May 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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Stamp Out Hunger

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time: Saturday, May 12, West Metro Sites: 2-5:30pm, East Metro Sites: 3-6:30pm


Location: Variety of Cub Foods locations in both the west and east metro  

We are excited to announce a very fun and unique volunteer opportunity for individuals, families and seniors. On May 12, Second Harvest Heartland will be partnering with Cub Foods and the National Association of Letter Carriers to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food drive: Stamp Out Hunger. Our goal is to collect enough food in just one day to feed 1 million Minnesotans. We are in need of nearly 200 volunteers to help us collect food donations at various Cub Foods locations across the metro area. Volunteers will be helping to unload food from mail trucks. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for children and families.


Ages: Minimum age is 8


Time Commitment: 3.5 hours


Contact: Kris Jensen, Volunteer Coordinator,  651.216.3761, To register, click on stamp out hunger link and follow the instructions.



Community Days of Service  

Hopkins, Minnetonka & St. Louis Park Faith Communities


Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20


Location: Variety of sites in Hopkins, Minnetonka and St Louis Park  

Community Days of Service is an initiative organized and led by the Hopkins, Minnetonka & St. Louis Park faith communities for the purpose of caring for our neighborhoods, engaging our members in living out their faith through service, and building bridges among faith communities. Projects will be available for all ages, interests and abilities. Projects include sorting clothing at ARC Value Village, planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers at Westwood Nature Center, playing bingo with residents of Shalom Home West, and many more! Register in advance for the project(s) you choose. 


Ages: There are a variety of projects available for all ages.


Time Commitment: Projects range from 1½ - 4 hours


Contact: Project registration is online at Registration runs from April 29-May 13. A project coordinator will contact you via email, in advance of the project day, to provide you important information or last minute instructions. For more information visit the Community Days of Service Facebook page



Summer Camp Supply Drive  

The Family Partnership


Date/Time: Anytime during the month of May


Location: The Family Partnership Lake Street Branch, 4123 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis  

Remember sleep-away camp? Every summer, The Family Partnership sends about 20 of our youth to summer camps in both Minnesota and Wisconsin thanks to scholarships by the Pohlad Family Foundation Summer Camp grants. We use all of the grant money on camp scholarships in order to send as many youth to camp as possible. But we need families and volunteer groups to donate supplies for campers. Providing young campers with the supplies they need can be a real burden for our hard-working families. The majority of these families have low incomes, many are single-parent families, and many are from communities of color or newer immigrant groups whose children have never been to camp. You can help provide a child with the necessary equipment to attend summer camp. All donations are welcome. Here's our summer camp supply list: 


Adult size sleeping bag 

Beach towel

Travel Size toiletries: shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss 

Insect repellent
Flashlights -gently used is ok
Disposable camera
Stationary, note cards, stamps, or notebook


What else did you need at camp? We encourage you to write a card, note, draw a picture, include a book or write a list of homesickness "survival tips" or any other item to encourage, inspire and delight a camper and to include these in your donation  


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Rebecca Anderson, 612.728.2084 



Minnesota AIDS Walk

MN AIDS Project


Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 10am-2pm


Location: Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis  

Please join us for the 25th Year of the Minnesota AIDS Walk! When you and your family participate in the AIDS Walk you help us raise funds to prevent new HIV infections and keep people living with HIV in Minnesota healthy. The AIDS Walk is a fun, festive, family friendly event for all ages. The AIDS Walk begins and ends in Minnehaha Park, following the Mississippi River and takes roughly 2.5 hours to complete. There are six rest stops along the route, each with refreshments, rest rooms, entertainment, and first aid kits. In addition to a beautiful 6.2-mile walk along the Mississippi, there are plenty of activities, including kids' activities in our Junior Walkers tent, in Minnehaha Park where the Walk begins and ends. There is no registration fee. Walkers who raise $50 will receive a t-shirt


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact: Adrienne Widener, 



Collecting & Sorting Day  

The Pink Purse Project


Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 3-5pm


Location: Church of Minneapolis, 316 4th Ave SE, Minneapolis  

Can the right purse resurrect a woman's confidence? At the Pink Purse Project, we believe it can. Our mission is to empower women with renewed confidence and a positive self-image. Not just a bag for lipstick and gum, the Pink Purse Project holds access to community resources, emotional and physical support and financial services. We're distributing more than purses and personal items, we're sharing the value of self-worth. Through the gift of a purse, this project reaches women and provides them with encouragement and strength to overcome their current situations and make positive life changing decisions. We are asking the general public to bring and donate gently used or new purses, handbags and tote bags and new unused toiletries (lotion, soap, deodorant, make up, bath products, nail care, hair care, etc). These items will be sorted and prepared for distribution to women throughout the Twin Cities.  


Ages: Minimum age is 6


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: This opportunity is being coordinated by HandsOn Twin Cities. For more information or to register click here 



Snack Packs for Hungry Kids

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)


Date/Time: Flexible, can be done on your own time


Location: Your home or place of gathering  

Summer is fast approaching and that means that many kids will no longer receive breakfast and lunch at school through the Free/Reduced Meal Program. Work together with your family or friends to put together kid-friendly snack packs for the youth we serve over the summer months. Bags should include a juice box, fruit cup, granola bar, eating utensils (as needed) and a napkin. You can even put stickers on the bag or decorate it with markers, wishing kids a great day or summer!   


Ages: All ages are welcome to participate 


Time Commitment: Varies based on how many bags you'd like to complete


Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks,, 763.489.7506 



2012 Twin Cities Start! Heart Walk!  

American Heart Association


Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 7:30am-noon


Location: Target Field, downtown Minneapolis  

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." You can help. When you join Heart Walk, you join more than a million people in 300+ cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease and helping save lives! Families can participate by walking at the event. You can create a team and raise funds for the AHA or just walk to show your support! There are no fees to participate and walkers are eligible for a Start! Heart Walk t-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100.   


Ages: All ages are welcome  


Time Commitment: 4.5 hours


Contact: Click here to register for the walk. For more information about the walk visit the event website or contact Sarah Nelson, 952.278.7925,




Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 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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