• Volunteer Opportunities

    Looking for organizations that need your help? Civic engagement is a vital part of the college experience and plays an important role in your development as a future leader. If you're not sure where to begin, check out the 'General Opportunities' listed below to guide your search, or look through the 'Organizations' where Hamline students have already volunteered.

    General Opportunities

    Hands on Twin Cities
    I Can Help Twin Cities
    Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
    Volunteer Match

    Organizations & Current Opportunities

    Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

    Website
    Contact: Julia Brauchle- volunteer@tchabitat.org
    Commitment: Shorter Term
    Focus Area: Low-Income Housing
    Description: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) utilizes volunteer labor to build homes with low-income families. Construction Volunteers will participate in the building of homes at all stages of construction. No previous construction experience is required. Construction Volunteers must commit to at least one full day onsite from 8:30 am-4:00 pm. Opportunities for involvement are available all year across the seven county metro area.

    Children's HeartLink

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    Contact: Katie Harrington- eventintern@childrensheartlink.org
    Commitment: Short Term- September 19th, 2015
    Focus Area: Children, Health Care
    Description: Children's HeartLink needs help with their annual HeartLink Gala. Possible positions are as follows:

    • Greeters/ Table Concierge
    • Registration Table
    • Silent Auction
    • Board of Directors Wine Collection Giveaway
    • Teddy Bear Seller
    • Set-Up

    Community Action Partnership

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    Contact: Erin Koegel- ekoegel@caprw.org
    Commitment: Shorter Term
    Focus Area: Low-Income Families
    Description: Volunteers will help with landscaping maintenance at a Head Start Center. Jobs may include mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, weeding, laying mulch, as well as other possible tasks.

    DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA (DSAM)

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    Contact: Kathleen Holiday- Kathleen.Holiday@dsamn.org
    Commitment: Short Term- August 3rd, 2015
    Focus Area: Disabilities, Youth
    Description: Assist with registration and silent auction for: Tee It Up for Down Syndrome, which is a golfing outing and fundraiser for DSAM.

    DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA (DSAM)

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    Contact: Kathleen Holiday- Kathleen.Holiday@dsamn.org
    Commitment: Short Term- September 27th, 2015 
    Focus Area: Disabilities, Youth
    Description: Help with Step Up for Down Syndrome. This event is the single largest fundraiser for DSAM. Volunteers could assist in numerous capacities: registration, food, face painting, bounce tents, trolley or parking.

    DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA (DSAM)

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    Contact: Kathleen Holiday- Kathleen.Holiday@dsamn.org
    Commitment: Short Term- August 3rd-7th, 2015  
    Focus Area: Disabilities, Youth
    Description: Volunteer individually or gather up a group. The iCan Bike Camp- Twin Cities teaches kids with disabilities to ride a bike. You would be instrumental in helping a camper achieve a rite of passage in life- independently riding a two-wheeled bike. This helps the camper obtain confidence, independence and friendship.

    Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota (DSAM)

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    Contact: Kathleen Holiday- Kathleen.Holiday@dsamn.org
    Commitment: Short Term- September 12, 2015
    Focus Area: Disabilities, Youth
    Description: Provide support for teens and adults with Down syndrome attending the Voices & Choices Conference, Pizza Party and Dance.

    Junior Achievement

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    Contact: Wendy Patzlaff- wendy@jaum.org
    Commitment: Flexible
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: JA volunteers inspire and prepare students to succeed in school and in life. By sharing your energy and experiences, you serve as a role model to help them envision a successful future. Our opportunities are flexible and rewarding. Your commitment could vary from a single day to a weekly one-hour visit for 4-8 weeks. We'll work with you to find the opportunity that's right for you and your busy schedule. Classroom volunteers will deliver JA lessons to more than 157,000 students this school year. JA's K-12 programs are interactive and hands-on, making it easy for volunteers to teach and fun for students to learn. Our opportunities are rewarding and can help you improve your leadership and presentation skills.

    Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation

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    Contact: Allison Scheider- tchdcvolunteers@gmail.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children, Low-Income Families
    Description: Work with youth in grades K-5th this Summer! PLUS-Time is an out of school time program that is designed to engage youth in reading, math, science, and arts through games, crafts, digital media and other activities. Volunteers will support program staff to facilitate activities and will gain experience working with a diverse population of youth. PLUS-Time meets Monday-Friday from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Summer Program will include Tennis, Swimming, field trips, and will end with a two week Arts Camp run by Barebone Productions. Volunteer times are flexible, with a requirement of at least 1 hour per week commitment.

    Regions Hospital

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    Contact: Ali Hourigan- alexandra.e.hourigan@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hours
    Focus Area: Pathology
    Description: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Pathology Department.
    Duties include: providing clerical assistance to staff, collating specimen collection kits and mailers.

    PCs for People

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    Contact: Madeline Tate- mtate@pcsforpeople.com
    Commitment: Longer Term- 3 month commitment
    Focus Area: Computers, Low In-Come Families
    Description: PCs for People is looking for volunteers to help refurbish computer for distribution to low-income families across the Upper Midwest. They ask for a minimum of 1 shift per week that is at least 3 hours long, with at least a 3 month commitment.

    Hamline Environmental Group

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    Contact: Mona Toft- monatoft@gmail.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Environmental
    Description: Gardener Needed! Watering and weeding help is needed for a small community garden located on Taylor and Snelling Avenues, across the street from Klas Field, Hamline University. They need help generally once a week during the spring, summer and early fall. The garden was planted here to curb littering, which used to be a big problem on this plot of land, (owned by the MN Dept. of Transportation). Since planting the garden, littering has been significantly reduced. Neighbors help as well. Your ideas on planting and design would also be appreciated and implemented.

    The American Refugee Committee

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    Contact: Trish Cook- trishac@archq.org
    Commitment: Longer Term- 6 months
    Focus Area: Immigration and Refugee Issues
    Description: The ARC has many volunteer opportunities available. They have a lot of office work, phoning and front desk work as well as special projects. If there is not an opportunity that scheduling. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of six months, internships also available.

    Northeast Youth and Family Services

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    Contact: Amanda Duhon- amandad@nyfs.org
    Commitment: Once a week
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: The Roseville Area Middle School Unity Center is a student-centered after-school program that provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of free academic, STEAM and cultural opportunities in order to equip them with the skills to thrive in school and beyond. They are looking for volunteers to assist in leading clubs and providing academic assistance to 7th and 8th grade students. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one day per week. The times are Monday-Thursday 2:30- 5:30 pm.

    Twin Cities RISE!

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    Contact: Hugh Kenety- volunteer@twincitiesrise.org
    Commitment: Weekday Mornings
    Focus Area: Poverty, Education
    Description: Twin Cities RISE! is a non-profit organization that provides job training and personal Empowerment classes to enable individuals in poverty to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to obtain full time employment. TCR! needs volunteers to empower participants by coming in on arranged weekday mornings to help act as computer tutors for using Microsoft Word and e-mail. They additionally are in need of volunteers to act as mock interviewers during select weekdays.

    Great River Greening

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    Contact: Jen Kader- jkader@greatrivergreening.org
    Commitment: Short Term
    Focus Area: Environment
    Description: Plant trees with Great River Greening in the South Washington Conservation Corridor! This 80-acre parcel is part of a larger greenway in the watershed providing critical native habitat and stormwater management, and will be the site of future recreational trails. They'll be planting 3,000 oak trees from acorns collected as a part of the Million Acron Challenge that Great River Greening ran for several years.

    True Strides

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    Contact: Conor McGrath- volunteerservices@truefriends.org
    Commitment: Summer
    Focus Area: Disabled Children and Adults
    Description: Volunteering at True Strides has many different faces. One could be a side walker, horse leader, tack cleaner or horse groomer or a critical game player. These positions will depend upon your comfort lever, experience and desire to learn. Training will be provided. 

    White Bear Lake High School Writing Center

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    Contact:Carolyn Youngbauer - carolyn.youngbauer@isd624.org
    Commitment: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Shifts can be broken and could be on a rotating basis.
    Focus Area: Children and Education
    Description: White Bear Lake Area High School Writing Center is looking for volunteers who would be interested in devoting time and experience to working with high school students on their writing.

