COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Send Community Calendar information to us by email: info@insightnews.com, by fax: 612.588.2031, by phone:( 612)588-1313 or by mail: 1815 Bryant Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411. Free or low cost events preferred.

EVENTS

An Overview of Somali History, Culture and Language
The Minnesota Literacy Council is partnering with The Somali Museum of Minnesota to bring you an overview of Somali history, culture and language on Wednesday, November 29 – 6:00-8:00 p.m at Sunrise Banks Corporate Headquarters, 2525 Wabash Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Please join us for a presentation and discussion with Adan Dirie, Program Director of The Somali Museum of Minnesota to learn about the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Somali history that has forced thousands of Somalis to seek refuge and resettlement in the United States and other parts of the world. Guests will get a chance to view artifacts from the museum showcasing Somali nomadic life, traditional homemaking, fashion and more. Attendees will also receive a basic Somali language lesson, leave with several useful phrases to use with neighbors, and learn why Somalia is known as “the land of the bards.” The presentation will be followed by time for Q&A. To register, contact Kelly at 651-251-9074 or krynda@mnliteracy.org. This is a free event, but we ask that you please register in advance.

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Help adults gain essential literacy skills.  Volunteer as an Adult Literacy Tutor!
Reading prescription labels, helping a child with homework, filling out job applications… these are just a few of the goals immigrants, refugees and native-born Minnesotans work toward as they brush up on their reading and writing skills. Come join this important work and volunteer as an Adult Literacy Tutor with the Minnesota Literacy Council. Choose from one-to-one, small group and classroom assistant opportunities. The time commitment ranges from 2-3 hours once per week. Morning, afternoon and evening hours are available at locations throughout the metro area. Please contact us and we can match you with a program in your neighborhood. For more information, call Wendy Vang Roberts at 651-251-9063 or email wroberts@mnliteracy.org.

Free English, Reading, Writing, Computer and GED Classes for Adults – Statewide
Do you need to learn English, get your GED or improve your computer skills? The Adult Literacy Hotline is a resource for adults to get connected with free classes in their area. We have over 300 Adult Basic Education programs throughout Minnesota. Call: 1-800-222-1990, send a text message to: 612-424-1211 or search: www.mnliteracy.org/hotline. ¡Se habla español!

VISITATION SUPERVISOR
Help children in foster care, and their families, maintain or rebuild relationships through supervised visits. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Contact Ramsey County Social Services—Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 for additional information or e-mail to HumanServicesVolunteer@co.ramsey.mn.us.

TUTORING OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer with Kids at East Side Learning Center. At East Side Learning Center build a life changing relationship by meeting the individual needs of diverse children on St. Paul’s East Side through one-on-one reading tutoring with K-2nd graders. Tutoring opportunities available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Volunteers tutor a minimum of one child, once a week for about 45 minutes. Training, materials, and on-site support are provided. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 651-793-7364 for more information on this or other volunteer opportunities or visit www.eastsidelearningcenter.org

Become an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach next school year!
The single most important factor in a young person’s success is a consistent relationship with a caring, supportive adult. But one in three young people grow up without a mentor. You can make a transformative difference in the life of a Minneapolis high school student by becoming an AchieveMpls Graduation Coach during the 2016-17 academic year. Through six hours of volunteer time per month, you can offer personalized support to help students stay on track, graduate on time and make a great plan for life after high school. We provide the curriculum, structure and training. You bring the wisdom, encouragement and support! Apply by June 30 at www.achievempls.org/GraduationCoaches. For more info contact Amy Shapiro at ashapiro@achievempls.org or 612-455-1550.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
12 week class to reduce risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through coordinated movements in a slow, circular, flowing motion. $10 suggested donation pays for 24 classes. Contact Brenna Horn to register 612-787-4055, bhorn@esns.org. Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance is sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in the 7 county metro area.

