
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Please check calendar for availability. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to check in, hang up coats, and lockup items such as purses in our individual lockers for your convenience. 

Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

September is Hunger Action Month. Every hour you volunteer for Second Harvest Heartland during September will be matched with a $5 donation from Bremer Bank, up to a total of $50,000 for 10,000 hours! Volunteers repackage bulk foods such as pasta or cereal into consumer size packages, sort and salvage damaged products or food items, sort food from food drives and donations, or label cans. Repackaged items go to nearly 1,000 partner agencies, including food shelves and feeding programs that serve our hungry neighbors. This position requires that you are able to stand for several hours. If you or somebody in your party needs to sit for the shift, there are stools without backs available. Click here for more information about youth volunteering. Dress in comfortable clothing, such as a t-shirt or sweatshirt and jeans or shorts. Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes - no sandals! Any volunteer who arrives without closed toe shoes will be asked to wear shoes that we will provide.
 
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 and a half hours
 
Contact: 651.282.0901 or volunteer@2harvest.org. Registration is available online.
www.2harvest.org
 
 
Tend the Demonstration Prairie at Ole Olson Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 14, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Ole Olson Park, North Minneapolis Riverfront

Join FMR at this riverfront park to tend an important native demonstration prairie garden along the bike trail. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but will provide much-needed bee, butterfly and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River. This event will help further the long-term transformation and commitment at this site and to the river. Although a small urban site, Ole Olson is home to a surprising diversity of landscapes, including riverfront shoreline, woodland terrace and grassland slopes. While the city parks department has been working to restore and stabilize the shoreline and slopes, much of the park is home to Russian thistle and other invasive plants that provide neither wildlife habitat nor a pleasant view. Working with the city and relying on local volunteer power, we look forward to transforming the park into an oasis of habitat and respite - returning willows to the shoreline, wildflowers to the slopes and majestic oaks to the terraces.

Ages: Families with children ages six and up are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x3
www.fmr.org
 
 
2016 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 17, 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 a fit for both adults and children.

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
 
 
Twin Cities Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes
American Diabetes Association - MN Area
 
Date/Time: Friday, September 23, noon - 5pm, or various shift times on Saturday, September 24 between 7:30am and 1pm
 
Location: General Mills Headquarters, 1 General Mills Blvd, Golden Valley

Want to help push back against diabetes as a family? Join us at the 2016 Twin Cities Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in Golden Valley on September 24. This community event brings participants together for a non-competitive walk/run (choose the 1 mile or 5K route) as a team or individual to help raise awareness and funds for diabetes research, programs, advocacy, and information. You and your family can either participate as a team, individual walker, or set-up/day-of-event volunteer(s).
 
Ages:
  • Walk participants: Everyone can participate; adults must accompany children.
  • Volunteers: Minimum age of 16 for unaccompanied volunteers. Some positions can be family friendly, such as cheering on the route, set up/take down and the Youth Zone.
Time Commitment: Two to five hours, depending on shift
 
Contact: Jennifer Williams, jwilliams@diabetes.org or 763.593.5333 ext. 6728. Click here to register as to volunteer or click here to register as a participant.
www.diabetes.org/minnesota
 
 
The Washburn Games
Washburn Center for Children

Date/Time: Sunday, September 25, 1:30 - 4:30pm

Location: Bryn Mawr Meadows, 601 Morgan Ave. S, Minneapolis

Kids + three hours of recess + giving back to the community = the fun-filled Washburn Games! 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 parents 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! All proceeds benefit Washburn Center for Children, a Twin Cities nonprofit helping kids struggling with depression, anxiety and other emotional challenges.

Ages: Children ages 4-12 may participate in the event.

Time Commitment: Four hours

Contact: Liz Jones, Development and Events Coordinator, ljones@washburn.org, 612.872.3316
www.washburngames.org

 
Creekside Planting
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 1, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 18000 Johnson Memorial Drive, Jordan

A private landowner along Sand Creek has opened his property to ongoing restoration efforts to improve habitat along the creek. Volunteers at this family-friendly event will plant native vegetation on the bank of the creek to restore the riparian zone, improve water quality, and strengthen habitat for local wildlife.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org or 651.272.3989. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Rake a Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 29, 9am - noon. Groups are encouraged 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, November 5.
 
Location: Seniors' yards around Washington County

Make a difference in your community by helping seniors remain independently in their homes. Volunteer with Community Thread for Rake a Difference Day on Saturday, October 29 (around 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 will 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 Wednesday, October 12 to secure your participation!
www.CommunityThreadMN.org

 
Fall Yard Cleanup
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
 
 
Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-12pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

Open Arms delivers meal packages to individuals with life-threatening illness and their families in the Twin Cities. Each week, our volunteers cook and deliver meals to over 1,000 clients! Each client's meal delivery uses a brown grocery bag. With your help, we can help make our delivery process fun for everyone; from our delivery drivers to our clients, everybody has a brighter day because of your creativity. It's simple acts of kindness like this that remind clients just how many people in their community care about them! Stop in anytime between 10am and noon to lend a creative hand and nibble on some treats while you decorate. We provide all necessary supplies. This is a great opportunity to get kids involved in serving their community at a young age. Make a morning of it and bring the whole family!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Stop in anytime between 10am and noon and stay as long as you'd like.
 
Contact: Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Meal Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Opportunities 7 days a week. Choose from a variety of two-hour long shifts available on weekdays, evenings, and weekends.
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

With the support of people like you, 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 prepare and deliver nutritious, fresh food from our kitchen to approximately 1,000 clients every week across the Twin Cities free of charge. Volunteer to prepare and package client meals in the state-of-the-art Open Arms kitchen and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. Volunteering in the kitchen is a great chance for families with young children to volunteer together. Some volunteer activities, such as equipment use, will be available to children based on age. Most commonly, youth help tray-up cookie dough, package meals, and label food items. 

Ages: Youth 8 -15 years old accompanied by an adult are welcome to volunteer. Click here for information on age requirements and adult to youth ratios.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours per shift.
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org. To get started volunteering, fill out new volunteer applications for each individual interested in volunteering. Follow these links to complete an adult application and youth application and sign up to attend orientation.
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Deliver Meals as a Family
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Opportunities are available six days a week, Monday through Friday from 11am - 1pm and Saturdays from 10am - noon
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

With the support of people like you, 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 prepare and deliver nutritious, fresh food from our kitchen to approximately 1,000 clients every week across the Twin Cities free of charge. Meal delivery is a unique experience to introduce kids to direct volunteer service by meeting the clients Open Arms serves. Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients living within the 494/694 corridor and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. Each route includes four to six stops. We provide you with a delivery route sheet with pertinent client details, a route map and turn-by-turn directions. Volunteers do provide their own vehicles for delivery and routes take typically two hours to complete.

Ages: Children of all ages are welcome to accompany an adult along on delivery.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are typically two hours long. No weekly time commitment required. Volunteer as you are able or on a regular basis.
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org. To get started volunteering, fill out new volunteer applications for each individual interested in volunteering. Follow these links to complete an adult application and youth application and sign up to attend orientation.
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Magic Mail Center
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Set up in your own home

Creating a Magic Mail Center in your home can make it easy to keep kindness part of your family's fall routine! As your fall family schedule gets busy, keep this simple worksheet on hand. When you have unexpected free time, send a letter and make a difference. Visit the Doing Good Together project page to for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As we start Back-To-School Season, let's remind our kids about the importance of kindness. We're making it easy to deliver this message with our new Doing Good Together™ Infographic that offers insight and ideas for making kindness a priority! 

Presented in a problem/solution format, with relevant stats, fun graphics, and easy-to-find links, we encourage you to post, pin, tweet, and share this graphic with your circle of friends, family, and educators. You can find this graphic on our website, along with other compelling articles on why kindness matters and why DGT matters too. Thanks for sharing DGT™ with others!
 
 

 

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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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August 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
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 to provide school supplies for children who would otherwise be unable to start school with the school supplies they need. The programs listed below need help with either collecting school supplies or distributing supplies to children. If a program close to you isn't listed below you can also contact your local school district or food shelf to see how you can help in your area.