    True Friends

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    Contact: Amanda Sorell- volunteerservices@truefriends.org
    Commitment: Summer
    Focus Area: Disabled Children and Adults
    Description: Come play at camp this summer! True Friends provides children and adults who have disabilities with camps, respite, therapeutic horsemanship, travel, and programs. They are currently looking for adult volunteers at all five of their Minnesota camp locations for summer 2015. Training, housing and meals will be provided. References and letters of recommendations provided upon request. Hours can be used for service learning.

    Volunteering Solutions

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    Contact: Matthew Wilson- matthew@volunteeringsolutions.com
    Commitment: Longer term or shorter term
    Focus Area: Children
    Description: Volunteering Solutions places volunteers in a variety of placements including orphanages, street children centers, kindergartens, day centers and child development centers. Childcare volunteer programs are both recommended for long term and short term period. While working in orphanage and street children projects, volunteers get involved in the day to day running of the centers, help the children in their homework or informal education activities, have meals with them and give them the much needed personal attention.

    Project for Pride in Living

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    Contact:Anna Preus - anna.preus@ppl-inc.org
    Commitment:
    Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children and Education
    Description: At Project for Pride in Living they strive to empower students from low-income communities to achieve success in school and in life through academic support and hands-on enrichment opportunities. PPL Scholars is a 1:1 tutoring and mentoring program for Pre-K-6th graders living in affordable housing. Volunteers work with students on literacy activities, homework help, and special projects at two locations in Highland Park and the Summit-University neighborhood.

    Community Action of Ramsey and Washington Counties

    Website
    Contact: Adj Marshall- amarshall@caprw.org
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Working with low income community
    Description: Help put $2000 in the pockets of low income community members. By helping community members do their taxes you can assist families in accessing tax credits they qualify for. They are looking for volunteers with accounting/tax skills who can speak other languages as well as people without tax experience who would be able to greet and translate tax information in locally spoken languages including Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Karen and Ormo.

    Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE)

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    Contact: Roz Anderson- roz@womenofwise.org
    Commitment:
    Longer-term, one session weekly per semester
    Focus Area: Youth, immigrant/refugee populations
    Description: We are seeking mentors for our Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) program. GGAL is a college preparation, career exploration, and leadership development program for immigrant/refugee girls in grades 7-12. As a volunteer, you will share your experiences with the girls to encourage, inspire, and empower them to achieve their educational goals. You will have the opportunity to lead small group sessions, provide 1:1 mentoring, and get inspired by some really awesome girls! We have a particularly high need for mentors at Roseville Area Middle School which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40-4. We have additional mentoring opportunities throughout the week.

    Metro Social Services

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    Contact:Whitney Bey- whitney@metrosocialservices.org
    Commitment: 6 month commitment of at least one hour a week
    Focus Area: Children, Disabilities
    Description: Metro Social Services are looking for volunteers to serve as mentors for their youth mentoring program. Their youth mentoring program serves children with a mental health diagnosis. Their focus is on developing children's skills to succeed, especially in the social, communication and academic skills needed to succeed as a professional adult.

    Brighton Hospice

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    Contact:Melissa Hanna- mhanna@brightonhospice.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Hospice Care
    Description: Brighton Hospice is looking for volunteers to spend time with their patients and families. They also would like volunteers to help in the office. Volunteer work could include: listening to patients concerns, being a supporting presence, baking, playing games with the patients, and more. Office volunteer opportunities could include: filing, putting together handbooks, organizing and more.

    YOLO Theater

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    Contact:Julie Schottler- julieschottler@yolotheater.org
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Teens, Dance and Theater Arts
    Description: A new non profit organization in the Twin Cities is looking for student volunteers who are interested in assisting with Performing Arts workshops in Twin Cities schools. YOLO Theater is a performing arts company that provides workshops for at-risk youth in Twin Cities schools. We are currently in need of volunteers interested in helping with the following workshops: Improv Theater, Scriptwriting, Intro to Acting, Costume Design, Set Design, Directing, Lyrical Dance, HipHop Dance, Latin Dance.

    Regions Hospital

    Website
    Contact: Ali Hourigan- alexandra.e.hourigan@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hours
    Focus Area: Gift Shop
    Description: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Gift Shop Department. 
    Duties include:Greet and assist customers with selections, Operate cash register accurately, Housekeeping: light dusting, straightening, etc., Assist with displays: marking, stocking as necessary. Be aware of surroundings (shoplifters, etc.)

