homeless

Meal Service Volunteers provide lunch for approximately 70 youth in our Drop-In Center on any Wednesday or Thursday. This opportunity is perfect for groups of 3-5 people.

Volunteers are expected to purchase groceries for the meal, as well as prepare and serve the meal. The average cost of groceries for the meal is $250.

Typical Schedule:
• 10:30-10:45am: Arrival and kitchen orientation
• 10:45-12:00pm: Meal preparation
• 12:00-12:30pm: Serving meal and eating with the youth

Location: 41 North 12th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ages: 21+
Date(s): ongoing
Time(s): 10:30am-12:30pm
Contact: song@youthlinkmn.org
Website: http://youthlinkmn.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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We are looking for passionate community members to host donation drives to support YouthLink and the youth we work with. We serve youth ages 16-24.

Donation Drives

  • Winter drive: coats, mittens and gloves, scarves (new or gently used)
  • Clothing drive: men’s and women’s (new or gently used). Bras, socks, and underwear (new only)
  • Hygiene drive: deodorants, tampons, chap sticks, soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving care products (razors and shaving gel)
  • Baby items: clothing (new or gently used), diapers, wipes, baby formula
  • For specific information on what is currently needed, go to http://www.youthlinkmn.org/get-involved/donate-items/

Location: 41 N 12th Street
Ages: The minimum age to volunteer during the week is 21 and over the weekend (Saturday volunteering) is 14 and accompanied by an adult.
Date(s): on going
Time(s): on going
Contact: KaMia Watson, watson@youthlinkmn.org, 612-252-1206
Website: http://www.youthlinkmn.org
Time Commitment: as long as the donation drive lasts

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The Suburban Host Home Program uses a successful, cost effective housing model to provide homeless youth with safe, stable and supportive suburban host homes where youth can sincerely focus on improving their lives. It’s estimated that 2,500 youth between the ages of 12 and 21 are homeless each night in the state of Minnesota including 100-150 from the western suburbs of Hennepin County alone. Barriers to school attendance, employment and community connectedness become increasingly difficult to navigate, leaving youth physically and emotionally exhausted; and since there are no shelter beds for youth in southern or western suburban communities, they must travel into urban Minneapolis for services, an additional stressor. Volunteer hosts offer a spare bedroom to a homeless youth and provide food and compassion during the 6-18 months the youth stays with them. Youth need financial assistance with small items like bus cards, work clothes, haircuts and school supplies, in addition to the costs of intensive training and ongoing support for volunteer hosts. Youth are matched with hosts in their geographic area, and we do not currently have any hosts in the Wayzata area.

Location: Suburban Hennepin County
Ages: 25 or older, no upper age limit
Date(s): Any
Time(s): Any
Contact: jenny@avenuesforyouth.org
Website: http://www.suburbanhosthome.org
Time Commitment: Ongoing

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