November 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

November 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
DGT™ National Family Volunteer Day Family Service Fair
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Friday, November 16, 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 literacy kits to be enjoyed by elementary age children receiving community supportive services
  • Tying fleece blankets for women surviving the winter without permanent housing
  • Assembling hygiene kits for immigrants and refugees newly settled in Minnesota
  • Creating baby essentials for young families in crisis 
  • Coloring a giving bag to collect food as a family for your local food bank
  • Among other projects!
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 7:30pm 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 Leah Lundquist at leah@doinggoodtogether.org.
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Packathon 2018 - Many Hands for Malawi
Many Hands Many Meals (MH-MM)
 
Date/Time: Friday, November 9 - Sunday, 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. This year, we are excited to announce a new initiative in partnership with Children of the Nations and their sustainability programs in Malawi.

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 mhmm@mountcalvary.org
http://www.mh-mm.org/
 
 
Meal Service Volunteers
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: Various sites open throughout the week. Most Loaves & Fishes dinner shifts start around 4:30 and end by 7:30pm. We will have the food ready when you arrive around 4:30 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 7-7:30 pm.
 
Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites are located throughout the metro area.  

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. Loaves & Fishes' volunteers are at the heart of every meal! Our staff works with individual volunteers as well as groups or volunteer teams. 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 an average of 2,000 meals per day. 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.
 
Ages: At Loaves & Fishes we are appreciative and supportive of the desire of parents and youth sponsors to involve youth in community service and to expose them to a condition of life different from their own. These youth participation guidelines provide for the safety of the youth, provide an efficient work environment and help maintain the dignity of our guests. The following age breakdowns are suggested best practices for safety and success. However, because each dining site is different, each Site Coordinator may make exceptions at their discretion and with parental input and permission.
  • Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the dining sites.
  • Volunteers aged 15 and younger may handle cold food on the serving line as well as cold beverages. 
  • Youth age 13 to 15 must have one 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 unless prior arrangements are made with Site Coordinator
Time Commitment: Approximately two to three hours per meal.
 
Contact: Lonny Evans, Director of Volunteers and Outreach,
952.223.7223, levans@loavesandfishesmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.loavesandfishesmn.org 
 
 
Holiday Hope Sponsor a Family
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Holiday Hope Sponsor forms should be completed online no later than December 7. The matching process begins November 12.
 
Location: Holiday Hope sponsorship is needed for families, seniors and individuals with disabilities that 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. In 2017, this program helped 1,100 individuals (including 600 children) right here in our local community. All of the donations collected through Holiday Hope go to youth, families, older adults, and adults with disabilities who live in the Stillwater Area School District. Review the Holiday Hope Sponsor Form for more information

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: HolidayHope@CommunityThreadMN.org or 651.439.7434
 
 
Walk to End Hunger 2018
The Mosaic Company
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 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: rholmes@hungersolutions.org or 651.789.9847. Walk registration is available online.
www.walktoendhunger.org/
 
 
Build Kits for the Resource Center
Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center (TCKINRC)
 
Date/Time: Flexible; Monday- Friday morning or afternoon
 
Location: 2719 Patton Rd., Roseville

The Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center provides students most in need with free school supplies that make it possible for them to fully participate in classroom learning. Operating as a free store for teachers serving eligible area schools, the TCKINRC provides much-needed supplies to their students for learning and excelling in the classroom. We are looking for families and groups to help us build kits for our Resource Center for students most in need. All students deserve the supplies they need to excel in school and we need the help of volunteers to ensure this!
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Brittany Swanson, brittanys@kinf.org
 
 
Home for the Holidays - Thanksgiving
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
 
Date/Time: On or close to Thanksgiving; volunteers will need to be able to pick-up items from the LBFE office on Tuesday, November 20 or Wednesday, November 21.
 
Location: At an elder's home or nursing home. Pick-up gift items at the LBFE office:
1845 East Lake Street (entrance on Longfellow Avenue), Minneapolis

This year, LBFE is offering elders a new holiday experience called Home for the Holidays. Volunteers will visit elders in their home, apartment or nursing home for an hour or more, providing friendly conversation and cheer. As a special treat, volunteers will bring with them a red rose, a gift, and a whole pumpkin pie to share with others, all provided by LBFE through in-kind donations! As an LBFE holiday volunteer, you will bring joy and connection into elders' lives during a season when loneliness is most deeply felt.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate. There must be an adult 21 or older. Up to three family members or friends are welcome to join you! Please register additional volunteers age 12+; no registration required for younger children. An online background check is required; link will be provided when you register.
 
Time Commitment: Visit with your elder for an hour or more.
 
Contact: Registration is available online. Contact Ann Fosco, afosco@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0725, if you have additional questions.
https://www.littlebrothersmn.org/
 
 
Home for the Holidays - Christmas
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE)
 
Date/Time: On or close to Christmas; volunteers will need to be able to pick-up items from the LBFE office on Saturday, December 22 or Monday, December 24.
 
Location: At an elder's home or nursing home. Pick-up gift items at the LBFE office:
1845 East Lake Street (entrance on Longfellow Avenue), Minneapolis

This year, LBFE is offering elders a new holiday experience called Home for the Holidays. Volunteers will visit elders in their home, apartment or nursing home for an hour or more, providing friendly conversation and cheer. As a special treat, volunteers will bring with them a red rose, a gift, and festive holiday cookies, all provided by LBFE through in-kind donations! As an LBFE holiday volunteer, you will bring joy and connection into elders' lives during a season when loneliness is most deeply felt.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate. There must be an adult 21 or older. Up to three family members or friends are welcome to join you! Please register additional volunteers age 12+; no registration required for younger children. An online background check is required; link will be provided when you register.
 
Time Commitment: Visit with your elder for an hour or more.
 
Contact: Registration is available online. Contact Ann Fosco, afosco@littlebrothersmn.org, 612.746.0725, if you have additional questions.
https://www.littlebrothersmn.org/
 
 
Come Help Us Clean and Refurbish Gently Used Bikes
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
 
Date/Time: Daily, October 8 through December 1. Shifts are:
  • Monday through Thursday: 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm, 6 - 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm
Location: Free Bikes 4 Kidz Warehouse, 5930 Earle Brown Drive, Suite 700, Brooklyn Center

Volunteers are needed to haul, move and organize over 10,000 bikes! Join the Cleaners, Preppers, or Mechanics for a shift to repair bikes. We need volunteers of all skill levels to help us move and clean bikes. We love folks with mad bike repair skills, but if you and your family members are handy with rags, we can put you to work. This is a super fun way for a family to volunteer together. The more the merrier! No experience necessary. Help us share the joy of having a bike with more kids!

Ages: Responsible children ages 10 or older are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Youth groups with ages older than 12 are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 child to adult ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Three-hour shifts
 
Contact: Riley at riley@fb4k.org or visit our website to sign up!

 
Holiday Basket Building
AEON
 
Date/Time: Drop off your basket(s) on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays after 10am
 
Location: Parkview Villa, 965 40th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights

Gather your friends, family or neighbors to build a holiday basket for residents at Parkview Villa. Volunteers are needed to purchase and create meal "baskets" to include some of the basics for a holiday meal. You can assemble your items in a basket or you can use a decorated bag, aluminum baking pan, or tie them up in a holiday towel! Please include a homemade holiday card in your "basket."
Items can include:
  • Boxed stuffing
  • Boxed mashed potatoes/bag of potatoes
  • Gravy
  • A canned vegetable
  • A pie or some sort of bar mix/dessert
  • Optional gift card to a grocery store for a turkey, ham or protein (we don't have storage capability for perishable items)
We can always use extra socks and gloves as well. Your donation will help our seniors and adults have a wonderful meal this holiday season!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Mary Ann Prado, Resident Connections Coordinator, 612.327.5219 or maprado@aeonmn.org
https://www.aeon.org
 
 
Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays
Avivo (formerly known as RESOURCE)
 
Date/Time: Gifts should be delivered to Avivo by December 12th
 
Location: 1900 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Avivo empowers people to achieve greater personal, social, and economic success by providing employment, training, chemical health, and mental health services. Avivo hosts an Adopt-A-Family program as a way to give the families we serve a chance to celebrate the holidays and find hope in their lives. The Adopt-a-Family program is a fun and meaningful holiday project for a family.
  • You can sign up for a family size that works for you and your budget.
  • You will be matched with a specific family in need that is currently participating in an Avivo program. 
  • Once matched, you will receive specific gift ideas for members of the family, based on a minimum $50-per-person guideline. You are not expected to purchase all suggestions but can choose the ones that they prefer within the suggested $50/person guideline.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Rebecca Bedner-Faris, Rebecca.bedner-Faris@avivomn.org or 612.752.8030.
avivomn.org
 
 
Gift Link Holiday Program
The Link
 
Date/Time: Drop off dates between November 1 and December 7
 
Location: The Link, 1210 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis

Help provide holiday gifts to youth and young families! The Link provides holiday gifts to over 300 youth and families each year. We depend on the community's support to make this happen. You and your family can help meet this need by collecting gift cards and hygiene items. Click for more information and items needed.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, 612.232.6116, volunteer@thelinkmn.org
https://thelinkmn.org/

 
 
Thanksgiving Meal Prep
The Link
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 13, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Grace Lutheran Church - 7800 150th St W, Apple Valley
 
Let's make the holidays bright for everyone. You and your family can help make individual frozen meals that youth experiencing homelessness can enjoy for the upcoming holiday and bring holiday related food for the food pantry. Volunteers sign up to bring needed ingredients. Please note that you can and are encouraged to sign up for more than one slot of ingredients. We can only make as much food as our volunteers bring so sign up for as many slots as you desire! Starred items are priority.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, 612.232.6116, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Family Volunteer Event
The Link
 
Date/Time: Monday, November 12, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake

Join us and help create special items for youth at The Link! We will be hosting a volunteer event to create stress relieving kits and other activities for youth at The Link.  Volunteers make a $10 supplies donation to volunteer at this event. Volunteers are encouraged to bring additional donations to this event including diapers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, gift cards, and monetary donations.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, 612.232.6116, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. This event has limited space, sign up today!
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Holiday Home Care Baskets
Our Saviour's Housing

Date/Time: Delivery requested by Friday, December 15, contact Tamara to arrange delivery

Location: 2219 Chicago Ave. S Minneapolis
 
Our Saviour's Housing is a program of Our Saviour's Community Services located in South Minneapolis. We provide three different housing programs: an Emergency Shelter serving 44 adults a night, Transitional Housing serving 16 adults, and Permanent Supportive Housing serving 100 adults. Our 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 the necessities to care for their homes. You and your family can brighten their holidays and ease their budgets by providing a festive gift basket filled with household cleaning supplies, toilet paper and paper towel along with other festive gifts or treats! A list of needed items will be available soon. Please check the volunteer page on our website for updated information. **Please note, we serve adults only and are unable to accept items for children.

Ages: All ages are welcome

Time Commitment: Flexible and can be put together at your own location

Contact: Tamara Patton, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
http://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Sponsor a Family
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Ongoing, monthly donation
 
Location: Family-to-Family will connect you with a family to sponsor.

Teach your children the importance of sharing your bounty with others by sponsoring a family in need with a monthly box of groceries. Choose one of the six options on the Family-to Family website and your family can help ease the burden of hunger and poverty in one of America's poorest communities. Depending on the option you choose, you'll need to buy groceries and personal care items, along with a box and postage. Visit the Doing Good Together Sponsor a Family project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: nhennessee@family-to-family.org
 
Shop Kind for the Holidays!

Whether you're shopping for birthday gifts, making your holiday gift list, or just looking for books, games, and activities for your family, be sure to keep kindness in mind. DGT has compiled a variety of "kind vendors," and we've found some fun Amazon products that could turn online shopping into a big-hearted activity. Best of all, as an Amazon affiliate and having sponsored vendors, DGT benefits from these purchases as well. Want to become a Kind Vendor? Contact us and tell us about your big-hearted product!
 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 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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October 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2018 - Twin Cities 

 

Doing Good Together is now training volunteers to lead a kindness club for their school, youth group, or scout troop!

Let us help you coach a fun, meaningful kindness club for world-changing kids near you! Learn more or sign up today to connect with our new Just Be Kind program.
 
Festival of Giving
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, Noon to 4pm
 
Location:  Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis

Join big-hearted families like yours for our unique Festival of Giving™ - a one-of-a-kind Twin Cities event with kindness activities, service projects, multicultural performances, and community collaboration. Plus fabulous fair food! Don't miss this chance for your family to celebrate generosity, kindness, and giving back! 

Nicollet Island Pavilion is an indoor space, so come rain or shine!

Ages: Fun for the whole family! All ages welcome!
 
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like, between noon and 4pm. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at the door. $5/person or $20/family. Children 2 and under attend free.
 
