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Volunteer Opportunities

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Store To Door

Order Taker (from your 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 on-line system. You pick the day and time to make your calls. Wintering away?  Don't let your snowbird status keep you from volunteering you can train and call from anywhere that you have a computer, internet, and a phone. One hour a week can make a difference in someone's life, including yours. Contact Carolyn at 651-642-1892 or to sign up for one of these online order taking training dates. For 30 years Store To Door has provided nonprofit grocery shopping and delivery to aging adults in the Twin Cities. We depend on volunteers to continue to make this possible.  Learn more at


Warehouse Volunteer
Bridging is a local nonprofit that provides furniture and household items to families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging warehouse volunteers help load and unload trucks, take in donations, and stock shopping shelves to serve over 80 clients each week. We have immediate openings for individuals to fill open warehouse shifts in our Roseville warehouse. Shifts are available Monday-Saturday and you don’t need to commit to the same schedule each week. Contact Wendy Erickson ( or 651.319.9295) to find out more.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Lead for Beginner Computer Classes
The internet can be a complicated maze, and many seniors are getting lost. Become a Senior Surf Day instructor and teach a two hour, basic, hands-on computer and internet class to older adults who have little or no experience with computers. You can empower seniors to access information on the internet on their own, and open up a whole new world to them.  For more information, please contact Colleen Fritsch at the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging 651-917-4638 or or visit

Kids 'n Kinship

Kids 'n Kinship has served children in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, and Rosemount for 43 years, matching youth ages 5-16 in need of an additional role model with individuals, couples, or families for weekly fun and 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 youth in their life again. Training and on-going support is provided.  For more information, call 952-892-6368 or visit

AARP Experience Corps

Literacy Tutors for the 2015-16 school year
Volunteer as an in-school literacy tutor. Volunteers are placed in Kindergarten through Grade 3 classrooms in 13 schools across Minneapolis and St. Paul to work one-on-one with students who are not yet reading at grade-level. Tutors help to close the achievement gap by providing literacy support and serving as another caring adult students see at school. Stipends available for an 8-10 hour/week commitment throughout the school year. For more information, contact Erin Simon, Volunteer Coordinator at 612-708-5933 or For more information visit: 

DARTS and Rebuilding Together

Handy Person
DARTS and Rebuilding Together are in partnership to make homes safer for seniors, living in Dakota County area, by providing minor home safe modifications such as grab bars.  Utilize the skills you already have, or learn new ones! Be matched with another volunteer and work together as a team providing the service. Tools and training provided. Contact: Barb Tiggemann at 651-234-2254 or

ITNTwinCities - Independent Transportation Network

Flexible Driving Opportunity
Do you have a driving desire to help people? Become a driver for seniors 60 and older and adults with visual impairments. Drive them to medical appointments, shopping, to visit friends, and more! Help community members remain active and involved. You will ensure that seniors and the visually impaired stay connected to families, friends, and activities that bring meaning to their lives---and to yours. Receive mileage reimbursement as well as ITN transportation credit for yourself or to give to someone special to you. Day, evening and weekend opportunities throughout the Twin Cities west metro area. For more information, contact Susie Johnson, volunteer coordinator, at 612-260-5949 ext 2 or go to

The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project

GED Tutor
The FATHER Project is a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. The Project goal is to assist parents in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. We are looking for volunteers to work individually with program participants to help them prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam. Our goal 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.  Two-hour shifts are preferred on Tues, Wed, and Thurs 10am-4pm at 2700 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407. Call 651-378-5800 for more information or apply to be a volunteer.

Amherst H Wilder Foundation

Wilder Caregiver Peer Support Volunteer
Did you take care of your parents as they were aging? Your spouse? Your partner? Your friend? Then you get it: caregiving can be challenging, frustrating, fulfilling ... If you are a former caregiver and want to make a difference in the life of a current caregiver for an older adult, then consider becoming a Peer Support (P.S.) volunteer. PS volunteers are former caregivers who are matched with current caregivers for monthly phone conversations. Volunteers understand what it means to care for someone because they have done it, and now they want to help others in their caregiving roles. Volunteers will be trained prior to being matched and are asked to commit to at least six months; volunteers can expect to spend 3-5 hours a month volunteering. For more information, please contact Grant Watkins, at or call 651-280-2504.



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