December 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Cookie Decorating Event
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 2, 11am - 3pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

Open Arms cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Looking for ways to introduce your kids to helping others? We're hosting our third annual cookie decorating event on Saturday, December 2, where you and your family can decorate cookies that will be sent out to clients. Join us for bag decorating, treats, and coffee following the event.

Ages: Families with children age seven and older are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Twenty minute shifts beginning at 11am
 
Contact: Email us at volunteer@openarmsmn.org to sign up for a shift! Please RSVP to volunteer@openarmsmn.org to reserve your spot in the kitchen between 11am-3pm.
openarmsmn.org
 
 
Holiday Food Drive
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners
 
Date/Time: Holiday food donations should be delivered by December 9
 
Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in eight west suburban Hennepin communities. IOCP provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food and clothing, housing, employment, childcare, transportation, and access to resources and healthy community connection. Your family can help make the holidays a joyous time for IOCP clients by donating special food items for their celebrations. Click here for a list of needed holiday food items.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Pat Felker, pfelker@iocp.org, 763.489.7500
www.iocp.org
 
 
Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays
Avivo (formerly known as RESOURCE)
 
Date/Time: Gifts should be delivered to Avivo by Tuesday, December 12.
 
Location: 1900 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Avivo empowers people to achieve greater personal, social, and economic success by providing employment, training, chemical health, and mental health services to the Twin Cities. Avivo 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 program 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 an Avivo program.
  • Information includes children's ages and gift ideas. 
  • Sponsors receive specific gift ideas, based on a $50-per-person guideline. Sponsors are not expected to purchase all suggestions, but can choose the ones that they prefer within the suggested $50/person guideline.  
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Courtney Flug, courtney.flug@avivomn.org or 612.752.8030
www.avivomn.org

 
 
Cookie Baking
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: Deliver to The Aliveness Project between Wednesday, December 13 and Monday, December 18. Specific drop off hours include:
  • Wednesday, December 13, 9am - 7pm
  • Thursday, December 14, 9am - 7pm
  • Friday, December 15, 9am - 4pm
  • Saturday, December 16, 11am - 1pm
  • Monday, December 18, 9am - 7pm
Location: The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue, 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: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
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
aliveness.org
 
 
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Link
 
Date/Time: Monday, December 11, 3:30 - 5pm
 
Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church 3930 Rahn Rd, Eagan

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. All too often youth and families in our programs go without food. We'd like to change that. Join us to prep frozen meals that will be distributed to youth and families when they need them. The Link has planned the recipe for this volunteer activity and volunteers will be making chicken burrito bowls and pancake bites. Individual volunteers sign up to bring one or more of the ingredients. Volunteers' ingredient contributions will come together to make one big impact for youth living in poverty.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Delivery requested by Friday, December 15, please contact Amy to schedule delivery time
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Our Saviour's Housing has three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 46 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 Amy for additional information.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, and can be put together at your own location!
 
Contact: Amy Hartman, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
 
 
Deliver Holiday Gifts
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: Friday, December 22, 8am - 3pm
 
Location: The Aliveness Project, 3808 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to deliver holiday gifts to 3-5 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. Enjoy a light meal on us!
 
Ages: All ages, but youth must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org, 612.822.7946, ext. 221
aliveness.org
 
 
Cook For Kids
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
 
Date/Time: We have meals three times a day, seven days a week, so it can work for anyone's schedule! Check our online calendar for shift availability
 
Location: 4544 4th Ave S, Minneapolis

The mission of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. Recruit a team of up to six people to purchase groceries, cook on site and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner to children at the Crisis Nursery. This is a great opportunity for your family to cook a meal for approximately 30 children, care provider staff, and volunteers.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. All volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours at the Nursery (includes prep, serving, eating and clean up), plus shopping time. This can be a one-time opportunity or an ongoing one.
 
Contact: Keith Johnson, kjohnson@crisisnursery.org. or 612.767.8483. For more information visit www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer or go directly to our application: www.crisisnursery.org/content/cook-kids-creative-snack-application
www.crisisnursery.org
 
 
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.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Bring Joy to Elders on Christmas Eve Day!
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Sunday, December 24. There are two or four-hour shifts available between 9am and 3pm
 
Location: Envision Event Center, 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale
 
Holiday meals hosted by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly are a time-honored tradition. This Christmas Eve day, we will bring together elders from throughout the Twin Cities with hundreds of volunteers who serve as drivers, kitchen crew members, servers, greeters, and more. Volunteers deliver hot meals to homebound elders as well. We have roles appropriate for all ages. Individuals, couples, families and small groups are welcome. Please note that background checks are required only for volunteers who choose roles that include driving our elders. The isolated elders in our community so look forward to these events - and so do our volunteers! We hope you'll join us.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. Please check the website descriptions for any minimum age requirements.
 
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
 
Contact: holidays@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.721.1400. Check the Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Holidays and Special Events page for more information and for specific online registration links.
www.littlebrothersmn.org
 
 
Holiday Countdown Basket
The Link
 
Date/Time: Collect items at Thanksgiving and throughout December.
 
Location: Once you've registered to participate you will receive information from The Link about drop-off times and locations.

Use this holiday season to give back! Volunteers can complete this volunteer project at home with their families. Each day during the month of December ADD an item that a youth or family could use into a container (laundry basket, bin, etc). Item ideas: kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, nonperishable food, laundry detergent, socks, sheets, towels, washcloths, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, gift cards. The Link will give the baskets to families in January in hopes of starting off the year with items they will need for their families.

Ages: Everyone can participate. This is a great opportunity to do with the whole family.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Click here to register for this opportunity.
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Holiday Helper
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
 
Date/Time: Gifts will be accepted Monday, November 20 - Monday, December 18. Gifts may be delivered 7 days a week:
  • Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 3pm
Location: 4544 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis
 
The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery works to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families. The Holiday Helper Program supports families who access the Nursery's services during the winter giving season. When you donate items from our Holiday Wish List you will be putting smiles on the faces of local families who may not otherwise be able to celebrate the season. Click here for the Holiday Helper wish list. You can also order directly from our Amazon Wish List.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 763. 591-0400
www.crisisnursery.org/
 
Help Brighten the Holidays for Others

Do you and your family want to find an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for others? Many local food shelves and other community organizations offer holiday food or toy programs to their clients. Here is a list of organizations you can contact to see how your family can help:
 
Christmas Committee (Anoka County) - Christmas Committee, Toys for Joy
Neighbors, Inc, (Dakota County) - Love Your Neighbor Holiday Program
360 Communities (Dakota County) - Armful of Love
CEAP (Anoka & Hennepin County) - Toys of Joy program
ResourceWest (Hennepin County) - Toy Chest
STEP (Hennepin County), Holiday Toy Drive
PRISM (Hennepin County), - Holiday Toy Shoppe
Good in the Hood (Hennepin County) - Holiday Help Campaign
Solid Ground (Ramsey & Hennepin) - Holiday Wish List
PROP (Hennepin County/Carver County) - Holiday Wishes
Community Action Partnership (Scott, Carver & Dakota Counties) - Hope for the Holidays
Sojourner Project (Hennepin County) - Holiday Gift Wish List
IOCP (Hennepin County) - Holiday Season Volunteer opportunities
Love Inc, (Wright County) - Holiday Sharing
Community Thread (Washington County) - Holiday Hope
 
 
Display a Kindness Quilt
Create a Kindness Quilt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home
 
During this busy holiday season sharing kind acts can be a wonderful way for your family to reconnect. Your family can take time to celebrate small acts of kindness with a paper quilt. Designed to accompany The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, this project will have your family doing a kind act, drawing a picture of it, and sharing it with one another in the form of a beautiful, continuously growing paper quilt. Find project templates and more information on the Doing Good Together Display a Kindness Quilt project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Just in time for Holiday Shopping... DGT™ debuts a SHOP KIND Store!

You've relied on DGT for tips, activities, book recommendations, and more. Now we have another resource to offer: our SHOP KIND Store. This online store now features a page of kindness-themed Amazon store items (because, yes, DGT is an Amazon Affiliate Advertiser). Coming soon: Another SHOP KIND page will be featuring like-minded organizations offering outstanding, mission-driven products. You'll be able to try these unique items for your next service project or when you're shopping for big-hearted gifts for yourself or others. We'll be launching soon and then continually adding more items, so revisit often to find something new. We think you'll like what we've found, and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions for more SHOP KIND products!
 

 

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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 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

November 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
DGT™ National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Friday, November 17, 5:30 - 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 centerpieces for Thanksgiving meals served by Open Arms to families struggling with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Making Boomerang Bags, fabric bags to donate and replace single use plastic bags at local co-ops, encouraging people to think about the impact plastic bags have on nature.
  • Decorating bookmarks to accompany donated books distributed by Books for Africa (bring new or gently used books of any kind to donate!)
  • Creating baby essentials for young families in crisis through Bundles of Love.
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 7:30 pm in the Market's Central Plaza, which features a wide variety of ethnic dinner options.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like any time between 5:30 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

 
Build-a-Dresser for Homeless Youth
The Link
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 1, 3 - 5pm
 
Location: 1931 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. We will be hosting a volunteer event to assemble dressers that will be used for youth and families transitioning out of homelessness. Volunteers who participate in this volunteer event will make a $25 dresser supplies donation to help make this project possible. Teams of two to three people build a dresser together. If you have a Philips screw driver, drill and/or hammer feel free to bring them along!

Ages: Volunteers must be 13 or older
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Many Hands Many Meals Packathon
Many Hands Many Meals (MH-MM)
 
Date/Time:  Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11. A variety of two-hour shifts are available.
 
Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior

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. Every November MH-MM holds an annual packathon. We recruit over a thousand volunteers to pack 350,000 life-saving meals. The food--a balanced mix of soy, rice, vegetables and vitamins--brings relief to those affected by wars, natural disasters, and systemic poverty. MH-MM believes that anyone can make a difference. Our food is packed by volunteers of all ages-kids too! Through our program, volunteers learn about hunger and how it affects communities around the world.
 
Ages: We encourage adults and children of all ages to pack, but we require a minimum of 1 adult to every 4 children age 12 and under to help our process run smoothly.
 
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts
 
Contact: Registration is available online. Questions? Contact info@mh-mm.org
 
 
Outreach Kit Assembly for Trafficked Youth
The Link
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 4 - 5:30pm
 
Location: 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake.

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. We will be hosting a volunteer event to assemble outreach kits that will be used during the 2018 Super Bowl to help youth who are trafficked or exploited. These kits will include: socks, underwear, sports bras, deodorant and more! Join us and help make 200 kits possible. Each volunteer who participates will make a minimum $25 supplies donation to help cover the cost of supplies for the outreach kits.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Creating Snack Packs for Elementary School Students
Valley Outreach
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 5 - 7pm
 
Location: 1901 Curve Crest Blvd W, Stillwater

The Valley Outreach Snack Pack program aims to alleviate hunger over the weekends for elementary school children. Through providing two days of supplemental food items - breakfast, lunch, and snack options - the Snack Pack program seeks to improve the health and wellness of local students. Volunteers are needed to assemble and box up snack packs. Come and help feed kids who don't get enough to eat over the weekends! This is a family-friendly opportunity! We need at least 4 volunteers and can take up to 12 volunteers per evening.

Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. We want families to do this together - kids helping other kids!
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Suzanne Lindquist, Volunteer Manager, 651.342.5559, suzanne.lindquist@valleyoutreachmn.org. Please call or email Suzanne to register.
www.valleyoutreachmn.org
 
 
Create Thank You Cards for Alzheimer's Association Volunteers
Alzheimer's Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 2 - 3pm
 
Location: Alzheimer's Association Office, 7900 West 78th St., Suite 100, Edina

Families will create thank you cards for our valuable volunteers. Join us as we make thank you cards for our volunteers. Help us thank those who have selflessly assisted our organization this past year. We will start with a brief presentation about the Alzheimer's Association. Refreshments will be served.

Ages: All ages welcome
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Rebecca Ayaz, rayaz@alz.org, 952.857.0535. Registration is available online.
www.alz.org/mnnd/
 
 
Meal Service Volunteers
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start around 4:30 and end by 7:30pm
 
Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites are located throughout the metro area.  

The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to provide nutritious meals to people in need in an atmosphere of dignity and hospitality. Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. We are the largest "open to the public" meal program in the state, serving 2,000 meals daily. In 2016, we served over a half a million nutritious meals, the most ever in our history, and are on track to outpace that number in 2017. We are always guided by our vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. Looking for a volunteer opportunity for your family? Come help us serve hot, healthy meals to those in need. We invite your family to partner with our staff and other volunteers to serve our guests. We will have the food ready when you arrive around 4:30 - 5pm, and then open the doors to the public at which time your family will scoop, slice, and serve. You will be done with clean-up by 7 - 7:30pm. Loaves & Fishes' volunteers are at the heart of every meal! Our staff works with individual volunteers as well as groups or volunteer teams.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older. Please note the following age guidelines:
  • Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the dining sites.
  • Volunteers aged 15 and younger are not permitted to be in the kitchen in the proximity of hot food, ovens, dishwashers, or other potentially hazardous kitchen equipment. These volunteers are also not permitted to handle hot beverages and food on the serving line. 
  • Youth age 13 to 15 must have 1 adult to every five youth for supervision purposes.
  • Youth age 12 and under need to have direct one-on-one supervision. It is suggested that children under the age of 8 do not attend.
Time Commitment: Typically, two to three hours, dependent upon exact shift.
 
Contact: 612.377.9810, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org.
Registration is available online.  
 
 
Family Volunteer Day
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: 1234 Eldrige St, Roseville or 3075 Woodbridge St, Roseville

Kick off the holiday season by joining with loved ones to volunteer! Come participate in Family Volunteer Day, a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities. Help Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with our new Age in Place pilot program! Volunteers will work together as a team to help an older, low-income homeowner with their much-needed outdoor chores. Projects could include leaf raking, pruning bushes, and yard clean-up.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Five hours
 
Contact: Julia Brauchle, Julia.brauchle@tchabitat.org or 612.305.7162. Registration is available online and space is limited!
 
 
Walk to End Hunger
The Mosaic Company

Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 7 - 10am

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 to End Hunger, held on Thanksgiving morning in the Mall of America, is a great way to start your holiday off right - giving back before you give thanks! Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations working to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities metro area. 100% of the net proceeds of the Walk to End Hunger are distributed to our partner organizations. 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.
www.walktoendhunger.org/
 
 
Bring Joy to Elders on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Day!
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 23 and Sunday, December 24. There are two or four hour shifts available between 9am and 3pm
 
Location: Envision Event Center, 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale
 
Holiday meals hosted by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly are a time-honored tradition. This Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve day, we will bring together elders from throughout the Twin Cities with hundreds of volunteers who serve as drivers, kitchen crew members, servers, greeters and more. Volunteers deliver hot meals to homebound elders as well. We have roles appropriate for all ages. Individuals, couples, families and small groups are welcome. Please note that background checks are required only for volunteers who choose roles that include driving our elders. The isolated elders in our community so look forward to these events - and so do our volunteers! We hope you'll join us.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. Please check the website descriptions for any minimum age requirements.
 
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
 
Contact: holidays@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.721.1400. Check the Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Holidays and Special Events page for more information and for specific online registration links.
 
 
Holiday Hope Sponsor a Family
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Holiday Hope Sponsor forms should be completed and returned to Community Thread no later than December 8. The matching process begins the week of December 11.
 
Location: Sponsored families live in the Stillwater School District

Community Thread's Holiday Hope connects people in need to those willing to provide support during the holidays. Low-income families, seniors, and adults with disabilities are matched with sponsors who provide individually chosen gifts and a holiday meal. Every year, over 300 local households benefit from the generosity of the community. Review the Holiday Hope Sponsor Form for more information.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: HolidayHope@CommunityThreadMN.org or 651.439.7434
www.communitythreadmn.org
 
 
Family Winter Clothing Drive
International Institute of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Drop off donations between 8:45am and 5pm
 
Location: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave. St. Paul

You and your family can help make winter more bearable for New Minnesotans by donating winter gear for children and adults. The following items are needed:
  1. New or gently used winter coats
  2. New or gently used snow boots
  3. New hats
  4. New gloves/mittens
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Stella Vang, SVang@iimn.org 

 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Delivery requested by Friday, December 15, please contact Amy to arrange a delivery time.
 
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Our Saviour's Housing has three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 46 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 Amy for additional information.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies and can be put together at your own location
 
Contact: Amy Hartman, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
www.oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Link
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 - 3:30pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis.

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. All too often youth and families in our programs go without food. We'd like to change that. Join us to prep frozen meals that will be distributed to youth and families when they need them. The Link has planned the recipe and volunteers will be making Chicken Enchiladas and Mac & Cheese.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Flexible

Location: A homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your community.

Many homeless shelters and soup kitchens rely on volunteers to provide meals for their guests. You and your family can help by providing a meal or meals. To find a local shelter or soup kitchen, Google homeless shelters along with your city name. Once you find a shelter, contact their volunteer coordinator to see if they are looking for volunteers and check for any age requirements. The shelter will help you schedule a date and provide you with any specific instructions. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project page.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
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October 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
River Island Cleanup + Lunch
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Spring Lake Park, Hastings. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the meeting spot.

Join Friends of the Mississippi River and Hastings Environmental Protectors for a unique island cleanup. Spring Lake Park stretches around the bend of the Mississippi River. After meeting in the Dakota County Park, volunteers will be shuttled to the nearby islands by boat to pick up trash. All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to work at their own comfort level. Due to wet island conditions, waterproof knee or muck boots are highly encouraged. Bags and gloves will be provided. Following the cleanup, a light lunch will be provided for all volunteers courtesy of Hastings Environmental Protectors.

Ages: Best for families with children ages six and older.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form  (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number, and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre-registration required. Registration closes Thursday, October 5, or upon reaching capacity.
 
 
Oak Woodlands Brush Haul
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 14, 9am - noon
 
Location: 3M Woodlands, Cottage Grove

We will start the morning with a light breakfast at the meeting site (exact directions will be provided to registered volunteers) and a brief presentation about FMR's restoration efforts and future plans for this site. Then volunteers will break into smaller groups heading off to work with FMR staff to haul and stack pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, to help open the area for valuable native plants to return improving biodiversity. Thanks to the ongoing support of local volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, FMR has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore the oak woodlands around 3M's Cottage Grove facility near the Mississippi River. Former invasive species thickets are now home to wildflowers and wildlife, helping to connect adjacent natural areas and form part of a green corridor in southern Washington County. Following the haul 3M will provide volunteers with a catered lunch! As always, no experience is needed. All supplies are provided and everyone is encouraged to work at their own comfort and ability level.
 
Ages: Best for families with children ages ten and older.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. To ensure a high-quality experience, capacity is limited and pre-registration required. Registration closes Thursday, October 12, or upon reaching capacity.
 
