The organizations listed here
have been evaluated by people who actively volunteer in the community
and have had good experiences with them. We do not put forth any sort
of guarantee regarding these organizations. There are many other worthy
organizations available. We encourage leaders to investigate any
organization and to make sure the girls in the troop feel comfortable
doing community service for that organization. If you find an error or
need for updating, or wish to give us your feedback, please contact
Outreach and Community Partners:
a community-based grass roots outreach organization serving low-income
families, children and individuals in Plymouth, Wayzata, Long Lake,
Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Hamel, Medina and Medicine Lake.
110 Grand Ave. S.
collect donations for: food shelf, birthday shelf, school supplies
shelf (summer months), new baby supplies; help with the holiday
program; participate in holiday adopt-a-family program; participate in
Bob's Sleep-Out Kick-Off; schedule a tour of IOCP.
Collect donations: K-12; Holiday program,
adopt-a-family: older girls; Bob’s Sleep-Out Kick-Off:
contact IOCP for opportunities such as serving refreshments.
contact IOCP for current needs.
Food packaging and distribution program for starving people around the
volunteer opportunities online at www.fmsc.org
Brooklyn Park 55428
990 Lone Oak Road,
18732 Lake Drive
on-site, collect donations of items like hand sanitizer,
paper towels, trash bags, paper cups, etc.
ratio is higher for younger girls, call for specifics; call
or check website for current needs.
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(formerly Bob's Sleep Out)
battered women and children facility which assists women and children
in finding refuge, learning about safety planning and options for their
P.O. Box 272
donations of: school supplies, toys, socks and underwear (new
items for boys, girls and women), paper products (paper towels, paper
plates, kleenex and toilet paper); weed the flower garden; older girls
can adopt a room and decorate it (with paint, curtains, pictures) or
coordinate a day camp for the kids; come up with an idea and brainstorm
with Sojourner Project: one group built and stocked bookcases; have a
community education speaker talk to your group at the site or offsite.
K-12; work onsite: older girls, based on ability
street address will be
disclosed to those who make arrangements to visit the site; donated
clothing must be seasonal due to limited storage; donated toys must be
new and nonviolent, donated twin-size bed linens and towels may be
gently used; contact site for current needs and items they cannot
Extends community resources by distributing free beds, furniture and
household goods to people in transition.
201 West 87th St.
and group activities are customized to meet age level and
group size; product drives: collect donations of new/gently used
household goods like towels, bed linens, kitchen utensils, silverware,
dishes, pans, etc.; schedule a tour; donate Goody Bags filled with
items like hand soap, shampoo, facial tissues, etc. High school age and
older can work in warehouse; load and unload vehicles; help clients
shop; work in the sorting room–unbox, fold, roll items and
get them ready to go on shelves; help with database; answer phone, etc.
Type of duty depends on person and site needs. Site needs change during
the year. A minimum commitment of 20-24 hours for work on site is
requested (unless they are trying to complete a project); They
encourage longer term volunteering. They track and log hours.
product drives: K-12; work on site: grade 9 and older or
age 14 and older.
Bridging, Inc. for hours, current needs, list of “do
and do not accept” list; DO NOT accept: food, clothes,
blinds, drapes, file cabinets, king beds, car seats, high chairs,
medical equipment, computers, large appliances, humidifiers (mold
The mission of Simpson Housing Services is to provide shelter and
affordable housing with supportive services to homeless women, men, and
children. And to assist individuals and families in their
efforts to improve their life situation and to advocate for their human
and civil rights.
2740 - 1st Ave. S.
site address for
and women's shelter and sandwiches (please use the intercom on the 28th
Street side of the building to enter). For correspondence, family
housing and household donations, contact the office at:
2100 Pillsbury Ave. S.
supplies and make 100 meat and cheese sandwiches on-site or
off-site; collect donations of: personal care items (shampoo,
toothpaste, soap, etc.); men's, women's,
kid's socks, underwear, t-shirts (must be new); towels, wash
cloths, sheets, blankets, pillows (new or gently used); be a birthday
bag provider: call Simpson Shelter to get the name and age of one or
more children in Transitional Housing, provide a bag with items like a
cake mix, candles frosting, candy balloons, kool-aid, and a gift
costing $10 or less for each child; serve meals on site, heat up and
serve meals with utensils at the shelter; Adopt-a-Family by
purchasing and wrapping gifts for a family at holiday time.
