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.
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.
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