Where to Volunteer in the Twin Cities

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If you are looking to volunteer in the Twin Cities, you’ve come to the right place. We are keeping a running list of volunteer opportunities throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.

All the opportunities will be listed either under Ongoing, or under the month for which the volunteer is needed.

You will note that we are listing opportunities for three months out only. As one month ends, it will be taken off and another month will be added to the mix.

A couple more thoughts and then we’ll get to the list:

As this is a community effort, please let us know if you have volunteer opportunities you’d like to be listed. You can either contact us by clicking here, or drop us an email.

This list is a perpetual work in progress and will be updated as we hear of new volunteer opportunities. Click either Ongoing or the month that you are looking for, and you’ll be brought right to that section.

Ongoing

 

ONGOING

People & Pets Together
Pet Food Shelf

People & Pets Together was started in 2009 and was originally known as The Pet Project. Inspired by the economic recession and the love we feel for our own pets, they felt that something should be done to help people keep their pets when crisis strikes. They were built by volunteers and, until recently, were 100% volunteer run.

In October of 2015, they opened the doors at 3755 Bloomington Ave. South. From this location, they serve as a resource center for pets in need. Our priority is to serve the greater Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods.

Their mission is to prevent the surrender of beloved pets by people who lack the economic resources to care for them.

They are in need of volunteers to work at their pet food shelf, fundraising events and vaccination clinics. They can also use help in office support-type roles, help with their website and folks who are willing to pick up and deliver pet food for them. If you are interested, please click here.  Click on the volunteer tab, and let them know what you are interested in helping with!

 

Rise
Various opportunities

Rise unlocks potential and opens doors to success for people with disabilities or other challenges through creative solutions and customized support. Below are some ongoing opportunities.

Michael’s Closet: Rise provides gently used professional clothing and accessories for people who are ready for their first job interviews. As a volunteer, you can assist us with sorting and displaying donated merchandise. Michael’s Closet is located in their Spring Lake Park office at 8406 Sunset Road N.E.

Art Speaks: Art Speaks is their art therapy program in which people express themselves through a variety of art mediums. As a volunteer, you would provide an invaluable extra set of hands to set up art supplies and assist artists in creating their work. Art Speaks has sessions at a variety of locations and times including Fridays 12:30-1:15 pm in Anoka, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12:30-1:15 pm in Crystal, and Mondays and Thursdays 12-1 pm in Bloomington. Commitment can be either monthly, bi weekly or weekly.

Mock and Informational Interviewers: They are gathering a list of people who are interested in conducting mock interviews, informational interviews or doing resume reviews for the people we serve. This is a great way to support the people we serve on their job searches and prepare them for important interviews. This would be an ‘on call’ list, where they would contact you when a person served needs to prepare for an interview or is interested in learning more about your field. Therefore, this volunteer opportunity is flexible to your schedule.

They also have other special projects for groups throughout the year. Contact us if you would like to learn more about additional ways to get involved!

Click here to learn more and click here to apply for a volunteer opportunity.

 

The Food Group
Food Packers

The Food Group is a food bank providing good foods in the good fight against hunger to over 200 partners across the greater metro area. They rely on volunteers to sort donations, re-pack bulk product assemble food packages, etc. They take groups of 10 – 100 throughout the week at their warehouse in 2 hour shifts. This could be work groups, friend groups, community groups, etc. By donating time, volunteers make a significant difference in the community and to the impact of The Food Group’s work and mission.

They have availability throughout the week from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and occasional evenings and weekends. The only requirement is that you are at least 12 years old.

All work takes place at their warehouse located at 8501 54th Ave N. in New Hope.

For more information and to sign up, visit their website or drop them an email.

 

American Red Cross
Transportation Specialist

Play an integral role in making sure life-saving blood products get to the patients that need them by making deliveries to Twin Cities Metro hospitals. They have shifts available 7 days a week, they will provide Red Cross vehicles for deliveries and all of the training necessary to help you succeed.
Key Responsibilities:
1. Collect blood products for delivery from our St Paul facility and distribute them to metro area hospitals as routine or “stat” deliveries
2. Pick up and return boxes as needed
3. Complete required paperwork
4. Communicate and share feedback between Red Cross personnel and customers
5. Drive in a safe and responsible manner

Qualifications and Requirements:
• Willingness to support Red Cross mission
• Valid state driver’s license – 3 years driving experience
• Able to pass a general and Motor Vehicle background check
• Experience to demonstrate reliability
• Ability to lift up to 45 lbs. (for hospital deliveries)
• Successful completion of American Red Cross Defensive Driving Course

Training:
• American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation
• Defensive Driving
• On the job training & Road Test

Development Opportunities:
• Gain valuable training/experience while providing an invaluable service to the community
• Validate driving experience for resume
• Opportunity to become a volunteer leader

Time Commitment: Variable; preferred commitment: 2 shifts/month

Length of Commitment: 6 months or greater

For more information or to sign up, please click here.

