September 2014 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


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  September 2014 - Twin Cities
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Common Ground Festival of Giving- 4th Annual Music Festival  

Common Ground Meditation Center


Date/Time: Saturday, September 13, 11am-3pm


Location: Common Ground Meditation Center, 2700 East 26th Street, Minneapolis 


The Common Ground Music Festival is an outdoor music concert put on by volunteers from the Common Ground Community. Admission is free! This year's festival will feature well known musicians Ellis, Dean Magraw, Larry Long, Alex Goldfarb, Linda Breitag and others, as well as spoken word performances by Kevin Freidberg, Louis Alemayehu and dance calling by Ann Carter. There will also be fun, kid-friendly activities, including hands-on service projects for families. Common Ground accepts donations to highlight non-profit organizations that are doing great work to make the world a better place. Doing Good Together™ is one of five non-profits that has been selected by Common Ground to participate in and benefit from donations from the music festival. We'll be there to talk with participants about DGT™, host the service projects and join in the fun!   


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Up to four hours 





Pajama Program Book & Pajama Drive  

Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: The Pajama Program will contact you with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation, or you can contact your local Pajama Program chapter


Join with our Big-Hearted Families Book Club subscribers to help the Pajama Program collect one million new pajamas, one million new books and the resources needed to get them in the hands of children in need by December 31, 2015. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are often shuffled from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children we serve are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Your family can conduct a pajama and book drive, have a pajama/book themed party, or you can simply send a pair of pajamas and a book from your family to the Pajama Program. Click for information and instructions from the Pajama Program. Once you've completed your drive, report your results here, and the Pajama Program will contact you within seven days with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation.   


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact:, 212.716.9757 



The Walk to End Alzheimer's  

Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter


Date/Time: Saturday, September 27, 7-11:30am


Location: This event will be at Target Field in Downtown Minneapolis. The walk takes place in a one to three mile path on the streets around Target Field.  


There are various volunteer positions that are fit for both adults and children, especially in the Kids Zone and Promise Garden. These positions will help walkers and their children enjoy games and other activities for kids!


Ages: Children ten and older are welcome to volunteer with an adult. If you have a child younger than ten and would like to volunteer, please contact 


Time Commitment: Most volunteer positions are from approx. 7:30am to 10:30am or 11am. Some will last until 11:30am


Contact: Please email 



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

Senior Community Services


Date/Time: We are looking for volunteers to help seniors with fall raking October 24- November 3. Other dates are available for outdoor volunteer opportunities as well.


Location: Yard cleanup at senior's house living in any of the following communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.

Help seniors with clean-up and maintenance. Volunteer tasks include yard work, leaf raking, window washing, weeding, garage sweeping and cleanup.


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 to four hours 


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



Alimagnet Park Stacking and Seeding   

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, September 27, 8:30am-12:30pm


Location: Alimagnet Park, 298 Ridgeview Drive, Apple Valley

Alimagnet is an 85-acre park that features old growth oak and basswood trees along the shores of Alimagnet Lake. The hilly terrain of this site was historically grazed, which allowed for a thriving savanna. Large populations of woodland wildflowers existed here until woody overgrowth and buckthorn overtook the park. Volunteers will drag and stack precut trees and seed cleared areas in an attempt to rejuvenate wildflower populations


Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Four hours 


Contact: Jen Kader, Volunteer & Outreach Manager,, 651.665.9500 x11. Pre-registration is required; register online



Share a Smile Senior Companion  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP)


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior lives. 


Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games or whatever!


Ages: Families are welcome; children must be 12 or older and accompanied by an adult.


Time Commitment: Six-month minimum commitment; meet with your senior one or two hours a week.


Contact: Jeanne, NIP Seniors Program Volunteer Coordinator, or 612.746.8549 



Wetland Planting  

Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) 


Date/Time: Thursday, September 11, 6-8pm


Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park, Saint Paul 


Join other River Gorge Stewards volunteers and staff from FMR and Saint Paul Parks & Recreation as we expand the native plant/restored area at this significant riverfront park! Volunteers will help install native wetland plants to receive water from a large-scale native-prairie berm previously planted by FMR volunteers. This will help prevent erosion, build better soils and filter storm water runoff pollution before it can reach the river. The plants will also provide much-needed urban wildlife habitat. Staff will provide all guidance, tools, and gloves needed for a productive and fun event.  


