Here is a suggested listing of service opportunities in the Twin Cities Area. We have found these to be GLBT friendly and a good place to consider giving back to the community. You may click on the web address to be taken to their websites.

The Aliveness Project
Phone: (612) 824 5433  |  Website: www.aliveness.org

Mission Statement: The mission of The Aliveness Project is to encourage self-empowerment and provide direct services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, The Aliveness Project has been a community resource and active leader in the HIV community in Minnesota. What started out as a small group of people gathering to share potluck meals has grown into a membership organization that now serves one out of four Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS!

American Red Cross
Phone: (612) 871 7676  |  Website: www.redcross.org/mn

Mission Statement: As a community-based humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Minnesota Region prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

By helping people learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens communities and readies them for all types of disasters, including home fires, tornadoes, winter storms and health emergencies.

Avenues for Homeless Youth
Phone: (612) 522 1690  |  Website: www.avenuesforyouth.org

Mission Statement: Avenues for Homeless Youth provides emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.

Free Arts Minnesota
Phone: (612) 824 2787  |  Website: www.freeartsminnesota.org

Mission Statement: Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors.

Animal Humane Society
Phone: (651) 645 7387  |  Website: www.animalhumanesociety.org

Mission Statement: To engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.

Open Arms of Minnesota
(612) 872 1152  |  Website: www.openarmsmn.org

Mission Statement: Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, and ALS. We also work with communities in sub-Saharan Africa, providing food and technical assistance for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Youthlink
Phone: (612) 252 1200  |  Website: www.youthlinkmn.org

Mission Statement: Build healthy relationships with youth and the community to address youths’ urgent needs so that doors of opportunity are opened to futures of empowerment, connectedness, and self-reliance.

One Heartland
Phone: (612) 824 6464  |  Website: www.oneheartland.org

Mission Statement: Helping improve the lives of children, youth and families facing significant health challenges or social isolation.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Greater Minneapolis Intergroup
Phone: (952) 922 0880  |  Website: www.aaminneapolis.org

Mission Statement: Greater Minneapolis Intergroup is here to help men and women who might have a drinking problem. We help new members find local meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Minneapolis and the Suburban Area. Our sole reason for being here is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous and to be of service to the A.A. Groups in Minneapolis and the Suburban Area.

People Serving People
Phone: (612) 332 4500  |  Website: peopleservingpeople.org

Mission Statement: To serve homeless children and their families and provide new opportunities for healthy, stable family life. People Serving People achieves its mission and goals by providing emergency housing and community services that assist families experiencing homelessness in becoming self-sufficient and reconnected with the community. In a safe, secure and sober environment, PSP provides services which cultivate independence and accountability.

Sharing and Caring Hands
Phone: (612) 338 4640  |  Website: sharingandcaringhands.org

Mission Statement: Sharing and Caring Hands is a compassionate response to the needs of the poor. We are set up to be a safety net organization to help with whatever needs are not being met. This includes but is not limited to providing meals, clothing, showers, shelter, transportation help, rent deposits, rent help, medical assistance, dental care, furniture, school expenses, and other miscellaneous needs. Sharing and Caring Hands provides these with dignity, while affirming God’s love for all his people regardless of their circumstances. We reaffirm the self-worth of each individual and want to assist in that person reaching his or her greatest potential. Sharing and Caring Hands is an extension of the community to the desperate needs of the poor and exists as a vehicle for volunteers to commit their time and resources towards making a difference in the lives of others.

Catholic Charities
Phone: (612) 204 8300  |  Website: www.cctwincities.org

Mission Statement: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis serves those most in need. We are a leader at solving poverty, creating opportunity, and advocating for justice in the community. Our programs for children, families and adults annually help 35,000 people, regardless of faith, and our Advocacy division serves as a tireless voice for those who often go unheard. Our work would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers and donors.