Make A Difference Day on Oct. 27: A day for volunteering

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Make A Difference Day is the largest single day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world will unite with a common mission to improve the lives of others on Saturday, October 27.

KARE 11 is teaming up with HandsOn Twin Cities for Make A Difference Day 2012. KARE 11 employees will be volunteering their time through Neighborhood Involvement Program and encourage you to volunteer, too.

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities available on Make A Difference Day and Beyond. HandsOn Twin Cities has a searchable database of volunteer opportunities, in addition to the suggestions listed here.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities taking place on Make a Difference Day - October 27th. Consider joining one of these: 

Kids N' Kinship and Cheerful Givers (Age 8+)
Saturday October 27, 1:00-2:00 pm 
Thomson Reuters, 610 Opperman Drive, Eagan 

Approx. 80 volunteers are needed to assemble 3,001 birthday bags for less fortunate children. This will be a meaningful and fun, hands-on, experience. Enjoy Birthday cookies AND help your community on National Make A Difference Day! 

Register online by Oct. 15 to participate. Pre-registration is required.  Contact Kids 'n Kinship at 952-892-6368 or Cheerful Givers 651-226-8738 with questions.

Raking & bagging leaves at the 40+ Hammer homes throughout the metro, including Wayzata, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park, Golden Valley, Plymouth, Crystal, Edina, Eden Prairie, New Hope, and Maple Grove. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, and needed through November 19.

Register online to volunteer or contact Katie at 952-277-2427 or with questions.

Adaptive Bowling Assistant (Age 15+)
Adaptive Recreation & Learning Exchange  - A cooperative between the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield that provides recreation, leisure and community education opportunities for people with disabilities.

The bowling league takes place at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie and serves 130 adults age 18+ with developmental disabilities. Volunteer for as many Saturdays that fit into your schedule. Please let us know exact dates you are able to volunteer with the program. Contact Ann at 612-861-9361 or to register.

Great River Greening - Rum River Easement Property Tree Planting (Age 12+)
Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cambridge, MN
The Rum River is one of six state-designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, distinguished by its free-flowing conditions, water quality and outstanding scenic values. Volunteers will participate in Great River Greening's largest riverbank restoration project by planting willows along a 1/4 mile stretch of the river, and restoring through the planting of trees the last major gap in this otherwise intact floodplain forest.
Register online or contact Josh Kriz at or 651-665-9500 ex. 11.

Community Thread - Rake A Difference
Sat., Oct. 27 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
2300 Orleans St W, Stillwater, Minnesota, 55082

A service project since 1998, Rake a Difference Day connects local seniors and people with disabilities with volunteer yard raking assistance each fall. Residents in the St. Croix Valley area are supported through this initiative. 

Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own rakes. Register online to help rake.

If you're interested in developing your own Make A Difference Day project or volunteering on another day, here are some additional suggestions.

Community Volunteer Ideas:


  • Writing letter to veterans and current military members 
  • Knit/Crochet Scarves for care packages for military 
  • Care packages for troops 
  • Give an "IOU coupon book" for household chores to a military family in your community

Related Organizations:


  • Adopt a grandparent 
  • Deliver meals 
  • Help with fall leaves and window cleaning 
  • Playing cards or board games with seniors 
  • Donate puzzles to senior care facilities for Alzheimer patients 
  • Lead a sing-along at a senior care facility

Related Organizations:

Homelessness and Hunger

  • Create your own or donate coloring or activity books to youth living in shelters
  • Serve a meal 
  • Organize a donation drive for cold weather items (hats/mittens/socks, etc..) to donate to a local shelter 
  • Knit hats, blankets and scarves for the homeless 
  • Create care packages containing granola bars, water bottles and other long-lasting food items to give out when you see someone in need

Related Organizations:


  • Park Restoration
  • Neighborhood clean-up 
  • Be a Garden Steward

Related Organizations:


  • Be a study buddy
  • Computer Skills Tutor 
  • Read to kids at a school or library Hold a book drive
  • Mentor a child 
  • Read to your child

Related Organizations:

Immigrant and Refugee

  • ESL tutor
  • Citizenship tutor 
  • Be an Interpreter 
  • Refugee Mentor

Related Organizations:


  • Make cat and dog toys for animal shelters
  • Therapeutic house back riding leader 
  • Foster a dog 
  • Help a neighbor with their pets

Related Organizations :    

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