July 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2016 - Twin Cities 

Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends
Date/Time: Specific dates in July and August
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN or Camp Courage North in Lake George, MN

Families with up to seven members (two of whom are adults 18 years+) will assist during camp depending on skill sets (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. Onsite housing and meals are provided at no cost.
Time Commitment: One week; food and housing provided at no charge; various weeks June-August. 
Contact: Maureen O'Connor maureeno@truefriends.org, 952.697.2286

Summer Meal Program 2016
Neighbors, Inc.
Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts now through mid-August
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul
  • Moreland Elementary School, 217 W Moreland Ave, West St. Paul
  • Somerset Elementary School, 1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights
  • South Saint Paul High School, 700 2nd Street N, South Saint Paul
Children need proper nutrition to learn and stay active. Volunteers are needed to serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school. This is perfect for workplaces, churches, community groups, families, and individuals looking for a fun opportunity to help their community. Volunteers serve meals to students and encourage them to take milk and other required food items; minimal food preparation is sometimes required with supervision from school kitchen staff. Your support will provide students a healthy meal to get them through their day!
Ages: Minimum age is 5. Volunteers 5-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. This is not an appropriate activity for children younger than 5 years old.
Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift
Contact: Scott, 651-272-1136 or scott@neighborsmn.org. Registration is available online.
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 42 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

Family Kitchen Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Weekend and evening shifts available throughout the week from 7:30am - 7pm
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Youth are welcome to help in the kitchen scooping cookie dough, making Jell-O and packaging cookies for our client's weekly meal deliveries. Submit online applications for the adult and youth interested in volunteering. After attending orientation, you may sign up for kitchen shifts as often as you'd like.

Ages: Youth 8 -15 years old accompanied by an adult are welcome to volunteer. All new volunteers (including children with a supervising adult) must attend an orientation.
Click here for information on age requirements and adult to youth ratios.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application
Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
Family Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am - noon
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Open Arms provides the brown bags, you provide the creativity! Bag decorating is a simple, fun task for families of all ages. You and your family can brighten our clients' days by decorating the brown bags we use to deliver their food. Simple acts of kindness like this remind clients just how many people in their community care about them.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Stop in anytime between 10am and noon and stay as long as you'd like!

Contact: Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
Paint 10 Classrooms In Our School
Arete Academy
Date/Time: Any day or time now through August 1
Location: Barry Family Campus, 4330 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park

Arete Academy of Exceptional Education is committed to partnering with parents to educate and support twice-exceptional students - gifted students who also have learning disabilities - so they can learn the academic, social and emotional skills needed to overcome their disabilities, reach their full potential, and apply their gifts to make lasting contributions to the world.  Arete Academy of Exceptional Education is the only school solely dedicated to educating and supporting twice-exceptional students in the Midwest. You can help give the Arete Academy classrooms a fresh coat of paint. Kids can help put blue painters tape around the edges and paint the corners and around cabinets and edges with smaller brushes.

Ages: Families with children age ten and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Between one and eight hours, depending on how much time you're able to volunteer.
Contact:  Leah Brzezinski, Leah@2a2e.org, 952.261.9921
Many Hands Many Meals (Formerly Kids Against Hunger - West Metro)
Tonka Mud Run
Date/Time: Saturday, July 16. Volunteer shifts are between 7am - 1:30 pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday from noon - 8pm
Location: Lake Minnewashta Regional Park, 6900 Hazeltine Blvd, Chanhassen

Many Hands Many Meals 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. The Tonka Mud Run was conceived and developed by a small group of dedicated volunteers. Their enthusiasm led to the creation of this family-friendly mud run that encourages family fun and fitness, highlights local businesses and parks, and supports Many Hands Many Meals. Families can volunteer at the Tonka Mud Run in a variety of ways:
  1. Friday night set up
  2. Tear down
  3. Assist with the Mini-Tonka Mud run. (If your family has older children and wants to participate as a family in the Tonka Mud Run, you can help with the Mini-Tonka Mud Run)
  4. Obstacle Monitors. Two people are stationed at each obstacle during the Tonka Mud Run. In the past, we had a mom and daughter team at one station and a dad and daughter team at another. (If we needed to group three volunteers together, we can accommodate that as well).
  5. Water Station
Ages: Everyone is welcome. Many Hands Many Meals is all about bringing families and communities together to serve the greater good.
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on volunteer activity
Contact: Julie Kiefer, info@mh-mm.org. Sign-up for volunteer shifts online
www.tonkamudrun4.mh-mm.org/, www.mh-mm.org/
Homeless Shelter Dinner Provider
Our Saviour's Housing
Date/Time: We have many available dates, including weekdays and weekends; we'll find a date that works for you. Dinner is served at 7pm.
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Share a meal with Our Saviour's Housing! Their Emergency Shelter is home to 40 homeless adults every night of the year, and they rely on volunteers like you to provide a delicious meal and warm hospitality. Volunteers are needed who are able to purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for 40 adults. There is a full kitchen that your family or group is welcome to use. This opportunity is best suited for groups of 4 to 8, though groups of up to 12 may serve. Your group will also be able to sit down and enjoy dinner with residents. Families, congregations, co-workers, or friends can join together for a fun and fulfilling evening!

