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May 23rd

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EVENTS

Believe and Achieve Celebration – May 27
The Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) invites you to attend the Inaugural “Believe and Achieve Celebration” on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event will be held at the St. Mary’s University Event Center located at 2540 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Please RSVP by using the Eventbrite Link (here).

The Big Hat Luncheon - May 30
It’s Your Affair will host it's an annual charitable event, . The purpose of this event is to enrich the lives of women and provide attendees with a memorable experience and information that is valuable to life’s journey. This years theme is Conversation Peace. The keynote speaker is Brandon Jones M.A. Brandon is an upcoming leader in the Twin cities who is passionate about facilitating positive change within the urban community. The program will include live music, phenomenal speakers, give aways and a variety of vendors. The Big Hat Luncheon will be held at The Minneapolis Marriot West Hotel, 9960 Wayzata Blvd and will begin at 11 a.m. You can go online to purchase tickets by visiting www.itsyouraffairevents.org or call 612.460.0244. Ticket prices are $60 or $550 for a table of 10. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit From Death to Life http://www.fromdeathtolife.us/home.html

2015 Black Youth Summit - May 30
The 2015 Black Youth Summit will be held on May 30th from 10AM – 4PM at Metropolitan State University’s St. Paul Campus. The summit is designed and led by high school youth from around the Twin Cities and is for anyone interested in issues connected to the lives and well- being of Black Youth. This year's summit will be a positive and fun atmosphere to discuss and take action on the most important issues in our lives. The summit theme is POWER: Promoting Our Wisdom 2 Elevate & Rethink. There will be workshops exploring Black Unity, History, Self-Definition, Equality in Education, and fighting the Slave Mentality. There will be local and nationally known keynote speakers, performers and plenty of food and entertainment! Come out and bring your friends! This event is free and open to the public, however registration is required: https://tcblackyouthsummit.wordpress.com/ . For more information contact Brian Lozenski @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Lanise Block 612.668.5318.

Shiloh Temple International Ministries Family Event Day - May 30
It's Family month @ Shiloh Temple International Ministries. and that means for the month of May everything we do will be about family. Please feel free to stop by and check out our FB Page for updates on daily events; May 30th is our Family Event Day starting at 9:00 am is our Family Rally where all families will be unified in one color and represent their families! Then we will go over to the North Football field and have lots of fun with games, food and much more. For more information and to sign up please contact Shiloh Temple @ 612-302-1463 or stop by! You don't want your family to miss out on this great move of God! Can't wait to see you there.

15th Annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival – May 30-31
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The 15th annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the biggest and longest-running festivals of its kind in the country. The downtown Saint Paul festival includes free outdoor performances and activities at Rice Park, as well as indoor performances at the Ordway and other local stages for just $5 per ticket. This year’s festival welcomes dozens of local, regional, national and international artists from around the world and provides children and their families the opportunity to experience international puppetry, dance, music, drama, and more. For more information about the festival, please visit: http://www.fhfestival.org/.

Poetry in All Places - June 4
On Thursday, from 6-8 p.m., Saint Paul Public presents two non-traditional poetry projects at Rondo Library, 461 Dale St N, Saint Paul, 55103. Diego Vázquez and Marcie Rendon will discuss the Women’s Writing Program they lead, which brings poetry and writing skills to inmates at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. Poets from the project will read some of their works. City of St. Paul’s Sidewalk Poetry Project originator, Marcus Young, presents his efforts to bring poetry to the sidewalks around the city. A reception with the poets and project leaders follows the program, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 651-266-7400 or visit www.sppl.org.