Ages: Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are welcome


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Janna,, 651.222.2193 x31. To sign up, contact the FMR Event Registrar via the contact form (please select Janna by name from the staff list under "Category") or, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number, and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email and additional details, such as directions and what to wear, from within one to two business days. 



Food Packing- Youth & Family Service Day  

Second Harvest Heartland West


Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 12:30-2:30pm. Plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your volunteer shift. That will give you plenty of time to check in, hang up coats and secure purses and jewelry in lockers.


Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley


September is Hunger Action Month. Every hour you volunteer for Second Harvest Heartland during September will be matched with a $5 donation from Bremer Bank, up to a total of $50,000! 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 activity there will be a short hunger awareness activity. The service activity is sorting and re-packing 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 eight and older. Adults who bring infants and children under eight years old will not be able to volunteer


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via  



Aeon Homes for Generations


Date/Time: Flexible- we will work to find times that work with your schedule and hours; weekends, evenings and weekdays are all available.


Location: We have several locations located in downtown and south Minneapolis.

Aeon is a nonprofit owner, developer and manager of high quality affordable apartments and townhomes in the metro area. Gather your extended family or another family or two to cook and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner with formerly homeless residents at one of Aeon's apartment buildings. This event will give our residents an opportunity to build community and enjoy a delicious meal. You will plan, purchase, prepare the meal (you can cook on-site or at home), serve the food, and eat and enjoy conversation with 15-50 guests (depending on the property). This is best suited for 3 to 15 individuals depending on the meal you intend to serve. Never cooked for a large group before? Never fear, we have grocery lists to help you plan and prep for some typical meals


Ages: Five and up (you know your children best)


Time Commitment: Plan on about two hours serving, eating, set-up and cleanup time, plus cooking time.


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, Volunteer Program Coordinator,, 612.746.0524



Everybody Loves a Parade!   

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 10:30am-1:30pm


Location: Inver Grove Heights Parade, starting location TBD

Neighbors is a non-profit, social-service agency serving the northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. Neighbors, Inc. events support our efforts to provide social services to our community. Please come out and have a good time while supporting a good cause. Volunteers are needed to carry banners and pass out candy and prizes to kids along the parade route with Delbert the Duck, our yellow duck mascot. Delbert attracts a lot of attention from the kids in the crowd, which makes it exciting to walk with him. Must be able to walk one mile. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.


Ages: This is a fun family friendly volunteer opportunity--so bring the kids or grandkids to help!  


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or 



Plant Trees in Oakdale  

Tree Trust


Date/Time: Saturday, September 20, 9:30am-noon


Location: Hadley Avenue North N & 50th St N., Oakdale 


Help re-forest Oakdale by planting nearly 50 trees with Tree Trust. This event is great for individuals, families, and small groups, and people of all ages are welcome. 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 green Oakdale.


Ages: Ages eight and older are welcome with adult supervision


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Christine Lee, 



Food Packing  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)


Date/Time: Multiple dates, see website registration page  


Location: FMSC has MN packing locations in Chanhassen, Coon Rapids 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 wellbeing 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 goes directly toward the food program.


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


Time Commitment: One and a half or two hour shifts


Contact:, 763.504.2919. Registration is available online



Growing Good in the Neighborhood  

Project Sweetie Pie & the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness


Date/Time: Saturday, September 6, 2-5pm


Location: Karamu Gardens, 1600 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis 


The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness is joining forces with Project Sweetie Pie to bring together volunteers to help plant and weed Karamu Gardens, a communal garden. A communal garden is different than a community garden because no one person has a growing plot. Everyone that works in the garden has access to the food; in addition the garden produce is available to the people who live in the Legacy Housing, the neighborhood and through the local food bank. In January 2014, the Karamu Garden was one of five national recipients of the GRO1000 community garden grant awarded by Scott's through the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This three year, $40,000 grant will provide funds for raised beds, a shade stage/tool shed and programs for local youth and their families.  


Ages: Families with children ages six and older are welcome to volunteer


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Michael Chaney, 763.227.4881 or email or   




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