 

League of Women Voters, Minneapolis
Videographer & Video Editor

The League of Women Voters, Minneapolis is seeking a volunteer who likes to video events. The videographer would be responsible for videotaping their monthly “Civic Buzz” event and some minor editing.

They meet the first Tuesday of the month in Minneapolis from 5:30-7:30 PM.

What is the Civic Buzz? Each month the League of Women Voters, Minneapolis invites a professional speaker to present a topic, followed by discussion or Question and Answer.

Topics studied and discussed in recent months were the Running from Office, Voting Rights Act, Amending the U.S. Constitution, and Money in Politics.

A discussion with their organization means that all voices are heard and we take opinions seriously. In the end, everyone learns something new and hopefully have a broader understanding of the issues.

For more information, please email Sandy Hull.

 

The Homestead of Anoka
General Needs

Volunteer and enhance the quality of life of the people within the Homestead of Anoka’s community. Opportunities include shoppings and outings, bingo and other games, clerical work, arts and crafts, pet therapy and so much more.

To learn more, contact Maria Jamero at 763. 528.6406 or email her.

 

Metro North ABE
General Needs

Metro North Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a northern metro area ABE Consortium that educates 5,000+ learners from over 100 countries each year. The consortium is a partnership of 8 school districts that work together to support the educational needs of our learners. With 9 sites across the north metro area and programming in the morning and evening Monday-Friday, they have many needs for volunteers to support our classrooms in the following positions:

• ESL Classroom Assistant
• ABE Classroom Assistant
• Math Tutor
• Writing Tutor
• Reading Tutor

Metro North ABE
Specific Volunteer Needs
Anoka Technical College (ATC)
• ESL Classroom Assistant on Monday-Wednesday from 5:00-8:00pm
• ABE Reading and Writing Tutor on Tuesday/Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm
• ABE Reading and Writing Tutor on Wednesday from 10:00-1:30pm

Brooklyn Center Community Corner (BCCC) (Closed June 16-Sept. 12)
• ABE Reading and Writing Tutor on Tuesday from 9:00-12:00pm
• 1-1 Reading Tutor on Tuesday/Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm

Brooklyn Center Lutheran Church of the Master (BCLCM) (Closed June 16-Sept. 12)
• ESL Level 2 or 3 Classroom Assistant on Tuesday from 10:00-12:00pm

Blaine Learning Lab (BLL)
• State Diploma/GED Math Group Leaders on Monday-Friday from 9:00-1:00pm
or Tuesday/Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm
• State Diploma/GED ELA Group Leaders on Monday-Friday from 9:00-1:00pm
or Tuesday/Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm
• ESL Level 4 Reading Tutor/Computer Lab (Study Lab) Assistant on Monday from 5:00-7:00pm
• ESL Level 5 1-1 Reading and Comprehension Tutor on Tuesday, Thursday/Friday from 1:00-2:00pm
• Teachers Administrative Assistant on Monday-Friday from 9:00-1:00pm
or Tuesday/Thursday from 5:30-8:30pm

Columbia Heights-Fridley (CHF)
• ESL 1A Small Group Reading and Writing Tutor on Monday- Wednesday/Friday from 9:00-12:00pm
• ABE Small Group Reading and Math Tutor on Tuesday from 10:00-12:00pm
• ESL Level 3 Classroom Assistant and Reading Tutor on Wednesday from 6:00-7:15pm
• ESL Level 2 Classroom Assistant and Reading Tutor on Tuesday/Wednesday from 6:30-8:30pm
• ESL Level 3 Reading and Pronunciation Small Group Instructor on Wednesday from 9:00-11:00am

St. Francis (Closed June 6- Sept. 6)
• ABE and ESL Classroom Assistant on Thursday from 5:00-8:00pm or Friday from 9:00-1:00pm

Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Berres, for more information or to schedule your orientation:[email protected]

 

Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
Computer Resource Specialist

Contribute a few hours each month to directly help your community of Hennepin County. There are a variety of opportunities to match your specific skills throughout Hennepin County. Some examples of current volunteer opportunities include direct client interaction, computer work, language interpretation, greeting and navigating buildings, administrative work, driving clients and packages, fundraising, hair styling, etc. Please visit their website for more information about each opportunity and location as well as how to apply and contact them.

