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).


We will be preparing dinner for as many as 40 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 so we need to have some people who are somewhat talented in the kitchen! This month I think we have a volunteer who will serve as kitchen leader and come up with our meal plan. Look in the comments section for ingredient suggestions to bring with you!

We should plan on arriving shortly after 3 PM for orientation, set up, and meal preparation. The orientation lasts approximately 30 min. which would give us at least 45 minutes to prepare the meal since dinner is served at 4:30 PM.

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. 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. Most GPS systems cannot find our location and they tend to get people using them VERY lost, but MapQuest seems to work okay.

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

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  • Eric

    Thanks for coming everyone! It was another fun and rewarding experience. Special thanks to Phil for preparing a delicious jambalaya and thoughtfully providing us, staff, and guests with the recipe.

    January 7, 2013

  • Ed L

    Alot of good teamwork for sure went into this event and the drinks and talk after words was nice too.

    January 6, 2013

  • Marty S.

    Nice job with that Jambalaya, corn bread, salad and cookies folks! Good dishwashing assembly work too.

    January 5, 2013

  • Eric

    Everyone should have received my contact information via email. Please feel free to call me if you need help with directions or anything like that. For those remaining on the wait list, we will be doing this again on Saturday 2/16. Rachel has volunteered to be our kitchen leader that day. Watch for the event to be posted next week!

    January 5, 2013

  • Ed L

    Good to be upgraded to the attending list, see you you all at 3:00.

    Ed

    January 5, 2013

    • Eric

      Terrific! Glad you can still make it. See you soon.

      January 5, 2013

  • Marty S.

    I will bring
    -6 Bay Leaves
    -3 28oz. cans Diced Tomatoes along with the previously committed
    -1 dozen eggs
    -2 lbs butter
    -2.5 lbs White Rice (not minute rice)

    January 5, 2013

  • Eric

    Here's what's left:
    -10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    -4 packages of croutons
    -4 26oz Chicken Stock approximate
    -3 bunches Celery
    -5 large yellow Onions
    -6 Green Peppers
    -3 28oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
    -Worcestershire Sauce
    -6 Bay Leaves

    I will volunteer to bring all of the remaining items listed above if nobody else claims them. I look forward to seeing all of you heathens!

    January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll do it.

      January 4, 2013

    • Eric

      Thanks Jeff! I will bring all of the desert ingredients so we are set.

      January 4, 2013

  • Rachel B.

    Evan and I want to revise what we're bringing:
    We will still bring:
    3 gallons milk
    Corn bread mix for 60

    But we will also bring:
    2 packages powdered lemonade with sugar

    1 · January 3, 2013

    • Phil C.

      Thank you! We are getting the list down to just a few items.

      1 · January 3, 2013

  • Eric

    We still need plenty of ingredients. If you don't think you can attend this event please update your RSVP so others on the wait list can attend. Here's what we still need:
    -10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    -4 packages of croutons
    -2 packages of powered lemonade mix (with sugar)
    -4 26oz Chicken Stock approximate
    -3 bunches Celery
    -5 large yellow Onions
    -6 Green Peppers
    -3 28oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
    -Worcestershire Sauce
    -6 Bay Leaves

    January 3, 2013

    • Eric

      Thanks Joe! That's very much appreciated.

      January 3, 2013

    • Eric

      Here's what's left:
      -10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
      -4 packages of croutons
      -2 packages of powered lemonade mix (with sugar)
      -4 26oz Chicken Stock approximate
      -3 28oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
      -Worcestershire Sauce
      -6 Bay Leaves

      January 3, 2013

  • Marty S.

    Not sure how we're doing on the list here, how about I bring
    -1 dozen eggs
    -2 lbs butter
    -2.5 lbs White Rice (not minute rice)

    January 3, 2013

    • Phil C.

      Thank you!

      January 3, 2013

    • Eric

      Thanks, Marty!

      January 3, 2013

  • Ed L

    I can bring the Tangerines and 24 oz. of Ranch dressing. Ed

    December 21, 2012

  • Rachel B.

    Evan and I have agreed to bring all of the corn bread ingredients, plus the milk.

    January 1, 2013

    • Eric

      Thank you!

      January 1, 2013

    • Phil C.

      Thank you!

      January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring the 5 lbs of chicken.

    December 26, 2012

  • Phil C.

    I see that many of the ingredients still need to be checked off our list. Please help us be successful by posting the ingredient(s) in the comments list that you will be contributing. Jeff is bringing the chicken. Ed has chosen the Tangerines and Ranch dressing. Bernadette is bringing the shrimp and I am providing the sausage and spices. Eric is getting the dessert ingredients. I know that we will have a great event and I thank everyone for signing up to participate.

    January 1, 2013

    • Joe K.

      I will bring the lettuce, cucumbers, and red peppers.

      1 · January 1, 2013

    • Eric

      Here's what's left to get:
      -10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
      -4 packages of croutons
      -Boxed corn bread mix: purchase quantity for 60
      -1 dozen eggs
      -2 lbs butter
      -3 gallons of milk
      -2 packages of powered lemonade mix (with sugar)
      -4 26oz Chicken Stock approximate
      -3 bunches Celery
      -5 large yellow Onions
      -6 Green Peppers
      -2.5 lbs White Rice (not minute rice)
      -3 28oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
      -Worcestershire Sauce
      -6 Bay Leaves

      January 1, 2013

  • Eric

    Phil will be our kitchen leader this month! He'll bring the garlic, spices, and sausage. Bernadette will bring the shrimp. Please indicate in the comments section which ingredients from the list below you will bring...

    Salad:
    2 packages of 2lb spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers
    2 red peppers
    10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    4 packages of croutons
    Salad dressings Fruit:
    Tangerines or small oranges (Cuties)
    Other suggestions?? Corn Bread:
    Boxed corn bread mix: purchase quantity for 60, check the package
    1 dozen eggs
    2 lbs butter Drinks:
    3 gallons of milk
    2 packages of powered lemonade mix (with sugar) Main Dish Jambalaya:
    2.5 lbs Boneless White Chicken (Breast or Tenderloin)
    2.5 lbs Boneless Dark chicken (Leg or Thigh)
    4 26oz Chicken Stock approximate
    3 bunches Celery
    5 large yellow Onions
    6 Green Peppers
    2.5 lbs White Rice (not minute rice)
    3 28oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
    Worcestershire Sauce
    6 Bay Leaves

    December 19, 2012

    • Bernadette

      I will also volunteer to be at the stove unless someone else really want it.

      December 19, 2012

  • Queen of the H.

    Do we have to bring ingredients to volunteer?

    December 19, 2012

  • Rachel B.

    So, any ideas for what to make this time? My leafy greens won't be ready for about a half a year. Are we just going to do chili again? Or perhaps tacos could be fun. Plenty of ingredients in tacos.

    December 16, 2012

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