June 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities



June 2015 - Twin Cities 


Brush Stacking at Carver Park Reserve  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, June 13, 8:30am - 12:30pm


Location: Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria  


Join Great River Greening for this project kick-off event to help restore oak woodlands at Carver Park Reserve in the west metro. Known for its vast diversity of wildlife, Carver Park Reserve is struggling with buckthorn, an invasive shrub that threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Help us haul and stack buckthorn to ensure that biodiversity continues to thrive at this beautiful site!  


Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer


Time Commitment: Four hours 


Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11, jkader@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online

Family Volunteering at Open Farms  

Open Arms of Minnesota


Date/Time: May through August: Tuesdays, 9am - 7pm; Fridays, 9am - noon; or Saturday mornings  


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


Open Arms grows vegetables and herbs for our kitchen at our urban community garden in St. Paul. Families will work side by side with the Farm Program Coordinator completing many tasks over the course of the growing season. Tasks include but are not limited to; vegetable production, direct seeding, bed preparation, composting, weeding/cultivation, transplanting, harvesting, and post-harvest handling with a focus on food safety and risk minimization.   


Ages: Children eight and older are welcome to help out at the farm!   


Time Commitment: Two hours per shift. All adult volunteers must sign up for and attend a new volunteer orientation at our office at 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis.   


Contact: Kelly Wilson, kellyw@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.6231; Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7343


Community Food Drive   



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 730 Florida Ave South, Golden Valley  


PRISM serves thousands of people in the western suburbs by addressing basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, employment, and more. You can help by organizing a food drive for PRISM! We will provide the needed materials (fliers and handouts, collection boxes) so that you can connect with your community. Volunteers are responsible for bringing items to PRISM at the end of the drive.  


Ages: Adult organizer, and helpers of any age


Time Commitment: Varies, 4-12 hours 


Contact: Eleanor Trenary, etrenary@prismmpls.org, 763.432.4210


Bingo Helpers  

Johanna Shores, formerly Presbyterian Homes of Arden Hills


Date/Time: Weekends, morning or afternoon times available


Location: 3220 Lake Johanna Blvd, Arden Hills 


Volunteers will help set up for bingo, call bingo, distribute prizes, and help residents with their cards. Socialize and make this a fun event for all! 


Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer 


Time Commitment: One and one-half hours 


Contact: Liz Peterson, Volunteer Director, ahvolunteer@preshomes.org, 651.631.6011


Gardening Assistants   

Caponi Art Park and Learning Center


Date/Time: Two-hour shifts Tuesday through Friday between 9am-3pm


Location: 220 Diffley Road, Eagan


The mission of Caponi Art Park and Learning Center is to make art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds by providing a cultural and educational center where people come together with art and nature to restore, nurture and maintain the basic unity of the human spirit. Gardening assistants will work on a variety of projects from planting flowers and trees to weeding and watering under the direction of a staff member or experienced volunteer. No experience is necessary, just a love of nature and a drive to learn.  


Ages: Children as young as five are welcome to volunteer with their families.


Time Commitment: One or two 2-hour shifts now through October


Contact: Kelly Henriksen, Kelly@caponiartpark.org


Farm for All     

Loaves & Fishes


Date/Time: There are a variety of days and dates throughout the summer. Click for current volunteer shift needs.


Location: Garden plots are located in St. Paul, Eagan, Richfield, and Coon Rapids    


Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2014, they served over 400,000 hot, nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes is seeking volunteers to help maintain garden plots at four locations in the Twin Cities Metro. Volunteers are also needed to transport produce from the garden to the Loaves & Fishes Central Office in Northeast Minneapolis, which will then be utilized in Loaves & Fishes meals at local dining sites.


Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer 


Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on location


Contact: Carly Quintus, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org. Registration is available online   



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. During the summer months, Loaves & Fishes also hosts several lunch dining sites dedicating to feeding children who are out of school for the summer.  


Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites and summer lunch sites are located throughout the metro area.  


Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. In 2014, they served over 400,000 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: Carly Quintus, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673, volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org

Registration is available online - click here for dinner serving opportunities and here for lunch serving opportunities  



Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)  

Metro Area Community Gardens


Date/Time: Ongoing


Location: Varies 


Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website


Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm 


Time Commitment: Varies 


Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following websites for information about local community gardening resources:


Help Support Nepal  

Multiple Organizations


Date/Time: Ongoing 


Location: At home 


The April 25th earthquake in Nepal was devastating. It's estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by it. It's natural to feel helpless because we are so far away. However, this is a great opportunity to build empathy and awareness of this natural disaster and the impact it has had on so many families. What the relief efforts need most is funding. Here are two sites that list dozens of organizations that need aid: 

You can use this as an opportunity for your family to discuss how to choose an organization to support and then how to raise the money to donate. Lemonade stands or bake sales are great ways for children to be involved in the process of fundraising!  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Choose a charity from Charity Navigator's list


Garden Guru  



Date/Time: Weekly during the growing season


Location: Properties are located throughout the metro area


Make community service part of your family's summer plans! If you love to garden, consider adopting one of Aeon's properties. Aeon is looking for individuals and small groups who will come by a property weekly during the growing season to plant, weed, water, and tend to flowers. They'll provide the plants. All you need to give is about one to two hours a week--any day, any time!  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 3500 people annually. Established in 1986, Aeon has 2,160 units of quality, affordable housing. Aeon's mission is to create and sustain quality affordable homes that strengthen lives and communities.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger at volunteer@aeonmn.org or 612.746.0524


Family Summer Camp Volunteers  

True Friends - Camp Courage  


Date/Time: June-August


Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN   


Families up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) assist during camp depending on skill set (including, but not limited to: cabin support, kitchen support, housekeeping, or program design). Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."  


Ages: Families with children five and older are welcome to volunteer - adults must provide supervision for those under 18 years.


Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August.  


Contact: Conor McGrath conorm@truefriends.org or 952.852.0113


Help Feed Hungry Kids  

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August


Location: Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St Paul; Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton Street, West St Paul; Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Avenue S, South St Paul; Moreland Elementary School, 217 W. Moreland Ave W. St. Paul  


Good nutrition is necessary for students to perform better in school. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. Volunteers serve meals to students and encourage students to take milk and other required food items; minimal food preparation is sometimes required with supervision from school kitchen staff. This is a perfect service opportunity for churches, workplaces, community groups, families, and individuals looking for fun opportunities to help their community.   


Ages: Minimum age is 5. Volunteers 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult.  


Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift


Contact: Jenna at 651.306.2143 or jenna@neighborsmn.org. To register online: go to www.neighborsmn.org/feature/volunteer, click on the One-Time Volunteer Activity Schedule link and select your shifts.


Share a Story with Heart!

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Ongoing


Location: Your home 


Writing stories together as a family is a great summer project that gets kids talking, writing, reading, imagining, and building those empathy muscles. Use our Doing Good Together Story Starters with Heart to enjoy a thought-provoking family time activity. Your homemade stories can be a great way to cheer up a sick or lonely friend. Make a gift of your creations!  You can also find lots of story starter ideas for kids of all ages on the Journal Buddies website.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org, journalbuddies.com



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