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Age-ing to Sage-ing Professional Continuing Education Leadership Program
"Age-ing to Sage-ing" programs provide professional continuing education as well as leadership programs for volunteers and seminar leaders. Help is available for on-going "Sage-ing Circles and Sage-ing Centers."
Aging Networks Volunteer Collaborative
Are you interested in learning how to use volunteers more effectively in your organization or do you have practices that you have found successful that you would like to share? This website, produced and managed through a collaboration between the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA), the National Associations of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), and other national organizations, provides state-of-the-art information on volunteers in the aging network.
AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, accepts older adults—not just youth. Volunteers get a stipend for living and an education award after completing service. Fifty-three Minnesota programs participate.
American Red Cross - Twin Cities Area Chapter
Volunteers are the foundation of the American Red Cross. Opportunities are available in Transportation, Disaster, Health & Safety, Youth, Support, and Blood Services. We have a critical need for volunteer drivers to transport individuals to and from medical and other personal appointments.
AngelPoints The Value of Good Deeds
AngelPoints is a company that recognizes the value of good deeds in society. It operates in a similar way as a frequent flyer program operates-- volunteers are awarded AngelPoints for each hour of service performed. AngelPoints can be redeemed for merchandise, services, tuition, or donated to people or charities in need.
BizWorld is a non-profit foundation that provides real-world experiences, using the expertise of volunteers, to teach kids about business and entrepreneurship. Kids in grades 3 -- 8 can participate in their business-simulation programs.
Center for Third Age Leadership
The Center For Third Age Leadership (CTAL) helps individuals create more personally fulfilling lives after 50 through seminars, retreats and coaching. CTAL also helps organizations maximize productivity by minimizing the impact of an aging workforce and protect at-risk functions by leveraging the value of employee experience.
Charityguide.org, the "website for people that want to make a difference," posts listings of volunteer opportunities that take a minute, a few hours, or more--by state.
Community Programs in the Arts (COMPAS)
COMPAS, Community Programs in the Arts, sponsors community programs in the arts that address a wide range of social issues, build a sense of community, and celebrate cultural diversity. COMPAS is best known for its WAITS program, Writers and Artists in the Schools. Contact COMPAS to learn how you can become involved.
Community Tourism and Volunteer Work with Senevolu
SENEVOLU is a not-for-profit organization based in Senegal, West Africa, founded to promote Community Tourism and Volunteer Work. SENEVOLU offers a variety of programs and services, including: homestays, volunteer opportunities, language programs, trips, workshops,
Cooperative Adult Ministry (CoAM), The
The Cooperative Adult Ministry (CoAM) is a coalition of 30 interfaith congregations that gathers persons and resources from participating congregations and the general community to serve the needs and apply the talents of older adults.
Corporation for National and Community Service, The
The Corporation for National and Community Service engages Americans of all ages in service to help strengthen communities. The website has several searchable databases of volunteer opportunities.
Courage Center is a rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of people of all ages experiencing barriers to health and independence. Its award-winning volunteer program actively seeks and values volunteers with diverse perspectives and life experiences that enhance the quality of services it provides.
DARTS provides professionally coordinated transportation and in-home services to Dakota County, MN seniors and their families, and meaningful employment and volunteer opportunities for people of all ages.
Experience Corps is a unique national program started in 1995 to mobilize the time, talent, and experience of older adults in service to communities. The initial focus has been connecting older adults with children and youth. Experience Corps® currently provides schools and youth-serving organizations with a critical mass of caring older adults to: 1) Improve academic performance and development of young people; 2) Help schools and youth-serving organizations become more caring places; 3) Strengthen ties between these institutions and surrounding neighborhoods; and 4) Enhance the well-being of the volunteers in the process.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is a national volunteer movement that brings together community organizations and religious congregations of various faiths to assist people who are aging and chronically ill with everyday activities enabling them to maintain their independence. The website contains a searchable database that lists programs by state. Minnesota has 58 programs located throughout the state.
Foster Grandparent Program, The
The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors age 60 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for children and youth with exceptional needs, offering emotional support to victims of abuse and neglect, tutoring in reading, mentoring troubled teenagers and young mothers, and caring for premature infants and children. Foster Grandparents thrive on direct contact with children, believing that they can make a difference in the lives of children. Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools, Head Starts and other nonprofit human service centers. A Foster Grandparent serves an average of 20 hours per week and receives a small tax-free stipend for the service provided. (The stipend does not affect any of the benefits they may be receiving) They also receive a meal on the days they volunteer and travel allowance. There are income eligibility guidelines. There are 24,000 Foster Grandparents nationwide with over 600 serving in Minnesota.
