Saturday, February 4th through March 4th 

Special Olympics Minnesota
The first Polar Plunge (formerly Polar Bear Plunge) took place at Como Lake in St. Paul. Since then, the Plunge has expanded to now 22 locations across Minnesota, growing exponentially more successful each year. Polar Plunge events are organized by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR), the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. Get details at PlungeMN.org
 

  • MAPLE GROVE, Saturday, February 4th 
  • DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS, Thursday, February 9th 
  • WOODBURY, Saturday, February 11th  
  • PRIOR LAKE, Saturday, February 18th 
  • ANOKA COUNTY, Saturday, February 25th 
  • SOUTH METRO, Saturday, February 25th 
  • MINNEAPOLIS COOL SCHOOL, Friday, March 3rd 
  • MINNEAPOLIS CORPORATE HOUR, Friday, March 3rd 
  • MINNEAPOLIS EXECUTIVE CHALLENGE, Friday, March 3rd 
  • MINNEAPOLIS , Saturday, March 4th 
  • MINNEAPOLIS 5K, Saturday, March 4th 
  • FREEZER JAM, Saturday, March 4th
  • EDEN PRAIRIE, Saturday, March 11th  

Friday February 3rd and Saturday February 4th 

The Minnesota Dental Association  
If you know a child who needs dental care but the family is unable to provide for that care, help is available. The Minnesota Dental Association and volunteer dental professionals are offering free dental care to children in need on February 3rd and 4th. Advance appointments are needed.  To find a clinic with open appointments, call United Way 211 (just dial 2-1-1) or go to mndental.org.

Saturday, February 4th

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Hundreds will climb up to take down cancer at Capella Tower on World Cancer Day.  The 8th annual Big Climb MPLS  on  Saturday, February 4th, is the tallest, indoor, chip-timed, vertical challenge in the Midwest. Individuals and teams climb 53 or 105 floors of Capella Tower in Minneapolis. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Minnesota Chapter. At the finish climbers are offered an Ike’s Bloody Mary Bar with Jack Link’s jerky, tailgate games, a DJ dance party, massage therapists and stretching.  Register online BigClimbMPLS.org. Registration fee is $40 per person plus a $75 fundraising minimum. You will get a Big Climb MPLS T-shirt, timing chip, snacks, refreshments andphoto opportunities from the top of Capella Tower.

Chuck's Warrior
The goal is to help Charles and his family with the financial burdens associated with his recent ALS diagnosis. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately respiratory failure. Charles lives in Coon Rapids with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Makayla (9), and Zachary (6). On Saturday, February 4th from 5 to 9 PM you are invitred to a Spaghetti Dinner at the Coon Rapids American Legion, 11640 Crooked Lake Blvd. There will be food, a silent auction, music, and a raffle. For more information contact Chuckswarriors8@gmail.com.

Monday, February 6th  

The Hennepin County Work and Economic Resource Center 
An upcoming Job Fair and Employer Panel will connect job-seekers to over 40 employers on Monday, February 6th, at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis. The event will include opportunities to learn the secrets to career fair success, one-to-one job search assistance, and free refreshments and lunch. Job-seekers do not need to register for this free event. All are welcome. Find a daily schedule, list of employers and more information at Hennepin.us/EmploymentServices.

Saturday, February 11th

Cupid’s Undie Run
Cupid’s Undie Run, the flagship event for the non-profit Cupid Charities, is a fundraising party with a ‘brief ’run! 100% of proceeds go directly to the Children’s Tumor Foundation to find a cure for Neurofibromatosis. Since 2010, Cupid's movement has raised over $14 million for CTF. This year’s run is Saturday, February 11th at noon at The Pour House.  Donate or register to join the run and prepare to party for a cause in your undies! For more information check out CupidsUndieRun.com

Sunday, February 12th

Project ASTRIDE
Project ASTRIDE is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides therapeutic and recreational horse activities for individuals with cognitive or physical challenges.  Please help support Project ASTRIDE by attending a benefit breakfast and silent auction on Sunday February 12th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Moose Family Center, 1300 3rd St. North, Waite Park.  Great food for all, adults $8.00, 10 and under $5.00, 2 & under free.  

SoWashCo CARES
Just one dress = food for one child for one month. Purchase a prom or daddy daughter dance dress at Fairytale Fashion for Food and ALL proceeds go to local hunger relief. South Washington County Community Education and SoWashCo CARES will host this fashion show and formal dress shop and swap on Sunday, February 12th at Woodbury High School. New and gently used formal dress donations are now being collected. Sign up and donate at CECool.com.

