February 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT February 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  February 2014 - Twin Cities
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Cook For Kids /Creative Snack for Kids  

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery  


Date/Time: We serve three meals and three snacks a day 365 days a year. Meal times are 7am, 12pm and 5pm. Snack times are 10am, 3pm, and 7pm. There is an availability calendar so teams can see what openings we have for meal volunteers. 


Location: 4544 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis  

Teams plan the meal/snack, purchase the groceries, prepare, cook, serve, eat with the kids, and cleanup. Food must be cooked on-site, or purchased already prepared. Teams make enough food for 25-30 people, which includes the children, staff and volunteers.


Ages: Ages 12 and over. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.


Time Commitment: One and a half to two hours plus shopping time


Contact: Danielle Brady, Volunteer Services Manager, 612.767.8472 or dbrady@crisisnursery.org. Teams can apply directly on our website.





Host a Birthday Bag Blitz  

Cheerful Givers 


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Fill the bags at your home or other location, and then deliver them to a local shelter or food shelf 

Cheerful Givers helps families by helping to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. This simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens bonds in families. Your family or group will assemble birthday bags with new toys for children ages 3-12 and deliver bags to a nearby shelter or food shelf. Items should be suitable for children ages 3-12. About 8-10 new items go into each bag, with a total value of about ten dollars. Each bag should include one "lasting" item like a plush animal or book. Click for directions for assembling birthday bags. This is a unique, fun activity for all ages! Please contact Cheerful Givers to tell them how many birthday bags you filled and where you donated them.    


Ages: All ages will enjoy this project


Time Commitment: Will vary, depending on the time needed to purchase supplies, assemble and deliver birthday bags


Contact:  Karen@cheerfulgivers.org or visit www.cheerfulgivers.org for more information




Family Service Night Volunteers  

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Usually evenings, 3-5 hours per event 


Location: Twin Cities metro 

Doing Good Together (DGT) helps local faith-based groups, schools and businesses organize family service events. DGT is seeking on-call volunteers to attend these events and assist participants with the various hand-on activities at the event stations. Most events run for 5 hours, including set-up and clean-up. Volunteers should be comfortable with noisy environments and working with children of various ages. 


Ages: Volunteers need to be age 16 or older


Time Commitment: Volunteers should commit to at least 3 family service events over the course of a year.


Contact: Nassim Rossi at nassim@doinggoodtogether.org




Activities Assistance for Seniors  

Maplewood Care Center   


Date/Time: Any day, Monday thru Saturday, between 10am and 8pm


Location: 1900 Sherren Ave E, Maplewood  

Our activity department needs volunteer assistance with fun activities and outings such as bingo, crafts, baking, polishing nails, parties, and visits into the community for movies, shopping, museums, restaurants, etc. We also need volunteers who would like to visit residents in their rooms or bring their dogs in for pet visits or provide religious visits.   


Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome. We also love to have groups of children visit and we will come up with an intergenerational program for your visit. Children younger than 15 are welcome with parents.  


Time Commitment: Flexible, we will call you the beginning of each month to see if you are available for specific activities or outings that month. You can come as frequently as you like, and we will schedule you according to your interests.


Contact: Linda Alwell, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.748.3552, lalwell@voa.org



Youth Service Days  

Second Harvest Heartland 


Date/Time: Saturday March 1, 9-11:30am or 12:30-2:30pm. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to sign-in, hang up coats, and lockup items such as purses in our individual lockers for your convenience.   


Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. In addition to the service component there will be a short hunger awareness activity. The service component will be to sort and re-pack donated food into consumer size packages; this activity includes a variety of positions, so there will be jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These re-packaged items then go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. We hope you will join the fun!  


Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages 8 and older. Adults who bring infants and children under 8 years old will not be able to volunteer.


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via www.2harvest.org/volunteer



Sandwich Makers  

The Sandwich Project


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity 


Location: Sandwiches can be prepared in your home or any location that is convenient for you and then delivered to one of The Sandwich Project local drop off sites.
Each year, many organizations put together programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas to help feed, clothe and take care of those less fortunate. There is a remarkable amount of time, energy and money that goes into these programs. But what happens the other 363 days of the year? The Sandwich Project was established with those other days in mind. We depend on volunteers from all over the Twin Cities to make sandwiches that The Sandwich Project then delivers to the hungry and homeless in our community. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with kids of any age. You can make them in your home or at a church (or just about anywhere), by yourself or with a group. It is easier to feed 150 people than you might think. It simply takes one trip to a local grocery store to purchase the supplies, and the time and effort to prepare 150 sandwiches.


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible, commitment includes purchasing supplies, preparing the sandwiches and delivering them to a local drop off site 


Contact: To learn more and to sign up to prepare sandwiches, visit the The Sandwich Project Instructions page




Volunteer Ushers- The Black Snowman  

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development


Date/Time: Friday, January 13 through Sunday, February 23. Check their calendar for dates and showtimes.    


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 

Ages: Minimum age is 8 


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Katie Schmieg Miller, 651.225.9265, katie@steppingstonetheatre.org




2014 Walk to Cure Diabetes  

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International


Date/Time: Saturday, February 22. Walk start time is 8:30am


Location:  Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Join thousands of others in supporting juvenile diabetes research while walking around Mall of America. The walk starts at 8:30am (Registration starts at 7:30am) Walk for as long or short of a time as you'd like! Then stay for the post walk entertainment.


Ages: All ages can walk (or ride in a stroller)


Time Commitment: A few hours


Contact: Kara Fischer, kfischer@jdrf.org 952.851.0770, Click for online registration information





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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.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together. Doing Good Together bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 

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