St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP
(St Louis Park), STEP Back to School Program, 952.925.4899, info@STEPslp.org
www.stepslp.org/
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, VEAP
(Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) VEAP Back to School Program, 952.888.9616, info@veap.org
www.veap.org/
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, IOCP
(West suburban Hennepin County) Back to school drive, Liz Erstad-Hicks, lerstad-hicks@iocp.org, or 763.489.7506
www.iocp.org/homepage
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
www.prismmpls.org/
ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), 2016 School Supply Drive, 952.933.3860, stefan@resourcewest.org
www.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
www.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
www.360communities.org
Keystone Community Services,
(Primarily St. Paul), School Supply Drive, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.603.6650 or volunteer@keystoneservices.org
www.keystoneservices.org
Community Thread (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2016, sara@communitythreadmn.org, 651.439.7434
www.communitythreadmn.org
 
 
YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon
YWCA of Minneapolis
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 14
 
Location: Lake Nokomis, many positions are available depending on your interest and skill set.

The YWCA of Minneapolis Women's Triathlon is our most-popular athletic event of the year, featuring a 500-yard swim, a 15.5-mile bike segment and a 5-kilometer run, held at beautiful Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. More than 1,200 women will participate in this race dedicated to celebrating the strength in all women. More than 3,500 spectators will be on hand to witness the race, and more than 300 volunteers will make sure that all aspects run smoothly.

Ages: All ages are welcome, under age 14 must have parent present.
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on shifts. Registration is available online.
 
Contact: Mary Salisbury, 612.215.4167, msalisbury@ywcampls.org
www.ywcampls.org/events/womens_triathlon
 
 
Back to School Supply Distribution Week
Resource West
 
Date/Time: August 15 -19, 10am - noon & noon - 2pm
 
Location: ResourceWest, 1011 First Street S, Suite #109, Hopkins. (In the Wells Fargo Building, across from the ATM machine)

ResourceWest is a nonprofit community agency that serves low-income families and individuals living in the west metro community. We help people become more connected, more resourceful, and more hopeful about their future. Volunteers are needed to organize school supplies and pack backpacks during our annual Back to School supplies distribution days.

Ages: Everyone can participate. This is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: stefan@resourcewest.org. Registration is available online.
www.resourcewest.org
 
 
United Way Action Day at Target Field
Greater Twin Cities United Way
 
Date/Time: Thursday, August 18, 5 - 8pm
 
Location: Target Field, Downtown Minneapolis

At this free, inspirational volunteering event we'll set our community's kids up for educational success and enjoy fun-filled entertainment for the whole family! Together, we'll turn kindness into action and help all kids in our hometown community head back to school ready to reach their fullest potential. We'll pack backpacks for local kids - complete with all the supplies they'll need to hit this school year out of the park! The backpacks will be sent to United Way partners serving kids and families throughout the community.

Ages: Children must be at least eight years old to volunteer. Any age is welcome for the entertainment!
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours
 
 
 
Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue
The Food Group
 
Date/Time: Sundays, noon - 2:30pm, now through October
 
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: Jared Walhowe, 763.450.3870 or jwalhowe@thefoodgroupmn.org
www.thefoodgroupmn.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. Volunteers are needed to help sort and pack backpacks. The 2016 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 hours
 
Contact: 1.888.470.7523, H5FS@Simonsaysgive.org. Registration is available online
www.simonsaysgive.org
 
 
Host a Birthday Bag Blitz
Cheerful Givers
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Birthday bags should be delivered to a nearby shelter or food shelf. Click here for a list of Minneapolis/St. Paul area shelters and food shelves.
 
Cheerful Givers provides birthday gift bags to economically challenged parents through shelters and food shelves so that they can give their children birthday gifts. Your family can help by holding a Birthday Bag Blitz to provide birthday gift bags for less fortunate children. Birthday bags should include items suitable for children ages 3-12. About 8-10 new items should go into each bag with a total value of about ten dollars. An effort should be made to see that one "lasting" item like a plush animal or book is included in each bag. Click here for a suggested list of items. This is a unique, fun activity for all ages! Once you've completed your Birthday Bag Blitz, please let us know how many birthday bags you filled and where you donated them.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: robin@cheerfulgivers.org
www.cheerfulgivers.org 
 
 
Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day
Susan G. Komen 3-Day
 
Date/Time: Friday, August 19, 3 - 7pm, Saturday, August 20, 3 - 7pm or Sunday, August 21, 12:30 - 6pm
 
Location: Friday and Saturday, Harvest Park, 2561 Barclay Street, Maplewood. Sunday, Harriet Island, 200 Dr. Justus O'Hage Blvd, St. Paul

On Friday and Saturday, the Campsite Volunteer Team will be divided into groups upon arrival to fulfill a variety of tasks at the Komen 3-Day campsite. Volunteer teams will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Some possible duties may include:
  • Traffic Control Assistance: providing relief to our Traffic Team during peak times at campsite intersections.
  • Food Service Assistance: providing support to our camp crewmembers and helping the event catering company serve meals.
  • Camp Logistics Assistance: providing support to our camp crewmembers with trash control throughout camp.
On Sunday, the Participant Finish Area Volunteer Team will be divided into six groups upon arrival to fulfill a variety of tasks at the Participant Finish Area. Volunteer teams will be assigned that day on a first come, first served basis. Teams available include:
  • Participant Finish Area Pit Stop Support
  • Concierge
  • Victory T-Shirt Distribution
  • Traffic Control & Shuttle
  • Hydration Station
  • Gear Retrieval
Ages: Families with children five years and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Friday and Saturday shifts are four hours; Sunday shifts are six hours
 
Contact: Amy Schwager, aschwager@event360.com or 800.996.3DAY, ext. 178
www.the3day.org

 
 
Family Gardening at Open Farms
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Wednesday evening and Saturday opportunities are available.
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Open Arms cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening and chronic illness in the Twin Cities. Youth are welcome to have some fun digging in the dirt at any of our three organic urban farm plots! Help weed, water, and plant the food that is used to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for our clients.

Ages: Families with children ages 6-15 years old are welcome to volunteer. Click here for more information on age requirements and adult to youth ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours per shift. After you've completed volunteer orientation, you may sign up for as few or as many shifts you'd like. There is no minimum time commitment.

Contact: Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application  
Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
www.openarmsmn.org  
 
 
Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home
 
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One year
 
Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Add good news and good ideas to your family-focused newsletter or website!

If your organization has a newsletter or website that targets families, DGT™ can help you share kindness and service ideas with them. Once again, we've compiled a school year's worth of Service and Smiles Kindness Tips that you can dole out once a week from September 2016 through May 2017. You'll find service projects, kindness practices, and other simple ideas that teach children about giving, caring, and compassion. They're free to use with attribution to Doing Good Together, of course. Visit our Service and Smiles web page to sign up! Already signed up? Please share your stories or examples with DGT!
 
 

 

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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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July 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends
 
Date/Time: Specific dates in July and August
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN

Families with up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) will assist during camp depending 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. Onsite housing and meals are provided at no cost.
 
Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August. 
 
Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org, 952.697.2286
www.truefriends.org

 
Summer Meal Program 2016
Neighbors, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts now through mid-August
 
Location:
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul
  • Moreland Elementary School, 217 W Moreland Ave, West St. Paul
  • Somerset Elementary School, 1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights
  • South Saint Paul High School, 700 2nd Street N, South Saint Paul
Children need proper nutrition to learn and stay active. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. This is perfect for workplaces, churches, community groups, families, and individuals looking for a fun opportunity to help their community. Volunteers serve meals to students and encourage them to take milk and other required food items; minimal food preparation is sometimes required with supervision from school kitchen staff. Your support will provide students a healthy meal to get them through their day!
 
Ages: Minimum age is 5. Volunteers 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. This is not an appropriate activity for children younger than 5 years old.
 
Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift
 
Contact: Scott, 651-272-1136 or scott@neighborsmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.neighborsmn.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 & 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

 
 
Family Kitchen Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekend and evening shifts available throughout the week from 7:30am - 7pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Youth are welcome to help in the kitchen scooping cookie dough, making Jell-O and packaging cookies for our client's weekly meal deliveries. Submit online applications for the adult and youth interested in volunteering. After attending orientation, you may sign up for kitchen shifts as often as you'd like.

