October 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities
October 2013 - Twin Cities
Doing Good Together
Date/Time:Thursday, October 24, 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Aloft Hotel, 900 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis If you would like to learn more about our organization while enjoying the company of others interested in raising compassionate children through family service, please join us! Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. We'll be featuring our traditional Wall of Wine Raffle, a live and silent auction, games and fabulous entertainment. Not to mention hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and drinks. Remember: Your generosity will enable us to help more families raise caring, compassionate children who give back to their community. Purchase tickets here and visit our website for more details. Also, be sure to check out our fabulous ONLINE AUCTION, which opens October 4. All proceeds will be used to support our mission - providing fun, engaging tools and resources to help families raise kind, service-minded children.
Ages: Most suitable for adults, but all ages are welcome
Time Commitment: As long as you'd like, up to three hours
Location: The Duck Race is located outside of the T&T Galley on the corner of 9th Ave and Southview Blvd in South St Paul. Imagine: hundreds of yellow rubber ducks racing each other towards the finish line. Last year the event raised nearly $19,000 to support the Neighbors' Food Shelf and other basic needs programs. A variety of fun volunteer opportunities for youth, adults, families and groups are available, including plucking ducks off the race course at the end of the race, playing kid-friendly games and making crafts, selling Duck "adoptions," and dressing up as Delbert the Duck-our giant duck mascot.
Ages: This is a fun family-friendly volunteer opportunity--so bring the kids or grandkids to help!
Time Commitment: The event lasts from 11am-3pm. Flexible volunteer shifts are available throughout the day. Volunteers helping with setup arrive at 8:30. Event volunteers arrive at 10:30. Cleanup starts at 3:00 and lasts until 4:30.
Location: Thomson Reuters Campus, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan The Twin Cities Kidney Walk is looking for volunteers to help us with many areas for the day of the event-including set up, registration, t-shirts, greeters, food and beverages, kids activities, tear down and more! If you would like to volunteer for set up and then walk, just want to volunteer for the day, or know of a volunteer group that would be interested in being a part of this great event, let us know!
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 October are listed here.
Ages: All ages are welcome; check website for age limitations for individual sites
Location:South Washington Conservation Corridor, 5900 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury Volunteers will plant native wildflower and grass seed on 30 acres in the South Washington Conservation Corridor, an important greenway that provides an important habitat corridor and critical storage for stormwater runoff in the event of a significant rainfall. These mixes are designed to increase native flower and grass diversity in recently restored sections of this project. Volunteers will spread seed in designated areas of the site. This activity will help Great River Greening conduct research on the impacts of biomass harvest on biological diversity.
Ages: All ages can participate. All volunteers are required to fill out a waiver form once per season. Youth under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
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)
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
For The Love Of Peyton Blanket Party
Date/Time:Saturday, October 12, 6:30-10pm
Location: The inspiration for the blanket party was a hand-tied blanket that was given to Peyton Bocklage during his treatment for cancer. We are continuing the tradition of bringing comfort, hope and love to others through the making of hand-tied fleece blankets. Volunteers meet once a year to make as many hand-tied blankets as possible in one evening. Last year we made 1278 blankets and donated them to 18 different charities in the Twin Cities. We are a grassroots effort and volunteers are the most important component to a successful blanket party.
Date/Time: Flexible to fit your schedule during October-November
Location: Seniors homes in North & South Minneapolis Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families (kids age 7+). This is a one-time fun and flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times!
Supplies needed: Rakes, gloves, brooms, and compostable bags
Location: Homes to be raked are located in the Stillwater area Rake A Difference Day is a Community Thread service initiative that takes place in conjunction with the national Make A Difference Day. This initiative takes place across the St. Croix Valley, and connects groups of volunteers to seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance raking their yards. Groups rake on or around the date of national Make a Difference Day. Last year we engaged over 700 volunteers in raking the yards of over 90 people in need in our community! This year will mark the 15th year of Rake A Difference Day in the St. Croix Valley.
Ages: All ages can participate
Time Commitment: Depends on the number of yards your family or group is able to rake
Location: Thomson Reuters, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan Enjoy birthday cookies AND help your community on National Make A Difference Day. Volunteers are invited to assemble 3,000 toy-filled birthday bags for less fortunate children. This will be a meaningful and fun, hands-on experience. (Photographs and videos will be taken this day and used with various publicity efforts)
Date/Time:6-8:30pm. Dinner providers help every night of the year. We can work with your schedule to find a date that works for you.
Location: Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis Share a meal with Our Saviour's Housing. Our Emergency Shelter is home to 40 homeless adults every night of the year, and we rely on volunteers to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. Each dinner provider group purchases, prepares, serves, and cleans up a meal for 50 people. Your group will get to sit down and enjoy the dinner with our residents. Dinner is served at 7pm and total onsite time will total 2-3 hours. We have a cookbook that can help with meal ideas and proportion sizes. You can either prepare your meal here at the shelter or at your own location to bring in at dinnertime. This is a great opportunity for groups of 3-10 people. Families, congregations, co-workers, or friends can join together for a fun and fulfilling evening.
Ages: We welcome all ages, including children with adult supervision
Time Commitment: Two-three hours onsite, plus food purchasing and preparation time
Date/Time: Letters can be sent at any time. Holiday cards should be sent by the following deadlines:
Thanksgiving cards and letters should be postmarked no later than November 1
Christmas/holiday cards and letters should be postmarked no later than December 1
Location: Letters and cards can be mailed to A Million Thanks, 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355, Villa Park, CA 9286 A Million Thanks is a year-round campaign to show appreciation for U.S. Military men and women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country. Show your appreciation for our military by writing letters or sending Thanksgiving or holiday cards:
Do not put letters in individual envelopes. Send multiple letters together in the same envelope or box
Do not send edible items
Do not use loose glitter, confetti, or anything that is not attached to the letter or card
Only include positive messages. Any negative messages will be discarded
Be creative! Draw pictures, talk about you, and let them know their work does not go unnoticed
Include your address or email address if you wish. Most military personnel will write back to you
We ask that if children are too young to include a message of thanks, please write one on their behalf so our service members get a message along with a drawing
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.