June 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


June 2017 - Twin Cities 

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Alzheimer's Association
Date/Time: Sunday, June 4 from 2 - 2:45pm or 3 - 3:45pm
Location: Alzheimer's Association Office, 7900 West 78th St., Suite 100, Edina

The Alzheimer's Association works on a global, national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Join us as we make thank you cards for our volunteers. Help us thank those who have selflessly assisted our organization this past year. We will start with a brief presentation about the Alzheimer's Association. Refreshments will be served.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: 45 minutes
Contact: Rebecca Ayaz, rayaz@alz.org or 952.857.0535. 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 advance notice due to logistics.
Summer Meal Program 2017
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. Volunteers aged 14-17 may volunteer without a parent or guardian, but will need a completed consent form prior to volunteering.
Time Commitment: Between two to three hours per shift
Contact: Scott, 651.272.1136 or scott@neighborsmn.org. Registration is available online
National Get Outdoors Day
Dakota County
Date/Time: Saturday, June 10, 9:30am - noon
Location: Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East, West St. Paul

June 10 is National Get Outdoors Day and we have an easy way to get outdoors and make a huge impact on your local community! We will be cleaning up Thompson County Park in West St. Paul to prepare for the upcoming Take-a-Kid Fishing event that will follow the day after. Come for a few hours, get outside, and help us showcase this wonderful hidden gem of a park. We will be cleaning the park on land and by water. Volunteers may be doing light physical work or walking short distances over semi-level terrain. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Ages: Everyone is invited, all ages and group sizes welcome
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, County Volunteer Coordinator, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us, 651.438.4635. Registration is available online
Toy Lending Events
Minneapolis Toy Library
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4 - 7pm, and Saturdays, 9am - noon
Location: Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 W 60th St, Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Toy Library is a toy-lending program for families with children ages birth to 5 years. Like a book library, members can check out up to five toys, take them home for 2-4 weeks and exchange them for new ones when you return! The toy library offers an opportunity for families to connect with one another while supporting their children's development through play and reducing their impact on the environment. Volunteers are needed to help shelve returned toys in the correct category; check out new toys for members with our easy to use, custom-built computer program, as well as counting pieces and managing our inventory. All members clean their own toys before returning them, so cleaning is not required, but tidying of shelves is appreciated. Events can be fast-paced and some lifting of large toys may be required. It's a fun and family-friendly environment where you can really feel good about helping your community.

Ages: Families with middle school age children and up are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hour shifts, up to four times per month
Contact: Rosie Call, rosannacall@gmail.com, 612.232.4436
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 over thirty neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site near your home! Call 612.623.3363 to be connected to the program nearest you!

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 eight to ten 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.

Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer
Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime
Contact: Megan Flasch, 612-623-3363, megan@meals-on-wheels.com
Residents Regenerate Neighborhood Block Project
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, NeighborWorks, Frogtown Neighborhood Association and Historic St. Paul
Date/Time: Saturday, June 10, 9am  - noon.
Location: 565 Charles Ave, St. Paul

Take part in a Kick-Off event for a summer-long initiative with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's Neighborhood Revitalization project in partnership with Frogtown Neighborhood Association, NeighborWorks Home Partners and Preserve Frogtown and Historic St. Paul.  Volunteers will help with a neighborhood cleanup and planting projects, followed by lunch and a neighborhood celebration.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Julia.brauchle@tchabitat.org
Tend Native Prairie Plants at Crosby Farm Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
Date/Time: Thursday, June 15, 6 - 8pm
Location: Crosby Park, St. Paul riverfront a couple miles west of downtown. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR.

Help tend the volunteer-planted demonstration interpretive native prairie at Crosby Farm Regional Park! Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city, nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. The three-acre demonstration prairie where we will be focusing our work includes upward of 1,000 native prairie plants and a variety of species markers to educate and inform visitors. Volunteers will help weed and otherwise care for the planting and surrounding areas under the guidance of FMR and Saint Paul Parks staff.

Ages: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to work at their own skill and comfort level. We ask that parents keep an eye on their children and do their best to keep them on task and focused on the work being done.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: To sign up and receive directions to the meeting spot, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via the contact form (please select Amy by name from the staff list under "Category") or at akilgore@fmr.org, 651.222.2193 x31. Please include the name of the event, your name, address and phone number and the number in your party. You will receive a confirmation email from akilgore@fmr.org within two business days. (If you don't, please check your SPAM folder.) Registration closes end of day Wednesday, June 14.
Passage Community June Party!
The Birthday Party Project
Date/Time: Thursday, June 15, 6 - 8pm
Location: Passage Community Agency, 17 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis

Join us for a "Beach Bash" birthday party at the Passage Community Agency. We celebrate all the kiddos that have June birthdays - and all the other families are invited to join the fun! We bring everything needed for an awesome event, but we need volunteers to truly make the party come to life. We spend a half-hour setting up, an hour partying and a half-hour cleaning up. It is truly two hours of joy.
Ages: Children six and up, accompanied by an adult.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Allison Dukes, allison@thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Gardening for a Good Cause
The Aliveness Project
Date/Time: Flexible time and days, from now through October
Location: MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

The Aliveness Project grows organic produce for Minnesotans living with HIV in two raised beds in MLK Park. Help water, weed, and harvest from the garden any day of the week and during a time that works for you! We also have weekly meetings led by Hennepin County Master Gardeners on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: From thirty minutes to one hour
Contact: Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org, 612.822.7946 ext.221

Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Weekdays, 10:30am - 1pm

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 5,500 volunteers will help deliver more than 600,000 meals to people living with life threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Pick the delivery route that suits you and your family best. Drivers must have a valid driver's license.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
Time Commitment: One to two hours per shift. After you've attended a new volunteer orientation, you may sign up to volunteer when you are available. There is no minimum time commitment.
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application

Meal Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Weekend and evening shifts six days a week from 7:30am - 7pm
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

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

Ages: Families with children ages 8-15 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
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth application, Parent application

Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Flexible opportunities
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

Our clients receive a brown grocery bag filled with meal items every week. Brighten their day a little more by adding color and creativity to their brown grocery bag. It is simple acts of kindness like this that remind clients just how many people in their community care about them. We provide the brown bags; you provide the creativity! Stop in during our business hours to pick up as many brown bags as your group can decorate. Bring the bags home to decorate and spread the spirit of giving back with friends and family as you color!
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to voluntee
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Interested in setting up a time to pick up bags to decorate? Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home and community
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an ideal way for families to have fun while doing good for others as they connect with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!



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