April 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT April 2012 Family Volunteer Opportunities April 2012 Twin Cities Family Friendly Volunteer Opportunities


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 April 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 
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A Habit of Giving  

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Anytime


Location: Right from your home!  

Join the DGT community and get daily inspiration, kid-friendly resources, ideas for family volunteer projects and more to help you weave a focus on compassion, kindness and service into your family's routine. Here's how: 

  • Join us on Facebook 
  • Follow our fabulous Kitchen Table Blog where you'll learn how one mom strives to make kindness and service to others a meaningful habit for her family of five
  • Visit our website for project ideas, resources and reflection ideas
  • Offer a Family Service Night to the families in your school, faith group, neighborhood, community or civic group  

Ages: All ages 


Time Commitment: As much or as little as you'd like   


Contact: Jenny at jenny@doinggoodtogether.org with any questions or for more information about what DGT offers both individuals and organization




Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Kit  



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 201 West 87th Street, Bloomington or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville  

Imagine...how would you cook a meal without the basic kitchen utensils?
There are thousands of local families and individuals who face this difficult situation every day. Bridging's mission is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives while effectively using community resources. Every year, Bridging serves approximately 4,000 households (nearly 13,000 individuals) from the Twin Cities. We would love to provide a Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Pack to every family who comes to Bridging. That means we need over 80 packs each week! You can help by putting together Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Packs and delivering them to Bridging. Donate from your existing housewares or purchase new at a retailer. Each Essentials Welcome Home Pack should contain:

  • Can opener  
  • Mixing spoon  
  • Spatula    
  • Dish towel/cloth  
  • Ladle (optional)  
  • Whisk (optional)  
  • Peeler (optional)

You can gather and donate single items or assemble the Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Packs at your location. New and gently used items accepted. Simple and easy for all ages!  


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Diana Dalsin, Community Relations Manager, 952.888.0746 diana.dalsin@bridging.org, or Wendy Erickson, Volunteer & Program Supervisor, 651.319.9295, wendy.erickson@bridging.org, www.bridging.org/volunteer




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 children ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. We are based in Dakota County and serve families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount, though our mentors may drive in from other areas. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer(s) and child/parent. 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: 1-4 hours per week, on your own time (very flexible scheduling: can be weekends, evenings or after school)


Contact: Ingrid Henry, Kinship Coordinator, ihkinship@aol.com, 952.891.3885  



Want to mentor but live in Hennepin or Anoka County?  Check out Kinship of Greater Mpls (www.kinship.org) for the local mentoring program, sister to Kids 'n Kinship. Contact 612.588.4655 in Hennepin County and 763.862.6755 in Anoka County  


Spring Into Service  

Community Thread


Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 9am-noon


Location: Nonprofit sites across the St. Croix Valley  

Get your hands dirty with volunteer work like landscaping, working with children, gardening, spring cleaning and much more. Volunteers will receive a site assignment, including directions, the week prior to the event. Volunteer sites are primarily in Washington County, with a few on the eastern side of the Twin Cities. We assign volunteers to sites based on geographic location, size of group and other factors. We will also let you know what supplies you can bring and what type of work you'll be doing at your project. There will be a Volunteer Appreciation Party at Community Thread at the end of the event. Join us for a light lunch, silent auction, door prizes and the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with other community volunteers. 


Ages: All ages are welcome to participate


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: Elena Ballam, Volunteer Center Program Manager, Elena@communitythreadmn.org, 651.439.7434 x207




Spring Clean Up 
Senior Community Services' H.O.M.E. Program


Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 9am-noon


Location: 10709 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka  

Help a senior get their home ready for summer. Help clean up yards, wash windows, sweep out garages, and a variety of other tasks needed to get homes cleaned up after winter and ready for spring. Senior Community Services' H.O.M.E. Program assists those age 60 and better with household chores to help promote independence. This is a wonderful activity for families to do together!


Ages: Minimum age is 8


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Julie Dyste, dystej@unitedwaytwincities.org. This is a National Volunteer Week, April 15-21,  United Way Caring Connection sponsored activity  



Assemble Grocery Kits  

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA)


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 3433 Broadway St. NE, Suite 300, Minneapolis

Many people in our community are suffering from hunger. Food is a necessity that must be present in order to ensure the health and healing of our families and seniors. With your donation, you will be able to offer a family or senior meals that will bridge the gap of hunger in our community. Our Public Health Nurses work closely with families and seniors to help them obtain food security. Grocery kits Include:  

  • 2 Canned Soups
  • 2 Applesauce Cups
  • 1 Box of Pasta
  • 1 Pasta Sauce
  • 2 Mac and Cheese style boxed dinners
  • 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Canned Tuna
  • 1 Canned Vegetable
  • 1 Canned Beans
  • 1 Canned Fruit
  • 1 Box of Cereal (Unsweetened Type)          

Please make sure that items are not expired and are unopened. You may also want to include a Cub or Rainbow Gift Card to assist family in obtaining perishable item 


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Michelle Lichtig, 612.617.4658




Celebrate Earth Day!  

Help Clean up your Local Parks


Date/Time: Here's a sampling of local clean up dates & times, check out your city's website for additional opportunities:


Minneapolis: Click here for a listing of Minneapolis Earth Day clean-up sites Saturday, April 21, 9:30am-noon
St. Paul: Annual citywide clean-up, Saturday, April 14, 8:30-11, Andy.Rodriguez@StPaul.Gov, 651.632.2411, click to register online
St. Louis Park: 5th Annual Minnehaha Creek Clean-up, Saturday, April 21, 9-11am, jvaughan@stlouispark.org
St Anthony Park: Kasota Ponds Cleanup and Leaf Pickup , April 28, 9am-1pm, lauren@sapcc.org
Lakeville: Friends of the Mississippi River, South Creek, Vermillion Stewards Earth Day Cleanup, April 21, 9am-noon, Katie Clower at 651.222.2193 x23


Spring Yard Clean up  

Neighborhood Involvement Program


Date/Time: Flexible to fit your schedule during April-June


Location: Seniors homes in North & South Minneapolis  

We are seeking groups to assist older adults with routine yard clean up. This is a flexible opportunity and volunteers can do this weekdays or weekends. Typically it takes about 5-6 volunteers per household for about 2 hours of work. This is a great family activity but adult supervision is required. We ask volunteers to supply rakes and gloves; the seniors will provide the bags. Usually the homeowner takes the time to greet and meet the volunteers. This is a vital service for older residents and helps them remain in their homes and community. We serve clients in North and South Minneapolis. 


Ages: Minimum age 10 with adult


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Jon, 612.374.3322, seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org




Serve Dinner for After-School Program  

Jabbok Family Services - COOL Youth Center


Date/Time: Monday, April 9, Tuesday, May 15 and/or Tuesday, May 29. You can choose one or more dates. Volunteers may arrive as early as 4pm to start their meal preparation; dinner should be served at 6pm


Location: 2608 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis

The mission of Jabbok Family Services is to work with children, youth and families of the Whittier neighborhood in reaching their potential through high quality, low cost childcare, family support, and children and youth programming. Volunteers are needed to purchase, prepare and serve a meal to approximately 40 kids, grades 1-12 at the COOL Youth Center. Well-balanced meals including fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains are appreciated. Meals are provided as part of our after-school program. The meal can be made in advance and warmed or prepared completely at the center.  


Ages: 2-4 adults and children 5 and over (or groups of up to 10)  


Time Commitment: Two hours per shift plus additional time for planning and purchasing the meal 


Contact: Kathi Eilers 612.870.6118 or keilers@jabbokfamilyservices.org





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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.

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