October 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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October 2012 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities 2012

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 October 2012
Volunteer Opportunities
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Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Thursday, October 11, 5:30-8:30pm


Location: Le Méridien Chambers, 900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis   

If you would like to learn more about our organization while enjoying the company of others interested in raising compassionate children through family service, please join us! Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. We'll be featuring our traditional Wall of Wine Raffle, a silent auction, and fabulous entertainment. Not to mention hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer. Remember: Your generosity will enable us to help more families raise caring, compassionate children who give back to their community. Purchase tickets here and visit our website for more details. Also, be sure to check out our fabulous ONLINE AUCTION. All proceeds will be used to support our mission - providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families raise kind, service-minded children.  


Ages: Most suitable for adults, but all ages are welcome


Time Commitment: As long as you'd like, up to three hours


Contact: rachel@doinggoodtogether.org with any questions




Rake a Difference Day  

Community Thread  


Date/Time: Saturday, October 27


Location: Homes are located in the St Croix Valley communities of Afton, Bayport, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Marine, Stillwater, Oak Park Heights and Woodbury

Rake A Difference Day is a Community Thread service initiative that takes place in conjunction with the national Make A Difference Day. This initiative takes place across the St. Croix Valley, and connects groups of volunteers to seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance raking their yards. Groups rake on or around the date of national Make a Difference Day. Last year we engaged over 500 volunteers in raking the yards of over 65 people in need in our community! This year will mark the 14th year of Rake A Difference Day in the St. Croix Valley.    


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Depends on the number of yards your family or group is able to rake


Contact: Lauren Hazenson at lauren@communitythreadmn.org or 651.439.7434.
Rake a Difference Day volunteer applications are available online at Rake a Difference Day




Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity


Location: Your home or the community  

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with children ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. We are based in Dakota County and are celebrating our 40th year of serving families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount though our mentors may drive in from other areas. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer(s) and child/parent. Our families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it's easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it's a board game, sledding, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum. We offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable, a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, as well as ongoing training and support. We ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year's time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of our matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child - it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!   


Ages: Mentors are families, couples, or individuals over 21


Time Commitment:  One to four hours per week, on your own time (very flexible scheduling: can be weekends, evenings or after school)


Contact: Ingrid Henry, Kinship Coordinator at ihkinship@aol.com or 952.891.3885, www.kidsnkinship.org


Want to mentor but live in Hennepin or Anoka County? Check out Kinship of Greater Mpls (www.kinship.org) for the local mentoring program, sister to Kids 'n Kinship. Contact 612.588.4655 in Hennepin County and 763.862.6755 in Anoka County  


Serve Dinner for After-School Program  

Jabbok Family Services - COOL Youth Center


Date/Time: Monday or Tuesday nights during the school year. Volunteers are welcome on a one time or regular basis. Volunteers may arrive at 5pm to start their meal preparation; dinner should be served at 6pm


Location: 2608 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis

The mission of Jabbok Family Services is to work with children, youth, and families of the Whittier neighborhood in reaching their potential through high quality, low cost childcare, family support, and children and youth programming. Volunteers are needed to purchase, prepare and serve a meal to approximately 40 kids, grades 1-12 at the COOL Youth Center. Well-balanced meals including fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains are appreciated. Meals are provided as part of our after-school program. The meal can be made in advance and warmed or prepared completely at the center. Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Purchase and prepare the food for 40 kids, including milk (no pork products)
  • Serve the meal at 6pm
  • Perform cleanup of serving supplies and kitchen (the kids wash their own dishes)
  • Fill out meal record form for statistical and liability purposes 

Ages: Two to four adults and children 5 and over (or groups of up to 10)


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

Contact: Kathi Eilers, 612.870.6118 or keilers@jabbokfamilyservices.org





Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, October 13, 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 October 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 wooddale.org/loveindeed. Pre-registration is available online; click pre-registration tab. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  loveindeedwc@gmail.com




Rake it Yard Clean-up  

Neighborhood Involvement Program


Date/Time: Flexible to fit your schedule during October-November


Location: Seniors homes in North & South Minneapolis  

Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families (kids age 7+). This is a one-time fun and flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! 


