Looking for a Few Good Volunteers

April 16, 2009

We have had a few posts about unhappy Minnesotans in the past few months. I think that lending a helping hand to a neighbor less fortunate than you is a great way to find happiness. Community service is just a good thing to be a part of. Plus the weather is starting to get more and more beautiful every day, so it could also be a great way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine.

Here are some cool Minneapolis-based websites to help get you started:

1.  The Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
“Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is a warm, loving, and safe place where kids get to be kids while their parents take care of a family emergency. The Nursery gives parents a supportive, safe, and non-shaming environment in which to ask for help.

2. Volunteer Match
Volunteer Match is a website where you can enter the city and state you live in.  Enter “Minneapolis” and 1,620 volunteer opportunities pop up.

3. The Volunteer Family
“The Volunteer Family is prepared to encourage and facilitate volunteering with parents while simultaneously assisting local agencies plan and prepare for family volunteers.  We aim to strengthen familial bonds while helping local agencies achieve their goal of serving our communities most pressing needs.”

4. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
“Volunteers play an important role in maintaining the natural areas in our park system.  You can learn more about native plant communities and how to preserve these areas for the future by volunteering.”

5. YMCA Twin cities
“The YMCA is a nonprofit social services organization dedicated to building strong kids, strong families and strong communities.
And we can’t do it without volunteers.”