September 2013 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT September 2013 Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  September 2013 - Twin Cities 
Volunteer Opportunities
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Building Better Lives Volunteer Expo  

Community Thread and the United Way of Washington County-East


Date/Time: Tuesday, August 27, 4-7pm


Location: Stillwater High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd N, Stillwater
Learn about nonprofits in the East Metro and the many local volunteer opportunities available to you and your family. Thirty nonprofit organizations will be present, so participants can go from table to table and "shop" for volunteer opportunities. There will also be refreshments, speed volunteering, a drawing and lots of information on the organizations that serve our community. Anyone with a heart to serve is welcome to attend--families, business leaders, group leaders, people with community service requirements, teens, and youth! Join us and find out how YOU can help build better lives through volunteering! This is a family-friendly event! Kids of all ages are welcome to come learn about volunteerism. There will be children's activities, snacks, and even a scavenger hunt for information on our local nonprofits.  


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Up to three hours 


Contact: Patrice, 651.439.7434, 



Pack food shelf items for low-income seniors  

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP


Date/Time: Saturday, September 7 and/or Saturday, September 21, 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,, 763.489.7506



Family Literacy Program - Tutors

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) 


Date/Time: Ongoing, school-year opportunity. Tuesday and/or  Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. Program begins in October and runs through May.


Location: 5501 Boone Ave, New Hope (near Bass Lake Road and 169)
PPL's Family Literacy Program improves educational and employment outcomes for low-income families and new immigrants through integrated programming serving parents and their children. Volunteers with the "Scholars" group (K-5th graders) work directly with youth on reading, homework, and creative skill-building activities. Your encouragement and guidance helps reluctant readers become life-long readers and self-motivated learners! 


Ages: Participants grades 1-5; Volunteers 18+, or 15+ with accompanying adult.


Time Commitment: Two-four hours per week for one school year


Contact: Laura Bohen, Volunteer Coordinator,, 612.455.5108 



Everybody Loves a Parade!    

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Saturday, September 7, 10:30am-1:30pm. The parade lasts from 11am-1pm


Location: Exact location to be determined, but we will notify volunteers when the parade organizers contact us with our meeting location.
Neighbors, Inc. is entered in the Inver Grove Heights Days Parade on Saturday, September 7. Volunteers are needed to carry banners and pass out candy and prizes to kids along the parade route with Delbert the Duck, our yellow duck mascot. Delbert attracts a lot of attention from the kids in the crowd, which makes it exciting to walk with him.    


Ages: This is a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity so bring the kids or grandkids to help!


Time Commitment: Two and a half to three hours


Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or



The Washburn Games   

Washburn Center for Children


Date/Time: Sunday, September 29, 1:30-4:30pm


Location:  Bryn Mawr Meadows, 400 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis (park near Penn Ave & 394)
Looking for a way for your kids to get exercise, burn off energy AND do some good for the community? The fourth annual Washburn Games gives children ages 4-12 a chance to get active and give back to the community. Kids will enjoy a noncompetitive sports sampler with nearly 20 activities including lacrosse, cricket, hockey, mini golf and more! Participants are encouraged to support at-risk children by paying a $10 registration fee or raising funds for Washburn Center for Children. As a bonus, kids who raise $100 or more are eligible to win amazing prizes including a $1,000 educational scholarship. Parents and older children can get involved by volunteering to help children go through the sports stations!      


Ages: Children ages 4-12 may participate in the event. Individuals age 13+ may volunteer


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: Volunteer at Participants register at 



Books for Troops  

Operation Paperback


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Your home 

Soldiers serving the U.S. military often lack access to books. Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Volunteer to collect and ship used books to troops, both abroad and in the U.S., to help them through tough times and let them know their service is appreciated. As a volunteer shipper, you will collect and ship your own books using the addresses that Operation Paperback provides. Volunteer shippers are an integral part of Operation Paperback, sending over 90% of the books shipped under the program.    


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: One hour or less per shipment


Contact: Operation Paperback Volunteer Shipper registration  



South Washington Million Acorn Challenge  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Now through September 21. There are three drop off dates & times; September 5 at Great River Greening's office from 3-7pm, September 17 at Great River Greening's office from 7-11am, and September 24 at Crossroads Church from 4-7pm. Please contact or 651.665.9500 x11 in advance with how many bags of acorns you will be dropping off.


Location:   Great River Greening, 35 West Water Street, Saint Paul; Crossroads Church, 5900 Woodbury Dr, Woodbury
Help us reach our goal of collecting one million acorns within the seven county metro area. The acorns will be nursery propagated and later planted in the Central Corridor's restoration project. The South Washington Conservation Corridor is an important greenway that provides an important habitat corridor and critical storage for stormwater runoff in the event of a significant rainfall. The Challenge is for individuals, families, school groups, church groups and community groups. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top collectors (based on weight)


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Laura Durenberger-Grunow , Volunteer Manager, or 651.665. 9500 ex. 11. Register online



Shelter Dinner Providers  

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time:  6-8pm, contact us to schedule a date


Location: Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis
Volunteers are needed to purchase, prepare, and clean up a meal for our residents (approximately 50 people). Dinner is served at 7pm, and your time on site will be 2-3 hours. You will also have the opportunity to sit and enjoy dinner and conversation with our residents. This is a great opportunity for families or groups of up to ten people to learn and serve together!  


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Two-three hours on site, plus the time to purchase items for the meal


Contact: Rachel Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator, or 612.872.4193 x25




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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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