Community service is calling, no need for stalling!
The Harvest Network of Schools, a group of high-performing charter schools in north Minneapolis that includes Harvest Preparatory (K-4, coed), Best Academy (K-8, single gender), and Mastery School (K-4, single gender), is currently recruiting volunteers to work with our 3rd and 4th grade students. We have three opportunities available; Breakfast Buddies, Academic Intervention, and Classroom Support. Breakfast Buddies help with homework and reading to scholars. This option is available Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. -8:15 a.m. Academic Intervention volunteers help with students needing additional support in math and reading, available Monday through Thursday from 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Classroom Support volunteers help teachers as needed, tasks will vary. This opportunity is needed any time throughout the day 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We are requesting volunteers commit to 1-2 hours a week for a minimum of six weeks. HNS will provide training, onsite support from volunteer manager, and recognition at the end of the year. Applicants must complete an application and criminal background check. If interested please contact Marquita Butler at mbutler@seed-harvest.org or 612-876-4033.

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
The Mothers First program provides prevention and intervention services for pregnant women who are abusing chemicals. The goal is to produce healthy infants through drug-free births and healthy families by reducing the chemical usage of pregnant women through intensive “in-home” involvement. The project has been in existence since 1990 and has had a success rate of 85-87 percent as measured by the total number of births and babies born drug-free. Mothers First is seeking a Child Care Assistant volunteer to help agency staff in providing supervision and care for the children with our Mothers First program while mom is attending counseling sessions. Volunteer Drivers are also needed to provide transportation to mothers in recovery to/from groups with our Mothers First program. Reimbursement for mileage is provided. Contact Ramsey County Health & Wellness Service Team — Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 for additional information or e-mail to HumanServicesVolunteer@co.ramsey.mn.us.

Sundays at Landmark: Urban Expedition
Experience cultures from around the world without leaving Saint Paul. Landmark Center’s international event series, Urban Expedition, returns for its 12th season, beginning Jan. 10. Urban Expeditions run from 1-3 p.m. and are part of Sundays at Landmark. The free culture and heritage events features music, dance, food, animals, crafts, and more from each featured country. Full schedule: Jan. 10 – Urban Expedition: Sweden; Jan. 24 – Urban Expedition: Haiti; April 10 – Urban Expedition: Taiwan; April 24 – Urban Expedition: Turkey; and May 15 – Urban Expedition: Nigeria. For more information on Urban Expedition events visit www.landmarkcenter.org/urban.html

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meetings
Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit national organization that connects parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wed of each month, 7-9pm, at Fuller Park Rec Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic journey, you are welcome! Children are welcome. To contact the Twin Cities Chapter, or for more info, an event calendar, and a map to our meeting location, visit http://twincitiesmn.holisticmoms.org or e-mail tcholisticmoms@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HMNTwinCitiesMN

Holistic Moms Network
Is a non-profit national organization that connects parents who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wed of each month, 7-9pm, at Fuller Park Rec Center, 4800 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic journey, you are welcome! Children are welcome. To contact the Twin Cities Chapter, or for more info, an event calendar, and a map to our meeting location, visit http://twincitiesmn.holisticmoms.org or e-mail tcholisticmoms@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HMNTwinCitiesMN

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT NORTHWEST SUBURBAN HUMAN SERVICES OFFICES
Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health department is looking for friendly, reliable people to volunteer as greeters at the northwest suburban human services center, at 7051 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center. Greeters will welcome and guide visitors, answer questions and assist with special projects. Successful candidates will be 18 years old or older, will be good communicators and team players. Candidates will be expected to be reliable self-starters who are respectful of client confidentiality. They also should enjoy working with diverse populations. Bilingual skills are a plus. The department is looking for volunteers who can commit to two four-hour shifts each work week – morning or afternoon – for at least three months. Interested volunteer candidates should call 612-348-4749 or contact rosemary.carpenter@hennepin.us.

READING VOLUNTEERS FOR JENNY LIND ELEMENTARY
One out of every three Minnesota students are not reading at their appropriate age level. Our School has a few good volunteers dedicating at least one hour each week to help students in first through third grade improve their reading skills, we need many more. Please consider giving a little of your time to help a child brighten his or her future. You will be trained and supported by a Volunteer Coordinator from the Minnesota Reading Corps and receive lots of smiles from the children as your reward. Contact Kathleen Stratton, Jenny Lind Elementary, 5025 Bryant Ave N Mpls 55430, 612-668-2020 ext 37071, kstratton@minnesotareadingcorps.org

Beginning English for Work Classes – Ongoing
English for Work classes teach Literacy, Beginning and Intermediate levels of English to adult refugees, immigrants and asylees. Students learn English grammar, speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in addition to work and practical life skills. Classes use community resources to build academic skills and include basic computer, numeracy and work readiness training and Classes meet all MFIP requirements although students do not need to be receiving MFIP to attend class. Classes run Monday through Thursday 9 am -1 pm with Open-enrollment throughout the year. We are accepting new students now! The classes are Free. Students may have Refugee, Asylee or Immigrant status. To enroll new students MUST take a placement test. Testing is done on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:15 pm – 3 pm (No appointment necessary). Contact: Questions? Call 651-647-0191 EXT 300.

