July 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT July 2013 Family Volunteer Opportunities

Subject: July 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 July 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 
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Pack food shelf items for low-income seniors  

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)


Date/Time: Saturday, July 6 and/or Saturday, July 20, 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, lerstad-hicks@iocp.org, 763.489.7506



Mentor a Child   

Kids 'n Kinship


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity


Location: Your home or the community  

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples and 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 and 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


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



Volunteer Ushers- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs  

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development


Date/Time: Friday, July 13 through Sunday, August 4; weekend shows are Saturdays at 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm


Location: 55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul
Steppingstone Theatre has a great opportunity to volunteer in the community. Come usher at one of our weekend performances.
We ask that ushers: 

  • Arrive 1 hour before the show
  • Greet patrons as they enter the auditorium
  • Take tickets and hand out programs
  • Following the performance, pick up papers, programs, wrappers, etc. in the auditorium

And, you get to see the show for free!  


Ages: Minimum age 8


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Christine Shyne, 651.225.9265, christine@steppingstonetheatre.org



Summer: A Great Time To Deliver Meals on Wheels With Your Family!  

Meals on Wheels


Date/Time: Volunteer one hour during lunchtime, Monday through Friday. Your family can volunteer weekly, monthly, or on a schedule that works for you.  


Location: We have 37 member programs throughout the Twin Cities, so there is sure to be a program near your home!
Delivering Meals on Wheels with your children or grandchildren is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time as a family and pass on the values of kindness, compassion, and civic responsibility by helping seniors and individuals with disabilities in your community. Whether you have infants or teenagers, you can make a contribution together to improve your community. Delivering meals involves driving to the program site, picking up, and delivering 8-10 meals. It takes about an hour, and you can choose a program site near your home. The amount you socialize with the clients is dependent on the volunteer and the client. DGT has created a parent handbook to make this volunteer experience richer and more educational for families. You can find the link for the handbook and other family-friendly information at www.meals-on-wheels.com/family.


Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer


Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime


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



Splish Splash Donation Drive  

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 1000 East 80th Street, Bloomington
Cornerstone's mission is to prevent domestic abuse. We provide children and adults a continuum of service that builds sustainable self-reliance and revives the human spirit. We educate, advocate and lead the way to social change. You can help by collecting the following items to be given to women and children in Cornerstone's emergency shelter: 

  • Hand Towels
  • Bath Towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Full Size containers of Lotion and Body Wash
  • Full Size Containers of Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Bath Robes
  • Pajamas for children and women  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Laura Sorensen, 952.884.0376, or volunteer@cornerstonemn.org




Farmer's Market Food Collection  

Neighborhood House


Date/Time: Summer Sunday's from 12-2pm starting July 7


Location: St Paul Farmer's Market, 290 E Fifth St, Saint Paul
Are you looking for a weekend volunteer opportunity? Neighborhood House collects unsold produce from local farmers at the Saint Paul Farmer's Market on Sundays from 12-2pm in the summer and fall.  All food collected is distributed to struggling families through our food shelf.  


Ages: All families are welcome, but tasks will be most suitable for children ages 5 and up


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: To sign-up for a shift, contact Anders Ringdahl-Mayland, ARMayland@neighb.org or 651.789.2524



Help Provide Fresh Food for our Neighbors in Need  

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time: Sundays starting July 7, through the end of October. Shifts are from 8:30-11:30am or 11am-2pm


Location: Minneapolis Farmers Market, 312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis
We are looking for energetic, outgoing volunteers excited about the opportunity to promote the program to shoppers and support our vendor partners. Volunteers focus on shopper outreach by educating shoppers about the farmers market program, encouraging them to purchase extra produce to donate at our market booth and receipting donations. They also provide support to vendors as they receive shoppers' donations. Morning volunteers greet vendors, set up the Second Harvest Heartland booth and place food collection boxes throughout the market. Afternoon volunteers will box and palletize food donations, and load the Second Harvest Heartland truck.


Ages: Children ages 8 and up are welcome to volunteer with their families


Time Commitment: Three hour shifts


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



Adopt a Student  

Simpson Housing Services


Date/Time: Backpacks with school supplies will need to be delivered to our office in South Minneapolis between August 10 and August 13


Location: 2100 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis
The number of homeless families has increased 27% in the last three years. You can share your resources and compassion with families with school-aged students by putting together a backpack with school supplies for the upcoming school year. These families are participating in our Family Housing program that provides a rental subsidy and support for families transitioning from homelessness into housing. To get started, you decide the number of students you would like to be matched with (we anticipate the supplies will cost about $45-$55 per student). You will be matched with a family or families with the number of students you request. Families range in size from one school-aged student to several. Students are in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Volunteers may request a specific grade and we'll do our best to meet your request. You will receive each child's name, age, gender, and school supply list as early as Friday, July 12. Then the shopping begins! The lists are extensive and will always include a backpack. The specific school supplies will differ based on grade.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Christina Giese at cgiese@simpsonhousing.org or 612.455.0859




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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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