January 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities



January 2015 - Twin Cities 


Cookie Bakers 

Habitat for Humanity  


Date/Time: Cookies can be dropped off at our office Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 5pm  


Location: 1954 University Ave. W, St. Paul  


Cookie bakers are great assets to Twin Cities Habitat because they allow us to thank our construction volunteers. We ask cookie bakers to bake two to four dozen cookies and drop them off at our office. You can make cookies as often as you want. Cookie bakers will be emailed a few times a year for a "cookie callout" when we are running low. Cookie baking is a fun and easy way for all ages to get involved in Habitat and you might even get to eat a few cookies as well!  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Julia Brauchle, Volunteer Coordinator, julia.brauchle@tchabitat.org or volunteer@tchabitat.org, 612.305.7114





Wooddale Church


Date/Time: Saturday, January 24, 9am-noon


Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. The sandwich-making project will be hosted at the Edina Campus, 5532 Wooddale Avenue South, Edina  


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.   


Ages: Some sites do require a minimum age due to safety concerns or the nature of the work. However, we ensure that there will be sites open to people of all ages.


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: For more information visit wooddale.org/loveindeed. To contact the church regarding Love In[Deed] please email them at  loveindeedwc@gmail.com



Be the Change - Mentor a Child  

Kids 'n Kinship


Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity 


Location: Your home or the community   


Did you know January is National Mentoring Month?  Start your new year off right by mentoring with your family! 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 43 years in community-based mentoring. Kids 'n Kinship also runs a school-based program in four elementary schools, providing tutoring and support to youth during the school day. 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 two-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 three 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



MLK Day Thrift Shop Volunteers  

ARC Value Village


Date/Time: Volunteer shifts available on MLK Day (1/19): 9am-12pm, 1-4pm, 4-6pm and 6-8pm; and MLK weekend (1/17 & 1/18): 9am-12pm, 1-4pm and 4-6pm


Location: Value Village has locations in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield, St. Paul, and Bloomington 


Volunteer at any Arc's Value Village on Monday, January 19 and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Opportunities are also available MLK weekend at all stores. Volunteers work together to unpack, sort and tag donations at Arc's Value Village in support of The Arc Greater Twin Cities and its programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  


Ages: Families are welcome. Youth must be at least eight years old.


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Molly Lindblad, Thrift Volunteer Development Manager, 952.915.3652, mollylindblad@arcgreatertwincities.org. Registration is available online. Go to www.arcsvaluevillage.org/volunteer, click the "Volunteer" button to browse the calendar for openings and sign up directly!



Family Companions  

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly


Date/Time: One weekend afternoon a month


Location: Your home 


Family Companions welcome an elder into their home once a month, providing him or her with a family-centered environment that can include a meal and other activities based on mutual interests. The time commitment includes one face-to-face visit each month, phone calls and travel time. Family Companion Volunteers are thoughtfully matched to elder friends based on interests, personality and location.  


Ages: Adults with children of any age


Time Commitment: Three-four hours a month, with a six-month minimum commitment. There is also a one and one-half hour orientation and basic training session.


Contact: Josh Windham, 612.746.0732 or jwindham@littlebrothersmn.org



Bring Your Child To Serve Day  

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time: Monday, January 19, 6-8pm


Location: 6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 1700, Golden Valley  


We're excited to offer parents and their children an opportunity to volunteer together and generate awareness around the issue of hunger! Each year, Americans across the country come together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to serve their neighbors and communities in honor of Dr. King. As part of this national movement, we're once again hosting "Bring Your Child to Serve Day" on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Volunteers sort and re-pack food from food drives and donations, re-package bulk food such as pasta or cereal into consumer size packages, sort and salvage damaged products or food items, or label cans. These items go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. This position requires that you are able to stand for several hours.  


Ages: Volunteers ages eight and over are welcome. All youth must have a signed waiver from a parent/guardian to volunteer. Parent/guardian may sign the waiver on-site if accompanying child.


