MN State Fair – Military Appreciation Day Volunteers Needed

It is that time of year again. Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair! We are looking for volunteers (18+) from our communities that are knowledgeable with our program who can help pass out swag, talk with folks stopping by the tent and general tasks. If you are able to make it please sign up below. Looking forward to seeing you, it is always a great day!

This year we’re using

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly via email, phone or text.


Tiffany Kovaleski

MN State Coordinator – Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC)
Contractor – Alutiiq, LLC
MN National Guard/Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
8180 Belden Blvd
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
(O): (612) 787-2556

Club Y.E.S. volunteer opportunities

Club Y.E.S. (Youth Extending Service) is a youth service program for students attending Wayzata High School. It offers students a wide range of exciting opportunities for volunteer service: Interfaith Outreach, Carnivals and Family Fun Nights, MATTER, City of Plymouth, Trillium Woods, Adopt A Highway and much more.


Help place a flag on every Fort Snelling headstone for the first time in 30 years


KARE 11 and Flags for Fort Snelling partner to honor vets this Memorial Day

Help place a flag on every headstone at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the first time in 30 years.

As Minnesota’s front door for generosity, we are always excited to see all of the support on from Minnesotans to power the good being done by nonprofits and schools in every corner of our state.

As we look forward to Memorial Day next weekend, we are especially thrilled to highlight a major project and fundraiser taking place in the Twin Cities. Flags for Fort Snelling, KARE 11, Mall of America, and RBCU have teamed up to ensure a flag will be placed on every grave at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.

Help purchase flags for Memorial Day 2018

Below, learn more from KARE 11 on how you can get involved by helping to purchase flags or volunteering to help place the flags next weekend.

Support our local veterans by helping purchase flags during the KARE 11 Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day

Today, KARE 11 will host a special Flags for Fort Snelling Giving Day. It will be a day spent sharing stories of local veterans and our local heroes.  Your support will ensure every Veteran is honored, both this year and for years to come.
Here’s how you can help:

Help us purchase flags for each headstone for our partner nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling. Your donation, large or small, will ensure every hero that has been laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery will be remembered this Memorial Day and lay the groundwork to make this a yearly tradition.

Donate to help purchase flags for every Fort Snelling headstone

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend and provide photos to requesting families who are unable to visit in person for Memorial Day. Volunteer registration is available on the Flags for Fort Snelling website.

Volunteer to help place flags over Memorial Day weekend

We only have 11 more days until Memorial Day weekend and we need your support to make this Memorial Day, and those to come, special for every Veteran.

See more of KARE 11’s Flags for Fort Snelling coverage

Volunteer Opportunity – The Wall that Heals June 21-24

Twin Cities PBS – TPT and Minnesota Remembers Vietnam are hosting The Wall That Heals Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24 on the grounds of the State Capitol in St. Paul, MN. This brand-new version of the Wall is a traveling, 3/4–scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since its original dedication in 1996, The Wall has been displayed in nearly 600 communities throughout the nation. The Wall is free and open to the public and will be open 24 hours a day, beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 and ending in the mid-afternoon on Sunday, June 24. In addition to the Wall itself, there will be programming throughout the weekend. (For a list of our scheduled events, visit

Volunteers Needed!

We wanted to offer you the chance to be a part of this amazing event! As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to experience The Wall while giving back and serving the community. Duties may include but are not limited to: greeting and welcoming guests, assisting visitors in locating names on the Wall, helping complete rubbings of engraved names, giving directions, answering questions, and providing informational material to visitors. We are looking for individual and groups. In order to qualify as a group, you must be able to register a minimum of 6 people, at least 15 years in age, for at least one of the same shift.

Shifts are available in 4-hour blocks. Your group is welcome sign up for multiple blocks. T-shirts will be provided for you, as well as a private volunteer area with water, snacks, and a dedicated space to reflect. There is not a designated volunteer parking lot, but there are several lots and parking areas nearby. The Capitol grounds are also easily accessible by Metro Transit.

Training will take place on Wednesday, June 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately 2 hours. Please make every reasonable effort to attend as it will not only make your volunteering experience much more enjoyable, but there are also forms and waivers that MUST be filled out prior to your volunteering.

If you have mobility/accessibility concerns (or any other questions) about volunteering, please contact Samantha Grangaard, Volunteer Coordinator, at Please let Samantha know if you have any questions about this opportunity.
We are looking forward to this event and hope to see you there!

To sign up to volunteer, please go to the link below:

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
Office: 651.282.4002
Cell: 651.955.3108

PBYR Meets with Wayzata High School Students to Discuss Recent Partnering


Plymouth Beyond Yellow Ribbon further explored  the PBYR mission with Brenda Badger’s Y.E.S. students on December 7, 2017.  This was a follow-up to the prior project and partnering with PBYR in November, 2017 to send treats to deployed MN soldiers.  In the presentation, the students asked many good questions about PBYR.  We addressed many reasons why people  volunteer with  non-profit organizations, such as agreeing with the  mission and to demonstrate support, personal skill development, leadership training and to contribute to a healthy sense of community. Also, the many advantages for Minnesota to have a large network of BYR cities was reviewed in detail as this effort has assisted many people and decreased the military suicide rates over the past several years.

Strategies and reasons for students to connect with PBYR and/or other non-profits was reviewed in detail.  The students seemed to resonate with the PBYR mission and history. Hopefully, they will desire to partner again with PBYR in 2018!  They were reminded that their knowledge and skill with social media could be used effectively by many non-profit organizations, especially as community outreach efforts can take many creative forms in the current digital age.

Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP

PBYR Board Chairman



Volunteer Opportunity for Female Veterans

Here is a volunteer opportunity for Female Veterans, please contact the POC for further information:

The Women’s Veterans Initiative (WVI) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity again to participate in a Woman Veteran Build, a day of service, during the week of Veterans Day. The WVI scheduled the day of service for women veterans to work on a Habitat house project on November 10, 2017. Street parking is available at the site. The house is located at the following address:

4397 – 121st Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449

The volunteer day is 8:15am-4:00pm and volunteers are expected to stay for the entire shift. Habitat does not allow split shifts for production and safety reasons.Breakfast, lunch and beverages will also be provided.

POC: If you would like to participate in this event, or have questions, please contact COL (R)(B) Longfellow at: or 612-270-1755.

Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
Minnesota Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55155-2004
O: 651.282.4002
C: 651.955.3108