“Dance Out of Africa” Dance Workshops - June 14
Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. At the Jawaahir Dance Studio. $30 online at danceworkshop.brownpapertickets.com /$35 at the door. The “Dance Out of Africa” theme will be introduced two weeks before the concert in an afternoon of dance workshops for participants at all levels. The workshops will demonstrate how movement, rhythm and concepts of dance have migrated and evolved from Africa to Cuba and Brazil. Instruction will be given in the traditional dance of Ghana, Afrocuban, son, salsa and rumba dances of Cuba, and Brazilian dances including the “forbidden” lambada, zouk, samba and forró. The workshops will take place from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Jawaahir Dance Studio at Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis.

23rd Annual Sally Ordway Irvine Awards - June 22
Join the Ordway for the 2015 Sally Awards on Monday, June 22, 2015. The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations, and Minnesota residents committed to enriching their communities through the arts. One recipient is awarded in each of five categories: Vision, Initiative, Commitment, Education and Arts Access. The awards ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Theater, followed by a dessert reception in the Marzitelli Foyer at 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

"Dance Out of Africa" Performance - June 27
Saturday, at 8:00 p.m. At Jefferson Community School Theatre. $12 with danceoutofafrica.brownpapertickets.com/$15 at the door. The title of this dance performance, “Dance Out of Africa,” alludes playfully to the Out-of-Africa theory on the origin of humans, and reflects the performers’ viewpoint that Africa is the birthplace and major influence behind many dance forms which have spread throughout the diaspora and reach into our own local community.

PROGRAMS & SERVICES
 
REACH Ministry - Every Friday
EVERY FRIDAY! Music, worship, & the word! Doors open @ 7pm! FREE! REACH Ministry (1313 Chestnut Ave., Minneapolis)! reachministry.org! Spread the word!

Juxtaposition Arts: Free Arts Programs - SUMMER 2015
Are you interested in art and between the ages of 10 and 21? Do you dream of a career in Visual Arts? Juxtaposition Arts located at 2007 Emerson Av. No. (on the corner of Emerson & Broadway in North Minneapolis), offers free arts programs and job opportunities designed for young people to explore, refine, and develop their skills in the arts. Visual Arts Literacy Training (V.A.L.T.) and JXTA Free Wall Workshop are currently open for enrollment for the SUMMER 2015 session; V.A.L.T: June 22nd-August 13th 2015 Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 10 am- 1 pm; Free Wall session #1-June 16th –July 9th Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday; Free Wall session #2-July 14th-July 30th Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. To register: http://juxtapositionarts.org/programs/apply-now/ . For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-588-1148

North Minneapolis Summer Resource Fair
Summer opportunities for youth of all ages will be showcased at the fifth annual North Minneapolis Summer Resource Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. Over 20 organizations will be showcasing their summer programs and activities for this upcoming summer. This event is for youth of all ages. Families from all backgrounds can browse different options and plan their child's entire summer all in one place! Representatives and volunteers from the organizations will be on hand with scholarship, registration and general information. The entire event is FREE, with live entertainment and refreshments. For more information on this event, please contact Hanna Mihalko at 612-626-8952.

Seeking Community Input
The Minnesota Department of Health is seeking community input to inform the design of the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grant program and the next request for proposal process. The Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative aims to improve the health status of American Indians, African Americans/Africans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics/Latinos in Minnesota who are most impacted by health disparities. Community input meetings are scheduled: Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 pm, Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul; Thursday, March 19, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, The Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul; Friday, March 20, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Center for Changing Lives/Lutheran Social Services, 2400 Park Avenue, Minneapolis and Webinar: If you are not able to attend a metro-area meeting due to travel or schedule and would be interested in participating in a Webinar, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and email and we will send you more information when it is scheduled. Register: Please register by clicking the link below: https://survey.vovici.com/se.ashx?s=56206EE31EB4B107 . Questions? Please contact Erica Fishman, EHDI Grants Manager. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 651-201-5819

Volunteer with the Minnesota Literacy Council
Help adults learn English or get their GED. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Interested? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Ellie at 651-645-2277 x207. Or visit www.mnliteracy.org/tutoradults.

