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Volunteer Event - Cook for and Dine with Families at Local Homeless Shelter

The Minnesota Atheists will have another powerful and unique volunteer opportunity at the Family Place homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul. Although it is right next to the First Baptist Church, and that church provides help to the shelter, the Family Place is a completely secular 501 (c)(3).

*Look in the comments section for ingredients and reply with what items you intend to bring with you!*

We will be preparing dinner for as many as 50 people (we'll know the exact number the day before we will serve) at the Family Place. We will then dine with the families and then clean up afterward. We will have full access to their kitchen to make the preparations. The food we serve is up to us.

We should plan on arriving by 3 PM for orientation, set up, and meal preparation. The orientation for new participants lasts approximately 30 min., dinner is served at 4:30 PM. Clean up the dining area and kitchen after the meal. We will be going to the Bulldog after for drinks and conversation please join us.

For parking:

The Family Place rents parking space from First Baptist Church so you can park for free in their lot (do not Park on the street since it is a ticket and tow area); the entrance to the parking lot is a few feet East of the corner of 9th and Wacouta. The exact address is 499 North Wacouta Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Drive to the far end of the lot, park, and walk across the street which will place you on the corner of 10th and Wacouta a few feet from of our entrance at[masked]th St. E. You will need to be buzzed into the building and the call button is located at the right side of the double doors which are not marked. Please use our 10th St. entrance and not the church entrance on Wacouta.

If you're using GPS to find the shelter, use the 499 North Wacouta Street address (which is where we park) since most GPS systems cannot find the appropriate location when using the[masked]th St. E. location.

The Minnesota Atheists is a partner organization of the Volunteers Beyond Belief

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  • Marty S.

    Hell of a job there Phil and Bernadette. Thank you very much for organizing and recipeing. Is that a word? Anyway really appreciate you're making it so easy for our group to be involved and help!

    December 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for helping Marty. We could never do this with out great volunteers like you.

      December 21, 2013

  • ashe

    I'm new. I got the process confused. I commented that I went with my other plans given that I was just on the wait list. I had not removed myself. My apologies.

    December 21, 2013

  • Marty S.

    No worries on this thing. If two more can't sub in we will hold up our end of the deal its all good

    1 · December 21, 2013

    • ashe

      I've been on the wait list so had other tentative plans. Hope to catch up with the group at another event or volunteer gig very soon!

      December 21, 2013

    • ashe

      I'm very confused. I just got a confirmation for this. Oh, wait. I get it. I commented that I went with my other plans seeing as this wasn't a for sure thing. But I didn't remove myself from the wait list. My apologies.

      December 21, 2013

  • Marty S.

    Steitz appears to be working all night. We WILL bring the chicken. We may not stay for actual cooking due to lack of sleep. If there are volunteers waiting to help perhaps sub them out for Anne and I, but chicken will arrive!

    1 · December 21, 2013

    • ashe

      I MAY still be able to make it. If so, I'd likely just be bringing me (seeing as you're bringing the chicken but likely not yourself, that kinda would work, right?)... lol.

      Won't know for certain if I can sub until about 1pm Saturday. I'd love to contribute!

      December 21, 2013

    • Marty S.

      If you can tag in that would be great, if not that's fine too.

      December 21, 2013

  • Marty S.

    Just a confirmation that i will be bringing the chicken.

    December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for bringing the Chicken.

      December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have a few more items left on the list
    Also we have 5 people on the wait list so if you are not able to attend on Saturday please update your rsvp. If you are on the wait list please join us at the Bulldog after the meal. We usually get there around 6:00. Salad--
    1 packages of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers
    10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)

    Stir Fry –
    large pc. fresh Ginger
    24 – 32 oz sugar snap peas or snow pea pods

    December 16, 2013

    • Birch H.

      I will bring the Salad ingredients (spring mix, cucumbers and tomatoes). Birch

      December 17, 2013

    • Dan K

      I'll bring the peas and ginger!

      December 17, 2013

  • Marty S.

    I can bring the chicken

    December 15, 2013

  • Lynne C.

    I said I'd bring the jar of garlic in my first message--or at least believe I did--but I will bring it and croutons.

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is a list of items that still need to be picked.
    Salad--
    1 packages of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers
    10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    4 packages of croutons
    Stir Fry –
    12 lbs chicken
    large pc. fresh Ginger
    1 jar minced garlic
    24 – 32 oz sugar snap peas or snow pea pods

    December 10, 2013

  • Marty S.

    What kind of chicken? Boneless chicken breast?

    December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes boneless is best. Breast or tenderloin.

      December 10, 2013

  • Lynne C.

    I can bring: onions, peppers, garlic, carrots, clementines (2 bags)
    If there's things that still need to be contributed, I can bring more.

    December 9, 2013

  • Caroline

    I can bring the cookie dough and salad dressing.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bernadette and I will be kitchen leaders this month. We will be doing Asian stir fry with salad and dessert.

    Salad--

    1 packages of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers
    10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    4 packages of croutons
    3-4 bottles Salad dressing (Ranch and French are popular)

    Stir Fry –

    12 lbs chicken
    Soy Sauce – Bernadette and Phil
    1 large pc. fresh Ginger
    4 yellow onions
    1 jar minced garlic
    Black pepper-Phil and Bernadette
    3 red peppers
    3 yellow peppers
    1lb bag carrots
    24 – 32 oz sugar snap peas or snow pea pods
    Rice – Bernadette and Phil

    Dessert—

    Fruit- Clementines and/or Apples.
    Cookies dough to make cookies for 50 people. We can bake in oven. Store bought or mix ingredients there.

    December 8, 2013

  • Brenda C.

    Sorry, we are busy that day!

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be posting the menu and ingredients list in the next 2 days.

    December 2, 2013

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