 

 

Great River Faith in Action
We Care Team

Faith in Action serves all of Serburne County and parts of Wright, Stearns, Benton and Mille Lacs Counties. They help individuals and families who are challenged by low incomes, loneliness,being home-bound, a disability or chronic health issue, as well as the elderly and family caregivers, through a number of programs and initiatives. Volunteers can choose to serve in a variety of ways. Whether it’s working with people one on one, behind the scenes, in a group or with your hands, there are plenty of opportunities to help with the mission.

As a volunteer you can provide direct service, doing things such as transporting seniors to medical appointments; cleaning;  providing chore services, helping with yard work or visiting. Other volunteers want to serve as a group and do things such as cleaning, raking, building ramps or helping with moves. Yet others volunteer through our stores The GREAT Room in Elk River; Everyday Blessings Boutique in St. Cloud, and Everyday Blessings Boutique in Becker. Others help with donations or the Furniture for Families program; some work in the office, providing phone ministry support; and others become a part of our Special Events Team, helping us with our special events or fundraising. It take many volunteers to make as big of  an as impact we are making in our communities! As a We Care Team member you become a part of that impact!

For more information, please click here or give them a call at 763.263.4277.

 

Kids ‘n Kinship
Mentor a Child

Kids ‘n Kinship matches volunteer mentor families, couples, & individuals with youth ages 5-16 in need of additional positive role models for fun and enriching weekly activities.  Please consider stepping forward today to mentor a child with your family.

Based in Dakota County, Kids ‘n Kinship has served families in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville & Rosemount. Matches are made based on compatible personalities, ages and interests as well as preferences of both volunteer family and the youth and parent/guardian. Their families say that mentoring together ensures they have weekly family time and that it’s easy to include another child with the family activity, whether it’s a board game, sledding, a trip to a park, or going to the zoo or a museum.

They offer discounted passes to area attractions to make activities more affordable, a 45-minute information session, a 2-hour training session, as well as ongoing training and support. They ask mentors and mentees to commit to a year’s time together in order to build their relationship; however, many of their matches become lifelong friendships and our average match is about 3 years. Please consider being a mentor to a child – it is one of the most challenging and rewarding ways to volunteer!

For more information, please contact Rita Younger at 651-686-0990 or via email. And for more information, please click here.

 

Camp Noah of Lutheran Social Services
Internships, Team Leaders & Volunteer Staff

Camp Noah is a nationally acclaimed preparedness and resiliency day camp for elementary children in communities impacted by disaster and/or crisis. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities:

Internships – They offer internships at the Camp Noah offices in St. Paul during J-Term, May-Term, and summer. These internships may include the opportunity to serve as a volunteer or Team Leader of a Camp Noah program. Their interns usually come from the following majors (but this is not an exhaustive list): Disaster Management, Psychology/Mental Health, Youth Development, Education, Recreation Management, Emergency Management, and Youth Ministries.

15-Month Internships – Camp Noah offers three highly-competitive Internships starting in June and ending in August the following year. These interns spend their first summer joining 2-5 Camp Noah teams. This is followed by two semesters of work with the Camp Noah National staff  (you do not have to be located in St. Paul). Finally, interns will lead a team of 15-25 volunteers in a Camp Noah program their second summer. Stipend available for this position.

Team Leader – Team Leaders recruit, fundraise, and lead a team of 15-25 volunteers at Camp Noah programs throughout the US.  Stipend available for this position.

Volunteer Camp Staff – Camp Volunteers join a team headed out to one of our camps throughout the year (usually over school breaks or summers). You can join a team in your community – or find a team outside of your community that needs a few extra volunteers. You earn 50 volunteer hours for your week of service and training.

They are happy to help you complete service or internship hours and they have experience working with a variety of requirements. For more information, please click here.

 

Lyngblomsten
Enhance the Lives of Older Adults

Lyngblomsten provides housing, healthcare and services for older adults since 1906, and they have a couple of opportunities for you to get involved. Here they are:

Fancy Fingers is where its at! Come paint fingernails for the ladies of Lyngblomsten. Even though the average age of a young lady on our campus is 87 years old, they still want to look beautiful! Bring your nail painting ability and your gift of gab and come paint fingernails. Opportunities available Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (3:00-4:30) or Friday mornings (9:4511:15). Check out www.lyngblomsten.org, more about volunteering on the Get Involved tab.

