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Intern with the YMCA!

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The YMCA P.H.D. (Physical, Healthy and Driven) program is an obesity prevention, weight management and nutrition education program targeting at-risk children and families in the Twin Cities metro. Its goal is to teach the importance of becoming more physically active and motivated to take charge of their overall health and well-being. The overarching goal of the YMCA P.H.D. is to increase the number of youth and families that incorporate exercise and healthful choices into their lives, and to thereby positively impact the skyrocketing rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases among the families we serve.

P.H.D. interns will provide youth with fun, interactive lessons that will enrich, educate and empower our youth to modify unhealthy habits. Interns will also assist with promoting and marketing the program to organizations and parks. In addition, because we are serving is at-risk youth, P.H.D. interns must be compassionate yet vigilantly aware mandatory reporters.

Qualifications Necessary Include:

- Major in communication, public health, nutrition or other relevant fields
- 3-4 months' experience working with at-risk youth
- Critical and creative thinker
- Strong communication skills necessary; both indirect and direct
- Ability to plan and implement relevant activities and lesson plans
- Ability to work well under pressure
- Ability to work well with children in grades K-12
- Ability to work 20 hours a week
- Ability to maintain positive attitude, enthusiasm, great energy
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Publisher and Word

Applications are due by August 3rd, 2012.

For more information view the PHD INTERNSHIP chad edits.doc, or contact Souk Phetsamone: PHD Coordinator at 612-588-9484 or email question to

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Working With Children:

Like Art? Like Kids? Be an Arts Mentor Today:
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.

Literacy Tutor:

Volunteer through Minnesota Reading Corps (a division of AmeriCorps) at the American Indian / World Cultures Magnet School in east St. Paul. There are open slots to read with children during the school day - mornings and afternoons. Must commit to at least 1 hour per week for a minimum of 3 months.

Lead or Assist a Youth Learning Circle in St. Paul:
Volunteer with CommonBond Communities of St Paul to lead or assist a group of three to five youth (4th-12th grade) that come together twice per week for 90 minutes to work on homework, learning goals and building positive relationships. Must be comfortable with basic math and English, be able to communicate well, and be effective at building relationships.

Volunteer Opportunities Working With Offenders:

One to One Volunteer with Amicus:

Amicus matches volunteers to inmates at metro area prisons for friendship and positive relationship building. They match men to men and women to women and need dependable, open-minded volunteers. One year commitment with one visit per month. Must submit to background check and attend 3 hours of training in Minneapolis.

Transitional Mentor Training:

Work with the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches/Community Justice to make a difference in the life of an offender at the Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility. Help ex-offenders transition back into society, so they do not re-offend. Free training on Saturday September 8th from 8:45 a.m.-2:00p.m. in Plymouth. Lunch provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Twin Cities Polish Festival:

Volunteer at the Twin Cities Polish Festival in Minneapolis on August 10, 11, or 12th. Opportunities to help with set up, clean up, tear down, security, ticket, food, or merchandise sales. Pick the area and shift that works best for you.

Pet Therapy - Anoka:

At Aseracare Hospice in St Paul, Pet Companions bring pets to provide a presence with patients. Pets decrease stress, anxiety, and pain and increase a sense of warmth and love. Pets must be certified in therapy training, have health records and insurance. Volunteers commit to visit once a week for one-two hours, attend training, and pass a background check. Training provided.

Palliative Care Visitor:
Catholic Eldercare is looking for adults to be a part of their Palliative Care initiative in Minneapolis. Volunteers receive training to serve as visitors to Palliative care residents. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers to establish a 1:1 relationship with a nursing home resident.

Mediator/Mediation Training:
At the Conflict Resolution Center, they provide low-cost mediation services to the Minneapolis area residents. They are always looking for more volunteers to serve as mediators, conflict consultants, and interns. Volunteer opportunities are on-going, however, training is offered on specific days.

