March 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT March 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


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 March 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
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Minnesota FoodShare

March Campaign Drive


Date/Time: Bring your food and/or cash donations to your local food shelf prior to April 1   


Location: Your local food shelf  

March is Minnesota Food Share month. Each March since 1982, Minnesota FoodShare has directed the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state that restocks 300 food shelves across Minnesota. Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during March Food Drive, a month-long campaign with yearlong benefits for food shelves and hungry families in Minnesota. Hunger in our state has more than doubled in the last five years, and food shelves have seen a dramatic increase in need for emergency food services; demand more than doubled between 2008 and 2010. This campaign recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort and it is the largest food and fund drive for food shelves in the state of Minnesota. Each year thousands of volunteers from our state's schools, civic groups, businesses, corporations, and faith communities come together in March to fight hunger. You can collect food or cash donations as a family and donate them to your local food shelf or you can recruit family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or individuals from your faith community or civic group to help organize a larger food and/or donation drive.    


Ages:  Your entire family can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Bring donations to your local food shelf. If you are interested in organizing a March Campaign, Minnesota FoodShare is here to help. There is a wealth of resources available online at or you can call 612.276.1530   



Activity Packets  

The Foundation of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, 2525 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis
Create activity packets for use by our patients and their siblings. Packets will be distributed to inpatient kids and their siblings, families in our emergency room and kids visiting our clinics. Putting the materials into reusable cloth bags or nylon drawstring backpack is always a hit!

  • Friendship bracelets - Gather beads, string, and other bracelet-crafting materials, along with instructions
  • Play-Doh fun - Assemble a few small Play-Doh containers with a few small Play-Doh toy
  • Journals - Journaling is something we encourage our older patients to do on a regular basis. Gather materials such as a notebook, pen, etc., and include tips on how to journal
  • Paper crafts - Channel your inner child and gather stickers, pipe cleaners, and other craft items to make paper bag puppets or paper plate masks
  • Origami - Include pre cut paper with folding instructions to create a box or other shapes
  • Activity Kits - Activity/coloring books, crayons, markers, sticker books, dot paints and books, mad libs and gel pens, puzzles, stethoscope and teddy bear, etc
  • Baby Kits - Put together a bag full of fun things with which parents can keep their baby entertained! Rattles, o-rings, mirrors, board books, etc   
  • Teen  Kits - Help to entertain our teenage patients by creating the kits below:
    Boys - Electronic games (Words With Friends, Battleship, etc.), Nerf sports items, card games, word puzzles, fun pens/pencils 
    Girls - Nail polish, nail polish remover pads, hair brushes and accessories, art sets, glow sticks/glow jewelry

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact:  Kiirsten Preble, 612.813.7194, 



Family Connection with an Older Adult  



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul. Families will be matched with older adults living in the Dakota County area

Spend time together as a family and teach your children to get involved in their community at an early age. Be that special family in an older adult's life. You and your family can visit an older neighbor in Dakota County and develop a special two-way relationship. You'll brighten their day by socializing, going on outings, taking walks, or doing an activity together. You can be part of the solution for helping older neighbors maintain the life they want in their own home.   


Ages: All ages


Time Commitment: Minimum 6 month commitment


Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.455.1560 or




Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 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.


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


Baby Shower  

CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program)


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park  

CEAP is a community-based non-profit agency that partners with other resources to assist people in need. The agency provides emergency support, facilitates personal skill building and self-sufficiency while enhancing self-esteem. We accomplish this in a caring and respectful manner, with an overall objective of building a stronger community. You can help support a new mom and her infant. When CEAP clients are in need of newborn supplies, we provide them with a layette - a combination of baby items bundled into a crib size blanket. Donations needed include: bottles, pacifiers, burp cloths, diapers (size 1), bibs, 'onesie' body suits, sleepers, clothing, socks, wash cloths, receiving blankets, and rattles and other small toys. Please note that we do not include items that may leak, such as baby wash or shampoo.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Joy Mosley, 763.450.3679, 



Friendly Visitor  

Nokomis Healthy Seniors Program


Date/Time: This is an ongoing opportunity 


Location: 4120 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis  

Nokomis Healthy Seniors, a Living at Home/Block Nurse Program provides a high quality, cost effective way to meet the need of elders in the Nokomis community. Our service area includes the following neighborhoods: Field, Regina, Northrup; Hale, Page, Diamond Lake; Standish-Ericsson and Nokomis East. The program gives community volunteers an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and increases connections between neighbors. You can help provide joy to an isolated senior. There are many meaningful ways to provide companionship while you develop a relationship with an isolated person. You can chat, play cards, watch videos, help with small tasks, share coffee, or other activities.


Ages: Families are welcome to participate


Time Commitment: Very flexible 


Contact: Becky Beeskow, 612.729.5499,



Deliver a Meal  

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 40 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  


Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer


Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime


Contact: Kelsey Ohme,, 612.623.3363



Event and Fundraising Committee Volunteers

Doing Good Together (DGT)


Doing Good Together inspires and helps families volunteer together. In the process, we raise children who are compassionate, aware of social issues and instilled with the lifelong habit of giving.  DGT has quickly become recognized as an invaluable community resource for families and organizations, making the volunteer process accessible and easy for families to navigate. The next several years promise to be exciting ones for Doing Good Together. We are seeking volunteers to serve on our event or fundraising committees.  If you'd like to be involved with DGT, we'd love to talk with you to see how your interests and talents might assist us in furthering our mission. We're especially seeking folks who enjoy fostering meaningful collaborations and helping businesses, organizations and individuals find satisfying ways to give to the community.  Experience with fundraising, event planning, development, cultivating corporate and community partnerships, recruiting event sponsors, promotions and marketing, or social media is helpful, but not required.  


Ages: Adults only


Time Commitment: Varies, depending on the position


Contact: Jenny at



Collect Food Donations at the Auto Show  

Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP)


Date/Time: Volunteers are needed for the following shifts: 

  • Sat, March 9, 7-10:15pm, 2-4 volunteers needed
  • Mon, March 11, 6:30-10:15pm, 2-4 volunteers needed
  • Fri, March 15, 9am-12pm, 2-4 volunteers needed
  • Fri, March 15, 3:30-7pm, 2-4 volunteers needed
  • Fri, March 15, 7-10:15pm, 2-4 volunteers needed
  • Sat, March 16, 7-10:15pm, 2-4 volunteers needed
  • Sun, March 17, 4-7:15pm, 2-4 volunteers needed

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 South Second Avenue, Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to staff the IOCP food drive table at the Twin Cities Auto Show where donations will be accepted in return for a $2 off admissions coupon. Families are welcome to volunteer.
Volunteers will receive: 

  • Free admission to the Auto Show
  • The satisfaction of giving back to their local food shelf!    

Ages: Minimum age 3. Youth volunteers are welcome, but at least one adult must be present with each group


Time Commitment: Three to four hours


Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763.489.7506,




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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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