August 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities



August 2015 - Twin Cities 


Event Committee Members  

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Event will be held April, 2016


Location: Meeting locations will be determined by committee members  


We are seeking folks to join the DGT Event Committee, which plans, organizes, coordinates and promotes our annual fundraising event in April. Committee tasks may include: 

  • Soliciting silent and/or live auction items
  • Soliciting individual and corporate sponsors for the event
  • Planning for food, beverage, and entertainment
  • Recruiting and coordinating event volunteers
  • Event set-up, production and clean-up
  • Event promotion and publicity

We invite anyone to apply who has a passion for our mission and who enjoys having fun working for a great cause with other like-minded individuals. Experience with event planning, recruiting event sponsors, promotions and marketing, or social media is helpful, but not required.  


Ages: Adults, 21 and over


Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month


Contact: Lisa, 



Harvest Festival  

Open Arms of Minnesota


Date/Time: Saturday, August 22, 10:30am - 1pm


Location: The farm is located at 668 Victoria St. S. St. Paul, between 7th St. S. and Scheffer Ave  


Join Open Arms for a family-friendly harvest festival!  Enjoy food, fun activities, and mini-farm volunteer tasks. This event is free. 


Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!


Time Commitment: Feel free to drop in as you please!


Contact: Molly Kennedy, or 612.767.7343



Lunch Making Brigade for the homeless!   

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address    


Our Emergency Shelter is home to 40 adults every night of the year, but we are closed during the day. You can help make sure that residents stay fed and healthy even while they're away from the shelter with this really easy and flexible opportunity of making simple meat and cheese sandwiches! Your family is welcome to either make full lunches including snacks in a brown lunch bag, just the sandwiches, or just the snacks. Lunches can be made at your own location and dropped off at our shelter, or we can schedule a time to make lunches at our shelter!   


Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Rachel Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator,, 612.872.4193 x2 



Volunteer Grocery Shopper  



Date/Time: Saturday, August 8 or 22, 11am - 1pm


Location: IOCP Food Shelf, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth. Please enter through Resale 101


Volunteer Grocery Shoppers will use request lists to shop for low-income seniors who are unable to come to the IOCP food shelf on their own because of limited mobility or access to transportation. After shopping for the client's food items, volunteers will weigh the items to record what is leaving the food shelf. It is important volunteers pay close attention to the person's request list since many of our clients have strict dietary restrictions and/or they don't want to waste food that isn't useful to them.   


Ages: Volunteers ages 5-13 must sign up to work with an adult


Time Commitment: Approximately two hours. Volunteers can sign up once or make an ongoing commitment. No prior training or experience is required.  


Contact: Karen Gray, Food Shelf Scheduler, 763.557.6682, Registration is available online



High Five for Supplies  

Simon Says Give


Date/Time: Saturday, August 8 or Sunday, August 9, Shifts are two-hours and are scheduled between 9am and 5pm


Location: St. Thomas Academy, 9494 Mendota Heights Rd, Mendota Heights  


Simon Says Give is a nonprofit founded by Mandi Simon. At age seven, Mandi knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Most importantly, the lives of other kids! With the last name Simon, it was pretty easy to come up with "Simon Says Give." From that day forward, Simon Says Give was born, and has blossomed into a value oriented charity foundation, grown almost entirely by kids. Help sort and pack backpacks. The 2015 High Five for Supplies Goal is to support another 10,000 kids during their Backpacks and School Supplies drive! In honor of Mandi's August birthday, Simon Says Give celebrates her by providing as many kids as possible with the tools they need to go back-to-school with school readiness!


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts 


Contact: Call 1.888.470.7523. Registration is available online 



Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue    

The Food Group


Date/Time: Sundays, 12-2:30pm, now through October 25


Location: Minneapolis Farmer's Market  


The Food Group, formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network, is partnering with Hunger Solutions Minnesota to collect surplus produce from farmers, vendors and customers at the Minneapolis Farmers Market to distribute to food shelves and meal programs in the Twin Cities metro area. Produce Rescue Team Volunteers distribute boxes and flyers to market vendors and collect boxes of surplus produce at the close of the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. All rescued produce will be donated to local food shelves and meal programs. In previous years, Produce Rescuers have collected thousands of pounds of high quality produce each week for our neighbors in need.  


Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Multilingual skills are a great plus!


Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours


Contact: Sara Lovett, 763.450.3869 or Registration is available online



Thrift Store Helpers  

Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores


Date/Time: Shifts are available days, evenings & weekends


Location: Arc's Value Village has locations in Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield & St. Paul  


Volunteers help unpack, sort, tag/sticker donations, hang & tag clothing, and stock the sales floor. Proceeds support The Arc's programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


Ages: Volunteers must be at least 8. Youth between the ages of 8-14 should be accompanied by an adult at a ratio of 1 adult per 6 youth


Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two-three hours. You can volunteer one-time or on an ongoing basis


Contact: Volunteer Manager, 952.915.3652. Registration is available online 



Summer Bag Decorating  

Open Arms


Date/Time: Monday, August 10; Friday, August 14; Tuesday, August 18; Thursday, August 20 or Tuesday, August 25. Come anytime between 10:30am and 1:30pm.


Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue South, Minneapolis   


Looking for ways to introduce your kids to helping others? This summer we're hosting family volunteering opportunities, where you can brighten our clients' days by decorating the brown bags we use to deliver food to our clients. Enjoy milk, cookies and coffee while working on a creative activity together!  


Ages: Families and children of all ages welcome.   


Time Commitment: Up to three hours. Feel free to arrive and depart when needed during the shift.


Contact: Erin, 612.872.1152



RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride  

Charity Events of Minnesota


Date/Time: Saturday, August 8, various times


Location: Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan  


The 8th Annual RE/MAX Results Breast Cancer Ride is a one-day bicycle ride, with multiple route options, that raises money and awareness for local breast cancer service organizations. This marks the eighth year for the Breast Cancer Ride where hundreds of cyclists and volunteers will come together to do something incredible. Check the volunteer page for available opportunities.  

Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer together but parents are asked to select volunteer opportunities that are age appropriate.


Time Commitment: Will vary depending on volunteer position


Contact: Kari Mitchell,, 651.209.8387  



Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution  

Help provide school supplies for children


Add a "giving" aspect to your back-to-school ritual! Many local organizations help provide school supplies for children who would otherwise be unable to start school with the school supplies they need. The programs listed below need help with either collecting school supplies or distributing supplies to children. If a program close to you isn't listed below you can also contact your local school district or food shelf to see how you can help in your area.  

  • Simpson Housing Services (Minneapolis area), Tools for Schools Build a Backpack with School Supplies, Nick Pavlick at or 612.455.0872
  • St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP (St Louis Park), STEP Back to School Program, Julie Lapointe, 952.925.4899 x13,
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, VEAP (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) VEAP Back to School Program,
  • Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, IOCP (West suburban Hennepin County) Back to School Drive, Lynn Vettel,, or Liz Erstad-Hicks,, or 763.489.7506
  • People Responding In Social Ministry, PRISM (Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale and parts of Crystal and Plymouth), PRISM School Supplies drive, Eleanor Trenary, 763.432.4210,
  • ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), ResourceWest Back to School Program, 952.933.3860,
  • People Reaching Out To Other People, PROP, (Eden Prairie and Chanhassen schools students) School Supply Program, Cindy at 952.294.8378 or
  • Ramsey County Community Sheriff's Office, (Ramsey County), Night to Unite School Supply Drive, Volunteer Services Department, 651.266.4090,
  • 360 Communities (South suburban Minneapolis and St Paul), School Supply Drive, Miquela Hernandez, 952.985.4006,
  • Keystone Community Services, (Primarily St. Paul), School Supply Drive, Volunteer Coordinator, 651.603.6650 or
  • Community Thread/United Way of Washington County-East, (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2015,, 651.439.7434



Sign a Petition


Date/Time: Anytime


Location: Your own location 


This is a great summer activity that will challenge your kids to think critically and take action about causes that matter to them. Take time as a family to learn about and support a cause that you and your children care about through online petitions. You can start a petition or sign a existing petition at This way you can participate in initiatives that are up and running, or start a petition for a cause that's meaningful to you. Check out Doing Good Together's Sign a Petition page for ideas on how to get started!


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies





Share Kindness Campaign  

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Now through July 31 only 


It's a kindness campaign! It's a fundraiser! It's a fashion statement! Doing Good Together™ is holding a limited-time fundraising sale of these fun 2-sided "Share kindness" T-shirts. When you wear our colorful shirt, you'll be spreading a positive message, building awareness of DGT™ and helping our nonprofit raise funds to continue our big-hearted programming efforts. T-shirts must be ordered no later than July 31.  


Order your t-shirts at Youth and adult size shirts are available.  



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