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Get engaged with the GLBTA community!

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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota constituents by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. Want to get more involved with their office? Check out these events!

Ice Cream Social:
Join the U of M's GLBTA Programs Office staff on Monday September 16th for ice cream and a chance to win prizes in their "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" game show. The event runs from 12:00 to 2:00pm at the St. Paul Student Center Terrace.

101 Training:
The GLBTA Programs Office will be hosting a GLBT ALLY 101 Training session on Wednesday September 26th from 2:00 to 4:00pm. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by emailing

Political Panic & Loaded Language:
Does Same Sex Marriage Assure GLBT Equality? This session focuses on understanding Minnesota's marriage amendment. For more details, check out This session will take place on Friday September 28th from 1:30 to 3:00pm on the West Bank.

Open House:
On Monday October 1st and Tuesday October 2nd, join the GLBTA Programs Office for a Meet-and-Greet to meet staff and check out their new Student Lounge and GLBT Student Art Gallery, and pick up some free food! The event starts at noon and ends at 2:00pm in Appleby Hall, room 41.

GLBTQ Identities & Communities:
This event, on Wednesday October 10th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, is an OED Equity & Diversity Workshop and will be led by GLBTA Programs Office staff. For more details, check out

MN Out Campus Conference:
From Friday October 12th through Sunday October 14th, the GLBTA Programs Office and Trans Commission will be leading sessions sharing some knowledge and learning best practices for advancing GLBTA work from higher education campuses across the Midwest.

GLBTA Jobs and Internships:

The GLBTA Programs Office is hiring, energetic, dedicated students who want to make change & improve the lives of GLBTA students at the U. To find out pay rate, skill areas, & how to apply, check out this posting:

Minnesotans United For All Families is looking for multiple dedicated students with some customer service experience & daytime availability to become fundraising interns - if interested, please contact Alfonso Wenker at

For more information, check out the GLBTA Programs Office website or contact them at 612-625-0537.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Youth

Children's Toys, Books, and Clothing Drive:

Volunteer to host your own drive to collect new and gently used children's toys, books and clothing for the families at Genesis II! Items can be dropped off at Genesis II Monday thru Friday from 8am - 4pm in Minneapolis.

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.

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.

Carnival Volunteers:

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 volunteers throw a carnival to raise money for services for individuals with disabilities. All proceeds go to the services to support special events for the residents, such as recreational trips to Valley Fair or a summer camp.

Wine Tasting/Silent Auction Event:
Macalester-Summit Hill Living at Home Program in St Paul needs volunteers to help in many roles. Help in August and September with: Invitations, Sorting and wrapping "theme" gift baskets, Preparing Bid Sheets, A Captain or two for the evening on September 29, or one of many other roles.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Gift Shop Cashier:
The Ebenezer Care Center Gift Shop supports the many programs and services for seniors on the Ebenezer Minneapolis campus. Help is needed to cashier and greet customers, between 11am-3pm. Training is provided, volunteers must commit to once a week or once a month for 1 year and be at least 18 years old.

Help Military Veterans with Therapeutic Horseback Riding:
Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation provides equine assisted activities and therapies to military veterans that have been wounded in service. They need volunteers that are comfortable around horses that would like to assist these brave men and women as they work on their rehabilitation in Lakeville.

Teach GED class to your neighbors in South Minneapolis:

Help your neighbors earn their GED and achieve their dreams! Volunteer as a GED co-instructor with Minnesota Literacy Council's Learning Center -Lake Street in Minneapolis. Work with another volunteer to co-teach a GED class of up to 20 students. Classes are composed of both native English speakers and high advanced-level ESL learners.

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.

For more information or opportunities, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at 612-379-4900, email them at, or check out their website!

Mark your calendar for the Community Involvement Fair

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Want to know more about what's going on in your community? Make sure you make it to the Community Involvement Fair.

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare/public health, law, criminal justice, housing/homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services/ family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues.

Please visit for more information including a list of organizations that will be in attendance.

What: Community Involvement Fair
When: Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Coffman Memorial Union - Great Hall

Fluent in Spanish? Become an instructor!

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Futura Language Professionals is currently looking for part-time Spanish Instructors for the 2012/2013 school year

Paid internships are available to students in the Departments of Education and Spanish.
Futura Language Professionals is currently seeking various candidates to fill their paid internship positions for the 2012-2013 school year, which begins in September. These positions are specifically to act as Part-Time Spanish Instructors in their before and after school Spanish enrichment programs. Students who participate in this program will gain valuable experience in their fields, as well as an opportunity to booster their resumes for graduation.