Leisure Outings Assistant:
Help Courage Center participants develop and refine community resource life skills in a socially relaxing atmosphere. Weekday evenings or Saturday afternoons in Golden Valley. Need volunteers with good problem solving abilities and is fun-loving. Four to six hours per month. Training provided.

For more information, contact HandsOn Twin Cities:
Phone: (612) 379-4900

Have you noticed the change?!

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Do What Matters has started its journey to becoming EngageUMN! Do What Matters has officially taken on a new name but will still be serving the same awesome role it has in the past: bringing diverse, local and amazing opportunities to get involved on and off-campus to folks at the U of M! (Look for Twitter handle and Blog name to change in the next coming days as well!)

Knowing that changing Do What Matters over to EngageUMN may be a little shocking or confusing at first, we have put together a list of some questions and answers you might have regarding this name change. We are excited about our adventure to become EngageUMN and hope you are too! Please let us in the Office for Student Engagement know if you have any questions or comments as we continue to go through this change.


Why is Do What Matters changing?
Do What Matters is evolving! EngageUMN helps encompass all areas of student engagement that OSE operates, including Strengths, Student Employee Leadership Program (SELP), and Link-UP (a student mentoring program). In becoming EngageUMN, OSE can better serve students as a whole instead of individualized programs, like Do What Matters. Instead, we are coming together to better serve you (students, staff, community) and how getting active (in and outside of academics) enhances the collegic experience and beyond!

Who is this going to impact?
Students, Staff, Faculty, Community Partners...Everyone! But in a positive way! The tools and resources that are a part of the Office for Student Engagement will become more accessible and aligned with one another and will have consistent name recognition that is easy to remember. We will be a more unified resource ready to give information, assistance and guidance to undergraduates seeking ways to be involved on and off-campus.

What is going to happen?
Do What Matters is going to switch to EngageUMN. Easy as that! Look to the launch of a new website, feel and design of the social media pages, the blog and your interaction with engagement information.

When is it going to happen?
Between now and the middle of August we will be migrating our Facebook page, blog and Twitter account names over to the EngageUMN name; we will keep you posted as changes continue to occur.

Where can I find more information about the name change?
Here on the blog! Periodic posts will give updates on what we in OSE are working on for the transition and what you can look forward to! Or you can email for specific questions and concerns.

Will I still be able to get information on Facebook and Twitter?
Of course you will! Although the name "Do What Matters" is changing, EngageUMN will provide the same great ideas, information and resources for you to find experiences that will help shape and enhance your college experience.

How is this going to make things better?
We are going with the keep it simple philosophy by having our resources named in a way that is easy to remember, creates a common bridge across all of the resources, and helps to reinforce the ultimate goal of the Office for Student Engagement (to get more students actively engaged in meaningful experiences on and off-campus that complement their classroom experiences).

What will all of the new names be so I can find them?
Facebook: Do What Matters - University of Minnesota → EngageUMN
Twitter: @do_what_matters → @EngageUMN
Blog: Do What Matters → EngageUMN (Blog of the Office for Student Engagement)

Hopefully this answers some of the pressing questions? If not, feel free to contact any time to voice any feedback, questions or "this is AWESOME!" comments.

Volunteer and Intern with Intermedia Arts

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Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. They work to empower artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, they work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives.


Aerosol and Graffiti Art Day Camp Assistant:
Job Description: Assist Teaching Artists in setting up for, cleaning up, and running the Aerosol and Graffiti Art Day Camps
Qualifications: Outgoing, Interest in Graffiti Art, Work well with Middle and High School age youth
Dates: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday July 23 - 27 (though assisting on a few of the days instead of everyday or even partial days would still be helpful)

Animation Workshop Series Assistant:
Job Description: Assist Teaching Artists in setting up for, cleaning up, and running the Animation Workshop Series
Qualifications: Outgoing, Interest in Animation, Work well with Middle and High School age youth
Dates: Noon - 5pm, Monday - Thursday August 20 - 23 (though assisting on a few of the days instead of everyday or even partial days would still be helpful)

