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Volunteer Opportunities

Can we help spread the word about a volunteer opportunity in your organization? Send information by the 10th of the month for publication in the e-Bulletin for the next month to While we will make every effort to include what you send us, space is limited.


Want to help make volunteering work better?

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is seeking members for a taskforce to explore successes and frustrations Boomers experience in their desire to make an impact on community. We are looking for people interested in volunteer engagement who would like to contribute to figuring out how to increase the ease that Boomers can find the type of volunteer engagement they seek.

The taskforce will meet in the Twin Cities metro area between April and September 2014. For more information visit or contact Mary Quirk at or 651-255-0469.



Caregiver Support
FamilyMeans Caregiver Support program is looking for a few good men. Male volunteers are needed throughout Washington County in locations such as Afton, Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Oakdale and Stillwater. The Caregiver Support program helps people who are caring for a loved one get a much needed break. Volunteers spend time with the care receiver in their home and provide companionship and supervision. Volunteers do not provide medical care or daily living cares. Volunteers and care receivers talk, play cards, watch TV, go for a walk, share hobbies and spend  guy time together. We are in need of male volunteers ages 30 and up and volunteers are asked to volunteer 2-4 times a month for 2-4 hours a visit. This can also work for two males to be matched with one care receiver, so that each volunteer would go twice a month. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Dianne Vierling, FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator, at 651-789-4055 or

Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department

Multiple Positions
Currently we are in need of volunteers to provide one to one support to clients who have a mental illness. They are often very isolated in the community and have little support from friends or family. They could benefit from sharing activities with a volunteer a couple of hours every other week to help alleviate some of their isolation. Greeters are needed at the NW Family Service Center in Brooklyn Center to greet and direct visitors. Morning or afternoon shifts are available Monday through Friday from 8 to 5pm. If you are interested in either of these positions you can contact us at 612-348-9900 for more information OR go to our website at:

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

Easter Dinner Volunteer
Will you help bring joy to elders who would otherwise have no one to share their Easter with? Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) will be hosting Easter dinner on Sunday, April 20, 12 - 2 p.m., at the Prom Center in Oakdale. Many positions are currently available. Please contact Danielle at or 612.746.0726. See additional volunteer opportunities at LBFE.

Store to Door

Grocery Order Taker
Do Good From Your Desktop! Volunteer for Store To Door and take grocery orders online. Brighten a senior's day and help them remain at home. As a volunteer order taker, you will form an ongoing relationship with seniors in the community who need your help. Volunteer from your home or work to take grocery orders once a week over the phone and enter them into Store To Door's online system. You pick the day and time to make your calls. One hour a week can make a difference in someone's life, including yours. For 30 years Store To Door has provided nonprofit grocery shopping & delivery to aging adults in the Twin Cities. We depend on volunteers to continue to make this possible. For more information or to begin the volunteering process please contact Store To Door at 651-642-1892 or email Learn more at


Multiple Positions
Ebenezer has a variety of opportunities available for volunteers in a number of metro locations. Devote a few hours each week, a few hours each month or volunteer on an "as needed" basis. Here are some of the roles you might take: one-on-one visits with residents, pet visits, accompany residents on outings, assist in the beauty shop, assist with maintenance needs, help with special events or assist with our child care program. Ebenezer will do their best to match your skills and preferences with the volunteer opportunities that are available. To get started, visit   

Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota

GED Tutor at the FATHER Project
The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project is a program of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota. The goal of the FATHER Project is to assist parents in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is looking for volunteers to work individually with program participants to help them prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam. The goal of the program is to help participants pass each of the parts of the GED exam so that they can receive their diploma. Review key concepts with adult participants including English, math, social studies and science. Where: The FATHER Project, 2700 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407. When: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., two-hour shift preferred. Contact Sara Triplett, Volunteer Coordinator, 651-379-5800 Ext. 5824 or

Kids 'n Kinship

Kids 'n Kinship has served children in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, and Rosemount for over 40 years, matching children ages 5-16 in need of an additional role model with individuals, couples, or families for weekly fun & enriching activities, such as spending time outdoors, playing games, and going to places such as museums or the zoo. It's a wonderful way to stay active and involved in your community, and to make a difference in the life of a child. Many of our mentors are empty-nesters who just want to have children in their life again. Training and on-going support is provided. For more information, contact Kids 'n Kinship at 952-892-6368 or visit our website at

Ramsey County Community Human Services Department

Make a difference in the life of a child. Volunteers are needed to provide transportation to mothers in recovery to/from groups with our Mothers First program. Mothers First provides prevention and intervention services for pregnant women who are abusing chemicals. The goal is to produce healthy infants through drug-free births and healthy families by reducing the chemical usage of pregnant women through intensive "in-home" involvement. The project has been in existence since 1990 and has had a success rate of 85-87 percent as measured by the total number of births and babies born drug-free. Reimbursement for mileage is provided. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. For additional information, contact Ramsey County Community Human Services Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 or email to  



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