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Northwest Youth & Family Services is seeking interns and volunteers for their summer programs.

Northwest Youth & Family Services, a community-based non-profit agency, prepares youth and families for healthy lives. NYFS' mission is to prepare youth and families for healthy lives through counseling, health education, and support services.

Internships Available:

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The STEP Into Summer program is seeking a Group Leader who is able to strengthen community partnerships, empower young people and provide assistance while organizing and leading activities. The Group Leader will assist the Program Coordinator and Head Group Leader in supervising volunteering and youth on a daily basis, in addition to documenting progress of youth and communicating regularly with the program coordinator.

Special Events Intern
This position involves providing administrative assistance in the areas of event planning,
promotion and implementation. Duties include assembling and distributing marketing materials and invitations, data entry, research, conducting follow-up calls with participants and making silent auction donation requests.

Assistant Lead Tutor Intern
STEP is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to intern as our Assistant Lead Tutor Intern. The intern will assist and impact our mission by strengthening community partnerships, empowering young people and providing assistance while organizing and running activities. The intern will assist the Program Coordinator and Lead Tutor in supervising volunteers and youth on a daily basis, in addition to documenting progress of youth and communicating regularly with the program coordinator.

Discovery Program Intern

Discovery Program interns provide effective activities that motivate, engage and stimulate youth development, organize group and individual mentoring, and provide weekly case noting and all other documentation for the program

Communications/PR Intern

The Communications/PR internship involves writing and updating selected NYFS brochures, flyers, news releases and informational articles, designing new brochures and promotional pieces that complement NYFS logo and look, and meeting with program staff.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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Junior Group Leaders will assist the program coordinator and head group leaders with daily activities, while ensuring all youth remain safe.

STEP Program Mentor
STEP program mentors guide students as they discover community needs, take action through service work and learn through reflection and evaluation. Mentors assist staff as they identify leadership and youth development opportunities.

STEP Tutor

STEP tutors work with middle school students at least once a week, work with our AmeriCorps STEP program coordinator to co-lead activities or community service
projects, and assist school or agency staff with specific goals.

Discover Mentor

Discovery mentors assist the Discovery coach and staff, assume a primary role in mentor relationships with teens, and attend staff conferences and goal-setting meetings.

Employment Assistant
Employment assistants train and supervise teen employees, sort, price and stock donated merchandise, and co-lead employment seminars and help teens with job searches.

For more information, check the NYFS website or call them at 651-486-3808.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Mentoring Volunteer Opportunities:

Adult or Teen Mentoring
Perspectives Family Center volunteers have the opportunity to mentor a teen or a mother in their housing program in St Louis Park. Mentor on a one to one basis for one year or more. If you possess sound judgment of personal boundaries, good listening skills, good interpersonal skills, and are assertive, then you are the person they are looking for.

Bright Beginnings Mentor
Motherhood can be overwhelming, especially for teenage mothers! Help Genesis II for Families by providing one-to-one support and encouragement to a pregnant or parenting teen and her baby. Attend monthly socials and have weekly phone contact and monthly in person contact with mother for 1 year. Especially need mentors in Saint Paul!

Volunteer Opportunities for Foodies:

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 in Minneapolis.

Kitchen Volunteer
Join Open Arms of Minnesota as a kitchen volunteer for a 2-hour shift in Minneapolis and work with their chefs to create delicious, nutritious food for clients. Chop fresh, veggies and package soup in a brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen or bake mouthwatering cookies. Groups of up to 10. Requires special food and personal safety training.

One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities:

IROI Special Events
International Religious Organization of India needs your help for upcoming special events in Minneapolis (dinner and music related) which they do 3 or 4 times a year. Next event is in October. Volunteers help with fundraising activities and supporting their organization. For our volunteers all events are free including free food.

Gardens Evening Social
Presbyterian Homes & Services of Bloomington needs volunteers for conducting the Gardens evening social. Volunteers can read, play games, bring their pet, or play music for the residents. They have a great time and so will you seeing their smiles! The socials start at 6:00 or 6:30 pm. You can come 1x a month or 4x - it is up to you!!

