August 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


August 2017 - Twin Cities 

Thank you to our sponsors

Tour de Tonka
Minnetonka Community Education
Date/Time: Saturday, August 5, shifts available all day from 5am to 4:30pm
Location: Event starts at three schools in the Minnetonka school district and travels throughout the Minnetonka area and the Western suburbs
Volunteers are needed for Tour de Tonka! This annual, multi-distanced bicycle ride is for all ages, and promotes and celebrates healthy lifestyles, friendship, teamwork, and outdoor recreation through the collaboration of cities, sponsors, local charities and hundreds of volunteers. Proceeds from the event support ICA, our local food shelf, and additional proceeds go towards community education programming. The majority of the volunteer positions involve directing riders on the course. It's a great way to get outside and have some fun right in your community. We have an especially great need for volunteers in Eden Prairie, Minnetonka and Wayzata.
Ages: Children accompanied by parent (we recommend that children be at least ten years old and able to follow directions from their parents to stay safely on the side of the road).
Time Commitment: Flexible: one to four hours; varies on location and duties.
Contact: Sarah Guse, 925.401.4157,
Summer of Service to Seniors Meal Pack Challenge
AARP Foundation
Date/Time: Sunday, August 6; a variety of 90-minute shifts are available:
  • 8 - 9:30am
  • 9:45 - 11:15am
  • 11:30am - 1pm
  • 1:15 - 2:45pm
  • 3 - 4:30pm
Location: St. Paul at the University of St. Thomas - AARC Field House

More than 10 million adults 50 and older live below the poverty line. This summer, AARP Foundation is leading a Summer of Service to Seniors and traveling to Memphis, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Washington DC to pack 3 million meals for older adults. Meal packing is entertaining and fun - always safe - and very easy. You will work with teams of volunteers in a joyful celebration of giving. You will be clearly shown what to do. While the time passes quickly, you will be on your feet for 90 minutes; so if you fatigue easily, please let us know, and we can assign you to a task that can be performed while seated. Quality and precision are far more important than speed, but in your brief time with us, you will have the satisfaction of participating in the packing of thousands of meals for those in need.
Ages: All ages are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Ninety-minute shifts
Contact: Ervin Johnson, AARP Foundation Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement, 202.434.6254, Registration is available online

World's Largest Birthday Celebration
Simon Says Give
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 8, two-hour shifts running from 6am through 10pm
Location: Mall of America Rotunda

Join Mall of America and Simon Says Give as they celebrate 2,500 children with Birthday Boxes. 2,000 of these birthday boxes will be distributed throughout Minnesota with 500 going to other areas of the country. Simon Says Give engages youth who want to be involved in helping other youth by volunteering their time, talent or treasure. Many hands are needed to help assemble Birthday Boxes from beginning to end. You will be assigned to a work area once you arrive for your shift.
Ages: Kids of all ages are welcome to volunteer; parents will work with their kids as needed.
Time Commitment: Shifts are two hours. Feel free to signup for one block of time or multiple blocks of time.
Contact: Kendra Gapinski, Registration is available online.
Chainbreaker Ride
Date/Time: Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13
Location: Southern suburbs of the Twin Cities. The Ride start & Opening Ceremony is in Eagan. The ride goes south to Hampton where the 25 MI Riders finish, the 50 MI Riders finish at Welch Village, and the 100 MI Riders Finish in Northfield at St. Olaf College. The 180 MI Riders will overnight at the college and then get up and ride back to Excelsior.