Volunteers needed at Hennepin County’s new northside human services office
Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health department is looking for friendly, reliable people to volunteer as greeters at the new North Minneapolis human services office, at 1001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. Greeters will welcome and guide visitors, answer questions and assist with special projects. Successful candidates will be 18 years old or older, will be good communicators and team players. Candidates will be expected to be reliable, self-starters who are respectful of client confidentiality. They also should enjoy working with diverse populations. Bilingual skills are a plus. The department is looking for volunteers who can commit to two four-hour shifts each work week – morning or afternoon – for at least three months. Interested volunteer candidates should call 612-348-5835 or contact kristine.poelzer@hennepin.us.

SHARE A SMILE
Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy. Work with a partner and you can take turns visiting. Families welcome; youth must be age 12 or older and accompanied by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. A variety of one-time or ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Volunteers age 55+ may qualify to become a Senior Companion, receive mileage, and a stipend. Senior citizens that reside in Minneapolis and wish to be matched with a Friendly Visitor should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Handy Helper Needed – Ongoing
Help an elderly Minneapolis resident remain safely in their home. Volunteer your time to assist with MINOR REPAIRS. Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own unpaid handyperson schedule. Adult individuals, two-person teams, and small groups welcome. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens who reside in Minneapolis and need a handyperson should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Let It Grow – Ongoing
Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Volunteer one time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening. Family teams welcome, youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time and other unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org If you are a Minneapolis senior in need of yard care, call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org Senior citizens who reside outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood.

Cityview Community School looking for volunteers
City View is looking for tutors. For more information contact Kathy DeKrey (218)760-1106.

Council on Crime and Justice needs mentors
The Council on Crime and Justice is looking for men to mentor men released from Minnesota State Prisons. Connecting with mentors can reduce the amount of stress and challenge as one is reintegrating back into family and community. When: Your choice. Please contact 612-353-3000.

Volunteer at North Regional or Sumner Library
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411 and Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd Minneapolis, MN 55411 are looking for volunteers for the Homework Hub and promoting Homework Hub for grades K-12. Volunteers can contact LRISKEDAL@gmail.com (NR) and Mary Okoronko at (612) 543-6875 for questions. Volunteers will go through a short interview and be screened. North Regional is looking for individuals willing to commit to a weekly time. Homework Hub does not operate when schools are closed. Please visit www.hclib.org for more information about North Regional Library.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program
If you are eligible for free or reduced price lunches and are in grades 3-11, apply for stipend to attend a summer academic enrichment program. A Stipend for up to a $1,000 will be paid directly to the summer academic enrichment program you attend. If you are in grades 7-11, you must have either an overall “C” average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend. Awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. www.ohe.state.mn.us/summerenrichment/

Host a Food Charter Event
The Minnesota Food Charter Event process also includes setting-specific topics that can be added to the one-hour event. These half-hour additions allow groups to discuss barriers and opportunities associated with childcare, healthcare, schools and worksites unique to their communities. Check out this outline for how a Minnesota Food Charter Event works. When and Where: Your choice. Fill out the contact form or email info@mnfoodcharter.com.

GUTTER CREW NEEDED
Spring draws near! Leaves do fall and up the ladder we must crawl. Gain a new poetic perspective while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to clean gutters. Perfect for individuals, groups (small to large), and families (kids stay on the ground). Others can rake while an adult clears out the gutter. Seasonal: mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time fun, flexible unpaid volunteer activity that can be done weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! BYOL: Bring Your Own Ladder (optional). Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available with lawn mowing and assisting with handyperson activities. One time opportunities are occasionally available. Please check our other postings. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call (612) 746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