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

The volunteer receptionist position is an opportunity for a retired person/s who is looking to assist the Alzheimer's Association in Edina manage their reception area. Fill in for their regular receptionist during her lunch break two to five days a week. They are seeking two year general office or related experience. Training will be provided.

Volunteer Order Taker--Volunteer from Home!

On a regular schedule determined by you (weekdays, evenings or weekend) obtain a Store To Door client's grocery order by telephone every other week and enter into an online ordering website. Must attend training in St Paul, pass a background check, have a good internet connection and computer and a separate phone line.

Volunteer Shopper

Work with Vision Loss Resources to provide a visually impaired person with round-trip transportation to a nearby grocery or department store and help select items for purchase. Volunteer once a week, every other week or once a month. They will try to match you with someone near your home or work. Currently there is a high need in the St. Paul area.

Volunteer Counselor (St. Paul)-Summer 2012

Walk-In Counseling Center is seeking talented, motivated, caring people to join their volunteer teams. They rely on 140+ volunteer counselors and supervisors to deliver high quality counseling, and 25+ volunteer receptionists. There is a formal application, screening process, and background check. Must commit to a regular evening or afternoon shift for at least three months.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Youth

Like Art? Like Kids? Be an Arts Mentor!
Free Arts Minnesota offers individual opportunities which place volunteers at one of 30 partnering organizations across the metropolitan area. Serve on a mentor team with 3 to 5 other volunteers and provide one hour per week of creative arts activities to children. Mentors must make a one year commitment. Training and on-going support provided by Free Arts Minnesota.

Childhood Development Assistant

Work with children 6 months to 5 years old for the Family Program at Resource Inc., through educational programming and activities that will prepare children for kindergarten. M, W, Th, F mornings in Minneapolis.

Warm Weather Volunteer Opportunities

Ticket Seller/Greeter
Make change, and answer questions while selling tickets for Our Fair Carousel, Inc. in St Paul. Volunteer shifts are: Weekdays 10:30am-1:30pm and 1:15-4:15pm; Weekends 10:30am-2:30pm and 2:15-6:15pm. Volunteers need to be available for 2 or more shifts each month. They especially need volunteers for afternoons and weekends.

Pontoon Driver
Presbyterian Homes & Services, Lake Minnetonka Shores, needs a volunteer to drive their residents (Seniors and daycare children) on a pontoon on Lake Minnetonka. Rides usually last 2 - 2 1/2 hrs. total volunteer time. Schedule will be once a week with a specific group of residents. Must Pass a Background Check and the DNR Certification.

Muckruckus MS Twin Cities
Come get dirty at Muckruckus MS TwinCities on August 11 in Dresser WI! The event is an obstacle course through mud at Trollhaugen Ski Resort. This is a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis research and programming for people with MS. There will be thousands of runners and over 350 volunteers are needed. Help with food service, parking, set-up and tear-down, and more.

Dakota City One Room School Teacher
Dakota City Historic Village is a living history museum of 1900-era buildings in Farmington. They are looking for adults to dress in period costume and play a Schoolteacher to elementary-aged children on a school field trip. Lead the class in 1900-era school lessons and recess for about 2 hours. Tours during the school day in spring and fall.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Exercise Leader: Get Fit! Have Fun!

The Volunteers of America of MN's RSVP program seeks volunteers aged 55 or better interested in being trained to deliver the Bone Builders exercise program. Volunteers lead one hour, twice weekly classes. Training, ongoing support, mileage reimbursement, and other benefits are available. Classes offered in various locations around the Twin Cities.


VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) intake volunteers helps process clients requests for food and children & youth services. Direct client contact over the phone, computer experience and strong customer service experience required. Bilingual helpful but not required. Wed, Thurs, or Friday afternoons in Bloomington.

Training/Admin. Volunteer
Volunteer at CornerHouse in Minneapolis and work closely with the Training Assistant and the Volunteer Coordinator to provide: clerical support, administrative support for special projects, and support during training weeks (once a month). Must have basic computer skills and ability to work in a team. 4-5 hours a week with a 6 month commitment.