Ages: Youth 8 -15 years old accompanied by an adult are welcome to volunteer. All new volunteers (including children with a supervising adult) must attend an orientation.
Click here for information on age requirements and adult to youth ratios.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application
Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
www.openarms.org
 
 
Family Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am - noon
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Open Arms provides the brown bags, you provide the creativity! Bag decorating is a simple, fun task for families of all ages. You and your family can brighten our clients' days by decorating the brown bags we use to deliver their food. Simple acts of kindness like this remind clients just how many people in their community care about them.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Stop in anytime between 10am and noon and stay as long as you'd like!

Contact: Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
www.openarmsmn.org  
 
 
Paint 10 Classrooms In Our School
Arete Academy
 
Date/Time: Any day or time now through August 1
 
Location: Barry Family Campus, 4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park

Arete Academy of Exceptional Education is committed to partnering with parents to educate and support twice-exceptional students - gifted students who also have learning disabilities - so they can learn the academic, social and emotional skills needed to overcome their disabilities, reach their full potential, and apply their gifts to make lasting contributions to the world.  Arete Academy of Exceptional Education is the only school solely dedicated to educating and supporting twice-exceptional students in the Midwest. You can help give the Arete Academy classrooms a fresh coat of paint. Kids can help put blue painters tape around the edges and paint the corners and around cabinets and edges with smaller brushes.

Ages: Families with children age ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Between one and eight hours, depending on how much time you're able to volunteer.
 
Contact:  Leah Brzezinski, Leah@2a2e.org, 952.261.9921
www.2a2e.org
 
 
Many Hands Many Meals (Formerly Kids Against Hunger - West Metro)
Tonka Mud Run
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16. 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

Many Hands Many Meals is a volunteer-driven organization committed to inspiring, engaging, and educating people, starting with our children, by packaging life-saving meals that ease world hunger. The Tonka Mud Run was conceived and developed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Their enthusiasm led to the creation of this family-friendly mud run that encourages family fun and fitness, highlights local businesses and parks, and supports Many Hands Many Meals. Families can volunteer at the Tonka Mud Run in a variety of ways:
  1. Friday night set up
  2. Tear down
  3. Assist with the Mini-Tonka Mud run. (If your family has older children and wants to participate as a family in the Tonka Mud Run, you can help with the Mini-Tonka Mud Run)
  4. Obstacle Monitors. Two people are stationed at each obstacle during the Tonka Mud Run. In the past, we had a mom and daughter team at one station and a dad and daughter team at another. (If we needed to group three volunteers together, we can accommodate that as well).
  5. Water Station
Ages: Everyone is welcome. Many Hands Many Meals is all about bringing families and communities together to serve the greater good.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on volunteer activity
 
Contact: Julie Kiefer, info@mh-mm.org. Sign-up for volunteer shifts online
www.tonkamudrun4.mh-mm.org/, www.mh-mm.org/
 
 
Homeless Shelter Dinner Provider
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: We have many available dates, including weekdays and weekends; we'll find a date that works for you. Dinner is served at 7pm.
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Share a meal with Our Saviour's Housing! Their Emergency Shelter is home to 40 homeless adults every night of the year, and they rely on volunteers like you to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. Volunteers are needed who are able to purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for 40 adults. There is a full kitchen that your family or group is welcome to use. This opportunity is best suited for groups of 4 to 8, though groups of up to 12 may serve. Your group will also be able to sit down and enjoy dinner with residents. Families, congregations, co-workers, or friends can join together for a fun and fulfilling evening!

Ages: All ages are welcome with adult supervision. Our Saviour's Housing is a small, peaceful shelter with a strong community feeling!
 
Time Commitment: Groups usually spend a total of one to two and one-half hours on-site, plus any off-site meal preparation time.
 
Contact: Rachel, Volunteer Coordinator 612.872.4193x2 or volunteer@oshousing.org
www.oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Cooks for Kids Meal Providers
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
 
Date/Time: Volunteers serve dinner everyday at 6pm; brunch is also served on Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Volunteers typically arrive two - three hours earlier in order to get everything prepped and ready. All food must be prepared on-site or in a commercial kitchen.
 
Location: Four metro locations.

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 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.

Ages: Families with children 14 and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One time or recurring
 
Contact: Marlee Landsburg, mlandsburg@rmhtwincities.org, 612.767.2794
www.rmhtwincities.org

 
Prepare and Share a Shelter Meal
St. Stephen's Human Services
 
Date/Time: Daily, 6:30 - 8pm. Check calendar for available dates.
 
Location: St. Stephen's Emergency Shelter, 2211 Clinton Avenue So, Minneapolis

Meal groups are in charge of planning, purchasing, preparing, and serving a meal for approximately 55 people, usually on a fixed day of the month (i.e. 2nd Thursday or 3rd Saturday). This is a fantastic opportunity for small groups and families. Kids are welcome! The ideal group size is three to six individuals.

Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Dinner is served nightly at 7pm. Most groups prepare the meal off-site and then arrive around 6:15 or 6:30pm for additional prep time or to reheat dishes.
 
Contact: Tess at TGehring@ststephensmpls.org, 612.879.7627
www.ststephensmpls.org
 
 
Sort and Repack Food
Second Harvest Heartland
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Please check calendar for availability. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to check in, hang up coats, and lockup items such as purses in our individual lockers for your convenience. 
 
Location: 325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

Volunteers repackage bulk foods such as pasta or cereal into consumer size packages, sort and salvage damaged products or food items, sort food from food drives and donations, or label cans. Repackaged items go to nearly 1,000 partner agencies, including food shelves and feeding programs that serve our hungry neighbors. This position requires that you are able to stand for several hours. If you or somebody in your party needs to sit for the shift, there are stools without backs available. Click here for more information about youth volunteering. Dress in comfortable clothing, such as a t-shirt or sweatshirt and jeans or shorts.
Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes - no sandals! Any volunteer who arrives without closed toe shoes will be asked to wear shoes that we will provide.

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 and a half hours
 
Contact: 651.282.0901 or volunteer@2harvest.org. Registration is available online.
www.2harvest.org
 
 
FroYo Run
Children's Tumor Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 17. Shifts are three to four hours; shifts start as early as 5am and run as late as 11am.
 
Location: Normandale Lake Park, 5901 W 84th S, Bloomington

The Children's Tumor Foundation helps fund programs that improve the quality of care and promote medical treatment to all residents of the Twin Cities area. The FroYo Run - Twin Cities benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of different tasks. Click here to learn more. All volunteers will receive a complimentary frozen yogurt and a volunteer t-shirt.
 
Ages: Families with children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer together. Volunteers under age 18 need to have a completed waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hour shifts
 
Contact: Matt, 303.345.5969, matt@xrlevents.com. Registration is available online.
www.thefroyorun.com/twin-cities/

 
 
Host a Fundraiser
 
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
 
Location: Anywhere in your community
 

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

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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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June 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends
 
Date/Time: Specific dates in July and August
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN

Families with up to 7 members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) will assist during camp depending 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. Onsite housing and meals are provided at no cost.
 
Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August.

Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org, 952.697.2286
www.truefriends.org  
 
 
Summer Meal Program 2016
Neighbors, Inc.
 
Date/Time:  Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August
 
Location(s): 
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul
  • Moreland Elementary School, 217 W Moreland Ave, West St. Paul
  • Somerset Elementary School, 1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights
  • South Saint Paul High School, 700 2nd Street N, South Saint Paul
Children need proper nutrition to learn and stay active. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. This is a perfect service opportunity for workplaces, churches, community groups, families, and individuals looking for fun opportunities to help their community. 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. Your support will provide students a healthy meal to get them through their day!
 
Ages: Minimum age is 5. Volunteers 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. This is not an appropriate activity for children younger than 5 years old.
 
Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift
 
Contact: Scott, 651-272-1136 or scott@neighborsmn.org. Registration is available online
www.neighborsmn.org
 
 
Homeless Shelter Dinner Provider
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: There are many available dates, including weekdays and weekends; they will find a date that works for you! Dinner is served at 7pm
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Share a meal with Our Saviour's Housing! Their Emergency Shelter is home to 40 homeless adults every night of the year, and they rely on volunteers like you to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. Volunteers are needed who are able to purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for 40 adults. There is a full kitchen that your family or group is welcome to use. This opportunity is best suited for groups of 4 to 8, though groups of up to 12 may serve. Your group will also be able to sit down and enjoy dinner with residents. Families, congregations, co-workers, or friends can join together for a fun and fulfilling evening!

Ages: All ages are welcome with adult supervision. Our Saviour's Housing is a small, peaceful shelter with a strong community feeling!
 
Time Commitment: Groups usually spend a total of one to two and one-half hours on-site, plus any off-site meal preparation time.
 
Contact: Rachel, Volunteer Coordinator 612.872.4193x2 or volunteer@oshousing.org
www.oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Food Packers
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Date/Time:
 Ongoing opportunities Monday through Saturday with five packing shifts per day. See website for details.
 
Location: FMSC has three Minnesota locations: Chanhassen, Coon Rapids and Eagan.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has tackled world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries. These meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. In 2015, FMSC welcomed more than 1 million volunteers to pack more than 270 million meals through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program. The Minnesota-based charity spends 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 10 consecutive years. During your volunteer packing session you will be participating in an assembly line process. With the help of volunteers, dry ingredients are poured into bags; the bags are weighed and sealed, then boxed and put onto pallets. Volunteers that are unable to stand for long periods of time are welcome to sit at tables and label bags. Packing sessions include a brief orientation and video followed by packing instructions. Packing shifts conclude with a short closing. During that time you will learn how many meals you and your fellow volunteers have packed.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer with adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Daytime shifts are two hours and evening shifts are 90 minutes.
 
Contact: registration@fmsc.org. Registration is available online
www.fmsc.org
 
 
Grow the Garden
Senior Community Services
 
Date/Time: Assist one-time or adopt a garden for the season
 
Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior lives.

You can help make someone's Grandma or Grandpa proud of their yard while you 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.

Ages: Families with children ages seven and older.
 
Time Commitment: One-time or adopt a garden until it freezes.
 
Contact: Jeanne, SCS HOME Program Volunteer Coordinator, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894. Please note that we reserve dates first come, first served with at least a two-week advanced notice due to logistics.
www.seniorcommunity.org
 
 
Prairie Restoration
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: South Washington Conservation Corridor, 5900 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. Click here for directions.

Volunteers at this event will get a chance to enjoy lush prairie and the breeze off rolling hills as they plant wildflowers and shrubs in this restored section of the South Washington Conservation Corridor. This 80-acre parcel is part of a larger greenway in the watershed that provides critical native habitat, flood storage, and will soon include regional trails.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer; an adult must supervise children under 12.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Katie McCann, 651.272.3989, kmccann@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.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 30+ 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: Tara Kumar, 612.623.3363, tara@meals-on-wheels.com
www.meals-on-wheels.com
 
 
Lebanon Hills Regional Park Stewardship Family Nights
Dakota County Parks
 
Date/Time: Thursday, June 9, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Click here for driving directions.

Dakota County Parks, along with Wilderness in the City, hosts a monthly natural resources work night at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Join us to perform vital natural resources restoration projects in various parts of the park!

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer; children 15 and under must be supervised by a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us, 651.438.4635. Pre-registration is required and available online. Our meeting location and activity will be determined and emailed to you a few days before the event date.
www.dakotacounty.us/parks

 
 
Take - A - Kid Fishing
Dakota County Parks
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, noon - 4:30pm
 
Location: Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East, West St. Paul. Click here for driving directions.

Catch some quality time with a child in your life. Bring your own pole or borrow one at the park. There will be lots of hands-on fishing stations to practice tying knots, casting, baiting a hook and more. Multiple opportunities to volunteer are available which range from fishing to event assistance.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer; children 15 and under must be supervised by a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Four and one-half hours
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us, 651.438.4635. Registration is available online.
www.dakotacounty.us/parks

 
Family Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm and Saturdays, 9:30am - 11:30am
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to Open Arms clients and help 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! All new volunteers (including children with a supervising adult) must attend an orientation.
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. After you've attended a new volunteer orientation, you may sign up for as few or as many shifts you'd like. There is no minimum time commitment.
 
Contact: Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application  
Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Family Gardening at Open Farms
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Wednesday evening and Saturday opportunities are available.
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Youth are welcome to have some fun digging in the dirt at any of our three organic urban farm plots! Help weed, water, and plant the food that is used to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for our clients.
 
Ages: Families with children ages 6-15 years old are welcome to volunteer. Click here for more information on age requirements and adult to youth ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours per shift. After you've completed volunteer orientation, you may sign up for as few or as many shifts you'd like. There is no minimum time commitment.
 
Contact: Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application  
Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
www.openarmsmn.org

 
Food Drive at the Wedge Community Co-op
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: Saturday or Sunday, June 18 and 19. Shifts are from 10am -12:30pm, 12:30 -3:30 pm, and 3:30 - 6pm
 
Location: The Wedge Community Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Ave S.

Help restock The Aliveness Project food shelf and have lots of fun! Volunteers are needed to hand out flyers to shoppers outside of the Wedge to collect food shelf items. Each shift will be led by an Aliveness staff member who will have all of the materials and information you will need. 

Ages: Any age, as long as accompanied by an adult
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hour shift
 
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Coordinator, 612.822.7946 ext. 221, laura@aliveness.org
www.aliveness.org
 
 
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: All summer long
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
 
Ages: Preschool to teen
 
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodogether.org
 
 
DGT™ Workshops & Presentations
 
Want to have a unique parenting workshop that could result in ongoing good in the community? DGT™ offers workshops on a variety of topics for parent groups and more. Feedback from these events shows 100% satisfaction, with 96% saying they believe the lessons learned will result in real differences in their family and community. For larger audiences, we offer presentations too! Learn more about our Workshops & Presentations today!  
 
 

 

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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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May 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends
 
Date/Time: Specific dates in July and August
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN, or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN

Families with up to 7 members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) will assist during camp depending 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. Onsite housing and meals are provided at no cost.
 
Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August.

Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org, 952.697.2286
www.truefriends.org  

 
Garlic Mustard Pulls
Three Rivers Park District
 
Date/Time: Friday, May 6 or Saturday, May 7, 9am - noon, Silverwood Park; Friday, May 20 or Saturday, May 21, 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! Click here for more information.
 
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 in these service events.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Volunteer@threeriversparkdistrict.org, 763.559.6706. Advance registration is required; online registration preferred
www.threeriversparks.org
 
 
Arbor Day and Community Tree Planting
Tree Trust & the City of St. Louis Park
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 9am - noon
 
Location: Bass Lake Park, 3450 Glenhurst Ave, St. Louis Park

Come help plant 100 trees in Bass Lake Preserve. The City of St. Louis Park and Tree Trust, a St. Louis Park nonprofit, have once again partnered to plant trees in St. Louis Park as part of our Arbor Day Celebration. Bass Lake Preserve is in the process of being re-vegetated with native plants and is in need of more diverse trees and your help!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Tate Vaughan, tate.vaughan@treetrust.org, 952.767.3919
www.treetrust.org
 
 
Stamp out Hunger
Second Harvest Heartland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 2:30 - 6pm
 
Location: Volunteers are needed at the following Cub Stores:
  • 8421 Lyndale Ave. South, Bloomington
  • 10520 France Ave. South, Bloomington
  • 8690 E Point Douglas Rd, Cottage Grove
  • 3550 Vicksburg Lane North, Plymouth
  • 1177 Clarence Ave, St. Paul
  • Sun Ray, 2197 Hudson Road, St. Paul
Second Harvest Heartland is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers and Cub Foods to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food drive: Stamp Out Hunger. Volunteers will help by loading 10-pound grocery bags from letter carriers' vehicles into a Second Harvest Heartland truck. Not able to volunteer? Everyone can participate by leaving a bag of non-perishable, non-breakable, non-expired food items at your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 14.