RAKE IT Spring Yard Clean-Up
Think Spring! Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times! Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Minneapolis senior citizens who seek assistance should call (612) 374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org. Seniors outside of Minneapolis should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their neighborhood. NIP website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Volunteer Opportunities
Need to fulfill volunteer requirements? Looking to build your resume? Want to make an impact in your community? Sign up to volunteer at Agape 24 Hour Childcare. Volunteer Opportunities: Receptionist– flexible hours, Tutors, Reader Helpers, Greeters and Parent Board. If interested, please call (612) 287-9775 or email: eagapechilddev@comcast.net. Visit website: www.agape24hourchildcare.com

Sabathani March campaign – Ongoing thru March
Sabathani Community Center will be hosting a food and fund drive as part of the March Campaign, a statewide effort coordinated by the Minnesota FoodShare to raise food for local food shelves. Sabathani’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of food and raise $25,000. Support Sabathani’s efforts: Bring donations of non-perishable food items and cash donations to Sabathani Community Center church during the month of March; Organize a food drive for Sabathani’s food shelf. To assist with the March Campaign community food and fund drive efforts, Sabathani will supply food barrels and make arrangements to pick up food and monetary donations. Sabathani Community Center is located at 310 E. 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN. For further information and/or to make a donation, please call Kevin at 612-821-2302 or Kim at (612) 821-2399.

Volunteer Computer Tutor – Ongoing
Twin Cities RISE! seeks tutors to provide computer-skills assistance to participants enrolled in the introductory and intermediate computer courses. You will help participants with basic to intermediate file management for Windows 7, and beginner- to intermediate-level skills with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook basics, including sending attachments and using appropriate e-mail etiquette. Tutors will work one-to-one, or in small groups with participants for approximately one hour, weekday mornings or evenings only. Twin Cities RISE! is seeking volunteers who have skills and experience working with computers, and have the patience to explain applications and procedures to individuals who have limited computer skills and experience. Times vary. Locations are at our St. Paul or Minneapolis offices. For more information, and to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Lisa Bryant, director of Volunteer Services, at (651) 366-6064, or visit the Volunteer website page at www.twincitiesrise.org.

Twin Cities RISE! Tutor – Ongoing
Are you a whiz at English and grammar? Apply your English skills as a Twin Cities RISE! tutor helping participants to enhance their skills in subject-verb usage and agreement, and identification of irregular verbs. You will also help participants apply these skills as they develop resumes and cover letters. Must have strong English grammar and writing skills, and have the patience to explain subject-verb agreement and sentence structure to individuals who are trying to acquire knowledge. Times vary. Locations are at our St. Paul or Minneapolis offices. For more information, and to sign up for a volunteer orientation, please contact Lisa Bryant, director of Volunteer Services, at (651) 366-6064, or visit the Volunteer website page at www.twincitiesrise.org.

Super Duper Handyperson Wanted
Help an elderly Minneapolis resident stay in their home. Assist with MINOR REPAIRS to make certain that their home is safe. Snowbirds, retirees, and trainees welcome (over the age of 18). You must have some experience to ensure that the work is done correctly (license not required). Choose your own schedule. Adult individuals, two-person teams, and small groups welcome. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens who reside in Minneapolis and need a handyperson should call 612-374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Share A Smile – Ongoing
Brighten the day of a senior citizen and have some fun. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games, conversation or whatever! Work with a partner and you can take turns visiting. Families welcome; youth must be age 12 or older and accompanied by an adult. Volunteers age 55+ may qualify to become a Senior Companion and earn a stipend. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. A variety of one-time or ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call (612) 746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org. Senior citizens that reside in Minneapolis and wish to be matched with a Friendly Visitor should call (612) 374-3322 or email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Volunteers of America Foster Parent Information Meetings – Ongoing
Foster Parent Information Meetings for interested skilled parents desiring to provide care for troubled youth in the Volunteers of America foster care program. Kids of all ages are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents. Information meetings are held at Volunteers of America Corporate Office every Friday from 10am-11:30am. To RSVP or for additional information on becoming a foster parent, contact Jolene Swan at (952) 945-4064, email ftpfostercare@voamn.org or online at voafostercare.org