    Regions Hospital

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    Contact: Ali Hourigan- alexandra.e.hourigan@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hours
    Focus Area: Breast Health Center 
    Description: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Breast Health Department. Duties include:

    • Warmly welcome visitors to the Center
    • Help make patients comfortable and aware of information available to them
    • Serve as a liaison between patients and staff
    • Escort patients to Resource Library or obtain materials from the library for the patients
    • Maintain a neat waiting room appearance
    • Escort patients to procedure/surgery areas
    • Offer reading materials to children that are accompanying patient to Center
    • Assist with clerical projects/mailings
    • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned

    Regions Hospital

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    Contact: Ali Hourigan- alexandra.e.hourigan@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hours
    Focus Area:Health, Physical Therapy
    Description: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Physical Therapy Department. Duties include: Transports patients to and from department safely utilizing proper wheelchair technique. Runs errands, stocks linen, assists with aide duties.

    Regions Hospital

    Website
    Contact: Ali Hourigan- alexandra.e.hourigan@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hours
    Focus Area: Pharmacy
    Description: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Pharmacy Department. Duties include: deliver Chemotherapy IV’s from SPA to cancer center, deliver Chemotherapy IV’s to the nursing units, deliver Non-Narcotic Large volume IV’s to nursing unit. Must be able to walk at minimum 4 hours increments. Must complete chemo spill kit training. Must be able to bend and twist.

    The Arc Greater Twin Cities

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    Contact: Theresa Munoz- theresamunoz@thearcgtc.org
    Commitment: Short- Saturdays 12-5 PM.
    Focus Area: People with Disabilities
    Description: Help accept donations Saturdays 12-5pm at one of the busiest thrift stores in town, Arc's Value Village Richfield! Hand out tax receipts, push carts, and move inventory in the store. This is an active job with duties outdoors and indoors. We provide an orange safety vest and suggest volunteers wear comfortable work shoes and a jacket for time outdoors. Donations received provide crucial funding for Arc's programs and services which positively impact individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join in the fun today!

    Regions Hospital

    Website

    Contact: Ali Hourigan- alexandra.e.hourigan@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hours
    Focus Area: Nursing
    Description: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Nursing Units. Duties include stocking supplies in patient rooms, assisting with miscellaneous clerical projects as assigned, completing room readiness checklist, including safety checks, assisting with maintaining clean, orderly patient room, and making rounds regularly to meet the needs of patients.

    Regions Hospital

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    Contact: Amy Greening- amy.c.greening@healthpartners.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Surgery Center Greeter
    Description: Greet families, stamp parking tickets, and interact with families hourly to check status (75% time in waiting area with families; 25% time behind greeter desk)
    Provide initial Surgery Center/hospital orientation to families
    Keeps current information on locations of families

    • Provides information on hospital areas such as restrooms, cafeteria, ATM
    • Is alert to family member needs
    • Provides instruction for monitor viewing
    • Manages pager system
    • Escorts families to appropriate areas
    • Manages coffee and linen supplies for families
    • Keeps waiting room neat and orderly
    • Performs story time once per shift if children are present in waiting area

    Building Blocks Tutorial

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    Contact: Jill Jackson- buildingblocks@usfamily.net
    Commitment: Three month minimum commitment is required
    Focus Area: Working with kids, tutoring
    Description: Volunteer tutors work one-to-one with a second or third grade child after-school from October to May on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The program is located at Riverview School and serves students on the West Side of Saint Paul. Learning activities focusing on literacy and math are provided by the program's director/teacher.

    Hiawatha College Prep

    Website
    Contact: Kelsey Bitney- kbitney@hiawathaacademies.org
    Commitment: Varies- volunteers can come in once or on an ongoing basis
    Focus Area: Children, tutoring
    Description: Volunteer in a 6th grade science classroom as students get hands-on engineering experiences during labs! Classes take place M-F from 12:45-4pm and are broken up into three different sections of students. Labs include building spaghetti bridges, parachutes, foil boats, the standard "egg drop" experiment, and more! Classes take place M-F from 12:45-4 pm and are broken up into three different sections of students. Please reach out to find out more about specific dates of labs.

    Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties

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    Contact: Adj- amarshall@caprw.org
    Commitment: Varies- most are longer term with application process
    Focus Area: Poverty, early childhood education, financial literacy, food support.
    Description: The mission of Community Action is to reduce poverty and its impacts on people in Ramsey and Washington counties. Community Action serves the community with a variety of programs including Energy Assistance, Energy Conservation, Head Start, Early Head Start and Civic and Community Engagement Programs. Community Action voices the issues of low-income people and provides avenues out of poverty for the citizens of Ramsey and Washington counties.

    Open Arms of Minnesota

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    Contact: Molly Kennedy- molly@openarmsmn.org
    Commitment: Short- Choose from a variety of 2-hour shifts available 7 days a week.
    Focus Area: Food justice, healthy eating, illness and healing
    Description: It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook, often without the support network to help. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases. Prepare and package meals with trained chefs in a fun environment, or pick up a delivery shift. Help us nourish people in our community who have life-threatening illnesses.

    Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

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    Contact: Brent Suski- b.suski@rebuildingtogether-twincities.org
    Commitment: Short- typical shift is about four hours
    Focus Area: Home ownership and repair
    Description: Join us as we work to bring communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. Rebuilding Together's Safe at Home Program provides home safety or accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners who are older adults or are living with a disability. Often, they are faced with the prospect of losing their independence as the result of needing a home safety or accessibility modification that they are unable to address. At Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, we provide qualifying homeowners these services for free. We are recruiting volunteers on an on-going basis to assist with repairs for homeowners in and around the Twin Cities.

    Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute

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    Contact: moira.lenox.moi@gmail.com
    Commitment: Short- 90 mins once a week between 3-6 PM
    Focus Area: Working with kids, tutoring
    Description: Ahoy Matey! The school year is about to start and we need your help. Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute provides after school open tutoring for students K-12. We are excited to share with you our programming for the upcoming school year. We have plans in place to reach more students and more one-on-one tutoring hours for students in Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

    The Arc Greater Twin Cities

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    Contact: Michelle Theisen, michelletheisen@thearcgtc.org, (952) 920-0855
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children
    Description: This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know amazing children who have an intellectual or developmental disability, to touch their lives and learn a little bit about you! Volunteers are needed to provide child recreational activities and care to children of all abilities while their parents attend a support group. Opportunities are available in Minneapolis on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm and in St. Paul on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm. This can be your opportunity to enhance the quality of life and bring the promise of a better tomorrow for all people affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities.
    *** Spanish speaking volunteers are appreciated but not necessary.

    The Arc Greater Twin Cities

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    Contact: Molly Lindblad, mollylindblad@thearcgtc.org, (952) 915-3652
    Commitment: Flexible Hours
    Focus Area: Clothing
    Description: The Arc Greater Twin Cities and their Value Village Thrift Stores are looking for motivated, caring and responsible volunteers to keep our stocked and ready for customers! Arc’s Value Village thrift stores offer one-time as well as on-going volunteer opportunities with flexible hours—days, evenings and weekends, 7 days a week! Volunteer shifts are typically 3 hours in length and scheduling is flexible. Volunteers at Value Village help unpack and sort donations such as clothing, accessories, household items, books, toys, jewelry, etc. and help get them ready for the sales floor. Other volunteer projects include helping to hang and tag clothing, price sticker hard goods and stock the merchandise on the sales floor. Arc’s Value Village thrift stores have 5 locations to choose from, Brooklyn Center, New Hope, Richfield, St. Paul and Bloomington. Sales revenue from Arc’s Value Village supports The Arc Greater Twin Cities and its programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Thanks to generous donations from the community, Arc’s Value Village has worked on behalf of The Arc and the people it serves for 30 years and generated more than $17 million for The Arc’s programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

    Saint Anthony Park Elementary School

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    Contact: Becky Kallhoff, Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org, (651) 744-2458
    Commitment: 1 hour a week
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: Saint Anthony Park Elementary School is seeking volunteer tutors to work one-on-one or with a small group of K-5 students in reading, writing, and/or math. Tutors will work with the same students from week to week- it is a great opportunity to get experience working within a school setting, while making a concrete difference in the lives of students! Tutors must be eager to build relationships with elementary school students and help them succeed. Must be proficient in English, and have basic math skills. Must commit to a minimum of 1 hour a week for the entire school year. No teaching experience is necessary- training and teacher support will be provided!