Chainbreaker is a movement of people committed to ending cancer by proudly directing 100% of every Rider-raised dollar to cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Chainbreaker is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, volunteerism, and entertainment. Chainbreaker was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. Volunteers are needed to help in the following areas: Bike Corral & Luggage Management, Overnight Room Management, Food & Beverage, General Hospitality Information/Questions, Photography, Rider Check-In, and Volunteer Check-In.
Ages: Volunteers need to be 14 or older
Time Commitment: Four hour shifts

United Way Action Day 2017
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 6 - 8:30pm
Location: CHS Field - Home of St. Paul Saints Baseball, 360 Broadway St., St. Paul

The St. Paul Saints and United Way are teaming up to bring thousands of your friends, family and neighbors together for our biggest volunteer project of the year - Action Day! Volunteers will stuff 10,000 backpacks full of school supplies that will be donated to local nonprofits. Hit a homerun for hometown students by volunteering so our community partners can send kids back to school ready to rock! In addition to the volunteer projects, we have plenty to do throughout the evening: kid-friendly activities, games and prizes, a Crayola Experience for our youngest volunteers, mascot appearances, ballpark eats and more!
Ages: There will be two volunteer projects at the event. Children ages 8 - 17 are eligible to participate in both projects. Children ages 7 and younger can participate in the Crayola Experience volunteer project.
Time Commitment: Two and one-half
Contact: This event will likely reach capacity. In order to assure your attendance, please pre-register all attendees. Please bring your tickets to gain access to this event. Make sure you either display the electronic tickets from your mobile device, or print out the paper tickets in advance.
Puppy Raisers
Can Do Canines
Date/Time: No set dates, there is an ongoing need. We have puppies coming late August and beyond!
Location: 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope

Raise and train a future service dog! Volunteer puppy raisers are needed to teach them good house manners and how to behave well in public places. Puppy Raisers attend a minimum of two training meetings each month and provide a home, food, basic veterinary care and lots of love! This is a great opportunity to spend quality time as a family, and pass on the values of commitment, compassion and civic responsibility by helping people with disabilities in your community.

Ages: This is a great family project. Children under age 12 can take part in obedience training, feeding and helping to work on good house manners, and those between 12 -16 can receive approval by training staff to handle dogs in class and in public places under adult supervision.
Time Commitment: Approximately 18 month commitment
Contact: Laurie Carlson, Volunteer Coordinator at or 763.331.3000 x113
Bumble Bee Watch at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Dakota County Volunteers
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 9, 6 - 8pm
Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan
Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort, assisted by citizen scientists, to track and conserve North America's bumblebees. We will be helping the national program by focusing our efforts in Lebanon Hills Regional Park to give a local update of the bee population in Dakota County. Have fun while learning more about bumblebees and the vital role they play in our environment.
Ages: All are ages welcome (with adult supervision if you are under 16)
*If you are allergic to bee stings, please sit this one out*

Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, 651.438.4635, To register, visit and search volunteers

Green Squad - Dakota County Fair - Fairground Waste Stations
Dakota County Volunteers:
Date/Time: Various shifts throughout the day from Monday, August 7 through Sunday, August 13.
Location: Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th St. West, Farmington
Dakota County is looking for volunteers to educate fairgoers about recycling and organics collection at waste stations during the fair. No experience is necessary! By volunteering, you will receive free admission to the fair for that day and a t-shirt.

Ages: All ages are welcome (with adult supervision if you are under 16)
Time Commitment: Two and one-half to three hour shifts.
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, 651.438.4635, To register, visit and search volunteers 
Friendship and Flowers
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
Date/Time: Third Saturday of each month for flower and cookie pick-up time, 9 - 11am.
Pick-up locations provided at volunteer orientation.
Location: Volunteers make deliveries to homes (and nursing homes) of shut-in seniors in Minneapolis or St Paul

Friendship and Flowers Volunteers provide friendly visits that help relieve the isolation and loneliness of the older adults LBFE serves who live primarily in nursing homes, but also, in some cases independently in their own homes. Friendship and Flowers Volunteers promote friendship and wellness by making once per month social visits to homebound older adults, bringing flowers, treats, and friendly conversation. Volunteers collect fresh-cut flowers and home-baked treats provided by LBFE from one of two locations (one in Minneapolis, and one St. Paul). Volunteers then make deliveries according to the delivery routes they have chosen. Volunteers can sign up on a monthly basis.

