April 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT April 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


April 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  April 2014 - Twin Cities
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Treat Trolley    

Lyngblomsten Care Center


Date/Time:  Monday through Sunday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm or 7-8pm   


Location: 1415 Almond Ave, St. Paul (just several blocks from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds).
Volunteers go from room to room and offer an evening snack and a brief friendly visit to residents in our care center. This is a great family-friendly volunteer opportunity and a chance to brighten the day of an older adult!  


Ages: Children of any age can participate with a parent/guardian. Youth ages 10 and up can volunteer on their own, or with a parent/guardian


Time Commitment: Once a week or once every other week


Contact: Lana Western, Community Engagement Team Coordinator, lwestern@lyngblomsten.org; 651.632.5324



Our Caring Cards  

Family Means


Date/Time: Tuesday, April 22, 6-7:30pm


Location: FamilyMeans, Stillwater
Participants will be making "Birthday" cards for seniors who attend the Day Out!  Respite program at FamilyMeans on their birthdays. Participants will also make sympathy cards for caregivers in our Caregiver Support Respite Program for when a care receiver passes away. It will be an evening of fun and creativity and you will bring a smile to another's face when they receive your beautiful card.  


Ages: Families with children ages five and up


Time Commitment: One and one-half hours


Contact: Dianne Vierling, 651.789.4055, dvierling@familymeans.org, Space is limited and families will need to pre-register to attend



RAKE IT Spring Yard Clean Up  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program


Date/Time: Starting in mid-April (depending upon the weather), weekdays or weekends


Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. This is a one-time fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times!  


Ages: Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age seven or older and supervised by an adult.


Time Commitment: Varies, depending on location and size of group


Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org




South Washington Conservation Corridor Arbor Day Event  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Friday, April 25, noon-4pm


Location: 5900 Woodbury Drive, Cottage Grove. The South Washington Conservation Corridor lies on the border of Woodbury and Cottage Grove.  Events at the South Washington Conservation Corridor will meet at Crossroads Church in Woodbury
Plant trees with Great River Greening in the South Washington Conservation Corridor, an 80-acre parcel that is part of a larger greenway in the watershed. It provides native habitat, future recreational trails, and critical storage for stormwater runoff in the event of a significant rainfall.


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


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact: Jen Wendland Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, 651.665.9500 x11. Registration is available online



Thrift Store Helpers  

Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores


Date/Time: Shifts are available days, evenings & weekends


Location: Arc's Value Village has locations in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield & St. Paul

Volunteers help unpack, sort, tag/sticker donations; hang & tag clothing; and stock the sales floor.  Proceeds support The Arc's programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families  


Ages: Volunteers must be at least 8. Youth between the ages of 8-14 should be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of 1 adult per 6 youth


Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two-three hours. You can volunteer one-time or on an ongoing basis


Contact: Molly Lindblad, 952.915.3652, Volunteer Development Manager. Registration is available online



Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis Watershed Cleanup  

Friends of the Mississippi River


Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 2-4pm


Location: E. 36th St. & E. 44th St. at W. River Pkwy, Mississippi River Gorge, Minneapolis
Join this Earth Day tradition in the Minneapolis River Gorge! People come from throughout the local river corridor neighborhoods and metro area to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River Watershed. All ages are welcome and all supplies provided, including lunch. We'll meet at two sites along the parkway and bluff-top. Pick whichever works better for you - the oak savanna at East 36th Street and West River Parkway, or the maple basswood forest at 44th and the parkway. No registration is required and complete details and directions are available on the event page. We look forward to seeing you at the first River Gorge Stewards event of the season!


Ages: All ages


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: Sue Rich, Volunteer Coordinator, srich@fmr.org



Organize an Essentials Drive for Bridging  



Date/Time: Can be done at any time


Location: 201 West 87th Street, Bloomington, or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville
An Essentials Drive is a fun way for you to collect items that we need to serve over 75 families each week. Below are the items we have groups collect for our essentials drives:  

  • Pillows: We need over 200 pillows per week to give a pillow per person for a good nights' sleep.
  • Towels: All sizes and types wanted for the kitchen and bath. Our goal is one bath towel per person - that's 12,000 towels a year!
  • Kitchen Packs: We need over 75 packs per week to give one to every home. Kitchen packs include: can opener, mixing spoon, spatula and dish towel/cloth. Bonus items include: ladle, whisk, pizza slicer, peeler, hot pad and dish scrubber. Donate full packs or let us bundle for you. Tags to personalize and attach are available.

