Mobile Food Shelf, Second Thursdays, noon--3pm

Volunteer with fellow humanists at a mobile food shelf site sponsored by The Food Group just east of downtown St. Paul.  We will help the delivery driver bring boxes into the distribution room, set up the room and chairs, unload the food to the tables, sort the items, supervise the distribution among participating residents, breakdown the boxes, and clean up at the end.  

Humanists of Minnesota has adopted this St. Paul site for regular distribution on the second Thursday of every month.  We invite you to help with this ongoing service project as often as you can.  Only eight volunteers are needed each month.  Go to the Humanist Meet-up site for details and to RSVP.

Mobile Food Shelf (MFS) is a program designed by the local non-profit, The Food Group, to help Twin Cities residents who are experiencing hunger and struggle to access food from traditional food shelves. Each month, MFS helps participants overcome barriers to accessing emergency food by bringing a three to four day supply of supplemental food directly to housing complexes in the Twin Cities. The program offers participants a variety of high quality, nutritious foods that are received by The Food Group through community food drives and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Foods distributed through the program include non-perishable fruits and vegetables, a variety of grains including rice and spaghetti, dried beans, juices, milk, cheese, and frozen meat.

 

Past Projects

MLK Service Project at the FOOD GROUP--Jan. 22, 2015 10am-noon

To commemorate Martin Luther King Day (a few days late), please join fellow humanists to help pack and sort food for the Food Group in New Hope.   Humanists of Minnesota has financially supported this non-profit organization for many years.  Let's make ourselves more visible in the community, be mindful of those in need and help out a good cause.

Come prepared.  Volunteers must--

• wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes

• complete and sign the attached waiver in advance to bring with you (addt'l copies available on site, if needed) 

• park in the lot adjacent to the warehouse and follow the sidewalk that runs along the west side of the building (to the right as you face the building) to the sliding glass doors into the warehouse 

Upon completion of our volunteer assignment, those able to gather for lunch will reconvene at Applebee's in New Hope. 

The Food Group, formerly known as the Emergency Foodshelf Network, is a local hunger relief nonprofit focused on healthy food access.   They provide nutritious food and support services to over 200 hunger relief partners, including food shelves, on-site meal programs, mobile food shelf sites, and Fare For All sites throughout the state. 

 

Donate to BRIDGE FOR YOUTH this holiday season!

At the Winter Solstice Celebration on Dec. 21st, please bring -- if you are able -- a donation for The Bridge for Youth in the form of cash, check, or items from their wish lists.  Or go directly to their website to make alternate arrangements for delivery. 

Suggested Donations for Youth and their Families

• Kids arrive without any spending money. Gift cards ($5-$10 denominations) to Subway, Chipotle, Caribou, Leeann Chin, Panera, McDonald's are much appreciated.
• Families may need assistance. Gift cards ($10+ denominations) to Target and Cub are also welcome.
• Arts and crafts supplies: tissue and construction paper, craft pipe cleaners, tempura and water color paints, brushes, etc.
• New school supplies
• New gym bags and backpacks
• New underwear, sports bras, boxers, socks (S-L)
• New boys and girls outerwear (jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.) (M-XXL)
• New athletic shorts (S-XL)
• New zip-up sweatshirts (S-XL)
• New tennis shoes/sneakers (all sizes)Service Projects
• New plain long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts (S-XL)
• New towels (bath, hand, kitchen, etc.)
• Lip balm

 

Suggested Donations for The Bridge

• Used or new MacBooks or laptops for our youth computer room

Humanists Sponsor Spanish Book Drive for Guatemalan Youth--September 2014

Help break the cycle of poverty and support our Spanish language book drive to increase the meager school library resources in Guatemala. Humanists of MN in conjunction with Common Hope, a St. Paul based non-profit organization serving Guatemala, will be collecting children’s books throughout September. All Spanish language books for children and young adults are welcome— story picture books, easy readers, fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Some suggestions are offered below.