Ages: Families with children ages eight and older are welcome to join the fun!
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Jess Swanson, jswanson@2harvest.org. Registration is available online.
www.2harvest.org
 
 
Twin Cities Heart Walk
American Heart Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 7am - 1pm. The walk begins at 8:45.
 
Location: Target Field, Minneapolis

The Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. It is a time of celebration for those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the needed to fund life-saving research and education, advocate for health and save lives! Volunteers are needed to cheer on walkers crossing the finish line.
 
Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Jenni Isenhower, jenni.isenhower@heart.org
www.TwinCitiesHeartWalk.org

 
Gardening Enthusiasts
Tubman
 
Date/Time: Flexible, once a week or every two weeks starting in late April
 
Location: 3111 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, or 4432 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis

Come make Tubman's garden beautiful! At Tubman, we help more than 40,000 adults and children get the support and information they need to reach their full potential for safe, healthy, stable lives. Come help us brighten our corner of Minneapolis by maintaining a flower garden for our clients and neighbors to enjoy. We need volunteers to take on spring cleanup, planting, and general maintenance. Bring your creativity and garden tools (or use our garden tools!) This opportunity is perfect for families, a group of families, scouts, or any gardening enthusiast in search of a garden!

Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!
 
Time Commitment: An hour or two for cleanup and planting at the start of the gardening season and then a quick visit for watering and some light weeding.
 
Contact:  Joanie, at jbraun@tubman.org or 612.767.6680
www.tubman.org
 
 
Plant Native Shrubs and Wildflowers in the Oak Savanna
Friends of the Mississippi River
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Minneapolis River Gorge, Minneapolis

Just off the main path along the Minneapolis riverfront lies a surprisingly beautiful and rare oak savanna and woodlands. This area includes the highest quality plant communities remaining in the River Gorge, including a mesic prairie and a remnant oak brushland/woodland undergoing restoration to oak savanna. At this event, volunteers will work closely with FMR ecologist Alex Roth and local River Gorge Steward ecologist Carolyn Carr to plant native shrubs, trees and wildflowers. These native plants will provide habitat - for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife - and help filter pollution from runoff waters before it can enter the Mississippi River. Tools and gloves will be provided

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Capacity is limited and preregistration is required. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Spring Into Service
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 9am - noon
 
Location: Sites are located throughout the St. Croix Valley.

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 100-200 volunteers annually, assisting with a variety of projects to help nonprofits better serve the St. Croix Valley. You can choose the project that most interests you. Sign up today!
 
Ages: The minimum age to volunteer is eight. Check individual opportunities under the Needs section for additional age requirements
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Paige Stein, 651.439.7434, Paige@CommunityThreadMN.org. Register online at www.CommunityThreadConnect.org by May 8.
www.communitythreadmn.org
 
 
Summer Meal Program 2016
Neighbors, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August
 
Location(s):  Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul
Moreland Elementary School, 217 W Moreland Ave, West St. Paul
Somerset Elementary School, 1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights
South Saint Paul High School, 700 2nd Street N, South Saint Paul

Children need proper nutrition to learn and stay active. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. This is a perfect service opportunity for workplaces, churches, community groups, families, and individuals looking for fun opportunities to help their community. 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. Your support will provide students a healthy meal to get them through their day!

Ages: Minimum age is 5. Volunteers 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. This is not an appropriate activity for children younger than 5 years old.
 
Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift
 
Contact: Scott, 651-272-1136 or scott@neighborsmn.org. Registration is available online
www.neighborsmn.org
 
 
Get Involved with The Family Partnership!
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Christy, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600. Please contact Christy prior to starting a project.
 
Location: Contact Christy for donation locations
 
The mission of the Family Partnership is to build strong families, vital communities, and better futures for children. Here are five ways you and your family can help their clients:
  1. Assemble Healthy Snack Bags: Volunteers are needed to assemble healthy snack bags for the hundreds of children, teens, and adults served each day at The Family Partnership's five locations and four drop-in childcare sites. Click here for snack bag directions.
  2. Decorate Journals for Teens and Adults: Journaling can be a very powerful therapeutic tool. Volunteers are needed to make journals for clients of The Family Partnership. You can take a composition book or spiral notebook and turn it into a journal by decorating the cover. Your family or group could assemble journals from scratch if you have a spiral binding machine.
  3. Make Stress Balls: The Family Partnership counseling services help people struggling with a wide range of challenges: abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss and life transitions. Stress balls help their clients focus. You and your family can help by making and donating these stress balls. Click here for directions on how to make stress balls.
  4. Provide Calendars for Clients: The Family Partnership provides calendars to give to youth and adults clients so they can keep track of meetings, appointments, homework assignments, etc. Almost any kind of calendar would be fine but a monthly wall-type calendar or a one-week- on-a-page planner type calendar would be ideal.
  5. Coloring books and crayons: Collect and donate coloring books and crayons for clients of The Family Partnership. Please don't include coloring books that are religious or that could be considered offensive.
Interested in other ways to get involved? Click here for 20 Ways to Get Involved with The Family Partnership. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, depending on project
 
Contact: Christy, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600
www.thefamilypartnership.org
 
 
Lebanon Hills Garlic Mustard Challenge
Dakota County Parks
 
Date/Time: Three training sessions will be offered: Tuesday, May 3, 6 - 8pm, Thursday, May 5, 6 - 8pm, and Saturday, May 14, 9 - 11am. Following the training, volunteers are encouraged to continue to pull garlic mustard in the park through June 15.
 
Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan

During this event, volunteers will learn about why garlic mustard is a threat to our native ecosystems, how to identify this invasive woodland weed, and how to pull it. Following a brief training, you'll work alongside Dakota County staff and other volunteers to hone your skills and prepare for the Garlic Mustard Challenge. After completing the training, you're encouraged to take the Garlic Mustard Challenge - commit to spending an additional six hours pulling garlic mustard in the park before June 15. Worried about the time commitment? Team up with friends and family to meet this goal, and remember that every little bit helps!

Ages: Families are welcome! Youth under the age of 12 will need an attentive adult to help them learn to identify and properly pull this plant.
 
Time Commitment: Minimum of two hours, although volunteers are encouraged to give additional hours as their schedule allows.
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us or 651.438.4635
www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/
 
 
Host Families for High School International Exchange Students
International Student Exchange
 
Date/Time: Students arrive in August and January, and stay five months, ten months or one year and attend local public high schools.
 
Location: Your home and community

ISE 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. Host families are expected to provide basic room and board. Students coming to the United States through ISE will arrive with spending money and health insurance. Students may share a room with siblings of the same sex. International students are between the ages of 15 and 18 ½. Host families are assigned a supervising area representative to help you through the entire process from beginning to end. The supervising representative will be with you every step of the way providing extensive guidance and support during the student's exchange program.

Ages: Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome. An adult over the age of 25 must be part of the household.
 
Time Commitment: Five months, ten months or one year.
 
Contact: Lisa, 800.766.4656x103 for additional information or referral to a local representative. Click here for the link to becoming a host family.
www.iseusa.org
 
 
Download DGT's Feelings Flashcards and Play Empathy-Building Games
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Download and print our Feelings Flashcards and use them to play a variety of games that help kids of all ages recognize and converse about different emotions.
 
Ages: Preschool on up
 
Time Commitment: Games will take 15 to 60 minutes.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
 
Planning a school, family, or faith group event? Make it a chance to do good for others!  Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fairs allow groups of all ages to serve others in a two-hour fair-style experience. Attendees come together to do simple and fun hands-on projects that benefit Twin Cities nonprofit organizations. You pick the place and date, and we can help coordinate! Contact Nassim at Nassim@doinggoodtogether.org to get started.

 

 

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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. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2016 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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April 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Celebrate!
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Thursday, April 14, 5:30-8:30pm
 
Location: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. South, Minneapolis

Join us as we celebrate creating ripples of kindness and building family traditions of caring at our annual fundraising event. 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
  • Silent auction
  • Wine raffle
  • DGT™ Service Project Stations
  • Fun and fundraising games
  • Live music by Members of The Melvilles
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. Our online auction will open March 31. All proceeds will be used to support our mission - providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families raise kind, service-minded children.

Thank you to Volunteers of America - Minnesota and Wisconsin for generously sponsoring this event!
 

