January 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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January 2016 - Twin Cities 

Family Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm and Saturdays, 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S. 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 and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license. All new adult volunteers must sign up for and attend a new volunteer orientation at our office at 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis. 
Ages: Families of all ages are welcome!
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. After you've completed volunteer orientation you may sign up for as few or as many shifts you'd like. There is no minimum time commitment.
Contact: Molly Kennedy, Molly@openarmsmn.org or 612.767.7343

Food Packing
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
Date/Time: Multiple dates and times, see website for details
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 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. In 2014, FMSC welcomed nearly 900,000 volunteers to pack more than 229 million meals through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program. During packing sessions volunteers participate in an assembly line process. With the help of volunteers, dry ingredients are poured into bags; the bags are weighed and sealed, then boxed and put onto pallets. Packing sessions include a brief orientation and video followed by packing instructions. At the end of your shift you will learn how many meals you and your fellow volunteers have packed.
Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is five years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online.
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts
Contact: info@fmsc.org, 763.504.2919. Registration is available online. For volunteer and registration questions, registration@fmsc.org, or call Jan at 763.951.7306.
Mentor a Child
Kids 'n Kinship
Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity
Location: Your home or the community
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 Works! Please consider stepping forward today to mentor a child with your family. We are based in Dakota County and have served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount for 44 years. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both 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, sledding, 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, a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, as well as 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 3 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: Rita Younger, Kinship Coordinator at rykinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990, www.kidsnkinship.org
Volunteer Grocery Shopper
Date/Time: Saturday, January 9 or 23, 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: Julie Teicher, Food Shelf Scheduler, 763.557.6682, iocpfoodshelf@gmail.com. Registration is available online. Click here, scroll down to Pack for Seniors, and click sign-up 
Snow Angels- Adopt a Senior this Season!
Date/Time: Through the winter snow season
Location: Dakota County Area- biggest need in West and South St Paul area
Volunteers are needed to help clear the snow off of an older homeowner's driveway and sidewalk when it snows two inches or more within a 24-hour timeframe. Most assignments take less than an hour. Volunteers make it a little brighter and safer for seniors.
Ages: Family friendly; all ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Volunteers need to be available during the winter snow season when two inches of snow or more within a 24-hour time frame
Contact: Barb Tiggemann, barb.tiggemann@darts1.org or 651.234.2254
Prepare and Share a Shelter Meal
St. Stephen's Human Services
Date/Time: Daily, 6:30pm
Location: St. Stephen's Emergency Shelter, 2211 Clinton Ave S., Minneapolis

St. Stephen's Shelter seeks volunteers to coordinate meal groups that plan, purchase and prepare monthly meals for 50 - 55 people (45 shelter guests plus volunteers, your meal team and evening staff). St. Stephen's strives to create a warm and hospitable environment for all shelter guests. A typical meal includes a meat-based entree (non-pork), vegetarian side, vegetable or salad and dessert. The cost of the meal is approximately $100 to $150. Meal groups eat alongside guests, contribute to a welcoming atmosphere and help with clean up. Groups are highly encouraged to prepare the meals off site, as the shelter kitchen is small. 
Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Dinner is served nightly at 7pm. Most groups prepare the meal off-site and then arrive around 6:30pm for additional prep time or to reheat dishes. The ideal groups will commit to monthly meals for 6-12 months (preferred, but not required). We encourage meal groups to commit to a single experience and then let their team decide whether they are able to make an extended commitment.
Contact: Merideth Mayrand, mmayrand@ststephensmpls.org
Sort Books
Read Indeed
Date/Time: Friday, January 8, 9am - noon or Saturday, January 23, 9am - noon
Location:  625 St. Louis Street, Suite 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 8 years old and her original goal was to collect and distribute 1 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.
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: Families with children ages four and older and of all physical abilities are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: readindeedforkids@gmail.com, 612.720.4694. Registration is available online.
Pinky Swear Pantry
Pinky Swear Foundation
Date/Time: Food delivery donations can be made to the Pinky Swear Foundation, Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm.
Location: Pinky Swear Foundation, 7835 Telegraph Road, Bloomington

When a family receives a cancer diagnosis, the simple, everyday things aren't so simple anymore. The Pinky Swear Foundation is committed to helping ease the financial and emotional impact during a challenging time. The Pinky Swear Foundation stocks an onsite hospital food pantry at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. This food pantry makes it easy for families to stay near their sick child and eases their financial costs of food for day and extended-stay treatments. You and your family can support the work of the Pinky Swear Foundation by helping to keep the Pinky Swear Pantry stocked through a food drive. Here is the list of approved items (must be individually packaged):
  • Chips/Pretzels/Crackers/Cookies
  • Applesauce Cups
  • Fruit Cups
  • Pudding Cups
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Microwavable Soups/Noodles
  • Microwavable Meals
  • Easy Mac
  • Granola Bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Beef Jerky
  • Water/Sports Drinks
  • Other Pre-Packaged Food
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 952.974.9600 or email at info@pinkyswear.org.
Seventh Annual Feeding the Dream - Community Food Drive
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)
Date/Time: Now through January 18
Location: Drop off non-perishable food items at your local Minneapolis Parks 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 Seventh Annual Feeding the Dream Food Drive.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Time to collect and deliver your food donations
Contact: Tom Godfrey, tgodfrey@minneapolisparks.org, 612.230.6484 www.minneapolisparks.org  
Almost Instant Kindness Quests
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Anytime
Location: Your home or other convenient location
Follow up on your family's kindness resolutions with these Almost Instant Kindness Quests from Doing Good Together. Print and post this cheat sheet on your refrigerator or cork board and your family will have a readily available list of almost instant kindness activities to choose from. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas for your family kindness practice.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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