MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – Continuing an organization-wide commitment to create positive change, from the Twin Cities to the Dominican Republic and beyond, the Minnesota Twins and their six minor league affiliates today launched the inaugural “Minnesota Twins Week of Service” from May 3-11. Believed to be Major League Baseball’s first-ever coordinated effort across an entire organization, the Minnesota Twins Week of Service involves front office staff and clubhouse personnel from the Twins and each of Minnesota’s minor league affiliates – including the organization’s Florida Complex and Dominican Republic Baseball Academy – taking turns each day volunteering in their local community with partners of their choosing. The nine-day stretch will be bookended by Twins-led events today (Tuesday, May 3) and Wednesday, May 11, with each affiliate taking a day of service in their local community between May 4 and 10.
“We are thrilled to join with our affiliates and, together with some amazing partners, bring about positive change in communities throughout Twins Territory,” said Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter. “The entire Minnesota Twins organization believes that baseball brings us together and makes us stronger, that through our game we support and engage; we collaborate and elevate; we connect and unify. All of us – front office staff and players alike, across each level of the organization – are excited to begin what we hope will become an annual tradition.”
Details regarding specific Minnesota Twins Week of Service events can be found below.
TODAY: Tuesday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Minnesota Twins (Field Rebuild with Toro in Brooklyn Park, MN)
The Minnesota Twins will begin the organization’s Week of Service by again partnering with Bloomington, Minnesota-based Toro to rebuild and refurbish local fields in need; this year, they will deliver new life to Northwoods Park in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, home to the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association’s 10 and 12U teams and several youth tournaments each year. Former Twins outfielder and current Twins Community Fund Board Member Darin Mastroianni will join Twins front office staff, volunteers from Toro, and members of the City of Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks team to rebuild Northwoods Park’s baseball fields, including laying new agrilime, field edgework and other miscellaneous projects.
Wednesday, May 4 – Triple-A St. Paul Saints (Food Service at the Saint Paul Opportunity Center with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis)
Volunteers from the St. Paul Saints, the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate, will partner with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis to prepare and serve lunch at the Saint Paul Opportunity Center, an integrated one-stop location connecting adult men and women to critical services to improve their health, income, housing stability and overall well-being. The mission of Catholic Charities is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community.
Thursday, May 5 – Double-A Wichita Wind Surge (Visit to Linwood Elementary School in Wichita, KS)
Players and staff from Minnesota’s Double-A affiliate, the Wichita Wind Surge, will visit Linwood Elementary School in Wichita as part of both the organization’s Week of Service and the local Wichita Wind Surge Reading Program, presented by Credit Union of America. Four current Wind Surge players will visit two classrooms (two players per class) to spend time reading a book and engaging the children in a fun, interactive program designed to get kids excited and motivated to read; Spanish-language books will be incorporated to provide the same experience for Spanish-speaking kids and players. Designed to fit into any teacher’s curriculum, the Wind Surge reading program provides students with opportunities to track their progress and claim amazing prizes.
Monday, May 9 – High-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Furniture Delivery with Central Furniture Rescue; Food Packing with HACAP; Food Delivery with Horizons’ Meals on Wheels; and Visit to Roosevelt Middle School in Cedar Rapids, IA)
The Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins’ High-A affiliate, will partner with four different local organizations on their day of service. A majority of volunteers from the Kernels organization will work with Central Furniture Rescue to deliver basic furniture to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. The Kernels will also partner with Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP), a nonprofit dedicated to improving human life in eastern Iowa, to package food for a local food pantry; additionally, team volunteers will assist with Horizons’ Meals on Wheels program. Lastly, a group of Kernels players will visit Roosevelt Middle School to speak to both a sixth- and an eighth-grade class about the fun of playing sports and the opportunities created by participating in extracurricular activities.
Tuesday, May 10 – Low-A Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Food Packing with Community Cooperative in Fort Myers, FL)
Minnesota’s Low-A affiliate, the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, will partner with Community Cooperative, a local Fort Myers organization whose mission is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County, while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs. Mighty Mussels staff and players will assist with preparing meals, which will then be loaded into Community Cooperative’s mobile food pantries to help those in need.
Wednesday, May 11 – Minnesota Twins (Food Packing with Every Meal at Target Field)
After beginning the Week of Service on May 3, the Twins will wrap it up on May 11 by partnering with Roseville, Minnesota-based nonprofit Every Meal to host a food packing event at Target Field. With more than 300,000 Minnesota children living with food insecurity, Twins front office staff and clubhouse personnel will pack non-perishable food to help Every Meal’s mission to fight hunger in our community by filling the gaps in food access that kids face during weekends, summers and extended breaks.
Staff from the Twins Dominican Republic Baseball Academy and Twins Florida Complex will volunteer in their local communities on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7, respectively.