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Kaia Arthur, 651.209.7909, karthur@2harvest.org. Please register by January 14 to reserve your spot. Learn more and register online



Family Meal Delivery   

Open Arms


Date/Time: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm and Saturdays 9:30-11:30 am


Location: 2500 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis. You can choose the delivery route that suits you best  


With the support of families like yours, Open Arms brings comfort, nutrition, and support to our fellow community members who are living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We do this through delivering homemade food to approximately 800 clients every week across the Twin Cities free of charge, using healthy ingredients. Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients with your partner or child and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. In return for your service, Open Arms will provide you with the opportunity to be part of a warm and giving community, with engaging and flexible volunteer opportunities, and the chance to give back in a meaningful way. Becoming a volunteer is easy - sign up to attend an orientation - once you attend we'll ask you to fill out a Volunteer Profile, then you will be all set to go! (It is recommended that children middle school and older also attend orientation but it is not required).   


Ages: There is no minimum age requirement for children but everyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Please note that delivery does involve leaving the car a number of times.


Time Commitment: Shifts are two to three hours. You can volunteer once, on a regular shift, or as you are able.


Contact: Maria Kustritz, Volunteer Coordinator, maria@Openarmsmn.org



Sort Books  

Read Indeed


Date/Time: Saturday, January 10, 9am-noon or Friday, January 23, 9am-noon


Location: 625 St. Louis Ave. Ste 20, Hopkins  


Read Indeed is a 501(c)3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, a book-loving 14-year-old who wants to make the world a better place-one book at a time. Maria began Read Indeed when she was eight years old and her original goal was to collect and distribute one million books to kids in need by the time she turned 18. She accomplished that goal before the age of 13! Now Maria wants to distribute books to all 50 states in the U.S. and every country in the world. Having donated more than $4 million in books, Maria has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

The Read Indeed warehouse is open the second Saturday, and the fourth Friday of every month. Volunteer jobs include: 

  • Counting books
  • Sorting into age-appropriate categories
  • Boxing books
  • Hauling boxes
  • Loading boxes into vehicles for organizations receiving books

Come prepared to work. The Warehouse is very well organized; however going through boxes can get dusty at times, so please wear appropriate clothing.  


Ages: We welcome volunteers at every age, and physical ability.


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: readindeedforkids@gmail.com, 612.720.4694. Registration is available online



Sixth Annual Feeding the Dream - Community Food Drive  

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)


Date/Time: Now through January 19


Location: Drop off non-perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Center


The need for food donations does not end with the holidays. Help out your community and those in need by dropping off non-perishable food items at any Minneapolis Park and Recreation Center for the Sixth Annual Feeding the Dream Food Drive. Proceeds will be donated to the Sabathani Community Food Shelf. The community service project was initiated in the fall of 2009 and since then more than 7,000 pounds of donations have been collected.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible, time to collect and deliver your food donations  


Contact: Diane at whittier@minneapolisparks.org




Snow Angels  



Date/Time: Whenever it snows more than two inches in a 24-hour time period 


Location: Dakota County area  


Help an older person get out and stay safe by shoveling their driveway and sidewalk during the winter. Volunteer families will be assigned to one senior to help clear off snow on their sidewalks, driveway and steps. When it snows two or more inches you will check with your senior to see if they need you to come shovel.  


Ages: Families are welcome; all ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Barb Tiggemann, 651.234.2254 or barb.tiggemann@darts1.org



Bring a Smile, Bring Your Family  

Minnesota Masonic Home


Date/Time: Flexible - no evenings after 6:30


Location: 11501 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington  


Bring a Smile to our residents by bringing your family to visit with them. Our residents love to see the smiling faces of your children. We'd love to have you come to our home to visit our long-term residents and bring them joy.   


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Once for week for one and one-half hours with a three month commitment  


Contact: Beverly Potz, Beverly.Potz@mnmasonic.org, 952.948.7977



Learn and deliver meals with your family!

Meals on Wheels


Date/Time: Volunteer one hour during lunchtime, Monday through Friday. Your family can volunteer weekly, monthly, or on a schedule that works for you.   


Location: With 35 neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site near your home!   


Delivering Meals on Wheels with your children or grandchildren is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time as a family and pass on the values of kindness, compassion, and civic responsibility by helping seniors and individuals with disabilities in your community. Whether you have infants or teenagers, you can make a contribution together to improve your community. Delivering meals involves driving to the program site, picking up, and delivering 8-10 meals. It takes about an hour, and you can choose a program site near your home. The amount you socialize with the clients is dependent on the volunteer and the client. Learn more about delivering meals as a family.   


Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer


Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime


Contact: Emily Lund, 612.623.3363, Emily@meals-on-wheels.com




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