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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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  • Sally J.

    Thanks to you all. This was one of my favorite events and I hope to make many more!

    2 · April 19, 2014

  • Caroline

    Thanks to Bernadette and Phil for all of their hard work and thanks again to Art for the after hours festivities!

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Sally J.

    Is punch / lemonade still needed? I can grab that, too.

    April 19, 2014

  • Caroline

    Thank you Art for keeping track of all of this!

    April 17, 2014

  • Art K.

    Garden Salad
    2 pkgs of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce --------DAN K
    1 large cucumber --------------------------ART
    5 fresh tomatoes--------------------------­-ART
    3 packages of croutons--------------------CAROLI­NE
    3-4 bottles Salad dressing ----------------CAROLINE

    Mexican Rice
    Rice------------------------------­-----------BERNADETTE
    Onions 4 leg yellow------------------------ANDR­EW
    Bay leaf------------------------------­-------BERNADETTE
    Vegetable stock 3 25 - 32 oz --------------ANDREW
    Minced garlic 1 jar --------------------------DAN K
    tomatoes- 12 -------------------------------ART­

    Chicken---------------------------­----------BERNADETTE
    Drinks -
    milk -----------------------------------------BOB
    Lemonade/fruit-----------------------------TRYGVE
    Desert - cookies ---------------------------SALLY

    April 17, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Will bring the 1 gl of milk.

    April 15, 2014

  • Art K.

    Garden Salad
    2 pkgs of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce --------DAN K
    1 large cucumber --------------------------ART
    5 fresh tomatoes---------------------------ART
    3 packages of croutons--------------------CAROLINE
    3-4 bottles Salad dressing ----------------CAROLINE

    Mexican Rice
    Rice-----------------------------------------BERNADETTE
    Onions 4 leg yellow------------------------ANDREW
    Bay leaf-------------------------------------BERNADETTE
    Vegetable stock 3 25 - 32 oz --------------ANDREW
    Minced garlic 1 jar --------------------------DAN K
    tomatoes- 12 -------------------------------ART

    Chicken-------------------------------------BERNADETTE
    Drinks - milk, Lemonade/fruit------------
    Desert - cookies ---------------------------SALLY

    Looks like just Drinks are left.

    April 14, 2014

    • Art K.

      Couple comments below Bernadette stated 1 gallon.

      April 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will bring lemonade and fruit punch mix.

      April 15, 2014

  • Art K.

    I'll bring the Cucumber and tomatoes.

    April 13, 2014

    • Art K.

      I need 4 more for tomorrow, so I'll actually have something like 22 tomatoes total.

      April 14, 2014

    • Art K.

      …for Sunday (not …tomorrow).

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We forgot to list drinks
    We will also need 1 gallon of milk and some lemonade and/or fruit punch drink mix.

    April 14, 2014

  • Dan K

    I can bring the lettuce and minced garlic!

    April 14, 2014

  • Andrew C.

    I can bring onions and veggie broth...

    April 14, 2014

  • Sally J.

    I can bring the cookie dough.

    April 13, 2014

  • Bob S.

    Oops, just saw Caroline bringing the dressing. Will try some other item.bob

    April 13, 2014

  • Caroline

    I'll bring the dressing and croutons.

    April 12, 2014

    • Bob S.

      Will bring sslad dressing. 2 french and 2 ranch.

      April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dessert
    Cookies (frozen or ingredients to make)

    April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There will be additions to the menu tomorrow. I will also complete the Sunday lunch menu.

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

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

    Mexican Rice
    Rice-Phil & Bernadette
    Onions 4 lrg yellow
    Bay leaf-Phil
    Vegetable stock 3 25 - 32 oz containers
    Minced garlic 1 jar
    tomatoes- 12

    Chicken-Phil and Bernadette

    April 12, 2014

  • Caroline

    Somone was wondering about a sign up sheet volunteers had to complete. Here is the data Family Place collected with that information. It's really a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
    Volunteers are an integral part of our ability to meet the needs of our guest families. In 2010, 1,587 volunteers provided service and $13,340 in donations of in-kind meals. The 6,948 hours of volunteer service is the equivalent of approximately 3.5 full-time staff, however we consider our volunteers priceless.

    2 · March 19, 2014

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