 
Fall Tree Planting Events
Tree Trust
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times in October. Check website for dates and times. Most events are on Saturday mornings.
 
Location: A number of locations throughout the metro area. Check website for locations.

Volunteering with Tree Trust is a great way to improve your environment and invest in your community. Each year, Tree Trust plants and distributes more than 2,000 trees and shrubs in the Twin Cities metro. Tree Trust will provide hands-on training to volunteers; no experience is required.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jessica.talley@treetrust.org. Registration is available online.
www.treetrust.org
 
 
Come Help Us Clean and Refurbish Bikes Gently Used
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
 
Date/Time: October 9 through December 1. Shifts are:
  • Noon - 3pm
  • 3 - 6pm
  • 6 - 9pm
Location: Free Bikes 4 Kidz Warehouse, 7300 49th Ave N, New Hope. Conveniently located between highways 169 and 100.

Volunteers are needed to haul, move and organize over 5,000 bikes! Join the Cleaners, Preppers, or Mechanics for a shift to repair bikes. We need volunteers of all skill levels to help us move and clean bikes. We love folks with mad bike repair skills, but if you and your family members are handy with rags, we can put you to work. This is a super fun way for a family to volunteer together. The more the merrier! No experience necessary. Help us share the joy of having a bike with more kids!
 
Ages: Responsible children ages 10 or older are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Youth groups with ages older than 12 are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 child to adult ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Three hour shifts
 
Contact: Catherine at catherine@fb4k.org or visit our website to sign up!
www.fb4k.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 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 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
 
 
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
 
 
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: Jennifer Pfefferle, jennifer.pfefferle@darts1.org
 
 
Rake a Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 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 4.
 
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 28 (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 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: Community Thread at 651.439.7434 or Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Sign up by Wednesday, October 11 to secure your participation!
www.CommunityThreadMN.org
 
 
Knitting for Good
Ramsey County Library
 
Date/Time: Thursdays, 7- 8pm
 
Location: Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St. N., Shoreview

Come gather with your crafty neighbors as we Knit for Good! Bring your creative talents to support good causes, like preemie hats and welcome blankets! All skill levels and all crafters are welcome at our drop-in group. Please bring your projects and ideas.
 
Ages: All types of crafters are welcome, so as long as kids have the skills to work on their own project or are accompanied by adults. All ages who want to craft for charity, including families, are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: This is a drop-in program; you can come as often and for as long as you'd like.
 
Contact: Carol Jackson, 651.724.6090, cjackson@ramsey.lib.mn.us
www.rclreads.org
 
 
Tree Planting at Victoria Park
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: 1455 Victoria Way W, Saint Paul N. Click here for directions

Volunteers are needed to continue enhancing the new park in Saint Paul's West Seventh Street neighborhood! Victoria Park replaces a brown field with much-needed green space, access to the Mississippi riverfront, and connections to other parks. There is a small, kid-friendly work area that is flat and close to parking. The larger work area is somewhat steep and up to 1/2 mile from parking. Volunteers will be dropped off at the site from a shuttle bus and will hike through the park to a part of Crosby Farm Park on the river where they will plant trees to help build resilience and diversity of our floodplain forests. Snacks will be provided throughout the morning and a late lunch will be served at 12:30pm.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate. An adult must accompany children under age 12.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: May Yang, Outreach Coordinator, volunteer@greatrivergreening.org or 651.272.3993. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org/
 
 
The Great Candy Run 5K Run/Walk
Fetal Health Foundation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 14, 7:30 - 11:30am
 
Location: Lake Phalen, St. Paul
 
The Great Candy Run 5K Run/Walk is a sweet themed event that welcomes families to enjoy some time together having fun, getting outdoors and enjoying all things in moderation! Volunteer opportunities include everything from helping with the kids race to registration to handing out water and candy at the finish line! There will also be a family festival featuring games, activity stations, amazing face painting, great refreshments, giveaways and much, much more! The Great Candy Run is ultimately about saving lives and helping families. Proceeds from these events directly benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. The Fetal Health Foundation supports families battling a fetal syndrome during pregnancy through information, support, and research. This event highlights awareness and provides hope to  families.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Children under 14 must participate with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Between two and one-half and five hours
 
Contact: Michelle Somers, michelle@thegreatcandyrun.com. Registration is available online.
www.thegreatcandyrun.com
 
 
Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. This year, Open Arms' network of more than 5,500 volunteers will help deliver more than 600,000 meals to people living with life threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Pick the delivery route that suits you and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. After you've attended a new volunteer orientation, you may sign up to volunteer when you are able. There is no minimum time commitment.
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Meal Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekend and evening shifts six days a week from 7:30am - 7pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

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

Ages: Families with children ages 8-15 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
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application
www.openarmsmn.org

 
 
Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Our clients receive a brown grocery bag filled with meal items every week. Brighten their day a little more by adding color and creativity to their brown grocery bag. It is simple acts of kindness like this that remind clients just how many people in their community care about them. We provide the brown bags; you provide the creativity! Stop in during our business hours to pick up as many brown bags as your group can decorate. Bring the bags home to decorate and spread the spirit of giving back with friends and family as you color!

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Interested in setting up a time to pick up bags to decorate? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
 
 
Minneapolis and Suburban Host Homes
Avenues for Homeless Youth
 
Date/Time:
  • October Info Session: Tuesday, October 24, 6 - 7pm.MoveFwd, Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Room 237, Hopkins
  • November Info Session: TBD
If you are unable to attend an info session call Ashley directly to schedule a time to meet.
 
Location: Hosts must live in Minneapolis or a Suburb surrounding the metro area.

Learn more about being a host family for a youth experiencing homelessness at one of our fall information sessions. Every night in Minnesota, 6,000 youth are homeless and on their own. The Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth is a community response to youth homelessness. This community-based program recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteer hosts who open their home and hearts to youth experiencing homelessness. Youth receive intensive supports from Avenues as they work towards achieving their goals, and hosts receive support from Avenues staff and ongoing training. Avenues is currently in need of hosts to support ten youth in this program.
 
Ages: A Host Home serves youth ages 16-24. Adult hosts must be at least 25 years old and it's okay if there are children in the home.
 
Time Commitment: Hosting a youth is an ongoing commitment for between 12- 18 months.
 
Contact: Ashley Morgan, Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program Manager, 612.967.1672 or email amorgan@avenuesforyouth.org
 
 
Make Sandwiches for the Hungry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: A homeless shelter your community.

Many homeless shelters really appreciate having a supply of sandwiches on hand to give to their residents for lunch. You and your family can help by making sandwiches to bring to a local homeless shelter in your community. First, find a local shelter interested in your donation, check on any specific instructions, and arrange a delivery date and time. Then gather your supplies, make your sandwiches, and deliver them as a family. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Make Sandwiches Project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As you know, Doing Good Together promotes lessons in kindness and empathy through big-hearted conversations which often take place during storytime. Reading DGT's recommended books on topics such as kindness, gratitude, and mindfulness leads to great discussions. Likewise, DGT offers book lists on challenging issues, like bullying, hunger, and global poverty. Our newest book list focuses on the important subject of Death & Grief. We hope these books help you and your young ones start age appropriate conversations on a tough topic that deserves discussion.
 
 

 

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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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September 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Home Helper For Seniors: Clean And Organize
Help At Your Door
 
Date/Time: Ongoing; flexible schedule
 
Location: Senior's home, primarily Golden Valley/New Hope/Crystal/Robbinsdale

Sometimes basic cleaning tasks like vacuuming and laundry become more challenging as we age due to physical limitations. You can lend a hand to a senior in your community who needs some help to remain at home. Provide companionship and practical support while assisting with in-home chores such as light cleaning, dusting, laundry, organization, or cooking and baking together. Volunteers are typically matched to work one to one with a client in an ongoing relationship.

Ages: A child ages eight or older is welcome to assist in a volunteer team with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: A time commitment of one or two visits per month for one to two hours each time is typical but individual client needs may vary.
 
Contact: Carolyn Swenson, volunteer@helpatyourdoor.org or 651.642.1892 x131
www.helpatyourdoor.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.

Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action against hunger. 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. 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. For safety reasons, we also require you wear closed toed shoes and remove all jewelry. Second Harvest Heartland advises volunteers with food allergies to exercise caution when determining whether or not to participate in food packing.

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
 
 
Fall Tree Planting Events
Tree Trust
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times in September and October. Check website for dates and times. Most events are on Saturday mornings.
 
Location(s): A number of locations throughout the metro area. Check website for locations.

Volunteering with Tree Trust is a great way to improve your environment and invest in your community. Each year, Tree Trust plants and distributes more than 2,000 trees and shrubs in the Twin Cities metro. Tree Trust will provide hands-on training to volunteers; no experience is required.
 
Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jessica.talley@treetrust.org. Registration is available online
www.treetrust.org
 
 
Rake a Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 28, 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 4.
 
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 28 (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 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: Community Thread at 651.439.7434 or Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Sign up by Wednesday, October 11 to secure your participation!
www.CommunityThreadMN.org
 
 
Reforesting Allemansrätt Park
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 30, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, 31316 N. Olinda Trail, Lindstrom. There will be a ½ mile walk from registration to the work site

Named after a Swedish term meaning the citizens right of public access to wilderness, Allemansrätt Wilderness Park is a 125-acre city park that is home to high quality oak forest, wetlands, lakeshore, diverse wildlife, unique glacial geology, and several miles of trails. Volunteers are needed to plant trees in the eastern peninsula of Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, an old family farm that is now a part of the park. Snacks will be provided throughout the morning and a late lunch will be served at 12:30pm. We provide all of the equipment and no prior experience is necessary!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate. An adult must accompany children under age 12.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org/
 
 
Passage Community Birthday Parties!
The Birthday Party Project
 
Date/Time: Thursday, September 21, and Thursday, October 19, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Passage Community Agency, 17 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis

Join us for monthly birthdays party at the Passage Community Agency. We celebrate all the kiddos with birthdays that month - and all the other families are invited to join the fun! We bring everything needed for an awesome event, but we need volunteers to truly make the party come to life. We spend a half-hour setting up, an hour partying and a half-hour cleaning up. It is truly two hours of joy.

