Now to August 31st

Minnesota Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps  Over 2,000 literacy and math tutors needed throughout Minnesota for the 2017-2018 school year.  Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps are statewide, research-based initiatives to help every Minnesota student become a successful reader by the end of third grade or become proficient in math by the end of eighth grade.  If you are interested, visit readingandmath.net or call 866-859-2825.

Now to Sunday, May 21st

St. Catherine University The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents First Thought, Best Thought: Paintings by Greg Dickerson & Gregory Fitz, on view April 8th to May 21st. A public reception will be held on April 8th from 6–8 p.m. at the Gallery, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. There will also be a conversation with the artists and exhibit curator Carol Lee Chase on April 10th at 11 a.m. at the Gallery. For more information, visit StKate.edu/gallery or contact Ann Buchen at 651-690-6636.

Sunday, May 21st and Monday, May 22nd

Greg Jennings Foundation.  Join Greg Jennings and other professional athletes and celebrities at the 10th annual Golf Classic, May 21st & 22nd at Oak Ridge Country Club in Hopkins.  You’ll play an 18 hole scramble, get a golf gift bag and more.  Sign up and you’ll help The Greg Jennings Foundation make impactful, local grants to youth development programs so more kids will be equipped for greatness. Spots are very limited, so sign up today at GJenningsFound.org.

Saturday, June 3rd

Minnesota Zoo Since 1970, half of the world’s wildlife has been lost. You can help save wildlife by attending AZUL’s Wild Night gala. Funds raised will support the Minnesota Zoo’s local and international conservation efforts. Wild Night is Saturday, June 3rd in Minneapolis and features cocktails and animal encounters, a unique-to-the-zoo silent auction, DJ and dancing, and much more. Start making an impact for wildlife – locally and globally. For details, visit mnzoo.org/AZUL.

Sunday, June 4th

The Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder behind tremor and Parkinson’s disease. Join The Kurt B. Seydow Dystonia Foundation at their second annual “Kites2Kure” Dystonia event on Sunday, June 4th at Boom Island Park from noon to 3PM. The event is free and open to the public. All money raised goes towards Dystonia research with the University of Minnesota Neurology Department. Family-friendly activities including face painting, Natedogs, Blue Moo Ice Cream, and get your picture taken with Goldy the Gopher. For more information and to donate, head to KBSDystonia.org,

Monday, June 12th

Camp Odayin Medtronic presents the 16th annual Whole Heart Golf & Tennis Tournament on Monday, June 12th at the Dellwood Country Club. All proceeds support Camp Odayin’s life changing camp experiences for young people with heart disease. Register for a four person scramble with fun field events and contests plus tennis or simply enjoy dinner and live music. Throughout the day, golfers and tennis players will experience fun camp activities! Learn more at CampOdayin.org If you have questions, email info@campodayin.org or call 651.351.9185.

Saturday, June 24th

River Valley Riders Join River Valley Riders on June 24th  at Lake Elmo Park Reserve for an 8 mile horseback ride or 3 mile walk/wheel. Registration/breakfast 8:30-9:30 for Horseback Riders with a 10am start. Registration/breakfast 9:30-10:30 for Walkers and Wheelers with a 11am Start.  Bring your horse or walking shoes/wheelchair.  T-Shirts, door prizes, and lunch will be served about noon!  River Valley Riders provides therapeutic horseback riding and driving to people with special needs.  100% of the money raised will be used to expand these services.  For more info visit RiverValleyRiders.org or call 651-439-2558.

Monday, July 10th

Wishes & More  The 2017 Wishes & More Charity Golf Classic on July 10th, presented by van Wagenen Financial Services, is a terrific opportunity to enjoy a day on the links at the exclusive Stillwater Country Club. Here’s your chance to support the kids of Wishes & More and win team and individual prizes.  There will also be a live & silent auction and a raffle. Enjoy a great day of golf for a great cause! For tickets, 763-502-1500 or WishesAndMore.org.

Saturday July 15th

St. Jude The 7th Annual Minnesota Cruisin' Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, July 15th begins in White Bear Lake, with children's activities, a corn hole tournament and other FUNdraising opportunities all day! The goal is to raise awareness and money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital who leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family is ever asked to pay for medical treatment or other expenses while their child is at St. Jude. For more information, go to the event page at MNESA.com or on Facebook at Minnesota Cruisin' for St. Jude. 

Friday, August 11th - Sunday, August 13th

The University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center Chainbreaker is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism. Join them August 11th to the 13th, you can help raise funds for lifesaving cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and Masonic Children's Hospital. Join them and help chase down cancer by signing up to ride, donate, or volunteer at ChainBreakerRide.org.  

Saturday, September 23rd

Camp Odayin The Heart & Sole a 2.5k walk / 5k run is presented by Boston Scientific at Como Lake on Saturday, September 23rd. All proceeds support Camp Odayin’s life changing camp experiences for young people with heart disease. The tie dye themed event is complete with a tie dye station and kids activities. You’ll get a long sleeved event T-shirt. Day of registration also available, but t-shirts are only for those who register by September 8th. Learn more at CampOdayin.orgIf you have questions, email info@campodayin.org or call 651.351.9185.


on-going 

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 atBethany.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.  

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. 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 atWalkIn.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.orgor 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.org.  There 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 Male volunteers are needed to become mentors in the Twin Cities. 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 You can help address 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 InitiativeWith 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 CitiesYou 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 HospiceSt. 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 toStCroixHospice.com.