May 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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May 2014 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 May  2014 - Twin Cities
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 
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Bring a smile to a senior  

Saint Therese


Date/Time: Flexible - ongoing 


Location: Saint Therese of New Hope, 8000 Bass Lake Rd, New Hope
At Saint Therese, life is good. Our communities provide secure, stress-free living and the very best in senior care and housing with a commitment to each individual's spiritual, physical, emotional and social well-being. Volunteers play an essential role in enriching the lives of our residents. Opportunities to volunteer are available a few hours a week or month and include a wide variety of options such as visiting with residents, helping with special events, playing games with residents, reading, sharing musical talents, leading group activities, escorting residents to and from worship services, and much more!   


Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer


Time Commitment: Flexible - we'll work with your schedule! Due to the time investment of training new volunteers and costs associated with background checks, we ask that individual volunteers plan to complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service during their time as a volunteer with Saint Therese.  


Contact: Matt Crawford;; 763.531.5075 



Spring Yard Cleanup, Household & Outside Maintenance for the Elderly (HOME) Program  

Senior Community Services


Date/Time: Flexible dates and times throughout the month of May. There will also be opportunities throughout the summer, and again in the fall.  


Location: Yard cleanup at a senior's house in one of the following communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park or Wayzata.

Tasks include yard work, leaf raking, window washing, gardening, and garage sweeping  


Ages: Families are welcome. There is not a specific age requirement, but keep in mind the abilities of your children for the specific cleaning tasks listed above.  


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Valerie Anderson, 952.746.4046 or email to schedule a date and time. 



Meal Delivery  

Open Arms of Minnesota


Date/Time: Delivery shifts are available Monday-Friday, 11am-1 pm, and Saturdays, 9:30-11:30 am


Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis
Our biggest need for groups of volunteers here at Open Arms is delivering meals to our clients living with chronic and life-threatening illness. Most people deliver in pairs or trios (this could be a great way to get your children involved). We provide each driver with a map complete with turn-by-turn directions. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicles. Register for an orientation here.  


Ages: Everyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Parents are responsible for the care and behavior of their children. Please note that delivery does involve leaving the car a number of times.


Time Commitment: One to two hours

Contact: Maria Kustritz, Volunteer Coordinator,   



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,, 651.632.5324



Summer Camp Volunteers   

True Friends


Date/Time: One week, 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  


Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided


Contact: Conor McGrath or 952.852.0113  


Katherine Abbott Park Buckthorn Blast!  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, May 3, 8:30am-12:30pm


Location: Katherine Abbott Park, 1000 Lincolntown Ave, Mahtomedi
Be a part of the effort to restore a metro area gem! Katherine Abbott Park is a 76-acre scenic natural area of hardwood forest, prairie, and wetlands. The park is inundated by buckthorn, a non-native invasive shrub that threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. By hauling out buckthorn, we can improve habitat and the overall quality of this great park.


Ages: All ages are welcome to participate


Time Commitment: Four hours 


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



Spring Into Service  

Community Thread


Date/Time: Saturday, May 17, 9am-noon


Location: Nonprofit sites are located across the St. Croix Valley
Spring Into Service benefits organizations and communities throughout the St. Croix Valley. This family-friendly volunteer activity engages over 300 volunteers annually on the third Saturday in May to beautify, clean, and improve their local communities. Our goal in 2014 is to engage 300 volunteers. Join us for a Volunteer Picnic immediately following the service projects from noon-2pm, with food and games at Community Thread, 2115 N. 4th Street, Stillwater.


Ages: Check individual sites for age requirements; most sites require that children be at least 8 years old. 


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Kira Young,, 651.439.7434 



St. Louis Park ReForest Planting  

Tree Trust


Date/Time: Saturday, May 17, 8am-noon


Location: This planting is part of the St. Louis Park Reforest Project, an effort to reforest the city after the loss of trees to Dutch elm disease, and to pre-forest the city before emerald ash borer wipes out many more. This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups. No experience is necessary; Tree Trust staff and trained volunteers will teach you how to plant correctly and be present throughout the event to answer your questions and provide assistance. We'll provide all the tools, training, and calories you'll need and you'll feel great knowing you helped put the park in St. Louis Park.   


Ages: Five and older  


Time Commitment: Four hours 


Contact: Christine Lee,


Garden Guru  



Date/Time: Approximately two hours per week through the summer


Location: Most locations are in downtown and south Minneapolis
If you love to garden and want to help create beautiful green places for people to live, consider adopting an Aeon property! We're looking for individuals and small groups who will come by a property weekly to weed, water, and tend to flowers. We'll provide the plants. Make community service part of your family's summer plans! Your investment will help create beautiful spaces that people are proud to call home. Aeon is an award-winning nonprofit provider of high-quality apartments and town homes for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, and serves more than 3,000 people annually. Established in 1986, Aeon has 1,934 units of quality, affordable housing.
Aeon's mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities.


Ages: Youth 6 and older are welcome to volunteer with adult supervision.  


Time Commitment: Two hours a week. You can even put together a group of friends to rotate gardening duties.


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger at, or 612.746.0524 



Canvassing - Change the World One Door at a Time!  



Date/Time: Flexible, whenever is convenient for your family or group


Location: Location will be determined between you and Bridging 

Bridging, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the largest furniture bank in North America. Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Driven by volunteers and donations of furniture and household goods from the community, Bridging has furnished over 60,000 homes since 1987. Attaching door hangers is a simple yet very effective way to spread the word about Bridging. You simply walk through a predetermined neighborhood and attach door hangers to doors. You and Bridging will determine together where your group would like to canvass and we provide the door hangers and Bridging volunteer nametags. There is no doorbell ringing involved! 



Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: No set time commitment, it can be a few hours or spread out over a few days...whatever works best for you


Contact: Sarah Crumrine, Community Relations Assistant, 952.460.1017 or



Minnehaha Creek Clean-Up  

City of St Louis Park


Date/Time: Saturday, May 3, 9-11am. (Rain Date is Sunday, May 4)


Location: Izaak Walton Creekside Park, 7341 Oxford St, St Louis Park
Join the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission of St. Louis Park for the 8th Annual Minnehaha Creek Clean-Up. Gloves, waders, clean-up tools, and disposal bags will be provided. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable work clothes. Just show up- no registration is needed.


Ages: Families with children ages 5 and up, with adult supervision


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Jim Vaughn, 952.924.2699 or with questions. If the weather is questionable, call the weather line at 952.924.2567  



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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.
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