Contact: If you have questions, contact Jenny (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org)
 
Five Million Meals
Feed My Starving Children
 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 4 through Sunday, October 7. The following shifts are available each day:
  • 9 - 11am
  • Noon - 2pm
  • 3 - 5pm
  • 6 - 8:30pm
Location: HealthEast Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury

Your family can be a part of something BIG! Over four days 25,000 volunteers will pack 5 million meals to feed the hungry. Volunteers will hand-pack meals complete with rice, soy, dried veggies and minerals that are specially formulated for malnourished kids around the globe. This will be one of the largest FMSC MobilePacks ever in the United States! Ten percent of the money raised at this event will be donated to the local food shelf, Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts
 
Contact: info@fivemillionmeals.org. Registration is available online.
https://www.fivemillionmeals.org
 
 
Oak Woodland Brush Haul + Lunch!
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 6, 9am - noon
 
Location: 3M's Oak Woodlands, Cottage Grove - exact directions will be provided to registered volunteers

Thanks to the support of local volunteers and a long-term partnership with 3M, FMR has had the privilege of helping to preserve and restore the oak woodlands at 3M's Cottage Grove facility near the Mississippi River. Former invasive species thickets are now home to wildflowers and wildlife, helping to connect adjacent natural areas and form part of a green corridor in southern Washington County. We will start the morning with a light breakfast and info session, then volunteers will head off to work in small groups with FMR Staff to help restore the oak woodlands by hauling pre-cut brush, primarily buckthorn, before we wrap things up and enjoy a catered lunch provided by 3M. We'll provide the tools, gloves and training; however, registration is required.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Three 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 is required and capacity is limited. Please note, this event typically fills fast, so an early response is recommended.
 
 
Come Help Us Clean and Refurbish Gently Used Bikes
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
 
Date/Time: Daily, October 8 through December 1. Shifts are:
  • Monday through Thursday: 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm, 6 - 9pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 3pm, 3 - 6pm
Location: Free Bikes 4 Kidz Warehouse, TBD

Volunteers are needed to haul, move and organize over 10,000 bikes! Join the Cleaners, Preppers, or Mechanics for a shift to repair bikes. We need volunteers of all skill levels to help us move and clean bikes. We love folks with mad bike repair skills, but if you and your family members are handy with rags, we can put you to work. This is a super fun way for a family to volunteer together. The more the merrier! No experience necessary. Help us share the joy of having a bike with more kids!

Ages: Responsible children ages 10 or older are welcome to volunteer with an adult. Youth groups with ages older than 12 are welcome, but we ask for a 1:5 child to adult ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Three-hour shifts
 
Contact: Riley at riley@fb4k.org or visit our website to sign up!

 
Fall Raking
HOME Program of Senior Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: Fall raking will get started when the leaves begin to drop in mid-October and go through November when the snow begins to fly. Volunteers can be scheduled on either weekdays or weekends, as long as it's daylight!
 
Location: Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, tell us where you'd like to volunteer!

Help an older adult stay safely and independently in their home by assisting with chores like fall raking. Getting those leaves up is a huge concern for our seniors. Come volunteer with us and help someone in our community. It's a great way to get outside and spend time together.
 
Ages: Families with children ages seven and older.
 
Time Commitment: Let us know when you would like to volunteer.
 
Contact: c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.org
 
 
BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk: Twin Cities
American Brain Tumor Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 13, 6:30am - 1pm
 
Location: Lake Como, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul

T5K Twin Cities is part of the American Brain Tumor Association's (ABTA) signature Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K series. Currently, more than 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor diagnosis. Your support allows the ABTA to fund desperately needed brain tumor research, patient programs and support services. We're looking for enthusiastic, driven individuals to help make our BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors event a huge success. Lend a hand out on the course as a course marshal, at the event site helping at a booth, with pre- or post-event activities, as part of the planning committee, or in one of many other ways. ABTA staff will be with you all the way through training and event day guidance.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Parents with really young children can serve as course marshals for the event as it is something easy and fun for really young children to do. Youth 11 and older can help with their parents at one of our booths. Children under 16 will need a signed parental consent form.
 
Time Commitment: Up to six hours
 
Contact: Alicia Morris, amorris@abta.org, 773.577.8767
www.abta.org, www.abta.org/event/bt5k-run-walk-twin-cities/
 
 
The Great Candy Run 5K Run/Walk
Fetal Health Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 14, 7 - 11am
 
Location: Veterans Park, 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield

The Great Candy Run 5K Run/Walk is a sweet-themed event that welcomes families to enjoy some time together having fun, getting outdoors and enjoying all things in moderation! Volunteer opportunities include everything from helping with the kids race to registration to handing out water and candy at the finish line! There will also be a family festival featuring games, activity stations, amazing face painting, great refreshments, giveaways and much, much more! The Great Candy Run is ultimately about saving lives and helping families. Proceeds from these events directly benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. The Fetal Health Foundation supports families battling a fetal syndrome during pregnancy through information, support, and research. This event highlights awareness and provides hope to these families.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Children under 14 must participate with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Between two and one-half and four hours
 
Contact: Michelle Somers, michelle@thegreatcandyrun.com. Registration is available online.
www.thegreatcandyrun.com

 
 
LifeHaven Child Care Volunteering
Lutheran Social Service - Metro Homeless Youth Services
 
Date/Time: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month and every Thursday, 6 - 8pm,
 
Location: LifeHaven, 325 Jenks Ave, St. Paul

LifeHaven is a program that provides transitional housing to minor mothers and their children experiencing homelessness. LifeHaven provides intensive programming so that these youth learn life skills that will help that lead independent healthy lives in the future. Every Thursday LifeHaven has life skills groups in which the girls are learning parenting and life skills. Child care is needed so that they are able to focus during these groups. LifeHaven also understands that sometimes that youth need a break and take them on outings to bond and to promote self-care. The girls participate in a Girls Night In on the 1st Tuesday of the month and a Girls Night Out on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Child care is also needed on these nights.

Ages: One or more adults 21+, can be accompanied by one to two children of any age.
 
Time Commitment: Ongoing until notified. Provide child care at least once every three months.
 
Contact: Rosie Blanc, rosie.blanc@lssmn.org, 651.470.8801
lssmn.org
 
 
Rezek House Apartment Turnover Crew
Lutheran Social Service - Metro Homeless Youth Services
 
Date/Time: On-call; for when an apartment needs to be turned over
 
Location: 501 N. Asbury St., Saint Paul

Rezek is a program that provides transitional housing and services to youth experiencing homelessness from the ages of 16-21. It contains ten efficiency units and two 1 bedroom units. Rezek youth pay 30% of their income to a savings account which gets matched, and are able to use it to purchase assets upon their exit of the program. The youth are provided with intensive case management services and are required to attend life skills classes. The maximum stay is two years. Rezek house is always looking for teams that are willing to come and clean and set up an apartment to prepare it for a new youth coming in.

Ages: At least one adult and can be accompanied with children that are 15+
 
Time Commitment: On call - usually a three-hour process
 
Contact: Rosie Blanc, rosie.blanc@lssmn.org, 651.470.8801
lssmn.org
 
 
Mentor a Child
Kids 'n Kinship
 
Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity
 
Location: Your home or the community.

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & 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 46 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: Jerod Petersen, Kinship Coordinator, jpkinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990
www.kidsnkinship.org
 
 
Toy Lending Events
Minneapolis Toy Library
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4 - 7 pm, 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 they 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. Registration is available online.
mplstoylibrary.org
 
 
Halloween Fun Pack
The Link
 
Date/Time: Friday, October 26, two shifts
  • Morning Shift: 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Afternoon Shift: 3 - 4pm
Location: Lindquist Apartments, 1931 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Help make Halloween fun for youth at The Link by signing up to bring items and participating in one of these fun kit packing events. Learn more about The Link and volunteer with others while making Halloween themed treats and orange and black themed care packages.

Ages: Everyone is welcome
 
Time Commitment: One-hour shifts
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, 612.232.6116, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online:
Morning shift registration
Afternoon shift registration
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Rake a Difference Day
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 9am - noon. Groups are encouraged to rake yards between 9am - noon, but group leaders are welcome to work with homeowners to schedule another raking time prior to or following the event.
 
Location: Seniors' yards around Washington County

Make a difference in your community by helping seniors remain independently in their homes. Volunteer with Community Thread for Rake a Difference Day on Saturday, October 27 to rake the yard of a fellow community member. This is a great family-friendly opportunity to connect with local seniors and enjoy a morning outdoors. Locations are available throughout Washington County. Volunteers should bring their own rakes and gloves; homeowners provide leaf bags.

Ages: Open to all ages, volunteers 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per every five children age 12 and under).
 
Time Commitment: Three hours or until yards are finished.
 
Contact: Community Thread at 651.439.7434 or Volunteer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Group leader applications are available online. Sign up by Wednesday, October 10.
 
 
Offsite Frozen Meal Prep
The Link
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 8am - 4pm but please contact Lauren first to make arrangements to drop off meals.
 
Location: The Link, 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis.

Work with The Link to help get youth the basics they deserve. Volunteers are needed to cook meals at home (family style or individually packed) for youth and young families who are experiencing food insecurity in our community. Click here to find recipes and to learn more.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, 612.232.6116, volunteer@thelinkmn.org.
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Support Arete's Academic Achievement
Arete Academy for Twice Exceptional Students
 
Date/Time: Flexible availability, mainly after school, weekends, and days off of school.
 
Location: 4330 Cedar Lake Rd., 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. Volunteers are needed to help with the following projects:
  • Paint, clean and organize school classrooms
  • Fold and stuff envelopes with marketing materials
  • Donate or purchase needed school supplies
  • Help with tasks for our November 3rd fundraiser at the Vikings Twin Cities Orthopedics Center such as assembling gift baskets, making decorations, and writing thank you cards
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Two to five hours
 
Contact: Leah Brzezinski, leahb@areteacademymn.org
www.areteacademymn.org

 
 
Decorate Lunch Bags for Meals on Wheels
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Check the national Meals on Wheels site to find your local program

Meals on Wheels operates in virtually every community in America through a network of more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. With the help of Meals on Wheels programs, seniors and people with disabilities get the nourishment and human connection needed to support daily activities, while reducing the need for medical support. For some recipients, these daily meals are the difference between living in their own homes and moving to a nursing home. Think of how fun it would be for Meals on Wheels recipients in your community to receive their meals in brightly decorated lunch bags! Visit Doing Good Together's Decorate Lunch Bags Project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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When it comes to bullying, we can make a difference with a creative approach that helps parents discuss the issue and helps kids strategize ways to deal with sticky situations. DGT's newest offering of Big-Hearted EBooks includes an Anti-Bullying Ebook which helps parents raise Upstanders who not only resist the urge to bully others, they also speak up for themselves and others. Each downloadable ebook includes conversation starters, an Upstander Family Plan, and a unique 12-week kindness challenge. Just $4.99 or free for families in our Membership Circle
   
 

 

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September 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Festival of Giving
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, noon to 4pm
 
Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis

YOU'RE INVITED to our one-of-a-kind Festival of Giving, featuring service projects for your family to complete as well as fun activities promoting charitable giving, social action, environmental awareness and more. Enjoy multi-cultural performances, fair food, and a giant kindness art installation you can be part of. Don't miss this chance for your family to celebrate generosity, kindness, and giving back. Volunteers are needed to help at the Festival, staffing one of the service project or kindness activity stations.

Ages: Fun for the whole family! All ages welcome! Volunteers should be adults only or parent-child pairs (8 years and older).
 
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like, between noon and 4pm. (Volunteer positions are flexible and can last between 2 and 4 hours.) Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at the door. $5/person or $20/family. Children 2 and under attend free.
 
Contact: If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or would like information about sponsoring this unique event, contact Jenny (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org)
www.doinggoodtogether.org/festival
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Food Packing
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
 
Date/Time: Multiple dates and times, see website for details
 
Location: FMSC has MN packing locations in Chanhassen, Coon Rapids and Eagan

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian nonprofit that provides nutritionally complete meals that are specifically formulated for malnourished children. FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. Volunteers hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world. Through volunteering at FMSC, volunteers get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You'll experience what it's like to make a tangible difference today. Please review FSMC volunteering policies before you arrive for your shift.
 
Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is five years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online.
 
Time Commitment: Most shifts are two hours.
 
Contact: Registration is available online. For questions about volunteering or about registering to volunteer, please refer to the FAQ page. If you have questions that are not addressed on the website or FAQ page please contact the following: General inquiries, info@fmsc.org or 763.504.2919. Volunteer and registration questions, registration@fmsc.org or 763.951.7306.
www.fmsc.org
 
 
Serve and Prepare Food
House of Charity
 
Date/Time(s):
Weekdays:
  • Breakfast; 7 - 9am
  • Lunch Shift 1; 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Lunch Shift 2; noon - 1pm
  • General Prep; 2 - 4pm
  • Dinner Shift; 4 - 6pm
Weekends:
  • 9am - noon
  • 4 - 6pm
Location: 714 Park Ave, Minneapolis

The mission of the House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence by transforming lives one person at a time. Every day of the year the Food Centre serves a hot, free, nutritious meal to over 350 men, women, and children. With a small kitchen staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist us in preparing and serving our meals each day. Volunteers, on a given week, make up 60-80% of our daily staff. Volunteers are needed to:
  • Serve food to community members
  • Prepare food for the next day/week
  • Organize food storage spaces
As an industrial kitchen can provide potential hazards during a volunteer shift, House of Charity asks volunteers to follow the following policies:
  • Wear closed-toed shoes to your shift
  • Wear long hair back in a ponytail to fit in hairnet. House of Charity will provide hairnets, gloves, and aprons
  • Inform the volunteer supervisor if you have serious food allergies
Ages: Families with children age nine or older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One to two-hour shifts
 
Contact: Nicole Laumer, 612.436.2050, n.laumer@houseofcharity.org. Registration is available online.  
 