Reduce Gym Membership Fees
Save money, get in shape, and help your neighbor! Develop strong muscles by shoveling the snow off a grateful senior citizen’s walkways and driveway. Adopt a yard until the weather warms. Resident will provide the thankful smile. Perfect opportunity for apartment/condo dweller that yearns to be outside. Work with a partner and you can take turns shoveling. Family teams and small groups welcome; youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. We offer unpaid volunteer opportunities year-round. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Helping Seniors in Minneapolis
Seniors Program of Neighborhood Involvement Program assists elders aged 60 and over in North and Southwest Minneapolis with a variety of services so that they can remain safely in their home or apartment. Our services are specialized for each resident and we strive to provide as much as possible via the assistance of volunteers. To be eligible for seniors’ services, people must live within the following boundaries: south of 44th Avenue in North Minneapolis, north of West 36th Street in Southwest Minneapolis, 35W on the east, and France Avenue on the west. For information about NIP Senior Services email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call 612-374-3322. Our website is www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

West African Dance & Drum Classes
African Dance w/ Whitney $12 – All classes Drop-In. Every Saturday 1:00pm – 2:30pm; Every Tuesday 7:00pm – 8:30pm. at Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406.

Foster Parent Information Meetings
Find out about becoming a foster parent and changing a child’s life! Open information meetings are held every Friday from 10AM-11:30AM at 7625 Metro Boulevard Edina, MN 55439. Volunteers of America-Minnesota is looking for skilled parents to provide 6-9 months care for troubled youth in our new Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Program (MTFC). We have kids, ages 12-17, who are in need of a stable home with dedicated parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Volunteers of America provides quality foster parents with lots of friendly training, 24 hour support and a monthly stipend. If you would like more information contact Jolene Swan at 952-945-4064 or ftpfostercare@voamn.org, or visit us online at voafostercare.org!

GED, ELL, College Prep and skills development courses offered
Minneapolis Public Schools-Adult Education is offering free GED, ELL, College Prep and skills development courses. Prepare for GED exams; Increase Math, Reading, and Writing skills; Develop Computer skills; Job training and specific certifications; Comfortable learning environment; and Day and evening classes available! For more information, please contact staff at: Minneapolis Public School Adult Education, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN, 55411 or Abe.mpls.k12.mn.us or (612) 668-1863.

Volunteer at Skyline Tower Conversation Group
Reach out to your neighbors for an hour of coffee and conversation, Thursdays 5-6 pm! Share your stories and learn about other cultures while helping English language learners gain confidence in their language abilities. Our participants are mainly Vietnamese, Somali and Ethiopian residents of Skyline Tower at 1247 St Anthony Ave. For more information, contact lisa.vogl@commonbond.org or (651)999-7528.

Volunteer as an English Teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Help adult refugees and immigrants learn the reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Interested? Contact volunteer@mnliteracy.org or call Allison at 651-251-9110. Or visit www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/opportunities/adults

The Mu Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc at the U of MN is searching for former members
Currently, the sorority is collecting historical information to add to it’s archives. This includes information pertaining to former Eta Chapter members (1922-1964) and Mu Rho Chapter members (1979-Present).For more information please contact the Graduate Advisor, Peggye Mezile by email: ga@akadpo.org

Hazelden Offers Free Educational Opportunity
Concerned about someone’s alcohol or drug use? Addressing Concerns Together (ACT), Hazelden’s new outreach program, can help. Join us for a free event to learn more about addiction, intervention, assessment, and treatment. Hazelden’s St. Paul campus, 680 Stewart Ave., St. Paul. 2nd and 4th Mon. of each month at 6pm. This is an open event and there is no need to register. If you have questions, please contact Hazelden at 800-257-7800.

Free Classes for Adults
The Minnesota Literacy Council, a non-profit organization, has free classes for adults at our Lake Street Learning Center at 2700 East Lake Street, 2nd floor, above Denny’s. For classes and more info, visit: http://www.mnliteracy.org/

Free Internet Access
Access internet, check email, look for housing, type up resumes, job search, practice typing, learn Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. M-F 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. At Sabathani Community Center Room 324 310 E 38th St Mpls, MN 55409.

Youth Business Club Develops Entrepreneurial Skills
Kids learn with support and guidance from community. The Selby Avenue Youth Business Club is open to youth ages 9-16 who are interested in starting their own or learning more about business. The group meets the first and third Saturday of ever month from 9:30 am to noon at Golden Thyme Cafe on Selby and Milton. For more information, interested parties can visit http://selbyareacdc.org/Saybcindex.html , e-mail at SAYBC10@gmail.com or contact at: 615-964-0710.

