Outreach Initiatives

Second Harvest Heartland – Food Sorting and Packing

Second Harvest Heartland – Food Sorting and Packing | 2harvest.org

Sorting, and packing food to be distributed to those that are food insecure in Minnesota and Eastern Wisconsin in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The first project that volunteers conquered was Second Harvest Heartland’s new Food Rx program which focuses on those that are food insecure, and have to follow certain dietary guidelines due to cultural beliefs or health issues (diabetes, heart disease). After completing the quota for the day, our volunteers moved on to sorting, weighing, and bagging yams to be distributed to local food shelves across Minnesota and Eastern Wisconsin. Volunteers packed 5,482 pounds of food, and when broken down each volunteer supplied 233 meals.

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New York City Relief – The Relief Bus

New York City Relief – The Relief Bus | newyorkcityrelief.org

Leading and participating in daily activities with children at the Boys & Girls Club in Waterloo, Iowa. This volunteer effort called for employees to be a little silly! Volunteers spent the afternoon leading gym games, making arts & crafts, and competing in board games.

ReliefBus


Boys And Girls Club of the Cedar Valley

Boys And Girls Club of the Cedar Valley | cedarvalleyclubs.com

Leading and participating in daily activities with children at the Boys & Girls Club in Waterloo, Iowa. This volunteer effort called for employees to be a little silly! Volunteers spent the afternoon leading gym games, making arts & crafts, and competing in board games.

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Minneapolis Parks and Recreation – Trail Rehabilitation

Minneapolis Parks & Recreation – Trail Rehabilitation | minneapolisparks.org

Volunteers rehabilitated trails by removing debris, and re-mulching them at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. As a team, volunteers accomplished more than expected, and were congratulated for working hard without any complaints!

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People Serving People

People Serving People | peopleservingpeople.org
Lunch serving with People Serving People in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. This volunteer effort took place two Fridays in a row, as the shelter is always in need of volunteers to help serve meals. We toured the shelter before serving lunch, allowing volunteers to gain a better understanding of the shelter’s mission. After the tour, volunteers served residents utilizing the shelter’s resources, and assisted with clean-up.

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Country View Care Center – Special Olympics

Country View Care Center – Special Olympics | countryviewcc.com
Special Olympics with Country View Care Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Volunteers assisted residents participating in the event as well as led Olympic-like activities during Country View Care Center’s annual Special Olympics. Things went so well that a second volunteer effort with Country View Care Center took place a month later!

Country View Care Center


Minneapolis Parks And Recreation – Rose Planting

Minneapolis Parks & Recreation – Rose Planting | minneapolisparks.org
Rose planting with Minneapolis Parks & Recreation at Lyndale Park Gardens in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Volunteers took on the task, and planted over 100 rose bushes in just three hours!

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Northeast Iowa Food Bank – Garden Prep

Northeast Iowa Food Bank – Garden Prep | northeastiowafoodbank.org
Garden prep with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Iowa. Volunteers prepped the onsite garden at Northeast Iowa Foodbank. All of the produce grown in the foodbank’s garden allows Northeast Iowa Food Bank to help struggling households make healthy eating a possible and sustainable priority. Last year they grew and distributed more than 3,000 pounds of produce!

Iowa Food Bank


Salvation Army in New York, New York

Salvation Army in New York, New York | salvationarmyusa.org
Serving lunch with the Salvation Army in New York, New York. Volunteers helped greet guests with a warm smile, helped them find a place to sit, then served meals to guests restaurant style, and assisted with clean up! The guests included the homeless, low-income individuals, and the unemployed. Volunteers found a moment to sit down with those they were serving, and offer them an encouraging word or two.

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Junior Achievement At Rice Lake Elementary, Lino Lakes, MN

Junior Achievement At Rice Lake Elementary, Lino Lakes, MN | jaum.org
JA-in-a-Day with Junior Achievement at Rice Lake Elementary in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Volunteers worked with third grade students integrating stories about their personal and professional path as they facilitated Junior Achievement lessons to inspire students to dream big and provide them with information about the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Volunteers utilized Junior Achievement lessons that were fun, hands-on activities to help students better understand entrepreneurship, how to manage money and what it means to be a responsible citizen, consumer, and worker.

Junior Achievement