 
Help Restore Farmington's Rambling River Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Thursday, September 13, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Rambling River Park, Farmington

Rambling River Park is a beautiful 76-acre park located in Farmington bordered on the south and east by the Vermillion River. The Vermillion River is a unique resource that flows through Scott, Dakota and Goodhue Counties. While providing vital wildlife habitat, scenic beauty and recreational opportunities such as kayaking and trout fishing, the Vermillion is also a major Mississippi River tributary and a portion of the water that feeds drinking water wells in Hastings. Volunteers will work closely with FMR staff and fellow volunteers to remove and haul buckthorn from this important site. Buckthorn is extremely hardy and able to thrive in a variety of soil and light conditions. It out-competes native plant species that are vital for increased habitat and biodiversity.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
www.fmr.org

 
 
Shoreline Planting in Doyle-Kennefick
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 15, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: 4150 235th St East, Cedar Lake Township

Doyle-Kennefick is a planned regional park located in Central Scott County between St. Catherine and Lennon Lakes. Volunteers will plant native shrubs and flowers by the shoreline to restore the wetland area along the 1860s farm. This future park is currently in the acquisition and stewardship phase. Once fully acquired, it will include 1,139 acres of striking landscape including native hardwood forest, oak savanna, prairie, and pristine wetlands scattered across a rolling glacial topography. Planned amenities include a nature center/outdoor discovery center, 13 miles of hiking and nature trails, 8 miles of bike trails, picnic shelter, trail head, and renovation and re-use of farmstead structures. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Ages: All ages are welcome; children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Make Paper Flowers for SCS Senior Event
Senior Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: SCS is having an event in early October and would love some help creating centerpieces. We would love a donation of a few dozen paper flowers or centerpieces by September 20th.
 
Location: You can make the paper flowers wherever is convenient for you and deliver them to Senior Community Services, 10201 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 335, Minnetonka

We are looking for some crafty kids to make paper flowers to help us decorate for our event! If you love origami or paper crafts, we would love your help. We are having an event in early October and would love some help creating centerpieces with paper flowers. Not sure how to make paper flowers? Click here for instructions. Call or email to find out more details.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate!
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
 
 
Generosity Fair
Edina Community Lutheran Church + Colonnade Group Thrivent Community + Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, noon until 2pm
 
Location: Edina Community Lutheran Church, 4113 W 54th St, Minneapolis

If you fall between the ages of 0 -100, this event is for you! Stop by this Thrivent-sponsored Family Service Fair and participate in fun, simple hands-on projects that inspire compassion and generosity! Projects benefit non-profit organizations meeting immediate needs in the community such as:
  • Decorating lunch bags for homebound neighbors
  • Creating pollinator seed balls to protect the environment
  • and many more helpful projects!
This is an open house style event, so stay for as little or as long as you'd like! And it's FREE! Plus, fun walking-tacos will be provided to help fuel your generosity! Hosted by Edina Community Lutheran Church, Colonnade Group Thrivent Community, and Doing Good Together.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Anytime between noon and 2pm
 
 
 
MMRF Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run Twin Cities
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Phalen Park, 1600 Phalen Dr, St. Paul

Volunteering at the Team for Cures 5k Walk/Run is a wonderful way to come together and support the mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Volunteer tasks include: course marshals, festival team and registration volunteers.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Four hours (can be broken down into smaller time frame if needed)
 
Contact: Liz Small, esmall@event360.com
https://walkrun.themmrf.org/twincities18/Static/Volunteer
 
 
Podcast at Carlos Avery WMA
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 29, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Carlos Avery WMA - Sunrise Unit, 6690 East Viking Boulevard, Wyoming

Join Great River Greening for our first public event at the Carlos Avery State Wildlife Management Area. Volunteers will release milkweed seeds through a "podcast" and plant pollinator friendly plugs including common, butterfly, and whorled milkweed at the Sunrise Unit. The restoration activities will restore the prairie and oak savanna site and improve the natural habitat for pollinators, especially the monarch butterfly. This event is occurring during waterfowl hunting season, although far from the popular game area. Safety orange vests will be provided to volunteers.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome; children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.
https://www.greatrivergreening.org/
 
 
Fall Raking
HOME Program of Senior Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: Fall raking will get started when the leaves begin to drop in mid-October and go through November when the snow begins to fly. Volunteers can be scheduled on either weekdays or weekends, as long as it's daylight!
 
Location: Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, just tell us where you'd like to volunteer.

Help an older adult stay safely and independently in their home by assisting with chores like fall raking. Getting those leaves up is a huge concern for our seniors. Come volunteer with us and help someone in our community. It's a great way to get outside and spend time together.

Ages: Families with children ages seven and older.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
 
 
Volunteer Food Packing Events
The Sheridan Story
 
Date/Time: Every other Thursday, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: 2723 Patton Rd, Roseville

The Sheridan Story works to combat hunger in our community by filling the gaps to food access that children face: primarily on weekends and summers. Volunteers are needed to help assemble the meal bags we provide for our students and families. It's a fun and upbeat volunteer environment!
 
Ages: Families with children age eight and older are welcome.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Jonathan Turner, Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator, jturner@thesheridanstory.org, 612.568.3132. Registration is available online.
https://www.thesheridanstory.org/
 
 
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.
 
Location: 7101 Winnetka Avenue N., Brooklyn Park (new location)

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action against hunger. Volunteer for the Double Down Challenge and every hour volunteered will be matched with a $5 donation from Bremer Bank, up to $40,000. 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. For safety reasons, we also require you wear closed-toe shoes and remove all jewelry. Second Harvest Heartland advises volunteers with food allergies to exercise caution when determining whether or not to participate in food packing.

Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages eight and older, when accompanied by an adult. Adults who bring infants and children under eight years old will not be able to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts
 
Contact: 651.282.0901 or volunteer@2harvest.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Snack Packs for Youth
The Link
 
Date/Time: Ongoing. Please contact Lauren to arrange a drop off time.
 
Location: Drop off at The Link, 1210 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis

All too often youth and young families experiencing homelessness are food insecure. You and your family or group can help youth who are experiencing food insecurity by assembling snack packs. Each snack pack should be packed in a brown lunch bag or gallon ziplock bag and should include:

One drink:
Water, juice, Gatorade
One meal:
Single serve macaroni and cheese, noodles, soup, cereal cup, or tuna packet
One snack:
Granola bar, fruit cup, trail mix, pretzels, fruit snacks, or chips
One treat:
Pop-Tarts, cookies, or snack cakes

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, 612.232.6116, volunteer@thelinkmn.org
www.thelinkmn.org/
 
 
 
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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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August 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Festival of Giving
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, Noon to 4pm
 
Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
 
You're invited to our our one-of-a-kind Festival of Giving, featuring service projects for your family to complete as well as fun activities promoting charitable giving, social action, environmental awareness and more. Enjoy multi-cultural performances, fair food, and a giant kindness art installation you can be part of. Don't miss this chance for your family to celebrate generosity, kindness, and giving back. In addition, volunteers are needed to help at the Festival, staffing one of the service project or kindness activity stations.
 
Ages: Fun for the whole family! All ages welcome! Volunteers should be adults only or parent-child pairs (8 years and older).
 
Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like, between noon and 4pm. (Volunteer positions are available for 2 and 4 hours shifts.) Tickets are available through Eventbrite or at the door. $5/person or $20/family. Children 2 and under attend free.
 
Contact: If you have questions, would like to volunteer, or would like information about sponsoring this unique event, contact Jenny (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org) 
 
 
Stuff the Bus
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7, 5 - 6:30pm
 
Location: Stillwater Area High School

Community Thread and United Way of Washington County East recognize the importance of helping all kids succeed by providing them with the basic tools needed to start the year off right. Stuff the Bus allows volunteers to make a difference by assisting with packing power pack kits and teacher classroom kits, as well as sorting and counting school supplies for Stillwater area schools. You can also donate school supplies for Stuff the Bus. Click here for the list of needed school supplies and drop off locations.

Ages: Families with children age eight and older are welcome to volunteer at the Stuff the Bus volunteer event on August 7. Everyone can help collect and donate school supplies.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours at the volunteer event
 
Contact: Jennifer Kmecik, 651.439.7434, Jennifer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Registration is available online.
www.communitythread.org
 
 
August Meal Preps
The Link

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 15, 1 - 3pm

Location(s):
  • August 7, Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 150th St W, Apple Valley
  • August 15, 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
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. This is a great opportunity if you are an individual, group, or family! Volunteers bring the ingredients to make a large-scale collective impact for youth experiencing food insecurity. We can only make as much food as our volunteers bring so sign up for as many slots as you desire.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online:
 
 
United Way Action Day 2018
Greater Twin Cities United Way
 
Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 3 - 8pm. There are two volunteer shifts:
  • 3 - 5:30pm
  • 5:30 - 8pm
You are welcome to enjoy all the activities Action Day has to offer for as long as you'd like, however, we ask you complete the volunteer project (which takes approximately 45 minutes) during the time frame for which you sign up
 
Location: Target Center, 600 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis

The Greater Twin Cities United Way is teaming up with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx at Target Center to host Action Day 2018, an all-ages, family-friendly volunteer event to help Twin Cities kids go back to class set up for success! Volunteer to have an immediate impact as you help fill 25,000 backpacks with school supplies during an unforgettable day with all seven of Minnesota's pro sports teams. Our goal is to bring together 4,000 volunteers, doubling our impact over last year. In addition to volunteering, Action Day will be action-packed, featuring a Prize Playbook, games, prizes, photo booths and a mini-Crayola Experience.
 
Ages: Backpack assembly is limited to children ages eight and older. Children ages eight and younger can participate in the Crayola Experience volunteer project.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Melissa Caldwell, melissa.caldwell@gtcuw.org. Registration is available online.
www.gtcuw.org

 
 
Meal Service Volunteers
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: Various sites open throughout the week. Most Loaves & Fishes dinner shifts start around 4:30 and end by 7:30 pm.

Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites are located throughout the metro area.  

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 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 7-7:30 pm. Loaves & Fishes' volunteers are at the heart of every meal! Our staff works with individual volunteers as well as groups or volunteer teams. 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 an average of 2,000 meals per day. 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.

Ages: At Loaves & Fishes we are appreciative and supportive of the desire of parents and youth sponsors to involve youth in community service and to expose them to a condition of life different from their own. These youth participation guidelines provide for the safety of the youth, provide an efficient work environment and help maintain the dignity of our guests. The following age breakdowns are suggested best practices for safety and success. However, because each dining site is different, each Site Coordinator may make exceptions at their discretion and with parental input and permission.
  • Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the dining sites.
  • Volunteers aged 15 and younger may handle cold food on the serving line as well as cold beverages. 
  • Youth age 13 to 15 must have one 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 unless prior arrangements are made with Site Coordinator.
Time Commitment: Approximately two to three hours per meal.
 
Contact: Lonny Evans, 952.223.7223 or volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.loavesandfishesmn.org
 
 
Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota

Date/Time: Weekdays 10:45am - 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 7,000 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 able. 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 applicationParent application
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
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 eight years old and older 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 applicationParent application
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
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 volunteer

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.
www.openarmsmn.org

 
 
Open Farms
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekday, evening, and weekend shifts are available:
  • Monday: Noon - 2pm, 1 - 3pm
  • Tuesday: 9 - 11am, 11am - 1pm
  • Wednesday: 9 - 11am, 11am - 1pm, 5 - 7pm
  • Thursday: 5 - 7pm
  • Friday: 9 - 11am
  • Saturday: 9 am - noon
Location: Plots are located in St. Paul, Afton, and Minneapolis
 
Open Farms produces delicious veggies each year to use in our client's meals, and we need your help planting, weeding and harvesting the bounty. Volunteering at the farm offers an opportunity to learn about locally and sustainable produced agriculture -- up close and in the dirt!

Ages: Families with children ages six years old and older are welcome to volunteer. Click here for more information on age requirements and adult to youth ratio.
 
Time Commitment: Two hour shifts
 
Contact: Email Jennifer Bliss at jenb@openarmsmn.org or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth applicationParent application
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
Deliver More Than Nourishment to a Local Senior
Optage Senior Dining Choices - the service division of Presbyterian Homes and Services
 
Date/Time: Ongoing, Monday through Friday from 10:30am - noon
 
Location: Several locations throughout the Twin Cities.
 
Senior Dining Choices serves over 1.5 million meals to nearly 11,000 older adults each year! This ministry would not be possible without volunteers - MANY volunteers. Senior Dining Choices is currently looking to fill over 100 volunteer driving positions and we need your help! This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to build relationships with local senior shut-ins. Did you know that the average senior shut-in gets less than five visits a month? You and your family have an opportunity to bless these individuals through your gifts of time. Please consider joining us to help assure all these individuals get the meals they so need.
 
Ages: One volunteer must have a valid drivers' license but otherwise open to any ages. The elderly absolutely LOVE when children come to visit. This would not only be a great opportunity for our clients but for the children as well!
 