    InnerCity Tennis

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    Contact: Omar Warfa, omar.warfa@innercitytennis.org, (612) 584-4736
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children
    Description: As an InnerCity Tennis volunteer, you will be actively engaged in bettering the lives of the 3,900 children we serve every year. One role model can make all the difference in shaping a young person’s mind. To volunteer, we are not asking you to shape young children into tennis stars; rather we are asking you to help shape young leaders, we are asking you to become coaches that can teach core values such as responsibility, integrity, teamwork and perseverance. If you are capable and willing then I urge you to commit and register.

    180 Degrees, Inc.

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    Contact: McKenzie Daul, medaul@stkate.edu, (651) 332-5512mailto:Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org
    Commitment: 3 hours a week for 1 year
    Focus Area: Children, Mentoring
    Description: The Resiliency Mentoring program works with girls and boys, ages 9-17, who are in need of supportive services, at high risk for out-of-home placement, in residential community-based placement, or returning to the community from residential treatment. The program began in 2002 as a gender-specific program for females involved in the juvenile justice system and has grown to include both males and females outside of the juvenile justice system. Today, our staff works in collaboration with social workers, probation officers, and families to achieve positive outcomes for over 200 youth involved with Children's Mental Health, Child Protection, probation, and other social service programs each year. Our Resiliency Mentoring program is two-fold: we provide both individual and group mentoring. Our individual mentoring program pairs youth with a supportive adult in a one-to-one relationship. Group mentoring participants engage with peers in a professionally facilitated program based on Girls Circle and Boys Council models. By connecting youth with peers and supportive adults, we assist youth in developing the life skills necessary to achieve their goals and improve their life outcomes. You will: Establish a positive, personal relationship with youth, Help youth develop or begin to develop life skills, Increase youth's ability to interact with individuals and groups from various backgrounds, and Learn about the various systems that greatly affect disadvantaged youth.

    ***No special skills or qualifications required, besides the expectation that you pass a background check and are interested and passionate about working with our young population. Also, we expect that you commit 3 hours per week for 1 year. It is proven that a mentoring relationship is most successful when consistent for a years time.

    Sejong Academy

    Website
    Contact: Dr. Jill Watson, Executive Director, jwatson@sejongacademy.org
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: Assist students and teachers in a variety of instructional tasks in K-6 school featuring instruction in Korean and English. As some classes are taught in Korean and some in English, there are opportunities for speakers of Korean and English to assist in teaching, and assist students in class and in tutoring contexts. We also have Karen literacy class, so there would be volunteer opportunities in that class. Around 70% of our students are native speakers of Karen, some have significant English and academic learning needs, so another volunteer opportunity would be to assist students in English language acquisition. Sejong Academy is just a few blocks from Hamline, in the former St. Columba school on Blair and Hamline.

    ***Ability and desire to work with elementary age students (K-6), and to assist teachers in providing instruction to students. Proficiency in Korean, English, or Karen (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Interest in second language development through academic content learning.

    Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

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    Contact: Adj Marshall, amarshall@caprw.org, (651) 603-5979
    Commitment: 2-4 hours
    Focus Area: Poverty
    Description: The mission of Community Action is to reduce poverty and its impacts on people in Ramsey and Washington counties. Community Action serves the community with a variety of programs including Energy Assistance, Energy Conservation, Head Start and Early Head Start and Civic and Community Engagement Programs. Head Start Recruitment Materials Assembly position available -- assist Head Start Recruitment with adding stickers or tags to recruitment items. Qualifications include: ability to understand simple directions (directions can be given in English, Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Somali) and ability to work independently after understanding tasks. Office hours are from 8:00-4:30, Monday – Friday. Time commitment is 2 - 4 hours daily until all materials are assembled.

