Volunteer Opportunities Benefiting Youth:
Help build a brighter future for a child by becoming a mentor with Bolder Options in Minneapolis. They are an activity-based, one-to-one youth mentoring program using running & biking, academic goal setting, and volunteerism to build self-esteem and healthy habits. Meet 2-4 hours weekly for one year. Must be 21, have access to reliable transportation and pass a screening process.
Kids 'n Kinship matches children who have a need for an additional supportive relationship with screened adult volunteers. Activities might include attending sporting events, games, crafts, being outdoors, or just hanging out together. Volunteers make a one year, 1-4 hours per week commitment in Dakota County.
Any group -- civic, corporate, church, family or friends can hold a Birthday Bag Blitz at your location to provide birthday gift bags for less fortunate children. Each person brings small new toys for children ages 3-12, then together assemble the bags and deliver them to a nearby shelter or food shelf. Contact Cheerful Givers in Eagan for more information. www.cheerfulgivers.org.
One Time/Short Term Volunteer Opportunities:
Our Saviour's Emergency Shelter in Minneapolis provides a warm bed for 40 men and women every night of the year. They need linens such as washcloths, towels, twin-size bedsheets, pillows, pillowcases, and laundry soap. They are not accepting quilts, blankets, or comforters at this time. Gather items individually or as a group.
William Mitchell College of Law is looking for volunteer jurors to participate in several mock trials in St Paul. You will deliberate on a verdict, announce the verdict, and spend time with the judge and students critiquing the students. Starts at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 3:30. Refreshments and lunch provided. Dates in December.
Neighbors, Inc.'s Youth Winter Wonderland Camp in West St Paul will engage students from Garlough Environmental Magnet School and Moreland Elementary School in healthy physical and intellectual activities December 29th and 30th. Play games, mentor students in healthy activities, and talk about positive lifestyles. Must be 16 and undergo a background check.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer for minimum of 2 hours a week at one of several sites in the Northern Metro: Blaine, Centennial, Columbia Heights, Elk River, Forest Lake, St Francis. Work under supervising instructor with low to advanced ABE students. Curriculum and training is provided.
Help Vision Loss Resources of Minneapolis provide a visually impaired person with round-trip transportation to a nearby grocery store and help select items for purchase. Hours are flexible and mileage reimbursement is available.
Assist with general maintenance at Guild Incorporated in St Paul. Including maintenance of property, electrical, plumbing, patching walls, painting, cleaning, grounds-keeping, and other. Must possess knowledge of general maintenance, be able to lift 50 pounds, negotiate steps, have a valid drivers license, and provide your own clothing, gloves, and safety equipment. Providing own tools is helpful.
Customer Service Assistant to help low-income families reach financial stability with AccountAbility Minnesota (AAM). Work with other volunteers and an AAM staff person for 10 - 12 weeks, 4 hours a week, weekdays or Saturdays, starting in late January. Must attend an orientation this fall, and training in January. Locations in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Hopkins, and Brooklyn Park.