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Having fun with friends does not mean you have to spend money.

In fact, volunteering is a great way to do something with friends without spending money or cleaning your dorm room! Volunteering doesn’t need to be intimidating or a long-term commitment either. Not only that, but volunteering is a way to give back to God when you don’t have much money to give.

Here are three area opportunities that could make for a fun outing with friends.

Feed My Starving Children.  

Does childhood hunger seem too awful to contemplate? Have you experienced it yourself? Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children. They have three permanent locations in the Twin Cities: Chanhassen, Coon Rapids and Eagan. Volunteer to pack meals with some friends and make it an outing!

FMSC has an upcoming event on December 13 to volunteer just 19 minutes away at Target Field. The event is hosted in the Delta Sky Club. Other available volunteer time slots are on their website.

The Salvation Army.

Ring bells for their red kettles with friends while wearing crazy Christmas sweaters and singing carols at the top of your lungs. (Or just ring the bells!)

There are opportunities WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE OF CAMPUS  at Lunds and Byerlys. It is necessary to sign up ahead of time for a two-hour time slot.

Second Harvest Heartland.

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the food. Unfortunately, many people struggle with hunger or food insecurity. If this is something you want to change you can sign up to volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland. Their Maplewood location is just 16 minutes via car from campus. Help make sure that everyone gets to eat this holiday season!

All you have to do is click on an organization link below, and let them know you’re interested in volunteering! If you need a little incentive, scholarship applications routinely include questions about involvement in volunteer activities. Who knows, you might even get some awesome social media content to share!