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Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Health

Palliative Care Visitor

Assist Catholic Eldercare with their Palliative Care Initiative. After training, volunteers serve as visitors to support the best quality of life for residents regardless of the stage of disease or need for other therapies.

Bike MS: CH Robinson Worldwide MS 150 Ride
Volunteers are needed June 8-10 at a variety of locations to assist with many different details and logistics for this bicycle ride to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Assist with set-up, registration, loading and unloading, directing parking traffic, route safety, rest stops, food service, tear-down and more!

Data Collection, Management and Reporting
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is seeking a qualified candidate to review and potentially overhaul the internal data collection, management and reporting function. The volunteer role would significantly impact the department's ability to expand and provide a vital service to hospital staff who collect and utilize data.

Volunteer Opportunities Serving Youth

Kids Play Time - Hastings
Provide childcare to kids from a variety of ages and abilities while parents attend a disability support group. First Tuesday and Fourth Monday of the month from 6:15 to 8:45 pm. A six-month commitment is requested.

Cook for Kids Volunteer

Coordinate your team of employees, coworkers, faith community, family, or club to cook a meal for approximately 25-30 children and their care providers staff and volunteers. This can be a one-time event or occur on a regular basis. Volunteers are needed 365 days per year at the Golden Valley Shelter.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Gift Shop Assistant
Assist at the Landmark Center store in downtown St. Paul. Assist customers, operate cash register, perform inventory, sales transactions. 10% discount given at store and mileage reimbursement available. 11-3 Monday - Friday: 2 shifts per month.

Special Projects
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping when a special project or need that arises. This could range from helping out with mailings, assisting with a computer lab class, participating in prep work for their Bridal event, sorting holiday merchandise etc. The opportunities are endless and the scheduling is flexible!

Visiting Volunteer
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly seeks volunteers to provide one-on-one companionship for isolated and lonely elders in the Twin Cities area. Volunteers are thoughtfully matched to elder friends based on interests, personality and location. Volunteers visit regularly, sometimes helping out with small but important needs, or enjoying an outing together. Minimum commitment: six hours per month.

Theater Volunteer
Lyric Arts Company of Anoka has a wide range of volunteer needs. Opportunities include: Front of House (during performances) - ushering, concessions, wine/coffee bar. Technical Crew - building/painting set, assisting stage mgr, light/sound board. Administrative - street team, phone calls, copies. More volunteer opportunities are available upon request.

Indian Mounds Restoration Event
Indian Mounds Park contains one of the few surviving remnants of native oak savanna in the Mississippi River Valley, as well as oak forest and a skunk cabbage seepage swamp. Once home to 16 burial mounds, the park is a reminder of Minnesota's history for future generations. This hauling event will cap a huge buckthorn removal effort that has transformed this into a nearly buckthorn-free park.

SERU Survey & May Term Course

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Want to make a difference in the ways you and others experience the University of Minnesota? The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is a powerful way to share your thoughts and opinions with University decision makers.
-- The survey takes about 25 minutes.
-- Your responses are confidential.
-- Participants can win one of 60 $50 gift certificates to the U Bookstore.

Take the survey []
See more information []

Thanks for helping to improve our student experience. Remember, U Matter!

May Term Course, Information Session

ID 3960: Global Leadership and Social Change: A May Session Cedar Riverside Immersion
- Wednesday, March 21st from 3:00pm-4:00pm in Appleby 269
- Come meet the instructor to get an overview of this unique and exciting course

ID 3960: Global Leadership for Social Change- A Cedar Riverside Immersion is a 3 credit May session course that parallels the immersion experience of study abroad. You will be learning and working in the Cedar Riverside community and examining questions of leadership, power, cultural diversity and social change. The course involves an exciting blend of community engagement, neighborhood excursions, readings, and lively discussions. In the community, we learn from organizers, social justice activists, businesses leaders, elected officials, and community residents.

The course includes an overnight residential component, a neighborhood theater performance and meals at local restaurants.

If you have any questions please direct them to Katie Peacock with the Community Service Learning Center or visit the website for more information.