Ages:
 Most suitable for adults
 
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 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

 
 
Gardening Enthusiasts
Tubman
 
Date/Time: Flexible, once a week or every two weeks starting in late April
 
Location: 3111 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 or 4432 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis

Come make Tubman's garden beautiful! At Tubman, we help more than 40,000 adults and children get the support and information they need to reach their full potential for safe, healthy, stable lives. Come help us brighten our corner of Minneapolis by maintaining a flower garden for our clients and neighbors to enjoy. We need volunteers to take on Spring cleanup, planting, and general maintenance.  Bring your creativity and garden tools (or use our garden tools!) This opportunity is perfect for families, a group of families, scouts, or any gardening enthusiast in search of a garden!
 
Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!
 
Time Commitment: An hour or two for cleanup and planting at the start of the gardening season and then a quick visit for watering and some light weeding.
 
Contact: Joanie, jbraun@tubman.org or 612.767.6680
www.tubman.org
 
 
Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: April 23, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway, Minneapolis

This family-friendly Earth Day tradition provides an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. Friends of the Mississippi River have returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! To participate, simply show up at either E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway to sign-in with FMR staff.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org. Advanced registration for this event is not required; however, if you have a group of 10-20 people, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org or 651.222.2193 x31. For groups of 20+ please contact Erika Chua, echua@minneapolisparks.org or 612.230.6479 to be assigned a location that will better fit your group size.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Spring Fling
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 15. There are three shifts:
  • Setup crew: 3 - 5:30 pm
  • Event crew: 5 - 8:30 pm
  • Strike crew: 7 - 9:30 pm
Location: SteppingStone Theatre, 55 Victoria St, St. Paul

Spring Fling is a one of a kind special event with six family-friendly "mini" performances throughout SteppingStone's space, and an opening night performance of The Learning Fairy on our main stage. There are hors d'oeuvres and treats with each performance, plus a live auction featuring some super cool family adventures!
  • "Living Sculpture Garden" (Lower Lobby) featuring an outdoor art installation, featuring SteppingStone Theatre students
  • "Seussical Scamper Dance" (Studio Space) featuring Dane Stauffer and Sossy Mechanics Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan.
  • "Big Baby Beats" (CornerStone Classroom) featuring Carnage the Executioner (Terrell Woods), retelling classic fairy tales infused with Hip-Hop.
  • "Adventures of Little Lu" (Main Lobby)- featuring the work of Liz Schachterle in a visual fantasy sequence in the Pillow Fort, an installation in our lobby.
  • "Fanciful Flights"(Main Lobby)- featuring Kurt Hunter's marionette performance.
  • Main Stage Performance- Open Eye Figure Theatre's The Learning Fairy Created by Zoe Sommers Haas.
Ages: All adults and children 12 and up
 
Time Commitment:  Varies, depending on shift
 
Contact: Lindsey Countryman, lindsey@steppingstonetheatre.org
www.steppingstonetheatre.org
 
 
Love In(Deed)
Wooddale Church
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 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. Now you can preregister for the site you like best! Each person in your group must be present by 9am the morning of the event or your spot will be opened for others to register. Limits are set for volunteers based on the project and organization. Some spots will be kept available for those who show up the morning of the event.
 
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
 
 
Rake the Leaves Spring Yard Cleanup
HOME Program of Senior Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: Seasonal: starting late March (depending upon the weather). Cleanup 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 cleanup 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
 
 
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 29, noon-4pm
 
Location: Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, 69 E Jenks Ave, Saint Paul. Be sure to watch for yellow Great River Greening directional and parking signs.

Assist in the third year of restoration on this 42-acre nature sanctuary by planting trees and shrubs along the day lighted Trout Brook. Volunteers continue to work toward transforming this former brownfield into a beautiful sanctuary with prairie, wetlands, streams, and trails - all right in the heart of the city!
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org or 651.665.9500, ext. 11. Pre-registration is required
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
2016 Citywide Spring Cleanup
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 9 - 11:30am
 
Location(s):
  • Como Dockside, 1360 N Lexington Pkwy
  • Frogtown Farm Park, 662 N Victoria St
  • Hamline Park, 1564 Lafond Ave
  • Harriet Island - Kelley's Landing, 200 Justus Ohage Blvd
  • Highland Picnic Pavilion, 1200 Montreal Ave
  • Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Dr
  • Swede Hollow Park, Intersection of Greenbrier St. and Margaret St.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers gather across Saint Paul for the Citywide Spring Cleanup to pick up garbage that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. 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: Brad Meyer, brad.meyer@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651.894.3258. Pre-register online, and then drop by your selected cleanup site any time between 9 and 11:30 am, on Saturday, April 23rd to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then, head out and clean up the park or neighborhood of your choice.
www.stpaul.gov/
 
 
Celebrate Earth Day!
City of Minneapolis
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 23, 9:30-noon
 
Location: Click here for a listing of Minneapolis Earth Day cleanup sites. Arrive at any site between 9:30 a.m.-noon and check in at the registration table.

The goal of Earth Day Cleanup is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, and Minnehaha Creek. In past years, volunteers have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks. It's easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required! A site coordinator will give you gloves and bags, and tell you where to go and where to leave the trash. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, though there will be some gloves available for volunteers who need them. Check in at the registration table to get a bag and instructions indicating 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. Volunteers can arrive at anytime between 9:30 and noon.
 
Contact: Erica Chua, Community Outreach Event Coordinator, 612.230.6479 or echua@minneapolisparks.org
www.minneapolisparks.org/
 
 
Service Day Saturday
City of Savage
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 10am - 3pm
 
Location: Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, Savage

Complete fun and meaningful kid-friendly service projects in honor of Global Youth Service Day at Savage's Service Day Saturday. Participants will learn about the needs of local nonprofit organizations while also enjoying complimentary face painting and chair massages. Volunteers can also help those in need by dropping off donations of non-perishable food items, gently used books and toys, brown paper grocery bags, and other items at Savage City Hall on Saturday, or at the Savage Library during the week prior to the event. Groups and individuals may choose to plan their own service projects for the day, and then share the results of their efforts online.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Stay for as little or as long as you'd like
 
Contact: servicedaysaturday@gmail.com, 952.882.2660
www.servicedaysaturday.wix.com/savage
 
 
Global Youth Service Day
Minnesota Alliance With Youth
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2 - 5pm
 
Location: Southdale Center, Edina
 
Come celebrate youth at this year's Global Youth Service Day event at Southdale Center in Edina. This is a family friendly and FREE event; celebrating youth service in Minnesota. There will be onsite service projects for everyone to plug into and support themes of health, education, and community building, as well as diverse youth performances all afternoon! You and your family are invited to come to serve, be inspired by youth performances from across Minnesota, and be energized by the impact youth make all year through service!
 
Ages: This is a great event for youth of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours
 
Contact: randerson@mnyouth.net. Learn more at www.mnyouth.net/work/gysd/
www:mnyouth.net/

 
 
Seeds for Change
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Seeds can be sent to one of the locations on the Family-to-Family Seeds for Change page

You and your family can help a family in need to grow their own food by starting a collection of seed packets. You can raise money through a yard sale or a bake sale and purchase the seeds from your local gardening or hardware store. Visit the Doing Good Together Send Seeds for Change Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.family-to-family.org
 
 

Have you and your family worked on a Project of the Month from our monthly listings? Please tell us about it using our Good Stories form!  Here's a quote from Noah who participated in the Assemble CWS Kits project:

"I bet in the places the [Syrian] refugees have to stay, they don't have a school, so they need the same things I do like notebooks and pencils."

Noah's mom added: "This was a great project for Noah for two reasons: First, he has been very interested and concerned about the Syrian refugees, so it was nice to have something proactive for him to do; and second, he loves his schooling so much, the idea that refugees would not have the supplies to keep doing their schooling was very upsetting to him. With this project, he was able to help. "
 

 

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

                                                                                                     © 2016 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Sent by mail@doinggoodtogether.org in collaboration with
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March 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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March 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
Minnesota FoodShare
March Campaign Drive
 
Date/Time: Bring your food and/or cash donations to your local food shelf prior to April 1
 
Location: Your local food shelf
 
March is Minnesota Food Share month. Each March since 1982, Minnesota FoodShare has directed the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state. Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during 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. If you'd like to deepen your food drive experience, consider purchasing DGT's Help the Hungry curriculum for your family or group.
 
