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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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  • Melinda S.

    I'll bring dessert. I'm thinking fruit skewers and brownies. This will be my first MN Atheists event, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!

    2 · February 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Next time you should bring brownies, though.

      February 16, 2014

    • Melinda S.

      Hmm...I'll have to see if I can find a decent no bake brownies recipe, so we'll still be able to use the oven for the main course.

      February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, this was a lot of fun and the food was good.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Bob S.


    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Nick D.

    I Will bring some app

    February 14, 2014

  • Mahad

    Ok Bob. You can bring it. Thank you!! And Phil said one regular jar.

    February 14, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Mahad, I can bring the mayo if you want. How much? One large jar? Bob

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • Mahad

    I will bring the rest of what's left - Mayonnaise, grated mozzarella & parmesan and the lemonade.

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Items still left to bring:

    1-- regular jar Mayonnaise
    2-- 32 oz packages grated mozzarella (or equivalent amount)
    4-- 8 oz grated Parmesan
    Lemonade or Fruit Punch mix

    February 13, 2014

  • Dan K

    I'll bring the 5 heads romaine lettuce, garlic croutons, and lemon juice.

    February 10, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    We'll bring the pasta sauce and spices

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will pick up the chicken and the penne pasta.

    February 9, 2014

  • Nancy B.

    Matthew and i will bring bread and butter for 50. Looking forward to the event.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Caroline

    I'll bring the beef, onions and green peppers.

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meal Plan Italian: Please reply in the comment section for ingredients that you will bring.

    Caesar Salad

    5 heads Romaine Lettuce
    20 oz Garlic Croutons
    1 regular jar Mayonnaise
    Lemon Juice 10 tsp. min.
    Worcester Sauce - Phil will bring

    Baked Chicken Parmesan

    3 large Yellow Onions
    3 Green Peppers
    6 16 oz boxes Penne Pasta (or equivalent amount)
    9 26 oz jars Pasta sauce tomato, basil, garlic preferred (or equivalent amount)
    3 lbs Ground Beef
    5-6 lbs boneless skinless Chicken Breast (tenderloin pieces will work perfect)
    2 32 oz packages grated mozzarella (or equivalent amount)
    4 8 oz grated Parmesan
    Spices-- Italian blend, oregano, bay leaves, salt and pepper.

    Garlic bread sticks or other appropriate bread and butter to serve 50 people


    Pudding - Phil will bring


    Milk - Phil will bring
    Lemonade or Fruit Punch mix

    If your plans change and you are unable to attend please remember to change your RSVP.

    Thank you for all your help.

    February 7, 2014

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