Ages: Children six and up, accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Allison Dukes, allison@thebirthdaypartyproject.org. Volunteer registration is available online. First time partygoers age 18 and older must complete a background check before volunteering.
www.thebirthdaypartyproject.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: Jennifer Pfefferle, jennifer.pfefferle@darts1.org
 
 
Food in the Hood Bloomington
Good in the Hood
 
Date/Time: Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday:
  • Set-up shift: noon - 4pm
  • Distribution shift: 4:30 - 9:30pm
Location: Cedarcrest Church, 1630 East 90th St, Bloomington

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month Good in the Hood serves hot meals and provides essential groceries for individuals and families in need. Volunteers are needed to help with serving meals, carrying groceries for the elderly, personal shopper assistance, administration, childcare, etc. There are two shifts available:
  • Set-up shift tasks include unloading and sorting food
  • Distribution shift tasks include serving the meal, being a personal shopper for clients; carrying groceries to client's cars and event clean up.
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer. We don't have a specific age restriction; however if the children are very young they will need to work next to their parents in a place that is safe.
 
Time Commitment: Four to five hour shifts
 
Contact: info@goodinthehood.org, 612.440.7463. Registration is available online.
 
 
Cook for Kids
Jeremiah Program
 
Date/Time: Ongoing, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 - 7pm
 
Location: The Jeremiah Program has two campuses:
  • 1510 Laurel 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: The minimum age for children is seven years old
 
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
 
 
Get Involved with The Family Partnership! 
The Family Partnership
 
Date/Time: Flexible, contact Willie Roller III, wroller@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600. Please contact Willie Roller III prior to starting a project.
 
Location: 4123 E Lake St, Minneapolis. Contact Willie Roller III to make drop-off arrangements.

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:

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.
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.
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.
Provide Calendars for Clients:
The Family Partnership provides calendars to give to youth and adult 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.
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.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: Willie Roller III, wroller@thefamilypartnership.org, 612.341.1600
www.thefamilypartnership.org

 
The Washburn Games
Washburn Center for Children
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 24, 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. $10 minimum donation per child will be collected when you register online . (Registration at the event will be $15 per child)
 
Come Help Us Clean and Refurbish Bikes Gently Used Bikes
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
 
Date/Time: October 9 through December 1. Shifts are:
  • 9am - noon
  • Noon - 3pm
  • 3 - 6pm
  • 6 - 9pm
Location: Metro location, see our website for details and directions

Volunteers are needed to haul, move and organize over 5,000 bikes! Join the Cleaners, Preppers, or Mechanics for a shift to repair bikes. We need volunteers of all skill levels to help us move and clean bikes. We love folks with mad bike repair skills, but if you and your family members are handy with rags, we can put you to work. This is a super fun way for a family to volunteer together. The more the merrier! No experience necessary. Help us share the joy of having a bike with more kids!
 
Ages: Responsible children ages 10 or older are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Youth groups with ages older than 12 are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 adult to child ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Three hour shifts
 
Contact: Catherine at catherine@fb4k.org or visit our website to sign up!

 
Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
 
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Take DGT's 30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge!

Big-hearted families may be familiar with our popular 30-Day Kindness Challenge and our Summer of Kindness Bucket List. Now with the fall season upon us, we're offering children and tweens/teens their own "30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge"! These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Let's make the 2017-18 school year the kindest one ever! Print and post yours today. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge.
 
 

 

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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 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Tour de Tonka
Minnetonka Community Education
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 5, shifts available all day from 5am to 4:30pm
 
Location: Event starts at three schools in the Minnetonka school district and travels throughout the Minnetonka area and the Western suburbs
 
Volunteers are needed for Tour de Tonka! This annual, multi-distanced bicycle ride is for all ages, and promotes and celebrates healthy lifestyles, friendship, teamwork, and outdoor recreation through the collaboration of cities, sponsors, local charities and hundreds of volunteers. Proceeds from the event support ICA, our local food shelf, and additional proceeds go towards community education programming. The majority of the volunteer positions involve directing riders on the course. It's a great way to get outside and have some fun right in your community. We have an especially great need for volunteers in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Wayzata.
 
Ages: Children accompanied by parent (we recommend that children be at least ten years old and able to follow directions from their parents to stay safely on the side of the road).
 
Time Commitment: Flexible: one to four hours; varies on location and duties.
 
Contact: Sarah Guse, 925.401.4157, sarah.guse@minnetonkaschools.org
 
Summer of Service to Seniors Meal Pack Challenge
AARP Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 6; a variety of 90-minute shifts are available:
  • 8 - 9:30am
  • 9:45 - 11:15am
  • 11:30am - 1pm
  • 1:15 - 2:45pm
  • 3 - 4:30pm
Location: St. Paul at the University of St. Thomas - AARC Field House

More than 10 million adults 50 and older live below the poverty line. This summer, AARP Foundation is leading a Summer of Service to Seniors and traveling to Memphis, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Washington DC to pack 3 million meals for older adults. Meal packing is entertaining and fun - always safe - and very easy. You will work with teams of volunteers in a joyful celebration of giving. You will be clearly shown what to do. While the time passes quickly, you will be on your feet for 90 minutes; so if you fatigue easily, please let us know, and we can assign you to a task that can be performed while seated. Quality and precision are far more important than speed, but in your brief time with us, you will have the satisfaction of participating in the packing of thousands of meals for those in need.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Ninety-minute shifts
 
Contact: Ervin Johnson, AARP Foundation Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement, 202.434.6254, ejohnson@aarp.org. Registration is available online
www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/

 
 
World's Largest Birthday Celebration
Simon Says Give
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 8, two-hour shifts running from 6am through 10pm
 
Location: Mall of America Rotunda

Join Mall of America and Simon Says Give as they celebrate 2,500 children with Birthday Boxes. 2,000 of these birthday boxes will be distributed throughout Minnesota with 500 going to other areas of the country. Simon Says Give engages youth who want to be involved in helping other youth by volunteering their time, talent or treasure. Many hands are needed to help assemble Birthday Boxes from beginning to end. You will be assigned to a work area once you arrive for your shift.
 
Ages: Kids of all ages are welcome to volunteer; parents will work with their kids as needed.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are two hours. Feel free to signup for one block of time or multiple blocks of time.
 
Contact: Kendra Gapinski, Kendra@simonsaysgive.org. Registration is available online.
www.simonsaysgive.org/
 
 
Chainbreaker Ride
Chainbreaker
 
Date/Time: Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13
 
Location: Southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. The Ride start & Opening Ceremony is in Eagan. The ride goes south to Hampton where the 25 MI Riders finish, the 50 MI Riders finish at Welch Village, and the 100 MI Riders Finish in Northfield at St. Olaf College. The 180 MI Riders will overnight at the college and then get up and ride back to Excelsior.

Chainbreaker is a movement of people committed to ending cancer by proudly directing 100% of every Rider-raised dollar to cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Chainbreaker is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, volunteerism, and entertainment. Chainbreaker was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas: Bike Corral & Luggage Management, Overnight Room Management, Food & Beverage, General Hospitality Information/Questions, Photography, Rider Check-In, and Volunteer Check-In.
 
Ages: Volunteers need to be 14 or older
 
Time Commitment: Four hour shifts
 
Contact: abby@chainbreakerride.org
www.chainbreakerride.org/volunteer/

 
 
United Way Action Day 2017
Greater Twin Cities United Way
 
Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 6 - 8:30pm
 
Location: CHS Field - Home of St. Paul Saints Baseball, 360 Broadway St., St. Paul

The St. Paul Saints and United Way are teaming up to bring thousands of your friends, family and neighbors together for our biggest volunteer project of the year - Action Day! Volunteers will stuff 10,000 backpacks full of school supplies that will be donated to local nonprofits. Hit a homerun for hometown students by volunteering so our community partners can send kids back to school ready to rock! In addition to the volunteer projects, we have plenty to do throughout the evening: kid-friendly activities, games and prizes, a Crayola Experience for our youngest volunteers, mascot appearances, ballpark eats and more!
 
Ages: There will be two volunteer projects at the event. Children ages 8 - 17 are eligible to participate in both projects. Children ages 7 and younger can participate in the Crayola Experience volunteer project.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half
 
Contact: info@gtcuw.org. This event will likely reach capacity. In order to assure your attendance, please pre-register all attendees. Please bring your tickets to gain access to this event. Make sure you either display the electronic tickets from your mobile device, or print out the paper tickets in advance.
www.gtcuw.org
 
 
Puppy Raisers
Can Do Canines
 
Date/Time: No set dates, there is an ongoing need. We have puppies coming late August and beyond!
 
Location: 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope

Raise and train a future service dog! Volunteer puppy raisers are needed to teach them good house manners and how to behave well in public places. Puppy Raisers attend a minimum of two training meetings each month and provide a home, food, basic veterinary care and lots of love! This is a great opportunity to spend quality time as a family, and pass on the values of commitment, compassion and civic responsibility by helping people with disabilities in your community.

