December 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2016 - Twin Cities 

 
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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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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. 
                                                                            

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