Time Commitment: One to four times a month
 
Contact: Jennie Connors, jconnors@preshomes.org, 651.631.6362
optage.org
 
 
Delivering Beds to Kids
My Very Own Bed
 
Date/Time: Deliveries are made on Friday from 9am - noon, and Saturday from 9am - noon; other opportunities are flexible
 
Location: 34 - 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, (located in the Keg Arts building)
 
The mission of My Very Own Bed is to provide children who have experienced homelessness a comfortable, safe place to sleep. In doing so, children and families will experience the benefits of sleep which can include improved attendance and increased performance at school, and the ability to maintain attention and emotional stability. Homelessness and housing instability negatively affect a child's health, development and education. Stable housing and a restorative night's rest in a bed can give kids the boost they need to catch up with their peers in school and achieve their personal potential. My Very Own Bed has several volunteer opportunities available:
  • Delivery Volunteer - This is a wonderful opportunity for families with kids, individuals, teams, youth groups and work groups, to deliver beds and Dream Kits. This is a hands-on, life-changing, outreach opportunity that allows volunteers to meet and directly impact families who have experienced homelessness. Volunteers will assemble Dream Kits and then deliver beds and Dream Kits to the families. You do not need to provide a truck.
  • Donation Drive Volunteer - Organize a donation drive in your church community or work. Collect sheets and pillows for Dream Kits.
  • Blanket-Making Volunteer - Youth groups could make tie-blankets together as an outreach activity. Groups and individuals could make quilts, knit or crochet blankets, and put together blankets for children.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours or variable, depending on opportunity
 
Contact: volunteer@myveryownbed.org
 
 
Backpack Builds
Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center (TCKINRC)
 
Date/Time: Flexible; Monday- Friday morning or afternoon, Saturday mornings
 
Location: 2719 Patton Rd., Roseville

The Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center provides students most in need with free school supplies that make it possible for them to fully participate in classroom learning. Operating as a free store for teachers serving eligible area schools, the TCKINRC provides much needed supplies to their students for learning and excelling in the classroom. We are in need of families and groups to help us build backpacks for students most in need. We fill backpacks with 11 core supplies and ship them out to schools to benefit their students. All students deserve the supplies they need to excel in school and we need the help of volunteers to ensure this!
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Brittany Swanson, brittanys@kinf.org
www.tckinrc.org
 
 
Celebration Treat Bouquets
The Link

Date/Time: Thursday, August 23, 3 - 4:30pm

Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
 
Help our youth celebrate their birthdays, school or work accomplishments or new move ins with a fun, treat-filled bouquet. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for more than one slot of items! Tip: The dollar store is a great place to get these items!

Ages: Families with children ages four and older are welcome to participate

Time Commitment: One hour

Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
 
 
Back to School Lunch Kit
The Link

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 28, noon - 1pm

Location: Lindquist Apartments, 1931 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis,

Volunteers are needed to help youth who are heading back to school by bringing needed items off the signup list and making lunch kits and other school items. Volunteers will decorate any composition notebooks that they bring and make tote bags for youth. Please note that volunteers are encouraged to sign up for more than one slot of ingredients. Let's make these kits amazing! Volunteers are also encouraged to bring other nonperishable food for the food pantry such as ready meals, mac and cheese, cereal, pasta and sauce.

Ages: Families with children ages four and older are welcome to participate

Time Commitment: One hour

Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
 
 
2018 Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Association Minnesota North Dakota Chapter

Date/Time: Saturday, September 15, 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 rayaz@alz.org
 
 
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, info@STEPslp.org
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, VEAP (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) VEAP Back to School Program, 952.888.9616, info@veap.org
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, IOCP (West suburban Hennepin County) Back to school drive, Najmo Yusuf, nyusuf@iocp.org, 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, klytle@prismmpls.org
ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), 2018 School Supply Drive, 952.933.3860, stefan@resourcewest.org
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, Ariana LaVallee, 952.985.4003, alavallee@360communities.org
www.360communities.org
Keystone Community Services, (Primarily St. Paul), Back to School Supplies, Jen Winterfeldt, jwinterfeldt@keystoneservices.org, 651.603.6650, info@keystoneservices.org
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Beacon Back to School Drive, School Supplies list, Jackie Tyson, jtyson@beaconinterfaith.org, 612.529.2185 ext.13
Community Thread (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2018, Jennifer@CommunityThreadMN.org 651.439.7434

 
Back to School Kindness Challenge
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Starting September 1

Location: Your home and community
 
Take the Back to School Kindness Challenge! The back-to-school season is a great time to re-orient ourselves to our priorities. Let's resolve to make this a big-hearted school year full of compassion, reflection, and thoughtful acts of kindness. These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge. Starting on September 1 you can follow along with DGT on social media, both on Instagram and in our Big-Hearted Families community on Facebook, for kindness reminders and personal stories.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org 

 
DGT's Big-Hearted E-Books

Families who are part of our Membership Circle may already know about our big-hearted e-books which expand on important topics and offer in-depth learning opportunities. We're proud to introduce our newest e-book "Host a Mini Family Service" created just in time for National Night Out™ on August 7th. Choose any of the three e-books (on building community, exploring nature, or becoming an upstander) for just $4.99 each in our online store. Or, become a member (for just $29.99) and receive all three of these e-books for free! As always, your purchase supports DGT and helps us offer free and budget-friendly resources to families nationwide.
 

 

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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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July 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Festival of Giving
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, Noon to 4pm

Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
 
SAVE THE DATE for our one-of-a-kind Festival of Giving, featuring service projects for your family to complete as well as fun activities promoting charitable giving, social action, environmental awareness and more. Enjoy multi-cultural performances, fair food, and a giant kindness art installation you can be part of. Don't miss this chance for your family to celebrate generosity, kindness, and giving back. 

Ages: Fun for the whole family! All ages welcome!

Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like, between noon and 4pm.

Contact: Tickets will be available beginning July 1. If you have questions or would like to get information about sponsoring this unique event, contact Jenny (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org)
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
Make Fleece Blankets for Immigrant Children
Comfort Cases
 
Date/Time: Now through the first three weeks of July
 
Location: Contact Missy Hosmann (Missy Hosmann, 612.805.6866, mhosmann@wh-link.net, or givingbagsofhope@gmail.com) to arrange for blanket pick-up.

Comfort Cases is working with agencies along the border to get comfort cases into the hands of children who have been separated from their families. A comfort case is a small duffel bag or backpack with a purpose to provide comfort for youth. Each case contains a blanket, pajamas, toiletries and hygiene items, a stuffed animal, a book, a journal, school and art supplies, and a large duffel bag that can be used as a suitcase. Volunteer are needed to make tie fleece blankets that will become part of each "comfort case." Blankets should be single layer, no larger than 50 x 60. Click here for blanket-making instructions. These cases provide the essentials for the first few days in a new place as well as comfort items to help ease a scary transition. They ensure that the recipient feels that they matter and instills them with hope.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: About an hour
 
Contact: Missy Hosmann, 612.805.6866, mhosmann@wh-link.net, or givingbagsofhope@gmail.com
www.comfortcases.org/
 
 
July Meal Preps
The Link
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10 or July 17, 1 - 3pm
 
Location(s):
  • July 10, 1210 Glenwood Avenue
  • July 17, Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 150th St W, Apple Valley
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. This is a great opportunity if you are an individual, group, or family! Volunteers bring the ingredients to make a large scale collective impact for youth experiencing food insecurity. We can only make as much food as our volunteers bring so sign up for as many slots as you desire.
 
Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487.
Registration is available online:
July 10 meal prep registration
July 17 meal prep registration
www.thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Tonka Mud Run
Many Hands Many Meals
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 14. Volunteer shifts are between 7am - 1:30pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday from 10am - 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. Every year we need hundreds of volunteers for all aspects of the event. Families can volunteer at the Tonka Mud Run in a variety of ways:
 
Obstacle Monitor: This is a very popular day of event volunteer position. Usually a family or couple of friends cheer on runners at each obstacle and then point them towards the next one. Volunteers are needed for the Mini-Tonka Mud Run or the 3.5-mile mud run.
Goody Bag & Packet Prep: We have openings for goody bag stuffers & racer packet prep along with packet pick up (all air conditioned!).  
Day of Event Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help with registration, water stations & refreshments, bounce house monitors, mud crushers, traffic, set up, clean up and many more opportunities to get involved. See the full list of volunteer opportunities here.
 
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, tonkamudrun@mh-mm.org. Sign-up for volunteer shifts online.
 
 
Little Packages of Sunshine
The Link
 
Date/Time: Monday, July 23, 10am - noon
 
Location: Lindquist Apartments, 1931 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis
 
Join The Link for a family friendly volunteer activity that will be fun for all ages. Families will make Sunshine Care Packages for youth living in poverty and have the opportunity to make their own personalized piggy bank to use to collect change and dollars for The Link. Volunteers who attend the Sunshine Care Package volunteer event are required to sign up and bring materials off the list of needed items for this event.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
 
 
Food Distributions
Good in the Hood
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Cedarcrest Church, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month; noon - 4pm and 4:30 - 9pm
  • Beacon of Hope Church, 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month; 10:30-1pm and 4 - 8pm
  • Creekside Gables, 4th Thursday of every month; 10am - 2pm
Location(s):
  • Cedarcrest Church, 1630 East 90th St, Bloomington
  • Beacon of Hope Church, 2827 Newton Ave North
  • Creekside Gables, 7601 Zane Ave N, Brooklyn Park
Good in the Hood serves hot meals and provides essential groceries for individuals and families in need. Volunteers are needed to help with serving meals, carrying groceries for the elderly, personal shopper assistance, administration, childcare, etc. There are two shifts available:
  • First shift tasks include unloading trucks and setting up for evening distribution.
  • Second shift tasks include serving clients; carrying food to client's cars and event clean up.
Ages: Families with children as young as nine are welcome to volunteer but younger children need to work next to their parents in a place that is safe.
 
Time Commitment: Four to five hours
 
Contact: info@goodinthehood.org, 612.440.7463. Registration is available online. Select Food Distribution from the Select Topic dropdown menu.
 
 
Mentor a Child
Kids 'n Kinship
 
Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity
 
Location: Your home or the community.

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & 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 46 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, rykinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990, www.kidsnkinship.org 
 
 
Summer Meal Program 2018
Neighbors, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in July and August
 
Location(s):
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • Moreland Elementary School, 217 W Moreland Ave, West St. Paul
  • Garlough Elementary School, 1740 Charlton St, West St Paul
  • Inver Grove Heights Middle School, 8167 Cahill Ave E, Inver Grove Heights
  • Kaposia Elementary Education Center, 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul 
  • 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 10. Volunteers 10-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. 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.
www.neighborsmn.org
 
 
Backpack Builds
Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center (TCKINRC)
 
Date/Time: Flexible; Monday- Friday morning or afternoon, Saturday mornings
 
Location: 2719 Patton Rd., Roseville

The Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center provides students most in need with free school supplies that make it possible for them to fully participate in classroom learning. Operating as a free store for teachers serving eligible area schools, the TCKINRC provides much needed supplies to their students for learning and excelling in the classroom. We are in need of families and groups to help us build backpacks for students most in need. We fill backpacks with 11 core supplies and ship them out to schools to benefit their students. All students deserve the supplies they need to excel in school and we need the help of volunteers to ensure this!

Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Brittany Swanson, brittanys@kinf.org
 
 
Learn and Deliver Meals with Your Family!
Meals on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Volunteer one hour during lunchtime, Monday through Friday. Your family can volunteer once a week, once a month, 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 meals, and delivering them to eight to ten clients in your community. 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: Eva Hansen, 612.623.3363, eva@meals-on-wheels.com
www.meals-on-wheels.com
 
 
Thrift Store Volunteers
Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores
 
Date/Time: Volunteer shifts are available days, evenings & weekends:
  • Monday-Friday: 9am - noon, 1 - 4pm, 4 - 6pm, 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am - noon, 1 - 4pm, 4 - 6pm
Location: Arc's Value Village has locations in Bloomington, New Hope, Richfield & St. Paul
 
Make a difference in your community by volunteering at Arc's Value Village. Volunteers help unpack, sort, tag/sticker donations; hang and tag clothing; put price stickers on books, dishes and other hard goods; test small appliances to make sure they work; stock the sales floor and more. You will also learn how your efforts will support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in our community!
 
Ages: Families with children eight and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two or three hours. You can volunteer one-time or on an ongoing basis
 
Contact: Molly or Tisha, 952.920.0855, volunteernow@arcgreatertwincities.org. Registration is available online

 
Uptown Art Fair
Uptown Art Fair/Uptown Association
 
Date/Time: Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5, with a variety of shifts between 9am - 9pm
 
Location: Uptown Minneapolis
 
The 2018 Uptown Art Fair is approaching quickly, and we are looking for volunteers to be a part of this exciting event. This year, the Uptown Art Fair will be held August 3-5. For volunteering with us, you will receive a 2018 commemorative t-shirt, a delicious waffle cone, and the honor of knowing that you played a vital role in the execution of Minnesota's largest art fair! Shifts are short, fun, and give you the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Uptown Art Fair. Positions best suited for families with children are the Pop Booths and the VIP Lounge.
 
