June 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 June 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
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Deliver a Meal   

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: We have 37 member programs throughout the Twin Cities, so there is sure to be a program near your home!  

Summer is a great time to deliver Meals on Wheels with your family. 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 8-10 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. DGT has created a parent handbook to make this volunteer experience richer and more educational for families. You can find the link for the handbook and other family-friendly information at http://www.meals-on-wheels.com/family 


Ages:  Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer


Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime


Contact: Kelsey Ohme, kelsey@meals-on-wheels.com, 612.623.3363




Make Healthy Snack/Lunch Bags for Our Kids  

The Family Partnership


Date/Time: This is an immediate need, but snack/lunch bags can also be dropped off at any time  


Location: You can drop off the snack bags at the Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, or Minneapolis Family Partnership's locations  

 The Family Partnership has an immediate need for snack/lunch bags. We want to have healthy, non-perishable snack/lunch bags for our young children, youth and mothers so they are fueled up and ready to focus on the task at hand, like counseling, tutoring, and parenting classes. Having a snack is important for energy but it also helps kids open up during counseling sessions. Volunteers can decorate the bag and/or include a happy note card along with the snacks (this is optional). Please include 3 items per bag. These are some ideas, but any sort of healthy, non-perishable food will work. What do you like to eat when you need to eat on the run?

  • Fruit cups
  • Granola bars 
  • Crackers and peanut butter snack packs 
  • Packaged muffin
  • Sun chips, chex mix, pretzels or other "healthier" snack food 
  • Nuts or trail mix 
  • Pasta bowls (just add water and microwave kind) 
  • Napkins and spoons if needed 
  • Individual cereal bowls and boxes (can add milk to the bowl or eat it dry) 
  • Microwave mac n' cheese 
  • Cup of soup or can of soup with a pull-tab top (so no can opener is needed). Sometimes we have access to water and a microwave, depending on where we are meeting our clients  

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies, depending on amount of time needed to purchase, assemble and deliver the snack packs


Contact: Kim Ferencik, 612.341.1611, or kferencik@thefamilypartnership.org




Fish Fair Volunteers  

Fishing for Life


Date/Time: Pre-fair set up June 13-15, anytime between 10am-8pm

Friday, June 15 is sneak peak night from 5-8pm (limited volunteers needed this day)  

Saturday- June 16, Shift 1- 8:30am-1pm, Shift 2- 12:30pm-5pm  

Post-fair tear down June 16, 5-9pm  


Location: Anoka County Fairgrounds, 3200 Saint Francis Boulevard, Anoka  

Fish Fair is a fishing carnival for kids and families. Participants of all ages fish for trout, race minnows, make lures, practice casting and are educated about all aspects of fishing. Activities provide education about habitat awareness, fishing tackle, techniques, species identification and fishing opportunities with clubs and camps present at the fair. Volunteers are needed as ticket takers, children's game attendants, grounds crew, staffing the Sportsman's Garage Sale and many other positions. Volunteers are also needed to help with pre-fair set-up and post-fair clean-up activities. Admission is free for your family when you volunteer for a four-hour shift! Lunch is provided to all volunteers!


Ages: This event is kid and family friendly. Children can volunteer as long as a parent is with them


Time Commitment: Morning and afternoon shifts are available and run for 4.5 hours


Contact: Sara Shrode, campfirestudio@comcast.net




Friends of Heritage House  

Heritage House Assisted Living of Golden Valley


Date/Time: Any weeknight, 5:30-7pm, and/or Sunday afternoons


Location: 5825 Saint Croix Avenue North, Golden Valley  

We are currently looking for volunteers to come in and visit with the residents at our Assisted Living Memory Care facility. Ideas include, but are not limited to pet visits, playing a musical instrument, playing cards, prayer visits, walking, or just visiting over coffee and cookies. The possibilities are endless!! 


Ages: Children of all ages are welcome with adult supervision


Time Commitment: Flexible, depending on activity


Contact: Katie Bockhaus, Heritage House Activities Assistant, 763.732.1468, kebockhaus@covenantretirement.org



Kowalski's on Grand Food Drive  

Neighborhood House


Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 12-2pm, 2-4pm or 4:30-6pm; Sunday, June 10, 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, or 2-5:15pm


Location: Kowalski's Market, 1261 Grand Ave, St. Paul; Neighborhood House 179 E Robie Street, St. Paul (Saturday 4:30-6pm shift ONLY)  

Neighborhood House is looking for help for our Kowalski's on Grand Food Drive. These food drives help us raise about 2000-3000 pounds of food/dollars in one weekend! Volunteers will help with the following tasks:    