Ages: This is a great family project. Children under age 12 can take part in obedience training, feeding and helping to work on good house manners, and those between 12 -16 can receive approval by training staff to handle dogs in class and in public places under adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately 18 month commitment
 
Contact: Laurie Carlson, Volunteer Coordinator at lcarlson@can-do-canines.org or 763.331.3000 x113
www.can-do-canines.org
 
 
Bumble Bee Watch at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Dakota County Volunteers
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 9, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan
 
Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort, assisted by citizen scientists, to track and conserve North America's bumblebees. We will be helping the national program by focusing our efforts in Lebanon Hills Regional Park to give a local update of the bee population in Dakota County. Have fun while learning more about bumblebees and the vital role they play in our environment.
 
Ages: All are ages welcome (with adult supervision if you are under 16)
*If you are allergic to bee stings, please sit this one out*

Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, 651.438.4635, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us. To register, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search volunteers
www.dakotacounty.us

 
 
Green Squad - Dakota County Fair - Fairground Waste Stations
Dakota County Volunteers:
 
Date/Time: Various shifts throughout the day from Monday, August 7 through Sunday, August 13.
 
Location: Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St. West, Farmington
 
Dakota County is looking for volunteers to educate fairgoers about recycling and organics collection at waste stations during the fair. No experience is necessary! By volunteering, you will receive free admission to the fair for that day and a t-shirt.

Ages: All ages are welcome (with adult supervision if you are under 16)
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hour shifts.
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, 651.438.4635, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us. To register, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search volunteers
www.dakotacounty.us 
 
 
Friendship and Flowers
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
 
Date/Time: Third Saturday of each month for flower and cookie pick-up time, 9 - 11am.
Pick-up locations provided at volunteer orientation.
 
Location: Volunteers make deliveries to homes (and nursing homes) of shut-in seniors in Minneapolis or St Paul

Friendship and Flowers Volunteers provide friendly visits that help relieve the isolation and loneliness of the older adults LBFE serves who live primarily in nursing homes, but also, in some cases independently in their own homes. Friendship and Flowers Volunteers promote friendship and wellness by making once per month social visits to homebound older adults, bringing flowers, treats, and friendly conversation. Volunteers collect fresh-cut flowers and home-baked treats provided by LBFE from one of two locations (one in Minneapolis, and one St. Paul). Volunteers then make deliveries according to the delivery routes they have chosen. Volunteers can sign up on a monthly basis.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers can sign-up on a month-by-month basis and are only obligated to deliver when they choose to sign up. Sign up reminders are sent out on a regular basis. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application, attend a volunteer orientation and complete a background check prior to making their initial Friendship and Flowers delivery.
 
Contact: Georgia, 612.746.0732. Click here to apply to volunteer and register for orientation.
 
 
Visiting Volunteer Advocate
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Minneapolis and St. Paul

The Visiting Volunteer Advocate is an individual or family who is matched with an older adult in order to share life-enriching friendship and caring attention. Volunteers share the warmth of togetherness with Elder Friends in a variety of ways including:
  • Visiting the elder in their own home
  • Having the Elder Friend visit the volunteers' home
  • Taking the elder on outings for mutual fun and joy.
Ages: Open to volunteers of all ages; dogs are welcome too! If you wish to include a canine friend on visits, please check with LBFE staff first for required paperwork.
 
Time Commitment: Two face-to-face visits per month
 
Contact: Georgia Afton, gafton@littlebrothersmn.org or 612.746.0732. Prospective volunteers should apply online.
www.littlebrothersmn.org/
 
 
2017 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 7am - noon
 
Location: Target Field, Minneapolis

The Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's takes place on a one and three mile path on the streets around Target Field. There are various volunteer positions that are a fit for both adults and children. Check out this link to learn more about the available positions and to sign up.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Most volunteer positions will last between three and five hours
 
Contact: Sign up online or email Rebecca Ayaz at rayaz@alz.org
www.alz.org/mnnd
 
 
Lend a Hand to a Senior
Help At Your Door
 
Date/Time: Ongoing; flexible schedule
 
Location: Primarily Golden Valley, New Hope, Crystal, or Robbinsdale

Help At Your Door is a non-profit agency serving seniors and individuals with disabilities across the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Sometimes basic cleaning tasks like vacuuming and laundry become more challenging as we age due to physical limitations. You can lend a hand to a senior in your community who needs some help to remain at home.  Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and practical support while assisting with in-home chores such as light cleaning, dusting, laundry, organization, or cooking and baking together. Volunteers are typically matched to work one to one with a client in an ongoing relationship.

Ages: A child ages eight or older may assist in a team with a parent or guardian who is also a volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours per month. A time commitment of one or two visits per month for one to two hours each time is typical, but individual client needs may vary.
 
Contact: Carolyn Swenson, volunteer@helpatyourdoor.org or 651.642.1892 x131
www.helpatyourdoor.org/
 
 
Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution
Help provide school supplies for children

Add a giving aspect to your back to school ritual! Many local organizations help 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 Supply Drive, 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, 763.489.7506 or Lynn Vettel, vettel@iocp.org, 763.489.7505
www.iocp.org/
People Responding In Social Ministry, PRISM (Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and parts of Crystal and Plymouth), PRISM School Supplies Drive, Kevin Lytle, klytle@prismmpls.org
www.prismmpls.org/
ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), 2017 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) Donate School Supplies, 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, Crime Prevention Unit, 651.266.7339, crimeprevention@co.ramsey.mn.us
360 Communities (South suburban Minneapolis and St Paul), Partner for Success, School Supply Needs, Miquela Hernandez, 952.985.4006, mhernandez@360communities.org
www.360communities.org
Keystone Community Services, (Primarily St. Paul), Back to School Supplies, Jen Winterfeldt, jwinterfeldt@keystoneservices.org, 651.603.6650
www.keystoneservices.org
Community Thread (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2017, sara@communitythreadmn.org, 651.439.7434
www.communitythreadmn.org
Simpson Housing Services, Inc., (Minneapolis area) Tools for School: Build a backpack with school supplies! Christina Giese, cgiese@simpsonhousing.org, 612.455.0859.
www.simpsonhousing.org
 
 
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

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

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July 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Chosen Families Volunteering Retreat
ARC Retreat Community
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 9 from 7pm through Thursday, July 13 at 2pm
 
Location: ARC Retreat Center, 1680 373rd Ave NE, Stanchfield, MN

ARC is an inter-spiritual nonprofit retreat center and intentional community, serving groups and individuals of all beliefs seeking time apart, rest, and spiritual renewal. ARC offers a quiet and reflective atmosphere for individuals and groups to slow down the pace of life, restore balance, and deepen relationships with self, others, and the Divine/God/Spirit/Universal Energy. Our intentional community of residential volunteers offers radical hospitality for guests and cares for the grounds and the space. We invite you and your family to join us for a multi-day volunteering retreat. We need volunteers to rake trails, tend the garden, move books, and help us bring sounds of laughter and a spirit of joy into our home. Families can consist of any genders, spiritual practices, and children ages 7-17.  ARC is located on 87 acres of old-growth white pine forest and wetlands. Each day will consist of 6 hours of work (3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon), 1 hour of meditation, and 1.5 hours of shared learning time. Food and lodging are complimentary and personal retreat time will be integrated into your stay

Ages: Families with children ages 7-17 are welcome. There can be up to two children younger than 10 per adult.

Time Commitment: Four and one-half days on site
 
Contact: volunteer@arcretreat.org
www.arcretreat.org/stewardship

 
MN Summer Host program
Vistas In Education
 
Date/Time: Family hosts are needed for the following weeks:
  • July 1 - 15
  • July 9 - 30
  • July 13 - 30
  • August 2 - 23
Location: Homes in the Twin Cities and in Greater Minnesota

Make a difference in the life of a young French student by welcoming them into your family for a few weeks this summer! French students come to Minnesota to have an English immersion experience, bond with a family that includes a peer their age, and learn about American culture. Host families do not need to speak French. Vistas In Education (VIE) handles all the logistics and provides 24/7 support while the students are here. The online host family application can be completed on our website.
 
Ages: Families with children between the ages of 10 and 18 years old.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three weeks
 
Contact: Megan Pashkevich, Megan@vistasineducation.com or 612.823.7217
www.vistasineducation.com/hosting

 
Many Hands Many Meals
Tonka Mud Run
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 22. Volunteer shifts are between 7am - 1:30pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday from 10am - 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:
  • Friday night set up
  • Tear down
  • 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)
  • 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).
  • 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/
 
 
Families Volunteering Together
People Serving People
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 23, 4:45 - 6:30pm
 
Location: 614 South 3rd Street, Minneapolis

People Serving People is the largest, most comprehensive shelter for families in Minnesota. People Serving People helps homeless and at-risk children and their families manage crisis situations and build a strong foundation for their long-term success. Families will take a tour, complete volunteer projects and have a short program with cookies.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Mallory Evans, mevans@peopleservingpeople.org, 612.277.0256. Please register online at www.peopleservingpeople.org/families-volunteering-together/. There is a $5 per person fee to participate.
www.peopleservingpeople.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 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 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

 
Sholom Volunteers
Sholom
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: We have two campuses:
  • Ackerberg Campus, 3620 Phillips Parkway, St. Louis Park
  • Shaller Campus, 740 Kay Ave, St. Paul
Visit with residents, escort residents to and from activities & programs, assist with bingo and other games, help serve at holiday and other special dinners, accompany residents on outings, assist with birthday parties, happy hours or music.
 