Ages: Families with children age six and older are welcome to volunteer. Children under 14 must be supervised by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hour shifts
 
Contact: madeline@uptownminneapolis.com. To register as a volunteer, follow this link: www.uptownminneapolis.com/uptown-association/get-involved/uaf-volunteers
uptownminneapolis.com
 
 
Build-A-Backpack 2018
Avivo
 
Date/Time: Donations should be dropped off by August 15.
 
Location: Donations should be delivered to Avivo: Attn: Rebecca Bedner, 1900 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Avivo offers chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services at 25 locations in the Twin Cities metro area, St. Cloud, and Princeton. For many Avivo program participants with school-age kids, purchasing backpacks and school supplies can be cost prohibitive as they need to focus on paying for basic living expenses like food and rent. Your family can help these children by donating backpacks full of school supplies. Items needed include:
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Rebecca Bedner at 612.752.8030 or rebecca.bedner@avivomn.org
www.avivomn.org
 
 
Write Letters to a Soldier
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
 
Location: Contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude for information on where to mail your letters

Practice gratitude as well as kindness. You and your family can send some appreciation and cheer to men and women who are serving our country far from home. Reach out to a soldier that you know or contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude, two nonprofit organizations that  make it easy to send letters to soldiers eager for mail from home. Visit the Doing Good Together Write a Letter to a Soldier project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference for soldiers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org. If you have specific letter-writing questions please contact www.amillionthanks.org/contactus.php or info@operationgratitude.com directly.
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
As the crisis at the border floods the news, your children may have questions. You may feel helpless to respond. Our latest blog post can help you navigate this heartbreaking issue with your kids. As our blogger concludes, "Doing Good Together has always relied on two essential truths. In every crisis, there is something you can do to make a difference. And your family's actions, along with your empathy, will help shape the next generation of helpers and heroes."

 

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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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June 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Festival of Giving
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, Noon to 4pm

Location: Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis
 
SAVE THE DATE for our one-of-a-kind Festival of Giving, featuring service projects for your family to complete as well as fun activities promoting charitable giving, social action, environmental awareness and more. Enjoy multi-cultural performances, fair food, and a giant kindness art installation you can be part of. Don't miss this chance for your family to celebrate generosity, kindness, and giving back. 

Ages: Fun for the whole family! All ages welcome!

Time Commitment: Come for as long as you'd like, between noon and 4pm.

Contact: Tickets will be available beginning July 1. If you have questions or would like to get information about sponsoring this unique event, contact Jenny (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org)
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
2018 Twin Cities Tour de Cure
American Diabetes Association - MN Area
 
Date/Time: Various shift times for setup on Friday, June 1 between noon and 9pm, or various shift times for event day on Saturday, June 2, between 5am and 4:30pm
 
Location: Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St NE, Minneapolis

Want to help stop diabetes as a family? Join us at the 2018 Twin Cities Tour de Cure on June 2nd, starting/ending at our NEW Boom Island location! 2,200 participants will choose from one of six cycling route options (10, 18, 26, 45, 62 or 100 miles) or 5K run/walk or 10K run/walk/hike. The routes are well-marked, there are safety marshals and safety vehicles, fully stocked rest stops and more. Participants are invited to enjoy free lunch, live entertainment, and complimentary massages at the finish! All proceeds from this event benefit the American Diabetes Association's important mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Volunteers will receive an event volunteer t-shirt, free lunch, and are welcome to enjoy the live entertainment, vendor village and Youth Zone. The event will be held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate as cyclists or walker/runners. Family-friendly volunteer opportunities include cheering on the route, set up/take down and the Youth Zone activities. Volunteers age 16 or older can volunteer on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Two to five hours
 
Contact: Janeece Oatman, joatman@diabetes.org or 763.593.5333 ext. 6784. Click here to register as a race participant. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.diabetes.org/minnesota
 
 
Backpack Builds
Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center (TCKINRC)
 
Date/Time: Flexible; Monday- Friday morning or afternoon, Saturday mornings
 
Location: 2719 Patton Rd., Roseville

The Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center provides students most in need with free school supplies that make it possible for them to fully participate in classroom learning. Operating as a free store for teachers serving eligible area schools, the TCKINRC provides much needed supplies to their students for learning and excelling in the classroom. We are in need of families and groups to help us build backpacks for students most in need around the US. We fill backpacks with 11 core supplies and ship them out to schools to benefit their students. All students deserve the supplies they need to excel in school and we need the help of volunteers to ensure this!

Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Brittany Swanson, brittanys@kinf.org
 
 
Summer Meal Program 2018
Neighbors, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Various weekday breakfast and lunchtime shifts in June, July or August
 
Location(s):
  • Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, West St. Paul
  • Moreland Elementary School, 217 W Moreland Ave, West St. Paul
  • Garlough Elementary School, 1740 Charlton St, West St Paul
  • Inver Grove Heights Middle School, 8167 Cahill Ave E, Inver Grove Heights
  • Kaposia Elementary Education Center, 1225 1st Ave S, South St. Paul 
  • 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 10. Volunteers 10-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. 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.
www.neighborsmn.org
 
 
St. Paul Tree Planting
Tree Trust
 
Date/Time: Thursday, June 7, 4 - 7pm
 
Location: Hidden Falls Regional Park, 1313 Hidden Falls Dr., St. Paul

Hundreds of people volunteer every spring and fall to plant trees with Tree Trust. We provide hands-on training at every event, so no experience is required to volunteer at our plantings. Volunteers are needed to help reforest a section of Hidden Falls Regional Park.

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jessica Talley, Jessica.talley@treetrust.org. Registration is available online.
www.treetrust.org
 
 
Native Prairie Planting at Cherokee Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Cherokee Regional Park, St Paul. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR

Join FMR staff and volunteers for our first public restoration event at Cherokee Regional Park - one of St. Paul's most visited parks. We will begin work needed to restore this historic oak savanna and maple-basswood forested bluff-top park by planting a mix of native prairie plants. These showy flowers and grasses will not only beautify the park but provide much-needed bee, butterfly, and bird habitat. And, with deep root systems that act like filters, they'll help reduce the amount of run-off pollution and secure the soil along the bluff. No experience is necessary; all tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Serve and Prepare Food
House of Charity
 
Date/Time(s):
Weekdays:
  • Breakfast; 7 - 9am
  • Lunch Shift 1; 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Lunch Shift 2; noon -1pm
  • General Prep; 2 - 4pm
  • Dinner Shift; 4 - 6pm
Weekends:
  • 9am - noon
  • 4 - 6pm
Location: 714 Park Ave, Minneapolis

The mission of the House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence by transforming lives one person at a time. Every day of the year the Food Centre serves a hot, free, nutritious meal to over 350 men, women, and children. With a small kitchen staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist us in preparing and serving our meals each day. Volunteers, on a given week, make up 60-80% of our daily staff. Volunteers are needed to:
  • Serve food to community members
  • Prepare food for the next day/week
  • Organize food storage spaces
As an industrial kitchen can provide potential hazards during a volunteer shift, House of Charity asks volunteers to follow the following policies:
  • Wear close-toed shoes to your shift
  • Wear long hair back in a pony-tail to fit in hair-net. House of Charity will provide hairnets, gloves, and aprons
  • Inform the volunteer supervisor if you have serious food allergies: 
Ages: Families with children age nine or older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One to two-hour shifts
 
Contact: Nicole Laumer, 612.436.2050, n.laumer@houseofcharity.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Seeding a New Park
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 9, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Doyle-Kennefick, 235 St. East, Elko New Market

Doyle-Kennefick is a planned regional park located in Central Scott County between St. Catherine and Lennon Lakes. Volunteers are needed to help transform the 1860s homestead from farmland into prairie and restore existing savannah by planting native shrubs, releasing milkweed seeds through a "podcast," and busting buckthorn. This future park is currently in the acquisition and stewardship phase. Once fully acquired, it will include 1,139 acres of striking landscape including native hardwood forest, oak savanna, prairie, and pristine wetlands scattered across a rolling glacial topography. Planned amenities include a nature center/outdoor discovery center, 13 miles of hiking and nature trails, 8 miles of bike trails, picnic shelter, trail head, and renovation and re-use of farmstead structures.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome; children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, 651.272.3989. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Remove Buckthorn Near the Vermillion River's South Creek
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 12, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: South Creek, Farmington. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR.

Located in Farmington, South Creek feeds the Vermillion River, a cold prairie river flowing through the heart of Dakota County and an important tributary of the Mississippi River. Volunteers are needed to help remove buckthorn and other invading trees and shrubs, or to haul brush to a pick-up spot. Buckthorn is extremely hardy and able to thrive in a variety of soil and light conditions. It out-competes native plant species that are vital for increased habitat and biodiversity. All supplies and training will be provided and volunteers will work closely with FMR staff.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Summer Treat Packs
The Link
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 13, 10 - 11am
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

Help The Link's families kick off the summer with a kit of summery fun items. Volunteers will bring items from the signup list to assemble kits and make fun treats for The Link's families.
 
Ages: This is a great opportunity for families with children of all ages.

Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Tend the Demonstration Pollinator Garden at Camel's Hump Park
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Thursday, June 14, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Camel's Hump Park and Open Space, Cottage Grove. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR.

Camel's Hump Park and Open Space, located in Cottage Grove, is home to beautiful river views overlooking Highway 61. Join FMR for this summer worknight in the park as we return to this stunning site to tend to previously planted pollinator patch gardens. These patches provide much-needed concentrated habitat and resources for local birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators as well as help beautify this park. All tools and training will be provided and volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace and comfort level.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Summer Time Garden Helpers needed for Seniors
HOME Program of Senior Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: You choose the time that works best for your family!
 
Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior lives. We can match you with a senior near you! 

Volunteer as a family. SCS has numerous requests for help in the garden with weeding and basic maintenance throughout Hennepin County including Minneapolis.
 
Ages: Families with children ages seven and older. Volunteer once or adopt a senior's yard and help throughout the summer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.org
 
 
The Link
4th of July Treat Packing
 
Date/Time: Thursday, June 28, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

Help youth in our programs celebrate the 4th of July holiday by making celebratory treats and bringing food for them to enjoy during the holiday week. Volunteers will be making sparkler pretzel rods, flag fruit kabobs, and red, white and blue Rice Krispy treats! You will select which items you're going to bring when you sign up to volunteer.
 
Ages: This is a great opportunity for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
https://thelinkmn.org/

 
Tonka Mud Run
Many Hands Many Meals
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 14. Volunteer shifts are between 7am - 1:30pm, depending on the activity. Volunteers are also needed to help with set-up on Friday from 10am - 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. Every year we need hundreds of volunteers for all aspects of the event. Families can volunteer at the Tonka Mud Run in a variety of ways:
 
Obstacle Monitor: This is a very popular day of event volunteer position. Usually a family or couple of friends cheer on runners at each obstacle and then point them towards the next one. Volunteers are needed for the Mini-Tonka Mud Run or the 3.5-mile mud run.
Goody Bag & Packet Prep: We have openings for goody bag stuffers & racer packet prep along with packet pick up (all air conditioned!).  
Day of Event Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help with registration, water stations & refreshments, bounce house monitors, mud crushers, traffic, set up, clean up and many more opportunities to get involved. See the full list of volunteer opportunities here.
 
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, tonkamudrun@mh-mm.org. Sign-up for volunteer shifts online.
www.tonkamudrun4.mh-mm.org/www.mh-mm.org/

 
 
Special Needs Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends at Camp Courage
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 15
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN

Families up to 7 members will assist adults with physical disabilities and camp staff for a week of fun at camp. Activities include: pontoon-ing, crafting, adapted high ropes course, archery, recreational games, campfires, s'mores making (and eating) and so much more. 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 ages five and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.
 
Time Commitment: Ten days; meals and housing provided
 
Contact: Amanda Sorell, amandas@truefriends.org, 952.697.2295
www.truefriends.org/volunteer

 
Special Needs Day Camp Volunteers
True Friends at Camp Eden Wood
 
Date/Time: Choose a week, 8am - 5pm daily: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-21, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-August 3, August 6-9
 
Location: Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie

Two to three volunteers per week are needed to assist adults and children with developmental and/or physical disabilities for a week of fun at camp. Activities include: crafting, high ropes course, archery, recreational games, campfires, s'mores making (and eating), off-site trips to local attractions and so much more. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."

Ages: 16 and older with parent/guardian.
 
Time Commitment: One week; lunch provided each day
 
Contact: Amanda Sorell, amandas@truefriends.org, 952.697.2295
www.truefriends.org/volunteer
 
 
World's Largest Toy Battle for Bullying Prevention
Project My Neighborhood
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 30, 9am - 6pm
 
Location: East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury (Soccer fields)

Project My Neighborhood is a nonprofit that raises funds for bullying prevention. We work with schools, churches, and communities. We are attempting to set the Guinness World Record for Largest Toy Battle in Woodbury, and the proceeds for our event are going to the creation and launch of our bullying prevention app. During this event participants will use foam Nerf Blasters in a series of games that reinforce our core values of inclusion, outreach, team building, and health & wellness. To help the event run smoothly we need a number of volunteers to help set up the inflatable barriers, help with registration, chaperone for world record compliance, and help with take down at the end of the event.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to participate in the event. Volunteers must be over 14 with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three, six or nine hours
 
Contact: Matt Nelson, 612.735.5966
www.projectmyneighborhood.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
 

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May 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Happy "You Day" Bag Pack for Young Families
The Link
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2, 1- 3pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to bring items and treats from the sign-up list and to make 40 bags for young parents in The Link's programs for the upcoming Mother's and Father's Day holidays. Volunteers will decorate the bags, pack them, and then make cards for youth.
 
