September 2015 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities



September 2015 - Twin Cities 

Common Ground Festival of Giving- 5th Annual Music Festival  
Common Ground Meditation Center
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, noon - 4:30pm
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, Alex Goldfarb, Larry Long, and Linda Breitag with Precious Sparkle Kitty, as well as spoken word performances by Louis Alemayehu and dance calling by Ann Carter. There will also be fun, kid-friendly activities. 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™ and join in the fun! 
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Up to four and one-half hours


The Washburn Games
Washburn Center for Children
Date/Time: Sunday, September 27, 1:30 - 4:30pm. The fun run is at 3:45pm; closing ceremonies are at 4pm.
Location: Bryn Mawr Meadows, 601 Morgan Ave, Minneapolis (park near Penn Ave & 394)
Come play rugby, soccer, lacrosse, cricket, karate, football, yoga and more at The Washburn Games, a noncompetitive sports sampler for children ages 4 - 12. Kids can discover their favorite sport (before you sign them up for a season they don't like) and give back to the community. All participants receive a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag and the joy of helping others. Plus, there's a chance to win amazing prizes, including a $1,000 educational scholarship. Volunteers will help participants through the sports stations by retrieving balls and cheering them on. No sports experience necessary! All proceeds support children struggling with social, emotional or behavioral problems
Ages: Children ages 4-12 may participate in the event. Parents and teens 13 and older are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Liz Jones, Development and Events Coordinator,, 612.872.3316
Wooddale Church
Date/Time: Saturday, September 26, 9am - noon
Location: Wooddale Church Gym, Door 5, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie. A specific project in the city of Edina 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 or email
Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing
Kids Against Hunger - West Metro
Date/Time: Saturday, September 5, 9 - 11am
Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Rd 19, Excelsior
Kids Against Hunger-West Metro (KAH-WM) is a volunteer-driven organization committed to inspiring, engaging, and educating people, starting with our children, by packaging life-saving meals that ease world hunger. No special skills or training are needed to pack at an event - just the desire to roll up your sleeves and dig in! When you arrive, a Kids Against Hunger team leader will show the group a short video describing the history and mission of Kids Against Hunger. After that, you'll wash up, don your aprons and hairnets, and choose a spot at a packaging station. You may be filling bags with food, weighing bags, sealing bags, or packing bags into shipping boxes. Team leaders will be at each station to explain each phase of the process and to provide assistance.
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate. Young children may be restricted from some jobs such as weighing and sealing food packages
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Julie Kiefer, Registration is available online.
2015 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter
Date/Time: Saturday, September 26, 7am-noon
Location: Target Field, 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 will last between four and five hours
Contact: Please email
Family Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm and Saturdays, 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave South, Minneapolis
Volunteer to deliver meals to our clients and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. This year, Open Arms network of more than 2,400 volunteers will help cook and deliver more than 470,000 meals for people living with life threatening illnesses. Pick the delivery route that suits you best and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license
Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. All adult volunteers must sign up for and attend a new volunteer orientation at our office at 2500 Bloomington Ave South, Minneapolis.

Contact: Molly Kennedy, or 612.767.7343
Farm for All
Loaves & Fishes
Date/Time: There are a variety of days and dates available throughout through October
Location: Garden plots are located in St. Paul, Richfield, and Coon Rapids
Loaves & Fishes is seeking volunteers to help maintain our garden plots at three locations in the Twin Cities Metro. Much of the farm work will depend on weather. Volunteer opportunities are subject to change with short notice. Volunteers will be notified of any changes via email.
Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on location
Contact: Carly Quintus, Director of Volunteers, 612.326.3673 or 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.
Location: Loaves & Fishes dining 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,
Registration is available online - click here for dinner serving opportunities 
Apple Valley Green Futures Community Planting
Tree Trust
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 10am - 1pm
Location: Quarry Point Park, 15725 Pilot Knob Road, Apple Valley
Help make the community a bit greener! Volunteers are needed for this community tree-planting event. Spread shade-bearing trees across Quarry Point Park for years of enjoyment. Hands-on training is provided at every event, so no experience is required to volunteer.
Ages: Children and dogs are welcome, as long as they're supervised.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Tate Vaughan,, 952.767.3919
Sheridan Memorial Park Raingarden Tending
Friends of the Mississippi River
Date/Time: Thursday, Sept 10, 6 - 8pm
Location: Sheridan Memorial Park, 1300 Water St. NE, Minneapolis

Last spring, volunteers installed a large raingarden at Sheridan Memorial Park to beautify the park, provide bee, butterfly and bird habitat, and reduce the amount of polluted runoff flowing from the nearby parking lot and local streets into the Mississippi River. Volunteers are now needed to help maintain the relatively young planting by weeding out invasive species - such as birdsfoot trefoil, sweet clover, burdock and dandelions - and assisting with other tending tasks, including replanting, as needed. 
Ages: Children are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Amy Kilgore, FMR Event Registrar,, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include: the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party (up to 3).
Rake-a-Difference Day
Community Thread
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 9am - noon. We encourage groups to rake yards between 9am and noon, but group leaders are welcome to work with homeowners to schedule another raking time prior to or following the event. The inclement weather date for the event is Saturday, October 31.
Location: Seniors' yards around Washington County
Make a difference in your community by helping seniors remain independent in their homes. Volunteer with Community Thread for Rake-a-Difference Day on Saturday, October 24 (known as Make-a-Difference Day nationwide!) to rake the yard of a fellow community member. This is a great family-friendly opportunity to connect with local seniors and enjoy a morning outdoors. Locations are available throughout Washington County. Volunteers should bring their own rakes and gloves; homeowners provide leaf bags. 
Ages: Open to all ages, volunteers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per every five children age 12 and under).

Time Commitment: Three hours or until yards are finished.

Contact: Sara Pennebecker at 651.439.7434. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please email Sign up by Friday, October 9 to secure your participation!
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary Woodland Restoration
Great River Greening
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Troutbrook Nature Sanctuary, 169 E Jenks Ave, Saint Paul. There is considerable construction in the area around Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary so please plan your drive accordingly
Great River Greening has been planting at Trout Brook for over a year, and the restoration of this site is well underway! Help continue the transformation of this neglected former railroad site into a 42-acre nature sanctuary by removing invasive plants and woodland debris from the forested areas of the site. Once completed, Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary will provide prairie, savanna, maple-basswood forest, wetlands, recreational trails, and stormwater management-all right in the heart of the city.
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Jen Kader at 651.665.9500 ext. 11,
Sponsor a Family
Date/Time: Once a month
Location: Click here to see the communities where Family-to-Family sponsors families
Family-to-Family is a nonprofit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. Family-to-Family programs create a bridge between communities with "more" and some of our country's poorest areas. Start the new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. You and your family can help an American family living in poverty with a monthly box of groceries. Your monthly donation or the box of food you ship will ensure that "your" family gets the food they need the last week of every month, when food stamps often run out.  After you sign up we'll send you details about the family you're helping. Visit the DGT™ Sponsor a Family project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Nancy Hennessee, Visit the Family-to-Family Sponsor A Family page for sign-up options. 
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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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