November 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2017 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


November 2017 - Twin Cities 

Thank you to our sponsors

DGT™ National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Friday, November 17, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Doing Good Together is hosting a free, community-wide Family Service Fair in celebration of National Family Volunteer Day. Families are invited to come together to do simple, hands-on service projects; reflect on the importance of giving back; and learn about opportunities to get more involved as a family in the community. A diverse group of nonprofit organizations will be participating - each hosting a station with a fun, kid-friendly service activity for families to complete, such as:
  • Creating centerpieces for Thanksgiving meals served by Open Arms to families struggling with life-threatening illnesses.
  • Making Boomerang Bags, fabric bags to donate and replace single use plastic bags at local co-ops, encouraging people to think about the impact plastic bags have on nature.
  • Decorating bookmarks to accompany donated books distributed by Books for Africa (bring new or gently used books of any kind to donate!)
  • Creating baby essentials for young families in crisis through Bundles of Love.
Doing Good Together's National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair will be held in conjunction with the Midtown Global Market's Family Night, and will feature live, family entertainment from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Market's Central Plaza, which features a wide variety of ethnic dinner options.
Ages: All ages are welcome
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like any time between 5:30 and 7:30 pm.
Contact: If you are interested in joining the team of Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fair volunteers or if your business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Nassim Rossi at

Build-a-Dresser for Homeless Youth
The Link
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 1, 3 - 5pm
Location: 1931 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. We will be hosting a volunteer event to assemble dressers that will be used for youth and families transitioning out of homelessness. Volunteers who participate in this volunteer event will make a $25 dresser supplies donation to help make this project possible. Teams of two to three people build a dresser together. If you have a Philips screw driver, drill and/or hammer feel free to bring them along!

Ages: Volunteers must be 13 or older
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, Registration is available online.
Many Hands Many Meals Packathon
Many Hands Many Meals (MH-MM)
Date/Time:  Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11. A variety of two-hour shifts are available.
Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior

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. Every November MH-MM holds an annual packathon. We recruit over a thousand volunteers to pack 350,000 life-saving meals. The food--a balanced mix of soy, rice, vegetables and vitamins--brings relief to those affected by wars, natural disasters, and systemic poverty. MH-MM believes that anyone can make a difference. Our food is packed by volunteers of all ages-kids too! Through our program, volunteers learn about hunger and how it affects communities around the world.
Ages: We encourage adults and children of all ages to pack, but we require a minimum of 1 adult to every 4 children age 12 and under to help our process run smoothly.
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts
Contact: Registration is available online. Questions? Contact
Outreach Kit Assembly for Trafficked Youth
The Link
Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 4 - 5:30pm
Location: 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake.

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. We will be hosting a volunteer event to assemble outreach kits that will be used during the 2018 Super Bowl to help youth who are trafficked or exploited. These kits will include: socks, underwear, sports bras, deodorant and more! Join us and help make 200 kits possible. Each volunteer who participates will make a minimum $25 supplies donation to help cover the cost of supplies for the outreach kits.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, Registration is available online.
Creating Snack Packs for Elementary School Students
Valley Outreach
Date/Time: Thursday, November 16, 5 - 7pm
Location: 1901 Curve Crest Blvd W, Stillwater

The Valley Outreach Snack Pack program aims to alleviate hunger over the weekends for elementary school children. Through providing two days of supplemental food items - breakfast, lunch, and snack options - the Snack Pack program seeks to improve the health and wellness of local students. Volunteers are needed to assemble and box up snack packs. Come and help feed kids who don't get enough to eat over the weekends! This is a family-friendly opportunity! We need at least 4 volunteers and can take up to 12 volunteers per evening.

Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. We want families to do this together - kids helping other kids!
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Suzanne Lindquist, Volunteer Manager, 651.342.5559, Please call or email Suzanne to register.
Create Thank You Cards for Alzheimer's Association Volunteers
Alzheimer's Association
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 2 - 3pm
Location: Alzheimer's Association Office, 7900 West 78th St., Suite 100, Edina

Families will create thank you cards for our valuable volunteers. 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: All ages welcome
Time Commitment: One hour
Contact: Rebecca Ayaz,, 952.857.0535. Registration is available online.
Meal Service Volunteers
Loaves & Fishes
Date/Time: Most Loaves & Fishes dinner volunteer shifts start around 4:30 and end by 7:30pm
Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites are located throughout the metro area.  

The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to provide nutritious meals to people in need in an atmosphere of dignity and hospitality. Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. We are the largest "open to the public" meal program in the state, serving 2,000 meals daily. In 2016, we served over a half a million nutritious meals, the most ever in our history, and are on track to outpace that number in 2017. We are always guided by our vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. Looking for a volunteer opportunity for your family? Come help us serve hot, healthy meals to those in need. We invite your family to partner with our staff and other volunteers to serve our guests. We will have the food ready when you arrive around 4:30 - 5pm, and then open the doors to the public at which time your family will scoop, slice, and serve. You will be done with clean-up by 7 - 7:30pm. Loaves & Fishes' volunteers are at the heart of every meal! Our staff works with individual volunteers as well as groups or volunteer teams.
Ages: Volunteers must be eight or older. Please note the following age guidelines:
  • Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the dining sites.
  • Volunteers aged 15 and younger are not permitted to be in the kitchen in the proximity of hot food, ovens, dishwashers, or other potentially hazardous kitchen equipment. These volunteers are also not permitted to handle hot beverages and food on the serving line. 
  • Youth age 13 to 15 must have 1 adult to every five youth for supervision purposes.
  • Youth age 12 and under need to have direct one-on-one supervision. It is suggested that children under the age of 8 do not attend.
Time Commitment: Typically, two to three hours, dependent upon exact shift.
Contact: 612.377.9810,
Registration is available online.  
Family Volunteer Day
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 9am - 2pm
Location: 1234 Eldrige St, Roseville or 3075 Woodbridge St, Roseville