Uptown Art Fair Community Liaison:
Job Description: Work alongside Intermedia Arts staff, youth, and artists during the Uptown Art Fair talking to the community about the awesome work Intermedia Arts does in the community. Training provided.
Qualifications: Outgoing, Able to work well under pressure, ability to talk with many different people, Familiarity with Intermedia Arts' programs and mission a plus.
Dates: August 3, 11am - 9pm, August 4, 9am - 9pm, August 5, 9am - 6pm. Shorter shifts available

Intermedia Arts Street Team:
Job Description: Deliver fliers and marketing materials to specific locations around the Twin Cities
Qualifications: Access to transportation, outgoing, ability to speak on behalf of Intermedia Arts (training provided)
Dates: August 1 - September 15, flexible hours

Step Up Program Assistant:
Job Description: Assist Youth Programs staff in setting up for, cleaning up, and running the Step Up Summer Job program. Work directly with young people (ages 14 and 15) as they create their own films.
Qualifications: Outgoing, Interest in Film, Work well with youth, No criminal history, film making experience a plus
Dates: 10am-4:40pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 18 - August 16. Would like a commitment on at least one full day per week (could be split into separate morning (10am - 1pm) and afternoon (1:30pm-4:30pm) shifts


Events/Production Intern for Intermedia Art:

The intern unites cross-cultural and interdisciplinary art to promote well-being. Intermedia Arts works in diverse communities and create cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, participatory arts activities. The intern invites audiences to feed and be fed, and encourage participants to take an active role in an exchange of food, stories and recipes, reconnecting culture and art.

Internship Description: The Events/Production Intern will assist with upcoming public art events, including our monthly Open Kitchen potluck series and live cooking demonstrations at the Uptown Farmer's Markets. Duties include: • Grocery shopping
• Assistance with set-up and strike of events, including food prep, cooking, and clean up
• General assistance during events, which might include ushering and house management, taking photos, etc.
• Office work related to event production, such as filing, data entry, internet research, and scanning/copying
Requirements: Candidates must be familiar with basic cooking techniques, have strong computer skills (Word, Excel, etc.) and be self-directed with tasks. An interest in performance and food would be great! All candidates must have reliable transportation that they are willing to use for internship duties. Candidates must also be able to be on their feet for sustained periods of time.

Hours/Commitment: Internship includes a minimum of 4 events per month, with a time commitment of approximately 6 hours/event (or 24 hours/month). Monthly events include one Open Kitchen (one Wednesday per month, 4-10PM), one Farmers' Market demonstration (one Sunday per month, 9AM-4PM), and two additional Monday cooking sessions (time is flexible for these), All full event schedule will be provided in advance. We require a commitment through the end of November 2012.

To apply: For consideration, please send your resume and three (3) professional academic references to Erin Lavelle, Producer, at

Get in touch with Intermedia Arts at: or 612.871.4444. Be sure to let them know if you would like to receive volunteer opportunities each month via email.

Open Arms of Minnesota is hiring!

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Open Arms of Minnesota works to provide meals to those suffering from diseases like HIV/AIDS to help them live healthier, more independent lives.

Volunteers and staff are integral to their work. They offer opportunities to cook, bake, deliver and, now, plant and harvest food. Volunteers and employees find their work at Open Arms meaningful and can immediately see and feel the impact of their work,


Development Associate:

Help grow our program by crafting successful grant proposals and serving as an integral part of our development team. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13.

Farm Assistant
Keep our 3-acre organic farm in Belle Plaine growing strong, and our farm volunteer experience fruitful. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 20.


Program Internship:
We're looking for two interns to help with our core program. If you'd like to spend your summer making a difference in the community and learning how a nonprofit operates.


Delivering Meals:
Take delicious food and a friendly face to our client's door.

Cooking Meals:
Work with our chefs to prepare nutritious entrees, soups, and baked goods.

Growing Veggies:
Get your hands dirty at our organic vegetable farm, growing produce for our kitchen.

