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The Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board has invited local volunteer groups to help with set-up, tear-down and nightly duties during Kiwanis Holiday Lights.  Each volunteer group has the opportunity to enter a float in the opening night parade as well as decorate a tree in the “non-profit tree area.”

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Contact Information:

Phone: (507) 385-9129
Email: volunteer@kiwanisholidaylights.com

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2016 VOLUNTEER GROUPS

Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
AM Exchange Group
Anthony Ford Fund
Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society
Bethany Lutheran College
Blue Earth County Historical Society
CADA (Committee Against Domestic Abuse)
Camp Sweet Life Adventures
Centenary United Methodist Church
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Dance Express Booster Club
Disabled American Lyle C Pearson Veterans Auxiliary Unit 10
ECHO Food Shelf
Ecumen Pathstone Living
First Presbyterian Church of Mankato
Girl Scout Troop 33656
Girl Scout Troop 33752
Greater Mankato Diversity Council
Greater Mankato Young Professionals
Gustavus Women’s Soccer Team
Habitat for Humanity
Harry Meyering
Holiday Sharing Tree
House of Hope, Inc.
Immanuel Lutheran School Mankato (K–12)
International Student Association and International Center at MSU
Junior Achievement

Kato Public Charter School
Kiwanis Aktion Club
Kiwanis Camp Patterson
Kiwanis Club of St. Peter
LEEP
Lifeworks Services, Inc.
Loyola Catholic School
Lutheran Social Service of MN (The Reach)
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Mankato Area BMX
Mankato Area Derby Girls
Mankato Area Mountain Bikers
Mankato Area Public Schools & Community Education
Mankato Ballet Company
Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club
Mankato Figure Skating Club
Mankato Police Explorers
Mankato Teachers’ Association
MAYBA
Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato Health Care Foundation
Merely Players Community Theatre
Minnesota Valley Action Council
Miracle League of North Mankato
MRCI WorkSource
MSU Circle K
MSU Mavericks – Student Athletes
Mt. Olive Lutheran School

MWRV Girl Scout Troop 34494
NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)
Neighborhood Thrift Store
North Kato Explorers, Nicollet County 4-H Club
North Mankato Firefighters Relief Association
NSSLHA Dept. Speech Hearing and Rehabilitation Services
One Bright Star
Open Door Health Center
Partners for Affordable Housing
Phi Sigma Pi Epsilon Lambda Chapter
Relay for Life
Risen Savior Lutheran School
School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sertoma Club of Greater Mankato
SMILES
South Central College
Southern MN Regional Science & Engineering Fair
St. Joe’s Youth Group
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE)
Twin Rivers Council for the Arts
Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts
VINE Faith in Action
Yellow Ribbon

VOLUNTEER FAQS

During the weekend days of set-up and tear-down we encourage volunteers of any age. On the nights of the event, we ask that volunteers are at least 16 years old for safety reasons.

The best way is to email volunteer@kiwanisholidaylights.com. The Volunteer Committee works on determining the non-profit groups late in the summer.

All the non-profit groups who volunteer their time for helping set up, volunteering during the event and taking down the displays receive a share of the donations given to Kiwanis Holiday Lights. They also receive an opportunity to have a float in the parade and decorate a tree in the non-profit tree area. Over 100 groups have volunteered their time and over $180,000 was donated in the first four years of the event. This year, over 80 groups will volunteer!

Over 1,000 people have volunteered their time each year.  On average, over 10,000 volunteer hours go into putting on Kiwanis Holiday Lights each winter.