Futura Language Professionals are a community-based Spanish school, which provides parent funded after school Spanish instruction to elementary aged students. They have two proven and written curriculum. Their methods utilize songs, games, and cultural activities to create a fun and dynamic learning environment.

The Basics of the program:
• Classes meet for 45 minutes to one hour per week immediately before or after school
• Classes offered for eight or ten weeks in the fall and spring semesters
• Dynamic theme-based or ten-part conversational programs curriculum offered
• Classes held onsite at local elementary schools

They offer:
• A competitive wage ($28-35/hr)
• Paid training ($10.50/hour)
• Curriculum, materials, and lesson plans provided
• A flexible schedule
• Mentoring and an opportunity to network with local schools
• Formal observations at least once per semester
• Written evaluation (to be provided to your department if requested)

• No certification is required
• Near fluency in Spanish is essential
• Experience working with children
• Reliable transportation
• Must have junior standing or above at the university level
• Fall and spring semester commitment (Late Sept through April)
• Responsible and dynamic students encouraged to apply!

Students can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to:

Elizabeth Martinez
Or call at 952-261-4105

La Raza Student Cultural Center is hiring!

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La Raza Student Cultural Center is hiring for two different positions!

La Raza works to achieve a greater historical, political, cultural and social awareness concerning the Chicano and Latino communities, through cultural and educational programs and events.

Positions available include:

Staff Assistant Fall 2012
This is a yearly position offered to students of the University of Minnesota. As a member of La Raza Student Cultural Center staff, individuals are responsible of maintaining La Raza clean and up n date with its daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. This position is a part-time position that requires some commitment to La Raza. Staff on average will work about 10 to 15 hours per week depending upon the amount of work at La Raza, and one's personal school schedule.

For more information about this position, please read the staff assistant fall 2012.doc.
Applications for this position are due Monday August 27th. staff assistant application.docx

Staff Liaison:
The position of staff liaison goes in accordance with the description in La Raza Constitution. As a supervisor of staff, this individual sees that the everyday operational tasks of La Raza are completed. This is a part-time job position. The staff liaison will work between 15 to 20 hours a week depending on the amount of work at La Raza so scheduling is somewhat flexible to fit one's school schedule.

For more information about this position, please read theStaff Liaison Job Description.doc
Applications for this position are also due August 27th. Staff Liaison Application ediT.doc

To contact La Raza, visit them in 215 Folwell Hall or call them at 612-624-9348.

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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This is your weekly newsletter containing ten of the top Volunteer Opportunities of the week.

Opportunities Supporting Learning and Self-Sufficiency

Computer and Homework Helper:
Volunteer with Aeon in Minneapolis in their community and resource rooms serving low-income families. They need devoted volunteers to assist children and adults with computers and homework in our community resource rooms. Flexible schedule. Minimum volunteer commitment is one 90-minute shift a week.

MEP Mentor:
Mentor a group of college-bound high school students in the Saint Paul Public Schools' Multicultural Excellence Program (MEP). You will be matched with at least one other mentor. Mentors should be members of the Twin Cities business community or currently enrolled in college. Mentors encourage students to complete high school and seek higher education. Serve as a positive role model for students. Share career information and education experiences with students. Help students develop a positive self esteem. Students that graduate from MEP can get free or reduced tuition at many colleges and universities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Reading Lab Tutor - Brooklyn Center:
Help adult learners improve their reading, writing and English skills in a classroom setting in Brooklyn Center. The STAR program focuses on adult learners at a 2nd - 5th grade reading level. Volunteers will assist learners by helping guide group activities and one-on-one tutoring under the direction of the supervising instructor. Metro North ABE seeks enthusiatic volunteers that are open to working with diverse communities and are interested in education. Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

GetSet for Work and Self Advocacy Intern:
Arc of Greater Twin Cities is seeking an intern to update power point presentations and other communication/marketing pieces related to the GetSet to Work and self-advocacy programs. Work on testing and survey/assessment methodologies. Assist with the administrative needs.

Opportunities Supporting the Family

Parenting Time Volunteer:
Volunteers are needed to help out parents that come to interact and parent their children in a supervised setting at Perspectives Family Center in St. Louis Park. They need up to four volunteers for this program, which is on Friday evenings from 6-8 pm and Saturday or Sunday during the day. Help a family stay connected!

