- How Lives are Changed: Our blood drives are coordinated by Memorial Blood Centers. Donated blood is delivered to a blood component laboratory where it is processed into several components (e.g., red blood cells, plasma, platelets and/or cryoprecipitate). A single blood donation may help up to three different people.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Donate blood; it is held three times a year – in January, May and September
- Website URL: www.redcrossblood.org
- How Lives are Changed: Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Repair gently-used home furnishings for those in need.
- Website URL: www.bridging.org
- How Lives are Changed: Cornerstone was established in the fall of 1983 by a small group of passionate women and men dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence in South Hennepin County.
- Website URL: https://cornerstonemn.org/
- How Lives are Changed: Homework Connection is a free after-school program staffed by Bloomington Public School employees and volunteers to assist elementary and middle school students to successfully complete homework assignments and reinforce classroom learning. Parents must contact the student’s teacher for a recommendation to the program.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Tutor elementary-age students after school.
- Website URL: www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/community-alumni/volunteer-opportunities/e-12-volunteer-connection/homework-connection
Loaves and Fishes
- How Lives are Changed: We provide nutritious meals to people who are hungry across Minnesota in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest and to develop joint ventures/partnerships with like-minded organizations assisting guests with additional basic needs key to becoming self-sufficient.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Prepare and serve meals at Creekside twice a month.
- Website URL: www.loavesandfishesmn.org
Meals on Wheels
- How Lives are Changed: Metro Meals on Wheels was founded in 1997 as an association of independent Meals On Wheels programs in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area to provide support needed to meet the growing demand for nutritious home-delivered meals. Meals on Wheels programs have existed in the Twin Cities for more than 40 years.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Deliver meals to shut-ins
- Website URL: https://meals-on-wheels.com/
Oasis for Youth 2020 video (produced by City of Bloomington, Dec. 15, 2020)
- How Lives are Changed: Oasis for Youth opens doors to housing, employment, education and wellness for youth facing homelessness in the suburbs. Oasis is celebrating many years of providing tools for stability and opportunities to thrive through individualized case management, onsite supportive services and connections to housing and community resources.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Assist homeless and economically-challenged youth
- Website URL: http://www.oasisforyouth.org/
- How Lives are Changed: Metro Paint-A-Thon is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches that helps income-eligible seniors and disabled adults live independently in their own homes longer. Each summer, particularly the first weekend in August, a team of volunteers paint home exteriors in Hennepin and Ramsey counties and neighboring cities for those who are not able to do the maintenance themselves and cannot afford to hire a contractor. This service, offered at no cost to the homeowner, restores not only the homes we paint but also the homeowner’s sense of pride in their property and community.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Paint house exterior of low-income senior or disabled.
- Website URL: www.metropaintathon.org
- How Lives are Changed: Not a typical “backpack program”, but a full-service non-profit organization specializing in equipping the community to implement weekend food programs in their local school. The Sheridan Story provides the tools and expertise required to make an effective and significant impact on child hunger. We are a mobile delivery solution, providing food to children right where they are – at school. Our broad network provides 4-5 pounds of substantive, nutritious food directly to the children – at the end of each school week we put the food into their backpack for them to take home.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Deliver weekend food supplies to elementary-age children, once a week, to schools
- Website URL: www.thesheridanstory.org
- How Lives are Changed: Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to unmet community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Prepare and serve breakfast every other month
- Website URL: www.simpsonhousing.org
- How Lives are Changed: Oak Grove is working with several non-profit supportive housing organizations in the Twin Cities area, such as Oasis Aeon, and SafeNights, which provide individualized, comprehensive services to homeless and low-income individuals and families working to gain stability in employment, housing and family life. With an emphasis on building positive relationships, these organizations utilize various services to help participants achieve economic independence in their families and communities.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Help Oak Grove provide support through financial contributions and donation drives.
- How Lives are Changed: Together, we create pathways to stronger, more hopeful, communities through access to healthy food, housing stability and supportive services.
- Volunteer Opportunity: Food drives and assist at the warehouse with distribution.
- Website URL: www.veap.org