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 can teach important lessons. We have collected several different opportunities for adults in the Twin Cities to volunteer alongside their kids.
November 2nd & 15th
Program: Home for Good | with United Way, locations in Minneapolis & St Paul
Age requirement: 10+
Description: Families transitioning out of a shelter into permanent housing may not have even basic household necessities. Kids ages 10+ can join United Way partners in assembling kits to welcome families into a new home.
To find more volunteer opportunities within the United Way network, consider using their free volunteer match search tool
Program: Doing Good Together’s National Family Volunteer Day Service Fair | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis, 5-7:30
Age requirement: All ages!
Description: 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.
Ongoing throughout November/YEAR
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.
Program: Habitat for Humanity
Age requirement: All ages!
Description: 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
Description: 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.
End of November-December
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!
More volunteering with kids ideas can be found here.