• Civic Engagement and Community Service

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    Maggie Blackmon
    Coordinator, Community Service Initiatives mblackmon01@hamline.edu

    Wesley Center
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104

  • 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 (website

    Volunteer Match (website)  



    March of Dimes Website.   Website
    Contact: Abby Walker, awalker@marchofdimes.com  952-835-3033
    Location:5233 Edina Industrial Blvd,Edina, MN 55439
    Description of Volunteer Position
    March of Dime is looking for volunteers to help with next big event the March for Babies at Como Park on Saturday, April 26th.Volunteers are needed for a variety of opportunities including set up, registration, greeting, serving food, popcorn/cotton candy servers, and many more. Shifts can range from 2 to 4 hours and we can customize the duties to your interests. Time starts as early as 7am and ends around 2pm. More than 5,000 moms, dads, babies and families will gather at March for Babies at Como Park. It’s a really fun event that helps improve the health of babies.

     Twin Cities iCan Bike Camp Website  
    Contact:Mary Hauff, mary@dsamn.org  651.603.0720
    Site Location: Hamline University
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Are you looking for a community service opportunity that blends fitness and service? Consider volunteering at the iCan Bike Camp - Twin Cities the week of August 4th. You are instrumental in a camper achieving a milestone in life...independently riding a two-wheel bike.... that creates confidence, independence & friendship. Come and join us in this year‘s summer's bike camp held at Hamline University
    Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center Website
    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.

     Mounds Park United Methodist Church  Website
    Contact: Eric Buck : mpumcyouth@gmail.com, 651-774-8736
    Site Location: 1049 Euclid St. St. Paul, MN 55106
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Mounds Park United Methodist Church is looking for volunteers for summer service/mission project in East St. Paul, helping people in the neighborhood with painting/cleaning/repair, etc would be non-denominational, there is a definite Christian focus to the gathering times, etc.

    Voices for Vaccines website
    Contact: Karen Ernst info@voicesforvaccines.org.
    Site Location: Mall of America
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Voices for Vaccines, a local non-profit that advocates for on-time vaccination, is looking for volunteers to assist with administrative tasks at its annual fundraising benefit. The party and silent auction takes place at the Mall of America on Friday, April 11 from 5-10 pm. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, assist with coat check, and help with the silent auction.

     CLUES ESL program website
    Contact: Caitlin Brickman, volunteer@clues.org, 651 379 4220
    Location: 797 7th St. East., Saint Paul, MN 55106
    Location: 720 Lake St. East. Minneapolis, MN 55407
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Volunteers would teach beginner, intermediate or advanced ESL to adult students one daytime or evening class per week for the entire term. Classes occur Monday through Thursday, 10:00am to 12:30pm and 6:00pm to 8:30pm. CLUES curriculum and other resources are provided.

     Jeremiah Program website
    Minneapolis Contact:Missy Carr, mcarr@jeremiahprogram.org, 651-332-5006
    Saint Paul Contact:Nichole Salaam,nsalaam@jeremiahprogram.org, 612-259-3006
    Location:1510 Laurel Ave,.Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Location:932 Concordia, Ave.St. Paul, MN 55104
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Help care for the children of Jeremiah while their moms attend work, school, Life Skills classes and Resident Council meetings.

     Latino Economic Development Center(website)
    Contact: Matt Kazinka, matt@ledc-mn.org, 651-395-4033
    Location:1516 East Lake Street, Suite 201
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Volunteers for the following positions are needed at Latino Economic Development Center:
    Open Computer Lab Volunteer (5 Hours a week): digital literacy program job search skills
    Tutoring and/or Assisting in Classroom Teaching (1 Hour a week for each) for English, Math, Computer.
    Outreach: distribute and design fliers and materials, forward emails, make referrals
    Curriculum Development:business classes (green principles, accounting, etc.),activities for the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, customer service trainings
    Administrative Assistance: filing, database entry

    Store To Door (website 

    Contact:   Carolyn Swenson, volunteers@storetodoor.org, 651-209-1856                           
    Location:   Cub Foods
    ,1440 University Ave WSt 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 (website

    Contact:   Mysee Chang, mysee@womenofwise.org, 651-646-3268                               
    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 mentorr 

    Hallie Q. Brown Community Center(website)
     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.


    Project for Pride in Living(website)
    Contact:Anna Preus,anna.preus@ppl-inc.org,612-455-5108
    Location:707 Holly Ave, St Paul; 1035 East Franklin Ave,Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Help fight the achievement gap and rediscover the joys of learning by volunteering with PPL's after school youth programs. PPL help hundreds of low-income students be successful in school through engaging activities in a positive environment.
    PPL is looking for tutor/mentors to work with students in grades 1-5 at two sites in St. Paul: Fort Road Flats (2236 W 7th St, St. Paul) and Obama Elementary School (707 Holly Ave, St Paul). The programs run from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October-May.

