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Volunteer Opportunities: Hammer Residences

Hammer Residences has created a new volunteer program called “Cooks in the Kitchen”. We are inviting small groups of 4 to 6 volunteers to cook two recipes at a time in our Central Office kitchen in Wayzata, MN.

These two meals are then distributed to four of our homes which are often short staffed. Having prepared meals available allow the staff at the homes more time to focus on the personal care and needs of the individuals living there. Recipes, groceries, and supplies are all provided. Hammer Central Office employees piloted the program by testing out the recipes. The homes just loved the meals!

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Blue Cross Associates Share the Love with Local Seniors for Valentines Day

Blue Cross associates share the love with local seniors for Valentine’s Day

Each year nearly 400 local seniors receive valentines put together by volunteers at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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CVC-TC 2022 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2022

Thank you to all who attended the Annual Meeting on February 24. We had over 35 people on the Zoom call!

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Member Spotlight: Caroline DeVinck

Let’s meet our new CVC President: Caroline DeVinck

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CVC Updates: 2022 Annual Meeting, Celebration

Annual Meeting to be virtual on Feb. 24, Celebration Postponed

Due to the current climate of COVID and the uncertainty in the rise of cases in the next few weeks, we are moving the Annual Celebration to an outdoor network setting in the late spring.

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Associate Members Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Feed My Starving Children was open for volunteering at all eight of its permanent packing facilities where over 1900 volunteers packed meals for 2 hours on this MLK Day of Service. These volunteers were able to pack enough food to provide a FMSC meal a day for a year to over 1,100 children in countries like Nicaragua, Uganda and Haiti.


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Let's Meet a CVC Member: Megan White

Member Spotlight: Megan White

Currently: Institution Relations Manager, Open Arms of Minnesota

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CVC Results: January 2022 Member Survey

Thank you to the 10 Corporate Members and 11 Associate Members who completed our recent survey.

If you have ideas for survey questions for either corporate or associate members, please submit them to [email protected].

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Sharing the Love – Hybrid Version

In November 2021, on the very same day that Subaru announced their own electric car, the Solterra, a different kind of “hybrid event” was taking place across the country for Subaru of North America--their annual employee volunteering celebration.

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MLK Day 2022

MLK Day 2022

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Let’s meet a CVC Member: Tera Stoddard

Let’s meet a CVC Member: Tera Stoddard

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CVC-TC January 11, 2022

Stress, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue - Skills & Resources to support CVC members

Kick off 2022 by learning about tools and resources that you can leverage to adapt, cope, and navigate through future burnout and compassion fatigue.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Food Group needs volunteers!! Help pack and sort food in our warehouse in New Hope this holiday season and winter. The need remains high and we need your support. Check out opportunities here to sign-up or email Colette Illarde to learn more.

Second Harvest Heartland is currently looking for volunteers with professional expertise to partner with us on two pro bono projects: HR/Operations Safety Program Development and FOODRx Program Warehouse Capacity Planner.

CVC Member Spotlight: Julie Greene

Let’s meet Julie Greene from Second Harvest Heartland

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CVC Save the Date: Nov. 4, 2021

Save November 4 for the CVC Nonprofit Partners Lunch and Learn.

The Lunch and Learn will be 12 pm to 1 pm via Zoom.

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If you know of an individual or organization that you would consider a HERO THROUGH SERVICE, please fill out this form and submit your HERO to be recognized on our social media channels and newsletter. Submission of an individual, group or company are all welcome!


Giving Back: Xcel Energy at The Food Group, FMSC

The pandemic did not hold Xcel Energy’s spirited volunteers back for the 11th annual Day of Service. More than 1,450 volunteers came together and put good energy into action throughout Xcel Energy’s Upper Midwest footprint on September 9 – 11.

Volunteers chose from more than 70 nonprofit projects spread across Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, including in-person projects and take-home activities. Here are just a few of the ways volunteers made a difference:

  • 15,000 meals packed for families
  • 10,000 pounds of produce sourced from local Latino farmers distributed
  • 5,000 hygiene kits and snack packs assembled
  • Thousands of trees and pollinator plants planted

Xcel Energy’s Day(s) of Service campaign provides an opportunity for employees, retirees, their family and friends and members of the public to support nonprofit organizations across a variety of focus areas in communities they all live and work in.

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1 City, 2 Realities Exhibit

The best volunteers possess a sense of self-awareness. It is important for us all to reflect on the preconceptions and biases that we may have about the community before engaging. This is why HandsOn Twin Cities is thrilled to partner with REM5 For Good to offer this exclusive learning experience! Join us for "1 City. 2 Realities." the world's first truly virtual exhibition space highlighting racial inequalities in our nation and community. Minneapolis has long thrived on the reputation of being one of the "Best Places To Live" in the country, while at the same time, has one of the largest racial inequality gaps in the nation.

Through photos, videos, audio clips, and data visualizations, this virtual exhibition highlights this reality to help us get past "Minnesota Nice" and into the place where we can address the systemic inequality in our community head-on. Find out more at If you would like to offer this to a larger group, don’t hesitate to email Tracy Nielsen directly for more information.

Redefining Volunteerism Podcast

 Redefining Volunteerism is a podcast about deepening understanding of social issues and inspiring action. HandsOn Twin Cities created this podcast for a few important reasons:

  • To contextualize some key community issues so that volunteers have a background and a deeper understanding of how and why nonprofits and partner organizations exist.
  • To challenge folks to dig deeper and think about how their actions can really get beyond episodic volunteerism to make meaningful change for a more equitable community.
  • To give tangible and easy ways to take action in every episode.

The podcast features many incredible guests, including Seena Hodges Akyea of The Woke Coach, Tomme Beevas of Pimento Relief Services, Jonathan Palmer from Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, and many MORE! Episodes are available on all the major streaming platforms via

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July CVC Chat – Registration Open


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