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

 
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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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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

 
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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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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.
www.houseofcharity.org/
 
 
Sholom Volunteers
Sholom
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: We have two campuses:
  • Ackerberg Campus, 3620 Phillips Parkway, St. Louis Park
  • Shaller Campus, 740 Kay Ave, St. Paul
Visit with residents, escort residents to and from activities & programs, assist with bingo and other games, help serve at holiday and other special dinners, accompany residents on outings, assist with birthday parties, happy hours or music.

Ages: We have volunteer opportunities for families with children of all ages. Independent volunteers can be 15 years or older.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: Ackerberg Campus: Ed Johnson, edjohnson@sholom.com, 952.939.1596;
Shaller Campus: Lori Rodewald, lrodewald@sholom.com, 651.328.2065
www.sholom.com
 
 
Write a Letter!
Operation Gratitude
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: All your cards and letters can be sent together in one large mailing envelope or box to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
Please include a donation form in your large mailing envelope or box.

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ Care Packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops. Letters are accepted year-round. Right now, we have a special need for those specifically written to our New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. Holiday cards need to be received two to three months prior to the holidays in order for them to reach our service members on time. Once we receive letters it takes us time to screen, sort and assemble them into our care packages and then we have to factor in the shipping time. If your letters will arrive at a later date it will work well to make them general letters of appreciation so that they may be used year-round. Don't know where to start? Follow these letter writing guidelines:
  • Start with a generic salutation, such as "Dear Hero" or "Dear Brave One."
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you will pray for them is wonderful.
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc.
  • Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc.
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.)
  • Children's Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult's address can be used).
  • Can't find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids' drawings with their age.
  • No glitter or confetti please!
  • Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes-they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or info@operationgratitude.com
 
 
JDRF One Walk
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 24. Check in starts at 7am. Walk start time is 8:30am
 
Location: Mall of America, Bloomington 

Join thousands of others in supporting juvenile diabetes research while walking around Mall of America. The walk starts at 8:30am. Walk for as long or as short of a time as you'd like! Walk participants are encouraged to support the walk by fundraising or making a donation.

Ages: All ages can walk (or ride in a stroller)
 
Time Commitment: The walk lasts one hour
 
Contact: Kara Fischer, kfischer@jdrf.org, 952.851.0770, Click for online registration information.
www.jdrf.org/
 
 
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 S., 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 7 pm, 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 re-heat 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: Tess Gehring, TGehring@StStephensMPLS.org 
 
 
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!


 

 

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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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January 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 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 45 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 

 
Snow Angels- Adopt a Senior this Season!
DARTS
 
Date/Time: Through the winter snow season
 
Location: Dakota County Area- biggest need is in the Apple Valley area

When it snows two inches or more within a 24-hour time frame, volunteers help clear the snow off an older homeowner's driveway and sidewalk. Most assignments take less than an hour. Volunteers make it a little brighter and safer for seniors.    

Ages: Family friendly; all ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: Duration of the winter snow season when there are two inches or more of snow within a 24-hour time frame.
 
Contact: Jen Myers, jen.myers@darts1.org
 
 
Toss the Snow
Senior Community Services
 
Date/Time: Through the winter snow season
 
Location: Residents homes in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County
 
Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen's walkways and driveway. Volunteers will shovel after each two-inch or more snowfall, and sand or salt the homeowners walkways after ice storms. You'll need to bring your own shovel or snow blower, but the resident will provide the warm smile.

Ages: Family teams are welcome; youth must be age seven or older and supervised by an adult. Volunteers must be 16 or older to operate a snow blower.
 
Time Commitment: During the winter snow season when it snows more than two inches.
 
Contact: Jeanne, scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or 952.767.7894
 
 
Candlelight Hike at Thompson County Park
Dakota County Parks

Date/Time: Friday, January 12, 5:30 - 9pm

Location: Thompson County Park, 360 Butler Avenue East, West St. Paul

Enjoy the park by flickering candlelight and warm up at roaring bonfires. Snowshoe rental and hot food will be available. Volunteers are needed to help with various activities including bonfire tending, greeting, and luminary lighting.

Ages: All ages are welcome. To volunteer without an adult, you must be 16 years old or older

Time Commitment: Various shifts are available; most shifts are two to three and one-half hours depending on assignment.