Ages: This is a great opportunity for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
 
 
Donate a Dinner
Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
 
Date/Time: Dinner is served daily from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Please plan to arrive at 5pm so we can get everything set up and ready to go.
 
Location: 3300 4th Avenue North, Cronin Building #14, Anoka
 
The mission of Steppingstone Emergency Housing is to provide emergency housing and support to Youth and Adult individuals, who are 18 and older experiencing homelessness, as they strive towards self-sufficiency. Come be a part of something big and put smiles on the faces of our homeless residents by serving them a hot meal! We are looking for groups of 4 to 10 people to cook a meal off-site and come serve a home cooked meal to the 66 youth and adults we serve at our homeless shelter. We are not licensed to cook from scratch, so we rely heavily on donated food and groups to bring in meals. Feel free to try out a new recipe or ask us for some dinner ideas! We ask that you plan food for approximately 60 people.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer. Children under 18 years of age must be supervised by an adult at all times.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Tracy Pierce, tracy.pierce@steppingstoneeh.org or 763.277.8313. Registration is available online.
 
 
OSH Spring Cleaning Day
Our Saviour's Housing
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: 2219 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis

Help spruce up Our Saviour's Housing properties with a fresh coat of paint, window washing and deep cleaning. We will also be doing some much-needed yard work such as raking, weeding, garden prep and garbage removal, etc. There will be plenty to do both indoors and outdoors! We are looking for about 10-40 volunteers to help out. Our Saviour's Housing is a community of hope for those who need a home. Our mission is eliminating homelessness by providing shelter, support, and a chance to start over. We serve nearly 500 adults each year in three housing programs: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing.
 
Ages: Families with children ages six and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Tamara Patton, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@oshousing.org, 612.872.4193 x2
https://oscs-mn.org/oursaviourshousing/
 
 
Help Remove Invasive Species at Houlton Farm
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 9 - 11am
 
Location: William H. Houlton Conservation Area, Elk River. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR

Join Friends of the Mississippi River staff and volunteers for a lovely spring morning removing garlic mustard. The William H. Houlton Conservation Area is a 347-acre property located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk rivers and is one of the largest undeveloped riverfront properties between the cities of Elk River and Hastings. FMR staff and ecologists will provide a brief introduction to the site and an overview on how to identify and pull the invasive plants we'll be targeting. By removing these species, we will be making way for important native plants that have been crowded out by these aggressive invaders. No experience is necessary; all tools and training will be provided.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
 
 
May Frozen Meal Prep: Chicken Burrito Bowls and Mac and Cheese
The Link
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 9, 3:30 - 5pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
 
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. This is a great opportunity if you are an individual, group, or family! Volunteers bring the ingredients to make a large scale collective impact for youth experiencing food insecurity. We can only make as much food as our volunteers bring so sign up for as many slots as you desire.
 
Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Pull Garlic Mustard at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Thursday, May 10, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: Pine Bend Bluffs SNA, Inver Grove Heights. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR.

Located just 20 minutes south of St. Paul, Pine Bend Scientific and Natural Area is home to some of the best views of the Upper Mississippi River and is a welcome respite from the bustle of the cities. After a short hike volunteers will work closely with FMR staff to remove the invasive species garlic mustard. Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is fairly easy to identify and quick to pull by hand. Volunteers should be able to see a big difference in just a couple hours of work. These characteristics make removal of this invasive species the perfect restoration activity for volunteers who want to work independently. Event participants will be offered the opportunity to sign up to make their Pledge to Pull. Pledge volunteers commit to removing garlic mustard in this area of Pine Bend for a total of six additional hours in the weeks following the training at times most convenient for them. Pledgers also receive a small card certifying their training and granting them permission to independently perform this volunteer restoration service.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Garlic Mustard Challenge
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 12, 9 - 11am
 
Location: Holland Lake Trailhead, 1350 Carriage Hills Drive, Eagan

Help us bust invasive species in our parks. Garlic mustard is an invasive species brought from Europe that outcompetes native wildflowers and tree seedlings. It's a biennial - completes its life cycle in two years. Volunteers pull the second-year plants prior to or during flowering. The flowering plants must be bagged up and disposed of, as the plants can still produce seed even after being pulled! Following a brief training, you'll work alongside Dakota County staff and other volunteers to hone your skills and prepare for the Garlic Mustard Challenge. Following this training, you're encouraged to take the Garlic Mustard Challenge - commit to spending an additional six hours pulling garlic mustard in the park. Volunteers will:
  • Learn how to safely and effectively remove this invasive species
  • Work with a team to remove Garlic Mustard from predetermined sections of the park
  • Remove pulled plants safely from the work sites
Please plan on being able to attend the full event. Volunteers must be able to walk on uneven terrain, stand for extended periods of time, and must be okay with getting a little dirty and being outside! Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate. Children just need to be able to walk with the parents and be able to identify the plants.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Garrett Zaffke, 651.438.4635, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us. Registration is available online.
www.co.dakota.mn.us
 
 
Pull Garlic Mustard at The Sand Flats
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 15, 6 - 8pm
 
Location: River Gorge Sand Flats. Registrants will receive detailed directions to the worksite from FMR

After a brief introduction and training, we will proceed to the river gorge sand flats, known for their large sandy beaches and wonderful river-edge view. Working alongside FMR staff, volunteers will remove garlic mustard - an exotic plant invading many areas of the river gorge and outcompeting native plant species. Although a serious threat, garlic mustard is not only easy to identify but quick to pull by hand. Volunteers will be pleased to see a dramatic difference in ground cover by the end of this event - improving both water quality and wildlife habitat.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome. Younger children may attend as long as a parent or guardian supervises children to be sure they are focused on pulling the correct plants and staying on task.
 
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 is required and capacity is limited.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Restoration Along the Minnesota River
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 - 11:30am
 
Location: Izaak Walton League, 6601 Auto Club Road, Bloomington

Volunteers will plant and seed native forbs (flowering plants) and grasses which are the natural habitat for local wildlife in the nearby The Minnesota Valley State Trail. Surrounding landscape includes a diverse wetland and floodplain connected to the Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Ages: All ages are welcome; children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three mhours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, 651.272.3989. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
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 they 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
 
 
Prepare and Share a Shelter Meal
St. Stephen's Human Services
 
Date/Time: Dinner is served nightly at 7pm. Most groups prepare their meal off-site and then arrive between 6:15 and 6:30pm for additional prep or to reheat dishes. Check the shelter calendar for available dates.
 
Location: St. Stephen's Emergency Shelter, 2211 Clinton Ave., South, Minneapolis
 
St. Stephen's Shelter seeks volunteers to coordinate meal groups that plan, purchase and prepare a meal for 50 - 55 people. St. Stephen's strives to create a warm and hospitable environment for all shelter guests. Volunteer meal groups play an integral role in this effort. A typical meal includes a meat-based entre (non-pork), vegetarian side, vegetable or salad and dessert. The cost of the meal is approximately $100 to $150. Meal groups eat alongside guests, contribute to a welcoming atmosphere, and help with clean up. Groups are highly encouraged to prepare the meals off-site, as the shelter kitchen is small. Dinner is served each night at 7pm, and generally includes an entrée, side dish, vegetable or salad, and beverage (bottled water is great!).

Ages:
 Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to volunteer. Young volunteers must have strong supervision and should not wander around the shelter. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Dinner is served nightly at 7pm. Most groups prepare the meal off-site and then arrive around 6:30pm for additional prep time or to reheat dishes. The ideal groups will commit to monthly meals for 6-12 months (preferred, but not required). We encourage meal groups to commit to a single experience and then let their team decide whether they are able to make an extended commitment.
 
Contact: To schedule a meal contact Tess Gehring, TGehring@StStephensMPLS.org, 612.481.9501
 
 
Puppy Raisers & Long-term Foster Homes
Can Do Canines
 
Date/Time: Ongoing need, as puppies need homes at various times throughout the year.
 
Location: 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope

Raise and train a future service dog! Volunteer puppy raisers and fosters are needed to teach our curious canines good house manners and how to behave well in public places. As a puppy raiser or long-term foster, you would 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: Varies depending on age of dog when placed. Could range from 6 to 16 months.
 
Contact: Robyn Rodrigue, Volunteer Coordinator at rrodrigue@can-do-canines.org or 763.331.3000 x119
www.can-do-canines.org
 
 
Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)
Metro Area Community Gardens
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Varies

Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website.
 
Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following websites for information about local community gardening resources: City of St Paul - Start Gardening! or Homegrown Minneapolis - Community Gardening.
www.communitygarden.org/
 
 
Meal Service Volunteers
Loaves & Fishes
 
Date/Time: Volunteer shifts vary by location. Loaves & Fishes staff have the food ready when volunteers 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.
 
Location: Loaves & Fishes dining sites are located throughout the metro area.  

Loaves & Fishes serves free, healthy meals to people in need in areas where that need is greatest. Our enhanced mission emphasizes nutrition in every meal, which includes a local farm-to-table approach during Minnesota's growing season. 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. We serve without regard to religious perspective and do not engage in activities that promote any particular religious cause. Our Minnesota free meal program began 36 years ago, in 1982, with one dining site each in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since that time, we have grown to serving 2,000 meals daily, are present in seven Minnesota counties, and are the largest "open to the public" meal program in the state. Looking for a volunteer opportunity for your family? Loaves & Fishes' volunteers are at the heart of every meal! 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.

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 not attend.
Time Commitment: Typically, two to three hours.
 
Contact: Lonny Evans, Director of Volunteers and Outreach,
952.223.7223, levans@loavesandfishesmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.loavesandfishesmn.org  
 
 
Planting in a Pollinator Corridor
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 30, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Woodbury Pollinator Corridor, Ojibway Park Rd and Bailey Rd, Woodbury

Join Great River Greening for our first public event at a pollinator corridor in Woodbury. Volunteers will walk a mile to the beautiful site on flat terrain to plant 5,000 pollinator-friendly plants which will improve the natural habitat and provide food for pollinators. This communal space will provide educational principles on pollinators and produce a harvestable seed source for the City of Woodbury. Join volunteers in planting to help restore our native landscape and secure the legacy of Minnesota land and waters. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Ages: All ages are welcome; children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: volunteer@greatrivergreening.org, 651.272.3989. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Spring Into Service
Community Thread
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - noon
 
Location: Sites are located throughout Washington County

Community Thread's Spring into Service is an annual service day that helps local nonprofit organizations who work to strengthen our community every day. Spring into Service allows volunteers to make a difference by assisting with projects such as assembling math kits, playing games with residents, or making tie blankets for dogs. This family-friendly volunteer activity engages over 100 volunteers annually to help nonprofits better serve the St. Croix Valley. You can choose the project that most interests you. Sign up today!
 
Ages: Volunteers must be eight years of age or older and age requirements may vary by site. 
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Jennifer Kmecik, 651.439.7434, Jennifer@CommunityThreadMN.org. Register online at communitythreadmn.org/community-services/spring-into-service by May 11.
www.communitythreadmn.org

 
Special Needs Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends at Camp Courage
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 15
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN

Families up to 7 members will assist adults with physical disabilities and camp staff for a week of fun at camp. Activities include: pontoon-ing, crafting, adapted high ropes course, archery, recreational games, campfires, s'mores making (and eating) and so much more. 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 ages five and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.
 
Time Commitment: Ten days; meals and housing provided
 
Contact: Amanda Sorell, amandas@truefriends.org, 952.697.2295
www.truefriends.org/volunteer

 
Special Needs Day Camp Volunteers
True Friends at Camp Eden Wood
 
Date/Time: Choose a week, 8am - 5pm daily: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-21, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-August 3, August 6-9
 
Location: Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie

Two to three volunteers per week are needed to assist adults and children with developmental and/or physical disabilities for a week of fun at camp. Activities include: crafting, high ropes course, archery, recreational games, campfires, s'mores making (and eating), off-site trips to local attractions and so much more. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."

Ages: 16 and older with parent/guardian.
 
Time Commitment: One week; lunch provided each day
 
Contact: Amanda Sorell, amandas@truefriends.org, 952.697.2295
www.truefriends.org/volunteer
 
 
St. Paul Tree Planting
Tree Trust
 
Date/Time:  Thursday, June 7, 4 - 7pm
 
Location: Hidden Falls Regional Park, 1313 Hidden Falls Dr., St. Paul

Hundreds of people volunteer every spring and fall to plant trees with Tree Trust. We provide hands-on training, so no experience is required to volunteer at our plantings. Volunteers are needed to help reforest a section of Hidden Falls Regional Park.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jessica Talley, Jessica.talley@treetrust.org. Registration is available online.
www.treetrust.org
 
 
World's Largest Toy Battle for Bullying Prevention
Project My Neighborhood
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 30, 9am - 6pm
 
Location: East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury (Soccer fields)

Project My Neighborhood is a nonprofit that raises funds for bullying prevention. We work with schools, churches, and communities. We are attempting to set the Guinness World Record for Largest Toy Battle in Woodbury, and the proceeds for our event are going to the creation and launch of our bullying prevention app. During this event participants will use foam Nerf Blasters in a series of games that reinforce our core values of inclusion, outreach, team building, and health & wellness. To help the event run smoothly we need a number of volunteers to help set up the inflatable barriers, help with registration, chaperone for world record compliance, and help with take down at the end of the event.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers must be over 14 without a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three, six or nine hours
 
Contact: Matt Nelson, 612.735.5966
www.projectmyneighborhood.org
 
 
Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
 
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger: www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/masterful-transitions.