Help people stay in shape, no matter their age! Lyngblomsten Community Center has multiple opportunities to lead exercise groups like Tai Chi Quan or Matter of Balance as well as leading an indoor walking group. The exercise groups have special trainings that the volunteer will need to attend. No cost involved for the volunteer for these trainings. Call Shelli Beck, Lead Volunteer Coordinator at 651-414-5297  or drop her an email for more information about these opportunities.

 

Interim Healthcare Home Care and Hospice
Hospice Support

Hospice Care was created to support those who are facing a terminally ill condition, as well as provide support for families or caregivers. The Patient Care volunteers at Interim Healthcare understand the desire to be a peaceful presence to families and patients at this most sacred time of life.

Help by providing companionship, listening, emotional support and comforting care. Volunteers must be 18 years old. TRAINING is provided for all volunteers. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Interim Healthcare Hospice, please click here or call (651) 917-3634.

PACER Center
PACER Puppet Team

Join the PACER Puppet Team and Help Children Learn about Bullying Prevention or Disability Awareness.

The KIDS AGAINST BULLYING puppet program helps young children learn how to respond if they are being bullied, how to help if they see someone being bullied, the difference between tattling and telling, and most importantly that no one ever deserves to be bullied.

The COUNT ME IN® puppet program teaches children that kids with disabilities can do lots of things and they want to play, learn, have friends and be included just like everyone else.

As a volunteer puppeteer, you’ll:
• Attend a training to learn puppet and presentation skills;
• Learn the script;
• Work with a fun team;
• Present programs at metro schools two to three times per month

All you need is a car, time during the school day, and a desire to help young children.
For more information on becoming a PACER puppeteer, visit their websiteemail them or call 952-838-9000.

The Bridge for Youth
Youth Response Center

The Bridge for Youth is currently looking for committed individuals to join them in their Youth Response Center (YRC), the first point of contact for youth entering their shelter!

Their awesome volunteers take calls and texts 24/7/365 from youth looking for a place to stay or just looking for someone with whom they can talk.

Shifts are 2 to 4 hours every two weeks, and are flexible based on YOUR schedule!

To find out more about The Bridge for Youth and how to volunteer, please click here.

Reading Partners Twin Cities
Reading Partner Tutor

Reading Partners is a national non-profit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by helping elementary students from low-income communities boost their reading confidence and competence. We do so by collaborating with Title I schools and community volunteers to increase the amount of time and personnel available during the school day to deliver data-driven, one-on-one tutoring to students in grades K-5.

Their volunteers follow a structured curriculum to help students learn specific skills necessary to become proficient readers. On average, students more than double their rate of reading progress while in the program.

Reading Partner tutor requirements:

  • No formal teaching experience needed
  • Must be 14 years old or older and pass a background check
  • Commit just one hour a week, mid-September through early June
  • Reading centers are open Mon-Thurs, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

For more information and to sign up, please click heredrop them an email.

DART
Help Seniors with Shopping Errands

Volunteer once a week to help a senior living in the West St Paul area with shopping. Main shopping needs are for groceries. Shop for senior or assist the senior with their shopping list.

Two hours a week or every other week time commitment. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Twin Cities Polish Festival
Volunteers & Board Members

The Twin Cities Polish Festival is seeking volunteers and board members to participate in festival planning for 2016 and beyond! You do not need to be or speak Polish in order to participate, but rather have an interest in building community connections and promoting culture and arts in the Twin Cities area.

Festival planning is a year-round opportunity and can be adapted to the skill set you have and the time you are able to provide. Arrangements can be made with volunteers to develop a work study plan or internship if needed.

They are seeking people with experience and/or interest in the following areas:
– Volunteer recruitment
– Business partnership, sponsor recruitment
– Entertainment coordination
– Partnership with artists
– Grant writing
If there are other areas that may be of interest to you, please do not hesitate to inquire! The festival is always in search of creative minds!