Free Arts Minnesota is looking for an energetic and passionate person who is looking for a 10-20 hour a weekly internship in Minneapolis. They need help with data entry, mailings, special events, and other assigned tasks. Internships with Free Arts are non-paid and can be designed to earn college credits.

Volunteer this summer at Kaleidoscope! (Youth Programming)

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Kaleidoscope is seeking volunteers for this summer! The center doubles the number of students it serves from the school year to the summer. With this comes the need to have more assistance.

Volunteers play a vital role at Kaleidoscope: the center has 1-to-1 and small group activities with students, which makes a very significant impact on the student's academic performance and emotional well-being. Also, having extra responsible volunteers to assist staff with supervising the playground, gym, and lunchroom helps Kaleidoscope create a better place for kids!

Here are some ways that you can plug into Kaleidoscope this summer:

Summer Breakfast/Lunch Buddy
Be a friendly face to a student by being a breakfast and/or lunch buddy. Spend time with and supervise students one day (or more) a week. This opportunity will include supervising the lunchroom and supervising the playground. Breakfast runs from 8:30am-9:30am. Lunch runs from 11:30am-1:30pm.

Summer Classroom Companion
Assist teachers and participate in academic and recreational activities one day (or more) a week. Volunteers are needed Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30-11:30am and 12:30-4:00pm.

Summer Tutors/Mentors
Be a volunteer that gives a student 1-to-1 attention by being a summer tutor/mentor. You will work with an individual student on math, reading, writing, or other academics. You may also be a buddy with a student that needs extra attention and guidance. Volunteers are needed Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30-11:30am and 12:30-4:00pm.

Summer Meal Group: On field trips days, every Wednesday during our summer program, we would be very excited if your group would make and assemble 120 amazing lunches for our students! Meet us with the lunches at our field trip destination.

For more information or if you have any questions about getting involved with Kaleidoscope, check the website or contact them at at (612) 871-9268 or send them an email.

Volunteer for May 19 North Minneapolis "Treecovery" Effort

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Volunteers from across the Twin Cities area are invited to join Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board arborists, local community groups and business volunteers to celebrate Arbor Week by planting trees along boulevards in the tornado-hit areas of North Minneapolis.

Adult volunteers are needed to plant trees on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. until noon at Folwell Park, while young volunteers and families can water the 275 trees that were planted in the park last fall following the tornado, build birdhouses, learn about tree care and meet Elmer the Elm Tree. Folwell Park is located at 1615 Dowling Avenue North, Minneapolis. The event will take place rain or shine.

Register to volunteer by emailing, calling 612-313-7778 or visiting and searching for activity numbers 16612 and 16613.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress in long pants and closed-toe shoes and wear clothing that can get dirty. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended. Safety vests and gloves will be provided by the Park Board.

The May 19 community tree planting event is part of the Park Board's "Northside Treecovery" initiative to plant 3,100 trees in April and May. As part of its efforts, the Park Board celebrated Arbor Week with tree planting events from May 15-19 including business volunteers assisting with the planting of more than 1,000 boulevard trees in the Camden, Folwell, Jordan, Webber and Willard Hay neighborhoods of North Minneapolis.

Want to Blog? Guest Post with the UMN Women's Center

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Over the past couple years, the Women's Center has been expanding its blog. Initially the blog started out as an outlet for female-identified students only. More recently, the center has been encouraging readers from a broad range of backgrounds to participate. To see what it is like now, check it out here.

The blog focuses on a variety of issues such as feminism, GLBTQA activism, anti-racism, body image and more. Regular bloggers are University of Minnesota students who are interested in making a difference. Over the past year, the Women's Center has developed a wider span of readers and guest bloggers not only within the Twin Cities, but across the country as well; encouraging discussion and awareness of social justice issues that affect everyone.

If this is interesting to you, the center is extending an opportunity to you to guest post on the blog during the summer! The Women's Center is looking for social justice-focused posts that aim to educate, inform and discuss issues that our readers will find interesting and useful in their everyday lives.

Please submit a guest post to us by May 25th so it can be shared with readers. For more information regarding guest posting and blog content, please visit the blog site at

If you have any questions, please contact Gina L. Curci at

Multicultural Kickoff Needs Volunteers!

