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2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Hammer is a non-profit organization that supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. For more information contact Cathy Thoma at 952-345-8554 or

We invite you to help us make a difference by volunteering. You can make a difference Helping someone reach his or her individual goals and dreams is an amazing gift you can give as a Hammer volunteer. You will be helping adults with developmental disabilities experience life to its fullest. Hammer homes and apartments are located in several cities across the West Metro, including Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, St. Louis Park, and Wayzata. We maintain a robust team of volunteers by offering a variety of activities for both individuals and groups. Whether you are a companion, special events volunteer, or exercise partner, the gift of your time and talent can be life changing. Benefits of volunteering include: • Making a positive impact in the life of a person with a developmental disability • Meeting new people and making fun memories • Building career skills that will enhance your resume and portfolio • Obtaining letters of reference for school and job applications We would like to welcome you into our group of caring and committed volunteers. To learn more, please contact Cathy Thoma at 952-345-8554 or

“Volunteering with someone at Hammer will be the most rewarding experience you have all week.” –Bob Ziegeweid


Group Activities 2018 Special Events Annual Spring Breakfast May 5 Hammer’s annual celebration and recognition event. Ten volunteers are needed for check-in and set-up. The event will be held at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel next to the Ridgedale Center.

Reach for Ralph July 12 Hammer’s annual fundraiser. One hundred volunteers are needed to help in several areas including set-up, check-in, silent auction, live auction, and check-out. This year the event will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.

Family Day Picnic September 15 Our annual picnic for those we serve and their families. One hundred volunteers are needed to help set-up, work at the carnival/game stations, food stations, and to break down at the end of the day. The event is held at our Central Office in Wayzata.


Haunted House October Each October volunteers are needed to help create our Haunted House. Located at the Central Office, volunteers get to set-up, dress up, and “haunt� our guests. The Haunted House is created by and for those we serve.

Fall Yard Clean-up October 20-28 We utilize volunteers to rake and bag leaves at our various residences. The week of clean-up includes Make a Difference Day, which is on October 27.

Adopt-a-House This is a unique opportunity for your organization to host a family fun night, such as pizza and a movie, game night, or an arts and crafts night in one of the Hammer homes. The volunteers from your organization can be the same people, or can rotate based on your schedules. Visit the home once a quarter or more frequently, if desired.


One-on-One Activities Direct Service Volunteer Many of those we serve are looking for a volunteer to be a friend who will participate in a variety of activities with them. This will vary depending on the individual, but can include going out for coffee, attending sports events, watching movies, playing sports or video games, shopping and engaging in conversation. If you are interested in this rewarding experience, we ask that you commit to at least a once a month visit for a year.

Wellness/Exercise Partner Exercise is more fun when you have a buddy joining you. If you would like to help those we serve get and stay in shape, this opportunity is for you. This activity also requires a once a month commitment for a year.

Walking Group Coordinators We need volunteers to lead groups that walk year-round, with indoor locations during the winter months. Designed as a six-week session, this activity is perfect to do with a friend and offers a great opportunity to interact with those we serve.


Central Office Volunteers There are a variety of needs at the Central Office. We are looking for individuals that have clerical and office support skills, financial and accounting backgrounds or writing skills.

Pet Therapy Volunteers You and your dog can provide companionship to our petloving individuals who would enjoy a visit. Activities could include home visits, spending time together at a dog park, or going for walks with your pet. Pets must have a ‘Good Canine’ certificate.

Volunteer Photographers Love taking photos of happy people and fun events? We are looking for a photography volunteer to collaborate with Hammer’s Communication Department and those we serve by taking high-resolution photos at our special events. If you would like more information on Hammer, please visit our website at and our Facebook page at


Hammer Travel Volunteer When you become a Hammer Travel Volunteer, you will be part of helping people travel to exciting destinations, seeing sites, and meeting friends both old and new. A trip can be a positive experience for a person with a developmental or intellectual disability. Traveling helps to build selfesteem and independence. By being a Hammer Travel Volunteer you will provide 24-hour support to a traveler, including self-care needs, social and community support, medical administration, financial guidance, transportation, and any other duty as assigned, along with having fun. To be a travel volunteer, you must be able to lift 35 lbs. And the most important thing of all - you can help make memories for a lifetime. This is a great opportunity if you like to travel, have experience in a direct care field, and live near the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. If you would like to see the full Hammer Travel calendar, visit destination.


Helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities live life to its fullest!

Volunteer Brochure 2018  
Volunteer Brochure 2018