 

Minnesota Orchestra
Multiple volunteer opportunities

The Minnesota Orchestra has multiple volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas. Volunteers earn discounted and complimentary tickets after completing multiple shifts. They ask that you volunteer a minimum of 4 shifts per year. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Concert Usher – Assist guests attending Minnesota Orchestra concerts. (Daytime, evening and weekend.)
  • Young People’s Concert Usher – Assist children and families attending morning Young People’s Concerts. (Daytime.)
  • Coffee Concert Bus Captain – Greet concert guests and ride with them to and from the concert on our Coach Bus service from area malls. (Daytime.)
  • Coffee Concert Host – Serve concert guests refreshments. (Daytime.)
  • Symphony Ball/Crash the Ball volunteer – Participate in their annual gala fundraiser; assist guests with event registration, the silent and live auctions, and at checkout. (June.)
  • Community Events volunteer – Represent the Minnesota Orchestra by interacting with guests and distributing information at community events including Twin Cities Pride Festival, Symphony for the Cities outdoor concerts, the Minnesota State Fair, etc. (Seasonal; indoor and outdoor.)
  • Administrative volunteer– Assist with administrative tasks including mailings, data entry, etc. (Seasonal; typically daytime.)

For more information and to apply, please click here.

 

Dayton’s Bluff Seniors
Volunteer to Assist Seniors

Dayton’s Bluff Seniors is a nonprofit organization: neighbors helping neighbors and supporting seniors to live independently in their homes. They are always in need of people who can volunteer to help seniors as Drivers (for shopping, medical appointments etc.), Friendly Visitors/Callers, Errand Runners, Light Chores etc. in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul.

For more information on Dayton’s Bluff Seniors, please click here. And for information on volunteering, please contact Michele Streitz via email or at 651.400.1650.

InnerCity Tennis
Inspire a Child – Become an ICT Volunteer

If you like working with kids, InnerCity Tennis needs you! No tennis experience? No problem! Their volunteers are of all ages and abilities.

For 24 Saturdays from September – April, InnerCity Tennis opens up the Reed Sweatt Family Tennis Center, located at 4005 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55409 to deliver programming free of charge to our communities’ youth.

To volunteer, they are not asking you to shape young children into tennis stars; rather they are asking you to help shape young leaders. Contact Omar Warfa at (612) 584-4736 or email him for more information or to sign up.

Fur-Ever Wild
Volunteer with wolves, cougars and bobcats, oh my!

Fur-ever wild in Lakeville needs volunteers!

They need help with cleaning, construction, separating meat for the animals, farm type chores and anything else that you can bring to the table. It’s an awesome experience. Check out their website by clicking here.

Please call Terri Petter at 612-467-9653 to see how your volunteer skills can be used!

Fur-Ever Wild is a working agricultural farm, that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature … from the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled through and settled in Minnesota, to our ranchers and farmers who are feeding the world today.

 

The Blessing House
Regular Volunteers

The Blessing House is looking for volunteers to help in the running of a unique home-like community space dedicated to nurturing the spirit and body of all who enter. They are a non-profit, non-denominational Christian entity based in Victoria, MN, whose mission is ‘Creating Spaces for God to Work’. They welcome a wide array of visitors, individuals, groups and organizations. With activities both saved and secular, their hope is that all their guests find a place of belonging, enriched conversation, authentic friendships and joy through the presence of the Holy Spirit. The open house is an ideal place for reflection, a retreat or to build community.

 

As a volunteer and donor reliant working house, they are in need of regular help each week in keeping the space clean and tidy for visitors, allowing all who enter in to be blessed by the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

 

They also have extensive gardens which require regular maintenance, including planting, weeding and mowing, and a variety of other jobs depending on the time of year.

 

They’re looking for a number of regular volunteers who are able to give a small amount of time each week to help out with basic day to day tasks. If you would like to find out more, you can either visit their website, contact James Willetts at 952-479-1358, or stop by in person to see how you can help.

 

Common Hope
School Supply Drive

Common Hope is a non-profit organization in St. Paul that helps children and families in Guatemala through healthcare, education, family development and housing programs.

They are kicking off their School Supply Drive for their affiliated students in Guatemala, and are looking for one or two volunteers to work in their warehouse and help prep for another container filled with school supplies. Ideally, volunteers would commit to 2-3 hours once or twice a week.

For a full description and to sign up, please click here.

Open Arms of Minnesota
Meal Delivery Volunteers

Deliver meals to our clients and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. Weekday volunteer drivers begin between 10:30 am-11:30 am and routes are typically 1 -2 hours long. Saturday volunteer drivers start between 9:30 am-10 am and routes are typically 1 hour. They encourage people volunteering this position to work with a partner, but many volunteers will work solo.

