February 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT February 2013 Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 February 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 
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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, www.kidsnkinship.org


2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes  

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International


Date/Time: Saturday, February 23. Walk start time is 8:00am


Location: Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Join thousands of others in supporting juvenile diabetes research while walking around Mall of America. The walk starts at 8am. (Registration starts at 7am) Walk for as long or short of a time as you'd like! Then stay for the post walk entertainment.  


Ages: All ages can walk (or ride in a stroller)


Time Commitment: A few hours


Contact: Kara Fischer, kfischer@jdrf.org 952.851.0770, Click for online registration information



Host a Birthday Bag Blitz  

Cheerful Givers


Date/Time: Flexible 


Location: Fill the bags at your home or other location, and then deliver them to a local shelter or food shelf 

Cheerful Givers helps families by helping to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. This simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens bonds in families. Your family or group will assemble birthday bags with new toys for children ages 3-12 and deliver the bags to a nearby shelter or food shelf. About 8-10 new items go into each bag, with a total value of about ten dollars. Each bag should include one "lasting" item like a plush animal or book. Click for directions for assembling birthday bags. This is a unique, fun activity for all ages! Please contact Cheerful Givers to tell them how many birthday bags you filled and where you donated them.   


Ages: All ages will enjoy this project


Time Commitment: Will vary, depending on the time needed to purchase supplies, assemble and deliver birthday bags


Contact: Karen@cheerfulgivers.org or visit www.cheerfulgivers.org for more information


Family Trips

Global Citizens Network


Upcoming Trip Dates:

March: Cantel, Guatemala, 3/22-3/31/12; Chicueyaco, Mexico, 3/30-4/6/13
April: La Push, Washington, 4/13-4/20/13
White Earth, Minnesota, 6/9-6/16/13; Xiloxoxhico, Mexico, 6/15-6/24/13; Kilomeni, Tanzania, 6/15-6/29/13
Cantel, Guatemala, 7/5-7/14/13; Odienya, Kenya, 7/6-7/20/13; La Push, Washington, 7/13-7/20/13; Chirapa, Peru, 7/20-8/3/13; Bukoba, Tanzania, 7/28-8/11/13
Tumbatu, Ecuador, 8/3-8/17/13; Eden Valley Reserve, Canada, 8/3-8/10/13; Puno, Peru, 8/17-8/31/13; White Earth, Minnesota, 8/25-9/1/13 


Location: Global Citizens Network Office 129 N 2nd Street, Suite #102, Minneapolis    

A travel experience with GCN can offer your family the opportunity to dig deeper, expose yourselves to new ways of life, and stretch the boundaries of what is "ordinary." You and your children (or grandchildren, nieces or nephews) can see the world through new eyes, while strengthening your ties to one another. GCN is the only volunteer travel organization with team leaders trained specifically to work with families. GCN is the only organization devoted to cross-cultural partnership experiences that offers a comprehensive program of materials for families with children to support and deepen their volunteer travel experience. We have spaces available for families on our spring and summer trips. Please click on the links for more information about each of the trips.


Ages: Children ages 8 years old and above are welcome to volunteer with their parents or guardians on GCN trips. For families with younger children, please consult with the GCN staff.


Time Commitment: Varies by trip 


Contact: Molly Stern, Program Coordinator, 612.436.8273 or molly@globalcitizens.org



Community Dinner Providers  

Our Saviour's Housing  


Date/Time: Scheduling is flexible, primarily weekday evenings


Location: Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis
Our 16 Transitional Housing residents are eager for ways to come together for socializing and support. Please join us for a community dinner! Purchase, prepare, and serve a meal for 10-15 people. Then sit down to enjoy the dinner together before cleaning up. After dinner, you're free to stay for games. You'll enjoy the company of our residents and staff while providing a much-needed social opportunity  


Ages: Minimum age is 6


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




Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Kit



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 201 West 87th Street, Bloomington or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville  

Imagine...how would you cook a meal without the basic kitchen utensils?
There are thousands of local families and individuals who face this difficult situation every day. Bridging's mission is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives while effectively using community resources. Every year, Bridging serves approximately 4,000 households (nearly 13,000 individuals) from the Twin Cities. We would love to provide a Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Pack to every family who comes to Bridging. That means we need over 80 packs each week!
You can help by putting together Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Packs and delivering them to Bridging. Donate from your existing housewares or purchase new at a retailer. Each Essentials Welcome Home Pack should contain:
*    Can opener
*    Mixing spoon
*    Spatula
*    Dish towel/cloth
*    Ladle (optional)
*    Whisk (optional)
*    Peeler (optional)
You can gather and donate single items or assemble the Kitchen Essentials Welcome Home Packs at your location. New and gently used items accepted.
Simple and easy for all ages! 


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Diana Dalsin, Community Relations Manager, 952.888.0746 diana.dalsin@bridging.org, or Wendy Erickson, Volunteer & Program Supervisor, 651.319.9295, wendy.erickson@bridging.org  




Youth Service Day  

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time: Saturday, February 2, 9-11:30am. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to sign-in, hang up coats and lock up items such as purses in our individual lockers for your convenience.  Our volunteer orientation will start promptly at 9am


Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley  

Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. In addition to the service component there will be a short hunger awareness activity. The service component will be to sort and re-pack donated food into consumer size packages; this activity includes a variety of positions, so there will be jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These re-packaged items then go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger.  We hope you will join the fun!  


Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages 8 and older. Adults who bring infants and children under 8 years old will not be able to volunteer.


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via www.2harvest.org/volunteer




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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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