Food Shelf:
The Neighbors' emergency food shelf in South St. Paul serves 15-20 families per day. Volunteers check expiration dates, sort food donations, and stock shelves. Feel gratified knowing that our neighbors are being fed. Morning and afternoon shifts, Monday-Friday, Tuesday evenings. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.

Other Opportunities

Jungle Boogie Fundraising Event Volunteer:
Help The Wildcat Sanctuary at its fundraising event just west of Minneapolis. Assist with the Fund-A-Need portion of the program. Volunteers will collect funds and contact information from a table of 8 to 10 guests. This fundraiser is a major part of the funding for their programs.

Corporate/School/Church Group Volunteer Opportunity:
Bridging has opportunities at its Roseville and Bloomington locations to assist with sorting and organizing donations. Activities could also involved loading and unloading. Great opportunity for your group of 5 to 25 people! Mon-Thurs, 1 to 6pm, F-Sat, 9 to 3pm. Must schedule in advance.

Board Member:
Apply to join the board of Theater Space Project. They manage the Lowry Lab Theater in downtown St. Paul. During the past year, ten small organizations produced 22 productions in their theater that attracted 4,500 audience members

Pencil Collector:

All you need to do is collect new pencils (any type) from friends, families or local organizations that might want to hold a pencil drive. All pencils will be included in birthday gift bags for children living in poverty on their birthday.

Want to hear about more volunteer opportunities? Check out their website or contact HandsOn Twin Cities at 612-379-4900.

Looking for a way to Get-N-Volved?

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One-hit Wonders: One-time, fun & easy ways to give back

Volunteers are still needed this weekend on Sunday 12:00-2:00pm and 2:00-4:15pm. Responsibilities include handing out food wish lists to customers and collecting food donations at Kowalski's on Grand. Volunteers still needed for these shifts: August 19th: 12:00-2:00pm (2 volunteers needed); 2:00-4:15pm (1 volunteer needed).

Detail-Oriented Volunteer Needed for Two Hour Email Project

Bring your iPod and listen to music while helping us locate emails for our corporate partners! Project would involve searching the web and our database for records. They are around here somewhere and we just need your help finding them! Project can be done at the Wellstone Center scheduled during daytime business hours.

Volunteer at the Saint Paul Farmer's Market:
Helpers are needed September 2, 16, or 23 to help us collect unsold produce from the farmers to bring back to Neighborhood House food shelf on these Sundays 12:30-2:30pm: September 2nd, 16th, 23rd, October 28th . You bring muscles, they bring everything else.

Weekly Opportunities: Fill the gaps in our on-going volunteer opportunities

Francis Basket Food Shelf:
Help is needed Fridays in West 7th/Highland/Mac/Groveland area. Located at 1293 Maynard Drive, Apt 410, Saint Paul, MN. They need help to make this new opening a success! Volunteers are needed to help participants shop for food on Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00-4:00pm. Under 14 with an adult.

Evening Opportunity

Co-Teach GED Math Classes:
This volunteer engagement runs from September 10-December 13. Adult Education is looking for volunteers to teach GED Math on Monday or Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm. Subject examples: add/subject integers, order of operations, scientific notation, FOIL, roots and exponents, factor expressions. Training and materials provided! 18+.

Want to learn how a website works?
Our Marketing department needs help keeping up communication through all of the exciting happenings at Neighborhood House. Help with website updates and email communication. No website experience needed in this volunteer position but you should be comfortable with computers (Facebook, Twitter and email count). 2-3 hours/week. Flexible scheduling.

Want to learn more about the Neighborhood House and additional volunteer opportunities?
Contact: Riley Karbon at 651-789-3626 or

Welcome Week Volunteer Opportunity

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Staff at the University Rec Center are looking for students who would like to be involved with and help to manage an event.

On Friday August 31st, the Recreation Center will be holding an open house as a component of "Welcome Week" for this year's incoming class of freshman students. A large number of freshmen will be streaming through the facility between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Students will be able to participate in a variety of interactive events throughout the facility.

To allow for the day to run smoothly, Rec. Center staff are looking to recruit volunteers to help throughout the day. Volunteers will guide students throughout the facility; assist with interactive events such as dodgeball and fitness challenges; and answer students' questions.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to submit their availability by using the link below and filling out the form. Those who are interested will be contacted to confirm their availability for any times that they submit. Please submit availabilities by Friday, August 17th.

