Subject: June 2013 Twin Cities Family Volunteer Opportunities

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 June 2013
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 
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Event Committee Volunteers   

Doing Good Together


Doing Good Together empowers families to raise children who care and contribute. We are seeking folks to join the DGT Event Committee, which plans, organizes, coordinates and promotes our annual fundraising event in October. Committee tasks may include: 

  • Soliciting silent auction items
  • Soliciting individual and corporate sponsors for the event
  • Planning for food, beverage and entertainment
  • Recruiting and coordinating event volunteers
  • Event set-up, production and clean-up
  • Event promotion and publicity

We invite anyone who has a passion for our mission and who enjoys having fun working for a great cause with other like-minded individuals. Experience with event planning, recruiting event sponsors, promotions and marketing, or social media is helpful, but not required.   


Ages:  Adults only 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Jenny at     




Aeon Homes for Generations


Date/Time:  Flexible- we will work to find times that work with your schedule and hours- weekends, evenings and weekdays are all available


Location: Locations are available in Minneapolis  

Aeon is a nonprofit owner, developer and manager of high quality affordable apartments and town homes in the metro area. Gather your extended family or another family or two to plan, shop, cook, and serve a meal at one of our apartment buildings serving formerly homeless individuals or low-income families. You'll cook a meal for 40 to 50 people and share the meal with them as well. Locations are also available for barbecue cookouts in the summer as well as indoor locations. Budget required: $150 to $200 or $75 for a breakfast event (even lower if you are a budget shopper). Groups of 5 to 15 people are ideal.  


Ages: Five and up (you know your children best)


Time Commitment: Two hours serving time onsite plus cooking time


Contact: Tashia Weisenburger, Volunteer Program Coordinator,, 612.746.0524 



Help Feed Hungry Kids  

Neighbors, Inc.


Date/Time: Various weekday morning and lunchtime shifts


Location: Henry Sibley High School, 1897 Delaware Ave, Mendota Heights; Garlough Environmental Magnet School, 1740 Charlton Street, West St Paul; Kaposia Education Center, 1225 1st Avenue S, South St Paul; South St. Paul High School, 700 2nd Street N, South St Paul

Good nutrition is necessary for students to learn effectively. We need volunteers to help serve breakfasts and lunches to students attending summer school.
Key volunteer activities include: 

  • Build positive community relationships by greeting and talking to students
  • Prepare serving area before meal time and cleanup afterwards
  • 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
  • Count inventory to ensure accurate federal reporting 

This is a perfect service opportunity for churches, workplaces, community groups, families, and individuals looking for fun opportunities to help their community.


Ages: Minimum age is 10. Volunteers 10-13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Between one and a half and three hours of service for each shift


Contact: David, 651.306.2145 or



Mow It Down Lawn Care  

Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) Seniors Program


Date/Time: Through the summer lawn mowing season


Location: Exact location TBD in North or Southwest Minneapolis; depends upon where the senior lives
Rev up the lawnmower and chop down a grateful senior citizen's lawn. Adopt the yard of an elderly resident of Minneapolis during the summer. This is a perfect opportunity for apartment/condo dwellers that yearn to be outside. Work with a partner and you can take turns mowing. 


Ages: Family teams are welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult.


Time Commitment: You can choose your own schedule; mow once per week or so depending upon weather conditions.


Contact: Jeanne, 612.746.8549,



Hygiene Kit Makers  

Our Saviour's Housing


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Our Saviour's Housing, 2219 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis

When folks enter the Our Saviour's Housing homeless shelter, they don't always own everything they need to even take a shower. Help us meet our residents' needs and help them feel good about themselves by making hygiene kits for us to hand out to new residents! Hygiene kits contain a toothbrush, razor, and travel-size soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, and toothpaste. You may also add other items if you'd like. Just pack them into bags and deliver them to our shelter! We welcome donations of any quantity; we're also happy to provide a shelter tour when you visit.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Colleen O'Connor Toberman at or 612.872.4193 x25



Macalester-Groveland Neighborhood Rain Garden Planting Event  

Great River Greening


Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 7:30am-12pm


Location: Prior Ave. and Goodrich Ave., St Paul
Help plant boulevard rain gardens in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul! To improve water quality in our lakes and the Mississippi River, the City of Saint Paul Public Works has partnered with Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) to install boulevard rain gardens in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. Great River Greening staff and volunteers will assist residents in planting the rain gardens.   


