May 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT May 2013 Family Volunteer Opportunities  

Subject: May 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 May 2013
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Spring Into Service

Community Thread


Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 9am-noon


Location: Nonprofit sites across the St. Croix Valley, such as Stillwater, Marine, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Hudson, Cottage Grove, and Hastings  

Get your hands dirty with volunteer work like landscaping, working with children, gardening, spring cleaning, and much more. Volunteers will receive a site assignment, including directions, the week prior to the event. Volunteer sites are primarily in Washington County, with a few on the eastern side of the Twin Cities and in Wisconsin. We assign volunteers to sites based on geographic location, size of group and other factors. We will also let you know what supplies you can bring and what type of work you'll be doing at your project. Spring Into Service is followed by a volunteer appreciation party at Community Thread, 2300 W Orleans Street, Stillwater. Join us for a grill out lunch, silent auction, door prizes and the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with other community volunteers.  


Ages: All ages are welcome to participate


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: Lauren, or Patrice,, 651.439.7434 



Garlic Mustard Pulls  

Three Rivers Park District


Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, May 11, May 18 or May 25; 9am-1pm


Location: Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd. E, St. Anthony 

Garlic mustard is an aggressive exotic plant that grows in dense patches and quickly invades the forest understory. Once established, it prevents the regeneration of native plant species. Help us keep this destructive plant at bay and preserve the forests and woodlands of our parks by participating in a garlic mustard pull. We will be hand pulling and bagging this plant to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the park. 


Ages: This event is perfect for anyone ages 8 and older


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact:  Register online at or by calling 763.559.6706




Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 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 May 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 




Aeon Homes for Generations


Date/Time: Ongoing commitment - Flexible to fit your schedule


Location: Locations are available in Chaska, Roseville, and Minneapolis
Aeon is a nonprofit owner, developer and manager of high quality affordable apartments and townhomes in the metro area. Your family can create warm and welcoming outdoor spaces for our families. Adopt-a-garden at one our affordable apartment buildings for the warm summer growing season. Some properties require only planting and occasionally weeding. Others require some additional planning and planting to make the flowerbeds all they could be! Some properties include playgrounds where your kids could play when they have accomplished their tasks.


Ages: 4 and up


Time Commitment: Four to five hours a month May through September


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, Volunteer Program Coordinator,, 612.746.0524 



Stamp Out Hunger  

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, West Metro Sites: 2-5:30pm, East Metro Sites: 3-6:30pm


Location: Variety of Cub Foods locations in both the west and east metro
On May 11, Second Harvest Heartland will be partnering with Cub Foods and the National Association of Letter Carriers to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food drive: Stamp Out Hunger. In 2012, the Stamp Out Hunger event collected over 700,000 pounds of food in the Twin Cities; that is enough for over 530,000 meals for our neighbors in need! We are in need of nearly 100 volunteers to help us collect food donations at various locations across the metro area. Volunteers work a three-and-a-half hour shift lifting ten-pound grocery bags from letter carrier's vehicles into a Second Harvest Heartland truck. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for children and families. We would love your support in this monumental, collaborative effort.   


Ages: Minimum age is 8


Time Commitment: Three and a half hours


Contact: Jess Swanson, To register, click on stamp out hunger link and follow the instructions



Operation Kitty Condo  

Feline Rescue TC Outreach


Date/Time: By October 2013, but no later than December 1


Location: Contact Heidi Johnson, 952.393.3470 or, to arrange to deliver your blankets  

Operation Kitty Condo builds outdoor kitty condos for stray/feral cats/kittens to keep them warm and safe throughout the winter months and for mother cats to have a safe place to give birth that is away from predators. We need approx. 30-40 fleece blankets for this project, as we will be building approximately that many kitty condos throughout the year. To make the blankets: cut out a piece of double-sided fleece that is 24-36 inches square (exact size is not important). If you want, you can cut fringes on the sides. For a thicker blanket, stack two squares of fleece and sew the edges or tie the fringes together.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Heidi Johnson, 952.393.3470,



Volunteer Ushers- Heartbeat of the Drum  

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development


Date/Time: Friday, May 3 through Sunday May 19; weekend shows are Fridays at 10 am and 7pm, Saturdays at 3pm, and Sundays at 3pm. No show on Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day)


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,



Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park Planting Event  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 8:30am-12:30pm


Location:  400 West 260th Street, New Prague
Identified as one of the Last Best Places in the Metropolitan Council's Regional Parks Policy Plan, this 300-acre park includes the last remaining undeveloped shoreline on Scott County's Cedar Lake. Volunteers will plant native upland and aquatic vegetation as a component of a major wetland and shoreline restoration project.


Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact: Laura Durenberger-Grunow, Volunteer Manager, 651.665.9500, ext. 11 or Registration 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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