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Thanks to our friends at Civitas we have tons of volunteer opportunities right here around the University community. Take the time to read through them and if you don't find something that moves you there's even more resources to check out.

Afterschool Enrichment Nights
Help with the Project for Pride in Living's (PPL) afterschool program at 12th and Como Avenue. There are two age groups: 1st-3rd graders meet Monday-Wednesday, and the older group 4th-8th graders meet Tuesday-Thursday. Mondays and Tuesdays evenings need tutors, and Wednesday and Thursdays are enrichment nights, which usually involve going on a field trip to museums, or other similar community organizations. Very noncommittal--interested individuals could participate once or twice if desired. For more info contact lucy.voller@ppl-inc.org.

Make a difference in a child's life--become a part-time Tutor!
Did you know there are several schools in the same neighborhoods where you might live? SE Como has two new schools in the Tuttle School facility (18th SE and Como), Marcy Holmes/ Dinkytown area has Marcy Open (4th St SE and 4th Ave SE) and Prospect Park/Stadium Village has Pratt School (Malcolm and University). That doesn't even include the opportunities at park facilities, and other community organizations. Want to help a child when you have time in your schedule? Contact Rachel at fanne005@umn.edu to find a good fit.

Help with a neighborhood playgroup in Marcy Holmes/Dinkytown area
Play with toddlers, learn child development, and participate in story time and activities. Help is need every Monday from 9-12:00 p.m. Contact Jerry at jcorbc@comcast.net or at 612-204-9745 for more information.

Help with a NEW Community Vegetable Garden at Fairmount and 22nd
Come learn about a new community vegetable garden at Fairmount and 22nd Aves SE in the SE Como Neighborhood at a community meeting at Sporty's TODAY February 15th from 7-9 pm. This meeting is for both interested gardeners and any neighbor who just wants to learn more! Refreshments and appetizers will be provided If you can't make the meeting and have questions contact Stephanie at gardens@secomo.org.

Assist a senior near you!
Seniors living in your neighborhood frequently are looking for help with one-time or ongoing help around the house. If you live in Minneapolis neighborhoods contact Carolyn Kennedy (Kenne462@umn.edu) or for St. Paul residents, contact Noreen (noreen@sapcc.org) at St. Paul Senior Chore Service for more information about neighbors who might need an extra hand on your block.

Free Arts Mentorship Program - Weekly or when available
Free Arts Minnesota is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families, while offering children an opportunity to develop healthy relationships with adults, increase their sense of self-worth and help them learn new ways to communicate through participation in the arts. Free Arts needs 130 mentors for their Weekly Mentorship Program and have particular need for male mentors. If you'd like to help but can't commit to a weekly schedule, contact Courtney (bohl0086@umn.edu) for more information on how you can help.

New Seward bookstore needs your help!
A new bookstore that opened on Franklin Avenue across from Pizza Luce is looking for volunteers to work in the store each week. It's a collectively own, progressive bookstore, with lots of great titles! Stop by for more info: http://www.boneshakerbooks.com/

Donate - Cold Weather Clothing Drive
So often our work as students takes us to the far reaches of the nation or globe. A "Cold Weather Clothing Drive" offers an opportunity to help locally. CSCC invites you to drop off any extra winter clothing that is in good condition (scarves, **jackets**, gloves, sweaters, etc.) to the container in the hall, directly outside the CSCC office (1024 27th Ave SE), through February 18th. All clothing will be delivered to the organization Sharing and Caring Hands, which has been serving the Twin Cities poor for more than 25 years. For more information contact Audrey

Volunteer to co-host a block event!
Winter is a time when most people retreat to the warmth of their homes. How can we create a sense of community during the cold? The Student Neighborhood Liaison program, in partnership with the Good Neighbor Fund are providing micro-grants and staff support to students and neighbors who are interested in hosting a block event. All interested individuals should contact neighbor@umn.edu for further information.

Looking for more opportunities?
Join a neighborhood organization committee or neighborhood email listserv through the links below. Want to see more opportunities that align with your interest or are closer to your home? Fill out this short 4 question survey here or email civitas@lists.umn.edu with your interests or project idea, and we can help garner the resources and find other interested people to lift your idea off the ground!
SE Como
Prospect Park/Stadium Village
Marcy Holmes/Dinkytown
Seward
Cedar/Riverside
St. Paul/St. Anthony Park

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