    CommonBond Communities

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    Contact: Allyssa Woodford Hughes, volunteerservices@commonbond.org, (651) 290-6226
    Commitment: Once a week for 90 minutes
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: Become a "Study Buddy" to a student in St. Paul! You'll help someone learn to read, get through homework, build a relationship and social skills, and have a lot of fun along the way. You’ll meet 1:1 with a student each week for 90 minutes for the academic year (and longer if you can!). Our talented staff are always on site to support you through this experience. You'll meet neighbors from near and far, and positively impact a child, too. This program meets on Mondays or Wednesdays from either 3:30-5 pm or 5 pm-6:30. The building is called Skyline Tower.

    ***Experience as a tutor or mentor is a plus, but we'll train you if you're new to tutoring and youth work.

    Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center

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    Contact: Lesley Walton, lesleyw@kinf.org, (612) 465-0135
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: The Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center provides students most in need with free school supplies that make it possible for them to fully participate in classroom learning. TCKNRC is looking for volunteers with basic math skills, basic computer skills.

    Store To Door

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    Contact: Carolyn Swenson, volunteers@storetodoor.org, (651) 209-1856
    Commitment:
    6 month 
    Focus Area: Elders
    Description: Volunteer Grocery Shopper. Enjoy shopping? Walk with purpose and help older people maintain their independence. Grocery shop for 4 hours twice per month or on a weekly basis. Choose the day of the week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Shop between 6am-10am at the Cub Foods in the Midway area of St Paul. Six month time commitment required. Physical ability to bend, stoop, lift, and walk around grocery store is required. Volunteer Order Taker. Form an ongoing relationship with seniors in the community who need help. Volunteer from home or school to take grocery orders once a week over the phone and enter them into Store To Door’s online system. Volunteer pick the day and time to make calls.

    Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment

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    Contact: Mysee Chang, mysee@womenofwise.org, (651) 646-3268
    Commitment: 1 year
    Focus Area: Immigrant and Refugee Development
    Description: Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) Mentor. GGAL is an enrichment program for high school immigrant/refugee girls, and focuses on English language development, college preparation, and leadership development. Mentors are college students who work one on one with GGAL participants during our youth program workshops, which occur on a weekly basis. GGAL Mentor responsibilities include: attend weekly GGAL workshops (3-4 workshops per month); time commitment is one academic school year (or one summer for summer program), although one semester may be accepted based on individual circumstances. Facilitate small group activities and work one-on-one with girls during the GGAL workshops. Attend mentor training sessions to maximize the impact as a mentor.

    Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

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    Contact: Amanda Knopf, aknopf@hallieqbrown.org, (651) 224-4601.
    Commitment: 1 hour per week for a semester
    Focus Area: Children, Education, Mentoring
    Description: Serve as a volunteer tutor/mentor to a child from K-6th grade over the course of a semester or the entire school year. Once matched with a student. volunteer mentors will work on homework and fun literacy games and activities during the before- or after-school program, which runs every day from 3-6pm. This opportunity is fun and rewarding for both volunteers and students, and it provides valuable teaching experience. A training will be provided; no experience necessary. Minimum time commitment is one hour per week for a semester. Hallie Q. Brown has over 80 years of experience in the Summit-University/Rondo community.

    Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation

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    Contact: Ellen Nikodym, ellen.nikodym@sppsfoundation.org, (651) 325-4205
    Commitment: 1 hour a week
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: Volunteer tutor work 1 hour a week to make a difference in a student's life. Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation offers opportunities through 20 community organizations and 22 school sites throughout Saint Paul. Tutors have the opportunity to provide academic support to students both 1-on-1 and in small groups. Tutoring opportunities are available both during the school day and after school with students in Kindergarten-12th grade.

    aCES

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    Contact: Anna Seifert, annaseifert@aces4kids.org, (612) 331-3454
    Commitment: Longer Term
    Focus Area: Children, Education
    Description: ACES Volunteer Classroom Leaders will take an active role in improving the academic progress of urban students by working directly with youth in a classroom setting and assisting ACES staff in the facilitation of standards-based activities focused on reading, writing, math, art, science. ACES Volunteer Classroom Leaders will participate in pre and post program meetings which allow for planning and reflection time. In addition, volunteers will share in the responsibility of daily administrative functions such as attendance and tracking student progress.