Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Children
Help Distribute Groceries at Local Elementary Schools:
Help Second Harvest Heartland with its Meals for Minds Pantry program. One in six Minnesota kids will not get enough to eat today. In partnership with Target, Second Harvest Heartland coordinates monthly grocery distributions through a mobile food pantry in local elementary schools across the metro area. Each child leaves the Meals for Minds Pantry with 30 lbs. of food, enough for 25 meals and a chance at a full future. Great opportunity for individuals, small groups and corporate groups
Like Art? Like Kids? Be an Arts Mentor Today:
Free Arts Minnesota offers individual opportunities which place volunteers at one of 30 partnering organizations across the metropolitan area. Serve on a mentor team with 3 to 5 other volunteers and provide one hour per week of creative arts activities to children. Mentors must make a one year commitment. Training and on-going support provided by Free Arts Minnesota.
New Babies, New Stuff:
Be a part of welcoming a new baby into our community with a special Baby Gift Basket! The families of FamilyWise Services are low-to-no income and often do not have the means to buy all the things they need for the precious new little one. They are looking for gift baskets that would include such things as: onesies, books, toys, diapers, bottles, infant bath soap, safety locks/plugs, rattles, etc. Be creative -- design a theme! or just provide the essentials. Your basket is your design -- anything goes!
Computer and Homework Helper:
Do you enjoy teaching and working with children? Volunteer with Aeon in their community and resource rooms located in apartments in Minneapolis for low-income families. Volunteers assist children and adults with computers and homework in the community rooms. Flexible schedule. Minimum commitment is 1 1/2 hour shift a week.
Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Animals
Jungle Boogie Fundraising Event Volunteer:
The Wildcat Sanctuary needs volunteers during their October 7th fundraising event in Minneapolis. Volunteers will be collecting funds and contact information from their table of 8-10 TWS guests. This occurs after the dinner Program and Live Auction, and lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Foster Home Trainer:
Volunteer Foster Homes are needed to help raise and train a service dog for people with physical disabilities. Volunteers will agree to take a puppy at 7-9 weeks old into their home and raise and train it for 2 ½ years with the support of Helping Paws of Minnesota staff located in Hopkins.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Exercise Leader: Get Fit, Have Fun!
The Volunteers of America of MN's RSVP program seeks volunteers aged 55 or better interested in being trained to deliver the Bone Builders exercise program. Volunteers lead one hour, twice weekly classes. Training, ongoing support, mileage reimbursement, and other benefits are available. Classes offered in various locations around the Twin Cities.
Adult ESL Tutor:
Minnesota Literacy Council needs volunteers to tutor adult immigrants or refugees learning English. Meet people from around the world while helping them build literacy skills to thrive in the United States. Need enthusiastic individuals who want to tutor English in a classroom or in a one-to-one setting. No previous experience is necessary; training is provided. The only language requirement is the ability to read, write and speak English. Flexible morning, afternoon and evening opportunities are available throughout the metro. The time commitment ranges from one to three hours per week.
Help out the Walk-In Counseling Center in Minneapolis with various administrative tasks in their office. Tasks include: mailings, copying, filing, creating packets, data entry, answering phones and more. Flexible scheduling, typically shifts of one to three hours.
Hammer Residences seeks volunteers to take residents shopping. May need to be able to push a wheelchair around a mall. Also, opportunities for volunteers able to assist with transfer from wheelchair into a car. Flexible scheduling.
For more information, check out their website, or contact HandsOn Twin Cities at 612-379-4900