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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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to thank everyone who came out to cook dinner at the Family Place yesterday. We were able to provide dinner and lunch for the families. We could not do this without great volunteers like all of you.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone. Currently we are expecting about 23 guest at the shelter plus staff and volunteers to be eating together. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and hope you can all join us at Bulldogs after we are finished with the meal and clean up. Thank you for volunteering. We could not do this with out you.

    1 · October 18, 2013

    • Birch H.

      I am not signed up to bring anything so please let me know if there are any remaining items needed. Thx.

      October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Birch all ingredients items have been picked by someone but if you want you can just bring items to donate to the shelter.

      October 19, 2013

  • Nancy

    I can get the gravy and send it along with others. I can get the butter too. Is a pound enough?

    October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      that would be great and yes I think a pound should work. Thanks Nancy

      October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are down to just
    Lg Container of butter
    Beef gravy 6-10 jars or enough for 50 people

    If you have not signed up for an item and are able to please let us know by Friday afternoon if not Phil and I will pick them up. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and hope you can join us at Bulldog after the meal.

    October 15, 2013

    • Birch H.

      I will bring the large container of butter.

      October 15, 2013

  • Shirley M.

    We will get the 15 lbs. of ground beef.

    October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      that is great thanks

      October 15, 2013

  • Dan K

    I'd like to bring the 2 10lb-bags of red potatoes and the 50 dinner rolls.

    October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks Dan

      October 15, 2013

  • Steve P.

    let me know what is still needed to bring.

    October 15, 2013

    • Meg

      I am on the lemonade! I am a poor college student but I can handle bringing a ton of lemonade mix!

      October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Meg. It all helps.

      October 15, 2013

  • Joe

    We won't be able to attend this time due to schedule conflicts, but we hope to see you all next time!

    October 15, 2013

  • Meg

    Just joined! Never done a MN atheist meetup. I LOVE volunteering so this is a perfect first event for me. I can bring whatever item not yet covered! So excited :)

    October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Meg we are excited to meet you. If you are able to bring some of the ingredients please let us know what items you would like to bring.

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is what we have left. If you have not picked an ingredient(s) and are able to please let us know what you will be bringing. Phil and I will pick up items not picked.

    Meat loaf
    15 lbs of ground beef

    Mashed potatoes
    2 - 10lbs of red potatoes
    Lg Container of butter
    Beef gravy 6-10 jars or enough for 50 people

    Dinner rolls
    50 rolls- a kind that does not need to be baked

    Drinks
    Lemonade mix

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is what we have left on the menu. I added a couple of items I forgot last time

    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)

    Meat loaf
    15 lbs of ground beef

    Mashed potatoes
    2 - 10lbs of red potatoes
    Lg Container of butter
    Beef gravy 6-10 jars or enough for 50 people

    Dinner rolls
    50 rolls- a kind that does not need to be baked Drinks
    Lemonade mix

    October 13, 2013

    • Andrew C.

      I can get the garden salad ingredients.

      October 13, 2013

  • Lynne C.

    I had a thought about the menu--instead of just having corn, how about mixed vegies--corn/peas/carrots? Some people don't like corn but maybe mixed w/ other vegies, it would be more appealing.
    Or rather than have it all mixed in one bowl, have 2 or 3 separate choices. Personally, I'd skip the peas, but I will eat them mixed w/ others.

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for your input Lynne on the corn. There is no choice that will please everyone. Yes there are some people who don't like corn and some people who don't like peas or carrots and some people who don't like them all together so I will stick with the corn and I am sure the people facing homelessness will appreciate the meal as they always do.

      October 12, 2013

  • Angelique

    I will bring 240 oz of corn and 10 lbs of red potatoes.

    October 11, 2013

  • Lynne C.

    I can bring: 1 dozen lg. eggs, 2 lg. bottles ketchup, 5 pkgs onion soup mix, 10 cups bread crumbs, 2 gal milk

    October 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will be making a traditional Meatloaf and mash potatoes recipe.
    Please reply in the comments section what item(s) you will be volunteering to bring.
    We are looking forward to seeing you all on the 19th.

    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)

    Meat loaf
    15 lbs of ground beef
    One dozen large eggs
    10 cups of Bread crumbs or a loaf of bread
    2 large bottles of ketchup
    5 packages of Lipton onion soup mix

    Mashed potatoes
    3 - 10lbs of red potatoes
    Lg Container of butter Frozen corn
    5-7 bags of frozen corn to equal about 240oz

    Seasonings
    Salt & Pepper- Bernadette and Phil will bring

    Dessert
    Pudding – Bernadette and Phil will bring

    Drinks
    Lemonade mix
    2 gal Milk (also for Mashed potatoes and pudding)

    October 6, 2013

  • Marie L.

    I hope to be able to go but I'm not sure what that weekend will look like yet. Great event idea. :)

    October 6, 2013

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