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Each year the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) hosts the Multicultural Kickoff, a two day event which helps first-year students make a successful transition to college by building community and identifying academic and cultural supports on campus. Typically 3,400 incoming first year students attend this event and are in small groups led by current student leaders.

This year the event is being held on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday August 29 and a lot of help is needed to make it a success.

MCAE is looking for students who will be available to help with a variety of activities during the Kickoff - everything from helping with setup, to working with students, to assisting with the resource fair, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering for any portion of time, please sign up using this Google Form: MKO Volunteer Interest Form

What is MCAE?

What is the Multicultural Kickoff?

If you have any questions, please contact Jasmine Omorogbe:
Phone: 612.625.2875

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities

Theater Volunteer

Lyric Arts Company of Anoka needs a variety of volunteers. Opportunities include ushering, concessions, wine/coffee bar, technical crew and administrative team.

Summer Activity Assistant
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul needs a Youth Program assistant that would interact directly with youth 4-12 years old. Assist with coordinating the Free Lunch program, on-site activities and chaperoning field trips.

Hmong and Karen Meal Delivery
Serve the Hmong and Karen people groups with a hot meal delivery. Optage Senior Dining Choices is a program of Presbyterian Homes and Services. Language would be a plus but not a necessity. Commitment is one hour.

Warehouse Driver
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) utilizes volunteer labor to build homes with low-income families. The warehouse uses volunteer labor to process and supply building materials for these efforts. Warehouse volunteers repair tools and components, and maintain stock levels. Drivers need experience driving a 20' truck and must pass DOT certification.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Tutor Classroom Aide
Metro North Adult Basic Education is seeking individuals to assist in classrooms in the north metro. Will work with low to advanced ABE students. Training is provided.

Cheerful Givers Un-Event
Assist children who are homeless or living in poverty on their birthday. Cheerful Givers can make it happen. Instead of hosting a traditional birthday party, send invitations to a Cheerful Givers Un-Event. Instead of attending, guests can stay home and donate whatever amount they would like to help children in need have an enjoyable birthday.

One to One
Volunteer with Amicus, where they match volunteers with inmates at local prisons for friendship and positive relationship-building. Seeking dependable, open-minded volunteers. Must provide own transportation and pass background check. Training provided.

Technology Center Volunteer
People Serving People is seeking volunteers to help in the technology center, assisting guests with basic computer use in order to do housing and employment searches.

Child Advocate
Safe Passage for Children of Minnesota is in need of volunteers to advocate for children in the child protection and foster care systems. A number of different roles need to be filled, ranging from meetings with government officials to administrative tasks to assisting with social media.

Board Member
The Theater Space Project is seeking volunteers to join the board of directors. This organization was formed to create space to meet the needs of the theater, dance, and music community.

2012-2013 Scholarship Opportunities for Women

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Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship
The Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship (formerly the Alumnae Society Scholarship) assists University of Minnesota women students with financial need in completing their education at the University, with a special focus on women of color, new immigrants, and first generation college students. These one-time scholarships range from $1,000-4,000 for the academic year. Scholarship winners are recognized at the annual "Celebrating University Women Awards Program."

Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship
The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship was established in Carol's memory to financially assist University of Minnesota "non-traditional" women students. These one-time scholarships range from $1000-6,000 for the academic year. Scholarship winners are recognized at the annual "Celebrating University Women Awards Program."

Eligibility Requirements:
• Demonstrated financial need. Complete FAFSA.
• Admission or pending admission to an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree or credit certificate program at any U of M campus. Meet half-time enrollment status minimum.
• Good academic standing (provide unofficial academic transcripts from all relevant college/post-secondary enrollment).
• Submit application and well-written personal statements (samples available online).
• Two reference letters sent directly to the Women's Center, indicating educational goals and academic promise.
• All materials must be received by the first Friday in June for consideration.
• Women students (28 years or older) & have had a five-year or longer break in post-secondary education (for Macpherson Scholarship only)

Application deadline: 4:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2012

Below are the applications for each scholarship:
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mcphrsnapp 11_v4 fillable-1.pdf

If you have questions, please call the Women's Center Office: 612.625.9837 or email at

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