In recent years they have also partnered with local corporations to form corporate teams to deliver during their lunch hour. This is also an opportunity for one time groups to pick up multiple routes on any given day. Their one requirement for this position is that the volunteer possess a valid driver’s license.

Meal Packaging and Prep Volunteers

Volunteer to prepare and package client meals in the state-of-the-art Open Arms kitchen and help Open Arms bring nourishment to those who need it most. Volunteers do a variety of things in the kitchen like chop vegetables, tray-up cookie dough, package meals, and assemble client bags. These shifts are typically 2 hours long starting at 8:00 am or 7:30 am depending on the day. On weekdays they close at 7:00 pm and they close at 12:00 pm on weekends. Like deliveries, they also encourage groups to attend. For safety purposes, their only requirement is that the volunteer is over the age of 16.

Volunteer Receptionist

Welcome all visitors to Open Arms and help them find the resources and staff they need to have a great experience with Open Arms. Answer and direct phone calls. Work on administrative projects is needed. These shifts are typically 2 hours long. They only have one volunteer at a time, and they are currently looking for volunteers willing to have a regular shift on Monday nights from 5:00 -7:00 pm or Thursday mornings from 7:30-10:00am. Being comfortable talking to strangers in person and on the phone is highly encouraged.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the opportunities with Open Arms Minnesota, please click here or email Molly.

Metro Social Services
Youth Mentoring

Metro Social Services is looking for volunteers  to serve as mentors for their youth mentoring program. Mentors act as support and a guide for the youth, and will work with their child to set and help meet life goals as well as have fun! The youth involved in the program are K-12, and have received a mental health diagnosis. Mentors will need to submit to a background check prior to volunteering.

The time commitment is one hour a week, and they ask for reliable and consistent people capable of being a positive role model in a child’s life.  For more information, please email Whitney Bey or click here. 

 

Minneapolis Adult Education
Classroom Assistant

Would you like to help capable, motivated adults learn ESL (English as a Second or new Language), math, writing, reading, or computer basics? Minneapolis Adult Education welcomes your help as a classroom assistant. Volunteers work with students in classrooms, individually and in small groups, according to the teacher’s lesson plan. They volunteer an hour or more per week, in the morning or evening. 

The have programs  in North and South Minneapolis. Presently North Minneapolis needs volunteers only in the morning.

Training is provided.

Students and teachers greatly appreciate people from the community coming in to help. For more information, please click here

Minnesota Reading Corps
Reading Tutors

Minnesota Reading Corps is looking for volunteers to HELP CHILDREN READ. At this time, one in three Minnesota third graders are reading below their grade level. Minnesota Reading Corp’s mission is to have every child in the state reading at grade level by the end of third grade. 

They have openings to be a full or part time tutor and opportunities to volunteer for a minimum of one hour a week. Training and support are available to all who participate. The rewards are priceless, the smile of a child learning to read.

For more information on Minnesota Reading Corps, please click here or email Kathleen Stratton, Volunteer Coordinator, by clicking here.

Secondhand Hounds
General Office Work

Animal rescue organization, Secondhand Hounds, is looking for people to cover three-hour shifts on a weekly basis to help out in the office. And if you can’t offer three hours at a time, they’d really love any weekly help you could provide.

If you are interested in hanging out with some cute animals, helping their office stay clean, and organizing, please email Vicki.

Prepare + Prosper
Tax Site Specialist, Tax Preparer, Financial Advocate and Tax Reviewers

Do you want to support your fellow Minnesotans as they strive for financial stability and move out of the cycle of poverty? Volunteer for Prepare + Prosper!

Prepare + Prosper taps into our community’s strength and generosity to assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families to move from “getting by” to “getting ahead.” They have a variety of opportunities for all skill levels. You don’t have to prepare taxes to volunteer with them. They have opportunities for various abilities, interests and areas of expertise. With tax season coming up, they are seeking volunteers to fill all of their positions, which you can check out at the website below. 

Training is provided! 

Learn more and check out their volunteer opportunities here or email them.  

Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center
Teacher Shopping Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to assist teachers shopping for free school supplies in a store setting. Volunteers will assist teachers with their shopping list while keeping the product totals within the minimum amount allowed per teacher.

Volunteers also needed to assist with the check in, and check out process, entering data into our teacher shopping software.

Monday, Wednesday, or Friday afternoons 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm. This is an ongoing position with multiple openings throughout the school year.

 

Merchandiser Position

Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center needs volunteers for merchandising and re-stocking the products on the shelves of their teacher free store following teacher shopping visits.

