Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Youth
Creative Snack for Kids Volunteer:
Recruit a team of up to 6 people to purchase, prepare on site and serve a snack at the Crisis Nursery in Golden Valley. A way for teens to get involved in volunteering with your family or group by creating a snack for approximately 25-30 children, staff, and volunteers. Can be a one time or ongoing event. Available daily 365 days per year. Youth 12 or older must be accompanied by an adult.
Help an elementary student read or do math:
Volunteer with Patchwork Quilt in Minneapolis and help elementary-aged children (individually or in small groups) to improve reading or math skills. Choose to help with either reading or math, can volunteer as seldom as once a month. Hours for tutoring are 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. weekdays.
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.
Gift Card Drive Coordinator:
Volunteers are needed to coordinate gift card drives to collect gift cards to help the budget for West Suburban Teen Clinic in Hopkins. This is a fun project for groups. Can be done around the holidays or any time of the year at your place of work, school, or church by getting people to donate a $5, $10 or $20 gift card from a provided list.
Dakota City One Room Schoolteacher:
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.
One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities
Roll up your sleeves and fight hunger with friends, family and coworkers on Saturday, September 15, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM in St Paul! Join Second Harvest Heartland as teams compete in two-hour shifts to see who can pack the most for their new Second Harvest Heartland West facility. Cost is $25 per person with a suggested $100 fundraising goal. Kids ages eight and older are welcome.
Join others to prepare and serve a meal to 40 shelter guests at Our Saviour's Housing in Minneapolis. Help make Our Saviour's a stable home by providing comforting meals. Help prepare, serve, and clean up. Sign up on your own or with a friend or family member. A Project Coordinator will plan and lead the meal but volunteers are asked to bring some ingredients if they are able.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Give a much-needed break to a family caregiver:
Volunteer with DARTS to assist a family caregiver living in Dakota County area, who is caring for a frail loved one at home. Providing such care can be demanding and stressful when there is little relief. You'd provide socialization and a safe environment while the caregiver is away. No hands-on care would be involved. 2-4 times a month for 4 hour shift.
Come As You Are:
Neighbors, Inc's Come As You program in South St Paul provides adults with special needs and developmental disabilities with an opportunity to have fun. Activities include music, games, dancing, and an annual talent show, holiday party, and picnic. Shifts include 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from September through June.
Choir Director/Worship Leader:
Work with teens to do worship with chapel on Sundays at Presbyterian Homes & Services: Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Lake Park. Volunteer should have some music experience. 1-1.5 hours per week. Training and orientation are provided. Singing or playing piano for chapel (Wednesdays or Sundays without other singers.)
For more information, contact HandsOn Twin Cities at 612-379-4900 or check out their website!