Finding a Major that Fits U! Workshop Series

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The workshops are open to all U of M students. More details can also be found on our website:

Workshop 1: All about U: Exploring your Interests and Values
Date and Time: Thursday, March 22nd from 3:00-4:00pm
Location: 518/520 STSS

Workshop 2: What's in a Major? Exploring Academics and Resources
Date and Time: Thursday, March 29th from 11:30-12:30pm
Location: 518/520 STSS

Workshop 3: More than just a Job: Connecting Majors to Careers
Date and Time: Monday, April 2nd from 3:00-4:00pm
Location: 518/520 STSS

Workshop 4: How to Get Involved on and around Campus
Date and Time: Thursday, April 5th from 3:00-4:00pm
Location: 518/520 STSS

Workshop 5: Get Started on Your Journey: Goal Setting and Creating an Action Plan
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 10th from 11:30-12:30pm
Location: 518/520 STSS

Up-Coming Events & Opportunities - Save The Date!

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Study in New York This Summer!
3-credit summer internship course in New York City this summer! This will be an inter-cultural experience with international students studying at the UM and domestic students from the UM. This course will count as the Field Experience course for the leadership minor. If you have not taken Leadership, You, and Your Community, you are still eligible to apply for this 2012 summer course.

Send all questions and application requests to June Nobbe,

On-Campus Events

GLBTQ Ally Training 101
Fri, March 23, Noon-4:00 PM
Appleby Hall 3 Ally Training Logo

Ally Training 101 provides a space to gain knowledge and skills about gender and sexual diversity, and to ask questions and engage in conversations we don't often have the chance to explore. Participants learn about GLBTQA communities, think critically about gender and sexuality, discuss language and privilege, reframe myths and stereotypes, and explore how we can be allies to each other across identities and experiences. Attendees leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone. This session is free and open to the public. Free food (including vegan and gluten-free options), educational materials and Ally stickers/buttons will be provided! To register, please email with your name, email, and University or community affiliation.

Living Green Film Festival
When: Saturday, March 24th
Where: Science Teaching and Student Services Building
The films: "Tapped," an unflinching look at the business of bottled water; "Fresh," new thinking about what we're eating; and "Mother Nature's Child," growing outdoors in the media age, will each screen at 12pm and 2pm. Sponsored by Housing & Residential Life and co-sponsored by the Women's Center and others. For more information, visit

Girls Like Us (Panel Discussion)
When: Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union.
An important prelude to Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the Aurora Center, along with the Women's Center and others, sponsors this panel discussion regarding issues of race and privilege as it relates to domestic trafficking. People of all opinions are welcome! FFI: www.umn.ed

Students interested in careers in writing and information design will want to know about this event.
Thank you for forwarding this message to interested students.

What can I do with a Certificate or Master of Science degree
in Scientific & Technical Communication?

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00-1:30
Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis Campus, University of Minnesota

The event is free and includes a pizza lunch.
Join past, current, and prospective students--plus community partners from business and industry--
to learn how writers and problem solvers in S&TC start and advance their careers.

What are hiring managers looking for?
What should be in my portfolio?
Best and worst cover letter ideas.
The technical communication job outlook.

Please RSVP to with RSVP in the subject line.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Supervisor Training
Great River Greening is seeking volunteers to become supervisors for groups that participate in ecological restoration volunteer opportunities around the Twin Cities. Training will be held on March 24 and volunteer supervisors are asked to commit to at least one restoration opportunity per year.

Brunch Server
The Aliveness Project serves people with HIV/AIDS and needs volunteers to assist with food prep, set-up, serving and clean-up. Saturdays, 9:30 to 1:30.

Streetcar Operator

Learn to operate a historic streetcar (training provided) in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Streetcar Museum is seeking volunteers to operate the streetcars at their demonstration railways. Must be at least 18 and have a valid drivers license.

Lobby/School Group Greeter
Serve as a greeter in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota. Answer questions, direct guests and help to provide a positive and safe experience for all who visit the SMM.

Grocery Distribution Assistant
Help distribute boxes of food to mothers, children and seniors participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Second Harvest Heartland needs volunteers on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00.

Grocery Shopper
Store to Door needs volunteer shoppers at its location in Cub Foods in Bloomington. The program helps people maintain their independence and stay in their homes. Volunteers needed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Training provided.