Saturday, February 25th

Wishes & More  
Get ready for an evening of glamour, glitz, and giddy up in downtown Minneapolis! It’s time to gussy up for the star-studded 2017 Wishes & More Winter Ball – “Sparkles & Spurs”! This special event is critical to help Wishes & More’s success in supporting courageous families.  Sparkles & Spurs is Saturday, February 25th at Marriott City Center, 30 South Seventh St., Minneapolis.  Learn more at WishesAndMore.org.  Get General Tickets for $200 or VIP Tickets for $250 here or call 763-502-1500.
 

Friday, March 3rd to April 7th

Holy Family Maronite Church
For an ethnic twist on the usual fish fry, try Lebanese dinners served every Friday during Lent at Holy Family Maronite Church in Mendota Heights. For $10, enjoy two pieces of baked or fried fish, and unlimited side dishes, including green beans in tomato sauce over rice, fried cabbage, Lebanese salad, flat bread and garlic sauce. Also included are homemade cakes and other desserts, coffee and milk. The church social hall is at 1960 Lexington Ave. S. from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday from March 3rd to April 7th.  All proceeds go to the church. For more information, call 651-291-1116 or go to HolyFamilyMaroniteChurch.org

Saturday, March 4th 

The Emily Program Foundation  
The mission is to save lives, change minds, and work to eliminate eating disorders. You can help advance that mission by joining The Emily Program Foundation for the unmaskED Gala on Saturday, March 4th, at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Golden Valley. Join them for an evening of entertainment and awareness to “unmask” the stigma and shame surrounding eating disorders. Proceeds will support the Foundation’s education, outreach, advocacy, and service programs in schools and communities. Sign up or donate at EmilyProgramFoundation.org.

Sunday, March 5th 

The Autism Society of Minnesota
Register today for the Steps of Hope for Autism at Southdale Center in Edina, Sunday March 5th! Plan now to gather your team of autism heroes, raise money for the Minnesota autism community, gather information at the state’s largest autism resource fair, participate in the first annual AuSM Flash Dash, and have fun! The Autism Society of Minnesota exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and 100% of donations stay local to support AuSM's programs and services. For more information, to donate, or to register your team, please click here.

Saturday April 29th 

Anoka County 4-H
Anoka County 4-H hosts their 7th annual 4-H Clover Dash fundraiser on Saturday, April 29th at the Bunker Hills Activities Center in Andover. Join them for a 5K fun run/walk and a 2 mile walk.  Funds will support healthy living programs, community service projects and scholarships for youth.   For more information contact Kim Ferguson at 
763-767-2874 or fergu029@umn.edu or visit AnokaCounty.us.  

Saturday, May 6th

The Alzheimer’s Association
The annual Purple Gala is a time to celebrate and honor the lives of people impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Your evening includes a reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction, entertainment, and after party with a live band. Proceeds from the Gala raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  The gala is Saturday, May 6th 5:30 to 11:30 at The Depot in Minneapolis. More at ALZ.org. 

 

 

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The American Red Cross
Make a difference in your community and feel great doing it! The American Red Cross needs volunteers for blood drives in the Twin Cities to assist donors before and after the blood donation process. The Red Cross offers flexible scheduling and the opportunity to be part of a life-saving team. For more information, call (651) 291-3360 or e-mail allison.oja@redcross.org.
 
The Arc Greater Twin Cities
Donate a vehicle to Autos for Arc and you'll get a tax deduction and help fund The Arc Greater Twin Cities’ programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Drop off vehicles at Arc’s Value Village stores in Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield and St. Paul or call the toll-free Autos for Arc hotline, 1-877-778-7709 and they'll tow your vehicle for free. For details, visit AutosForArc.org.
 
Bethany Christian Services
Every child needs a loving family. Unfortunately, more than 144 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents. Bethany Christian Services believes a loving family is a simple, proven, lasting answer to a child’s needs.  That’s why they provide adoption and foster care services to support vulnerable children. If you would like to join Bethany and support children in crisis here and around the world, become an adoptive family. Learn how at Bethany.org or call 1-855-485-6691.

Institute for Trafficked, Exploited, and Missing Persons
Human trafficking… modern day slavery… exists in our world.  At any given time, 21 million people are disappeared into the underground worlds of forced labor and sexual slavery. The next victim could be your daughter, your son, your mother, or you.  We can’t let that happen.  Your Minneapolis-based “Institute for Trafficked, Exploited, and Missing Persons” works here and abroad to prevent, rescue, and recover victims of human trafficking.  ITEMP needs your help.  Learn more at ITEMP.org.
 
Minnesota Children’s Museum
There are a variety of ways for you to get involved and volunteer at Minnesota Children's Museum in downtown St. Paul! Whether you'd prefer to lead art activities in the classroom, play in the galleries or assist behind the scenes in the office, there's a great opportunity for you to spark children’s learning through play. To learn more, contact the Volunteer Services office at (651) 225-6046 or by email at volunteers@mcm.org. To apply, please visit mcm.org.
 
