Children and Teens

MyHealth is currently recruiting young adults who are passionate about access to health education, healthcare, mental health counseling, and reproductive healthcare, We have had a Youth Advisory Board for many years made up of high school students. That board has grown and flourished here at myHealth and we are excited to create a new board, our Junior Board! This board is intended for individuals beyond high school age (between 18-26), but maybe not quite ready or experienced enough for a full board of director position. The board will be youth led, though Laura will be there as a facilitator and support person. At this point the board will help us understand how to best serve our clients in clinic, be peer advocates, provide community outreach, table on behalf of myHealth, and event fundraising.

Location: 15 8th Avenue South, Hopkins, MN 55343
Ages: 18+
Date(s): Whenever available
Time(s): Whenever available
Contact: info@myhealthmn.org or call 952-767-0929
Website: http://www.myhealthmn.org
Time Commitment: Meeting once per month for 1-2 hours

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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

Buy Online Through Amazon Smile

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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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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Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community. 
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer

Group Opportunities: Complete a Volunteer Application
Donation Sorting
Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Care
Office Cleaning/Organizing
Painting
Special Programming/Entertainment
Food Distributions

Individual Opportunities:
Basic Needs / Housing Programs
-Food Shelf Shopper — Locations across the metro
-Kitchen Cleaner/Organizer — Brooklyn Park
-Security Assistant — Minneapolis

Working with Youth
-Character-Building Class Leader — Locations across the metro
-After-School Program Leader — Minneapolis and St. Paul

Disaster Relief
-Disaster Relief Worker — Locations across the metro
Salvation Army Stores
-Store Volunteer — Locations across the metro

Professional / Technical Skills
-Computer Lab Supervisor — Minneapolis
-Housekeeping/Laundry Assistant — Minneapolis
-Driver — Locations across the metro
-Facility Maintenance Assistant — Locations across the metro
-Administrative Support — Roseville
-Wednesday Evening Receptionist — NE Minneapolis
-Share Your Skills — Locations across the metro

Project-Based
-Landscape/Gardening/Lawn Care — Locations across the metro
-Office Cleaning/Organizing — Locations across the metro

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3426
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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Prism is always in need of Group Volunteers to pitch in where needed. Please contact them for their needs.

Location: 1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Ages: 15 or older, but can be younger if working with parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): See below
Contact: Kevin Lytle,  KLytle@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4210
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

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*Note* Shop for Change thrift store is currently closed due to Covid-19. Please check back for opportunities once it has re-opened

Interact directly with program participants and the public in the Shop for Change, PRISM’s Thrift Shop. Sorting Room volunteers are responsible for readying stock for the shop, keeping the shop clean and well-stocked, and greeting and assisting donors.

Location: 1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Ages: 16 or older, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): See below
Contact: Kevin Lytle,  KLytle@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4210
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

Thrift Store Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday only (3rd shift)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday only
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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YouthLink is a nonprofit in downtown Minneapolis that helps young people between the ages of 16 and 23 on their journeys from homeless to hopeful. We welcome young people of all backgrounds, races, genders, and orientations. We connect youth to a community of resources and help them discover pathways that get them where they want to go.

There are many ways to volunteer, for both groups and individuals. Helpers are needed for meals, child care, even for Bingo games! See the website below for more information.

Location: 41 N. 12th. Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ages: The minimum age to volunteer during the week is 21 (group volunteer) or 24 (individual volunteer) and over the weekend (Saturday volunteering) is 15 and accompanied by an adult.
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Vincent Henry Jr. at henry@youthlinkmn.org or 612.252.1200
Website: https://www.youthlinkmn.org/get-involved/volunteer/
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 families 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

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 612-276-1500/https://www.gmcc.org/volunteer
Website: http://gmcc.org
Time Commitment: varies

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As a volunteer at Children’s 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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