Volunteer Opportunities at CROSS

Are you looking for something meaningful to do this fall?  Consider volunteering at CROSS, a nonprofit organization providing services to families and individuals in times of need. We have a variety of fun volunteer opportunities. Contact Pat Schwalbe, Director of Volunteers and Community Engagement, for more information. Email Pat@CROSSservices.org or call 763-425-1050.

Warehouse Volunteers
  • General Warehouse: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7-10am or 10-1pm
  • Check Out: Monday & Wednesday from 9am-noon; Tuesdays from noon-3pm
  • Stocking Perishables: Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 1-4pm
  • Drivers: Van Box truck driver as needed
Clothes Closet Volunteers

Available shifts include

  • Mondays & Wednesdays from 9-noon or noon-4pm
  • Tuesdays from noon-4pm
  • Fridays from 9-noon or noon-2pm
Meals On Wheels

Route drivers & two volunteers, meal prep AM

Community Engagement Volunteers

Maple Grove Farmers Market Booth Set-Up
One regular volunteer is needed to help with the Maple Grove Farmer's Market booth on Thursday afternoons in September and October. This involves picking up Farmer’s Market booth supplies from CROSS (12915 Weinand Circle, Rogers), and setting up the booth at the Farmer's Market in the parking lot of the Maple Grove Community Center (12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove). This involves a very simple small tent, table, and chairs. Booth must be set up by 2pm each Thursday. (We have another volunteer who comes and tears down the booth and picks up all the food donations every week.)

Girls Night Out 
Four volunteers needed on Thursday, October 10th from 4pm-8pm at The Woods store in Maple Grove (near I-94 and Maple Grove Parkway). CROSS will welcome guests and help direct the parking of cars in their lot.

  • 2 volunteers needed from 3:45-8:00pm - Help with directing of cars to open parking spaces
  • 2 volunteers needed from 3:45-8:00pm - Help with greeting guests

Halloween Family Fun Event
Four volunteers needed on Saturday, October 19th from 1-4pm at Weaver Lake Park (Dunkirk Lane) in Maple Grove. Sponsored by the Maple Grove Community Organization. CROSS will have a booth, staff a game and provide prizes for the children.

  • 2 volunteers needed from 12:45pm-2:30pm (help set up)
  • 2 volunteers needed from 2:30pm-4:15pm (help tear down)

Fall Festival (Trick or Treat)
Saturday, October 26th from 10am-2pm, on the patio outside of 3 Squares Restaurant in downtown Maple Grove. CROSS will have a booth, staff a game with prizes and give out candy.

  • 1 volunteer needed from 9:45am-12:00pm (help set up)
  • 2 volunteers needed from 12:00pm-2:00pm (help tear down)

Maple Grove to offer first Memory Café for people with dementia and their caregivers

A new memory café program will be offered beginning in September 2019 through Maple Grove's Parks and Recreation program. A few memory cafés are available in neighboring communities, but this will be the first within Maple Grove.  

The memory café is a social gathering for individuals diagnosed with early to mid-stage dementia, mild cognitive impairment or concerns about memory and their loved ones. It is a safe and supportive environment, free of judgment, where the person and her/his loved one can enjoy socializing with others who are in a similar situation. (It is NOT a drop off care option.) Individuals who attend need to be self-sufficient in their self-care (toileting, feeding and mobility). Activities may include card games, music, crafts and having fun. Light refreshments will be available. Donation each meeting to assist with costs. Club registration required.

Where: Maple Grove Community Center
When: Third Friday of each month, 9:00am-11:00am
To registerRegister through Maple Grove Parks & Rec (see p41 of the Fall 2019 brochure)

MyRide proposes fair increase: Community input requested

Maple Grove Transit has proposed the first increase of MyRide fares since the previous increase in 2004. The program began in 1997 as Maple Grove Dial-A-Ride, with a fair of $1.50 per person each way. The current fare of $1.75 per person per trip, enacted in 2004, would increase to $3 per trip. A trip is is designated as going from one destination to a second destination. A ten-ride punch ticket would increase from $15 to $20.

Public comments can be made by emailing transit@maplegrovemn.gov, or calling 763-494-6005.

Full details of the proposal can be found here.

Volunteers needed to conduct business and park audits! (It’s easy!)

Age-Friendly Maple Grove wants to know if local parks, public facilities and businesses are accessible and inviting to residents of all ages and physical abilities. As part of its action plan, AF MG is conducting audits of local businesses and public spaces to find out.

Community volunteers are needed to help conduct the audits, which are quick and easy to do and will be generate important information. Simply print out the audit (or pick one up at the Community Center), take it to the business or park of your choice, and complete it as best you can.

Click here to download the Business Audit.
Click here to download the Outdoor Spaces Audit.

Information gathered from the audits will help AF MG better understand what changes would make local parks and businesses better places for older residents.

Local businesses are a very important part of the community. They provide needed goods and services, employ residents, and are places to connect with the community. An age-friendly business knowledgeably provides great service to all ages. This includes its physical building—easy-to-open doors, spaces wide enough to navigate easily, places to sit and rest—as well as high-level customer service.

The city can ensure that its extensive park system – a tremendous local resource – appeals to older residents by learning more about what features older people want and need. This goes beyond accessibility to understanding how older adults of all ages and abilities are interested in taking advantage of the city’s parks as places for fitness, socializing, or quiet reflection.

Completing an audit is a great way for residents to contribute to Age-Friendly Maple Grove and bettering the community. Reach us through Contact Us page for more information, or call 763-494-6524.