Ages: Families with children are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: Volunteers can sign-up on a month-by-month basis and are only obligated to deliver when they choose to sign up. Sign up reminders are sent out on a regular basis. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application, attend a volunteer orientation and complete a background check prior to making their initial Friendship and Flowers delivery.
Contact: Georgia, 612.746.0732. Click here to apply to volunteer and register for orientation.
Visiting Volunteer Advocate
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
Date/Time: Ongoing
Location: Minneapolis and St. Paul

The Visiting Volunteer Advocate is an individual or family who is matched with an older adult in order to share life-enriching friendship and caring attention. Volunteers share the warmth of togetherness with Elder Friends in a variety of ways including:
  • Visiting the elder in their own home
  • Having the Elder Friend visit the volunteers' home
  • Taking the elder on outings for mutual fun and joy.
Ages: Open to volunteers of all ages; dogs are welcome too! If you wish to include a canine friend on visits, please check with LBFE staff first for required paperwork.
Time Commitment: Two face-to-face visits per month
Contact: Georgia Afton, or 612.746.0732. Prospective volunteers should apply online.
2017 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 7am - noon
Location: Target Field, Minneapolis

The Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's takes place on a one and three mile path on the streets around Target Field. There are various volunteer positions that are a fit for both adults and children. Check out this link to learn more about the available positions and to sign up.
Ages: All ages are welcome, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Time Commitment: Most volunteer positions will last between three and five hours
Contact: Sign up online or email Rebecca Ayaz at
Lend a Hand to a Senior
Help At Your Door
Date/Time: Ongoing; flexible schedule
Location: Primarily Golden Valley, New Hope, Crystal, or Robbinsdale

Help At Your Door is a non-profit agency serving seniors and individuals with disabilities across the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. Sometimes basic cleaning tasks like vacuuming and laundry become more challenging as we age due to physical limitations. You can lend a hand to a senior in your community who needs some help to remain at home.  Volunteers are needed to provide companionship and practical support while assisting with in-home chores such as light cleaning, dusting, laundry, organization, or cooking and baking together. Volunteers are typically matched to work one to one with a client in an ongoing relationship.

Ages: A child ages eight or older may assist in a team with a parent or guardian who is also a volunteer.
Time Commitment: Two to four hours per month. A time commitment of one or two visits per month for one to two hours each time is typical, but individual client needs may vary.
Contact: Carolyn Swenson, or 651.642.1892 x131
Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution
Help provide school supplies for children

Add a giving aspect to your back to school ritual! Many local organizations help to provide school supplies for children who would otherwise be unable to start school with the school supplies they need. The programs listed below need help with either collecting school supplies or distributing supplies to children. If a program close to you isn't listed below you can also contact your local school district or food shelf to see how you can help in your area.

St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP (St Louis Park), STEP Back to School Program, 952.925.4899,
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, VEAP (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) VEAP Back to School Supply Drive, 952.888.9616,
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, IOCP (West suburban Hennepin County) Back to School Drive, Liz Erstad-Hicks,, 763.489.7506 or Lynn Vettel,, 763.489.7505
People Responding In Social Ministry, PRISM (Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and parts of Crystal and Plymouth), PRISM School Supplies Drive, Kevin Lytle,
ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), 2017 School Supply Drive, 952.933.3860,     
People Reaching Out To Other People, PROP, (Eden Prairie and Chanhassen schools students) Donate School Supplies, Cindy at 952.294.8378 or
Ramsey County Community Sheriff's Office, (Ramsey County), Night to Unite School Supply Drive, Crime Prevention Unit, 651.266.7339,
360 Communities (South suburban Minneapolis and St Paul), Partner for Success, School Supply Needs, Miquela Hernandez, 952.985.4006,
Keystone Community Services, (Primarily St. Paul), Back to School Supplies, Jen Winterfeldt,, 651.603.6650
Community Thread (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2017,, 651.439.7434
Simpson Housing Services, Inc., (Minneapolis area) Tools for School: Build a backpack with school supplies! Christina Giese,, 612.455.0859.
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

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