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)

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
July Meal Preps
The Link
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 10 or July 17, 1 - 3pm
  • 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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
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
Build-A-Backpack 2018
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
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.

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


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