August 2018 - Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2018 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities


August 2018 - Twin Cities 

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

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

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

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

  • August 7, Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 150th St W, Apple Valley
  • August 15, 1210 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
All too often youth and families in our programs go without food. We'd like to change that. Join us to prep frozen meals that will be distributed to youth and families when they need them. This is a great opportunity if you are an individual, group, or family! Volunteers bring the ingredients to make a large-scale collective impact for youth experiencing food insecurity. We can only make as much food as our volunteers bring so sign up for as many slots as you desire.

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

Time Commitment: Two hours

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

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

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

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

Looking for a volunteer opportunity for your family? Come help us serve hot, healthy meals to those in need! We invite your family to partner with our staff and other volunteers to serve our guests. We will have the food ready when you arrive around 4:30 and then open the doors to the public at which time your family will scoop, slice, and serve. You will be done with clean-up by 7-7:30 pm. Loaves & Fishes' volunteers are at the heart of every meal! Our staff works with individual volunteers as well as groups or volunteer teams. The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to provide nutritious meals to people in need in an atmosphere of dignity and hospitality. Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit meal program in Minnesota, serving a hot meal to those in need. We are the largest "open to the public" meal program in the state, serving an average of 2,000 meals per day. We are always guided by our vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity, and respect.

Ages: At Loaves & Fishes we are appreciative and supportive of the desire of parents and youth sponsors to involve youth in community service and to expose them to a condition of life different from their own. These youth participation guidelines provide for the safety of the youth, provide an efficient work environment and help maintain the dignity of our guests. The following age breakdowns are suggested best practices for safety and success. However, because each dining site is different, each Site Coordinator may make exceptions at their discretion and with parental input and permission.
  • Youth 16 years of age and older can help in all areas of the dining sites.
  • Volunteers aged 15 and younger may handle cold food on the serving line as well as cold beverages. 
  • Youth age 13 to 15 must have one adult to every five youth for supervision purposes.
  • Youth age 12 and under need to have direct one-on-one supervision. It is suggested that children under the age of 8 do not attend unless prior arrangements are made with Site Coordinator.
Time Commitment: Approximately two to three hours per meal.
Contact: Lonny Evans, 952.223.7223 or Registration is available online.
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 or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth applicationParent application
Meal Prep and Packaging
Open Arms of Minnesota
Date/Time: Weekend and evening shifts six days a week from 7:30am - 7pm
Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis

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

Ages: Families with children ages 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 or call 612.767.7340. Follow these links to get started: Youth applicationParent application
Bag Decorating
Open Arms of Minnesota

Date/Time: Flexible opportunities

Location: 2500 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis

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

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Interested in setting up a time to pick up bags to decorate? Email Jennifer Bliss at or call 612.767.7340.

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

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

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

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

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

Time Commitment: One hour

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

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

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

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

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

Time Commitment: One hour

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

Date/Time: Saturday, September 15, 7am - noon

Location: Target Field, Minneapolis
The Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's takes place on a one and three-mile path on the streets around Target Field. There are various volunteer positions that are a fit for both adults and children. Check out this link to learn more about the available positions and to sign up.

Ages: All ages are welcome, if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Time Commitment: Most volunteer positions will last between three and five hours

Contact: Sign up online or email Rebecca Ayaz at
Back to School supply drives & school supply distribution
Help provide school supplies for children
Add a giving aspect to your back to school ritual! Many local organizations help to provide school supplies for children who would otherwise be unable to start school with the school supplies they need. The programs listed below need help with either collecting school supplies or distributing supplies to children. If a program close to you isn't listed below you can also contact your local school district or food shelf to see how you can help in your area.

St Louis Park Emergency Program, STEP (St Louis Park), STEP Back to School Program, 952.925.4899,
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, VEAP (Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and South Minneapolis) VEAP Back to School Program, 952.888.9616,
Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, IOCP (West suburban Hennepin County) Back to school drive, Najmo Yusuf,, 763.489.7505
People Responding In Social Ministry, PRISM (Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and parts of Crystal and Plymouth), PRISM School Supplies drive, Kevin Lytle,
ResourceWest (Hopkins & Minnetonka schools students), 2018 School Supply Drive, 952.933.3860,
Ramsey County Community Sheriff's Office, (Ramsey County), Night to Unite School Supply Drive, Crime Prevention Unit, 651.266.7339
360 Communities (South suburban Minneapolis and St Paul), Partner for Success, School Supply Needs, Ariana LaVallee, 952.985.4003,
Keystone Community Services, (Primarily St. Paul), Back to School Supplies, Jen Winterfeldt,, 651.603.6650,
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Beacon Back to School Drive, School Supplies list, Jackie Tyson,, 612.529.2185 ext.13
Community Thread (Stillwater area), Stuff the Bus 2018, 651.439.7434

Back to School Kindness Challenge
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Starting September 1

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

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies


DGT's Big-Hearted E-Books

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


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