Tuesday or Thursday mornings, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. This is an ongoing position with multiple openings throughout the school year.

For more information on either of these two volunteer opportunities, please email Lesley Walton or call 612-465-0135, ext. 106. And for more information on Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center, please click here.

 

Store to Door
Grocery Order Taker

Brighten a senior’s day and help them remain at home. Be a volunteer order taker for Store To Door.  As a Volunteer Order Taker, you will form an ongoing relationship with seniors in the community who need your help!  Volunteer from your home or work to take grocery orders once a week over the phone and enter them into Store To Door’s online system.  You determine your calling schedule (day, evening, weekend).  Online training available. For more information, click here.

Volunteer Grocery Shopper

Enjoy shopping? Walk with purpose, gain friends and help seniors maintain their independence. Grocery shop for 4 hours once a week, or twice per month. Store To Door shops at 6 different Cub Foods throughout the Twin Cities.  Shopping shifts are weekday mornings from 6:00 am – 10:00 am.  For more information, please click here.

 

Second Harvest Heartland Meals for Minds

In partnership with Target, Second Harvest Heartland is coordinating monthly grocery distributions through a mobile food pantry at 10 elementary schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Each child will leave a Meals for Minds pantry with 30 lbs. of groceries.

As a volunteer, you will sort food, set up food stations, provide friendly service, and/or put food into the hands of your hungry neighbors. This is one of the most hands-on opportunities at Second Harvest Heartland. To learn more, please click here.

 

Books for Africa

Sort and pack books at the Books for Africa warehouse in St. Paul according to category and age level. No heavy lifting involved, and volunteers should be at least 14-years-old.

Volunteers spend two or more hours on Wednesdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and on the first and third Saturdays of each month between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. For more information, please click here.

 

HOME Line
Tenant Hotline Volunteer

Minnesota tenants call our hotline to get free legal advice on their rental housing problems. Attorneys and volunteers give callers legal and practical advice on issues like evictions, security deposits, repairs, leases, bed bugs, and more. Our advice helps Minnesota tenants save money in wrongfully withheld security deposits, fees, and more.

The hotline is available from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday. Volunteers usually spend three-hour shifts returning calls and answering questions. Minimum 50 hour commitment.

For more information, please click here.

 

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
Volunteer Mentor

Do you have a desire to assist people in achieving their goals and provide support in overcoming barriers?

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to share their time and talent as a volunteer mentor.

Our mentoring efforts serve adult participants in our programs that include Automotive and Construction Training, Re-Entry which serves individuals with criminal backgrounds and/or Ramsey County MFIP which serves families receiving county assistance. We offer both one-on-one and group mentoring options during daytime and evening hours. The ideal volunteer mentor will be comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds, able to provide a listening ear and constructive feedback and offer support. The mentoring partnership will be focused on goals such as securing employment, healthy relationships and/or financial literacy.

If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, contact Melissa Brandel (MFIP Mentoring) via email or at  651-646-8070 ext: 160 or John Gibson (Re-Entry and Auto and Construction Mentoring) via email or at  651-379-5979.

Where:  Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office, 553 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104 or other public settings determined by mentor and mentee.
When: Monthly mentor orientation and training at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office at 553 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104.

 

Mock Interviewer

Do you have experience providing employment interviews? 
Volunteer mock Interviewers are needed to provide valuable practice job interviews for participants in our Employment Training & Education classes or work experience programs. Mock interviewers must be able to conduct professional, consistent interviews for our participants with a wide variety of interviewing abilities, disabilities, and backgrounds. Interviews are offered as a way to reinforce course curriculum and refine interviewing skills.

Where: Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office, 553 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104
When: Flexible daytime, weekday hours

Please email for more information by clicking here.

 

St. Croix Hospice
Companion Volunteer / Pet Therapy Volunteer

At St. Croix Hospice, care and comfort are tailored to the unique preferences of our patients, families and primary caregivers. We individualize care to ensure it is provided in a way that brings dignity, respect and compassion. We believe that moments of joy can be found through meaningful experiences; even in challenging times. As a companion volunteer, you will visit patients and families by offering emotional support with conversations, listening, handholding or even a quiet calm presence. The visits may involve reading, walking or helping patients attend activities in their assisted living facility. Visiting times are flexible and are individualized to our patients and volunteer’s schedules. Time commitment is one hour a week. Comprehensive training is provided as well as ongoing support from the St. Croix Hospice team. Must be over 18 and pass a criminal background check and Mantoux screening (cost-free.)