Contact: Garrett Zaffke, 651.438.4635, garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us. Registration is available online. Scroll down to Thompson County Park and select either Candlelight Hike - Luminary Set-up or Lighting Volunteer or Candlelight Hike - Luminary Take-Down Volunteer.  www.dakotacounty.us 
 
 
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: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

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. For safety reasons, we also require you wear closed toed 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. Adults who bring infants and children under eight years old will not be able to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: 651.282.0901 or volunteer@2harvest.org. Registration is available online.
www.2harvest.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 the 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: Two-hour shifts
 
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
 
 
Learn and Deliver Meals with Your Family!
Meals on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Volunteer one hour during lunchtime, Monday through Friday. Your family can volunteer weekly, monthly, or on a schedule that works for you.
 
Location: With over thirty neighborhood sites throughout the Twin Cities, you can easily be connected with a delivery site near your home! Call 612.623.3363 to be connected to the program nearest you!

Delivering Meals on Wheels with your children or grandchildren is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time as a family and pass on the values of kindness, compassion, and civic responsibility by helping seniors and individuals with disabilities in your community. Whether you have infants or teenagers, you can make a contribution together to improve your community. Delivering meals involves driving to the program site, picking up, and delivering eight to ten meals. It takes about an hour, and you can choose a program site near your home. The amount you socialize with the clients is dependent on the volunteer and the client.

Ages: Families are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: About an hour at lunchtime
 
Contact: Megan Flasch, 612-623-3363, megan@meals-on-wheels.com
 
 
Baby Bin
Simpson Housing Services
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Deliver baskets to the SHS main office at 2100 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis, weekdays between 9am and 4pm. No appointment is needed.
 
Simpson Housing Services is a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to unmet community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. Simpson Housing Services is looking for volunteers to create a Baby Bin for mothers with infants in our Family Housing program. Baby Bins provide mom and new baby with basic needs. To participate:

Purchase a laundry basket and the following infant necessities from a discount store:
  • a container of baby wipes
  • package of size 1 diapers
  • bottle of baby wash
  • baby washcloth
  • terry cloth bibs
  • burp cloths
  • our onesies with two coordinating pants, size 3 months
  • two pajamas, size 3 months
  • one sleepsack, size 3-6 months
  • two outfits size 6 months
  • one baby blanket
  • one baby toy
  • one baby book
  • hand sanitizer
  • Vaseline
  • 3-pack of bottles
  • bottle brush
  • Avent soothie pacifiers
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Christina Giese, cgiese@simpsonhousing.org
 
 
Welcome Home Baskets
Simpson Housing Services
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Deliver baskets to the SHS main office at 2100 Pillsbury Ave S, Minneapolis, weekdays between 9am and 4pm. No appointment is needed.
 
Simpson Housing Services is a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to unmet community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. Families coming from shelter often only have some clothing and a few items from their previous home. When they move to a new place they need some basic items to get settled. Simpson Housing Services is looking for volunteers to create a memorable gift for a family moving into a new home. You and your family can help by providing a Welcome Home Basket for families as they enter the Family Housing program. Volunteers provide a $20 gift certificate to a discount store like Target and additional household items. Baskets items should total no more than $50. A list of possible items is below.
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet brush
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Sponges or scrub brush
  • Dish cloth and towel
  • Shower curtain, liner, and rings
  • Bathroom rug
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Wall clock and batteries
  • Thermometer:
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Christina Giese, cgiese@simpsonhousing.org
 
 
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Link
 
Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 2 - 3:30pm
 
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 W County Road 42, Apple Valley

The Link works with youth and families to overcome the impacts of poverty and social injustice. All too often youth and families in our programs go without food. We'd like to change that. Join us to prep frozen meals that will be distributed to youth and families when they need them. The Link has planned the recipe for this volunteer activity and volunteers will be making chicken burrito bowls and macaroni and cheese. 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.
 
 
Frozen Meal Prep for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Link
 
Date/Time: Thursday, January 25, 3 - 4:30pm
 
Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3930 Rahn Rd., Eagan

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. The Link has planned the recipe for this volunteer activity and volunteers will be making pizza sticks and walking tacos. 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.
 
 
Make No-Sew Blankets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Enjoy a cozy family kindness project for a cold month! Your children can help make these simple, fleece  blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing is required. Many local organizations would appreciate your donations of these easy-to-create fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest. Or you can deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need. Visit the Doing Good Together Make No-Sew Blankets Project page for blanket-making instructions and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
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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.
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