Ages: All ages are welcome but children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Four and a half hours


Contact: Laura Durenberger-Grunow, Volunteer Manager, 651.665.9500, ext. 11 or Registration available online 



Youth Service Day

Second Harvest Heartland


Date/Time: Saturday, June 1, 9-11:30am. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your volunteer shift. This will give volunteers plenty of time to register, hang-up coats and secure items such as purses in our individual lockers. Volunteer orientation starts promptly at 9am


Location: 6325 Sandburg Rd. Suite 1700, Golden Valley

Youth Service Days are focused on opening our doors to youth groups and families with youth for a high-energy and fun service opportunity. In addition to the service component there will be a short hunger awareness activity. The service component will be to sort and re-pack donated food into consumer size packages; this activity includes a variety of positions, so there will be jobs for a variety of ages and abilities. These re-packaged items then go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger. We hope you will join the fun!


Ages: This opportunity is available to youth ages 8 and older. Adults who bring infants and children under 8 years old will not be able to volunteer.


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Volunteers can sign up online via  


Collect and Assemble Grocery Kits  

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency (MVNA)


Date/Time: Flexible, the MVNA office is open 8am-4:30pm Monday through Friday    

Location: 2000 Summer Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis
Many people in our community are suffering from hunger. Food is a necessity that must be present in order to ensure the health and healing of our families and seniors. Our Public Health Nurses work closely with families and seniors to help them obtain food security. With your donation, you will be able to offer a family or a senior meals that will bridge the gap of hunger in our community.
Each kit should include:  

  • 2 Canned Soups
  • 2 Applesauce Cups
  • 1 Box of Pasta
  • 1 Pasta Sauce
  • 2 Mac and Cheese style boxed dinners
  • 1 Jar of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Canned Tuna
  • 1 Canned Vegetable
  • 1 Canned Beans
  • 1 Canned Fruit
  • 1 Box of Cereal (Unsweetened Type)

Please make sure that items are not expired and are unopened. You may also want to include a Cub or Rainbow Gift Card to help the recipients purchase perishable items.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Suzanne Chowen,, 612.777.8460. Please call or email to make arrangements to drop off kits


Riverside Park Restoration and Tending  

Friends of the Mississippi River


Date/Time: Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30pm


Location: Riverside Park in Minneapolis

Working alongside FMR ecologist Joe Walton and Youth & Community Engagement Coordinator Katie Clower, volunteers will help improve local wildlife habitat and watershed health, removing invasive species (most likely herbaceous plants) and possibly assisting with watering and other restoration and tending tasks. The range of activities will be suitable for adults and for youth and everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace and ability level. 


Ages: All ages welcome


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: To register for this event, please contact Lindsay Hefferan at or 651.222.2193 x24. Please include your name, address, phone number and number in your party. 



Indian Mounds Park Brush Haul & Cleanup  

Friends of the Mississippi River


Date/Time: Saturday, June 8, 9:30-11:30am


Location: Indian Mounds Park in St. Paul.
Alongside FMR and Saint Paul Parks staff, volunteers will haul and stack invasive brush, including European buckthorn - the non-native woody species that degrades our local native plant communities and wildlife habitat - on the overlook slope. By the end of the event participants should be able to see a real difference. Volunteers will also spend some time pulling invasive garlic mustard and weeding and tending to the native shrubs planted on the west side of the overlook last year, as well as picking up trash that may have accumulated over the winter. While most FMR activities are family friendly, due to the tools and terrain this particular event is not suitable for small children.    


Ages: Twelve and older 


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: To register for this event, please contact Lindsay Hefferan at or 651.222.2193 x24. Please include your name, address, phone number and number in your party.   



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