August 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT August 2013 Family Volunteer Opportunities  

August 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 August 2013
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MiracleKids Triathlon  

Miracles of Mitch Foundation


Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 10:30am start or Saturday, August 17, 9am start


Location: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, August 3 or Lake Ann, Chanhassen, August 17
Steve and Becky Chepokas formed the Miracles of Mitch Foundation (MOMF) in memory of their son Mitch. Since his passing in 2003, the MOMF has provided financial and quality-of-life support to the families of children being treated for cancer in Minnesota. Benefiting the Miracles of Mitch Foundation, the MiracleKids Triathlon is the MOMF's largest fundraiser. The MiracleKids Triathlon provides the lion's share of funding for our grants program, which pays bills for families while they are treating a child for cancer in Minnesota. At the MiracleKids Triathlon, kids age 7-17 race in honor of a child who is currently fighting cancer.  


Ages: Participants 7-17; Volunteers 16+


Time Commitment: Two-four hours


Contact: Anna Haugo,



State Fair Parking Assistant  

The Salvation Army


Date/Time: August 22-September 2, during the Minnesota State Fair. Three shifts are available each day; 8am-noon, noon-4pm or 4-7:30pm  


Location: Salvation Army Booth Brown House, 1471 Como Ave W, Saint Paul
If you enjoy directing traffic, taking people's money, and telling people to park wherever you want them to, perhaps you should consider this volunteer opportunity. Booth Brown House, a shelter for youth, opens up their whole parking lot and yard for Minnesota State Fair visitors as a place to park, and the money raised goes towards activities for youth in the shelter. Volunteers help recruit potential cars for the lot (a lot of waving signs around and cheering), collect money/make change, direct cars to the open spot or how to park in the yard, and then monitor the lot for when a new spot opens up. All volunteers receive one ticket to the Minnesota State Fair.  


Ages: Minimum age is 8 years old with adult supervision


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact: Jennie Connors, 651.746.3426,




Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 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 August 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 To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at 



Green Space Spruce-Ups  



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Various Twin Cities location 

Aeon is a nonprofit owner, developer and manager of high quality affordable apartments and townhomes in the metro area. Grab your friends, colleagues or family and spend a few hours helping Aeon maintain gardens and landscaped spaces. Work may include planting, clean up, mulching or weeding.


Ages: Ten and up with adult supervision


Time Commitment: Flexible, projects are generally two to four hours in length


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, or 612.746.0524



Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution  

Help provide school supplies for children


Many local organizations help to provide school supplies for children who would otherwise be unable to start school with the school supplies they need. The programs listed below need help with either collecting school supplies or distributing supplies to children. If a program close to you isn't listed below you can also contact your local school district or food shelf to see how you can help in your area.   


1. STEP (St Louis Park) - St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP Back to School Program
Check website for more details about school supply donations.
Julie Jergens, Volunteer Coordinator,, 952.925.4899 

2. ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students) - ResourceWest Back to School Program
Check website for current list of needed supplies. School supplies will be distributed August 21-24. Families with children as young as 5 are welcome to volunteer.

Rosemaris Campos, Volunteer Coordinator, 952.988.5352 or

3. PRISM (Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale and parts of Crystal and Plymouth) - PRISM School Supplies drive
Call Prism's Volunteer Director at 763.529.1350 for more information

4. VEAP (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) - Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People  VEAP Back to School Program
Donate new school supplies through August 13,
Children and Youth Services Program Manager, 952.888.9616   

5. The Family Partnership  (Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park and Bloomington locations) - Back to School Drive, Rebecca Anderson,, 612.341.1610

6. Resource, Inc. (Metro area) - Build-a-Backpack drive through August 19. Samantha Sleeman, 612.752.8030,

7. IOCP (West suburban Hennepin County) - Back to school drive- Help collect and sort school supply donations through August. Email Lynn Vettel,, or Liz Erstad-Hicks,, or 763.489.7506

8. Project for Pride in Living (Minneapolis) - Help families in need send their kids (K-12) to school ready to learn with backpacks and basic supplies. Suggested supply list for backpacks by grade provided. Drop off at the PPL Service Center, 1035 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls, until Friday, August 16. Contact Julie Huck, PPL Volunteer Manager, 612.455.5111,



Pack food shelf items for low-income seniors  

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)


Date/Time: Saturday, August 10 and/or Saturday, August 24, 11am-1pm


Location: IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth
The IOCP food shelf has a home delivery program that makes food shelf items available to low-income seniors who struggle to get to IOCP on their own due to limited transportation or mobility. Volunteers are needed to pack up food bags for these senior citizens. The grocery shopper will use a request list that has already been completed with the senior over the phone to shop for the items. Once shopping is complete, the volunteer will then count and weigh the food. These opportunities happen two Saturdays each month; families can participate on a one time or ongoing basis.


Ages: Volunteers can be 5 years of age or older. All youth 5-13 years old will need to sign up with an adult.


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks,, 763.489.7506



Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)


Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website registration page    


Location: FMSC has MN packing locations in Chanhassen, Chaska and Eagan
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Summer volunteers are urgently needed. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Packaged in small pouches, this easy-to-prepare food blend has won rave reviews all over the world. While the formula was designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children, the ingredients also improve the health, growth and physical well being of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. A single bag of food-which provides meals for six children-costs around $1.32 to produce, and 94 percent of all donations to FMSC goes directly toward the food program.


Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online 


Time Commitment: One and a half or two hour shift


Contact: Registration is available online 




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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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