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Determined by the group. Drives typically last between one and two weeks.


Contact: Diana Dalsin, Community Relations Manager, at 952.888.0746, or Diana.dalsin@bridging.org



Be the Change - Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity


Location: Your home or the community 

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with youth ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities. Mentoring just works!  You can be the change in a child's life by becoming a mentor. We are based in Dakota County and have served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount for 42 years. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer family and the youth and parent/guardian. 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, fishing, 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. Kids 'n Kinship gets you started with a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, and provides 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



Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up  

City of Minneapolis


Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 9:30am-noon


Location: Click for a list of Earth Day Clean Up sites
It's easy to get involved. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30am-noon and check in at the registration table. Every site has a coordinator who is there to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves, though we will have some gloves available for volunteers who need them. The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up is a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. The Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up was initiated in 1995 to draw attention to the water quality improvement needs of Minneapolis' lakes and the effects that individual actions have on urban water quality. The goal of the Earth Day Clean Up is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including: the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River. Environmental Education is a key part of the Clean Up. Onsite programs offer volunteers the opportunity to learn about various issues affecting our environment and community today.  


Ages: Programs are designed for individuals of all ages


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Tom Godfrey, 612.230.6484, or TGodfrey@minneapolisparks.org 



2014 Citywide Spring Cleanup  

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation


Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 8:30am Registration; 9-9:15 am Kickoff Celebrations; 9:15 am Cleanup begins!  


Location: Check registration form for a list of park locations. Kickoff celebrations will be held at six locations: Como Lakeside Pavilion, Highland Pavilion, Indian Mounds Large Shelter, Phalen Picnic Pavilion, Harriet Island - Kelley's Landing, and Linwood Recreation Center.
For nearly 30 years, Saint Paul individuals, families, groups, and communities have volunteered to remove litter from Saint Paul's parks and neighborhoods during the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup. With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers and detracting from the beauty of our community. You will receive your supplies at one of six Kickoff Celebrations from 8:30-9:15 am. After the celebration, head out to a Saint Paul park, natural area, or neighborhood of your choice to clean up. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Ryanna Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryanna.Jackson@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651.632.2411




Trail Mix Ultra Marathon Race  

Three Rivers Park District- Outdoor Recreation School


Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 7am-2pm. Shifts available: Water Stops: 6-10am or 9:45am-2pm. Finish Line: Food: 8:30-11:30am or 11:30am-2:30pm


Location: Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford
Volunteers are needed to help with water stops on the trail and food distribution at the finish line. This is the 23rd year of Trail Mix and it is always a very exciting experience for volunteers. Race proceeds are donated to Three Rivers' Adaptive Equipment Fund. 


Ages: Ages 10 and older with an adult


Time Commitment: Three to five hours, depending on shift 


Contact: Katie Andersen at 763.694.7723 or KAndersen@threeriversparkdistrict.org



Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers  

CROSS Food Shelf


Date/Time: Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 12:30pm


Location: Meals are picked up at Lynde's Restaurant, 209 County Road 81, Osseo

As our program grows, so does our need for volunteer drivers. Whether once a month or once a week, we will work around your schedule. By delivering meals and providing face-to-face connection with a client, you are enabling them to continue to live happily and independently in their own homes. We deliver in the communities of Maple Grove, Osseo, Dayton, Corcoran, and Rogers  


Ages: All ages


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Stephanie Lehman, 763.267.5182



Big Climb Minneapolis   

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter


Date/Time:  Saturday, April 5, 7am-noon


Location: Capella Tower (downtown Mpls) - 225 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis
We need many volunteers for cheer stations, water stops, registration, directing foot traffic, handing out snacks to participants, and event set up and tear down. Big Climb is an endurance event where participants fundraise for blood cancer research and then choose to climb either 48 or 95 floors of the Capella Tower to help raise awareness for blood cancer research.    


Ages: Volunteers need to be 12 or older


Time Commitment: Two-five hour volunteer shifts are available


Contact: Jessica Seipp, 612.259.4504, or Jessica.Seipp@lls.org, by noon on Thursday, April 3




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