Children and Teens

TreeHouse, Inc. is a Christian-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring hope to hurting youth and families, leading to life transformation. TreeHouse provides a safe place for at-risk youth who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school or in their communities to strive and grow by combining long-term caring relationships with year-round balanced programs.

We currently have 8 locations where we serve teens from the surrounding communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, St. Louis Park. We also need volunteers at our main office in Edina.

Gather a group of friends and create care packages for our teens and their families to enjoy during various times of the year. Specific needs include:

*Christmas Baskets. Create Christmas dinner baskets for our teens’ families.  Include ham, green bean casserole ingredients, sweet potatoes, jiffy corn bread, rolls, apple pie, Stove Top Stuffing, Hungry Jack Mashed Potatoes, Mac and Cheese, Poinsettia, a candle, Christmas napkins, plates, table cloth

*Christmas Gifts.  Each TreeHouse throws a Christmas party for our teens each year.  Purchasing gifts for teens ages 12-18 , donating gift cards, contributing cash (to be used for the staff to purchase gifts and prizes) or making a donation for this event goes a long way for our teens who often do not receive gifts at Christmas due to financial strains on their families.

Location: Peace Lutheran Church – 3695 Cty. Rd. 101 N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Ages: All
Date(s): N/A
Time(s): N/A
Contact: volunteer@treehouseyouth.org or 952-238-1010
Website: http://www.treehouseyouth.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the Reading Tent
Read to a child at the reading tent and give away free books in the community.
Ages 14 and older can help. Dates are:
*June 12 & 19, July 10 & 31, August 14 & 28 from 10:30-11:30am
*June 28, July 26, August 23 from 4:30-5:30pm.

Volunteer at the Sprouts Community Garden
Help tend to the plots at the community garden in Maple Plain or donate gardening items. We need help weeding, mulching, harvesting produce.
Ages 14 and older can help.
Times vary based on volunteer availability. 

SCHOOL YEAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer to Help Students in the SPARKS Program
Volunteers work with elementary and middle school students with a focus on reading, relationships and encouragement for completing homework. The program meets twice a week after school at two area churches.
Must be 15 years and older to help
*Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
*Tuesday & Thursday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
More Information

Volunteer to Mentor High School Students
Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono high school students. The program focuses on motivating students to improve their performance, especially in the areas of attendance, attitude, GPA and participation.
*Once a month on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:45-1:00 with optional second meeting per month arranged with mentors.

Volunteer to Help Students in the STARS Program
Volunteers support teachers who are providing elementary students with extra academic support from 8-9am in the morning focusing on Math and/or reading.

 

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor a Meal for our Mentoring Programs
Sponsor a meal for one of our mentoring programs that serves Orono students.

Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities
Allow a student interested in your profession to shadow you for a day to learn about your career.

 

Location: Orono Community Education, 705 Old Crystal Bay Road North, Long Lake, MN 55356
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us
Website: http://www.Orono.k12.mn.us/ce/adult-programs/orono-sparks
Time Commitment: Varies

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Greater Minneapolis Community Connections true strength is in our ability to mobilize caring people to make a difference.

GMCC serves mothers, fathers, kids and elders in the Twin Cities area and throughout greater Minnesota. Our core mission is uniting people of faith, serving people in need. We strive to prevent hunger, provide a positive foundation for youth, maximize the self-reliance of seniors, encourage cultural diversity and pursue the end of poverty.

We can help match you with the perfect volunteer experience.

Service Area:
*Hunger Relief
*Youth Mentoring
*Poverty Education
*Senior Services

Location: 1100 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Ages: Individuals/Groups over age 16
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: Megan Young at myoung@gmcc.org or 612-276-1548
Website: http://gmcc.org
Time Commitment: varies

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As a volunteer at Children’ Hospital Minnesota, you’ll get to be part of the team that is privileged to care for the most amazing people on earth. From reading books to patients and their siblings to helping out at a fundraiser, you’ll provide crucial support to our patients, families and staff.

