December 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT December 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities  


December 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  December 2013 - Twin Cities
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Two Great Holiday Gifts that Give Back!  

Doing Good Together


Location: Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy these gifts right at home
Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? With these two gifts, ALL the proceeds benefit nonprofits that serve children and families. In addition, the gifts themselves teach children about the joy of doing for others. Most important of all, though, children will LOVE these fabulous presents.  


Big-Hearted Families Book Club  

Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month or full year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more & subscribe at our Big-Hearted Families shop


Crafts with Kindness Kits
Families can make a difference, right from their own kitchen table - and have fun in the process! Crafts with Kindness is an all-in-one craft kit that makes it easy for families to complete a meaningful service project, no matter how busy their schedule might be. Learn more & purchase your kits today: 


Ages: Most appropriate for children 3-9 years old


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Laurie at with any questions and   



Holiday Cookie Baking  

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners


Date/Time: Deliver cookies between December 9-11


Location: 605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth
Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in 8 west suburban Hennepin communities. IOCP provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food and clothing, housing, employment, childcare, transportation, and access to resources and healthy community connection. Your family can help by baking extra cookies or bars this holiday season to share with families and kids served by IOCP. The cookies will be served as dessert at IOCP's annual holiday party and be sent home with families during the holiday gift distribution.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks; 763.489.7506



Holiday Cards  

Hiawatha YMCA


Date/Time:  Flexible, deliver cards by December 19


Location: 4100 28th Ave S, Minneapolis
Each year the Blaisdell/Hiawatha YMCA prepares holiday baskets to deliver to families and individuals in the Minneapolis area. For over four decades, Operation Holiday Baskets have been provided to diverse groups of low-income families as well as people with disabilities, and families experiencing hard times at the holidays. You can help out by creating and decorating holiday cards for inclusion in these holiday food baskets.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Kathy Marker,; 612.465.0528



Bake Cookies  

The Aliveness Project


Date/Time: Deliver between December 17-19  


Location: 730 E 38th St, Minneapolis
Founded in 1985, The Aliveness Project is a local nonprofit organization that offers a variety of supportive services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Bake cookies at your location, bag them by the dozen, and we will distribute them together with other gifts to families in Minnesota living with HIV/AIDS.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Monica Travis,; 612.822.7946 x206 



Send Holiday Cheer To Homebound Seniors   

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) 


Date/Time: Saturday, December 21, 11am-1pm


Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth
Pack food bags for homebound seniors with regular food shelf items and some extra holiday items. Food will be delivered to seniors the following Monday, just in time for a special holiday meal.


Ages: Ages 5-13 with accompanying adult


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks,; 763.489.7506 



Christmas Meal Volunteers     

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly  


Date/Time: Wednesday, December 25, noon-2pm


Location: Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave S, Minneapolis
Help brighten the Christmas holiday for isolated elders with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly at their annual Christmas Meal event. There are a couple of ways you and your family can help:   

  • Drive elder participants to the dinner site, eat and visit with them during the event, and drive them home afterward. Total time commitment is from 11am to 3pm
  • Deliver a meal and have a brief visit with an elder participant unable to attend the dinner on Christmas Day. Meal pick up time is at 12:30; total time commitment would be about two hours

Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Two or four hours  


Contact: Joshua Windham, Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, 612.746.0732,  



Provide Food And Gifts  

Ramsey County Human Services


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Ramsey County social worker will pick up gifts at your location
Purchase, wrap and label gifts for a Ramsey County family. Family information including first names, gender, ages, clothing sizes and gift suggestions will be provided. Recommended budget: $30 - $50 per member of the receiving family, with an additional $10 per family member for the grocery certificate.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact:  Mary Capuzzi,, 651.266.4090



Adopt A Holiday Basket  

The Aliveness Project


Date/Time: Deadline is December 13


Location: 730 E 38th St, Minneapolis
Founded in 1985, The Aliveness Project is a local non-profit that offers a variety of supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Since 1988 our Holiday Basket Program has provided thousands of gift baskets to men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS throughout Minnesota. Each holiday season, volunteers help by adopting baskets. Most of our baskets are geared towards Christmas or Hanukkah, but we will create a basket for any winter holiday. Basket recipients are families with children, adult couples, or single adults. Using their own funds, the volunteer shops for the basket recipient(s) and may be guided by a wishlist provided by the recipient if they so choose. The wishlist contains info about age, sizes, hobbies, and any particular 'holiday wishes.' We ask volunteers to budget a modest $35 per person in the basket. This allows a volunteer to decide how many people they would like to adopt.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Tim Marburger;; 612.822.7946 x204 



Bingo Host  

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: Bingo can be scheduled for almost any evening. The game begins around 8pm and runs until about 9pm.


Location: 2219 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis. There is ample off-street parking
Provide our Emergency Shelter residents with a fun activity! Every night the Our Saviour's Housing shelter is home to 40 adults. By hosting a game of Bingo, you give residents a way to relax and socialize. This is a great opportunity for families! We provide the Bingo set; you provide 5-10 prizes. We suggest items such as: 

  • $5 Target gift cards 
  • Snacks such as pop, granola bars, or candy
  • Hygiene items
  • Decks of playing cards
  • New socks, shower sandals, or t-shirts

Ages: All ages are welcome  


Time Commitment: One hour. You can volunteer once or come back on a regular basis.


Contact: Rachel Kennedy at 612.872.4193 x2,



Warm Hats And Gloves Drive  

Project for Pride in Living


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 614 Third Street South, Minneapolis
Collect and donate warm hats and gloves for transitional housing residents who are working towards health and self-sufficiency. Both men's and women's styles are needed.


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Julie Huck,; 612.455.5111




Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, October 7, 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 December 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 



Blankets and Pillows Needed  



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 201 West 87th Street, Bloomington or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville would you sleep without a pillow or a blanket? There are many local families and individuals who face this difficult situation every day. Without adequate inventory on the shelves from the community we simply cannot help families in need. Collect pillows and/or blankets for families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. New or gently used items accepted.


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Diana Dalsin,; 952.888.0746






Date/Time: Volunteers are needed throughout December


Location: Minneapolis locations

Aeon is a nonprofit developer, owner and manager of high quality affordable homes in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Many people living in our affordable-housing units have a tough time meeting all of their basic expenses. Your family can help by cooking, serving and sharing a meal with residents - individuals who once experienced homelessness. You will need to plan, purchase, cook and serve the meal for residents. Meal shopping guides are available.


Ages: Six and up with adult supervision  


Time Commitment: Plan on two hours, plus cooking time


Contact: Kimberly Lanigan,; 612.746.4867 




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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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