Ages: Your entire family can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
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
 
 
Usher
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
 
Date/Time: Available dates and shifts:
  • Thursday, March 10, 6 - 8:30pm
  • Friday, March 11, 6 - 8:30pm
  • Saturday, March 12, 2 - 4:30pm and 6 - 8:30pm
  • Sunday, March 13, 2 - 4:30pm
  • Thursday, March 17, 6 - 8:30pm
Location: 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul

Help your local nonprofit theatre by volunteering as an usher! "Kickin' It Irish" is a presentation of O'Shea Irish Dance, based in St. Paul. It is a Riverdance- style, musical performance that's sure to entertain the whole family. SteppingStone Theatre is looking for ushers for weekend performances of "Kickin' It Irish". As a thank you for your time, you can attend the performance for FREE! No previous experience is necessary, just a positive attitude.
 
Ages: Volunteers need to be at least eight years old
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Lindsey Countryman, 651.225.9265
www.steppingstonetheatre.org
 
 
Volunteer Day!
Simon Says Give
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 26, shifts between 10am and 1pm
 
Location: 3440 Federal Drive Suite 101 Eagan
 
On the fourth Saturday of each month Simon Says Give provides an opportunity for kids and adults to volunteer. We believe kids want to get involved in helping other kids but don't know where to start. Simon Says Give gives you that chance to volunteer and makes it easy for children and parents to do so.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate; there are projects for all ages.
 
Time Commitment: One or more hours
 
Contact: info@simonsaysgive.org, 888-470-7523. Registration is available online
www.simonsaysgive.org
 
 
Make Play Doh
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Christy, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600, to arrange a drop-off time
 
Location: Play Doh batches can be dropped off at any Family Partnership location
 
Children who are in therapy and at the Family Partnership's two preschool centers use play doh nearly every day, so they go through dozens of batches a month. Making play doh is an easy and fun project you can do as a family. Feel free to make as much or little as you want!

No Cook Instructions
  • 3 cups flour (start with 3 and add a little more as needed)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 cups very hot water
  • 2 packets unsweetened kool-aid (bright colors work best, generic brands are fine)
  1. Mix dry ingredients (except kool-aid) together.
  2. Mix oil and water and then mix in the kool-aid until it dissolves.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix and knead. Add more flour as needed. It should be soft but not runny or stick to your hands.
  4. Divide this batch into thirds and store each third in a sandwich size zip lock bag. Please label each bag and store in your fridge until you deliver it.
Sample Label
Play Doh (For playing, Not eating)
Ingredients include:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 packets unsweetened kool-aid
Made by [insert your name here] with Love!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Christy Kramer, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600
www.TheFamilyPartnership.org
 
 
Donation Pickup for IOCP Food Shelf
IOCP (Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners)
 
Date/Time: Saturday mornings, between 9 and 11 am. One volunteer driver is also needed on Friday morning. Pick-up and delivery should take about one and one-half hours.
 
Location: Pickup donations at Minnetonka or Wayzata retail stores and deliver to IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

The IOCP Food Shelf is in need of volunteers to help pickup donations from local retailers (e.g. Target Minnetonka, Target Ridgedale, Lunds Wayzata) and deliver the donations to the food shelf on Saturday mornings. Volunteers generally use their personal vehicles (a car, SUV or van is usually okay as long as trunk space is available) or have the option of utilizing the IOCP van.

Ages: All ages. An adult with a vehicle needed.
 
Time Commitment: One to four times per month; about one and one-half hours each time.
 
Contact: Pat Felker, pfelker@iocp.org, 763.489.7530
www.iocp.org
 
 
Gardening Enthusiasts
Tubman
 
Date/Time: Flexible, once a week or every two weeks starting in late April
 
Location: 3111 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, or 4432 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis

Come make Tubman's garden beautiful! At Tubman, we help more than 40,000 adults and children get the support and information they need to reach their full potential for safe, healthy, stable lives. Come help us brighten our corner of Minneapolis by maintaining a flower garden for our clients and neighbors to enjoy. We need volunteers to take on Spring clean-up, planting, and general maintenance. Bring your creativity and garden tools (or use our garden tools!) This opportunity is perfect for families, a group of families, scouts, or any gardening enthusiast in search of a garden!
 
Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!
 
Time Commitment: An hour or two for cleanup and planting at the start of the gardening season and then quick visits for watering and some light weeding.
 
Contact: Joanie, jbraun@tubman.org, 612-767-6680
www.tubman.org
 
 
Stomp the Streets Food Drive
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)
 
Date/Time: Donations should be delivered to IOCP during the month of March to count toward the IOCP Prevent Hunger campaign.
 
Location: Your neighborhood and community. Deliver food donations to IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

Engage your family in a neighborhood food drive to support the IOCP food shelf! Design a flyer listing the food shelf's most needed items, attach it to a grocery bag, drop the bags off with your neighbors and let them know when you'll be back to pick it up (hopefully full of our most needed items!). With their help, you'll be able to supply the food shelf with much more than you could on your own.

Ages: All ages can participate. Kids are often the most successful in this activity!
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks lerstad-hicks@iocp.org, 763.489.7506
www.iocp.org
 
 
Make Sure Everyone Has the Benefit of Clean Clothes!
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)
 
Date/Time: Flexible. Can be done on your own time and then delivered to IOCP year-round. 

Location: IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth
 
Want an easy volunteer project to do with your family, friends or school that will make a difference in the lives of low-income families? Have fun together while you work to repackage dry laundry detergent into smaller containers for distribution to low-income families and seniors visiting the IOCP food shelf. Food support (i.e. SNAP or "food stamps") doesn't cover the cost of laundry detergent so many families go without. Contact IOCP for detailed instructions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact:  Liz Erstad-Hicks lerstad-hicks@iocp.org, 763.489.7506
www.iocp.org
 
 
Lunch Making Brigade for the Homeless!
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Flexible, can be done on your own time!
 
Location: 2219 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis

Our Emergency Shelter is home to 40 adults every night of the year, but we are closed during the day. Volunteers 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 for you to make lunches at our shelter!
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Rachel Kennedy - Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
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 welcome 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
 
 
Volunteer for Easter Lunch
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 27, 11am - 3pm, 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 to four hours
 
Contact: Georgia Afton, gafton@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0726. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.littlebrothersmn.org

 
 
Create Bags of Hope for Foster Children
Bags of Hope
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Find drop-off locations by contacting Missy at givingbagsofhope@gmail.com

Bags of Hope is committed to providing security and hope to children being placed in the foster care system. Many children are taken from their homes with all of their belongings in a trash bag. With your help Bags of Hope can ensure that all children entering the foster care system will be given a duffel bag of their own to help comfort them during this time of change. Each bag contains a homemade blanket, stuffed animal, toy and personal care items. These bags and the contents in them are sometimes the only items these children possess. Right now there are more than 11,000 children and youth in foster care in Minnesota. We want to give hope to all of these children and let them know they are loved. Together we can make a difference...one bag at a time!

Here are some ways you and your family can help:
  • Make tie blankets
  • Collect travel size toiletries (baby wipes, diaper cream, shampoo [tear-free for younger children], toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, body wash or soap, hair products-brushes, combs, hair ties/barrettes)
  • Organize a toy drive (stuffed animals, books, journals, crayons, markers, playing cards, cars, etc.)
  • Make pictures and cards that will be placed in each bag
Ages: Everyone can participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Missy, 612.805.6866, givingbagsofhope@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/givingbagsofhope

 
 
Empty Bowls
Community Fundraisers to Benefit Local Food Shelves
 
Date/Time: Variety of different days and 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.
 
Birthday Giving Project  
Family-To-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Contact birthdays@family-to-family.org to ask for the name of a shelter or pantry where you can deliver the birthday boxes or call your local food pantry to ask if they accept birthday in a box donations.
 