Tours are available.
donations and birthday bag provider: K-12; making meals or
sandwiches: all (based on ability).
shelter for current needs and their "do not
accept" list. No adult/child ratios.
building homes for lower income families
3001 Fourth St. SE
on-site, supply and serve refreshments on-site, donate Welcome Baskets
(clothes baskets full of household items like dish soap, hangers, dryer
sheets, etc. Site tours are available.
on-site: must be 14, with supervision; supply and serve
14 and 15
year olds need one-on one adult supervision, 16 and 17 year
olds need one adult per four kids, 18 year olds do not need
supervision, but cannot be supervisors; check on need for
refreshments. Contact the office for new donation hours.
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and Children's Services of Minneapolis:
Chanukah gifts and ritual items to individuals and their families who
would not otherwise receive gifts or be able to provide gifts for their
Blvd., Suite 400
donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for infants, children,
teens, adults and seniors; collections can be done all year long, not
just at Chanukah time; gifts can be in any price range ($5 to $15 is a
common range); a speaker from the organization will talk to your group
collect donations: K-12
gifts must be new and
unwrapped, toys must be nonviolent; be mindful of items that need to go
together such as
batteries required for certain toys and CD player required for compact
Christian-based mentoring program which helps children ages 5-15
3210 Oliver Ave. N.
(near North Memorial Medical Center)
customized birthday cards for kinship participants: call and
arrange to pick up cards (to save postage) or have them mailed, then
return colored cards in person or by mail; help plan events for
participants: games, picnics, harvest party (crafts), science fair,
creative ideas; Christmas gift program: adopt-a-family and wrap gifts;
help out in “Kinshop,” a shopping spot for kinship
siblings; monthly events are available.
cards: K-12; events and Christmas gift program: older girls
(middle school age and older).
artwork of younger girls.
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery:
works in partnership with parents in crisis and the community to
strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
to arrange donations
5400 Glenwood Ave.
Golden Valley 55422
4544-4th Ave. S.
deliver kid-sized blankets, host a baby shower to
collect items needed; cook and serve meals on-site; share an enrichment
activity with children 2-6 years old, like crafts, games, reading, face
painting, puppet shows, etc.
blankets, pillows, hand puppets: K-12 (based on ability);
cook/serve meals, enrichment activities, room sponsorship: older girls.
services manager 763-226-2062 to
inquire about onsite volunteer opportunities (on-site volunteers age 12
through 16 need adult supervision); call 763-591-0400 ext. 246 to
discuss making blankets or hosting a donation drive of items needed.
Please call to determine current needs for blankets.
supplying home-made blankets to hospitalized kids
(Call for information on how to deliver blankets; blankets may be
delivered in person, my mail or dropped off at participating area
kid-size blankets; make thank you cards (4 inches by 5 inches
with the inside blank); take a class (for a small fee) to learn how to
read a pattern, work with fabric, sew with the supplies provided, and
work as a team; make donations of batting, yarn, stamps or other
(based on ability).
blankets must be free of smoke and pet hair contact Sewing Angels for
dimensions and specifications of blankets and delivery information.
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Household and Outside
Maintenance for Elderly;
helping senior citizens stay in their homes; serves New Hope, Crystal,
Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Minnetonka and Hopkins.
730 Florida Ave. S.
Golden Valley 55426
windows, get gardens ready for spring and winter, clean
basements, paint; Home will match size of job, like raking, to
participants’ ages. Call to be matched with a specific date
and job, or get client contact information.
K-12 ages as
long as there is supervision.
own rakes and gloves, the client will provide bags and
senior citizen assisted living residence
163 West Wayzata
(the website does not detail community service activities)
performances, visit with or read to residents, plan
activities to do with the residents like crafts, making table
centerpieces and holiday/seasonal decorations. Older girls can assist
with Resident Round-Up (escort residents to programs and seat them for
dining, then dine with them). Call for other activity ideas.
depending on complexity of activity.
keep in mind
that the average age of residents is 85, some residents
have Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
providing meals to home-bound senior citizens
Call for mutually convenient meeting site (Carlson Companies, is one)
for delivery of handcrafted items
(general information on program)
favors for 25-30 recipients: refrigerator magnets or
holiday/seasonal ornaments to be put with lunches, laminated place
mats, napkin holders with plastic fork, knife and spoon (provided by
troop), small picture frames.
items to mutually convenient site, make sure items are
appropriately decorated for senior citizens.
assisting adults with developmental disabilities
1909 East Wayzata
windows of homes of people with developmental disabilities;
help at their summer picnic and other events like Make a Difference Day
at Hammer; be a telephone companion or write to a Hammer pen pal, play
an instrument or sing, plan activities, crafts and holiday decorations
with residents, and do gardening in the summer. Contact
Hammer Residence for other opportunities.
musical entertainment: K-12, based on ability; window washing,
telephone companion or pen pal and events: older girls.