Help Older People Stay Safe at Home
If you have handy-person and light carpenter skills, you can help provide minor home safety or accessibility modifications to the homes of low-income older adults who risk losing their independence. Volunteers of America - RSVP/Experience Corps is seeking volunteers. Free supplemental insurance and other RSVP benefits are available to volunteers 55 and over. Training provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Be a Study Buddy in Edina
CommonBond Communities is seeking volunteers to be paired with a student for a weekly 90-minute study session. You'll help your student complete homework and build academic skills. Should be comfortable working with basic math and English, be able to communicate well and be effective at building relationships.

Patient & Family Support Hospice Volunteer
HealthPartners Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of activities as part of a Care Team. Activities include running errands, caregiver relief, continuous support during the patient's last days/hours of life, and emotional support to patients and their families. Volunteers are required to take 24 hours of training which is offered next in May and June.

Parent Coach

Volunteers are needed at Perspectives Family Center in St. Louis Park to coach non-residential parents to provide a safe and comfortable environment where children can visit with their non-residential parent. Good listening skills, sound judgment, and assertiveness are necessary for this position. Weekday and weekend hours available.

Events On-Campus: Plan Ahead! (via Career Services)

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Secrets From CLA Alumni: How They Got Great Jobs
- Friday, March 30
- 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Great Room
Come and hear how CLA Alumni have used their degrees in various ways. Get great tips about networking and learn from those who have been in your shoes. This event is open to all CLA students and recent CLA alumni (who have graduated within the last year). You much register on GoldPASS; cost is $5.00. Log in to GoldPASS ( and click the 'Career Events'.

Company Site Visit: Olson
- Friday, April 13
- 12:30 to 2:30 pm
- transportation provided
Get an up-close look at a brand connection agency with a digital core and deep expertise in advertising, 1:1, PR, social and mobile. Talk to their employees about the many career options available to liberal arts majors. You must register by April 10 to attend this tour, and space is limited!

Internship Advice & A Pizza Slice
- Friday, April 6
- 12 to 1:30 p.m.
- Coffman Union, President's Room
Attend this panel discussion to learn about the benefits of internships, hear from people who've done successful internships, and to grab a slice of pizza! Free.

Business Careers Event
- Tuesday, April 17
- 12 to 1:15 p.m.
- Science Teaching and Student Services building, 512A
Attend this free event to learn how a Liberal Arts or non-business major can lead to a successful business career. We'll tell you which skills businesses look for and how to acquire them. Featured speakers include U of M / CLA alumni. No registration required.

Workshops: Job Prep & Pre-Law

March Schedule
Our 60-minute workshops are an introductory preparation tool. See descriptions and complete schedule at

- Effective Interviewing: March 21
- Resumes and Cover Letters: March 20
- Job-Search Strategies: March 7
- Should I Go to Law School?: March 27

Job & Internship Openings
Many organizations are on campus this semester to interview CLA students for jobs and internships. For a complete list of positions and application deadlines, log in to GoldPASS ( and click the 'On-Campus Interviews' tab. For an overview of how on-campus recruiting works, see

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Youth

Child Advocate
Safe Passage for Children in St Paul trains volunteers to advocate for children in the child protection and foster care system. Volunteers can participate at several levels: email campaigns for funding and services, attend meetings with County and State officials, and attend hearings, help with administrative tasks, or help and maintain their social media.

Donation Drive Coordinator
West Suburban Teen Clinic in Hopkins provides reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and basic medical care to teens and young adults. Volunteers are needed to organize and run drives to collect needed items for the Clinic. A great opportunity for groups.

Gift Cart Attendant

The Women's General Auxiliary to Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis need Gift Cart attendants Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. to sell gift items to hospital visitors. May work one or more shifts. 1-2 people per shift is welcome.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Tour Guide and Demo Training
Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington is looking for volunteers for their spring tour schedule. Tour guides, demonstrators and school marms. Introduction and orientation takes about 2 hours and is flexible on days and times. Training is a minimum of 2 days for about 3 hours each, with flexible days and times, pre-registration required.