It's hard for many of us - adults or children - to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. Family-to Family's Birthday Giving Project is designed to help families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need, and at the same time gives children with "more" the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. You and your children can decorate and fill shoeboxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child. If you are making a lot of boxes, please make them for different ages!

Directions:
  • Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to.
  • Find a large sneaker-sized shoebox or party bag and buy the things needed for a party.
Include: 
  • Box of cake mix and a can of frosting
  • Birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • Wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • New or gently used children's book
  • Small $5-$10 gift appropriate to the age and gender of child.
  • Optional: goody bag filled with small surprises
Then:
  • Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
  • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately (so that even wrapped, the box can be opened), and fill the wrapped box with the birthday items.
  • If you want to give your recipient a chance to write you back, include a stamped postcard with your name, c/o Family to Family, P.O. Box 255, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. Then email kids@family-to-family.org, put "birthday postcards" in the subject line, say you may get a return postcard, and provide your name and address.
  • You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the box closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and "boy" or "girl". (For example, you might write "6-7 year old boy" or "10-11 year old girl".)
  • Ship or deliver the box(es) you've assembled
Visit the Doing Good Together Birthday Giving Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org or birthdays@family-to-family.org 
 
DGT™ FAMILY SERVICE FAIRS

Turn your next event into a chance to do good! Doing Good Together Family Service Fairs allow groups of all ages to serve others in a two-hour fair-style event. Attendees come together to do simple and fun hands-on projects that benefit non-profit organizations. You pick the place and date, and we can help coordinate! Contact Nassim at Nassim@doinggoodtogether.org to get started.

 

 

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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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February 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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February 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
JDRF One Walk 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 20. Check in starts at 7:30am. 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 one hour
 
Contact: Kara Fischer, kfischer@jdrf.org, 952.851.0770, Click for online registration information
www.jdrfwalktocurediabetes.org
 
 
Become a Blanketeer!
Project Linus
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Find drop-off locations on the Greater Twin Cities Project Linus website
 
The Greater Twin Cities Area, MN chapter of Project Linus provides handmade blankets to seriously ill or traumatized children in the Mpls/St. Paul area. Project Linus blanketeers provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages newborn-18. All blanket styles are needed in kid-friendly prints and colors- quilts, comforters, fleece, crocheted or knitted afghans, receiving blankets, and 36x45" cotton sheets for PICUs. Click here for blanket-making directions. The Greater Twin Cities Project Linus chapter (GTCA) provides handmade blankets to children-infants to teens-through charities and hospitals in and around the Twin Cities area, or directly to a child who has suffered a tragic loss. The GTCA Chapter has provided handmade blankets to over 36,376 children, from July 2006 through August 2015. The chapter collects blankets from volunteers who drop them off at one of our drop-off sites, or they mail the blankets to us. Once they receive the blankets, they are inspected at our Club Linus working meetings to make sure they meet the Project Linus blanket specifications, they are labeled, and then packed in large plastic bags for delivery.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Gail, coordinator@gtcaprojectlinus.org, 651.269.8852
https://sites.google.com/site/gtcaprojectlinus/Home
 
 
Love In(Deed)
Wooddale Church
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 6, 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. Now you can preregister for the site you like best! Each person in your group must be present to sign up officially by 9am the morning of the event or your spot will be opened for others to register. Limits are set for volunteers based on the project and organization. Some spots will be kept available for those who show up the morning of the event.
 
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. Preregistration is available online.
www.wooddale.org
 
 
Toss the Snow
Senior Community Services
 
Date/Time: Through the winter snow season
 
Location: Residents homes in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County
 
Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen's walkways and driveway. Volunteers will shovel after each one-inch or more snowfall, and sand or salt the homeowners walkways after ice storms. You'll need to bring your own shovel or snow blower but the resident will provide the warm smile.
 
Ages: Family teams are welcome; youth must be age seven or older and supervised by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: During the winter snow season when it snows more than one inch
 
Contact: Jeanne, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.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; currently there are February opportunities at the two St. Paul locations
 
After a long day in the hospital, a fully prepared meal served by friendly volunteers makes a huge impact families staying at a Ronald McDonald House. 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

 
 
Thrift Shop Volunteers
ARC Value Village
 
Date/Time: There are a variety of three-hour shifts available seven days a week
 
Location: Value Village has locations in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield, St. Paul, and Bloomington
 
Help sort, organize and get items ready for sale. Volunteers work together to unpack donations; hang and tag clothes; put price stickers on books, dishes and other hard goods; test small appliances to make sure they work, and more. Arc's Value Village supports 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 http://www.arcsvaluevillage.org/volunteer/, click the "Volunteer" button to browse the calendar for openings and sign up directly!
www.arcsvaluevillage.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: 612.326.3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org
Registration is available online - click here for dinner serving opportunities www.loavesandfishesmn.org
 
 
Connect the Dots: A Community Thread Speed Volunteering Initiative
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 13, 10am - noon
 
Location: Community Thread, 2300 W Orleans Street, Stillwater
 
Community Thread's Connect the Dots is a new community-wide event for volunteers of all ages, especially families. Teach the value of volunteerism to your children and strengthen our community by assembling supplies for local nonprofits. Supplies include kitchen packs, hygiene kits, and gift-wrapping sets. Volunteers will walk through a simple assembly line and put together packages. There will also be a coloring station for kids of all ages to express their artistic talent!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate. Adult supervision is required for volunteers 12 and under.
 
Time Commitment: Stop by for a few minutes or the full two hours. No prior registration is required.
 
Contact: Paige Stein, 651.439.7434 or Paige@CommunityThreadMN.org
www.communitythreadmn.org
 
 
Food Bag Decorating
Open Arms
 
Date/Time: First and third Saturday of every month. Come anytime between 10am and noon.
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis
 
Looking for ways to introduce your kids to helping others? Open Arms is hosting regular 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 two hours. Feel free to arrive and depart when needed during the shift.
 
Contact: Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org, 612.767.7343
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Teen Night at the Open Arms Kitchen
Open Arms
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 3, 5 - 7pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis
 
Open Arms is hosting an opportunity for teens to get into the Open Arms Kitchen. Whether you're an avid chef or new to cooking, you'll meet people your age who are interested in helping people and walk away with some new kitchen experience. There will be a quick training session and then you'll get to prepare and package meals alongside professional chefs in an industrial kitchen. Parents are welcome to drop kids off or hang out during the shift in our community space.
 
Ages: Youth 13 and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: For questions or to RSVP contact Maria at maria@openarsmn.org
www.openarmsmn.org

 
DIY Stress Balls
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Christy, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600, to arrange a drop-off time.
 
Location: Stress balls can be dropped off at any Family Partnership location
 
The Family Partnership provides counseling services for people struggling with a wide range of challenges: abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss and life transitions. Stress balls help their clients focus. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum of 10 stress balls. Follow these steps to make your stress balls:

1: Gather materials
  • Party balloons
  • Flour
  • Funnel
  • Scissors
2: Stretch the balloon
  • Using your mouth or a pump blow air into the balloon so that it inflates and stretches.
  • Let the air out of the balloon.
3: Fill the balloon with flour
  • Using your funnel fill the balloon with flour.
  • Make sure to be holding the end of the balloon tightly to avoid a mess.
  • Stop putting flour in the balloon when it reaches the neck.
  • Don't fill the neck.
  • Tie the top into a knot to stop the flour from getting out of the balloon.
4: Avoid a disaster
  • Take another balloon (it may be of a different color, the final result will not be affected) and cut most of the neck off using scissors.
  • Stretch the second balloon over the first one as a second layer.
  • The second layer will help prevent the dispersion of flour all over the place in the event a hole would appear.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Christy Kramer, ckramer@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600
www.TheFamilyPartnership.org

 
Give An Award
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you like
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Looking for an alternative to giving out valentines? Your children can celebrate someone they admire with a creative, homemade award. Help recognize the everyday heroes that inspire your family! Visit the Doing Good Together Give an Award project page for award ideas and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Please Join Us for A Benefit Celebrating
 Doing Good Together!
Save the Date: Thursday, April 14, 5:30-8:30pm
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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. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2016 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Sent by mail@doinggoodtogether.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

January 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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