Free Lead Paint Testing
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible to receive new windows through a Hennepin County grant program:
• Home built before 1978
• A child (5 or under) lives in or frequently visits your home
• Live in Hennepin County
• Meet certain income qualifications
Sustainable Resources Center have partnered with the National Center for Healthy Housing to bring a national perspective to our efforts in Minnesota. SRC will be working with public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout the State to develop the plan. This is a great opportunity to encourage and support the creation of healthy homes for all! Call Sustainable Resources Center at 612.872.3281 to schedule a free home visit! Communication available in Spanish, Somali, and Hmong. http://www.src-mn.org/

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program (MFPP)
MFPP provides free counseling for Minneapolis homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages (and referrals for clients outside of our service area). Located in the Minneapolis Urban League building at 2100 Plymouth Ave N, call 612.331.4090 and select option 3 to speak with a MFPP representative and set up an appointment.

The Black Parent Group – Mondays
Free weekly support group for parents of any race raising African American children. Mondays at 7–830pm at: Washington Tech Middle School 1495 Rice St. Saint Paul. Please visit the website: www.theblackparentgroup.com or send an e-mail to info@theblackparentgroup.com

PCLG Parent Support Group – Ongoing 2nd Mon. of each month
Parent-led support group where parents can share the challenges of parenting a child with mental health concerns. Open to any parent or caregiver of a child with mental health concerns residing in or receiving services in Hennepin County. 6:30pm–8pm, 2nd Monday of each month at Sabes Jewish Community Center 4330 South Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park, MN. Contact 612.825.9615 hcpclg@yahoo.com or visit website at www.hccmhc.com

Seniors Program of Neighborhood Involvement Program
If you are aged 60 live within the following boundaries: 44th Avenue in North Minneapolis, West 36th Street in South Minneapolis, 35W on the east, and France Avenue on the west in MPLS and need help with a variety of services email seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.com or www.neighborhoodinvolve.org or call (612) 374-3322 for more info.

Need to read better?
Call us for free classes or tutoring near your home.
• Improve your reading or math
• Get ready for your GED
• Learn computer skills
• Study English as a Second Language
Minnesota Literacy Council’s Adult Literacy Hotline: 1.800.222.1990
www.theMLC.org/hotline

An Individualized Internet Course for Senior Adults
At last! Individualized instruction to help you find health information on the Internet. Free, ongoing classes and workshops held at these locations: Eastside Neighborhood Services 1700 2nd St. NE, Mpls. 55413 .(612) 787-4020 or The Seniors’ Place 1801 Central Ave. NE, MPLS. 55418 (612) 788-9186.

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Serves all of Hennepin County, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis counseling, up to 72-hour overnight residential care, community referrals, parent education, parent support group, and a home visiting program. For more information or if you need services: .(763) 591-0100. Services are accessed voluntarily by families through the Crisis Hotline.

Pillsbury Crisis Nursery – A program of Pillsbury United Communities
Serves all of Hennepin County, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline, crisis counseling, emergency day care, and limited 72-hour overnight home based care. For more information or if you need services: (612) 302-3500. Services are accessed voluntarily by families through the Crisis Hotline.

Homeless Intervention Services
Are you a Minneapolis resident who needs help finding housing? Call the Minneapolis Urban League’s In-take Line at (612) 827-9299. For more information about the services, contact the Minneapolis Urban League, Sharon Sayles Belton Community Services Center, 411 38th Avenue S., Minneapolis, (612) 827-5673.

City of St. Paul mortgage foreclosure prevention
Contact for free counseling to help you learn about the steps necessary to keep your home. 25 W Fourth St., 12th floor, St. Paul. (651) 266-6626.

NHS Refinance clinic
Call (612) 521-3581 for details, to register for the refinance information session or to schedule an individual appointment with a mortgage counselor.

Free Legal Services from Legal Aid Society
An attorney is available by appointment each Monday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Call the Minneapolis Urban League at (612) 302-3100.

Free Drug Rehab Resource consultations
Call today 1-866-649-1594 or find out more at www.drugrehabresource.net. Don’t wait.

Help someone in your community learn English
Enthusiastic individuals needed to make a lasting difference in the life of an adult learner. Help someone in your community learn English, prepare for the GED or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. Ongoing training and support is provided through the Minnesota Literacy Council. For more volunteer information, go to www.theMLC.org or contact Allison Runchey at (651) 645-2277 ext 219, arunchey@theMLC.org

Brooklyn Center Support Group for Families
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI-MN) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Brooklyn Center at 7:00 p.m., on the first Tuesday of the month. For information, call Bob at (763) 533-1729.