Saint Paul Garden Steward
Through simple maintenance activities, Garden Stewards help Saint Paul Parks and Recreation gardening staff create a beautiful and pleasant park system. Help by planting, weeding, mulching and providing general garden maintenance. Must be 18 or have guardian permission and physically able to perform light to moderate manual labor.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Bingo Caller
Help Ebenezer Minneapolis Campus residents play bingo on Tuesday evenings. Two locations, Ebenezer Loren on Park from 5:45-8:15pm or Ebenezer Care Center at 2545 Portland Avenue from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a great activity for friends and family!

Technology Center volunteer

Supervise, teach, and to promote services that improve computer literacy for People Serving People's guests in Minneapolis, focusing on employment and housing searches. Assist with orientation, promoting learning and basic computer use, solving problems, enforcing rules and policies, and maintaining documentation and record-keeping.

Marketing Coordinator
Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis is looking for someone to assist with marketing activities related to the Twin Cities Pride Festival. If you are detail-oriented and looking for experience working with various media, including print, electronic and social, this is the opportunity for you. Can be done from their office or your home/school location after orientation.

Enjoy Reading? Volunteer to read for others.

Vision Loss Resources needs you to help a visually impaired person remain independent by reading with them in their home, for 1 to 2 hours once or twice a month. Materials ranging from mail to magazines, newsletters and newspapers. Flexible hours and reimbursement for travel expenses is available. Volunteers needed in the south and east metro.

Volunteer Juror
William Mitchell College of Law in St Paul needs volunteer jurors to participate in mock trials on April 20, 21, 24, or 25 or May 17 or 18. You will deliberate on a verdict, announce the verdict, and spend time with the judge and students critiquing the students. Starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 2:30. Lunch provided.

Click on the red links above to be directed to more information and registration. If you have any questions or if the links are not working, please contact me at

Leadership & Internship Opportunities!

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Paid Summer Opportunity Through the UY
Looking for a way to be involved during the summer AND get paid for it? Y Sparks is an environmental student group at schools in Minneapolis that uses volunteers through the University YMCA (UY) to run the program. We are able to offer a paid summer opportunity doing a version of this. Sparks mentors will help implement environmental curriculum that is provided during 1 week classes for 6 weeks on topics including Green (recycled) crafts, energy, gardening, and a general "green" class. Visit the website for specific details about the position and how to apply. Feel free to email Brittany Haigh, the Program Coordinator, at if you have any questions!

CAPI is currently seeking volunteers with some computer experience to assist in a data entry project. CAPI is a community-based nonprofit organization located in the Longfollow neighborhood of Minneapolis which works with over 3,000 Somali and Hmong refugees and immigrants annually to provide housing, food, and a variety of other services. This important data entry project will be used as part of a voter registration campaign that will be launched this summer. Prospective volunteers should be willing to commit to 2-3 hours a week for multiple weeks. Previous data entry experience not required and all necessary training will be provided. If you're interested in volunteering with CAPI, or for more information about the project, please contact Minrose Straussman at, or (412) 414-7784. For more information on CAPI and our programs, please visit our website at

TRiO Upward Bound, the longest standing college preparation program in the Twin Cities, is now accepting applications for various positions including:
- Lead Teacher
- Classroom Assistant
- Administrative Assistant
- Residential Adviser

TRiO Upward Bound at the University of Minnesota is a federally funded college prep program. Each summer, we coordinate an academic and residential summer program for our high school aged participants. If you're interested in working in a fast-paced environment with the opportunity to impact some amazing Minneapolis youth - this is the job for you.

All interested applicants must be available for the following dates:

Orientation: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 [5:00 - 9:00 PM] or Saturday, June 9, 2012 [9:00 - 1:00 PM]
Training Week: Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15, 2012 [8:00 - 4:30 PM daily]
Program Dates: Monday, June 18 - Friday, July 20, 2012 [hours vary]
Classroom Staff wrap-up: Monday, July 23 - Friday July 27, 2012 [hours vary]

Experienced educators, youth workers and/or individuals with a passion for working with diverse, urban, teenage youth are encouraged to apply.

Each position is posted separately on the University of Minnesota employment site and also on GOLDPASS. To learn more about the positions and apply, click on the following links.

Lead Teacher (Req. # 176522)

Classroom Assistant (Req. # 176526)

Administrative Assistant (Req. # 176523)

Residential Adviser (Req. # 176525)

Apply by Friday, April 6, 2012 for full consideration.

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