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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  • Brenda C.

    Thanks to everyone for an awesome service!

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Caroline

    It's an honor working with such a generous and caring group!

    2 · March 15, 2014

  • Art K.

    Thank you Brenda. Considering I was planning on working half as hard, your goal seems doable :-) If any needs arise, let me know, otherwise see you at 3.

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    I think we are good Art, see you later today, you can work twice as hard :)

    March 15, 2014

  • Art K.

    Looks like I made the list. Please let me know what I should bring. I'll pick it up on the way. Thank You.

    March 15, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Sorry, a family conflict. Can not get there tomorrow. Bob

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Eric

    The Family Place volunteer coordinator said that they are in need of a lunch and/or dinner shift on Easter (4/20). A volunteer group was scheduled for that day but they dropped their shift when they noticed it was Easter. Do you think we have enough interest to do an additional meal event next month? Are usual 3rd Saturday shift would be the day before on 4/19. We would need two teams of at least 6 for each day. Let me know if you would be interested in being the "kitchen leader" for 4/20 ASAP. Thanks!

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Eric

      That should have been typed "...OUR usual 3rd Saturday shift..."

      March 14, 2014

    • Brenda C.

      Dinner would be better Eric.

      March 14, 2014

  • Caroline

    I would be able to do either shift that day.

    1 · March 14, 2014

    • Eric

      Thank you Caroline!

      March 14, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    I think we just need the 5 cans of navy beans if someone hasn't signed up yet, TIA! See you on Saturday!

    March 13, 2014

    • Alyssa

      I will bring the navy beans.

      March 13, 2014

  • Mahad

    I will bring the lemonade mix and the milk. One of each I'm guessing, Brenda?

    March 12, 2014

    • Brenda C.

      Yep, one of each, thanks!

      1 · March 13, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    Nancy and I will bring the chicken drumsticks and thighs.

    March 13, 2014

  • Melinda S.

    I'll bring the Bush's vegetarian baked beans.

    March 13, 2014

  • Birch H.

    I will bring the kidney beans and milk. How many gallons of milk should I bring?

    March 12, 2014

    • Birch H.

      Mahad. Just noticed you are bringing the milk. My bad.

      1 · March 12, 2014

  • Caroline

    I'll bring the eggs and the corn flakes.

    March 10, 2014

  • Phil C.

    Bernadette and I will bring the ketchup, BBQ sauce and 2 lrg onions

    March 8, 2014

  • Brenda C.

    Hey guys, sorry the menu took so long to post.

    Oven baked chicken
    20 or so chicken drum sticks
    20 or so chicken thighs
    10 or so chicken breasts Brenda
    1 dozen eggs
    20 oz corn flakes

    Baked beans
    5 28 oz bush canned vegetarian beans
    5 14 oz canned kidney beans
    5 14 oz canned navy beans
    18 oz ketchup
    12oz BBQ sauce
    2large onions

    Green beans
    4 pkg frozen green beans Brenda
    Butter Brenda

    Cookies
    Assorted ready to bake cookies Brenda

    Lemonade mix
    Milk
    ,

    March 8, 2014

  • Andrew C.

    Sorry guys, something came up.

    1 · March 8, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    Nancy and I will be there.

    1 · January 4, 2014

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