OR be the face of Open Arms as a receptionist, help our staff with administrative projects and volunteer at special events. Contact Lila of Open Arms (email: for more information about these opportunities.

For more information about Open Arms of Minnesota, check out their website, call them at 612-872-1152, or email them at

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Restoration Supervisor:
Assist St. Paul Parks and Recreation with large scale habitat restoration events. Supervise groups up to 15 volunteers. Volunteers can set their own schedule but are asked to commit to one event per month in summer and as needed in the winter.

Fishing Volunteer:
Love to fish and enjoy the lakes? Assist Courage Center residents who wish to go fishing. Assist with adaptive equipment, baiting hooks and handling fish. June to August in Golden Valley, 6 - 8:30 PM.

Trail Watch:
Assist the Midtown Greenway Coalition in Minneapolis. Volunteers on bikes act as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement by patrolling the Midtown Greenway corridor nightly. Rides last for two hours and volunteers report anything suspicious or unsafe along the Greenway or Hiawatha LRT bike trails.

Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Children:

Child Hunger Advocate - Lead Volunteer:

Second Harvest Heartland is working hard to close the missing meal gap for school-aged children. The Child Hunger Advocate will work closely with staff to assure successful food distribution at various school sites in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Mentor a Child in Anoka County:

Kinship is looking for individuals, couples and families who are willing to spend at least one hour a week for one year with a child in Anoka County. Help a child by offering your unique interests and strengths by interacting and exposing at risk children with new activities and experiences through your time and love. Make a difference...befriend a child. Training provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Clerical Assistant:
Assist with various clerical tasks in the office at Volunteers of America - RSVP/Experience Corps in Minneapolis.

Gift Shop Assistant:
Assist at the Landmark Center store in 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.

Carnival Volunteer:
Volunteers needed to help at the annual Carnival fundraiser in Red Wing on September 17th from noon to 3:00! Each year the staff and residents of LSS homes for people with developmental disabilities along with a troop of dedicated volunteers throw a carnival to raise money for services for individuals with disabilities. All the proceeds of the event will go directly to the services to support special events for the residents, such as recreational trips to Valley Fair or a summer camp.

Theater Volunteer:
Lyric Arts Company in Anoka needs volunteers for a wide range of tasks. 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.

Teach English to your Neighbors:
Would you like to gain experience teaching English and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors? Volunteer as a teacher, classroom assistant or one-on-one tutor with Minnesota Literacy Council's Northeast Learning Center in Minneapolis! No previous teaching experience or foreign language proficiency required. A required training is provided. The time commitment is one morning or evening per week (~3 hours per week), for a minimum of four months.

Need more information? Contact HandsOn Twin Cities at (612) 379-4900 or check them out at, or email at

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Tutoring and Mentoring Volunteer Opportunities:

Computer/Homework Helper
Do you enjoy teaching and working with children? Volunteer with Aeon in their community and resource rooms located in apartments in Minneapolis for low-income families. Volunteers assist children and adults with computers and homework in the community rooms. Flexible schedule. Minimum commitment is 1 1/2 hour shift a week.

Mentor Training
Work with the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches/Community Justice to make a difference in the life of male or female offender at the Hennepin County Adult Correctional Facility. Help ex-offenders successfully transition back into society, so they do not re-offend. Free training on Saturday from 8:45 a.m.-2:00p.m. in Plymouth. Lunch provided.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities:

Foster Home Trainer
Volunteer Foster Homes are needed to help raise and train a service dog for people with physical disabilities. Volunteers will agree to take a puppy at 7-9 weeks old into their home and raise and train it for 2 ½ years with the support of Helping Paws of Minnesota staff located in Hopkins.

Recreational Assistant

Prairie Adult Care in Eden Prairie is a licensed adult day center providing adults with special needs an opportunity to engage in social recreation, and to receive health care in a community setting. Assistants help staff facilitate recreational games, music, art, gardening, field trips, conversation groups, and/or meal service. Weekly or monthly shifts.