Ages: All ages are welcome with adult supervision. Our Saviour's Housing is a small, peaceful shelter with a strong community feeling!
Time Commitment: Groups usually spend a total of one to two and one-half hours on-site, plus any off-site meal preparation time.
Contact: Rachel, Volunteer Coordinator 612.872.4193x2 or volunteer@oshousing.org
Cooks for Kids Meal Providers
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
Date/Time: Volunteers serve dinner everyday at 6pm; brunch is also served on Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Volunteers typically arrive two - three hours earlier in order to get everything prepped and ready. All food must be prepared on-site or in a commercial kitchen.
Location: Four metro locations.

After a long day in the hospital, a fully prepared meal served by friendly volunteers makes a huge impact on families staying at a Ronald McDonald House. Volunteer groups are needed to participate in the Cooks for Kids meal program at any of their four metro locations. The Cooks for Kids meal program gives volunteers a special opportunity to support families who are staying at Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers purchase, prepare and serve a buffet style meal of their choosing, and by doing so they give families one less thing to worry about. Click here for more information and guidelines for Cooks for Kids volunteers.

Ages: Families with children 14 and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: One time or recurring
Contact: Marlee Landsburg, mlandsburg@rmhtwincities.org, 612.767.2794

Prepare and Share a Shelter Meal
St. Stephen's Human Services
Date/Time: Daily, 6:30 - 8pm. Check calendar for available dates.
Location: St. Stephen's Emergency Shelter, 2211 Clinton Avenue So, Minneapolis

Meal groups are in charge of planning, purchasing, preparing, and serving a meal for approximately 55 people, usually on a fixed day of the month (i.e. 2nd Thursday or 3rd Saturday). This is a fantastic opportunity for small groups and families. Kids are welcome! The ideal group size is three to six individuals.

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 6:15 or 6:30pm for additional prep time or to reheat dishes.
Contact: Tess at TGehring@ststephensmpls.org, 612.879.7627
Sort and Repack Food
Second Harvest Heartland
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times are available. Please check calendar for availability. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to check in, hang up coats, and lockup items such as purses in our individual lockers for your convenience. 
Location: 325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

Volunteers repackage bulk foods such as pasta or cereal into consumer size packages, sort and salvage damaged products or food items, sort food from food drives and donations, or label cans. Repackaged items go to nearly 1,000 partner agencies, including food shelves and feeding programs that serve our hungry neighbors. This position requires that you are able to stand for several hours. If you or somebody in your party needs to sit for the shift, there are stools without backs available. Click here for more information about youth volunteering. Dress in comfortable clothing, such as a t-shirt or sweatshirt and jeans or shorts.
Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes - no sandals! Any volunteer who arrives without closed toe shoes will be asked to wear shoes that we will provide.

Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages eight and older. Adults who bring infants and children under eight years old will not be able to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Two and a half hours
Contact: 651.282.0901 or volunteer@2harvest.org. Registration is available online.
FroYo Run
Children's Tumor Foundation
Date/Time: Sunday, July 17. Shifts are three to four hours; shifts start as early as 5am and run as late as 11am.
Location: Normandale Lake Park, 5901 W 84th S, Bloomington

The Children's Tumor Foundation helps fund programs that improve the quality of care and promote medical treatment to all residents of the Twin Cities area. The FroYo Run - Twin Cities benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of different tasks. Click here to learn more. All volunteers will receive a complimentary frozen yogurt and a volunteer t-shirt.
Ages: Families with children ages 11 and older are welcome to volunteer together. Volunteers under age 18 need to have a completed waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Time Commitment: Three to four hour shifts
Contact: Matt, 303.345.5969, matt@xrlevents.com. Registration is available online.

Host a Fundraiser
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
Location: Anywhere in your community

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

*Please note: Our DGT™ website features affiliate links to Amazon, which allows DGT™ to earn advertising fees on purchases made from those pages. Thank you!



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