(Availability Form Link)

If there is any chance that anyone you know would be interested please forward the form on or let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to contact Samantha Thompson via email at

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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One to One Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Bible Study Leader/Helper:
Have a fun time with Presbyterian Homes & Services of Bloomington residents and learn more about the Bible. Any faith is welcome! This can be done in a group or one to one with a resident.

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 Opportunities in the Arts

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 with the Dancing Heart:

Kairos Dance Theatre is seeking volunteers for their Dancing Heart workshops in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Burnsville, Red Wing and Lake City. People who enjoy creative collaboration, love to laugh, and enjoy dance or music theater storytelling and are able to work with older adults, some with physical disabilities and/or memory loss. Requires background check and training.

Other Volunteer Opportunities
ReStore Merchandise Assistant:
The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a retail outlet in New Brighton for new and like-new building materials. Volunteers assist ReStore staff by greeting customers, answering the phone, answering questions, assisting with purchases, and maintaining a clean and attractive store. Tuesday - Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Animal Care Crew:

Help wild animals recover from injuries or illnesses! Assist with cleaning cages and feeding animals. Learn the husbandry behind wildlife rehabilitation at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville. Choose one shift: Sun-Sat, AM or PM. Shifts are typically 4 hrs in length.

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.

Compassion Fatigue Discussion Group Facilitator:
At Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, the mission is to engage the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals. Volunteer as a Compassion Fatigue Group Facilitator and support the emotional aspect of working in animal welfare through small group facilitated sessions. Must be 21, LSW, LGSW or similar licensure preferred.

State Fair Staffer:

Volunteer with Memorial Blood Centers and greet and educate fairgoers in Falcon Heights about the importance of blood donation. Assist with blood typing.

For more information, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at 612-379-4900 or check out their website at

It is almost here! Next Friday, August 17th, EngageUMN will be out in full-force with the launching of our new website!

The website has been almost a year in the making and encompasses, we hope, the best combination of user friendly features, design, and a focus on helping you find the opportunities you want to Engage in on and off-campus!

Why is this website such a big deal? The Engage Search is going to be included in our website! The search will now be integrated into the heart and soul of OSE, bringing a comprehensive collection of every engagement opportunity we discover (and those that you our readers help us discover) in one place. Beyond adding the Engage! search to the website the site will also include:

- Information on and about engagement based on who you are: student, faculty/staff, family/friends and the community beyond the University
- Quick tips and tutorials about how our tools can help you find opportunities to get involved and be "engaged" outside the classroom
- Videos, pictures, and student stories that illustrate the true meaning and benefits of getting involved and making meaning of that involvement
- Presentation templates that can be used in classes or workshops to talk about student engagement and marketing templates that can be used to help U of M departments promote opportunities as "engagement" opportunities
- Links to information and resources that can help you better understand the impact that becoming an engaged member of the community and in your life can impact your future!

These efforts are all geared towards helping you make the best of your college experience. Don't just get involved, be engaged in opportunities that matter to you.

Are there things you'd like to see included on the website? Tell us!

All of us at OSE are getting really excited for the final phases of the EngageUMN launch when the website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and blog come together as one big family next week!

If you have more questions, check out previous posts about the transition #1 & LINK. Have a specific question? Email , post on Facebook or DM on Twitter and we'll get back to you!

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is looking for volunteers for the 8th Annual TBI (Traumatic Brian Injury) Family Weekend Retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know some amazing children, touch their lives, and learn a little bit about brain injury while you're at it. We thought that the students and staff in your University may be interested in this enriching and educational experience.

Volunteers will get to know and accompany children in activities throughout the day. The retreat will be held Friday October 05th - Sunday October 07th, 2012 at Camp Courage near Maple Lake, MN. Volunteers will come Saturday October 6th at 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. to help. It will be a day for volunteers to connect with children with brain injury and their siblings.

Applications are due Wednesday, September 12th.

Contact Luciani de Souza from the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance via email at for more information, questions, and/or volunteer registration forms. Any other questions, feel free to contact Anna Karena, Volunteer Specialist at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, 612-378-2742 or

More info: Volunteers Needed Flyer 2012.doc

Looking for a way to Get-N-Volved?

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The Neighborhood House has many great ways to get involved in and around the Twin Cities!

