April 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT April 2013 Family Volunteer Opportunities  

Subject: April 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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April 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Whole Foods Community Support Day  

Meals on Wheels


Date/Time: Thursday, March 28, 11-6pm (note March date) 


Location: Whole Foods Markets in St. Paul and Minneapolis  

  • Whole Foods Market St. Paul - 30 S Fairview (Grand & Fairview), St. Paul
  • Whole Foods Market Lake Calhoun - 3060 Excelsior Blvd (Lake & Excelsior), Minneapolis

Metro Meals on Wheels is the association of 37 Meals on Wheels programs in the Twin Cities metro. With our program partners, we lead the effort to make sure people in our community receive the nutritious meals and the human connection they need to help them live independently. On Thursday, March 28, Whole Foods Markets in St. Paul and Minneapolis will donate 5% of their sales to Metro Meals on Wheels. Your children can help Meals on Wheels clients too by decorating lunch bags and postcards for Meals on Wheels recipients at either store during Community Support Day. Grab your shopping list and come out and support Metro Meals on Wheels!


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


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



27th Annual Saint Paul Citywide Cleanup  

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department


Date/Time:  Saturday, April 13, 8:30-11:30am


Location: Citywide Spring Cleanup Kickoff Sites:
*    Como Lakeside Pavilion (1360 N Lexington Pkwy)
*    Harriet Island Pavilion (200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd)
*    Highland Pavilion (1200 Montreal Ave)
*    Phalen Pavilion (1600 Phalen Dr)
*    Indian Mounds Shelter (10 Mounds Boulevard)  

Over the past 26 years, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department has established a tradition of hosting an annual Spring Parks Cleanup event to collect the trash that has accumulated over the winter. Now, with the help of the Department of Public Works, the event has transformed into a citywide effort to clean our parks, neighborhoods, and streets. Without the help of volunteers, trash accumulates in many areas, polluting lakes, rivers, and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve our natural environment while also contributing to the overall beautification of Saint Paul.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Andy Rodriguez at 651.632.2411 or Shannon O'Brien at 651.632.2458. Registration is available online




Cedar Creek Conservation Area Planting Event  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 8:30am-12:30pm


Location: Cedar Creek Conservation Area, 18510 Lake George Blvd NW, Oak Grove

Join us as we transform an 11-acre old field into a wildlife haven by planting 2000 bare-root shrubs and trees: bur oak, cherry, hazelnut, plum and chokeberry. Cedar Creek Conservation Area is a new crown jewel of the Anoka County Parks system featuring a broad array of native landscapes including wetlands and emergent marshes, woodlands, planted prairie, and over two miles of shoreline on the Rum River and Cedar Creek.  


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 jkriz@greatrivergreening.org. Registration available online




RAKE IT Spring Yard Clean Up  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program


Date/Time: Seasonal: April - November (depending upon the weather)


Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives  

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


Ages: Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult


Time Commitment: Varies, depending on location and size of group


Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org



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. Mentoring Works! Please consider stepping forward today to support a child age 5-16 through weekly fun and enriching activities with your family. 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



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  


Assemble "Creativity Kits" for Children (Coloring Book & Crayons)  

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA)


Date/Time: Flexible, the MVNA office is open 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Arrangements can be made for earlier or later drop off if needed    


Location: 2000 Summer Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis  

Most of the homes visited by Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency nurses do not have any outlets for creative expression, such as crayons. A coloring book opens an important creative avenue for young children. Your family can help by collecting and assembling coloring books and crayons. Then your children can decorate the envelopes for the kit materials.  

