• 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 & Opportunities' for on-going and current opportunities.

    General Opportunities

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

    Opportunities by Issue Areas

    Arts
    Education
    Economic Development
    Environment/Nature
    Health/Wellness
    Homelessness
    Hunger
    Immigration & Refugee 
    Social Services
    Recreation/Sports

    Organizations & Current Opportunities

    Arts

    YOLO Theater

    Website
    Contact:Julie Schottler- julieschottler@yolotheater.org
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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, Hip Hop Dance, Latin Dance.

    Courageous heARTS
    Website
    Contact: Lindsay Walz, volunteer@courageous-hearts.org 
    Commitment: June 20th-August 11th
    Description: The mission of courageous heARTS is to co-create experiences with young people by offering them a safe space, built with the intention to heal and empower- through expressive arts, community building, and leadership development. Creative Community Activators support the day-to-day operations of the heArt Center by serving as a creative mentor to youth, supporting the overall culture of the organization and ensuring a positive and non-judgmental environment. Main responsibilities include modeling creative expression and exploration, participant recruitment and registration, and assisting with daily cleaning as well as general operation needs.

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    Community Development

    Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties

    Website
    Contact: Erin Koegel- ekoegel@caprw.org
    Commitment: Shorter Term
    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.

    Hamline Midway Elders

    Website
    Contact: Monica Gallagher- monica@hmelders.org or 651-209-6542
    Commitment: Year-round
    Description: Hamline Midway Elders is a one-stop resource to connect elders, caregivers and neighbors to resources to help seniors live independently at home. Van drivers are needed to assist elders to doctor's appointments and personal errands, you must be a licensed driver with an insured vehicle. Other opportunities for volunteers are to assist with events-setting up, taking down- and assisting elders in their homes throughout the year. During seasonal changes, much help is needed with raking, shoveling snow, and outdoor maintenance. 
     

    PCS for People

    Website
    Contact: Madeline Tate- mtate@pcsforpeople.com
    Commitment: Longer Term- 3 month commitment
    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.

    The Arc Greater Twin Cities
    Website
    Contact: Molly Lindblad, mollylindblad@thearcgtc.org, (952) 915-3652
    Commitment: Flexible Hours
    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.

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    Disaster Relief

    Education

    Junior Achievement

    Website
    Contact: Wendy Patzlaff- wendy@jaum.org
    Commitment: Flexible
    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

    Website
    Contact: Allison Scheider- tchdcvolunteers@gmail.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.

    Northeast Youth and Family Services

    Website
    Contact: Amanda Duhon- amandad@nyfs.org
    Commitment: Once a week
    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.

    Karen Organization of MN
    Website
    Contact: Rebekah Jacobson- rjacobson@mnkaren.org
    Commitment: Year Round
    Description: In KOM's ESL Classes and Job Club, Karen and other refugees from Burma learn basic English skills, enhance their computer skills, and prepare themselves for the American workplace. The goal of the ESL Class/Job Club Assistant is to assist the teacher in providing a supportive class environment for students.
    Key Responsibilities:

    •  Help the instructor with teaching lessons 
    • Lead small group activities
    • Tutor students one-on-one 

    Project for Pride in Living

    Website
    Contact:Anna Preus - anna.preus@ppl-inc.org
    Commitment:
    Longer Term
    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 during the academic year and in summer programming. 

    Building Blocks Tutorial

    Website
    Contact: Jill Jackson- buildingblocks@usfamily.net
    Commitment: Three month minimum commitment is required
    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
    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.

    Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute

    Website
    Contact: moira.lenox.moi@gmail.com
    Commitment: Short- 90 mins once a week between 3-6 PM
    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.

    Saint Anthony Park Elementary School

    Website
    Contact: Becky Kallhoff, Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org, (651) 744-2458
    Commitment: 1 hour a week
    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!

    180 Degrees, Inc.

    Website
    Contact: McKenzie Daul, medaul@stkate.edu, (651) 332-5512mailto:Rebecca.Kallhoff@spps.org
    Commitment: 3 hours a week for 1 year
    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
    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.

    Commonbond Communities

    Website
    Contact: Allyssa Woodford Hughes, volunteerservices@commonbond.org, (651) 290-6226
    Commitment: Once a week for 90 minutes
    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

    Website
    Contact: Lesley Walton, lesleyw@kinf.org, (612) 465-0135
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.

    Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

    Website
    Contact: Amanda Knopf, aknopf@hallieqbrown.org, (651) 224-4601.
    Commitment: 1 hour per week for a semester
    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

    Website
    Contact: Ellen Nikodym, ellen.nikodym@sppsfoundation.org, (651) 325-4205
    Commitment: 1 hour a week
    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

    Website
    Contact: Jonathan Turner, JT@aces4kids.org, (612) 331-3454
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.

    Metro Social Services

    Website
    Contact: info@metrosocialservices.org
    Commitment: 6 month commitment of at least one hour a week
    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. 

     

    Economic Development

    Environment/Nature

    Hamline Environmental Group

    Website
    Contact: Mona Toft- monatoft@gmail.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.

    Food Justice

    Open Arms of Minnesota

    Website
    Contact: Molly Kennedy- molly@openarmsmn.org
    Commitment: Short- Choose from a variety of 2-hour shifts available 7 days a week.
    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.

    Health/Wellness

    Regions Hospital

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

    The ALS Association, MN/ND/SD Chapter
    Website
    Contact: Laura Winterstein volunteercoordinator@alsmn.org 
    Commitment: Six Hours per week April-November 2016 
    Description: The Light the Journey Gala is a formal event that recognizes an individual or organization for their extraordinary support of people living with ALS and also raises money to fund ALS research and the programs and services offered by The ALS Association. The silent auction coordinator will be responsible for planning and executing the Light the Journey Gala silent auction. The person in this position would build relationships, gain experience in event planning and project coordination, and strengthen their professional skills.

    True Strides

    Website
    Contact: Conor McGrath- volunteerservices@truefriends.org
    Commitment: Summer
    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.

    True Friends

    Website

    Contact: Amanda Sorell- volunteerservices@truefriends.org
    Commitment: Summer
    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.

     

    Brighton Hospice

    Website
    Contact:Melissa Hanna- mhanna@brightonhospice.com
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.

    Store to Door

    Website
    Contact: Carolyn Swenson, volunteers@storetodoor.org, (651) 209-1856
    Commitment:
    6 month
    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.

    Homelessness/Poverty

    Housing Development

    Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

    Website
    Contact: Julia Brauchle- volunteer@tchabitat.org
    Commitment: Shorter Term
    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.

    Rebuilding Together Twin Cities

    Website
    Contact: Brent Suski- b.suski@rebuildingtogether-twincities.org
    Commitment: Short- typical shift is about four hours
    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.

    Hunger/Poverty

    Immigration & Refugee

    The American Refugee Committee

    Website
    Contact: Trish Cook- trishac@archq.org
    Commitment: Longer Term- 6 months
    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.

    SOCIAL Services


    Poverty


    Recreation/Sports

    The Arc Greater Twin Cities

    Website
    Contact: Michelle Theisen, michelletheisen@thearcgtc.org, (952) 920-0855
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.

     Innercity Tennis

    Website
    Contact: Omar Warfa, omar.warfa@innercitytennis.org, (612) 584-4736
    Commitment: Longer Term
    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.