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

Girl volunteering at Feed My Starving Children

While Family Fun Twin Cities is not a website focused on family volunteering, we like to feature opportunities for volunteering with kids each November because we believe giving back with your family can be a lot of fun and can teach important lessons. We have collected several different opportunities for adults in the Twin Cities to volunteer alongside their kids.

Volunteer with Kids Through The United Way

The United Way has locations in Minneapolis & St Paul

Age requirement: Varies by opportunity
Description: The United Way’s mission is to bring people together to help our community reach its full potential.
Opportunities: Families can find volunteer opportunities like the Home for Good project where families with kids ages 10+ can helped assemble kits to welcome families transitioning out of a shelter into their  new homes.

To find more volunteer opportunities within the United Way network, consider using their free volunteer match search tool. Joy wrote about why she uses Volunteer Match several years ago. The reasons are still valid.

Volunteer With Doing Good Together

Doing Good Together (DGT) finds volunteer opportunities specifically geared toward families with children.

Age requirement: All ages!
Description:. We love DGT and their subscription program, The Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle. You can read why it is a great program for families here.
Opportunities: One of our favorite annual events is DGT’s National Family Volunteer Day Service Fair at Midtown Global Market. Families have a chance to sample different organizations and non-profits around the metro all in one place, but DGT offers volunteer fairs and opportunities year round.

The best way to stay up-to-date with DGT is to subscribe to their newsletter or join the membership circle.

Year Round Opportunities for Volunteering with Kids

Program: Feed My Starving Children | Chanhassen, Coon Rapids, Eagan
Age requirement: Ages 5+ with adults (very limited jobs for the youngest volunteers due to height issues)
Description: Food packers are needed six days a week throughout the year and are vital to this global outreach ministry. Kids are able to help scoop ingredients, measure and weight food packs, and seal. The atmosphere is encouraging and uplifting and FUN!

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

secondharvest - Volunteer with Kids

Program: Habitat for Humanity
Age requirement:
All ages!
Cookie bakers provide freshly baked treats for the construction volunteers at each site. 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.

Program: Mano a Mano, St Paul
Age requirement:
Sorting jobs are appropriate for kindergartners & up
Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals, families and groups to re-package and sort medical supplies to be distributed to those in need in Bolivia. Most of the work is easy enough for kids to join in on.

Program: Meals on Wheels
Age requirement: Kids can help their adults in a variety of ways, mainly in their own homes.
Description: Meals on Wheels helps seniors and the disabled by serving fresh, nutritious meals to them in their 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.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Program: Salvation Army bell ringers
Age requirement: All ages – kids especially!
Description: Bring a group of any size and get ready to entertain and encourage others to give to the Salvation Army. 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!

Salvation Army - Volunteer with Kids

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