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Women’s Advocates, Inc.
Attn: Tom Brinker – Volunteering
588 Grand Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102
Deep Clean Crew
Help with detailed cleaning projects in the common areas, bathrooms, and administrative areas of Women’s Advocates shelter. Daily cleaning takes place, but every once in a while we need to move furniture around, clean underneath things, dust way up high, and wash windows. If your group likes to roll your sleeves up to make a difference, then this is the perfect job for you!
Group size: 4-8 people.
Requirements: Can bend, stand, lift 25 pounds, reach for things.
Schedule: 2 hour project, 8-3 M-F.
Landscaping & Yard Work
Help make our yard look inviting, clean, and ready for the next season! Our front yards (of three houses) and back yard (of one house) have some established landscaping that needs seasonal attention from volunteers. If your group has an eye for landscaping and likes to break a sweat for a good cause, then this is the project for you!
Group size: 5-10 people.
Requirements: Can lift 20 pounds, bend, shovel, rake, and be active for 2 hours.
Items required: Landscaping tools (rakes, shovels, lawn bags, gloves, etc).
Schedule: 2 hour project, 8-3 M-F, seasonal.
Care Package Creators
Sometimes children are sick or feeling down, and they are spending the day in their room at the shelter as they recuperate. Most families arrive at the shelter without their belongings, and a day in your room without your stuff can get pretty boring. Children need care packages for those days, and groups like yours can collect items and assemble care packages to brighten their day!
Group size: 4-10 people.
Requirements: Good sense of what a child (of any age) would like for a sick-day care package.
Schedule: Anytime, can be done off-site.
Group must provide materials to go in the sick-day care packages
Children’s Activities Crew
The fun and learning should never stop at our Children’s Program! Help us to keep things lively for the children by putting on children’s activities (such as water activities in the summer, themed activities, etc) at our shelter.
Group size: 4-10 people.
Requirements: Good with children, well organized, yet has a “go with the flow” attitude, equipped with a fun activity for kids!
Schedule: Typically weekday daytime, when our drop-in childcare is open or when our shelter based events occur.
Choose a meal you would like to prepare and serve to approx. 20 women & 30 children, bring the cooks, and we provide a clean, commercial kitchen, along with 50 appreciative diners!
Great for 4-6 people.
Requirements: Well organized, have a “go with the flow” attitude, familiar with safe food preparation requirements.
Items required: If your group would like to choose the meal served, a meal plan shared with our staff is required 2 weeks in advance. Specialty items which cost more than our budget allows must be funded or provided by the group. Furthermore, groups can bring their own groceries EXCEPT for meats and dairy, which Women’s Advocates staff will purchase based on your submitted menu.
- Weekday or Weekend Dinner: Arrival typically by 2:30pm to prep, serve dinner at 4:30pm, clean up and depart by 5:30pm
- Weekend Lunch: Arrival typically by 10am to prep, serve lunch at 11:30am, clean up and depart by 12:30pm
Collect donations for Women’s Advocates! Throughout the year certain types of donated items are needed to help women and children on their journey towards safety. Collecting items or cash donations for Women’s Advocates can be a great way to get involved with the community and make a difference in someone’s life.
Typical donation drives are for diapers, target gift cards (which are used to take families shopping for children’s holiday gifts, personal undergarments, or other specified needs), financial donations for our programs, hygiene items, or new children’s winter wear. Depending on the interests of your group and the needs of Women’s Advocates, we decide together on what the best items to collect are. Folks have a blast doing these collections, and a delivery to the shelter results in a lot of appreciation, a few hugs from happy staff members, and a great memory to share with your group!
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Tom (firstname.lastname@example.org) or see our In-Kind Donation Wishlist if you need some ideas!