 

 

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April 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Mentor a Child
Kids 'n Kinship
 
Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity
 
Location: Your home or the community.

Kids 'n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & 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 46 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, rykinship@aol.com or 651.686.0990, www.kidsnkinship.org 
 
 
Celebrate Earth Day!
City of Minneapolis
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 9:30 - noon
 
Location: Click here for a listing of Minneapolis Earth Day cleanup sites. Arrive at any site from 9:30 to noon and check in at the registration table.

It's easy to get involved in Earth Day Cleanup 2018. No pre-registration is required! Arrive at any site between 9:30am and noon, bring a pair of gloves to pick up trash, and check in at the registration table. A site coordinator will provide you with gloves (if you did not bring any) and bags and instruct you where to go and where to leave trash. Every site has a coordinator available to assist volunteers and to answer any questions you may have. The goal of Earth Day Cleanup is to provide a volunteer experience and environmental education to Minneapolis residents and park users. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and water bodies including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett's Creek and the Mississippi River. Since the inception of the Earth Day cleanup we have removed more than 140,000 pounds of garbage from Minneapolis parks.

Ages: Open to all ages
 
Time Commitment: Up to two and one-half hours. Volunteers can arrive anytime between 9:30 and noon. No pre-registration is required.
 
Contact: Erica Chua, Community Outreach Event Coordinator, 612.230.6479 or echua@minneapolisparks.org.
www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/events/earth_day_cleanup/ - group_1_219258
 
 
 
2018 Citywide Spring Cleanup
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 9 - 11:30am
 
Location(s):
  • Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N Lexington Pkwy
  • Central Village Park, 457 Central Ave W
  • Cherokee Park, 700 Cherokee Heights Blvd
  • Frogtown Farm Park, 662 N Victoria St
  • Highland Picnic Pavilion, 1200 Montreal Ave
  • Parkland on Griggs, Intersection of Bigelow Ln and Griggs St
  • Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Dr
  • Swede Hollow Park, Intersection of Greenbrier St and Margaret St
  • Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, 1200 Jackson St
Each year, hundreds of volunteers gather across Saint Paul for the Citywide Spring Cleanup to pick up garbage that has recently become exposed due to the melting snow. With the help of volunteers, we can remove the trash that accumulates in these natural areas harming wildlife, polluting lakes and rivers, and detracting from the beauty of our community. This event is a fun and effective way to improve the natural environment in our local community.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 651.632.2411. Pre-register online, and then drop by your selected cleanup site any time between 9 and 11:30am on Saturday, April 21 to pick up bags, gloves and snacks and meet your neighbors and community members. Then, head out and clean up the park or neighborhood of your choice.
www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/natural-resources/volunteer-resources/events-calendar
 
 
Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup
Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 9:30am - noon
 
Location: E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway, Minneapolis

This family-friendly Earth Day tradition provides an excellent opportunity to get outside and work together to help improve this treasured area. Friends of the Mississippi River have returned to this site year after year and have noticed a dramatic improvement to the area thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! FMR will provide all of the supplies, however, if you have your own gloves feel free to bring them along. Sturdy shoes are strongly suggested as well as dressing for the weather, layers are encouraged. To participate, simply show up at either E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway to sign-in with FMR staff.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org. Advanced registration for this event is not required; however, if you have a group of 10-20 people, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore, akilgore@fmr.org or 651.222.2193 x31. For groups of 20+ please contact Erika Chua, echua@minneapolisparks.org or 612.230.6479 to be assigned a location that will better fit your group size.
www.fmr.org
 
 
Spring Yard Clean-up!
DARTS
 
Date/Time: April 25 through May 24. Choose a date and time that works best for you and your family!
 
Location: Dakota County Area

Grab your rakes and gloves and invite your friends, families and co-workers to help an older homeowner clean up their yard this spring. Volunteers play a crucial role in helping older homeowners in Dakota County maintain a sense of pride in their property. This is a great opportunity for families to share in the experience of giving back to the community.

Ages: Families and groups of all ages
 
Time Commitment: One time; two to four hours
 
Contact: Jen Myers, jen.myers@darts1.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Help Seniors in Your Community with Spring Yard Cleanup
HOME Program of Senior Community Services (SCS)
 
Date/Time: Seasonal: Starting in mid-April and lasting through the summer. Spring Cleanup can be scheduled on either weekdays or weekends.
 
Location: Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior lives.

Volunteers are needed to help with Spring Cleanup for low income seniors in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. This is a fun volunteer opportunity to get outdoors, while helping seniors stay in their homes by helping with outdoor home care they are unable to do themselves. Hours are flexible, you choose the date and time that works for you!

Ages: Families with children ages seven and older. Come once or come throughout the season!
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Cat, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or 952.767.7894
www.seniorcommunity.org
 
 
Earth Day & Arts in the Gardens and Parks
Urban Roots
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 9am - 1pm
 
Location:
Gardening work: Meet behind the Urban Roots Offices at 463 Maria Ave, St Paul
Conservation work: Swede Hollow Park parking lot on Greenbrier St.

The gardening crew will be going out to a garden site and preparing it for planting! You will likely be transforming two gardens from their winter to a planting-ready state. Be prepared to get dirty! The conservation work crew will be partnering with St. Paul Parks and Rec to do a trash pickup in Swede Hollow Park. Parks and Rec will be providing donuts and Chinook books for all participants. Later in the morning both groups will have the opportunity to participate in painting a community mural at Swede Hollow Park! The mural has been designed by our youth, the community, and an artist and will be installed on the wall of Phoenix Market at 3rd and Maria upon completion. The painting will be done in a "paint-by-number" style so all are welcome to participate! Snacks will be served at Swede Hollow park around noon.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. Adults need to be responsible for managing the children they bring.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Please RSVP to Jaclyne Jandro, jjandro@urbanrootsmn.org
urbanrootsmn.org
 
 
April Frozen Meal Prep: Chicken Enchiladas and Pizza Pasta
The Link
 
Date/Time: Monday, April 23, 2 - 4pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

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. This is a great opportunity if you are an individual, group or family! Volunteers bring the ingredients to make a large scale collective impact for youth experiencing food insecurity. We can only make as much food as our volunteers bring so sign up for as many slots as you like.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
 
 
Happy You Day Bag Pack for Young Families
The Link
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2, 1- 3pm
 
Location: 210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

Volunteers are needed to bring items and treats from the sign-up list and to make 40 bags for young parents in The Link's programs for the upcoming Mother's and Father's Day holidays. Volunteers will decorate the bags, pack them, and then make cards for youth.
 
Ages: This is a great opportunity for families with children of all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
 
Milkweed Podcast and other Pollinator Attractions
Great River Greening
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Location: Pilot Knob Hill Preservation, Pilot Knob Rd & Acacia Blvd, Mendota Heights

Join other volunteers in planting to help restore our native landscape and secure the legacy of Minnesota land and waters. At this planting event, volunteers will restore the prairie with native pollinator shrubs and release milkweed seeds into a recently burned area through a "podcast!" Volunteers collected the pods during our immensely successful Million Milkweed Seed Initiative last fall. Many of the seeds have been propagated and will be planted this season. But the pods still have plenty of seeds in the fluff, perfect for casting in fertile areas. Snacks will be provided throughout the morning and lunch will be served at noon.
 
Ages: Events are open to all ages. Volunteers under age 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: 651.665.9500 or e-mail us volunteer@greatrivergreening.org. Registration is available online.
www.greatrivergreening.org
 
 
Special Needs Summer Camp Volunteers
True Friends at Camp Courage
 
Date/Time: Sunday, August 5 - Wednesday, August 15
 
Location: Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN

Families up to 7 members will assist adults with physical disabilities and camp staff for a week of fun at camp. Activities include: pontoon-ing, crafting, adapted high ropes course, archery, recreational games, campfires, s'mores making (and eating) and so much more. 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 ages five and older. Adults must provide supervision for those under 18. Onsite housing and meals are provided.
 
Time Commitment: Ten days; meals and housing provided
 
Contact: Amanda Sorell, amandas@truefriends.org, 952.697.2295
www.truefriends.org/volunteer

 
Special Needs Day Camp Volunteers
True Friends at Camp Eden Wood
 
Date/Time: Choose a week, 8am - 5pm daily: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-21, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-August 3, August 6-9
 
Location: Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie

Two to three volunteers per week are needed to assist adults and children with developmental and/or physical disabilities for a week of fun at camp. Activities include: crafting, high ropes course, archery, recreational games, campfires, s'mores making (and eating), off-site trips to local attractions and so much more. Volunteers directly support True Friends' mission: "Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities."

Ages: 16 and older with parent/guardian.
 
Time Commitment: One week; lunch provided each day
 
Contact: Amanda Sorell, amandas@truefriends.org, 952.697.2295
www.truefriends.org/volunteer
 
 
Meal Delivery
Open Arms of Minnesota
 
Date/Time: Weekdays 10:45am - 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 7,000 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 able. 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 applicationParent application
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
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 eight years old and older 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
www.openarmsmn.org
 
 
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 volunteer
 
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.
 
 
Puppy Raisers & Long-term Foster Homes
Can Do Canines
 
Date/Time: Ongoing need, as puppies need homes at various times throughout the year.
 
Location: 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope

Raise and train a future service dog! Volunteer puppy raisers and fosters are needed to teach our curious canines good house manners and how to behave well in public places. As a puppy raiser or long-term foster, you would 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: Varies depending on age of dog when placed. Could range from 6 to 16 months.
 
Contact: Robyn Rodrigue, Volunteer Coordinator at rrodrigue@can-do-canines.org or 763.331.3000 x119
www.can-do-canines.org
 
World's Largest Toy Battle for Bullying Prevention
Project My Neighborhood
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 30, 9am - 6pm
 
Location: East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury (Soccer fields)

Project My Neighborhood is a nonprofit that raises funds for bullying prevention. We work with schools, churches, and communities. We are attempting to set the Guinness World Record for Largest Toy Battle in Woodbury, and the proceeds for our event are going to the creation and launch of our bullying prevention app. During this event participants will use foam Nerf Blasters in a series of games that reinforce our core values of inclusion, outreach, team building, and health & wellness. To help the event run smoothly we need a number of volunteers to help set up the inflatable barriers, help with registration, chaperone for world record compliance, and help with take down at the end of the event.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers must be over 14 with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three, six or nine hours
 
Contact: Matt Nelson, 612.735.5966
www.projectmyneighborhood.org
 
 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
 
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

 
Spring into a season of kindness! Join our DGT™ Membership Circle
 
Spring is the season of renewal, so it's an ideal time to focus on big-hearted activities for the
entire family. When you join the DGT™ Membership Circle you have year-round access to our experts who provide inspiration, motivation, advice, and ideas. Plus, there are members-only perks, including our Challenges Download. Perfect for those who want to focus their acts of kindness on a weekly topic, such as environmentalism or generosity. Membership costs just $24.99 annually and benefits DGT's programming. Sign up today!
 
Don't forget: our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is open to anyone interested in connecting with other big-hearted families. Discuss your kindness and volunteering goals, challenges, and service project ideas, and enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 
 

 

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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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March 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Minnesota FoodShare
March Campaign Drive
 
Date/Time: Bring your food and/or cash donations to your local food shelf by April 8
 
Location: Your local food shelf

March is Minnesota Food Share month. Each March since 1982, Minnesota FoodShare has directed the March Campaign, the largest food drive in the state. Join people across the state in a concerted effort to stock food shelves during March Food Drive, a month-long campaign with yearlong benefits for food shelves and hungry families in Minnesota. This campaign recruits thousands of congregations, companies, schools and civic groups to run local food and fund drives to aid in the effort and it is the largest food and fund drive for food shelves in the state of Minnesota. Every dollar donated to Minnesota FoodShare during the March Campaign goes directly to food shelves to purchase food for the hungry. You can collect food or cash donations as a family and donate them to your local food shelf or you can recruit family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or individuals from  your faith community or civic group to help organize a larger food and/or donation drive. Want to enrich your food drive with age-appropriate lessons on the complex issue of hunger? Try DGT's unique book-based Hunger Curriculum. Ideal for small group discussions, for children ages 4-10 years old.

Ages: Your entire family can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Style Show: Embrace Your Style
Arc's Value Village
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 10, 9am - noon
 
Location: Arc's Value Village, 10546 France Avenue South, Bloomington

Join us for a Style Show in support of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day. 3/21 signifies the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome in people with Down Syndrome. Volunteers are needed to help us greet, cheer, and facilitate a great fashion show. When you shop at Arc's Value Village, your dollars support The Arc Minnesota, making life better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This style show will be emceed by our in-house stylist Michelle Raven along with event correspondent Anahita Champion. Our models will be styled by local stylists and their fashions will represent the individuality of each model.