Adult Literacy Hotline
Find free classes near you! Call 1-800-222-1990 or text 612-424-1211 to find out more information about free English, GED, computer or citizenship classes.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

RAKE IT Fall Yard Clean-Up
Leaves do fall. 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-October (depending upon the weather) until the snow stays. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Minneapolis senior citizens who seek assistance should call 612-374-3322 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.

CEED Online Class
Earn a Continuing Education Certificate (clock hours) or Academic Credit by successfully completing a CEED online course. Sessions are nine weeks long and instructor-led. Participants need a computer with internet access and a high speed connection. Click on the links for more information about each course and to register. Mar. 24, 2014 - Pregnancy's Unexpected Outcomes: Death, Disabilities, and the Impact on Parents and Children--A Guide for Practitioners. (82 Clock Hours or 2 academic credits)

FYI/ I Can Prevent Diabetes Program
I can Prevent Diabetes is a collaborative, community-based, lifestyle change program designed for people who have diagnosed as pre-diabetic or who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (overweight, family history, get little exercise, had a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.), or currently taking Metforin. This program Involves 16 weekly sessions and eight (8) monthly follow-up sessions where participants learn how to create a healthier lifestyle. For more information or to register please contact Sylvia Amos at 612-521-3110 for a list of church sites where the class will be offered in 2014.

CAST (Capri after School Theater)
Working in collaboration with Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and PYC Arts & Tech High School, Capri After School Theater (CAST) is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in exploring the world of theater after school every week Tuesdays and Thursday until May 22, 2014, 3:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. at Capri Theater 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411. There is no charge for this program thanks to generous support from the Carlson Family Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. If you are a high school student (or a parent/guardian of a student), please contact Kevin D. West at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-643-2039 for information or to enroll.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Minneapolis senior citizens who seek assistance should call (612) 374-3322 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.

Register at any time for lessons at Camden Music School - Ongoing
Looking for a place to play? You can enroll in lessons at CMS at any time! Tuition is prorated to the number of lessons you take. All ages, abilities and experience levels are welcome. The CMS Fall Term runs through Saturday, January 18. Recitals will be held on January 25. Spring Term starts the week of February 3. CMS offers vocal and instrumental lessons, Musikgarten early childhood music classes (newborn to age 8), hand drumming, community choir, music theory and more! Family rates and discounts are available. Scholarship applications for the spring term will be available Monday, December 2. Classes in Camden: Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 3751 Sheridan Ave. N., 55412. CMS in Northeast Minneapolis: Grace Center for Community Life (formerly Holland School), 1500 6th St. NE, 55413. More information: 612-618-0219 or www.camdenmusicschool.com.


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or online at http://voafostercare.org


Reduce Gym Membership Fee
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit us online at http://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 http://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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it m 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,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.

NIP Seniors Program RAKE IT seeks volunteers Now–Nov
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake. Exact location TBD in Minneapolis, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Coordinator at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (651) 645-2277, Ext 219. Or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jacobs Ladder Inc. & P.A.L. tutoring program
Certified teachers needed to volunteer with the Jacobs Ladder Inc. & P.A.L tutoring program. Contact Diashka B. Jackson, (763) 458-3440.
Volunteers Needed: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Contact Mary Wiles at (651) 255-8183 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for information or to volunteer.

Volunteers Needed: American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
Contact Mary Wiles at (651) 255-8183 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information or to volunteer.

Guild Incorporated
Guild Incorporated is a health and human services organization that exists to help people with mental illness lead quality lives. The Volunteer Service Program at Guild Incorporated offers: flexible scheduling, expense reimbursement, training, ongoing support and recognition of your efforts. For more information about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (651) 925-8465 or heck out www.guildincorporated.org. A variety of volunteer positions are available.

Become a Minneapolis Urban League volunteer or mentor
To become a Minneapolis Urban League classroom volunteer or to mentor a student, contact the Marketing Department at (612) 302-3143.
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