July 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities      

July 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  July 2014 - Twin Cities
Volunteer Opportunities
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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 and 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 the 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




Family Connection with an Older Adult 



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 1645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul. Families will be matched with older adults living in the Dakota County area.
Spend time together as a family and teach your children to get involved in their community at an early age. Be that special family in an older adult's life. You and your family can visit an older neighbor in Dakota County and develop a special two-way relationship. You'll brighten their day by socializing, going on outings, taking walks, or doing an activity together. You can be part of the solution for helping older neighbors maintain the life they want in their own home.


Ages: All ages


Time Commitment: Minimum 6 month commitment


Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.455.1560 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org



Meal Service Volunteers 

Loaves and Fishes


Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start between 2 and 3pm and end by 7pm, depending on day and location. Click for current volunteer shift needs.


Location: Loaves & Fishes volunteers prepare and serve meals on weekday evenings at our dining sites located in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, Shakopee, Bloomington, and Richfield.
Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2013, we served over 340,000 hot, nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes volunteers help prepare and serve free meals to those in need. Volunteers who help with meal service assist with assembling trays or plates of food and delivering them to dining site guests. Volunteers also help with cleanup associated with the meal service and dining area maintenance.


Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older


Time Commitment: Typically two hours, depends on exact shift


Contact: Allie Andersen, Director of Volunteers, 612-326-3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org



Tonka Mud Run 

Kids Against Hunger West Metro (KAH-WM)


Date/Time: Saturday, July 12. Volunteer shifts are between 7am-1:30pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday evening.


Location: Lake Minnewashta Regional Park 6900 Hazeltine Blvd, Chanhassen
Kids Against Hunger-West Metro (KAH-WM) is a volunteer-driven organization committed to inspiring, engaging, and educating people, starting with our children, by packaging life-saving meals that ease world hunger. The Tonka Mud Run was conceived and developed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Their enthusiasm led to the creation of this family-friendly mud run that encourages family fun and fitness, highlights local businesses and parks, and supports Kids Against Hunger-West Metro. Families can volunteer at the Tonka Mud Run in a variety of ways:

  1. Friday night set up
  2. Tear down
  3. Assist with the Mini-Tonka Mud Run
  4. Obstacle Monitors- Two people are stationed at each obstacle during the Tonka Mud Run. Last year, we had a mom and daughter team at one station and a dad and daughter team at another. Family groups of three together could also participate as an obstacle monitor team. 

Families are also welcome to participate in the event! 


Ages: Everyone is welcome. Kids Against Hunger- West Metro is all about bringing families and communities together to serve the greater good.


Time Commitment: Varies, depending on volunteer activity


Contact: Julie Kiefer, kidsagainsthungerwm@yahoo.com. Sign-up for volunteer shifts online



Homeless Shelter Dinner Provider 

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: Saturday, August 16, 6-8pm; Sunday August 17, 6-8pm; or Saturday August 23, 6-8pm. (Although the volunteer shifts are not until August, volunteers are needed to sign-up prior to that time)


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 like you to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. You will purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for 50 people. Your group will get to sit down and enjoy the dinner with our residents. 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: All ages welcome with adult supervision! We are a small, peaceful shelter with a strong community feeling!


Time Commitment: Groups usually spend a total of 2 to 2.5 hours on-site, plus any off-site meal preparation time


Contact: Rachel, Volunteer Coordinator 612-872-4193x2 or volunteer@oshousing.org






Date/Time: Supplies should be delivered to RESOURCE by August 20


Location: 1900 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis

Help kids go back to school prepared by organizing a back-to-school drive for families who use RESOURCE services. RESOURCE helps people discover their potential and achieve their dreams by finding a job or recovering from mental illness or chemical dependency. School supplies accepted include: backpacks, binders, notebooks, lined paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, folders, pencil pouches or boxes, rulers, compasses, protractors, scissors, and scientific calculators. Sort the school supplies you collect by type and deliver them to RESOURCE. We will distribute them to children whose parents participate in RESOURCE programs. 


