Volunteering at The Aliveness Project is fun and has a huge impact on the lives of people living with HIV in Minnesota.
Volunteers are vital to the success of our day-to-day programs and it’s a great way to make connections in the community. 30-40 people volunteer at The Aliveness Project each week. Positions include kitchen assistants, front desk receptionists, food shelf workers, office and administrative assistants, gardeners, and skill-based volunteers.
Our Integrative Therapies Program emphasizes a holistic approach to health and well-being. It relies on volunteers who are licensed therapists and professionals with expertise in a variety of areas including acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, counseling, healing touch, massage, reflexology, shiatsu, tai chi, and yoga.
Help spread holiday season joy to our members as The Aliveness Project hosts the annual Holiday Giveaway & Party. This year, the Aliveness tradition will feature: games, entertainment, winter accessories give-away, homemade cookies, stockings, poinsettias for members to take home, and a delicious holiday meal. Gifts will be mailed or delivered to members with mobility impairment or other medical concerns. There are tons of ways to be involved!
Volunteer from your home, workplace, or place of worship:
Bake your favorite holiday cookies, package them by the dozen, and bring to The Aliveness Project. Cookies will be distributed to members during the Holiday Giveaway & Party and included in deliveries.
Cookie Drop-off Dates:
Saturday, December 15: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monday, December 17: 9:00 AM -7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 18: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Decorate Tags / Make Cards
Decorate tags used to label each bag and/or make cards to be included with each member’s gift. Personal touches to holiday gifts make a huge difference! Aliveness will provide tags or card-stock. Tags and cards are due by Wednesday, December 12.
Download a recommended Stocking Pattern or create your own! Stockings are due by Wednesday, December 12.
Organize a Donation Drive
Organize a winter accessory donation drive in your workplace, place of worship, gym, etc. and receive materials and a speaker (if desired) from Aliveness to help promote it. Download our Coordinating a Donation Drive Packet for more information and to register your drive with Aliveness. All donation drives are due by Wednesday, December 12.
Volunteer at The Aliveness Project:
Giveaway & Party Set Up/Tear Down
Set-up tables, fill tables with toys and winter accessories, and decorate the space.
Friday, December 21
Inventory and box up all left over winter accessories, toys, other items and tear down tables.
Holiday Giveaway & Party
Wednesday, December 19
Shifts: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
During the Holiday Giveaway & Party, volunteers lead members through the giveaway as they pick out warm winter accessories, toys for their dependent children, cookies, and stockings. Volunteers may also manage cookie/toy/winter accessory stations, wrap gifts, or help load gifts into member vehicles. Additionally, volunteers assist with the party in the dining room by leading games and cookie decorating, assisting in the kitchen, or visiting with members.
Deliver Holiday Gifts
Friday, December 21
Shifts*: On the hour, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
*each shift is 2-3 hours depending on delivery area
Deliver gifts to members in the Twin Cities metro area who are mobility impaired or unable to attend the Holiday Giveaway & Party due to medical concerns. Choose your preferred area/neighborhood, pick up gifts at The Aliveness Project, and make 2-5 deliveries. Enjoy some snacks on us!
Please sign up for all volunteer opportunities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the interest form below.
On the last Thursday in April, restaurants across Minnesota participate in Dining Out For Life, a fundraiser where restaurants donate a percentage of their sales to The Aliveness Project. Volunteer Ambassadors help on the day of the event at each restaurant by helping fill the restaurant, talking to diners about Aliveness, and asking for additional donations. Volunteers are also needed to help with administrative and promotion duties leading up to Dining Out For Life and the day of the event.
The Aliveness Project has several opportunities for small groups (2-15 people) to volunteer together, including maintenance and organizing projects, event preparation, assistance during events, and more. The Holiday Gift Program is also a great way for groups to get involved at Aliveness, see more information above.