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 CitiesI Can Help Twin CitiesMinnesota Council of NonprofitsVolunteer Match Organizations & Current Opportunities Regions Hospital WebsiteContact: Ali Hourigan- email@example.comCommitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hoursFocus Area: PathologyDescription: Regions Hospital seeks volunteers for assistance in our Pathology Department. Duties include: providing clerical assistance to staff, collating specimen collection kits and mailers. White Bear Lake High School Writing Center WebsiteContact: Carolyn Youngbauer - firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Shifts can be broken and could be on a rotating basis.Focus Area: Children and EducationDescription: 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. Project for Pride in Living WebsiteContact: Anna Preus - email@example.comCommitment: Longer TermFocus Area: Children and EducationDescription: 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. Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) WebsiteContact: Roz Anderson- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: Longer-term, one session weekly per semesterFocus Area: Youth, immigrant/refugee populationsDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Whitney Bey- email@example.comCommitment: 6 month commitment of at least one hour a weekFocus Area: Children, DisabilitiesDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Melissa Hanna- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: Longer TermFocus Area: Hospice CareDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Julie Schottler- email@example.comCommitment: Longer TermFocus Area: Teens, Dance and Theater ArtsDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Ali Hourigan- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hoursFocus Area: Gift ShopDescription: 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, ect., Assist with displays: marking, stocking as necessary. Be aware of surroundings (shoplifters, ect.) Regions Hospital WebsiteContact: Ali Hourigan- email@example.comCommitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hoursFocus Area: Breast Health CenterDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Ali Hourigan- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hoursFocus Area: Health, Physical TherapyDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Ali Hourigan- email@example.comCommitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hoursFocus Area: PharmacyDescription: 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. Arthritis Foundation of Minnesota WebsiteContact: Megan Cahill- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: One event- Nov. 22Focus Area: Fundraising, Health, Older AdultsDescription: The Arthritis Foundation of Minnesota is looking for individuals to volunteer for the Jingle Bell/Run, a fundraising event held in the Twin Cities area for the first time. The event will be held on Saturday, November 22nd at the MN State Fair Grounds. The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.* Date: Saturday, November 22nd (weekend before Thanksgiving)* Time: 8am-Noon* Volunteers are needed for a variety of things including set-up and/or clean-up, checking people and teams in, cheering along the course, staffing water stations, monitoring the food and beverage area.*Location: MN State Fairgrounds located at 1265 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN (Parking is available at the Fairgrounds) The Arc Greater Twin Cities WebsiteContact: Theresa Munoz- email@example.comCommitment: Short- Saturdays 12-5 PM. Focus Area: People with DisabilitiesDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Ali Hourigan- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: One four hour shift once a week during weekday business hoursFocus Area: NursingDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Amy Greening- email@example.com Commitment: Longer TermFocus Area: Surgery Center GreeterDescription: 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 familiesKeeps 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 WebsiteContact: Jill Jackson- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: Three month minimum commitment is requiredFocus Area: Working with kids, tutoringDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Kelsey Bitney- email@example.comCommitment: Varies- volunteers can come in once or on an ongoing basisFocus Area: Working with kids, tutoringDescription: 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 12:45-4pm 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 WebsiteContact: Adj- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: Varies- most are longer term with application processFocus 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 WebsiteContact: Molly Kennedy- email@example.comCommitment: Short- Choose from a variety of 2-hour shifts available 7 days a week.Focus Area: Food justice, healthy eating, illness and healingDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Brent Suski- firstname.lastname@example.orgCommitment: Short- typical shift is about four hoursFocus Area: Home ownership and repairDescription: 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 WebsiteContact: Leah@moi-msp.orgCommitment: Short- 90 mins once a week between 3-6 PMFocus Area: Working with kids, tutoringDescription: 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 Website Contact: Michelle Theisen, email@example.com, (952) 920-0855Location: 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 Website Contact: Molly Lindblad, firstname.lastname@example.org, (952) 915-3652Location: 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 WebsiteContact: Becky Kallhoff, Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org, (651) 744-2458Location: St. Anthony Park Elementary School 2180 Knapp St. Saint Paul, MN 55108Description 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 WebsiteContact: Omar Warfa, email@example.com, (612) 584-4736Location: 4005 Nicollet Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55409Description 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 WebsiteContact: Kayla Norman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (651) 262-2172Location: 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. WebsiteContact: McKenzie Daul, email@example.com, (651) 332-5512mailto:Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.orgLocation: 1301 East Seventh Street Saint Paul, MN 55106Description 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 WebsiteContact: Dr. Jill Watson, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.orgLocation: 1330 Blair Ave N St. Paul, MN 55104Description 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. Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties WebsiteContact: Adj Marshall, email@example.com, (651) 603-5979Location: Bigelow Building 450 Syndicate Street North St. Paul, MN 55104Description 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 WebsiteContact: Allyssa Woodford Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org, (651) 290-6226Location: 1247 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104 Description of Volunteer Position: 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 WebsiteContact: Lesley Walton, email@example.com, (612) 465-0135Site Location: 729 Kasota Ave, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414Description 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 WebsiteContact: Carolyn Swenson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (651) 209-1856 Location: Cub Foods,1440 University Ave West St. PaulDescription 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 WebsiteContact: Mysee Chang, email@example.com, (651) 646-3268Location: 570 Asbury St. Suite 202Description 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 WebsiteContact: Amanda Knopf, firstname.lastname@example.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 WebsiteContact: Ellen Nikodym, email@example.com, (651) 325-4205Location: 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 Website Contact: Anna Seifert, firstname.lastname@example.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.