Ages 18+

There are several ways you can become a Cheerful Giver. Learn more about the different ways below. 

Hold A Birthday Bag Blast

A Birthday Bag Blast is a great activity at family gatherings and also supports your community. It makes a great birthday party activity for children or adults while making happiness happen for families in need. It can also be done in conjunction with your Thanksgiving celebration or any other holiday.

Many organizations hold a Birthday Bag Blast to provide a hands-on volunteer opportunity that impacts their community. Examples of those who successfully use this activity include Corporate teams, school groups, confirmation classes, boy and girl scout groups, neighborhood and women’s groups. 

Join The Birthday Club

For as little as $10 a month you can provide 12 less fortunate children with a birthday gift through the year. To join the Birthday Club, visit our Donate page

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Cheerful Givers will receive 5% on all of your purchases when you buy through Smile.Amazon.com

Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a Cheerful Givers Volunteer, please contact us! We can always use help with:

  • social networking & marketing (blog and newsletter support)
  • toy drives and fundraising
  • grant writing and fund raising


Wish List

Location: It depends on what type of volunteering you do.
Ages: All ages
Date(s):
Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: robin@cheerfulgivers.org or 612.562.4499
Website: http://www.cheerfulgivers.org
Time Commitment: It will vary.

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Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior bulb.

SEARCH FOR YOUR LOCAL BULB TREE

FIND a participating Be a Santa to a Senior location.
REMOVE bulb with senior’s gift request from the tree. 
PURCHASE the requested gift(s) listed on the bulb.
PLACE bulb and unwrapped gift(s) in the designated box.

Location: SEARCH FOR YOUR LOCAL BULB TREE
Ages: All Ages
Website

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We have several needs for individuals to help us out:

  • Direct resident support
  • AA/NA facilitators
  • Interpreters
  • Administrative Support
  • Educational or recreational workshops

Location: Plymouth
Ages: 18+ women only
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Varies
Contact: khitchcock@missionsinc.org or 763-559-1883
Website: https://www.missionsinc.org/support-us/volunteer
Time Commitment: Depends on the task.



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Are you looking for a one-time project that helps the community but does not require prior training or ongoing commitments? View our volunteer site to see what’s available now!

  • Pack food for seniors or people with disabilities in our food shelf’s home delivery program. Youth (5+) and adults welcome.
  • Volunteer with one of our seasonal programs like Back to School or Holiday Gift, serving families celebrating Eid, Christmas and Hanukah. Opportunities for middle school, high school and adult volunteers.
  • Assist at one of our fundraising events helping with event setup, registration, working at a booth, or cleanup.

And check out a list of things you can do on your own to support our work.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact:  Najmo Yusuf @nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Coordinate a volunteer event that’s rewarding to you and meaningful to your organization. Here are some examples of how groups support our mission:

  • Volunteer as a group in our food shelf assisting our families, restocking our shelves and bagging groceries. Age 14 or older. Weekday mornings and afternoon shifts available.
  • Volunteer as a group in our store, Resale Select, receiving and sorting donations. The store is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Community Dinner: Prepare and serve a meal to Neighborhood Program residents. Sponsor is responsible for setup and cleanup.
  • Help sort through donated school supplies and pack up grade-specific bags of supplies for our youth. Shifts available in August. Middle school, high school and adults welcome.
  • Volunteer at the annual school supply distribution and resource fair! Adults welcome.
  • Volunteer at our Holiday Gift Program registration to help families check in, sign up and record their family’s gift ideas for the sponsorship program. October. Adults welcome.
  • Help load in donations of holiday gifts, check to make sure all family’s gifts have arrived and get gifts organized in preparation for our gift distribution.
  • Holiday Gift Distribution: help individuals pick up their family’s holiday gifts from Interfaith Outreach.
  • Assist with preparation for one of our fundraisers like the Plant Sale (May) or Furniture Sale (June).

And check out this list of things you can do on your own to support our work.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact:  Liz Erstad-Hicks (763-489-7506 or lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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We enjoy developing opportunities with corporate groups. Engaging with individuals we serve can be a wonderful experience for all. Examples of successful events include bowling parties, craft and game night, and Spring/Fall yard clean-up. To discus corporate options, see the contact information below.