One-time, fun & easy ways to give back

Kowalski's Volunteers Needed:
Volunteers needed for 2-hour shifts on August 18 and 19. Shifts available include: August 18th: 10:00am-12:00pm (3 volunteers needed), 12:00-2:00pm (3 volunteers needed), 2:00-4:00pm (2 volunteers needed), and 4:30-6:00pm (3 volunteers needed). August 19th: 10:00am-12:00pm (2 volunteers needed), 12:00-2:00pm (3 volunteers needed), and 2:00-4:15pm (3 volunteers needed).

Saint Paul Farmer's Market:
Volunteers are needed to help collect unsold produce from the farmers to bring back to Neighborhood House food shelf on Sundays 12:30-2:30pm: August 5th,12th, September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, October 28th . You bring muscles, they bring everything else.

Weekly Opportunities

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Morning Food Shelf Volunteers Needed 9:00am-12:00pm
Help their participants shop for the culturally appropriate food they need and stock food on shelves as necessary. Start mid-August to help with summer volunteer transitions. Under 14 with adult.

Have Yet to Use your Spanish this Summer?
The Neighborhood House adolescent tutoring program has a 15 year old looking for help learning Spanish for the rest of the summer. 1.5 hour/week commitment for August. Tutoring can be scheduled between 2:00pm and 6:00pm weekdays. 18+

Youth Volunteer Needed for Kids Connect Fridays
Volunteer with youth grades 1-6. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, cooking, movie nights, and more! Must be 18+

Great for Groups

5 Volunteers Needed to Fill Marketing Brochures
Help fill marketing folders with flyers about Neighborhood House's programs. Flexible timing, can be done as an onsite volunteer project. Project should be completed in 1-2 hours.

nterested in how to Get N-Volved?

Contact: Riley Karbon, 651-789-3626 or

Loaves & Fishes believes that everyone is entitled to a meal with dignity. Respect for others and self is the only requisite at our sites. We connect people who want to serve with people needing service.

The mission of Loaves & Fishes is to provide nutritious meals to the hungry of the Twin City Metro area in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest and develops joint ventures/partnerships with like-minded organizations to assist guests with additional basic needs and to becoming self-sufficient.

There are many volunteer opportunities at each of their ten dining sites. All of their dining sites currently have the need for a volunteer host or hostess. The commitment is for 1 ½ hours on the evening selected for volunteering. This position is very important for creating a welcoming atmosphere. The primary responsibility is to stand at the entrance and greeting every person who comes for a meal. Please contact them for more information at

For additional volunteer opportunities with Loaves & Fishes, check:

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Physically Active Volunteer Opportunities:

Open Farms Volunteer:
Join the effort to keep Open Arms of Minnesota three-acre organic garden in Belle Plaine growing strong. Open Farms produces 30,000 pounds of delicious veggies each year to use in their client's meals, and need your help planting, weeding and harvesting the bounty. Learn about locally and sustainably produced agriculture -- up close and in the dirt!

House Cleaning:
Opportunity Partners, Inc. of Minnetonka is looking for a group of motivated cleaners! They need deep cleaning done at one of their residential houses. Bathrooms with extra attention paid to the showers, kitchens, especially the stoves, cupboards, and drawers, and bedrooms and living spaces, dusting and moving furniture in order to vacuum.

Opportunities Supporting Youth:

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.

Usher (8+):
User at Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins and see great youth theatre for free! Duties include: Taking tickets, Handing out programs, Showing audience members to their seats, and Picking up programs after the performance. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday during daytime and evening.

Computer Tech Volunteer Opportunities:

Community Tech Center Assistant:
Do you have knowledge of the hiring process or a Human Resource background? Volunteer as a CTC Assistant and assist individuals with resumes, cover letters, job search, applications, and basic computer tasks. This opportunity is in Minneapolis and requires a 3 hour/week commitment. They specifically need help on weekday morning.

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.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Reduce Hunger in Coon Rapids:
Volunteer serving teams of 12-15 people are needed at Salvation Army Harvest Corps in Coon Rapids. Serve one time or ongoing basis. Training is provided. Site Coordinators assist teams to plan the menu to meet USDA guidelines. Teams typically purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up at Loaves & Fishes. Please note that purchasing food is not a requirement.

Public Affairs Committee:

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) in Maplewood is seeking Public Affairs Committee Volunteers. There are three areas of need. Research and gather information on trends in volunteer legislation at the state level, help the Public Affairs Committee develop marketing pieces for distribution, or assist in compiling and analyzing MAVA data.

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.