Global Volunteer Network
The Global Volunteer Network is a non profit organization that places volunteers in community projects in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, and Uganda. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational, environmental and community aid programs. Examples of the exciting and rewarding activities available to volunteers include teaching English, environmental work, AIDS education, and assisting in an orphanage.
Global Volunteers, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, organizes teams of North Americans to contribute their skills to human and economic development projects around the world.
Habitat for Humanity
Organizes groups of volunteer individuals who build new homes for low-income families.
Hands on Twin Cities
Hands on Twin Cities (formerly known as the Volunteer Resource Center) not only connects volunteers with opportunities to serve, but also provides organizations that are in need of volunteers with the proper tools and services in order to effectively manage and retain them. In this manner, Hands on Twin Cities fulfills its mission of providing the leadership, resources and networking to create stronger communities through volunteer action in the Twin Cities area.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provides men and women 50 and over the opportunity to serve the needs of the materially poor and marginalized, to work for a more just society and to grow deeper in the Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition.
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly
Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national, nonprofit organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of good will the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and the celebration of life. The organization has volunteer opportunities to provide companionship, do occasional driving, and help set up events.
Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services needs volunteers. The website lists volunteer opportunities in Minnesota.
Mapping Your Retirement
Mapping Your Retirement helps you plan a retirement based on your values, interests, and resources. The guide provides information and worksheets on three critical elements of a meaningful retirement: Living Your Life, Maintaining Your Health, and Managing Your Money.
Minnesota Literacy Council
The Minnesota Literacy Council needs volunteers to help people learn English speaking, reading, and writing skills.
MinnesotaHelp.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.
National Senior Corps
The National Senior Service Corps is a network of three projects (Foster Grandparent program, Senior Companion Program, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Their website posts openings for volunteers, with links to all 50 states. They also connect seniors with information about various topics including education, computers, grants and volunteering opportunities.
Neighborhood Service Exchange
The Neighborhood Service Exchange is a volunteer barter program of Community Volunteer Service and Seniors Centers, serving seniors and others who live in or work in Washington County. Stay involved in your community by sharing your skills and talents with others while you receive a service you need. Help build more caring communities. Become a neighborhood resource for others.
New Age of Volunteerism Report, The
The New Age of Volunteerism is a summary report based on a nine-month study conducted in 2000 to 2001 on how to recruit and engage baby boomers over the next 20 years in community service. An electronic copy of the study is available at the website.
The OASIS Institute is a national non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults through programs in the arts and humanities, health education, technology and volunteer service.
RSVP of Minnesota
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) helps people age 55 and older put their skills and life experience to work in their communities. RSVP volunteers serve in organizations that range from hospitals and youth recreational centers to local police stations and education facilities. If you interested in becoming an active and involved member of your community fill out the information request form at this site. This site also has phone numbers to contact for programs throughout the state of Minnesota.
Senior Companions Programs
The Senior Companion Program offers seniors age 60 and older the opportunity to serve individuals who have difficulty with daily living tasks. Senior Companions serve many at-risk frail elderly who might be living in a nursing home without this one-to-one support. Volunteers serve from 12-20 hours per week and receive meal and travel benefits along with a small tax-free stipend.
Senior Service Corps of Minnesota
The Minnesota Senior Corps is part of the National Senior Corps and part of the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Senior Corps is a network of more than half a million seniors who are making a difference as Foster Grandparents (FG), Senior Companions (SC), and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers. These programs tap the experience, skills, talents, interests, and creativity of seniors age 55 and over.
Seniors Serving America
Join Senior Service. Find volunteer projects near you. Conduct customized search.
Volunteer Impact Scale
The Foster Grandparent Program has prepared a "Volunteer Impact Scale" to help determine if a volunteer's experience is meeting his/her expectations. (PDF format)
Volunteer and unpaid Internships in Africa
Volunteering and unpaid Internships in Africa: Volunteer in Africa is an organization dedicated to disseminating information on volunteer programs in Africa. It also organizes a wide range of unpaid internships and volunteer programs in Ghana.
VolunteerMatch posts listings of national volunteer opportunities that can be viewed by state, agency, or type of service.
Volunteers of America -- Minnesota
Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America of Minnesota is one of the oldest, largest and most comprehensive human service organizations in the state. They are an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) with more than 60 programs, 700 employees and 4,000 volunteers. A wide variety of programs serve more than 27,000 children, adolescents and their families, older adults, students, persons with disabilities and special needs, and ex-offenders each year. They have a rich history of developing innovative, quality programs that address emerging social issues and community needs, They have many volunteer opportunities.