How you can help?

We offer long and short-term volunteer opportunities where you can put your skills and passions to work while contributing to our critical mission. Learn about volunteering at Children’s:

Location: 2525 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: 16+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: volunteerservices@childrensmn.org or 612-813-6200.
Website: https://www.childrensmn.org/support-childrens/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Commit to one three-hour shift per week for one semester/4 months

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Support your library’s daily operations, programs and services.

FOR ADULTS (ages 20+)…

How to apply:
*Check out the current volunteer opportunities.
*Complete a volunteer application.
*View the online orientation.
*Schedule an interview.  

Web usability sessions
Volunteers needed to participate in usability sessions to help improve the library website.

FOR TEENS (ages 12-19)…

How to apply:
*Check with your local Hennepin County library about volunteer opportunities for teens.
*If there are volunteer openings, complete the teen volunteer application (PDF) and bring it to the library.
*A library staff member will contact you. 

Omnitheater Tickets
Library volunteers who have worked hours can receive up to two free tickets to the Omnitheater at the Science Museum as well as free admission to the museum.

Location: Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Ages: 12+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: 612-543-8633
Website: https://www.hclib.org/about/support
Time Commitment: varies

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TreeHouse, Inc. is a Christian-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring hope to hurting youth and families, leading to life transformation. TreeHouse provides a safe place for at-risk youth who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school or in their communities to strive and grow by combining long-term caring relationships with year-round balanced programs.

We currently have 8 locations where we serve teens from the surrounding communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, St. Louis Park. We also need volunteers at our main office in Edina.

Support Group Program Volunteer:
Invest directly in the lives of teens facing life’s challenges during Support Group programs. Teens benefit from hearing from other teens facing similar trials and receive support and encouragement from their peers and small group leaders.

Location: Peace Lutheran Church – 3695 Cty. Rd. 101 N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Ages: 18+
Date(s): Tuesdays
Time(s): 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Contact: volunteer@treehouseyouth.org or 952-238-1010
Website: http://www.treehouseyouth.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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Make a difference and work directly with children in our program! Help our advocates with our children’s program in both the shelter and our community program. We are looking for positive role models to assist children with homework, reading, arts and crafts and playtime.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must like children, good communication skills and willing to take direction
  • Background check and training is required for this role

Current Wish List

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  16+
Time Commitment: Every other week
Contact: info@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4062

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The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night (learn more about how kettle donations become help for those in need).

We need thousands of volunteer bell ringers this Christmas season. You can help when you sign up online for a bell ringing shift. You’ll receive a confirmation email with your selected shifts to confirm that your registration was received. To sign up by phone, or for any questions, please call our Twin Cities bell ringing hotline at 651-746-3519.

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3519
Website: http://salvationarmynorth.org/volunteer/bellringing/
Time Commitment: Varies

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The holiday season is upon us!  For many families we serve, this time of the year can be especially difficult.  We are fortunate to be able to provide a Holiday Boutique every year.  This could not happen without the support of generous donors. Our board room is transformed into a winter wonderland and new toys and gifts are displayed.  Our clients who need additional support over the holidays, are able to walk through and select items for their children.  This process allows clients to pick gifts with dignity and builds anticipation for the holidays!  Clients get to select items they would like to give to their children, wrap them and then get to see the joy on their children’s faces when given! Thank you for your support and making the holiday’s brighter for many families!

Current Wish List

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  All
Drop off before: December 13th
Contact: info@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4062

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Give a Gift to a Family in Need

The Holiday Helper Program supports families who access the Nursery’s services during the winter giving season. When you donate items from our Holiday Wish List you are putting smiles on the faces of local families who may not otherwise be able to celebrate the season. 

Current Wish List

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S
Ages: All ages
Date(s): November 20-December 18
Time(s): Gifts may be delivered Monday – Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday – Sunday 10AM-3PM
Contact: kjohnson@crisisnursery.org
Website: http://www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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