Administrative Support:

Sober Corps is looking for organized, recovery-supportive persons to help with administrative functions in Minneapolis: File paperwork; maintain and update database(s); mailings; maintain copies of all forms and documents; follow up on inquiries; keep things clean and organized. Requires a 3-hour shift at least once every 2 weeks or more frequently.

For more information, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at: or call them at 612-379-4900.

Getting ready for "EngageUMN"! Our name has changed!

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Check it out! All of the social media names are the same now!

Facebook: EngageUMN
Twitter: @EngageUMN
Blog: EngageUMN (Blog of the Office for Student Engagement)

What have you thought so far about the new name? Do you think it is a better representation of what we are trying to do for you? Let us know what you think! Or do you not know what I'm talking about? Check out this blog post.

With EngageUMN taking over on Facebook and Twitter, the EngageUMN blog is the next part of our transition: we are moving over to a WordPress format! Not only will WordPress allow for a more layout that's more pleasing to the eyes, but a more user friendly one too! (For the content writer and the reader!)

Right now, here is what we are working on:
- Migrating all of the old posts on this blog to WordPress.
- Creating an easier way for you as readers to access posts (new and old) and to find the information you are seeking.
- Finding people to connect with on WordPress to give you more information on engagement as a whole, and finding more opportunities to get involved.

Do you follow a blog that you think we should too? Do you have suggestions about what you would like to see the blog offer? Share your idea with us! (

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Twin Cities

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Volunteer Opportunities Serving Students:

Experience Corps - Tutor Beginning Readers:
Tutors are placed in Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools to provide tutoring for struggling readers in K-3 classrooms. Volunteers are older adults (50+ yrs) who work with students one-on-one or in small groups under supervision of the classroom teacher. Minimum commitment: 1 school year, 4-15 hours/week; Pre-service and in-service training are provided.

Adult or Teen Mentoring:
Perspectives Family Center in St. Louis Park needs volunteers to mentor a teen or a mother in their housing program. You mentor on a one to one basis for up to one year or more. Although some understanding of chemical health issues, family dynamics, and parenting are helpful, they are not required. 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. One year commitment, flexible hours.

Build a Backpack:
Are you part of a community group or company that is looking for a service-project? You've found it! RESOURCE provides services that affect more than 23,000 children in the Twin Cities annually. Your group has the chance to give children confidence to go back to school by participating in our Build-a-Backpack back-to-school drive. Collect items that children commonly need to go back to school and throw in some fun things. - backpacks - pencils - colored pencils - crayons - lined paper - folders - binders - kids' scissors - markers - rulers - protractors - etc. Donations received before August 20 are preferred.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Wildlife Nursery Volunteer:
Feed and help care for infant songbirds, waterfowl, and mammals at Roseville location. The animals are brought to us by people who have found them injured or abandoned. Choose either the mammal or the waterfowl nursery and volunteer 3-5 hours per week (1 shift). Hands-on training provided your first two shifts.

Recreational Assistant:
Volunteers are needed assisting adults with special needs to engage in social recreation, and to receive health care in a community based setting. Recreation assistants help day center staff facilitate recreational games, music, art, gardening, field trips, conversation groups, and/or meal service. Recreation assistants may volunteer for shifts on a weekly or monthly basis. Eden Prairie location.

Travel the World without Leaving Home:
Youth for Understanding needs volunteers at many locations (including your home). Choose from a number of opportunities to suit your interests, needs and schedule. Tasks can include mentoring students, encouraging potential American students to study abroad and families to host international students, interviewing prospective students and host families, planning and conducting orientations for students and families, and performing administrative tasks

Special Events Committee:

People Serving People in Minneapolis seeks volunteers to assist in planning, coordinating and implementing a variety of fundraising events throughout the year. Events committee members will help the development team with securing silent auction items, door prizes, and outreach and promotion for events.

Gift Cart Attendant:
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.

Pass Out Mail:
Assist residents at Presbyterian Homes and Services of Bloomington. Pass out and read mail to those who cannot read their own mail anymore. Have fun and get to know others. Very rewarding and flexible.

Merchandise Sorter:
The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Bloomington receives generous donations of used items to sell in our thrift stores. Groups of volunteers that can come in and help sort the items, especially the clothes, would be appreciated. Volunteer groups up to 12 people are welcome, and youth groups with chaperones are allowed. Volunteers do need to be able to do some lifting. Sundays for 2 or more hours between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at 612-379-4900 or visit their website at

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