Each kit includes:
*    One or two new Coloring Books (sensitive to diversity of clients served by MVNA) - subject of books can be animals, trucks, cartoon characters, etc.
*    New Crayons (set of 24) - thick if possible
*    Stickers - 2 sheets
*    Construction paper - 5 sheets
*    Package in a 9" x 12" envelope (unsealed). Children are encouraged to decorate the outside of the envelope

Please indicate by marking in pencil on the kit envelope as to whether the kit would be enjoyed by a girl, a boy or either.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Michelle Lichtig, 612.617.4658, lichtigm@mvna.org. Please call or email to make arrangements to drop off kits




Friends of the Mississippi River  

Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis Watershed Cleanup


Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 9:30-noon


Location: We'll meet at two sites. Both are at the bluff top, along the parkway. You can work along sidewalks or go off trail along the bluff or river. Pick whichever meeting spot works better for you: 

  • East 36th Street and West River Parkway, an oak savanna actively being restored by FMR Gorge Stewards volunteers
  • East 44th Street and West River Parkway, a maple basswood forest also benefiting from Gorge Stewards restoration volunteers  

This Earth Day cleanup is a tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge. Volunteers come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to help clean up the Mississippi River watershed. Pizza will be provided for volunteers at both sites at the end of the cleanup. You'll see a small tent and signage near the bike and walking trails. (Please note that the start-time is 9:30am) You'll sign in, and then you'll receive trash bags, beverages and directions. If possible, please bring your own gloves


Ages: Children are welcome to volunteer


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Megan Gregory at mgregory@minneapolisparks.org
It is not necessary to pre-register for this event, just stop on by at either site to lend a hand




Tourists and Travelers: Give us your Toiletries!  

Simpson Housing Services, Inc


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Items may be delivered to our shelter directly or to our main office   

  • Simpson Shelter Address and Donation Hours, 2740 1st Ave S, Minneapolis, Saturday & Sunday, 7- 9pm; Monday, 3-5pm; Tuesday through Friday, 3-5pm and 7-9pm
  • Simpson Office Address and Donation Hours, 2100 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis, Weekdays, 9am-4:30pm

Do you travel or know someone who does? Simpson Shelter needs unopened travel size soap, shampoo, and lotion. Our emergency overnight shelter serves 44 men and 22 women every night in south Minneapolis. We provide meals, showers, laundry, and basic hygiene supplies. We're running out of several items and can use your help! Simply bring in your unopened travel items or put a box in your school, workplace or faith community and collect from people you know.


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible, time to gather and deliver donations 


Contact: Christina Giese, 612.874.8683, cgiese@simpsonhousing.org




Native American Somali Peacemakers Program

The Family Partnership


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Donations can be delivered to either The Family Partnership main office downtown, 414 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, or at the program location, 4123 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

The Native American Somali Friendship Committee is a cross-cultural, multigenerational collaboration between both elders and youth aimed at promoting mutual respect, friendship, and cooperation between the Somali and Native American communities of the Cedar Riverside and Phillips neighborhoods. Help support the Native American Somali Peacemakers Program by donating any of the following items:
*    Snack bags for youth programs; items such as granola bars, trail mix, fruit cups or fruit snacks.
*    Basketballs, jump ropes  or soccer balls for open gym
*    Native American beads   


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


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




Win A Jefferson Award for your Service Project!  

Jefferson Awards for Public Service - Youth Service Challenge


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity 


Location: Online at www.YouthServiceChallenge.net
The Jefferson Awards has a mission - "Building a Culture of Service" - and we want to help tell the stories of the incredible service projects youth are doing. That is why the Youth Service Challenge (YSC) was created - to publicly recognize and highlight youth service, while empowering and educating young people on the power they have to affect change, both locally and nationally. By entering your project on the Youth Service Challenge website, your family project could gain local and national recognition, earn awards and cash prizes, or even a trip to Washington, DC to be recognized at the Jefferson Awards National Gala! Enter your project on the website in 3 simple steps: 1. Sign up; 2. Tell us about your project; 3. Upload your results (photos, videos, etc.). It's simple and free! Projects carried out between Oct 1, 2012 and May 5, 2013 are eligible for recognition. You are changing the world! We want to tell your story!


Ages: Projects involving youth under 25. Children under 13 must have adult permission to submit projects on the website.


Time Commitment: Less than an hour to register projects and share stories of helping the community. Register as many projects as you like.


Contact: Tom Basquill, Jefferson Awards Regional Director, t.basquill@jeffersonawards.org, 763.742.8142





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