United We Serve - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013

Alex Conover
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On January 21, 2013, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated around the world as we make further strides towards equality. One of the major pillars of Dr. King’s mission was service; consider the following options as some of the top opportunities to volunteer and serve our community here in the Twin Cities.

We partnered with HandsOn Twin Cities to bring you five top volunteering events, in no particular order. HandsOn is a national organization with an office in Minneapolis, and they focus on working to “inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.” We encourage anyone with interest in HandsOn and their mission to visit their website.

”Fill the Food Shelf” at Centro
ISSUE AREAS: Hunger & Homelessness, Immigrant & Refugee Services
Stop by Centro every Tuesday to help unload and handle food for easier distribution. By giving your time, the staff at Centro is allowed more time to meet with clients. Centro is an agency that offers services like youth programs and a food shelf to Minneapolis’ Latino community. This event occurs each Tuesday from 11-1 p.m. at 1915 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis; make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and that you are capable of lifting around 30 pounds.
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”Support Servers” at Our Savior’s Housing
ISSUE AREAS: Hunger and homelessness
Help prepare and serve a meal to around 40 guests at Our Savior’s Housing. Located in Minneapolis, volunteering at this shelter helps provide quality meals to those in need. Volunteers will help prepare, serve, and clean up the meal; you will also be able to sit down and enjoy the meal with your guests. Contact Colleen at volunteer@oshousing.org for available dates. Just five spots are available for Thursday, Jan. 25, so act fast if you want to volunteer this week! Children as young as four years old can participate as long as they are joined by an adult.
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Bingo Assistant at Cerenity Senior Care
ISSUE AREAS: Elderly services
Help out as a Bingo/Party Assistant at Cerenity’s Humboldt Campus on each Monday. Volunteers will assist with transporting residents to the bingo party, calling bingo numbers, helping score cards, and distribution of prizes. Opportunities to interact with some great elderly players will be abundant, as you are encouraged to provide positive support during the games. You can contact Denise at 651-220-1789 or email her at humboldtvolunteer@cerenityseniorcare.org.
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”Adaptive Bowling Assistant” at the Adaptive Recreation & Learning Exchange
ISSUE AREAS: Health and wellness, serving people with disabilities
AR&LE serves Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield with “recreation, leisure and community education opportunities for people with disabilities.” Help adults with developmental disabilities in their bowling league at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie! 130 adults play each Saturday, and volunteers are needed to help provide a positive bowling experience. Keep bowlers on task and assist with skill building. If you have good communication skills and an enthusiasm for working with adults with disabilities, this could be perfect for you. For a volunteer application and description, contact Ann at 612-861-9361 or ahoffer@cityofrichfield.org.
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”Art Mentor” at People Inc.
ISSUE AREAS: Children and youth education
Free Arts Minnesota is focused on bringing artistic expression to abused, neglected and at-risk children. FAM provides over 4,000 children with the healing powers of art each year. Individual volunteer mentor opportunities are available where you would serve on a mentor team with three to five other volunteers. By providing one hour per week of creative arts activities with children, the kids can develop healthy relationships with adults, increase their sense of self-worth and help them learn new ways to communicate.
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