Kick off the holiday season by joining with loved ones to volunteer! Come participate in Family Volunteer Day, a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities. Help Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity with our new Age in Place pilot program! Volunteers will work together as a team to help an older, low-income homeowner with their much-needed outdoor chores. Projects could include leaf raking, pruning bushes, and yard clean-up.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Five hours
Contact: Julia Brauchle, or 612.305.7162. Registration is available online and space is limited!
Walk to End Hunger
The Mosaic Company

Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 7 - 10am

Location: Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington. Please park in the East Parking Ramp on level P1 or P2. Registration will take place on floors 1 and 2 of the East Broadway entrance, right by SeaLife.

The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly 5K fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. The Walk to End Hunger, held on Thanksgiving morning in the Mall of America, is a great way to start your holiday off right - giving back before you give thanks! Since its inception in 2008, the Walk to End Hunger has raised over $1,200,000 to help support hunger relief organizations working to eliminate hunger in the Twin Cities metro area. 100% of the net proceeds of the Walk to End Hunger are distributed to our partner organizations. The crowds will be having fun and fighting hunger all morning
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate in the walk.

Time Commitment: Walkers can participate for as long as they'd like from 7 - 10am.

Contact: or 651.789.9847. Walk registration is available online.
Bring Joy to Elders on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve Day!
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
Date/Time: Thursday, November 23 and Sunday, December 24. There are two or four hour shifts available between 9am and 3pm
Location: Envision Event Center, 484 Inwood Ave N, Oakdale
Holiday meals hosted by Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly are a time-honored tradition. This Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve day, we will bring together elders from throughout the Twin Cities with hundreds of volunteers who serve as drivers, kitchen crew members, servers, greeters and more. Volunteers deliver hot meals to homebound elders as well. We have roles appropriate for all ages. Individuals, couples, families and small groups are welcome. Please note that background checks are required only for volunteers who choose roles that include driving our elders. The isolated elders in our community so look forward to these events - and so do our volunteers! We hope you'll join us.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. Please check the website descriptions for any minimum age requirements.
Time Commitment: Two or four hours
Contact:, 612.721.1400. Check the Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Holidays and Special Events page for more information and for specific online registration links.
Holiday Hope Sponsor a Family
Community Thread
Date/Time: Holiday Hope Sponsor forms should be completed and returned to Community Thread no later than December 8. The matching process begins the week of December 11.
Location: Sponsored families live in the Stillwater School District

Community Thread's Holiday Hope connects people in need to those willing to provide support during the holidays. Low-income families, seniors, and adults with disabilities are matched with sponsors who provide individually chosen gifts and a holiday meal. Every year, over 300 local households benefit from the generosity of the community. Review the Holiday Hope Sponsor Form for more information.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: or 651.439.7434
Family Winter Clothing Drive
International Institute of Minnesota
Date/Time: Drop off donations between 8:45am and 5pm
Location: International Institute of Minnesota, 1694 Como Ave. St. Paul

You and your family can help make winter more bearable for New Minnesotans by donating winter gear for children and adults. The following items are needed:
  1. New or gently used winter coats
  2. New or gently used snow boots
  3. New hats
  4. New gloves/mittens
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Stella Vang, 

Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing
Date/Time: Delivery requested by Friday, December 15, please contact Amy to arrange a delivery time.
Location: South Minneapolis, contact for address

Our Saviour's Housing has three housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 46 adults a night, Transitional Housing serving 16 adults, and Permanent Supportive Housing serving 100 adults. Our 100 Permanent Supportive Housing residents have all gained their own apartments after years of homelessness and health problems. The residents' limited budgets make it tough for them to afford many essential items to really make their house a home. Brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket! Basket items should include:
  • Package of new underwear
  • Package of new socks
  • Package of plain Hanes undershirts
  • Shower curtains and liner
  • Package of AA or AAA batteries
  • Queen sized sheet set
  • A coffee pot or a blender or a toaster
  • A lamp or a fan
Contact Amy for additional information.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies and can be put together at your own location
Contact: Amy Hartman, Volunteer Coordinator,, 612.872.4193 x2
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Link
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 28, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis.

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. All too often youth and families in our programs go without food. We'd like to change that. Join us to prep frozen meals that will be distributed to youth and families when they need them. The Link has planned the recipe and volunteers will be making Chicken Enchiladas and Mac & Cheese.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, Registration is available online.
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Flexible

Location: A homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your community.

Many homeless shelters and soup kitchens rely on volunteers to provide meals for their guests. You and your family can help by providing a meal or meals. To find a local shelter or soup kitchen, Google homeless shelters along with your city name. Once you find a shelter, contact their volunteer coordinator to see if they are looking for volunteers and check for any age requirements. The shelter will help you schedule a date and provide you with any specific instructions. Find more information and ideas on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project page.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Help us grow kindness wherever we can! "Give to the Max" Day is Thursday, November 16, 2017, but you can schedule your donation as early as November 1st!  

Kindly add Doing Good Together to your list of worthy nonprofits, and make this day of giving a celebration of kindness! Your donation, large or small, is very much appreciated.



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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 

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