December 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT December 2012 Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2012 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities 

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 December 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
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INSTEP Family Night Meal Provider   

Jabbok Family Services  


Date/Time: We are seeking volunteer groups for the following Tuesdays, December 18, January 29, March 26, April 23 and May 21, 4-6pm. Volunteers may arrive as early as 3pm to start their meal preparation


Location: 2608 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis  

Family meal night providers purchase, prepare and serve a meal to approximately 10-15 parents and their children of preschool ages. Well-balanced meals including fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains are appreciated. Meals are provided as part of our monthly parent nights.
Volunteer responsibilities include 

  • Purchase and prepare the food for 10-15 parents and their children, including milk (no pork products)
  • Serve the meal at 5pm
  • Perform cleanup of serving supplies and kitchen
  • Fill out meal record form for statistical and liability purposes

There is a full kitchen on-site which includes a commercial oven, refrigerator, pots, pans, cooking and serving utensils. The meal can be made in advance and warmed or prepared completely at the center.


Ages:  Children ages 10 and above are welcome to volunteer


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


Contact:  Kathi Eilers, 612.870.6118 or  


Safe House Make A Meal  

Lutheran Social Service, Metro Homeless Youth Programs   


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity, pre-schedule one or more dates to deliver a meal.
Meals are needed Monday-Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday at 6pm


Location: Midway area of St. Paul  

Prepare a nutritious and delicious meal off-site for around 8 hungry young adults and drop it off at our emergency shelter for homeless youth. Volunteers are needed to prepare dinner for youth staying at Safe House, a thirty-day emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 16-20. The shelter provides a friendly, safe environment where youth living on the streets can begin the road to healthy, productive lives. Meals that can feed 8 hungry adults are prepared off-site and dropped off at the shelter at 7:30pm Monday-Friday and at 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteering to cook a meal for Safe House is a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community. Home cooked meals let the homeless youth staying at the shelter know the community, including you, is thinking about them. This is a great opportunity to involve the whole family and to teach children about meal planning, nutrition and giving back to others. Options for meals are endless, be creative! All meals must be prescheduled.


Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: One time or ongoing


Contact: Annie Harm, or 651.470.8801 



Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, December 1, 8:30am-noon


Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. The sandwich-making project will be hosted at the Edina Campus, 5532 Wooddale Avenue South, Edina  

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. Volunteer sites for December are listed here.


Ages: All ages are welcome; check website for age limitations for individual sites


Time Commitment: Three and a half hours


Contact: For more information visit Pre-registration is available online; click pre-registration tab. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at


Christmas Meal Volunteers  

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly


Date/Time: Tuesday, December 25, noon-2pm


Location: TBD 

Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas Meal event. There are a couple of ways you and your family can help:  

  • Drive elder participants to the dinner site, eat and visit with them during the event, and drive them home afterward. Total time commitment is from 11am to 3pm 
  • Deliver a meal and have a brief visit with an elder participant unable to attend the dinner on Christmas Day. Meal pick up time is at 12:30; total time commitment would be about 2 hours

Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Two to four hours, depending on which volunteer option you choose


Contact: LuAnne Speeter, or 612.746.0753


Holiday Gifts for Permanent Supportive Housing Residents!  

Our Saviour's Housing    


Date/Time: Any time before Dec. 15


Location: Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis  

Our Saviour's Housing is looking for donations of gift bags for our residents in our Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program. We currently have about 65 PSH residents; you can donate as many or as few gift bags as you'd like. Gift bags should be filled with general household cleaning supplies. We are looking for general cleaning supplies for the average apartment. This would include window cleaner, disinfectant wipes/spray, rubber gloves, kitchen and/or bathroom cleaner, wood cleaner, floor cleaner, a feather duster, sponges, dish soap, etc. Our residents are proud of their new homes, and this is a gift that will encourage them to take care of their new place. It is also something each resident would appreciate greatly and use! This bags can be put together in your home and dropped off at the shelter whenever is convenient.   


Ages: Any age 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Contact Colleen O'Connor Toberman at or 612.872.4193 ext 25 to arrange a date and time for drop off 



Holiday Bureau Sponsors  

Community Thread


Date/Time: Preferred deadline for sponsors is December 7, but sponsors can continue to sign-up as long as there are families in need of sponsors. Toys can be contributed at any time. 


Location: 2300 W Orleans Street, Stillwater  

Please consider sharing your holiday spirit with those less fortunate by becoming a Holiday Bureau Sponsor for the 2012 holiday season. Sponsoring is an easy way to make a big difference during the holiday season. Sponsors are asked to commit to providing holiday gifts either to a family, individual with disabilities, or low-income senior. The suggested donation value is $25 per person. All gifts must be new, and 'wish' lists will be provided with your match. Sponsors are responsible for shopping for gifts, then contacting your assigned recipients to schedule a delivery date by December 22nd. In addition to purchasing gifts for your sponsored family, we ask that you provide a holiday meal (or the makings for a holiday meal). The suggested value is $10 per family member. Gift Cards are also acceptable--we suggest Cub Foods. We usually have more families than sponsors.  As a result, we are always seeking donations of gifts, toys, gift cards, and financial contributions so that we can meet the demand. Please see our wish list if you would like to donate items.  


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Elena Ballam, Volunteer Center Program Manager,, 651.439.7434 x207  


Sandwich Makers

The Sandwich Project


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity 


Location:  Sandwiches can be prepared in your home or any location that is convenient for you and then delivered to one of The Sandwich Project's local drop off sites  

Each year, many organizations put together programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas to help feed, clothe and take care of those less fortunate. There is a remarkable amount of time, energy and money that goes into these programs. An honest question, pondered by those who participate is; what happens the other days of the year? The Sandwich Project was established with the other days in mind. Our starting goal was to help feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis as many times a year as possible, with the ultimate goal of doing it every day of the year. Today, we are helping to feed about 4,500 people per week through various shelters and food shelves! This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with any aged kids. You can make the sandwiches in your home or at a church (or just about anywhere), by yourselves or with a group. It is easier to feed 150 people than you might think. It simply takes one trip to a local grocery store to purchase the supplies, and the time and effort to prepare 150 sandwiches.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible, commitment includes purchasing supplies, preparing the sandwiches and delivering them to a local drop off site   


Contact: To learn more and to sign up to prepare sandwiches, visit the Sandwich Project's Instruction Page 



Volunteer Ushers- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!  

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development


Date/Time: Friday, Nov 30 through Sunday Dec 23; weekend shows are Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm and 4pm


Location: 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul

Steppingstone Theatre has a great opportunity to volunteer in the community! Come usher at one of our weekend performances!
We ask that ushers:
*    Arrive 1 hour before the show
*    Greet patrons as they enter the auditorium
*    Take tickets and hand out programs
*    Following the performance, pick up papers, programs, wrappers, etc. in the auditorium
And, you get to see the show for free!  


Ages: Minimum age 8 


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours 


Contact: Christine Shyne, 651.225-9265,  


Wayzata Community in Action  

Looking for volunteer opportunities specifically in the greater Plymouth/Wayzata area? Check out the new website of Wayzata Community in Action (, a new non-profit started in the last year by six local women looking for a way to give back to their community. The website features an easy way to find volunteer opportunities serving people in Plymouth, Wayzata, Orono, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Hamel & Medina. The website makes it easy to find current, local volunteer projects for kids, adults and families, based on interests and abilities. This is also a great resource for sports teams, church groups, scouting groups and the like to find service project/team building activities! It is easy for organizations to list their needs, as well - just answer a few simple questions on our online form. Check the site often, as new opportunities are being added regularly!

Contact: Kari Stern,


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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