Therapeutic Rider Volunteer
River Valley Riders provide therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for people with special needs. At the riding sessions, the main jobs are horse leader and side walker. You don't need horse experience to volunteer -- just a willingness to learn. Weekdays and evenings, 1-3 hours per week in Afton.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Resident Escort
Volunteer at Presbyterian Homes & Services: Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park to escort residents to various activities and then remain with them until activity is over and take them back to their rooms.

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.

Shop Help
The Minnesota Streetcar Museum in Minneapolis needs folks who are willing to work in their shop repairing and restoring historic streetcars. They can use: Metal workers, Wood workers, Electricians, Engineers-mechanical, electrical, civil, etc. They can also use unskilled folks in the shop. If you're not familiar with our streetcars, we'll teach you.

Hospice Music Therapist
Optage Hospice of Roseville provides care that focuses on comfort, quality and support for individuals with life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers. Volunteers can serve at any of their locations. Many patients enjoy hymns or classic rock and enjoy a variety of instruments, especially the piano. Volunteers supplement staff service - to do the little "extras".


Open Your Heart in St Paul gives grants to organizations serving people experiencing hunger and homelessness. Grants are used for support services, capital improvements, educational resources for children, and efforts to end hunger and homelessness. They need volunteers for their Speakers Bureau to represent them in a friendly and professional manner at events.

For more information or volunteer opportunities, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at
phone: 612-379-4900

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Youth:

Dakota City Village Tour Guide:
Dakota City Heritage Village is a living history museum of 1900-era buildings located next to the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington. They are looking for outgoing adults to dress in period costume and guide elementary aged school children through the village when they come for a school field trip. Mondays through Fridays sometime between 9am and 2pm.

Be a Friend to a Child:
Kids 'n Kinship is a preventative mentoring program for children in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville or Rosemount in Dakota County who need a role model. Volunteer to spend 1-4 hours a week with a child, doing sports, hobbies, outdoor activities, crafts, playing games, or going to museums, fairs, or parks. Support and training provided.

MultiCultural Excellence Program (MEP) Mentor:
Mentor a group of college-bound students in the Saint Paul Public Schools' Multicultural Excellence Program (MEP). Mentors should be members of the business community or currently enrolled in college. Encourage Students to complete high school and seek higher education. Share career and education experiences.

Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities:

Solve a Problem By Helping with Grocery Shopping and Errands:
Volunteer through DARTS to engage in your community and help older Dakota County residents with their shopping needs. Many seniors find it challenging to read labels, reach for items, and pack groceries. Be their helper!

Warehouse/Onsite Courier:
Receive, sort, organize food donations and be available to be the onsite courier to pick up collections for VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) in Bloomington. Must be able to lift 20-25 lbs. Able or willing to use electric stacker and pallet jack a plus. Use own or agency vehicle to pick up large donations.

Other 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.

Outreach Liaison:
Coordinate the distribution of Rein in Sarcoma informational materials with sarcoma medical clinics and other support establishments. Rein in Sarcoma is based in St Paul.

Board Service-Become a Non-Profit Board Member:
Are you looking to give back to your community? opportunities to use your management expertise? to enhance your leadership potential? networking opportunities? These are some of the benefits of serving on a nonprofit board. Check MAP for Nonprofits website to see board vacancies and skills needed. Only in Metro Area of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Community Technical Tutor:

Volunteer Community Technology Tutors are needed to help adults gain computer skills needed in today's world. Tutor adults at the Minneapolis North WorkForce Center - from using a mouse and keyboard, to email and the Internet. One to two hours a week, Tuesdays or Thursdays mornings or afternoons. Requires excellent computer and interpersonal skills.

Mediator/Mediation Training:
At the Conflict Resolution Center, they provide low-cost mediation services to the Minneapolis area residents. They are always looking for more volunteers to serve as mediators, conflict consultants, and interns. Volunteer opportunities are on-going, however, training is offered on specific days.

For more information, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at:
phone: 612-379-4900

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