August 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT August 2012 Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2012 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities 2012

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August 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
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DGT Annual Fundraiser Auction Donations  

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Flexible


In anticipation of our annual fall fundraiser, we are seeking donations for our silent auction and bottles of wine for our Wall of Wine raffle. You can help us raise badly needed funds by donating an item; a service (yoga lessons, hair styling, catering, etc.); an experience (wine tasting, cooking class, etc.); a stay at your vacation home; a gift certificate to your favorite store or restaurant; tickets to a music, theater or sporting event; or a bottle or more of your favorite wine. We'd be deeply grateful for any donations! 


Ages: Any age 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Jenny at 



Friendship Volunteer  

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 222 Grand Avenue West, South Saint Paul. Neighbors, Inc. serves the Northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale  

Many of our elderly neighbors live alone and have no family close by that they can rely on for help. They are in need of someone to talk to and to spend time with. A kind, caring person who could visit them and help them run non-medical errands would be most welcome. In short, they need a friend. If you are an outgoing person, always looking for new chances to make a friend, this is the opportunity for you.

  • Develop a positive one-on-one relationship with your Neighbor
  • Call your Neighbor on a regular basis, so they hear a friendly voice. Be a good listener
  • Visit the Neighbor at home once or twice a week to play a game, read or watch TV together
  • Drive your Neighbor on non-medical errands-to the grocery store, out for lunch, to enjoy a change of scenery, etc.   

Ages: Family volunteers are welcome but all volunteers under the age of 21 need to be accompanied by an adult (21 years of age or older)


Time Commitment: Time commitment to be determined by the Friend and Neighbor pair. Expect a minimum of 2 hours a week


Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or 



Hennepin County Backpack Challenge  

 Hennepin County Human Services (Volunteer & Community Partnership Team)


Date/Time: August 13-Sept 1. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm


Location: Century Plaza, 330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis  

Volunteers are needed on-site to sort and inventory donations and stuff backpacks with supplies  


Ages: All ages welcome   


Time Commitment: Minimum 4 hours - no maximum


Contact: Rosemary Carpenter, 612.348.4749



Mulching Mania  

Aeon: Homes for Generations 


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 2915 Clover Ridge Drive, Chaska  

The mission of Aeon is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities. Your family can help AEON by spending a few hours helping us maintain our gardens and landscaped spaces. Work will include weeding and mulching. You provide the people power, we provide the tools. Each group will get an overview of Aeon's work and the need for affordable housing in our community


Ages: Youth are welcome to help with adult supervision


Time Commitment: Projects are generally 2-4 hours in length, but can be scheduled to last longer


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, Volunteer Program Coordinator, or 612.746.0524



Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution  

Help provide school supplies for all children


Many local organizations help 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

1- STEP: St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP Back to School Program
Check website for more details about school supply donations
Kate Burggraff, Volunteer Coordinator, 952.925.4899 x14 or

2- ResourceWest - ResourceWest Back to School Program
Check website for current list of needed supplies. School supplies will be distributed August 27-31. Families with children as young as 5 are welcome to volunteer.
Rosemaris Campos, Volunteer Coordinator, 952.988.5352 or

3-  PRISM - PRISM School Supplies Drive
Call Prism's Volunteer Director at 763.529.1350 for more information

4- VEAP - Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People - VEAP Back to School Program
Donate new school supplies through August 16.
Children and Youth Services Program Manager, 952.888.9616

5- The Family Partnership - Back to School Drive, Kimberly Ferencik, , 612.341.1611

6- Resource, Inc. - Build-a-Backpack Drive through August 24. Samantha Sleeman, 612.752.8030,

7- IOCP - Back to School drive - Help collect and sort school supply donations through August 24, Email Lynn Vettel,, or Liz Erstad-Hicks,, or call 763.489.7506



Lunch Makers  

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: In your own home, at your organization, or at Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis  

Help our residents have a great day by providing them with a bag lunch. Purchase and make simple sandwiches (bread, meat, cheese) or entire bag lunches for residents to take with them when they leave the shelter during the day. This is a great project for both youth and adults. You can make the sandwiches at your home, office, school, or place of worship, and then bring them to our facility in south Minneapolis. We can also host lunch-makers onsite or provide tours of our shelter.  


Ages: All ages are welcome 


Time Commitment: An hour or two to purchase the ingredients and make the sandwiches or lunches


Contact: Colleen O'Connor Toberman at or 612.872.4193 x25  


Help Provide Fresh Food for our Neighbors in Need   

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time:  Sundays through the end of October. Shifts are from 8:30-11:30am or 11:30am-2pm


Location: Minneapolis Farmers Market, 312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis  

Each summer, Second Harvest Heartland partners with the Minneapolis Farmers Market to collect over 100,000 pounds of fresh, local produce for those in need. Volunteers collect food donations, connecting market vendors and shoppers to our mission of ending hunger. We are looking for energetic, outgoing volunteers who are excited about the opportunity to promote the farmers market program to shoppers and support our vendor partners. Volunteers focus on shopper outreach by educating shoppers about the farmers market program, encouraging them to purchase extra produce to donate at our market booth and receipting donations. They also provide support to vendors as they receive shoppers' donations. Morning volunteers greet vendors, set up the Second Harvest Heartland booth and place food collection boxes throughout the market. Afternoon volunteers will box and palletize food donations and load the Second Harvest Heartland truck. The Mosaic Company has stepped up again in a big way in support of this summer's donation program at the market. They will donate $1 for each pound of food donated and $10 for each volunteer hour contributed at the Minneapolis Farmers Market.  


Ages: Children ages 8 and up are welcome to volunteer with their families


Time Commitment: 2 1/2- 3 hour shifts


Contact: For more information, Kris Jensen, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.216.3761, To sign up to volunteer:
Visit the Second Harvest Heartland volunteer opportunities page. Select "View our calendar and schedule a shift." Enter in shift parameters with Metro Wide as the location, Evenings/Weekends as the time, and the size of your group. Select any shift on the calendar and sign up by clicking the registration button at the bottom of the page. When you've completed this process, you'll receive an email confirmation  



Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, August 4, 8:30am-noon


Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie  

Join Love In[Deed] in making a difference in the Twin Cities. Just show up, choose from a variety of pre-planned volunteer opportunities, and then go serve the community. Buses will be provided to transport volunteers to sites they select.   


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: 3.5 hours  


Contact: For more information visit To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  



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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together ( 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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