• 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

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    Organizations & Current Opportunities

    The Arc Greater Twin Cities

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    Contact: Michelle Theisen, michelletheisen@thearcgtc.org, (952) 920-0855
    Location: 2446 University Ave W St. 110 St. Paul, MN 55114
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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 6:00-8:00pm and in St. Paul on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm. 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
    Location: 2446 University Ave W St. 110 St. Paul, MN 55114
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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
    Location: St. Anthony Park Elementary School 2180 Knapp St. Saint Paul, MN 55108
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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
    Location: 4005 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55409
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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.

    Prepare + Prosper

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    Contact: Kayla Norman, volunteer@prepareandprosper.org, (651) 262-2172
    Location: 2610 University Ave. W., Suite 450, St. Paul, MN 55114 (with 10 tax clinic locations around the Metro)
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Prepare + Prosper (formerly AccountAbility Minnesota) offers free tax and financial services to low-income families, helping to build financial capability. We’re a local organization with national impact that relies on the talent of 550+ volunteers to make a difference and we’re looking for community members to join our volunteer team this upcoming tax season. We have a variety of opportunities for all skill levels. You don’t have to prepare taxes to volunteer with us. We have opportunities for various abilities, interests and areas of expertise. With tax season coming up, we are seeking volunteers to fill all of their positions, which you can check out at our website.

    180 Degrees, Inc.

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    Contact: McKenzie Daul, medaul@stkate.edu, (651) 332-5512mailto:Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org
    Location: 1301 East Seventh Street Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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

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    Contact: Dr. Jill Watson, Executive Director, jwatson@sejongacademy.org
    Location: 1330 Blair Ave N St. Paul, MN 55104
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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.

    The Soap Factory

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    Contact: Kate Arford, kate@soapfactory.org, (612) 623-9176
    Location: 514 2nd St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Volunteer for Unhinged in The Haunted Basement! The Haunted Basement is an immersive, uniquely terrifying performance project located in The Soap Factory’s 130 year-old factory basement in Minneapolis. Want to get involved with the most creative, energetic, welcoming, wonderful team of volunteers around? Join our team! We’re looking for: Actors, Special effects makeup artists, Box office & front-of-house volunteers, Stage crew, Artists & carpenters, and Amazing people of all kinds! Sign up to volunteer! Sign up at soapfactory.org (click “Get Involved”) or email kate@soapfactory.org with questions. All volunteers must be 18+.

    ***The Soap Factory provides training for all volunteers and the opportunity to learn unique skills such as special effects makeup and mask making. Actors learn improvisation, physical performance and slight-of-hand blood effects tricks to turn into terrifying, creepy performers. Front of House volunteers set the stage for our audience and have a blast watching the action from the not-quite-as-haunted 1st floor lounge. There are a million ways to get involved and great perks too!

    Great River Greening

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    Contact: Jen Kader, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, (651) 665-9500
    Location: Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park 235 St. E Elko, MN 55020
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Brush Stacking Saturday, October 25, 9:30am- 1:00pm. A recent addition to our metro county park system, Doyle-Kennefick Regional Park features a mixture of native hardwood forest, oak savanna, prairie, and pristine wetlands scattered across a rolling glacial topography in central Scott County. Amenities at this site will include a nature center, 13 miles of hiking trails, 8 miles of bike trails, and more! Help Great River Greening remove underbrush at this beautiful park to expose 300-year-old white and bur oaks at this new metro-area site! Pre-registration is required. Please visit website to register.

    Great River Greening

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    Contact: Jen Kader, jkader@greatrivergreening.org, (651) 665-9500
    Location: Katherine Abbott Park 1000 Lincolntown Ave Mahtomedi, MN 55115
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Buckthorn Blast Saturday, November 1, 9:30am- 1:00pm. Be a part of the continuing effort to restore a metro area gem! Katherine Abbott Park is a 76-acre scenic natural area of hardwood forest, prairie, and wetlands, complete with recreational trails. The park is inundated by buckthorn, a non-native invasive shrub that threatens new tree growth and crowds out native shrubs, flowers, and grasses. By hauling out buckthorn, we can improve habitat and overall quality of this great park. Pre-registration is required. Please visit website to register.

    Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

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    Contact: Adj Marshall, amarshall@caprw.org, (651) 603-5979
    Location: Bigelow Building 450 Syndicate Street North St. Paul, MN 55104
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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
    Location: 1247 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
    Description of Volunteer Position
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    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 3:30-5pm or 5pm-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
    Site Location: 729 Kasota Ave, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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
    Location:
    Cub Foods,1440 University Ave West St. Paul
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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
    Location: 570 Asbury St. Suite 202
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    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.
    Location:
    270 N. Kent Street,St. Paul, MN 55102
    Description of Volunteer Position:

    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
    Location: 101 5th St E, Suite 2400, Saint Paul MN 55101
    Description of Volunteer Opportunity:

    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
    Location:
    1115 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Description of Volunteer Position:

    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.

    YMCA Twin Cities

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    Category: Recreation Type: One-time, Long-term
    Contact:
    Bridget Coleman: Bridget.Coleman@YMCAtwincities.org, (651) 793-7289
    Description:
    The Saint Paul Midway YMCA offers many fun and meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of youth and to help strengthen the community.

    Second Harvest Heartland

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    Category: Food Security Type: One-time, Long-term
    Contact: Kristine Jensen,kjensen@2harvest.org, (651) 216-3761
    Description:
    Second Harvest Heartland is a local food bank committed to ending hunger in Minnesota. They do more than just distribute food, however, and have many volunteer opportunities at their facilities.

    Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services

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    Category: Refugee Services Type: Long-term
    Contact: Kristin Zoellner kristin.zoellner@mnchurches.org, (612) 230-3219
    Description:
    The Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services helps refugees from around the world establish a productive new life in Minnesota. Volunteers are needed to befriend the families, assist in finding jobs, and help them to adjust to their new home.

    Saint Paul Public Libraries

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    Category: Literacy Type: Long-term
    Contact: Wendy Neurer wendy.neurer@ci.stpaul.mn.us, (651) 266-7420
    Description:
    The Saint Paul Public Libraries provide essential literacy and computer services to the community. Volunteers can assist with tutoring services, greet patrons, or perform a variety of other tasks.

    Emergency Foodshelf Network

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    Category: Food Security Type: Long-term
    Contact: Sarah Havey shavey@emergencyfoodshelf.org, (763) 450-3897
    Description:
    Emergency Foodshelf Network is an innovative and local food bank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities. Emergency Foodshelf Network provides quality, nutritious food and support services to over 2 million individuals each year.

    Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

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    Category: General Type: Long-term
    Contact: Andy Rodriguez andy.rodriguez@ci.stpaul.mn.us, (651) 248-9066
    Description:
    With approximately 3,200 acres of parkland, 100+ miles of trails, and over 170 parks, Saint Paul Parks staff simply can’t do it alone. Through simple maintenance-based activities, Park Stewards serve the community by helping Parks’ staff create a clean, safe, and environmentally friendly atmosphere at all locations within the Saint Paul parks system.

    Youth Farm and Market Project

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    Category: Youth Development Type: Long-term
    Contact: volunteer@youthfarm.net, (612) 872-4226
    Description:
    YFMP's mission is "Growing Food to Develop Youth." YFMP uses food as a tool to connect with youth (ages 9-18) to develop healthy bodies and minds, leadership skills, and neighborhood engagement. They provide free out-of-school time programs (cooking and farming classes)to youth.

    Gardening Matters

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    Category: Community Gardening Type: Long-term
    Contact: Margaret Shields margaret@gardeningmatters.org, (612) 821-2358
    Description:
    Gardening Matters is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and preserving community gardening across the Twin Cities by connecting gardeners to each other and to the communities in which they reside. We provide training and resources to support community gardeners in achieving community gardens that are successful and sustainable.

    Citizens League

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    Category: Public Policy Type: Long-term
    Contact: Cat Beltmann cbeltmann@citizensleague.org, (651) 289-1075
    Description:
    The Citizens League builds civic imagination and capacity in Minnesota by: Identifying, framing and proposing solutions to public policy problems; developing civic leaders in all generations who govern for the common good; and organizing the individual and institutional relationships necessary to achieve these goals.

    Feed My Starving Children

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    Category: Food Security Type: One-time, Long-term
    Contact:Jan Kuball jkuball@fmsc.org, (763) 951-7306
    Description:
    Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

    Ten Thousand Villages

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    Category: Fair Trade Type: Long-term
    Contact: volunteercoordinator.stpaul@tenthousandvillages.com, (651) 225-1043
    Description:
    To create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.