Thinking About Welcoming an Exchange Student?
AFS-USA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Anyone interested in learning more about hosting or volunteering with AFS should visit www.afs.org/usa/hostfamily or call 1-800-AFS-INFO.

Impact the life of a child: Become a literacy tutor with RSVP
RSVP of the Greater Twin Cities is accepting applications from people 55 and over who are interested in tutoring youth, either in the classroom or in an after school program format. RSVP places people in volunteer tutoring positions with organizations in their own neighborhoods. You can make a difference in a child’s life for as little as one hour a week. The RSVP program, sponsored locally by Volunteers of America of Minnesota, provides benefits and support to people 55 and over. For more information call Mary Jane Horton, RSVP Literacy Coordinator, at (952) 945-4163 or mhorton@voamn.org

Wanted: Community-minded book lovers
One in seven U.S. adults lack the literacy skills necessary to enjoy great books, help their children with homework, or understand medication labels. But you can change this by volunteering with the Minnesota Literacy Council. With only two or three hours a week, your love of reading can create a stronger community. Tutor an adult learner, assist in an adult classroom, or teach a basic English or GED class. We have locations throughout the Twin Cities area, flexible scheduling and training to help you get started. Contact Allison at volunteer@themlc.org or (651) 645-2277, Ext 219 or visit us on the web at www.themlc.org

Senior Companions Make a Difference
Are you interested in visiting homebound or isolated elders in their homes and helping with transportation for appointments or errands? If so, the Senior Companion Program would like to match you with people in the community who need a little extra help to stay in their homes. Senior Companion volunteers earn a tax-free stipend, mileage reimbursement, training and liability insurance while serving. Volunteers must be 55 or older and serve 15 hours a week. For more information, contact Kate Neuhaus with the Senior Companion Program of Lutheran Social Service at (651) 310-9447 or at kate.neuhaus@lssmn.org Coordinator at srvolunteer@neighborhoodinvolve.org or call (612) 746-8549 for more info or visit www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

Foster Care Programs
Volunteers of America-Minnesota is looking for parents to provide care for youth in one of our two foster care programs. We have kids of all ages in need of a stable home with dedicated parents who appreciate the difficulties of childhood! Volunteers of America provides foster parents with friendly training, 24 hour support and a monthly stipend. Stop by an information meeting and learn more about making a difference in the life of a child! Meetings are held Fridays from 10:00-11:30 and the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30. Sessions are held at the VOA office: 7625 Metro Blvd, Mpls, MN 55439 Contact Heather Thornton at (952) 945-4064 for more information, or to RSVP. Also, visit us online at www.voafostercare.org

Volunteer tutors are needed to teach Adult ESL & GED classes
One day per week at Sumner Library- 611 Van White Memorial Blvd. Morning Classes: 10am-Noon & Evening Classes: 6:30-8:30 Monday-Thursday. No previous experience necessary; full training provided. Must be able to commit to a 3 month period. For more information, please call (612) 377-5399 or aconley@mnliteracy.org.

Mentors Make a Difference
The Council on Crime and Justice is looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to serve as mentors in two separate support groups. One group is for ex-offenders who have recently been released from prison, and the other is for their loved ones, who are helping the men transition from prison. All mentoring is done in a group setting at the Reentry Hub located on 1101 West Broadway Ave in MPLS. Groups are offered at various times and include both daytime and early evening hours. Expected commitment 3-6 hours per month. To sign up or for more info contact Zach Psick at psickz@crimeandjustice.org (612) 353-3016.

Volunteer: Coach to Success Mentoring Program
Volunteer to become a mentor with AAAC’s mentoring program. Make a positive impact on the life of a young student in the Osseo Area School District #279. For more information, contact the African American Action Council, 6001 78th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN. (763) 503-0159.

Adult Literacy Tutors
Help someone in your community learn English, prepare for the GED or increase their basic math, reading and computer skills. For opportunities throughout the Metro area or Greater Minnesota, contact Allison at the Minnesota Literacy Council arunchey@theMLC.org or (651) 645-2277, Ext 219. Or volunteer@themlc.org

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