June 2016 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


June 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 7 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 in June, July or 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 a perfect service opportunity for workplaces, churches, community groups, families, and individuals looking for fun opportunities to help their community. 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. 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
Homeless Shelter Dinner Provider
Our Saviour's Housing
Date/Time: There are many available dates, including weekdays and weekends; they will 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
Food Packers
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

 Ongoing opportunities Monday through Saturday with five packing shifts per day. See website for details.
Location: FMSC has three Minnesota locations: Chanhassen, Coon Rapids and Eagan.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has tackled world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries. These meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. In 2015, FMSC welcomed more than 1 million volunteers to pack more than 270 million meals through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program. The Minnesota-based charity spends 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 10 consecutive years. During your volunteer packing session you will be participating 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. Volunteers that are unable to stand for long periods of time are welcome to sit at tables and label bags. Packing sessions include a brief orientation and video followed by packing instructions. Packing shifts conclude with a short closing. During that time you will learn how many meals you and your fellow volunteers have packed.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer with adult supervision.
Time Commitment: Daytime shifts are two hours and evening shifts are 90 minutes.
Contact: registration@fmsc.org. Registration is available online
Grow the Garden
Senior Community Services
Date/Time: Assist one-time or adopt a garden for the season
Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior lives.

You can help make someone's Grandma or Grandpa proud of their yard while you enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch.

Ages: Families with children ages seven and older.
Time Commitment: One-time or adopt a garden until it freezes.
Contact: Jeanne, SCS HOME Program Volunteer Coordinator, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894. Please note that we reserve dates first come, first served with at least a two-week advanced notice due to logistics.
Prairie Restoration
Great River Greening
Date/Time: Saturday, June 4, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: South Washington Conservation Corridor, 5900 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. Click here for directions.

Volunteers at this event will get a chance to enjoy lush prairie and the breeze off rolling hills as they plant wildflowers and shrubs in this restored section of the South Washington Conservation Corridor. This 80-acre parcel is part of a larger greenway in the watershed that provides critical native habitat, flood storage, and will soon include regional trails.
Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer; an adult must supervise children under 12.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Katie McCann, 651.272.3989, kmccann@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.
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 30+ 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: Tara Kumar, 612.623.3363, tara@meals-on-wheels.com
Lebanon Hills Regional Park Stewardship Family Nights
Dakota County Parks
Date/Time: Thursday, June 9, 6 - 8pm
Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan. Click here for driving directions.

Dakota County Parks, along with Wilderness in the City, hosts a monthly natural resources work night at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Join us to perform vital natural resources restoration projects in various parts of the park!

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer; children 15 and under must be supervised by a parent.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us, 651.438.4635. Pre-registration is required and available online. Our meeting location and activity will be determined and emailed to you a few days before the event date.

Take - A - Kid Fishing
Dakota County Parks
Date/Time: Sunday, June 12, noon - 4:30pm
Location: Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East, West St. Paul. Click here for driving directions.

Catch some quality time with a child in your life. Bring your own pole or borrow one at the park. There will be lots of hands-on fishing stations to practice tying knots, casting, baiting a hook and more. Multiple opportunities to volunteer are available which range from fishing to event assistance.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer; children 15 and under must be supervised by a parent.
Time Commitment: Four and one-half hours
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us, 651.438.4635. Registration is available online.

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

Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to Open Arms clients and help 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.

Ages: Families of all ages are welcome! All new volunteers (including children with a supervising adult) must attend an orientation.
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. After you've attended a new volunteer orientation, you may sign up for as few or as many shifts you'd like. There is no minimum time commitment.
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 Gardening at Open Farms
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Wednesday evening and Saturday opportunities are available.
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Youth are welcome to have some fun digging in the dirt at any of our three organic urban farm plots! Help weed, water, and plant the food that is used to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for our clients.
Ages: Families with children ages 6-15 years old are welcome to volunteer. Click here for more information on age requirements and adult to youth ratio.
Time Commitment: 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: Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application  
Questions? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340

Food Drive at the Wedge Community Co-op
The Aliveness Project
Date/Time: Saturday or Sunday, June 18 and 19. Shifts are from 10am -12:30pm, 12:30 -3:30 pm, and 3:30 - 6pm
Location: The Wedge Community Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Ave S.

Help restock The Aliveness Project food shelf and have lots of fun! Volunteers are needed to hand out flyers to shoppers outside of the Wedge to collect food shelf items. Each shift will be led by an Aliveness staff member who will have all of the materials and information you will need. 

Ages: Any age, as long as accompanied by an adult
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hour shift
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Coordinator, 612.822.7946 ext. 221, laura@aliveness.org
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: All summer long
Location: Your home or community
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
Ages: Preschool to teen
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
DGT™ Workshops & Presentations
Want to have a unique parenting workshop that could result in ongoing good in the community? DGT™ offers workshops on a variety of topics for parent groups and more. Feedback from these events shows 100% satisfaction, with 96% saying they believe the lessons learned will result in real differences in their family and community. For larger audiences, we offer presentations too! Learn more about our Workshops & Presentations today!  


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