Families

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.

Program Youth Facilitator:
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: Varies
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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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.

Prayer Team:
Work with TreeHouse staff to form a prayer network for specific requests from and for the teens.

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

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Join our team by becoming a Crisis Line/Shelter Assistant! Answer calls that come into our shelter through our 24 hour Crisis Line. Provide information, crisis intervention, listening support and referral of resources to callers. Other duties include: clerical support, kitchen help, and support for residents and advocates with the daily routine. 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Good phone and communication skills
  • Background check and training is required for this role

sojourner 2017

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  Women 18+
Time Commitment: Weekly or Bi-Weekly shift with commitment for at least 6 months
Contact: info@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4062

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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

sojourner 2017

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  16+
Time Commitment: Weekly 2 hour shifts during the evenings with commitment of at least 6 months
Contact: info@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4062

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We have many upcoming volunteer opportunities available, search here often: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index

Volunteer shifts are typically 2 hours. Open dates will list if morning or afternoon times are available.

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver.
  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes in the warehouse.
  • If you show any signs of cold, flu or sickness please abstain from repackaging food.
  • No one under the age of 12 can volunteer in the warehouse.
  • Groups consisting of youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by chaperones. We require 1 adult for every 10 youth.

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Dan Johnson – djohnson@thefoodgroupmn.org or 763-450-3889
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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Last year, over 600 kids, teens and adults were able to face the Minnesota winter safely thanks to donations of warm winter gear. Donated items are provided free of charge to families in need of warm clothes. Please clean out your closets and invite your friends to do the same. Donate gently used coats, parkas, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and boots! 

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N
Ages: All
Date(s): Deliver Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm
Time(s): Varies
Contact: lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: http://www.iocp.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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Help gather and load up donations from local retailers to be transported back to the food shelf. Heavy lifting required. Can be done as a family.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Any age
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Weekday mornings, Saturday mornings and some Wednesday evenings
Contact: lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: http://www.iocp.org
Time Commitment: 8 or more hours/month

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We do monthly birthday parties at the Passage Community. Our parties are on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8. Volunteers help set up, clean up, and most importantly have fun with the kids and families. All supplies are provided. You have the option of purchasing a birthday gift for a specific child–a great way to get your younger kids involved. We are the local chapter of the national organization The Birthday Party Project.

To sign up you must go to the website…www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org, fill out a background check, and then you can request to sign up for the dates for the MPLS parties.

Location: The Passage Community; 17 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: 5+
Date(s): the 3rd Thursday of each month
Time(s): 6-8pm
Contact: abkieffer@aol.com
Website: http://thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours each time—can sign up for one or many!

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We do monthly birthday parties at People Serving People (the largest family shelter in the Twin Cities). Our parties are on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6-8. Volunteers help set up, clean up, and most importantly have fun with the kids and families. All supplies are provided. You have the option of purchasing a birthday gift for a specific child–a great way to get your younger kids involved. We are the local chapter of the national organization The Birthday Party Project.

To sign up you must go to the website…www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org, fill out a background check, and then you can request to sign up for the dates for the MPLS parties.

Location: People Serving People …614 South 3rd Street MPLS
Ages: volunteers must be at least 12 years old
Date(s): the 3rd Friday night of each month
Time(s): 6-8pm
Contact: abkieffer@aol.com
Website: http://thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours each time—can sign up for one or many!

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We have over 200 mobile homes in this park, and just recently opened a new community center for our residents.  The new community center has a computer lab, exercise room, game room and meeting areas.  They are looking for volunteers:

  • Homework Help / Tutors – Teachers and volunteers are needed to assist students with homework and/or tutor them in their schoolwork
  • Hope Center Hosts – The Hope Center is a 3500 sf community center with a variety of activities, most of which are run by volunteers.  In order for the building to be open, at least three hosts are needed to check families in, be available for questions, and oversee activities.
  • Mentoring – Having an caring adult from outside of the family walk alongside a young person is one proven key to success!
  • ESL (ELL) Teachers – There are many cultures represented in mobile home communities.  Teaching English helps those newer to the United States to apply for jobs, get ahead, and become more a part of the world around them.
  • Computer Skills Training – When our new community center opens up in the spring, we will have need for volunteers who enjoy teaching computer skills in our new computer lab.
  • Lead a Group – Do you lead a Cub Scout pack?  How about a community sports league?  Like art or theater?  The young people of Maple Hill would be interested in getting involved with these types of activities and leadership is needed to make that a reality.
  • Create a program!  We know that there are a lot of creative ways that volunteers have come up with to help support the families of Maple Hill Estates.  You might have a great idea for something that could be started.  If so, contact us and let’s see if it can happen!
  • Hospitality/ Serve Meals:  Through out the year there are a number of programs that youth and adults gather around a table to share a meal.  We need help shopping, preparing food and serving.  The dates and times vary. 
  • Light Maintenance/Cleaning:   The Hope Center a busy place and sometimes things break or some extra cleaning is needed.   Hours are flexible.

Summer 2017 – Hope Center Hours:
Monday-Friday 8-9:30 am
Tuesday 1-2:30 pm
Monday/Thursday 7-8:30 pm

Community Meals selected Tuesday’s 6-7 pm

Location: 7800 Maple Hill Road B38, Corcoran, MN 55340 (corner of HWY 101 and Bass Lake Road)
Ages: 12 or older, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Tuesday/Thursday 2-4PM and Monday-Friday 7-9PM
Contact: Jill Dejewski: 763-416-0945 or jill@mobilehopemn.org
Website: www.mobilehopemn.org

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