All books must be in new condition and must be in Spanish. Books can be found at Barnes and Noble (online and brick & mortar stores), Amazon.com, BetterWorldBooks.com, and other online retailers. Books and/or checks* can be brought to the Humanists of MN chapter meeting on Saturday, September 20th when you can also learn about the work of Common Hope. Or contact Autumn Meta at Autumn.Meta@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements for collection.

* Financial donations will be accepted in the form of a check, made payable to Humanists of Minnesota. Please put “Spanish Book Drive” on the memo line. Items will be purchased through the Family and Community Engagement program with Scholastic. Titles are limited but they offer significant price reductions.

According to the World Bank and UNESCO a high school degree can as much as double a person’s earning potential in developing countries like Guatemala. It is not just the ability to read, but a love of reading and a desire for the knowledge books bring that leaves a lasting impression on students. In the interconnected global world in which we live, the implications of their successes or failures impact all of us. Thank you for your participation!

Spanish Book Drive Suggestions

For the Early Childhood Reading Program:
Te Quiero Cuatro Cuentos Para Compartir (Scholastic)
Siempre Te Querre (Robert Munsch)
Adivina Cuanto Te Quiero (Sam McBratney)
Y El Gran Oso Hambriento (Audrey Wood)
Siempre Pienso en Ti (Kathi Appelt)
Que Hora Es? (Heather Amery)
Has Visto A Mi Patito? (Nancy Tafuri)
Perico El Conejo Cuenta (Beatrix Potter)
 
For the School Libraries:
Frida (Jonah Winter)
Oh, Cuan Lejos Ilegaras! (Dr. Seuss)
Yoruga La Tortuga Y Otros Cuentos (Dr. Seuss)
El Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
El Arbol Generoso (Shel Silverstein)
Stelaluna (Janneli Cannon)
Un Caso Grave De Rayas (David Shannon)
El Pinguino Tacky (Helen Lester)
Bonicula (James Howe)
Despereaux (Katie DiCamillo)
James Y El Melocoton Gigante (Roald Dahl)
El Dador (Lois Lowry)
El Color De Mis Palabras (Lynn Joseph)
El Nino Con El Pijama De Rayas (John Boyne)
El Lugar Mas Bonito Del Mundo (Ann Cameron)
La Isla de los Delfines Azule (Scott O’Dell)
Las Cronicas de Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
Diario (Anne Frank)
Todo Se Desmorona (Chinua Achebe)
Historia De Dos Ciudades (Charles Dickens)
El Gran Gatsby (Francis Scott Fitzgerald)
Orgullo Y Prejuicio (Jane Austen)
Romeo Y Julieta (William Shakespeare)
La Divina Comedia (Dante Alighieri)
Le Rebelion Del Atlas (Ayn Rand)
El Capital (Karl Marx)

For Class Work:
The University of Chicago Spanish-English Dictionary (6th Edition)

 

Fall Highway Cleanup

Saturday, Oct. 4th, 2014 @10am

Time again for our semi-annual highway cleanup: picking up trash between mile markers 38 and 39.5 on I-35W.  We meet at the Holiday gas station located in the southeast corner at the intersection of Interstate 35W and Highway 23 (right turn from 35W northbound). This is the last exit on 35W going north before it joins 35E, and is about nine miles north of 35W and I-694. Trash bags and orange vests will be provided.  Wear appropriate clothing and shoes; bring along sunscreen and insect repellent if necessary.

We are usually finished by noon and invite you to join us for lunch and good conversation at a nearby restaurant. A big turnout means we finish sooner and have more time to socialize, so please consider volunteering. This is a great opportunity to show Humanists at work in the community. If you have questions, contact Juliet at (651) 319-2753 or email at smithbranca@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Events

Fri, May 1, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Exploring Human Experience through Poetry: Contradiction
Sat, May 2, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Spring Highway Cleanup
Sat, May 2, 2:30pm - 5:00pm
TED Talk Salon: How to run a company with (almost) no rules
Sun, May 3, 10:00am - 7:30pm
Volunteer for May Day Festival Booth
Thu, May 7, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
National Day of Reason Celebration
Fri, May 8, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Humanist Happy Hour St. Paul

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