Ages: We have volunteer opportunities available for families with children of all ages. Independent volunteers can be 15 years or older.

Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Ackerberg Campus: Lori Rodewald, lrodewald@sholom.com, 651.328.2065
Shaller Campus: Ed Johnson, edjohnson@sholom.com, 952.939.1596
www.sholom.com
 
 
Delivering Beds to Kids
My Very Own Bed
 
Date/Time: Deliveries are made on Saturdays from 9am - noon; other opportunities are flexible
 
Location:  34 - 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, (located in the Keg Arts building)

My Very Own Bed had several volunteer opportunities available:
  • Delivery Volunteer - Individuals and teams, including families, youth and adults, are needed to deliver beds and Dream Kits. This is a hands-on, life-changing, outreach opportunity that allows volunteers to meet and directly impact families who have experienced homelessness. Volunteers will help load beds on the truck at our office then deliver the beds around the Twin Cities to families in need.
  • Donation Drive Volunteer - Organize a donation drive in your church community or work. Collect sheets and pillows for Dream Kits.
  • Blanket-Making Volunteer - Youth groups could make tie-blankets together as an outreach activity. Groups and individuals could make quilts, knit or crochet blankets, and put together blankets for children.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours or variable, depending on opportunity
 
Contact: Michael Allen, 612.799.1753, michael@myveryownbed.org
http://myveryownbed.org/
 
 
Puppy Raisers
Can Do Canines
 
Date/Time: No set dates, there is an ongoing need. We have puppies coming late August and beyond!
 
Location: 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope

Raise and train a future service dog! Volunteer puppy raisers are needed to teach them good house manners and how to behave well in public places. Puppy Raisers attend a minimum of two training meetings each month and provide a home, food, basic veterinary care and lots of love! This is a great opportunity to spend quality time as a family, and pass on the values of commitment, compassion and civic responsibility by helping people with disabilities in your community.

Ages: This is a great family project. Children under age 12 can take part in obedience training, feeding and helping to work on good house manners, and those between 12 -16 can receive approval by training staff to handle dogs in class and in public places under adult supervision.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately 18 month commitment
 
Contact: Laurie Carlson, Volunteer Coordinator at lcarlson@can-do-canines.org or 763.331.3000 x113
www.can-do-canines.org
 
 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
 
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

 
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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
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 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Create Thank You Cards for Our Valuable Volunteers
Alzheimer's Association
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 4 from 2 - 2:45pm or 3 - 3:45pm
 
Location: Alzheimer's Association Office, 7900 West 78th St., Suite 100, Edina

The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join us as we make thank you cards for our volunteers. Help us thank those who have selflessly assisted our organization this past year. We will start with a brief presentation about the Alzheimer's Association. Refreshments will be served.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: 45 minutes
 
Contact: Rebecca Ayaz, rayaz@alz.org or 952.857.0535. Registration is available online
www.alz.org/mnnd/

 
 
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 advance notice due to logistics.
www.seniorcommunity.org
 
 
Summer Meal Program 2017
Neighbors, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August
 
Location:  
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • 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. Volunteers aged 14-17 may volunteer without a parent or guardian, but will need a completed consent form prior to volunteering.
 
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
 
 
National Get Outdoors Day
Dakota County
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 10, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East, West St. Paul

June 10 is National Get Outdoors Day and we have an easy way to get outdoors and make a huge impact on your local community! We will be cleaning up Thompson County Park in West St. Paul to prepare for the upcoming Take-a-Kid Fishing event that will follow the day after. Come for a few hours, get outside, and help us showcase this wonderful hidden gem of a park. We will be cleaning the park on land and by water. Volunteers may be doing light physical work or walking short distances over semi-level terrain. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
 
Ages: Everyone is invited, all ages and group sizes welcome
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, County Volunteer Coordinator, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us, 651.438.4635. Registration is available online
www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org
 
 
Toy Lending Events
Minneapolis Toy Library
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4 - 7pm, and Saturdays, 9am - noon
 
Location: Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 W 60th St, Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Toy Library is a toy-lending program for families with children ages birth to 5 years. Like a book library, members can check out up to five toys, take them home for 2-4 weeks and exchange them for new ones when you return! The toy library offers an opportunity for families to connect with one another while supporting their children's development through play and reducing their impact on the environment. Volunteers are needed to help shelve returned toys in the correct category; check out new toys for members with our easy to use, custom-built computer program, as well as counting pieces and managing our inventory. All members clean their own toys before returning them, so cleaning is not required, but tidying of shelves is appreciated. Events can be fast-paced and some lifting of large toys may be required. It's a fun and family-friendly environment where you can really feel good about helping your community.

Ages: Families with middle school age children and up are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hour shifts, up to four times per month
 
Contact: Rosie Call, rosannacall@gmail.com, 612.232.4436
mplstoylibrary.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 over thirty neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site near your home! Call 612.623.3363 to be connected to the program nearest you!

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.

Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime
 
Contact: Megan Flasch, 612-623-3363, megan@meals-on-wheels.com
 
 
Residents Regenerate Neighborhood Block Project
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks, Frogtown Neighborhood Association and Historic St. Paul
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 10, 9am  - noon.
 
Location: 565 Charles Ave, St. Paul

Take part in a Kick-Off event for a summer-long initiative with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization project in partnership with Frogtown Neighborhood Association, NeighborWorks Home Partners and Preserve Frogtown and Historic St. Paul.  Volunteers will help with a neighborhood cleanup and planting projects, followed by lunch and a neighborhood celebration.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Julia.brauchle@tchabitat.org
tchabitat.org
 
 
Tend Native Prairie Plants at Crosby Farm Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Thursday, June 15, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Crosby Park, St. Paul riverfront a couple miles west of downtown. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR.

Help tend the volunteer-planted demonstration interpretive native prairie at Crosby Farm Regional Park! Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The three-acre demonstration prairie where we will be focusing our work includes upward of 1,000 native prairie plants and a variety of species markers to educate and inform visitors. Volunteers will help weed and otherwise care for the planting and surrounding areas under the guidance of FMR and Saint Paul Parks staff.

Ages: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to work at their own skill and comfort level. We ask that parents keep an eye on their children and do their best to keep them on task and focused on the work being done.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Registration closes end of day Wednesday, June 14.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Passage Community June Party!
The Birthday Party Project
 
Date/Time: Thursday, June 15, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Passage Community Agency, 17 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis

Join us for a "Beach Bash" birthday party at the Passage Community Agency. We celebrate all the kiddos that have June birthdays - and all the other families are invited to join the fun! We bring everything needed for an awesome event, but we need volunteers to truly make the party come to life. We spend a half-hour setting up, an hour partying and a half-hour cleaning up. It is truly two hours of joy.
 
Ages: Children six and up, accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Allison Dukes, allison@thebirthdaypartyproject.org
www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org
 
 
Gardening for a Good Cause
The Aliveness Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible time and days, from now through October
 
Location: MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

The Aliveness Project grows organic produce for Minnesotans living with HIV in two raised beds in MLK Park. Help water, weed, and harvest from the garden any day of the week and during a time that works for you! We also have weekly meetings led by Hennepin County Master Gardeners on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: From thirty minutes to one hour
 
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org, 612.822.7946 ext.221
aliveness.org

 
 
Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm

Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. This year, Open Arms' network of more than 5,500 volunteers will help deliver more than 600,000 meals to people living with life threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Pick the delivery route that suits you and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. After you've attended a new volunteer orientation, you may sign up to volunteer when you are available. There is no minimum time commitment.
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application
www.openarmsmn.org

 
 
Meal Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekend and evening shifts six days a week from 7:30am - 7pm
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

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

Ages: Families with children ages 8-15 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
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application
www.openarmsmn.org

 
 
Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Flexible opportunities
 
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Our clients receive a brown grocery bag filled with meal items every week. Brighten their day a little more by adding color and creativity to their brown grocery bag. It is simple acts of kindness like this that remind clients just how many people in their community care about them. We provide the brown bags; you provide the creativity! Stop in during our business hours to pick up as many brown bags as your group can decorate. Bring the bags home to decorate and spread the spirit of giving back with friends and family as you color!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to voluntee
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Interested in setting up a time to pick up bags to decorate? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
www.openarmsmn.org  
 
 
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an ideal way for families to have fun while doing good for others as they connect with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!

 

 

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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 2017 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
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Doing Good Together Community-Wide Family Service Fair
Doing Good Together in partnership with South Metro Police K-9 Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 1 - 3:30pm  (K-9 demo from 1 - 1:30)
 
Location: Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington

Families are invited to dedicate an afternoon to fun, kid-friendly service projects meeting needs in the Twin Cities community and to also learn about the South Metro Police K-9 Foundation's important work promoting positive relations between police and the community.

Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: The K-9 demo will take place from 1 - 1:30pm, and the service projects will be available starting at 1:30. Come at any point and stay for as long as you wish.
 
Contact: Nassim Rossi, nassim@doinggoodtogether.org
 www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.southmetrok9.org
 
 
Senior Chore Program Fall Clean Up
Northeast Youth & Family Services (NYFS)
 
Date/Time: Arrange a time between now and May 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 Spring 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 put out 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
www.nyfs.org

 
 
Hopkins Valley Park Clean Up
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 7, 1 - 4pm
 
Location: Valley Park, 700 8th St. S., Hopkins

The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District works to protect and restore the water and natural resources in the land area draining to Nine Mile Creek. The District protects and manages water resources in our district (Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Richfield) and offers programs to get people outside and exploring the natural resources of the watershed. Your family can help by volunteering to clean up trash in Valley Park in Hopkins. Bags, grabbers and gloves are provided, as well as snacks and water. Wear rubber boots.
 
Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Gael Zembal, gzembal@ninemilecreek.org, 952.204.9691. Registration is available online.
www.ninemilecreek.org
 
 
Creekside Planting
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Monday, May 8, 12:30 - 4pm and Tuesday, May 9, 5 - 8pm
 
Location: Ridges at Sand Creek, Sand Creek, 21775 Ridges Drive, Jordan

Ridges at Sand Creek, an 18-hole public golf course, has opened their property to shoreline restoration efforts to improve habitat along the creek. Join Great River Greening at one or both of these family-friendly events, where they will plant native vegetation on the banks of the creek to improve water quality and strengthen habitat for local wildlife.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; the only requirement is that an adult accompanies children under 12.
 
Time Commitment: Three to three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Katie Brom, volunteer@greatrivergreening.org or 651.272.3989. Registration is available online; Saturday registration click here and Sunday registration click here
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Pull Garlic Mustard at the Minneapolis River Gorge Sand Flats
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 9, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR

Working alongside Friends of the Mississippi River staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard - an exotic plant invading many areas of the River Gorge out-competing native plant species. After a brief introduction and training, we will proceed to the river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand. Volunteers will be pleased to see a dramatic difference in ground cover by the end of this event, improving both water quality and habitat diversity. No experience is necessary; all tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Best for families with children ages ten and older. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Registration closes end of day Monday, May 8.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Prior Lake Tree Planting
Tree Trust
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 9am - noon
 
Location: Ryan Memorial Park, 4600 Busse Parkway SE, Prior Lake

Volunteering with Tree Trust is a great way to improve your environment and invest in your community. Each year, Tree Trust plants and distributes more than 2,000 trees and shrubs in the Twin Cities metro. Tree Trust will provide hands-on training to volunteers; no experience is required.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jessica.talley@treetrust.org. Registration is available online
www.treetrust.org
 
 
Stamp out Hunger 
Second Harvest Heartland
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13, 2:30 - 6pm
 
Location: Volunteers are needed at the following Cub Stores:
  • Bloomington (Lyndale)
  • Eagan
  • Maplewood West
  • Roseville
  • St. Paul (Maryland Ave.)
  • St. Paul (Sun Ray)
This year is the 25th anniversary of Stamp Out Hunger, the largest single-day food drive in the country, which has collected and delivered 1.5 billion pounds of food to food banks nationwide! 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 13

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. Space is limited, check website for availability. Please register online.
www.2harvest.org
 
 
A Night in the Cloud Citizen Science Conference 2017
Citizen Science Association
 
Date/Time: Friday, May 19, 4:30 - 7pm
 
Location: St. Paul RiverCentre Ballroom,

Celebrate citizen science with this open-to-the-public, family-friendly event featuring a screening of the new PBS Documentary The Crowd and the Cloud. Over 70 citizen science project leaders will be on hand to share their activities and resources-up close and personal-with Twin Cities residents: educators, librarians, parents, and anyone else wondering how to get started with citizen science. We can all but guarantee that attendees will walk away with 5 projects they are itching to join, get their families involved in, or tell their friends about.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older, but probably most interesting for children ages eight and older
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: $5 suggested donation (click here to secure tickets)
 
 
Shoreline Planting
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 8:30 am - noon
 
Location: Crow River Shoreline, Watertown

Join Great River Greening at our first event on the South Fork of the Crow River in our partnership with Carver County Water Management Organization and the City of Watertown. Volunteers at this event will restore the natural shoreline to stabilize the riverbank and improve habitat and ecological diversity. Come learn and practice what it takes to restore a shoreline!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer; the only requirement is that an adult accompanies children under 12.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Katie Brom, volunteer@greatrivergreening.org or 651.272.3989. Registration is available online
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Spring Into Service
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 10am - noon
 
Location: Sites are located throughout Washington County

Community Thread's Spring into Service is an annual service day that helps local nonprofit organizations who work to strengthen our community every day. Spring into Service allows volunteers to make a difference by assisting with projects such as assembling math kits, playing games with residents, or making tie blankets for dogs. This family-friendly volunteer activity engages over 150 volunteers annually to help nonprofits better serve the St. Croix Valley. You can choose the project that most interests you. Sign up today! Spring into Service starts off with a volunteer breakfast at 8:30 am at Community Thread in Stillwater to kick-off the fun.

Ages: Minimum age for volunteering varies by site. Check individual opportunities under the Needs section for age requirements.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Hannah Inselman, 651.439.7434, Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Register online at www.CommunityThreadConnect.org by May 5.
www.communitythreadmn.org/

 
Tend the Demonstration Prairie at Ole Olson Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 30, 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: Best for families with children ages ten and older. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Registration closes end of day Thursday, May 29.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Summer Meal Program 2017
Organization Name: Neighbors, Inc.

Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August
 
Location:
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • 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. Volunteers aged 14-17 may volunteer without a parent or guardian, but will need a completed consent form prior to volunteering.
 
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
 
 
Special Olympics MN Sports Camp
True Friends
 
Date/Time: June 5 - 9
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN

Families will assist Special Olympics athletes within a traditional summer camp experience. During the morning sessions, campers will attend a sports-focused area to enhance their skills in bocce ball, basketball, flag football, or poly hockey. The rest of the day will be spent participating in camp activities: tie-dye, archery, fishing, zip-line, and more!

Ages: Families with children ages eight and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.
 
Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided
 
Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org, 952.697.2286
www.truefriends.org
 
 
Adult 10-Day Retreat
True Friends
 
Date/Time: July 5 - 14
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN
 
Families will assist adult campers with physical disabilities and staff members during ten days of fun camp activities. Campers will be able to customize their week by choosing activities that challenge and interest them, including hiking trails, accessible high ropes course and zip-line, swimming, tubing, fishing, casino night, and so much more!
 
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.
 
Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided
 
Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org, 952.697.2286
www.truefriends.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
 
 
Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.

 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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April 2017 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Celebrate!
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Thursday, April 20, 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, civic-minded children. Whether you're new to DGT™, a long-time volunteer, a member of our Membership Circle, or simply want to support a nonprofit that promotes kindness, we encourage you to attend. We'll be featuring:
  • Delicious appetizers and drinks
  • Silent auction
  • Wine raffle
  • Music by members of The Melvilles
  • DGT™ Service Project Stations
Please note: the silent auction begins as an online auction. Supporters can take part in this auction (proxy bidding is an option!) and find great items, including gift certificates for dining, health & beauty items, and theater tickets. Bidding begins on March 31st, so  check it out today!

Visit our website for more details. All proceeds will be used to support our mission - providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families raise kind, service-minded children.

Ages: Most suitable for adults

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

Contact: Diana@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org


 
Book Drive for the Children of New American Students and Clients
International Institute of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Now through Thursday, April 20. We can only accept books during this time since we don't have space onsite to store them. Please drop off your new or gently used children's books at the front desk between 9am and 5pm, Monday - Friday
 
Location: 1694 Como Avenue, St. Paul
 
Each year at the beginning of March, school children kick off National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss. You and your family can help make a difference by collecting and donating books for New American children. Please note: we are only collecting children's books.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Faith Loggers-Jamnik, floggers-jamnik@iimn.org, 651.647.0191 x324
www.iimn.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 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 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
 
 
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. 
 
Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime
 
Contact: Megan Flasch, 612-623-3363 megan@meals-on-wheels.com
 
 
Celebrate Earth Day!
City of Minneapolis
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 9:30-noon
 
Location: Click here for a listing of Minneapolis Earth Day cleanup sites. Arrive at any site between 9:30am - noon and check in at the registration table.
 
It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2017. The goal of Earth Day Cleanup is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. Earth Day Cleanup is held at several sites throughout the City of Minneapolis. In past years, volunteers have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks. 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. No pre-registration is required.

Contact: Erica Chua, Community Outreach Event Coordinator, 612.230.6479 or echua@minneapolisparks.org 
 
 
Earth Day at Bushaway Road
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 8:30am - noon
 
Location: Bushaway Road, McGinty and Bushaway, Wayzata
 
Come out to this Earth Day Community Event to plant more than 1,700 trees and perennials as part of the Bushaway Road/Highway 101 reconstruction. This exciting event will engage 200 volunteers of all ages in landscaping a two-mile stretch of this historic scenic roadway, Wayzata's eastern gateway to the Lake Minnetonka experience. Join other volunteers in planting to help restore our native landscape and secure the legacy of Minnesota land and waters.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under 12.
 
Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Katie Bron, Volunteer Events Manager, volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, 651.272.3989. Registration is available online
 
 
2017 Citywide Spring Cleanup
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 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.
  • Central Village Park (457 Central Ave W)
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: Volunteer Coordinator, 651.632.2411. Pre-register online, and then drop by your selected cleanup site any time between 9 and 11:30 am, on Saturday, April 22nd 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.
 