Minnesota Keystone
Since 1976, Minnesota Keystone has recognized companies that a give a percentage of their pre-tax earnings back to the community. Minnesota Keystone:  Building Communities through Two and Five Percent Giving.  For more information, visit MinnesotaKeystone.org.  
 
Nature's Edge Therapy Center
If you have a child with autism, Nature's Edge Therapy Center in Rice Lake, Wisconsin provides real life changing results for children with autism and their families.  They offer a unique opportunity, implementing intensive therapy through a one-week onsite visit, opening a new world of communication and everyday life skills, treating children with autism, and bringing hope to families.  Visit NaturesEdgeTherapyCenter.org or call 715.859.6670.
 
 
Reading Rocks
When learners of all ages meet their Reading Rocks goals, they get prizes. This helps students develop a greater appreciation for reading, improves their literacy and reading skills and helps them improve in school. Learn more at ReadingRocksMN.com.
 
STEP-UP Minneapolis
Here’s your chance to increase your company’s productivity, energy and diversity! Hire a young person through the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP jobs program, which serves youth ages 14-21 who face the greatest barriers to employment. Over 16,000 interns and hundreds of employers have participated since 2004. Help prepare tomorrow’s workforce today! Learn more, visit AchieveMPLS.org.
 
Walk-In Counseling Center
Many people face emotional challenges and need mental health services but, even with healthcare reform, services are not always accessible. Walk-In Counseling Center has provided free, no-appointment-needed mental health counseling services in south Minneapolis since 1969.  Now, these services are available at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Find Minneapolis locations, hours and more at WalkIn.org.

Youth For Understanding

High school students, change your life, change your world - study abroad with Youth For Understanding. Travel to another country, immerse yourself in a different culture, and become fluent in another language for a summer, semester or year-long. Withcultural exchange programs to destinations around the world, you'll havethe chance for a learning adventure of a lifetime. To learn more about Youth For Understanding’s study abroad programs visit YFU-USA.org or call 1.800.TEENAGE.
 
YouthLink
At YouthLink, young people are offered a warm meal, a smile, and access to services for their basic needs. But they can't do any of this without your support.
Learn more at YouthLinkMN.orgThere are three ways you can help.
 
  • Make a financial donation and you'll help them continue providing young people with a safe place to access vital resources.
  • Volunteer on your own or in a group and you'll make an impact in the life of a young person.
  • Host a donation drive - the holidays are a perfect time to host a donation drive for high-need basics, like new socks and underwear, giving dignity to young people as they enter the new year.  
 
More Volunteer Opportunities
 
Among large cities, the Twin Cities are #1 in volunteering. Keep up the good work.
 
Volunteer Match.  To find volunteer opportunities, go to VolunteerMatch.org and enter your location and zip code.
 
Goodwill/Easter Seals needs male volunteers in the Twin Cities to become mentors. This is your chance to help someone succeed. You'll work with people from diverse backgrounds, provide a listening ear and offer constructive feedback and support. You only need to commit four hours a month. For more information, visit
GoodWillEasterSeals.org or call Marlana at 651-379-5867.
 
Greater Twin Cities United Way addresses our community’s most critical issues in three key areas: Basic Needs, Education and Health. United Way attacks poverty on multiple, interconnected fronts to create solutions and to LIVE UNITED. They encourage you to Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Visit UnitedWayTwinCities.org for more information.
 
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Twin Cities Caring Connection makes it easy to get involved by matching you with projects in your community.  No matter your age or ability, you can volunteer on your own or with a group.   You are needed to donate your time, learn more, visit UnitedWayTwinCities.org/Caring Connection, send an email to CaringConnection@UnitedWayTwinCities.org or call 612-340-7440.  
 
No One Without Initiative
With nearly 105,000 foster care children in the United States eligible for adoption and waiting to know the love of a forever family, Bethany Christian Services is launching the No One Without Initiative. This aggressive program will seek to clear traditional intra-state adoption hurdles to match vulnerable children with loving families across the country. To join Bethany and the N.O.W. Initiative, or for more information, call 1-855-485-6691.
 
RSVP of the Greater Twin Cities: You are needed to be an Afterschool Tutoring Volunteer, especially if you're 55+. Fall sessions start in September throughout the Twin Cities. You can make a positive impact on the life of a child in as little as one afternoon a week as you work with youth of all ages on basic reading and math skills. After school programs keep kids safe, healthy, and on track for success. To get involved as an afterschool tutor, call Carolyn at 952-945-4161.
 
St. Croix Hospice
St. Croix Hospice provides the highest level of hospice care to patients and families experiencing life limiting illnesses. They need compassionate individuals to be Hospice Companion Volunteers throughout the metro. You'll have the opportunity to provide friendship, support and compassion to hospice patients through regular and meaningful visits. For more information, send an email to kyoung@stcroixhospice.com, call 651-735-3656 or go to StCroixHospice.com.