January 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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January 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  January 2014 - Twin Cities
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Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity


Location: Your home or 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 have been serving youth in Dakota County for 42 years. Our youth live 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!  Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? Find more information here: www.mpmn.org/Events/NationalMentoringMonth 


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 



Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)


Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website registration page  


Location: FMSC has MN packing locations in Chanhassen, Chaska and Eagan
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. Our approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Packaged in small pouches, this easy-to-prepare food blend has won rave reviews all over the world. While the formula was designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children, the ingredients also improve the health, growth and physical well-being of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. A single bag of food-which provides meals for six children-costs around $1.32 to produce, and 94 percent of all donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program.


Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online 


Time Commitment: One and a half or two hour shift


Contact: Registration is available online



Lunch Box for Kids Meal Packing  

Hope for the City


Date/Time: Scheduled upon request 


Location: 7005 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park

Come help package meals and help feed a child! At Hope for the City we work to restore hope and dignity to people locally and around the world. One of the ways we do this is through our Lunch Box for Kids program that helps to provide meals to kids to during holiday and summer breaks. Come help us pack the rice and beans or macaroni and cheese meals that will provide nutrition and hope to those we serve. The cost per meal is .25 and we do ask our volunteers to make a donation to help cover the costs for the ingredients. Contact us for more information regarding this opportunity. 


Ages: Five and older 


Time Commitment: Two hour time slots 


Contact: Hannah Wortz, hannah@hopeforthecity.org



Packing Emergency Diaper Bags 

Second Stork


Date/Time: Open availability: weekdays, evenings and weekends


Location: 2060 Centre Point Boulevard, Mendota Heights -- enter in back of the building
Each year, thousands of new moms and dads across the Twin Cities lack the resources to bring their baby home from the hospital with even the most basic supplies such as diapers, cribs and formula. Second Stork works with social workers and nurses at almost 20 hospitals across the Twin Cities metro area. At their discretion, medical professionals can give cribs, formula, diapers and wipes provided by Second Stork to families in need. Volunteers open, sort and repack surplus from baby registry gift packs and produce emergency "diaper bags" (100 newborn diapers, 200 wet wipes and related items) for distribution by hospitals to families in crisis.


Ages: All ages are welcome


Time Commitment: Typically a minimum of 2 hours


Contact: info@secondstork.org



Birthday Bag Providers  

Simpson Housing Services


Date/Time: Twice a month for 2014


Location: 2100 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis

Create a memorable birthday for children in our Family Housing program. We are looking for volunteers to commit to creating 2 birthday bags per month for one year. You may make more than 2 bags if you wish. We will provide you with the name, age, gender, and birthdate for each child. Staff contacts Birthday Bag volunteers bimonthly and will give you the information for the children you are matched with for the upcoming two months. Bags are due back to our main offices before the child's birthday.
Birthday Bags include the following items: 

  • Disposable cake pan
  • Cake mix
  • Frosting
  • Small paper party plates
  • Party napkins
  • Candles
  • An age appropriate gift with a value of $20. If you are matched with a youth age 13-18, please purchase a Target gift card of $15-$20

Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Year long commitment for 2014 


Contact: Christina Giese, 612.874.8683, cgiese@simpsonhousing.org  




5th Annual Feeding the Dream - Community Food Drive  

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)


Date/Time: Now through January 20


Location: Drop off non-perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Parks Recreation Center
The need for food donations does not end with the holidays. Donations for the fifth annual Minneapolis Feeding the Dream community food drive will be accepted through January 20. Over the past four years, the MPRB, with generous support from the community, has donated more than 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to local food banks. The Sabathani Community Food Shelf will benefit from the 2014 Food Drive. This year's food drive concludes during the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration held January 20 from 6:30-7:30pm at Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis. The public is invited to attend the hour-long program that honors and celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the event.


Ages: All ages 


Time Commitment: Time to collect and deliver your food donations


Contact: Megan Gregory, Event Coordinator, mgregory@minneapolisparks.org, 612.230.6479



Fill our Fridge  

Lutheran Social Service Metro Homeless Youth Programs


Date/Time: Ongoing, flexible


Location: Midway Area of St. Paul
The LSS Metro Homeless Youth Programs serves homeless youth ranging in age from 16-21. Our programs provide safe and supportive services to homeless youth through street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional living programs, case management and advocacy, and independent living skills. We are looking for volunteers to help stock our drop-in center with food for breakfast and/or lunch each week for the youth who stop by. We would provide you with a shopping list and it would be up to you to purchase and drop-off the items.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: One to two hours


Contact: Annie Harm, annie.harm@lssmn.org, 651.470.8804




Write a Letter!  

Operation Gratitude


Date/Time: Ongoing


Location: Letters and artwork can be mailed to Operation Gratitude, 17330 Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Operation Gratitude sends 100,000+ Care Packages each year to deployed Troops and Wounded Warriors. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops.
Don't know where to start? 

  • Start with a salutation, such as "Dear Service Member" or "Dear Hero"
  • You can write to a Deployed Troop, a Veteran and/or a Wounded Warrior
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you pray for them is wonderful
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, Pets
  • Talk about life back home: Sports, Weather, Music, and Movies
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter/package recipient can reply.
  • Children: FIRST NAMES ONLY with parent mail/email
  • Still can't find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead (Please avoid glitter!)

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or  info@operationgratitude.com


Snow Shoveling for Seniors

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program     


Date/Time: Dependent on when it snows   


Location:  Exact location TBD in Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
The snow has been falling early this winter and NIP still needs volunteers to help shovel snow for seniors in our community. You can get in shape and help your neighbors too! Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen's walkways and driveway. Adopt a yard until the weather warms. Residents will provide the thankful smile.


Ages: Family teams and small groups welcome. Youth must be first graders or older and supervised by an adult.


Time Commitment: Adopt a yard for the winter season


Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, Jeanne Tramel Rasmussen, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org



Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, January 25, 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. Volunteer sites for January will be 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 wooddale.org/loveindeed. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  loveindeedwc@gmail.com



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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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