Supplies needed: Rakes, gloves, brooms, and compostable bags 


Ages: Minimum age 7 with adult


Time Commitment: Two+ hours 


Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org




For The Love Of Peyton Blanket Project  


Date/Time: Saturday, October 13, 6-10pm


Location: Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Ave, Bloomington  

The inspiration for the Blanket Party was a hand-tied blanket given to Peyton Bocklage during his treatment for cancer. We are continuing the tradition of bringing comfort, hope and love to others through the making and distribution of hand-tied blankets. Volunteers meet once a year to make as many hand-tied fleece blankets as possible in one evening. The blankets we make are distributed to a multitude of local charitable causes. You DO NOT need to know how to sew to make the blankets. Please invite all your friends to share in this event!  


Ages: 12 and older


Time Commitment: As little or as much time as you wish  

Contact: For more information, email loveofpeyton@gmail.com


Personal Care Products Drive

The Family Partnership


Date/Time: Anytime in October


Location: 414 South 8th Street, Minneapolis

The Family Partnership is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities. Our mission is building strong families, vital communities and better futures for children. Last year, 17,000 people turned to us for help and hope. Through counseling, education and advocacy services, we change the lives of children, families and communities. You can make a difference too, by donating any of the following NEW ITEMS for families and children in need:  

  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrushes
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Soap/ Body Wash
  • Ethnic Hair Care Products
  • Metro Transit Bus Passes
  • Calling Cards
  • Pocket Day Planners
  • Socks, Underwear, T-shirts for kids ages 8-15
  • Gift Cards, $25 or more  (groceries or discount retailers)

Ages: All


Time Commitment: One hour 


Contact: Rebecca Anderson, Development Associate, 612.341.1610, randerson@thefamilypartnership.org  




Trick-or-Treat for Cans  

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)


Date/Time: Trick-or-treat on your own and deliver to the IOCP food shelf. They will be open 9am-8pm on Wednesday, October 31; regular hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays.  

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

Help collect food donations for the IOCP food shelf when you go trick-or-treating this year. Deliver your donations to the IOCP food shelf when you're done and learn more about how your donations will help the families we serve. If you drop off your donations before 8 pm on Wednesday, October 31 you can get a tour of the food shelf. 


Ages: All ages!


Time Commitment: Varies, time needed to trick or treat and to deliver to food shelf


Contact: Questions? Contact Liz at lerstad-hicks@iocp.org or 763.489.7506




Shelter Dinner Providers   

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: October 26 or November 14, 6-8pm


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

Join other volunteers to prepare and serve a meal to 40 shelter guests at Our Saviour's Housing in Minneapolis. Volunteers at this project help make Our Saviour's a stable home by providing comforting meals. You will help prepare, serve, and clean up the meal. The best part, however, will be sitting down with residents to enjoy the dinner and friendly conversation. A Project Coordinator will plan and lead the meal to ensure an easy, fulfilling experience.  


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Two-three hours on site, plus the time to purchase items for the meal 


Contact: Colleen O'Connor Toberman at volunteer@oshousing.org or 612.872.4193 x25



Midtown Greenway 3.5K Awareness Walk

Maternal Outcomes Matter (MOM)


Date/Time:  Saturday, October 13, 9:30am-12pm. Registration begins at 9:30am & the walk begins at 10am


Location:  Midtown Global Market/Greenway, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis. Parking is available  either on the street (either 10th Avenue or Elliot Avenue), or in the Midtown Exchange Parking Ramp on 10th Ave S just north of Lake St.  

Maternal Outcomes Matter (MOM) is a local group of nurses and midwives concerned with maternal mortality locally and worldwide. Come participate in our Midtown Greenway 3.5K Awareness Walk, representing the average distance a woman in the developing world must walk to access maternity care. The Walk's course is approximately 2.2 miles. It will be a loop to the Sabo bridge with a rest stop at the bridge, starting and ending at the Midtown Global Market/Midtown Greenway. Follow the signs!! Suggested registration fee for the walk is $20 per person.  


Ages: All ages are welcome!


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: MOM website for details and registration; www.maternaloutcomesmatter.org
Registration is available online





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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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