  • Hand out food "wish lists" to incoming customers 
  • Collect donations and thank exiting customers 
  • Help unload Kowalski's donations at Neighborhood House's food shelf (Saturday 4:30-6pm shift ONLY) 

Ages:  Families are welcome, but tasks will be more suitable for children age 5 and up


Time Commitment: Shifts vary between 1.5  and 3.25 hours


Contact: Riley Karbon, 651.789.3626, rkarbon@neighb.org




Farmer's Market Food Collection  

Neighborhood House


Date/Time: Summer Sunday's from 12:30-2:30pm starting July 8


Location: St Paul Farmer's Market, 290 E Fifth St, St Paul  

Are you looking for weekend volunteer opportunities? Neighborhood House collects unsold produce from local farmers at the Saint Paul Farmer's Market on Sundays from 12:30-2:30pm in the summer and fall. All food collected is distributed to struggling families using our food shelf  


Ages: Families are welcome, but tasks will be more suitable for children ages 5 and up


Time Commitment: 2 hours


Contact: To sign-up for a shift, contact Riley Karbon, 651.789.3626, rkarbon@neighb.org




One on One Visits  

Opportunity Partners 


Date/Time: Flexible, depending on your schedule


Location: Opportunity Partners offer residential services in 21 houses across the metro-area  

Opportunity Partners provides personalized employment, housing and educational opportunities to over 1,700 individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury, autism and other special needs. The wide variety of services offered by Opportunity Partners means people we serve have flexibility among programs and can select the services that best meet their needs. Our mission is: Opportunity Partners supports choices for people with disabilities through innovative services and strategic collaborations, assisting those we serve to live, learn and work - adding value to their lives and communities. We serve people at many different independence levels through our residential programs. Volunteers are needed to interact one-on-one with a resident and to spend time doing something you love with them: fishing, walking, reading, painting, art and crafts, watching a movie or watching a sporting event. You might be paired with a person who has a disability and who has their own apartment but who needs to socialize with others, or a person who has a disability that would enjoy talking about sports, etc


Ages: Any age with a parent


Time Commitment: Flexible. Once a week or  twice a month 


Contact: Anna Stang, astang@opportunities.org   




Weekend Meal Delivery  

Open Arms of Minnesota


Date/Time: 9:30-11:30am every Saturday. You can sign up to deliver to the same area every week or just fill in on an on-call basis


Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis  

From the Open Arms kitchen to our clients' door, meal deliveries are an essential part of our organization. Delivering is the number one way to truly see the impact of our work on our clients, as you get to personally hand them delicious food and see their smile in return. When you arrive at Open Arms, we'll load you up with enough food for several clients in our convenient blue cooler bags. You'll get a friendly hello from our staff as well as directions for your route. After delivering food to 3-6 clients, you'll return the delivery bags to Open Arms and be on your way.


Ages: Children are welcome to accompany any adult with a valid driver's license


Time Commitment: Orientation is one hour and held weekly, volunteer shifts are approximately 2 hours


Contact:  Pete Fischer, Pete@openarmsmn.org and Ellen Klahn, Ellen@openarmsmn.org 612.872.115




Saturday Cookouts    

Live 2 Serve


Date/Time: Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm


Location: Near the Dorothy Day homeless shelter in St. Paul. Live 2 Serve sets up next to their building because that is where the homeless people go, so to serve them best that is where we go. We are not a part of the Dorothy Day Center, but we both support the same people. We will be handing out food on the streets of St Paul   

Get the grill ready! Invite your friends to help! Bring out brats and hamburgers and serve them to the homeless living on the streets of St. Paul. All you need to bring is food to serve and water and the party begins. We provide the grills, condiments and canopies for set up.


Ages: Appropriate for ages 10 and up  


Time Commitment: 3 hours  


Contact:  Anna Stang, annas@live2servemn.net




Time to Fly Race Course Marshalls     

Children's Cancer Research Fund


Date/Time: Saturday, June 30, 6:30-11am


Location: Harriet Island Regional Park, 200 E. Justus Ohage Blvd., Saint Paul    

The Children's Cancer Research Fund invests in lifesaving, leading-edge research in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of childhood cancers and blood-related disorders. Join in the race against childhood cancer at the 10th Anniversary Time to Fly Race. Course Marshals direct runners on the race route, making sure they stay on the race path and being loud and repeating directions every few seconds to ensure each group of runners hears them as well as offering words of encouragement to all racers as they pass. This would be fun for a small family to do together!


Ages: Everyone can participate   


Time Commitment: Up to four hours   


Contact:  Amanda Walston, awalston@childrenscancer.org, 952.224.8497




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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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