September 2012 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT September 2012 Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2012 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 September 2012
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The Washburn Games  

Washburn Center for Children


Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, 1:30-4:30pm


Location: Bryn Mawr Meadows, 400 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis (park near Penn Ave & 394)

Looking for a way for your kids to get exercise, burn off energy AND do good for the community? The third annual Washburn Games gives children ages 4-12 a chance to get active and give back to the community. Kids will enjoy a noncompetitive sports sampler with nearly 20 activities including lacrosse, cricket, hockey, mini golf and more! Participants are encouraged to support at-risk children by paying a $10 registration fee or raising funds for Washburn Center for Children. As a bonus, kids who raise $100 or more are eligible to win amazing prizes including a $1,000 educational scholarship. Parents and older children can get involved by volunteering to help children go through the sports stations!   


Ages: Children ages 4-12 may participate in the event. Individuals age 13+ may volunteer


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: For more information contact Amy at or 612.767.6328

Register at 



Building Better Lives Volunteer Expo  

Community Thread and the United Way of Washington County-East


Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 3:30-6:30pm


Location: Community Thread, 2300 Orleans St. W. Stillwater, MN

Learn about nonprofits in the East Metro and the many local volunteer opportunities available to you and your family. 30 nonprofit organizations will be present, so participants can go from table to table and "shop" for volunteer opportunities. There will also be refreshments, speed volunteering, a drawing and lots of information on the organizations that serve our community. Anyone with a heart to serve is welcome to attend--families, business leaders, group leaders, people with community service requirements, teens, and youth! Join us and find out how YOU can help build better lives through volunteering! This is a family-friendly event! Kids of all ages are welcome to come learn about volunteerism. There will be children's activities, snacks, and even a scavenger hunt for information on our local nonprofits.  


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Up to three hours


Contact: Elena Ballam, Volunteer Center Program Manager, 651.439.7434, ext 207, 



Saturday Cookouts  

Live 2 Serve  


Date/Time:  Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm

Near the Dorothy Day homeless shelter in St. Paul 

Get the grill ready! Invite your friends to help! Bring out brats and hamburger 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. We will be out at the location with your group the whole time to help and ensure a great volunteer opportunity.


Ages: Appropriate for ages 10 and up


Time Commitment: One Saturday, we will work with your family or group to find a Saturday that works with your schedule


Contact: Timothy Munns at 



Cedar Lake Park Restoration Event  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 8:30am-12:30pm


Location: Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, 400 W 260th St, New Prague

Identified as one of the Last Best Places in the Metropolitan Council's Regional Parks Policy Plan, this planned 300-acre park includes the last remaining undeveloped shoreline on Cedar Lake. Volunteers will plant native shrubs for a shoreline buffer planting demonstration as part of a larger shoreline habitat restoration project.


Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact: Josh Kriz, Volunteer Manager, 651.665.9500, ext. 11 or

Online register available here 



Friendship and Flowers Visiting to Seniors  

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly


Date/Time: Every third Saturday of the month, 9-11am


Location: Homes of shut-in seniors in Minneapolis or St Paul
Minneapolis bag pickup: Friends of the Elderly, 1845 East Lake St.; St. Paul bag pickup: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N. Dale St.

Friendship and Flowers visitors provide companionship, friendship, and help to relieve the isolation and loneliness felt by isolated and shut-in seniors. Visitors deliver treat bags to elders (provided by Friends of the Elderly) on the third Saturday of each month, while sharing friendly conversation. It's a wonderful opportunity for families who want to volunteer together.


Ages: Families are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Two-three hours per month, six month commitment needed


Contact: LuAnne Speeter,, 612.746.0753 



Meals for Minds  

Second Harvest Heartland


Dates, Times & Locations:  

  • Tuesday, Sept 11, 4-7pm, Pillsbury Elementary, 2250 NE Garfield St, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, Sept 13, 6-8:30pm, Sheridan Elementary, 1201 University Ave NE, Minneapolis
  • Thursday, Sept, Sept 20, 4-7pm, Sullivan-Anishinabe Elementary 3100 East 28th St, Minneapolis 


1 in 6 Minnesota children will not get enough to eat today. To provide direct and convenient outreach, Second Harvest Heartland distributes food through local schools to students and their families as part of the Target Meals for Minds program. Each child leaves the Meals for Minds pantry with 30 lbs. of groceries, enough food for 25 meals. As a volunteer you will help set up the mobile food pantry and distribute food to those who need it most. Volunteers are vital to the success of these events by running the pantry and ensuring participants have a positive experience! 


Ages: Minimum age is 10


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via or by contacting Jessica Hultgren, Director of Volunteer Services, 651.209.7939, or If registering online, volunteers will need to choose "Metro Wide" as the opportunity location to populate the Meals for Minds events calendar 



Great Neighbors' Duck Race!  

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Saturday, October 6, 10:30am-3:30pm


Location: The event will be held outside of the T&T Galley on the corner of Southview Blvd and 9th Ave S in South St Paul  

Have a great time volunteering at The Great Neighbors' Duck Race, Neighbors, Inc., annual fundraiser event. Imagine: thousands of yellow rubber ducks racing each other towards the finish line. Multiple heats will occur throughout the day with prizes for the winning duck adopters. Volunteers are needed to setup and cleanup, sell duck adoption certificates, and monitor the racecourse. Volunteers are signed up on a first come first serve basis, so contact us today!


Ages: Family volunteers under the age requirement of 14 years old need to be accompanied by an adult (18 years of age or older)


Time Commitment: Two-three hour shifts throughout the day


Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or 



Shelter Dinner Providers  

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: 6-8pm, contact us to schedule a date


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

Volunteers are needed to purchase, prepare, and clean up a meal for our residents (approximately 50 people). Dinner is served at 7pm, and your time on site will be 2-3 hours. You will also have the opportunity to sit and enjoy dinner and conversation with our residents. This is a great opportunity for families or groups of 4-8 to learn and serve together!  


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 or 612.872.4193 x25




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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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