Now through July 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 through 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 25th

Blair's Tree Of Hope The mission is to help the families of children who have been hospitalized with a life threatening illness due to pediatric Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant or Blood Disorder.  You can help by attending the 5th annual Interpretations of Hope event.  There are games, music, dancing, food and lots of laughter.  You can try out local wines and beer at our taste testing and enjoy a cash bar.  There is a silent auction with a wide variety of items.  All proceeds go to Helping Other People Everyday. Find out more at BlairsTreeOfHope.org.

Tuesday, March 28th

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre Over 50,000 people are expected to attend The 43rd MayDay Parade in Minneapolis this Spring. Individual donations insure this free event is accessible to the community each year. You can help, go to the Here Comes the Sun Fundraiser at 7 pm, March 28th at 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis for a night of live music, tasty food, puppets and art making. Get your $25 tickets at HOBT.org.  

Friday, March 31st.

Comedy for a Cause Minnesota natives Samm & Angie Platt have been living in Thailand working to put an end to human trafficking. You can help their fight by joining them for Comic Kerri Pomarolli, who had shared the stage with Jim Carey & Jay Leno. Comedy for a Cause is March 31st at The Crossing in Elk River. For tickets & more information, visit AndGodSaidGo.com.

Saturday, April 1st

The Minnesota Brian Injury Alliance Nearly two million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries.  To raise awareness, Minnesotans are telling their story through the Unmasking Brain Injury in Minnesota Art Exhibit a unique, one of a kind, educational art exhibit.  Join special guest speakers, former NHL defenseman Jordan Leopold and Tim Blotz, Fox 9 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m on Saturday, April 1st at Earle Brown Heritage Center.  You will to experience the faces and emotions of brain injury behind the masks and see the award winning documentary “Unmasking.”   For further information, visit BrainInjuryMN.org or call 612-378-2742. 

Saturday, April 8th

Camp Odayin Camp Odayin provides fun, medically-supervised camp experiences for young people with heart disease. Why? Camp is good medicine! Join them on Saturday, April 8th at the Loews Hotel in Minneapolis for the 17th Annual Have a Heart Benefit: MN/WI Border Bash.  Enjoy a beer tasting, Midwest-fare buffet, camper game show, silent auction and dancing to the best of the '80s with party band Brat Pack Radio. For event tickets and to learn more about them at CampOdayin.org.

Backyard Wishes The goal of the Don't Worry Be Hoppy 5K & Kids Fun Run is to promote activity in all communities, and help school age kids.  Part of the proceeds goes to Backyard Wishes in Waconia so they can help families with school age kids in need, with note books, lunches, and extracurricular activities that their parents could normally not afford. You can help by signing up for The Don't Worry Be Hoppy 5K at the Waconia Brewing Company on April 8th. So come out and join us April 8th for this 3rd annual event! For more information on the event go to SoleMotionRace.com or call Doug Krohn @ 952-797-6412. To learn more about Backyard Wishes, go to BackYardWishes.

Saturday, April 8th 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.

Thursday, April 13th

Learning Lab for Eldercare Technologies Augustana Care created the Learning Lab for Eldercare Technologies to help older adults use technology so they can stay in their homes and reduce stress for caregivers. An opening celebration for health care professionals only will be held Thursday, April 13th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Learning Lab.  Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center, 1015 4th Avenue North in Minneapolis. To learn more, call 612-843-6790.

Friday, April 21st

Casting 4 Cures At the annual spring event on April 21st at Excelsior Brewery, you’ll enjoy music from Sun Dragons and have fun for a great cause. Casting 4 Cures is a 100% volunteer based organization and all proceeds from the event goes to St Jude Children's Hospital. For more info, to donate, or to register for the online auction launching mid April, find them on Facebook or go to Casting4Cures.com

Wednesday, April 26th to Saturday, April 29th

The Autism Society of Minnesota Plan to attend AuSM's 21st Annual Minnesota Autism Conference where you will learn from keynote speakers, cutting-edge break out session topics, colleagues, parents, therapists, educators, professionals and individuals on the spectrum. Get all of the latest information on autism, all in one place. Keynote speakers will include autism icon Temple Grandin, PhD; Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes; Kerry Magro, autism advocate; and Chris Ulmer, special education teacher and motivational speaker. The 22nd Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is April 26th-29th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place.

Thursday, April 27th

Free Arts Minnesota Free Arts Minnesota brings arts programming and caring adult mentorship to young people in challenging circumstances across the Twin Cities Metro Area. You can support this work by attending ARTGAZE 2017, a gala fundraiser complete with live art and performances. ARTGAZE April 27th at the Nicollet Island Pavilion. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FreeArtsMinnesot.org/ArtGaze.

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 visit AnokaCounty.us. 

American Heart Association Walk with the American Heart Association towards a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke on Saturday, April 29th at the Twin Cities Heart Walk. The goal is simple:  Improve your health, one step at a time, while raising funds to prevent, treat and defeat the Nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke. Funds raised support research, public health advocacy and trainings. Register at TwinCitiesHeartWalk.org

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. 

Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Today, thanks, in part, to 22 years of WineFest, next-generation geniuses are developing revolutionary medical advances. You can help them continue their work, join them May 12th and 13th for WineFest No. 22, A Toast to Children’s Health.  You will enjoy unparalleled wines, delectable gourmet fare, intriguing auction items, and memorable entertainment, all while helping more children survive and thrive around the world.  To learn more and purchase tickets, visit TheWineFest.org.  

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.

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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 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.