 
Projects to Help Homeless Youth
The Link
 
Date/Time: Drop-off at our Glenwood Ave location Monday through Friday, anytime between 8am - 4pm. Items can also be dropped off at other locations; please contact volunteer@thelinkmn.org for more information
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis
 
The mission of The Link is to build a supportive community network that strengthens and transforms the lives of youth and their families through education, advocacy, housing and a dynamic network of social services. Volunteers can help youth experiencing homelessness by choosing one or more of these projects:

Welcome Home Kits: These kits are needed for youth experiencing homelessness who are preparing to move into their first apartment. Kits typically consist of a laundry basket filled with a combination of: kitchen and bath towels, a shower curtain, twin XL bedding, dishes, pots and pans, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, etc. Local dollar stores usually have great deals on many of the above items. A complete kit can be made for about $50.
Quarter Drive: Youth who move into their first apartment after experiencing homelessness often cannot afford to do their laundry. Assemble quarters into $3 baggies to help youth keep up with laundry.
Tie Blankets: Youth experiencing homelessness and sexual exploitation often go without basic necessities. Help keep them warm by assembling tie blankets for youth! A standard blanket is 1.5 yards long with fleece fabric. Blanket cost varies depending on fabric used, typically it costs around $10 per blanket. Click here for directions on how to make a simple, no sew, tie blanket.
 
Ages: Any age can help!
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on the project
 
Contact: Shea Sullivan, ssullivan@thelinkmn.org or 612.232.6116
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Spring Break Volunteers
Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores
 
Date/Time: Volunteer shifts are available days, evenings & weekends
 
Location: Arc's Value Village has locations in Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield & St. Paul
 
Volunteers help unpack, sort, tag/sticker donations; hang & tag clothing; and stock the sales floor. Every year, our stores provide over a million dollars for The Arc Greater Twin Cities' programs that help adults and children with disabilities and our community.
 
Ages: Families with children 10 and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two or three hours. You can volunteer one-time or on an ongoing basis
 
Contact: Molly, 952.920.0855, volunteernow@arcgreatertwincities.org. Registration is available online
www.arcsvaluevillage.org
 
 
Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 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! FMR will provide all of the supplies. However, if you have your own gloves feel free to bring them along. Sturdy shoes are strongly suggested as well as dressing for the weather; layers are encouraged. 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.
 
 
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
 
 
Spring Yard Clean-up!
DARTS
 
Date/Time: April 24 through May 12. Choose a date and time that works best for you and your family!
 
Location: Dakota County Area
 
Grab your rakes and gloves and invite your friends, families and co-workers to help an older homeowner clean up their yard this spring. Volunteers play a crucial role in helping older homeowners in Dakota County maintain a sense of pride in their property. This is a great opportunity for families to share in the experience of giving back to the community.
 
Ages: Families of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One time for one-half day!
 
Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.234.2254 or email barb.tiggemann@darts1.org
www.dartsconnects.org
 
 
Special Olympics MN Sports Camp 
True Friends
 
Date/Time: June 5 - 9
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN
 
Families will assist Special Olympics athletes within a traditional summer camp experience. During the morning sessions, campers will attend a sports focused area to enhance their skills in either bocce ball, basketball, flag football, or poly hockey. The rest of the day will be spent participating in camp activities: tie-dye, archery, fishing, zip-line, and more! 
 
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided 
 
Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org952.697.2286
 
Adult 10-Day Retreat
True Friends
 
Date/Time: July 5 - 14
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN
 
Families will assist adult campers with physical disabilities and staff members during ten days of fun camp activities. Campers will be able to customize their week by choosing activities that challenge and interest them, including hiking trails, accessible high ropes course and zip-line, swimming, tubing, fishing, casino night, and so much more! 
 
Ages: Families with children ages eight and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.

Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided 
 
Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org952.697.2286
 
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
 
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
We're proud of our DGT™ Partnerships

DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org).

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
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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Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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March 2017 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2017 - Twin Cities 

 
Thank you to our sponsors



 
Celebrate!
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Thursday, April 20, 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. Whether you're new to DGT™, a long-time volunteer, a member of our Membership Circle, or simply want to support a nonprofit that promotes kindness and caring, we encourage you to attend. We'll be featuring:
  • Delicious appetizers and drinks
  • Silent auction
  • Wine raffle
  • DGT™ Service Project Stations
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. All proceeds will be used to support our mission - providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families raise kind, service-minded children.

Ages: Most suitable for adults
 
Time Commitment: As long as you'd like, up to three hours

Contact:
Diana@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 
 
 
March Campaign Drive
Minnesota FoodShare
 
Date/Time: Bring your food and/or cash donations to your local food shelf prior to April 1
 
Location: Your local food shelf

March is Minnesota Food Share month. Each March since 1982, Minnesota FoodShare has directed the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state. Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during the March Food Drive, a month-long campaign with yearlong benefits for food shelves and hungry families in Minnesota. This campaign recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort and it is the largest food and fund drive for food shelves in the state of Minnesota. Every dollar donated to Minnesota FoodShare during the March Campaign goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. You can collect food or cash donations as a family and donate them to your local food shelf or you can recruit family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or individuals from your faith community or civic group to help organize a larger food and/or donation drive.
 
Ages: Your entire family can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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: The minimum age for children to volunteer is seven years old.
 
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
 
 
Intergenerational Monthly Meet-Up
The Glenn of Hopkins
 
Date/Time: Second Monday of each month 10:30-11:30 a.m.
 
Location:  The Glenn, 1011 Feltl Court, Hopkins. Come to the third building entrance on the NE end of the Glenn campus.

The DayBridge Adult Day program is a community dedicated to enriching lives through bridging mind, body and spirit. Volunteers are needed to participate in a monthly Intergenerational Meet-Up opportunity for families with children and clients at the DayBridge Adult Day program. Activities include a craft to take home, songs, and story time. This event brings joy to both kids and the clients of DayBridge. Please come and join us!
 
Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Elizabeth Reynolds, Iowachicmn@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/groups/392725391059434/

 
 
Volunteer at Goldy's Run to benefit Ronald McDonald House
Goldy's Run
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 9, volunteer shifts begin around 5:30am
 
Location: The race starts and finishes at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota Campus.

Come represent Ronald McDonald House as a race day volunteer! Ronald McDonald House will receive a contribution from the race organizers for each volunteer. You can help Goldy's Run raise money for Masonic Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers get a t-shirt and two free tickets to a Gophers game. Spend a fun morning cheering on the runners while supporting a great cause!

Ages: Great for families! Youth volunteers ages 10 and up are welcome with an adult volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: A few hours on race day, April 9.
 
Contact: Catherine Beringer, cberinger@rmhtwincities.org or 612.238.8100. Registration is available online. Be sure to let them know you are volunteering on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House!
www.rmhtwincities.org/, www.goldysrun.com/volunteer
 
 
Pillow Drive for Bridging
Bridging
 
Date/Time: Bridging is open Monday through Thursday, 9am - 6pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am - 3pm. Bridging is closed on Sundays and all major holidays. Staff and volunteers are available to help you unload and there is no cost and no appointment necessary.
 
Location(s): 
  • 201 W 87th Street, Bloomington
  • 1730 Terrace Drive, Roseville
Bridging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the greater Twin Cities, is the largest furniture bank in the United States. Driven by volunteers and donations of furniture and household goods from the community, Bridging has furnished over 80,000 homes since 1987. Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging needs 300 pillows a week -- 14,000 pillows a year. Your family or group can help by donating pillows or by holding a pillow drive. Click here for more details about coordinating a pillow drive. Bridging is looking for all brands of new or gently used full-sized pillows We accept all types of full sized pillows - cotton, foam, feather, down, memory, polyester, buckwheat, microbead, etc. Donating pillows to Bridging not only provides essentials for the home, it will warm your heart too!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Diana Dalsin, 952.888.0746, diana.dalsin@bridging.org
www.bridging.org
 
 
Family Volunteering
Presbyterian Homes and Services of Bloomington
 
Date/Time: Flexible scheduling; ongoing opportunity
 
Location: 9889 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Presbyterian Homes & Services enriches the lives of older adults through services and communities. Parent/child volunteer teams are needed to visit residents. Volunteer teams can play cards, read, watch television, play board games, do a craft, or just talk!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Minors cannot visit with residents in their room or apartment without an adult present. Youth 14 and older can assist with activities and events without a parent or chaperone.

Time Commitment: One to five hours per month.

Contact: Samantha Sleeman, ssleeman@preshomes.org
www.phsbloomington.com/gpc.iml 
 
 
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
 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule
 

Location:  
Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
 
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

One of the hallmarks of DGT™ is that we do more than simply offer opportunities and ideas for sharing kindness and serving others. We also expand on those experiences with important tips that help families prepare for and reflect on the unique situations they encounter during their time spent volunteering. Our newest Reflection Activities are geared specifically to the frequent topics we cover in our listings, e.g. helping the hungry and caring for animals. Look for the reflection banners in our listings to find conversation starters, book recommendations and more. And be sure to bookmark this collection of reflection offerings for easy reference during big-hearted discussions with your family.
 

 

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Winter Buckthorn Burn
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 11am - 2pm
 
Location: Allemansrätt Wilderness Park, 31316 N Olinda Trail, Lindström

Great River Greening is hosting a winter brush pile-burning event, where invasive buckthorn is the fuel. Buckthorn's impenetrable vegetation keeps sun and water from reaching the ferns, wildflowers, grasses and tree seedlings that grow below, and are so important for nourishing wildlife. Volunteers will be hauling, stacking and burning pre-cut buckthorn. We'll serve the cocoa. You are welcome to bring hotdogs, marshmallows, and roasting sticks! This event is weather permitting and will be postponed if it is too dry or too cold. Please wear fire safe clothing: no fleece, weather tech materials, or other flammable synthetics (recommend wool and cotton). Bring food for roasting (marshmallows, hotdogs, etc.,) and your camping chairs or 5-gallon buckets for sitting by the fire.
 
Ages: The difficulty level of restoration task is moderate to heavy. Families with children age eight and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Katie Brom, volunteer@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.