As many of us begin our new year, we have committed ourselves to improve and grow in 2018. This could include any variety of goals, such as: be more active, reduce the sugar in my diet, or finally read “Big Magic” after reading the blog recommendation in the fall (I know you’re out there!). I’ll admit mine includes almost all of these classics with goals set and an accountability partner assigned. Another big point many people are thinking about for the coming year is, “What can I do to give back?” and “How can I better the community around me?”
Volunteering is great way to bring together a group or people whether friends, co-workers, your NCIDQ study group… Or D- All of the above! There are so many amazing ways this year to give back in the surrounding community. Here you can find a list of ways to give back this year in our area, from one day events to longer term mentoring, independent opportunities or something for a whole group.
Feed my Starving Children hosts a number of events in Eagan, Chanhassen, and Coon Rapids. It is a great event to attend with a group!
“Our process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!”
All of January and year round there are events happening for Special Olympics Minnesota. Volunteer to assist with these events, or bring your kids and help cheer on in the crowd!
“Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, a world in which every single person is accepted and welcomed regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place—one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.”
It’s never too early to start planning ahead for next years Herman Miller- We Care event!
“In partnership with local Boys & Girls Clubs across America, Herman Miller created the annual “We Care” event 20 years ago to bring holiday cheer to 6,000 children. Every December, we sponsor events in nearly 30 cities with the help of our partners from more than 200 of the country’s leading interior design firms.
We Care enables children to let their creativity shine by making holiday gifts for family, teachers, and friends at a variety of craft stations. For many of the children, making these crafts at We Care is the only way they can give presents to their loved ones. The children also enjoy an abundance of holiday treats, games, and special festivities throughout the event.”
So many of us thrive off of mentorship, and here is an opportunity for you to do the same!
“Spend time being a friend to an adolescent in need! Provide role-modeling and a positive influence through hanging out, sharing activities and good conversation. Youth mentors are individuals/couples who will mentor an Avanti resident for 6-9 months. Youth mentors will be matched up with one youth resident and will meet their youth weekly or biweekly.”
Love spending time with kids? This could be the right fit for you!
“The Arc Minnesota is looking for motivated, caring and responsible volunteers to provide recreation and interaction with children. Volunteers provide child recreational activities and care to children of all abilities while their parents attend a support group. Opportunities are available 6:30-8:30pm in Minneapolis on the 2nd Thursday of the month and in St. Paul on the 4th Wednesday of the month.”
“Hearts & Hammers relies on hundreds of dedicated volunteers each year. They provide labor for our home improvement program… We’re able to help deserving homeowners thanks to the partnerships developed with local organizations that recruit volunteers, donate money and provide materials and services. These partnerships are vital to sustaining Hearts & Hammers and are the foundation for future growth.”
Are you a planner? Hallie Q. Brown Community center is looking for organized individuals to assist in planning the events they host throughout the year.
“Hallie Q. Brown organizes many events and initiatives throughout the year, including the March Campaign (month-long food drive), community Halloween Party, Annual Gala, and Holiday Toy Drive. Contribute to one or more of these events by coordinating logistics and planning, handling donations, promoting the event in the community, staffing the event, and more.”
“Come As You Are is a social program that provides adults with special needs and developmental disabilities an opportunity to have fun in a caring and inviting atmosphere. Volunteers engage participants in activities that include music, games, dancing, and an annual talent show, holiday party, and picnic. Make new friends and put a smile on someone’s face.”
“We rely on thousands of volunteers every year to carry out our mission. Be a part of stabilizing housing for hundreds of Twin Cities’ families each year by helping with everything from construction to serving as a resource for families as they settle into their new homes. Find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you!”
Another way to volunteer this year is right here through IIDA Northland! Volunteers are the heart of every event, CEU, newsletter, and more! There are opportunities for all commitment levels, fill out the form on our Get-Involved page to learn more!
There are a number of sites and organizations that plan events throughout the year. Volunteers of America, Volunteer Match, and United Way all have search functions, lists, and contacts for more opportunities throughout the year. There is always a need and these are some great resources to find the right fit for you!
See something you like? Have another idea to add? Email or comment your thoughts, we’d love to hear them!
Emily Degallier – Interior Designer