twin cities | volunteer & donate
interfaith holiday opportunities
minneapolis & st. paul 2018
Donate Gift Cards ifor Christmas or Hanukkah - in $10 or $20 increments for retailers like Target, J. C. Penney, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Cub Foods or Holiday gas. An estimated 200 families (670 people) will need holiday support in the coming weeks. .
Bring gift cards to Interfaith Outreach, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth before December 14. Or, head to their donation page and (from the drop-down menu) select HOLIDAY GIFT PROGRAM.
Interfaith Outreach is committed to making every family, child or stranger feel protected, cherished and welcomed into community.
Homelessness doesn't take a holiday. This collaborative of congregations is committed to making sure all people have a home - building, sheltering and impacting policy. Beacon is a collaboratibe united in action to create and advance equitable housing and stronger communities. You can help your congregation become a host or make a personal donation. Read more at BeaconInterfaith.org or make a donation.
Make a difference in the life of a refugee getting a start on life in Minnesota. You can make a donation or donate goods that you purchas and deliver (during business hours) to the Institute. Another option is to use the Institute's Amazon Wishlist. Current needs include: Backpacks, Toiletry items: shampoo, d.o., women’s hygiene, Laundry detergent, New or gently used winter coats and boots (adult and kid sizes), NEW winter hats and gloves (adult and kid sizes), Gift cards (grocery stores, Target, Walmart), and Bus cards. If you have larger items to donate or household items not on our list, we encourage you to donate your items to Bridging. If you have questions or are interested in conducting a donation drive, please contact Housing Case Manager, Stella Vang at SVang@iimn.org.
When you donate to Marine Toys for Tots you are helping to bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation oversees the operations and conduct of all local Marine Toys for Tots Campaigns. You can: Donate Toys , Donate Online, or apply to be a Toy Drop Location. Learn more about a Local Campaign and how to volunteer.
PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE’S Holiday Registry. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive homeless shelter for families in Minnesota; 60% of their guests are under 6 years old.
Help make this holiday and new year season brighter for families supported by People Serving People programs: shelter, advocacy, parent and child development and care. Please have all gifts to People Serving People by December 14.
The Salvation Army serves people of every faith and from every walk of life. Most opportunities don't require any prior experience; just a willingness to help. Get a group together or just jump-in and make a difference: be a bell-ringer, serve a meal or deliver toays to a tot. Check out the options at these links:
Host a Food & Fund Drive - a staple for collecting donations for food banks like Second Harvest Heartland - host it personally or virtually.
When you host a Virtual Food Drive for Second Harvest Heartland, you can transform $1 into 3 meals for hungry children, seniors, and adults in our community. Better yet, your Virtual Drive will help put fresh foods including produce, dairy and meat, on the tables of those who need it most. The impact is astounding!
Every dollar and every pound of food count. Register to host a traditional food drive. Register to host a virtual food drive. Or, consider becoming a regular volunteer sharing your special skills or distributing fresh food.
Donors invest in children’s futures. All meals are paid for by people just like you. Your generosity helps FMSC to feed more kids!
FMSC consistently receives the highest awards for integrity and trustworthiness. More than 90% of total donations are spent directly on meal production. Each meal costs less than 25 cents.
You can make a donation at this link: $80 feeds a child for a year, $365 feeds a family for a year, $1,800 provides a pallet of food, $10,000 feeds a village
parents engage with their children in community service, they pass along the spirit of giving and goodness.
GREAT HOLIDAY RESOURCE - SPONSOR A FAMILY. Doing Good Together focuses on creating a new generation of children who care and contribute; who become volunteers, philanthropists and kind, caring adults.
MCC Refugee Services provides specialized services for refugees and asylees to assist them on the path to self-sufficiency and support them as they work towards achieving their dreams. Providing, Case management, professional employment counseling, educational opportunities for job readiness, and assistance on the path toward citizenship - MCC Refugee Services is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals as an authorized provider of low-cost immigration assistance. Your donations make a difference. Here's a link to items that are needed. An itemized list is required with each donation (for government reporting), and a call ahead for larger donations is appreciated.
Helping children and families to live stable and engaged lives, JFCS relies on more than 800 volunteers. Volunteers can apply here.
With short-and long-term, flexible, volunteer opportunities in a variety of programs, this is the time of year to revisit your commitment to serving others. Consider becoming a mentor to a family with young children, or a youth "Mitzvah Maker" befriending an older adult. Become a "Big" who positively shapes a child's future. Or maybe you'll become part of the Jewish community's response to hunger, PRISM, a partner in ending food insecurity. Whether you organize a supply drive or volunteer to assist customers and manage the cash register, or greet and sort food or clothing - you'll be making a difference in the community.
Material Donations of the following items are appreciated: Food, Clothing, Car seat, Stroller, Diapers (especially large size) and Wipes, Toys, TV, & electronics, Personal Hygiene Items, (always in demand) and Vehicles in good driving condition. Have a group of friends? Consider throwing a Sharing & Caring Shower.
If you would like to donate any of these items, drop off at Sharing and Caring Hands Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am - Noon. Donation questions? Contact 612-338-4640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share your Bounty with Books, Meals, Party in a Box and other great ideas and ways to connect with families in need. Though based in New York, this non-profit provides a great way to gain hands on experience for the whole family. Like one of these ideas? Family Giving can link you with a family. Or take the idea local by calling Families Moving Forward (the only Twin Cities Shelter where both Mom and Dad can stay with their kids) - and ask them if you can deliver book-bags or birthday-boxes. See #2 Beacon, above.
bible | matthew 25:35
I was hungry and you gave me food,
thirsty and you gave me something to drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you gave me clothing
“Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked -
and help you?"
when you did it to one of the least of these
you did it to me
interfaith | twin cities - content notes
Threefaiths chooses events and resources based on the organization's desire to build interfaith bridges among the Abrahamic faiths: Jews, Christians, Muslims.
We acknowledge that our own work, as well as that of those listed here, often falls short of God's desire for us; we are open to ways we may continually improve.
We do our best to vet organizations, events and resources that advance intefaith action, communication or education; providing you with a range of possibilities.
Some of these resources and organization will NOT be your cup of tea (they lean too far left or right, are too conservative or liberal, too traditional or modernist).
The organizations and resources listed here are not provided as an endorsement
of all of their views or work, but as an affirmation of their interfaith work within the St. Paul | Minneapolis community.
We're hoping that among the amazing options within our Twin Cities, you will find a great place to be active, share conversation, or expand your interfaith education.
If your event or organization is not yet featured here, and you feel it would be a good match, please let us know. CONTACT THREE FAITHS