Location: 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Ages: 18+
Date(s): TBD
Time(s): TBD
Contact: cthoma@hammer.org
Website: http://www.hammer.org
Time Commitment: TBD

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Assist with our Annual Meeting, Reach for Ralph, the Family Day Picnic, or other annual special events as planned. Volunteers can assist with set-up, decorations, food preparation, entertainment, clean-up and various other jobs. These are one-time commitments for each event. Volunteers are kept on a list and can say ‘yes’f or ‘no’ to events as they arise.

Location: 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Ages: 16+ and up
Date(s): TBD
Time(s): TBD
Contact: cthoma@hammer.org
Website: http://www.hammer.org
Time Commitment: TBD

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Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers in this role assist at distribution sites where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. You can assist in the setup, certification and recertification of clients who receive a box and help senior clients carrying their boxes and/or loading them into their vehicles. This position is physical, fast-paced, and offers face-to-face client interaction. Current Needs:

  • High Need! Parker Skyview in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 8:45-10:45am (Oromo speaking skills a plus)
  • High Need! Knox Landing in Bloomington on the 1st Wednesday afternoon of the month from 12:30-2:30 pm (Russian speaking skills a plus)
  • Spring Manor in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 7:45-9:00 am (Somali, Oromo or Amharic speaking skills a plus!)
  • Village at Franklin Station in Bloomington on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:30-10:30am (carrying boxes only)
  • Horn Towers in Minneapolis on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:45pm
  • Ebenezer Park Apartments in Minneapolis on the second Monday of the month from 11:30am-2:00pm (focus on carrying boxes)
  • Robbins Landing in Robbinsdale on the 3rd Friday of the month from 12:15-1:15pm (focus on carrying boxes)
  • SACA Food Shelf in Columbia Heights on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:15am-12:15pm (focus on carrying boxes)

Location: 7101 Winnetka Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, Volunteers enter through the front. Brooklyn Park: Office Hours Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM; volunteer shifts available Tuesday–Saturday.
Ages: 8+
Date(s): Tuesday – Saturday
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651.282.0901 or Volunteer Services
Website: http://www.2harvest.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers in this role lead distribution sites where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. Working alongside the other volunteers, the Site Partner is in charge of running the grocery distribution for seniors by providing excellent customer service to our clients, cultivating and maintaining customer service excellence, and ensuring smooth, effective communication between volunteers, participants and Second Harvest Heartland Site Coordinator. This position is physical, fast-paced, and offers face-to-face client interaction on a monthly basis.

Current Need:

  • Nicollet Towers in Minneapolis on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 8:45-10:45am
  • Hopkins Village Apartments in Hopkins on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 9:15-10:45am

ocation: 7101 Winnetka Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, Volunteers enter through the front. Brooklyn Park: Office Hours Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM; volunteer shifts available Tuesday–Saturday.
Ages: 8+
Date(s): Tuesday – Saturday
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651.282.0901 or Volunteer Services
Website: http://www.2harvest.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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Ready for Success provides lower-income women and men who are working towards self-sufficiency with gently-used and new professional clothing and accessories suitable for job interviews and the workplace.

Ready for Success Women’s Program is looking for female volunteers who are interested in working one-on-one with women entering or re-entering the workplace to act as a personal shopper and assist them with assembling professional wardrobes through weekday appointments. Volunteers provide an essential service by assisting our clients in shopping our site for multiple professional outfits, personal care products, accessories, and much more. At Ready for Success, our goal is to provide clients with a complete and enjoyable shopping experience. We also want our volunteers to enjoy themselves and feel a sense of fulfillment through contributing to our program. 

Location:  815 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Schedule:  Weekday volunteer opportunities available

Responsibilities: 

  • Act as a role model to our program clients
  • Dress code of business casual or business professional required
  • Display a positive attitude
  • Treat program clients with dignity, and respect the confidentiality of their situations

 Qualifications: 

  • Available weekdays
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Good communication, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Reliable, outgoing, responsible, flexible, patient
  • Retail experience, and or knowledge of appropriate fashion for today’s job market preferred
  • Commit to one year of involvement and sign up for at least one two-hour shift per month 

Application Process:

  • Application
  • Interview with staff
  • References and a Backgroud Check

Contact Jennifer Paffel for additional questions at 612-872-1509 or Jennifer@readyforsuccessmn.org

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