March 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT March 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


March 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  March 2014 - Twin Cities
Volunteer Opportunities
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Resource and Book List Manager 

Doing Good Together  


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: From your own home
Doing Good Together is looking for a volunteer to maintain our comprehensive website resource list. The list contains books, websites and videos that educate children about important social issues, including hunger, homelessness, environmental protection, etc. Tasks would include checking to be certain that the resources on the list are current, adding new resources, and finding children's book titles needed for our monthly newsletter or other publications. We are looking for someone with a love of children's books, superior writing skills, and experience with Internet research.


Ages: Adult or parent/child team


Time Commitment: Four-six hours a month


Contact: Jenny Friedman,



Maple Syrup Volunteers

Tamarack Nature Center  


Date/Time: Volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer training on Saturday, February 22, 1-3pm. Maple syrup season will begin in early March and continue through mid April; weekday and weekend sap collecting shifts will be available. Sap collecting shifts run for two-four hours; shifts start at 1pm. Families will sign up for sap collecting shifts the day of training


Location: Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Township
Once the tree sap is flowing, volunteers will be needed at Tamarack Nature Center to help collect sap every day of the week starting at 1pm. This is a great family volunteer opportunity! It can, however, be physically demanding, as it requires hiking on and off trail in snow with buckets and supplies. Families with younger children should take into account the physical limitations of their young ones when considering this volunteer opportunity.  


Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer, children under sixteen need to be accompanied by an adult.


Time Commitment: Mandatory two-hour training on February 22, 1-3pm. Families need to sign-up and volunteer for three sap collecting shifts during the six-week period from mid-March through early April.


Contact: Melanie Harding,, 651.407.5350 x118.
Please call or email Melanie to RSVP for the training on Saturday, February 22




Memory Care Mealtime Companions  

The Glenn by STSW


Date/Time: Any day that works for you, 12:30pm or 5:30pm


Location: 5300 Woodhill Road, Minnetonka
We are looking for friendly, kind-hearted individuals to spend lunch or dinner with our wonderful residents in Memory Care, helping to lead conversations. You can talk about the weather, the season, fun current events, and learn a lot about our residents' histories. This can be a very meaningful intergenerational experience


Ages: All ages are welcome; children under the age of 15 must have an adult with them


Time Commitment: One hour, once a week


Contact: Ann Schrempp, Activity and Volunteer Director, 952.345.4414 



Meal Service Volunteers  

Loaves & 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, 




Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, March 15, 9am-noon


Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. Meet in the Wooddale Eden Prairie Campus Gym, Door 5, to choose a site. The sandwich project will be hosted at the Edina Campus.
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. Everyone is welcome! It's a great way for families, neighbors, birthday parties and groups to serve together. We provide transportation to and from the project sites. Volunteer sites for March are listed here. We encourage you to pre-register to reserve your spot at the project that works best for you.


Ages: All ages are welcome; check website for age limitations for individual sites   


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: For more information visit To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at 



Packing Session  

Kids Against Hunger


Date/Time: Thursday, March 20, 7-8:30pm (Bloomington); or Monday, March 24, 7-8:30pm (South Mpls)    


Locations: The Urban Refuge, 5501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, and Evergreen Community Church, 2300 East 88th St, Bloomington
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. A packing session is a simple way to help feed the hungry and starving around the world. Volunteers pack the meals in four steps: 

  • Filling: Sturdy plastic bags are filled with scoops of soy protein, dried vegetables, fortified vegetarian seasoning, and rice.
  • Weighing: The food packets are checked to make sure they are the correct weight.
  • Sealing: Excess air is removed from the packets and they are closed with a heat sealer. Once sealed, the food will remain fresh for three years.
  • Packing: The packets are packed in boxes for shipping to their destination. One box holds enough food to feed 216 children.

Ages: Volunteers five and over are welcome


Time Commitment: One and one-half hours   


Contact: Register to volunteer online. 



Food Allergy Awareness Walk  

Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of MN (AFAA):


Date/Time: Saturday, March 22, 7-9am


Location: Mall of America at Macy's Court, 8100 24th Avenue South, Bloomington
The Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and to support those with food allergies. Join us for AFAA's 6th annual Food Allergy Awareness Walk! This unique event is family-friendly and free! Donations are encouraged and incentives are offered for various fundraising levels. Since its inception in 2001, AFAA has been operating on a shoestring budget and run entirely by volunteers. Money raised during the fundraising walk will help AFAA continue their mission to educate, advocate, and support those with life-threatening food allergies.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: Nona Narvaez, 651.644.5937, Register online or at the event 



Minnesota FoodShare

March Campaign Drive


Date/Time: Bring your food and/or cash donations to your local food shelf prior to April 1


Location: Your local food shelf
March is Minnesota Food Share month. Each March since 1982, Minnesota FoodShare has directed the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state. Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during the March Food Drive, a month-long campaign with yearlong benefits for food shelves and hungry families in Minnesota. This campaign recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort and it is the largest food and fund drive for food shelves in the state of Minnesota. The March Campaign raises more than half the food distributed by almost 300 food shelves. Every dollar donated to Minnesota FoodShare during the March Campaign goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. You can collect food or cash donations as a family and donate them to your local food shelf or you can recruit family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or individuals from your faith community or civic group to help organize a larger food and/or donation drive.   


Ages: Your entire family can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Bring donations to your local food shelf. If you are interested in organizing a March Campaign, Minnesota FoodShare is here to help. There is a wealth of resources available online at or you can call 612.276.1530 



Empty Bowls  

Community Fundraisers to Benefit Local Foodshelves:


Date/Time: Variety of different days & times in March

Since its small beginnings in 1990 at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Empty Bowls has become an international grassroots project to raise funds for local food shelves. Many metro-area events feature handmade soup bowls created by community members in partnership with local schools, community education departments, businesses and other community members. Local restaurants and businesses donate soup and other items. At most Empty Bowl events attendees make a free will donation, chose a bowl, enjoy some soup, and keep their bowl to remind them of all the empty bowls in their communities and beyond. Many events feature a silent auction, entertainment or other activities. Empty Bowl fundraiser proceeds are used to help families in their local communities with basic needs like food and housing. Local Empty Bowls events are held throughout the year-- here's a list of events happening in March. If your local community is not on this list, contact your local food shelf or school district to find out if there's an Empty Bowls event held in your community.   




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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.
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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