Student Service Learning opportunities available, along with Pet Therapy Volunteers (Therapy Dogs International, Therapy Dogs Incorporated, Pet Partners or similar certification).

For more information, please click here or email Karen Quammen by clicking here.

Minds Matter

Minds Matter is an organization dedicated to making college education a reality for accomplished high school students from low income families. They have three volunteer opportunities, listed below:

Mentor

Each student is paired with two mentors with whom they meet weekly throughout the school year to work on personal essays, summer prep program selection, and college/university selection.  Volunteers are needed on Saturday afternoons, 2 hours, following a school calendar (22 sessions in a year). For more information, please email Drew Bartholomew. You can also visit the Minds Matter website by clicking here.

 

Test Prep Instructor

This person will lead a class of approximately 6 students in Math and/or Verbal SAT/ACT Instruction.  The courses are structured with Kaplan strategies from Kaplan texts. Volunteers are needed on Saturday afternoons, 2 hours, following a school calendar (10-12 sessions in a year). For more information, please email Drew Bartholomew. You can also visit the Minds Matter website by clicking here.

 

Writing and Critical Thinking Instructors

This person will lead small-group lessons at morning sessions, covering topics including grammar, critical reading and writing fundamentals. Both advisors and instructors are tasked with engaging and developing students’ critical thinking skills via editing sessions, writing workshops, and discussions about in-session readings. Volunteers are needed on Saturday afternoons, 2 hours, following a school calendar (10-12 sessions in a year). For more information, please email Drew Bartholomew. You can also visit the Minds Matter website by clicking here.

 

ARC’s Value Village

Help sort and organize donated items to get them ready for sale. Help unpack the items, hang and tag clothes, put price stickers on books, dishes and other hard goods, test small appliances to make sure they work and more!

They have four shifts available throughout the day that are two or three hours in length, and you can volunteer at any one of their four locations located throughout the Twin Cities. You’ll have a blast, meet some new people, and help out the thousands of people with developmental disabilities and their families who depend on the programs you’ll help to support.

To find out more and to volunteer, please click here.

 

Twin Cities In Motion

Looking for a way to give back to the sport and activity you love? Why not volunteer at a Twin Cities In Motion event? Visit the TCM Volunteering page for more information.

Looking for more? The TCM Association is made up of more than 350 dedicated volunteers working year-round to plan, organize, and execute events. Learn all the details about the positions at the TCM Association webpage. If you see positions that interest you, or would like to take an active role in our organization, please complete the Association Interest form at the bottom of the TCM Association page.

If you have specific questions regarding volunteer opportunities with Twin Cities In Motion, email Kelli Bartholow, Operations & Volunteer Manager.

 

Gilda’s Club Twin Cities

Gilda’s Club Twin Cities is the local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, a network of more than 57 supportive, free and welcoming “clubhouses” where everyone living with cancer can come for social, emotional and psychological support. Clubs are healing environments where individuals learn from each other with guidance from licensed professionals.

The volunteers here work with a sense of joy, of being together, of giving to others, and they are looking for more volunteers, even if you can give just a few hours. Volunteer training is held once a month on a Thursday evening or Saturday morning at the Gilda’s Club Twin Cities Clubhouse in Minnetonka. For more information, please click here.

 

Mission Wearhouse Thrift Store

Mission Wearhouse Thrift Store is looking for volunteers! You would sort donations, price items, stock shelves and other jobs. It is a fun atmosphere and you even get a discount at the store!

You set your own schedule (during the store hours). Store is closed Fridays and Sundays, and proceeds from the thrift store go to the pregnancy center located next door.

For more information, please contact them at 651-649-3538, drop them an email or just stop in during store hours! Mission Wearhouse Thrift Store is located at  2756 Lake Shore Ave Little Canada 55117

 

 

Still looking for volunteer opportunities? Keep checking back as we are continually adding to our list! 

4 Responses

  1. Bindi
    Bindi June 4, 2016 at 7:26 pm |

    Willing to be a volunteerC

    Reply
  2. Leah Brzezinski
    Leah Brzezinski June 5, 2016 at 2:08 am |

    I would like to list volunteer opportunities at our school. How do I do that? Thanks Leah

    Reply
  3. Nancy Barnes
    Nancy Barnes February 12, 2017 at 6:12 am |

    Want to help with drug abuse especially heroin I lost a son 6mo ago from a heroin overdose

    Reply

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