Giving Back: 10 Places in the Twin Cities to Volunteer with Kids


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While Family Fun Twin Cities is not a website focused on family volunteering, we like to feature family volunteer opportunities in November because we believe giving back with your family can be a lot of fun and teach important lessons. We have collected ten different opportunities your family can participate together in doing.

Other ideas can be found here.


Mall of AmeriaOctober 31-November 4, 2016

• Candy for Troops/Books for Kids @ Fairview Clinics throughout the metro • Even the littlest goblins can bring Halloween candy into a clinic this week to donate to the military troops overseas.  For your donation, you will receive a new book and bless our service men and women who would love a little taste of home.


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This month, we are thrilled to partner with  kiddywampus as our monthly sponsor.

In the month of November, Amy Saldahna and her staff,  work with the Ronald McDonald House in the Twin Cities. Just another way to support our community.


November 10, 2016

• Home for Good @ The Food Group, 8501 54th Ave. NNew Hope 11/10/2016 — 9-11:30 am, 1:30-4 pm • Everyone needs a place to call home. But for families transitioning out of a shelter into permanent housing, that home may not have even basic household necessities. Kids ages 10 & older can join United Way community partners to assemble kits for families that need them most. This program also takes place @ The Labor Center, 353 W. 7th St., St. Paul– 11/17/16, 9-11:30 am, 1:30-4 pm.


• More Family Activities in the Month of November • November Guide • Early Holiday Events • 


Mall of AmericaNovember 17-18, 2016

• Smash to the Max @ Anchor Paper, 480 Broadway St.,  St. Paul–11/17/16, 7 am-7 pm • Pay $20 for five glorious minutes of SMASHING fun!  All the funds raised will be donated to Spare Key.  “Spare Key provides assistance to families in crisis with critically ill or seriously injured children through housing grant payment assistance, engaged resource referral and advocacy.”  All ages are welcome to participate.

• Doing Good Together’s National Family Volunteer Day Service Fair @ Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis – 11/18/16, 5-7:30 • Get to know different organizations and non-profits around the metro all in one place.  Every project you work on stays put and is used by the groups who set up the projects.  Have fun making things for babies, for animals, for the homeless, etc.  You will be blessed by simply participating.

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Our Feed My Starving Children Crew

Ongoing throughout November/YEAR

• Feed My Starving Children, Chanhassen, Coon Rapids, Eagan • Food packers are needed six days a week throughout the year and are vital to this global outreach ministry.  Kids ages five and older are able to help scoop ingredients, measure and weight food packs, and seal. The atmosphere is encouraging and uplifting and FUN!

• Habitat for Humanity  Cookie bakers provide freshly baked treats for the construction volunteers at each site. This is an on-call opportunity with minimal commitment.  Sign up on their email list, and they will let you know when a project is in need of encouragement.  Then, at home, kids can help make a batch of cookies and deliver 2-4 dozen to their office.

• Mano a Mano, St. Paul • Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, families and groups to re-package medical supplies to be distributed to those in need in Bolivia.

• Meals on Wheels, throughout the Metro • Meals on Wheels benefits seniors and disabled individuals by serving fresh, nutritious meals to them in their home. This helps many of these people be able to stay at home instead of moving into a nursing home. Here are some great ways kids can help volunteer:  decorate lunch bags, create no-sew fleece blankets, assemble “We Care” packages, deliver meals with an adult, decorate oven mitts for delivery drivers, and create greeting or birthday cards.

• Second Harvest Heartland, Golden Valley & Maplewood • The concept is very similar to that of Feed My Starving Children. To volunteer at the GV site, kids must be at least 8 years; at the Maplewood site, they must be 12.

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End of November-December

• Salvation Army bell ringers, various Twin Cities locations • Bring a small group, a big group, or any group and get ready to entertain and encourage others to give to the Salvation Army Red Kettles for a couple of hours.  It is a true fact that the red kettles collect more when someone is there.  Read a story, sing a Christmas carol, cheer for every penny.  Have fun and make donating an experience!


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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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