March 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunties

DGT March 2012 Family Volunteer Opportunities  

Subject: March 2012 Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 March 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
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Food Shelf Donation Drive  



Date/Time: This is an ongoing opportunity


Location: 822 S. 3rd Street, Ste. 300, Minneapolis  

Aeon is an award-winning nonprofit provider of high-quality apartments and town homes for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, and serves more than 3,000 people annually. Established in 1986, Aeon has 1,934 units of quality, affordable housing. Aeon's mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities. Help our residents have enough to eat! Many people living in our affordable-housing apartments and town homes have a tough time meeting all of their basic expenses. Sometimes they are forced to decide between paying for rent, food, or medical costs. By collecting items for our small emergency food shelves, you are giving our residents a crucial source of nutrition and comfort when money runs short.


We need healthy, nonperishable items such as:

  • Rice
  • Pasta and spaghetti sauce  
  • Ramen noodles
  • Hearty soups and stews
  • Canned meals (ravioli, chili, pork and beans, chow mein)
  • Canned meat (tuna, Spam, chicken)
  • Canned vegetables (beans, corn, potatoes)
  • Canned fruit
  • Fruit juice
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Microwaveable instant oatmeal
  • Pancake mix (mix-with-water) and syrup
  • Boxed potatoes and gravy
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese              


Ages:  Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, Volunteer Program Coordinator, or 612.341.3148 ext. 224 



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. This is a great opportunity to involve the whole family and to teach children about meal planning, nutrition and giving back to others. 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



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 which restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota.  Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during March Food Drive, a month-long campaign with yearlong benefits for food shelves and hungry families in Minnesota. Hunger in our state has more than doubled in the last five years, and food shelves have seen a dramatic increase in need for emergency food services; demand more than doubled between 2008 and 2010. 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. Each year thousands of volunteers from our state's schools, civic groups, businesses, corporations, and faith communities come together in March to fight hunger. 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: Varies


Contact: Bring donations to your local food shelf. If you are interested in organizing a March Campaign, Minnesota FoodShare is here to help. There is a wealth of resources available online at or you can call 612.276.1530



Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, March 24, 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



Lunch Makers  

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: This is an ongoing, flexible opportunity 


Location: 2219 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis 

Our Saviour's Housing emergency shelter is home to forty adults every night of the year, but we are closed during the day. You can help make sure that residents stay fed and healthy even while they're away from the shelter. We accept lunch donations of all sizes! Your family or group can either prepare sandwiches or make entire bag lunches.
To prepare sandwiches: 

  • Make sandwiches with meat and cheese. (One loaf of bread makes approximately 8-10 sandwiches) Please do not include condiments or vegetables as these do not keep well
  • Place each sandwich in a Ziploc-style bag
  • Pack the wrapped sandwiches back into the original bread bag (for freshness)
  • Label the bread bag with the date
  • Please also provide single-serving size mayo and mustard packets on the side


  • We recommend oranges, bananas, or small bags of grapes, berries, etc. Another option is single serving size applesauce or canned fruit.


  • Treat items could include trail mix, pretzels, chips, granola bars, or cookies. These can be in small baggies that you have filled, or they can be bought in individual packages. You can use either homemade or store-bought items. Beverages are also welcome

Lunch bags:

  • We appreciate donations of lunch bags, as well. You may pack the lunches or leave the components separate. If you do assemble the lunches, please leave out the sandwiches and other items that need refrigeration so we can keep those chilled.

Lunch donations of all sizes are welcomed. A group of 10 volunteers will usually make 150-200 sandwiches in an hour.             


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Colleen O'Connor Toberman, 612.872.419 ext 25 or 




Stages Theatre Company


Date/Time: Performances are generally Wednesdays, 10am & 1pm; Thursdays 10am &1pm; Fridays, 7pm; Saturdays, 1pm & 7pm; Sundays, 2pm


Location: 111 Mainstreet, Hopkins  

Come join us as an usher for performances at Stages Theatre Company.   Have a blast while you see great youth theatre for free!
Usher Duties include: 

  • Taking tickets
  • Handing out programs
  • Showing audience members to their seats
  • Picking up programs after the performance

In return, ushers receive a voucher to attend a future STC performance for free, an invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, and many other perks and benefits.   


Ages:  Minimum age 8 with adult


Contact: Kevin Meyer at (952) 979-1126, email 



Peace Dinner  

Liemandt Foundation


Date/Time: Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-8pm


Location: Ascension School Cafeteria, 1726 Dupont Ave N, Minneapolis  

Each month The Liemandt Foundation hosts a Peace Dinner and activities for families and youth in North Minneapolis. The goal of the event is to create a time and place conducive to mutual relationship building, where all voices can be heard, community and family treasures can be recognized and celebrated, and genuine needs can be served. This is a participatory and social volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are invited to be part of the community, participate in the activities, and socialize with the families in attendance while sharing a meal. Volunteers will engage in a variety of roles which can include greeting guests, helping guests with nametags, serving dinner, helping guests select a book and assisting guests with the evening's activity  


Ages: All ages are welcome but may be more appropriate for children ages 5 and older. Young children need adult supervision.   


Time Commitment: 2.5 hours


Contact: Katie Chock, 763-228-5409, 



Make Healthy Snack Bags for Our Kids  

The Family Partnership


Date/Time: Anytime during March


Location: You can drop off the snack bags at any of The Family Partnership's six locations  

The Family Partnership has a great need for snack bags for children who participate in our after school programs. We want to have healthy, non-perishable snack/lunch bags for our young children and youth so they are fueled up and ready to focus on the task at hand, like counseling, tutoring, etc. Some kids come to us straight from school and won't eat again until much later in the evening. This project is something you do at home at your convenience and deliver to one of our offices. You can make as many or few as you want. If you'd like, you can decorate the bag and/or include a happy note card along with the snacks. You provide all supplies and delivery to one of our offices at your convenience.

Here are some ideas, but any sort of healthy, non-perishable food will work. Think of what you like to eat when you need to eat on the run. Please include 3-5 items per bag. 

  • Fruit cups or fruit snacks
  • Granola bars 
  • Crackers and peanut butter snack packs
  • Packaged muffins
  • Sun chips, chex mix, pretzels or other "healthier" snack food
  • Nuts or trail mix
  • Individual cereal bowls and boxes  
  • Juice boxes/bottles Gatorade-type beverages  
  • 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
  • Pasta bowls (just add water and microwave kind)
  • Napkins and spoons if needed  

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 





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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