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Samantha Sleeman, Volunteer Program Manager, 612.752.8030, ssleeman@resource-mn.org



Farmers Market Booths 

CROSS Food Shelf


Date/Time: Wednesdays in Rogers, 2:30-7:30pm, or Thursdays in Maple Grove, 2:30-7:30pm


Location: Rogers Community Center, 12724 Main Street, Rogers
Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove

CROSS is committed to serving families and individuals in times of need by providing mercy and compassionate supportive services. Volunteers hand out information on CROSS to interested people, answer questions, and when needed, act as a drop off site for food donated from other vendors at the Farmers Market. 


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Shifts are five hours, but partial shifts can be arranged too


Contact: Stephanie Lehman, 763.425.1050 ext. 104




Paint it Pretty 

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP)


Date/Time: Flexible


Location:  Exact location TBD in North or Southwest Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
Enjoy the great outdoors and beautify the neighborhood. Seniors in Minneapolis need your help to paint their homes and garages. Enjoy a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity with your family! 


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


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549, srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org



Lunch Provider for Shelter Guests 

Simpson Housing Services


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Volunteers may participate at our shelter with a tour and other educational activities, or at their own site and deliver to us.  

Providing lunch for shelter guests is a very flexible and fun way to help people experiencing homelessness. Our shelter is open overnight only, from 6 pm until 7 am. When guests leave in the morning they may take sandwiches (and bag lunches if we have them) to eat later. This helps bridge the food gap during the day and also allows working people to save their money. There are three different volunteer opportunities:

  • Sandwich Provider: Purchase plastic gloves, bread, meat, cheese, and sandwich bags. Any kind of bread, meat, and cheese is welcome, but be sure to make sandwiches that you would like to eat. Quality is more important than quantity. Purchase enough materials to make 100 sandwiches.
  • Bag Lunch Provider: Purchase paper lunch bags, bottled water, individual bags of chips, individually wrapped cookie/brownie/granola bar, and napkins. You will need enough to make 50 bag lunches.
  • Square Meal Dealer: These volunteers purchase the supplies to put together both sandwiches and bag lunches.

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Christina Giese, 612.455.0859 or cgiese@simpsonhousing.org (email preferred)



Welcome Home Basket 

Simpson Housing Services


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Baskets may be delivered to our office (2100 Pillsbury Ave S, Mpls, 55404) or to our shelter (2740 1st Ave S, Mpls, 55408). Tours are available, please schedule a delivery with Christina Giese.
Create a memorable gift for a family moving into a new home. Families coming from shelter often only have some clothing and a few items from their previous home. When they move to a new place they need some basic items to get settled. Simpson Housing Services is seeking volunteers to make and donate "Welcome Home Baskets" for families as they enter the Family Housing program. Volunteers provide a $20 gift certificate to a discount store like Target and additional household items. Baskets items should total no more than $50. Here is a list of items to choose from to include in your basket: 

  • Laundry soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet brush
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Sponges or scrub brush
  • Dish cloth and towel
  • Shower curtain, liner, and rings
  • Bathroom rug
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Wall clock and batteries

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Christina Giese, 612.455.0859 or cgiese@simpsonhousing.org (email preferred)



Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends  


Date/Time: June-August


Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN
True Friends provides camp and respite experiences to children and adults with a variety of disabilities, along with their family and friends. Volunteer families are needed to assist during camp. Volunteer tasks can include activities such as cabin support, kitchen support, housekeeping, program design, and more, depending on your skills and interests. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."  


Ages: Five and older- adults need to provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.


Time Commitment: One week


Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952.852.0113



Minnehaha Creek Clean-up   

Metro Blooms  


Date/Time: Sunday, July 27, 7am-2pm


Location: Lake Hiawatha Park, E 46th St. & 28th Ave; or in St Louis Park, meeting at the Knollwood Target, 8900 Minnesota Hwy 7
Help Metro Blooms clean up Minnehaha Creek by helping to collect three tons of trash at our Minnehaha Creek Clean-up event. Volunteers will enjoy a FREE breakfast and lunch, garden gloves, tote bag and meet great folks!   


Ages: Children eight and over can help with set-up and registration; children of all ages can help pick up trash.


Time Commitment: Come for the entire seven hours or shorter shifts are available


Contact:  Barb, barb@metroblooms.org, 612.801.9321



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