Hammer Residence for current needs
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(Centro Cultural Chicano):
serving a variety of needs to the Spanish-speaking community
1915 Chicago Ave.
donations of: new and gently used unwrapped toys and books,
food, school supplies; older girls can read to the pre-schoolers.
donations of toys, books, food and school supplies: K-12; must
be 13 or older to volunteer on site to read to children.
or older to work on site; contact the Center for their
current needs and holiday time needs, and policy on toys like guns, etc.
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Natural Resources (DNR): Adopt-a-River Program
combat rubbish proliferation along our
shorelines of lakes, rivers, wetlands and ravines.
500 Lafayette Rd.
St. Paul 55155
bags and protective gloves furnished by the DNR to collect
trash along shorelines of lakes, rivers, wetlands and ravines (both
public and private with landowner's permission) and place it at
pre-determined collection sites. Arrange with local officials
and/or rubbish removal and recycling agencies and arrange for special
permits, if required. DNR will provide technical assistance
including search maps of un-adopted sections and advise on how to do
the project safely. Contact DNR for details.
recommended for girls
age 12 and older, but can be done with younger girls if there is more
intense supervision (possibly stricter than Safety-Wise
requirements, depending on age and abilities of the girls and the
complexity of the site).
make sure adult/child ratio is adequate for age and
abilities of girls and the complexity of the site; up to 80 bags and 30
pair of protective gloves are furnished by the DNR free of charge if
you pick them up, but you must pay UPS charges if the bags and gloves
are shipped, contact DNR for all details including sites, collection
sites, arranging with local officials and/or rubbish removal and
recycling agencies and arranging for permission to clean up private
property and any special permits, if required.
Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys Camps
400 Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55107
clean up and
help refurbish camps. Check Leader
News for Service Alerts.
Council for current needs.
Rivers Park District
for education programs contact 763-694-7718
3000 Xenium Ln.
sites such as French Park, Baker Park, Elm Creek Park,
Eastman Nature Center, and Gale Woods Farm)
clean-up, other activities based on parks' needs, like
wood-chipping trails or prairie seed project; handle a booth, table, or
activity at special events like a cross-country run (water station);
for Silver and Gold Award projects, there is a packet with phone
numbers of people to contact, plus a list of past projects (site needs
differ by park), Autumn Woods Classic at Elm Creek Park Reserve,
Maple Grove; Girl Scouts may qualify for a Health and Fitness
Badge. Call for current projects.
ratio of leaders to group members under age 16, park clean-up
usually in spring and fall, mostly weekdays before 4:30 p.m. (parks
generally close at sunset.), some weekend opportunities; currently DO
NOT need birdhouses. Parking is free for private
vehicles. There is a fee for 16 passenger and larger
vehicles, but it may be possible to request a fee waiver for community
Society of Hennepin County: providing care and boarding for
845 Meadow Lane N.
Golden Valley 55422
1411 Main Street
Coon Rapids 55448
Humane Society website for current needs (like towels;
litter box filler; animal toys; newspaper with sales ads removed;
shredded office paper; pet food and treats for dogs, cats, rabbits,
ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rats and birds; grooming supplies;
and office supplies like sharpies, post-it notes, stamps, etc).
Contact Humane Society for current needs.
on ability); must be 14 or older to volunteer on site
(requires training + year commitment).
ratio 1:7 for younger girls, 1:10 for junior high and high
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presents children's theatrical performances
1111 Main St.
of up to five older girls can usher during plays
ushers should be age
ten or older (families can participate)
to arrange a
date; arrive 30 to 45 minutes
before show time; wear white shirt and black skirt or trousers or wear
scout uniform; adult supervision is required for a troop of preferably
no more than five volunteers at a time (larger troops can work in
shifts or split up and usher at different performances)
211 (First Call for Help): operates information
referrals to community resources
211 from any home phone (not cell) or dial
call for a referral to organizations that will
accept donated goods and services.
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