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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.

United Way

Community Volunteer Project
Join the United Way for a community volunteer project to create beautiful art, build understanding and demonstrate dignity for all Art brings people together. Its beauty can lift spirits and inspire hope, giving us energy to achieve our goals. Our goal is to create a more welcoming community with our Art for All collaboration. Volunteer United just opened registration for these unique projects and we wanted to give you the first chance to sign-up. You'll work side-by-side with people from all different communities to create mosaics at nonprofits in the Twin Cities. Get to know the people you are helping while creating a more welcoming space for those in need. Join us to create art installations at four community partner agencies.

  • Pillsbury United Communities - Oak Park Center
  • Rise, Inc.
  • Wilder Community Center for Aging
  • VEAP

There will be multiple opportunities to participate, but the projects will fill up quickly. The first one starts in just a few weeks—don't miss your chance to be a part of it! To register, visit the Vounteer United website.

Allina Health

Companion to a Hospice Patient
See yourself as a hospice volunteer with Allina Health! Our volunteers have the opportunity to become a companion to a hospice patient – what does that entail? Really it’s all about giving your attentive presence to another – you focus on your assigned patient to be a “companion”. We’re looking for people with big hearts, who are good listeners, and OK with just being quiet and sitting with a patient sometimes too. You need common sense, the ability to keep confidentiality, approximately 1-3 hours per week, and good personal boundaries. Our volunteers repeatedly tell us and others that they’ve gained so much more from this volunteer work than they have ever given. You may offer companionship, help with errands, provide respite, assist with writing/reading and answer other patient and family needs. At end of life your support is greatly appreciated by our staff and those we serve! Assist patients and loved ones in their own homes or residential care facilities throughout the metro and surrounding communities. Enjoy flexible hours and online training for your convenience, followed by a 1x interactive group wrap-up session in St. Paul. Be a part of our mission to serve in 33 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Visit or call 612-262-7108 for more information.

Ramsey County

Information Desk Attendant
Be the smiling face that provides a warm welcome, and general information to visitors of the Ramsey County Government Center East. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, Contact Ramsey County - Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 or e-mail


Various Roles
At HeatlhEast we are called to improve the health of our neighbors. Our volunteers play an important part in achieving this mission and we have several opportunities for you to be a part of this team. We are currently accepting applications for a Gift Shop Assistant in our beautiful Garden View Gift Shop at Bethesda Hospital as well as Greeters at our Welcome Center. Also, Passport, which is a partnership we have with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, is looking for volunteers to help in the office, plan special events and lead book discussions. If you would like to be surrounded by some of the best volunteers in Saint Paul, contact Heidi at 651-232-2191 or at Free parking, training and complimentary meal for each shift worked. Call today and learn how you can be a part of this vibrant community!

Store to Door

Volunteer Grocery Shopper
Enjoy shopping? Get your day off to a great start, walk with purpose, and meet new friends all while helping older adults maintain their independence. Fill grocery orders from 6-10 a.m. on a weekly basis or twice per month. Choose the weekday morning which works best for you.  Store locations include Maplewood, Bloomington and St Anthony.  We can accommodate snowbirds, vacations, and other schedule changes.  Mondays are our most recent addition to the schedule, and are our day of highest need. For more information, contact 651-642-1892, email or visit

The Father Project

GED Tutor
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.The FATHER Project is located at 2700 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407. Two hour shifts preferred during these times: Tues, Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. To RSVP, please email Sara Triplett at or call her directly at 651-379-5824.

Mock Interview Training
Do you have experience providing employment interviews? Volunteer mock Interviewers are needed to provide valuable practice job interviews for participants in our Employment Training & Education classes or work experience programs. Mock interviewers must be able to conduct professional, consistent interviews for our participants with a wide variety of interviewing abilities, disabilities, and backgrounds. Interviews are offered as a way to reinforce course curriculum and refine interviewing skills. The location is 553 Fairview Ave N, St. Paul MN 55104. Please contact Sara Triplett, Volunteer Coordinator at


Various Positions
RSVP is a national Senior Corps program sponsored locally by Volunteers of America of Minnesota. We are currently seeking volunteers for dozens of positions including: · Child and Youth Tutors for daytime, after-school and summer programs. Help students improve reading skills and catch up to grade level, or help with homework and projects.

  • English Language Learner (ELL) and Adult Basic Education Assistants and Teachers. Help adults improve their reading, writing, social studies, science, English and/or math skills
  • Program Coordinators to help organize and deliver services
  • Visitors and Drivers for older adults

More opportunities listed here. For East Metro opportunities, contact Jyni Koschak at or 612-704-6116. For West Metro opportunities, contact Mary Quirk at or 612-704-6114. Free RSVP benefits for volunteers age 55 and over.

FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program

Male Companion
Family Means is looking for a few good men. Do you enjoy talking, playing cards, doing a puzzle, going for a walk, spending time in the garage, talking about sports, career's and just having a nice conversation with another male? FamilyMeans Caregiver Support program is in need of male volunteers between the ages of 20-85 to spend time with a senior male who is frail or has a chronic health condition or memory loss. Volunteers are also needed for male children who have a disability, so that their caregiver could get a break. Volunteers are there for companionship and supervision and do not provide any medical care and or daily living care. Volunteers are needed throughout Washington County during the day, evening or weekend hours for 2-4 times per month for a 2-4 hour visit. Contact Dianne Vierling FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator at 651-789-4055,



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