    Minnesota Literacy Council(website)
    Contact:Emily Sienkiewicz,esienkiewicz@mnliteracy.org
    Location:700 Raymond Ave, ste 180
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    Children’s Tutor Training
    Fall 2013 Workshops. ABCs of Reading. Children’s literacy, from A-Z. Trainings and tool will be provided.
    Middle Grades Matter: Reading Strategies for Grades 4-9.Inspire youth to grow.
    Middle Grades Matter is the perfect workshop for volunteers, staff and parents working with students in grades 4 through 9 in all subject areas.
    All trainings are held at the Minnesota Literacy Council (700 Raymond Ave, ste 180, St. Paul, MN 55114).There is a $25 fee per person for trainings.

    Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation (website)
    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 (website)
    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.

    East Side neighborhood Services(website)
    Contact:Rebecca Edmunds, RebeccaE@ACES4Kids.org, 612-331-3454
    Location:1115 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Description of Volunteer Position:
    The Alternative High School of ESNS is seeking volunteers to work with students to assist with high school level math and reading/writing skills. ideal time commitment would be two hour increments anytime between 9am-3pm M-F. Once or twice weekly is OK!

    YMCA Twin Cities (website)
    Recreation  Type: One-time, Long-term
    Bridget Coleman: Bridget.Coleman@YMCAtwincities.org. (651) 793-7289

    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 (website)
    Category: Food Security Type: One-time, Long-term
    Contact: Kristine Jensen, 
    kjensen@2harvest.org, (651) 216-3761

    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 (website)
    Category: Refugee Services  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Kristin Zoellner (email), (612) 230-3219

    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 (website)
    Category: Literacy  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Wendy Neurer (email), (651) 266-7420

    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.
    Books for Africa (website)
    Category: Literacy  Type: One-time, Long-term
    Contact: (email), (651) 251-8896

    The mission of Books For Africa is to end the book famine in Africa, and they are the largest shipper of donated books to the African continent.  They believe education is an essential human right, and quality reading materials and textbooks are an essential component of a quality education system.
    Emergency Foodshelf Network (website)
    Category: Food Security  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Sarah Havey (email), (763) 450-3897

    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.
    Keystone Community Services (website)
    Category: General  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Margo Kemp Johnson (email), (651) 603-6650 

    Their mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life.  Keystone has multiple programs with three primary focus areas of Senior Services, Basic Needs Services and Youth and Family Services.
    Saint Paul Parks and Recreation (website)
    Category: General  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Andy Rodriguez (email), (651) 248-9066

    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 (website)
    Category: Youth Development  Type: Long-term
    Contact: (email), (612) 872-4226

    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 (website)
    Category: Community Gardening  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Margaret Shields (email), (612) 821-2358

    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 (website)
    Category: Public Policy  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Cat Beltmann (email), (651) 289-1075

    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 (website)
    Category: Food Security  Type: One-time, Long-term
    Contact: Jan Kuball (email), (763) 951-7306

    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. 
    Community Action Partnership (website)
    Category: Poverty Elimination  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Jane Bates (email), (651) 603-5886

    Our mission is to mobilize community resources to reduce poverty in Ramsey & Washington counties. Through the creation of new resources, and the utilization of existing talents, we will position ourselves to be at the cutting-edge of mobilizing and galvanizing both community leaders and community members around defining and affecting the issues that impact low-income people in our community 
    Hancock-Hamline University Collaborative Magnet School (website)
    Category: Education  Type: Long-term
    Contact: Margot Howard (email), (651) 895-0715

    The purpose of the Hancock-Hamline University Collaboration is to build and strengthen the collaborative community through relationships, shared learning, and cultural diversity.  
    Ten Thousand Villages (website)
    Category: Fair Trade  Type: Long-term
    Contact: (email), (651) 225-1043

    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. 
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    • The Hamline University Department of Religion, the Wesley Center, and the Department of Music are hosting, Sacred Sound: Chanting and Music in the World’s Religions on Saturday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. in the Kay Fredericks Room of the Klas Center.
    • Hear about the eye-opening experiences of Hamline students who participated in this year’s Catalyst spring break service trips.
    • Two Hamline students and two staff members recently traveled to Cambridge, MA to visit the humanist communities at Harvard in support of the new Values in Action program at Hamline.
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