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.


Learn more about
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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 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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