Ages: Families with children age eight and older are welcome to volunteer. A parent or guardian will need to accompany a youth volunteer who is not in high school.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Tisha Van Haaften, Volunteer Development Manager, 952.915.3693, tishaVanHaaften@arcminnesota.org
www.arcsvaluevillage.org
 
 
Buckthorn Removal
Acorn Park
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 17, 10am - noon
 
Location: Acorn Park, 286 County Road C West

Roseville Parks and Recreation is in the midst of an aggressive eco-restoration project to remove invasive/non-native plant species from City parks. In order to eradicate the abundant invasive/non-native plant growth, such as buckthorn, garlic mustard, and Tatarian honeysuckle, significant woodland cutting is required. Native shrubs and hardwood, however, will be left undisturbed. Once the removal of the invasive/non-native growth is completed, native plant material will be reintroduced. The long-term goal is to improve the overall wildlife habitat and native cover in City parks. This restoration work to remove invasive trees and shrubs and restore more native vegetation will result in changes to the visual character of each park, yielding a woodland understory and shrub layer that is more open and appropriate for our region. Volunteers should bring gloves and water bottles and dress for the weather that day as this is an outside event.

Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Rachel Boggs, rachel.boggs@cityofroseville.com, 651.792.7028. Interested volunteers can email Rachel to register or can just show up.
 
 
Baby Shower for The Link's Young Families
The Link
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 20, 5 - 7pm
 
Location: Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 N Berens Rd NW, Prior Lake

The Link will be hosting a Baby Shower to celebrate and support young families in our programs. Join us to design onesies, prepare dry soup mixes, assemble diaper bags full of much needed items for a new parent, and learn more about the work being done at The Link. There are many ways to participate with The Link's Baby Shower including attendance, donation drives, registry gifts, and sponsorship. Click here to learn more.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org 612.767.4487.
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Food Insecurity
The Link
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 28, noon - 1:45pm
 
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 W County Road 42, Apple Valley

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. This is a great opportunity if you are an individual, group or family! Volunteers bring the ingredients to make a large scale collective impact for youth experiencing food insecurity.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One and three-quarter hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org, 612.767.4487. Registration is available online.
https://thelinkmn.org/
 
 
Family Volunteering
Presbyterian Homes and Services of Bloomington
 
Date/Time: Flexible scheduling; ongoing opportunity
 
Location: 9889 Penn Ave. S., Bloomington

Presbyterian Homes and Services enriches the lives of older adults through services and communities. Parent/child volunteer teams are needed to visit residents. Volunteer teams can play cards, read, watch television, play board games, do a craft, or just talk!
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer. Minors cannot visit with residents in their room or apartment without an adult present. Youth 14 and older can assist with activities and events without parent or chaperone.
 
Time Commitment: One to five hours per month.
 
Contact: Samantha Sleeman, ssleeman@preshomes.org
 
 
Spring Break Volunteers
Arc's Value Village Thrift Stores
 
Date/Time: Volunteer shifts are available days, evenings & weekends:
  • Monday-Friday: 9am - noon, 1 - 4pm, 4 - 6pm, 6 - 8pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10am - noon, 1 - 4pm, 4 - 6pm
Location: Arc's Value Village has locations in Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield & St. Paul

Make a difference in your community by volunteering at Arc's Value Village. Volunteers help unpack, sort, tag/sticker donations; hang and tag clothing; put price stickers on books, dishes and other hard goods; test small appliances to make sure they work; stock the sales floor and more. You will also learn how your efforts will support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in our community!
 
Ages: Families with children eight and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteer shifts are two or three hours. You can volunteer one-time or on an ongoing basis
 
Contact: Molly or Tisha, 952.920.0855, volunteernow@arcgreatertwincities.org. Registration is available online
 
Start a Bake Sale to Benefit No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength
 
Date/Time: Flexible to fit your schedule
 
Location: You choose! Simply find a local business, school, place of worship, community center or neighborhood that will allow you to hold your bake sale. It's that simple. We have more ideas for good locations in our Location Guide.

Funds raised through Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry support Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, the campaign provides leadership, raises awareness and advocates for change that will make sure no kid in America ever goes hungry. Locally, Share Our Strength funds the most effective anti-hunger organizations and builds partnerships that bring together public officials, nonprofits, community groups, private funders and businesses to end childhood hunger in a particular state or city. Click here to learn more about the work being done through No Kid Hungry. To start your own Bake Sale simply click here. Our online Bakers' Resources is the place to find lots of how-to tips, signage and much more.

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: bakesale@strength.org, 800.761.4227
www.nokidhungry.org/
 
 
Puppy Raisers & Long-term Foster Homes
Can Do Canines
 
Date/Time: Ongoing need, as puppies need homes at various times throughout the year.
 
Location: 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope

Raise and train a future service dog! Volunteer puppy raisers and fosters are needed to teach our curious canines good house manners and how to behave well in public places. As a puppy raiser or long-term foster, you would 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: Varies depending on age of dog when placed. Could range from 6 to 16 months.
 
Contact: Robyn Rodrigue, Volunteer Coordinator at rrodrigue@can-do-canines.org or 763.331.3000 x119
www.can-do-canines.org
 
 
Delivering Beds to Kids
My Very Own Bed
 
Date/Time: Deliveries are made on Thursdays from 10am - 1pm and Saturdays from 9am - noon; other opportunities are flexible
 
Location: 34 - 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, (located in the Keg Arts building)

The mission of My Very Own Bed is to provide children who have experienced homelessness a comfortable, safe place to sleep. In doing so, children and families will experience the benefits of sleep which can include improved attendance and increased performance at school, and the ability to maintain attention and emotional stability. Homelessness and housing instability negatively affects a child's health, development and education. Stable housing and a restorative night's rest in a bed can give kids the boost they need to catch up to their peers in school and achieve their personal potential. My Very Own Bed has several volunteer opportunities available:
  • Delivery Volunteer - This is a wonderful opportunity for families with kids, individuals, teams, youth groups and work groups, to deliver beds and Dream Kits. This is a hands-on, life-changing, outreach opportunity that allows volunteers to meet and directly impact families who have experienced homelessness. Volunteers will assemble Dream Kits and then deliver beds and Dream Kits to the families. You do not need to provide a truck.
  • Donation Drive Volunteer - Organize a donation drive in your church community or work. Collect sheets and pillows for Dream Kits.
  • Blanket-Making Volunteer - Youth groups could make tie-blankets together as an outreach activity. Groups and individuals could make quilts, knit or crochet blankets, and put together blankets for children.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours or variable, depending on opportunity
 
Contact: volunteer@myveryownbed.org
www.myveryownbed.org/
 
 
Prevent Hunger Campaign
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)
 
Date/Time: Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm
 
Location: Your neighborhood and community. Deliver food donations to IOCP, 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth

You and your family can help prevent hunger in your community by engaging your family in a neighborhood food drive to support the IOCP food shelf! Design a flyer listing the food shelf's most needed Food Shelf items, attach it to a grocery bag, drop the bags off with your neighbors and let them know when you'll be back to pick it up. With their help, you'll be able to supply the food shelf with much more than you could on your own.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Lani Willis, lwillis@iocp.org or 763.489.7704
 
 
Empty Bowls
Community Fundraisers to Benefit Local Food Shelves
 
Date/Time: Variety of different days & times in March

Since its small beginnings in 1990 at Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Empty Bowls has become an international grassroots project to raise funds for local food shelves. Many metro-area events feature handmade soup bowls created by community members in partnership with local schools, community education departments, businesses and other community members. Local restaurants and businesses donate soup and other items. At most Empty Bowl events attendees make a free will donation, chose a bowl, enjoy some soup, and keep their bowl to remind them of all the empty bowls in their communities and beyond. Many events feature a silent auction, entertainment or other activities. Empty Bowl fundraiser proceeds are used to help families in their local communities with basic needs like food and housing. Local Empty Bowls events are held throughout the year-- here's a list of events happening in March. If your local community is not on this list, contact your local food shelf or school district to find out if there's an Empty Bowls event held in your community.
 
 
Become a Senior Angel
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Once a week
 
Location: A  senior in your community

You can help create a more age-integrated society and instill positive attitudes toward aging by providing your child with positive contacts with seniors. By becoming a Senior Angel your family will let a senior know they are remembered and loved through an ongoing weekly correspondence. Seniors who may be home-bound, confined to nursing homes, or in convalescent hospitals will look forward to your weekly greetings! You can reach out to a relative, neighbor or senior you know in your community.

What you'll need:
  • Stationery, greeting cards, pens, drawing or art supplies
  • Occasional small, inexpensive, gifts ($2-$5), such as a box of tea or bar of scented soap
  • Postage
Once-a-week send your older friend chatty letters, friendly cards, uplifting notes, children's drawings and perhaps an occasional small gift. Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Become a Senior Angel page.
 
Ages: Your whole family can participate!
 
Time Commitment: Varies, but please plan on making an ongoing, long-term commitment to your senior.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
Reading together is a research-proven, amazingly simple way to practice empathy and support your child's learning on every level. But that isn't why we love it. Story time is the most intimate, thoughtful, tender way to connect with a child. Check out Doing Good Together's awesome collection of favorite picture and chapter books focused on a variety of critical topics, including Kindness, Creativity, Gratitude, Mindfulness, Bullying, Death & Grief, and more
 

 

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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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February 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2018 - Twin Cities 

 
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Homelessness - Super Bowl Themed Food
The Link
 
Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, noon - 2pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

In the spirit of the big game, help us make Super Bowl-themed food for our youth to enjoy! 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. Individual volunteers sign up to bring one or more of the ingredients. Volunteers' ingredient contributions will come together to make one big impact for youth living in poverty.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Valentine Bag Pack for Young Families
The Link
 
Date/Time: Monday, February 12, 1 - 3 pm
 
Location: 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis

Won't you be our valentines? Volunteers are needed to bring items and treats from the sign-up list and to make 40 valentine bags for young moms in The Link's programs. Volunteers will decorate the bags, pack them, and then make valentine's cards for our youth. This is a great opportunity for all ages.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Lauren Matykowski, Volunteer Manager, volunteer@thelinkmn.org. Registration is available online.
www.thelinkmn.org
 
 
Passage Community Birthday Parties!
The Birthday Party Project
 
Date/Time: Thursday, February 15, 6 - 8pm. Space is limited. Parties are held the third Thursday of every month. 

Location: Passage Community Agency, 17 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis

Join us for monthly birthday parties at the Passage Community Agency. We celebrate all the kiddos with birthdays that month - 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. Volunteer registration is available online. First time partygoers age 18 and older must complete a background check before volunteering.
 
 
Sandwich Makers
The Sandwich Project
 
Date/Time: Ongoing opportunity
 
Location: Sandwiches can be prepared in your home or any location that is convenient for you and then delivered to one of The Sandwich Project local drop off sites.   
 
Each year, many organizations put together programs for Thanksgiving and Christmas to help feed, clothe and take care of those less fortunate. There is a remarkable amount of time, energy and money that goes into these programs. But what happens the other 363 days of the year? The Sandwich Project was established with those other days in mind. Our starting goal was to help feed 150 homeless people in Minneapolis as many times a year as possible, with the ultimate goal of doing it every day of the year. Today, we are helping to feed about 4,500 people per week through various shelters and food shelves. We depend on volunteers from all over the Twin Cities to make sandwiches that The Sandwich Project then delivers to the hungry and homeless in our community. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with kids of any age. You can make them in your home or at a church (or just about anywhere), as a family or with a group. It is easier to feed 150 people than you might think. It simply takes one trip to a local grocery store to purchase the supplies, and the time and effort to prepare 150 sandwiches.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, commitment includes purchasing supplies, preparing the sandwiches and delivering them to a local drop off site.
 
Contact:  To learn more and to sign up to prepare sandwiches, visit the The Sandwich Project Instructions page.
 
 
Serve and Prepare Food
House of Charity
 
Date(s)/Time(s):
Weekdays:
  • Breakfast; 7 - 9am
  • Lunch Shift 1; 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Lunch Shift 2; noon -1pm
  • General Prep; 2 - 4pm
  • Dinner Shift; 4 - 6pm
Weekends:
  • 9am - noon
  • 4 - 6pm
Location: 714 Park Ave, Minneapolis

The mission of the House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence by transforming lives one person at a time. Every day of the year the Food Centre serves a hot, free, nutritious meal to over 350 men, women and children. With a small kitchen staff, we rely heavily on volunteers to assist us in preparing and serving our meals each day. Volunteers, on a given week, make up 60-80% of our daily staff. Volunteers are needed to:
  • Serve food to community members
  • Prepare food for the next day/week
  • Organize food storage spaces
As an industrial kitchen can provide potential hazards during a volunteer shift, House of Charity asks volunteers to follow the following policies:
  • Wear close-toed shoes to your shift
  • Wear long hair back in a pony-tail to fit in hair-net. House of Charity will provide hairnets, gloves and aprons
  • Inform the volunteer supervisor if you have serious food allergies
Ages: Families with children age nine or older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One to two hour shifts
 
Contact: Nicole Laumer, 612.436.2050, n.laumer@houseofcharity.org. Registration is available online.