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

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