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Volunteer Opportunities

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Vital Aging Network

From our Executive Director....

Are you interested in using your experience and knowledge to contribute to something that matters? I would like to personally invite you to get involved with the Vital Aging Network.

I can tell you from personal experience, that engaging in this network can be invigorating, sometimes challenging and rewarding. I started to volunteer with VAN in 2005, serving on the board and various task forces. I have been the volunteer executive director since 2010. In these roles I have had a chance to work with an incredible number of interesting and capable people who are looking for both personal fulfillment and an opportunity to make a real difference in the world. Read more.

If you are interested in any of the following positions, contact John Pain at or 651-323-8415.

Volunteer Coordinator
The Vital Aging Network engages volunteers in a unique and innovative way, and we are looking for someone to help make our system work better. We'll want you to make connections, build relationships and ensure that people have what they need to contribute in their volunteer roles and that they are rewarded (intrinsically mostly) for their work. It can feel like herding cats but it can also be fulfilling---you will be instrumental in getting a lot of good work done! HR experience would be helpful. Approximately 10 to 15 hours per month.

Marketing/Communications Volunteer
The Marketing/Communications volunteer position will play a key role in helping VAN reach a broader audience, especially among the growing population of people over 50 years old. Working with VAN leadership, the position will establish and implement a communications plan to raise public awareness of VAN and its activities and increase its base of active network participants. The position will not have a direct role in fundraising. Time commitment will vary somewhat throughout the year but should average 10 to 15 hours per month.
Forums Task Force Member/Event Planner 
The Forums Task Force plans and implements forums and workshops for people in VAN's network and the population at large. As a task force member, you would contribute your ideas and help to bring them to life by finding a venue, speaker, and possibly helping with the setup and registration at the events. The task force meets for one, two-hour meeting a month and this role might work an additional 5 to 8 hours per month. The position will not have a direct role in fundraising.

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,


Wardrobe Assistants
Are you known for your sense of style? Harriet's Closet is an amazing Tubman resource: a "boutique"-styled space complete with donated clothing for women and teens, it offers a personal shopping experience for community members and Tubman clients at no cost to them. Wardrobe Assistants work one-on-one with individuals who come into the Closet as they shop for and select casual and business-professional attire. Make a difference in someone's life by offering clients a fun, boutique shopping experience while providing them with needed clothes and accessories! Volunteers are needed during daytime hours in our Minneapolis and Maplewood locations. Complete our volunteer application or contact Joanie Braun at or call 612-767-6680.

Ramsey County

Frequent Filer (Office Assistant)
Volunteer office assistants are needed in several areas.  Accounts Payable--open received mail and log the details on a spreadsheet, and doing some filing.  Accounts Receivable-filing.  Administration-work with the Volunteer program, Training & Development and Human Resources. Multiple shifts available, Monday through Friday during regular business hours.  Downtown St. Paul location with limited reimbursement for parking expense or bus fare.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Contact Ramsey County-Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 for additional information or e-mail to

Allina Health

Hospice Volunteer
As an Allina Health hospice volunteer, you will support patients and families in your own community. Provide companionship, support and a listening presence for patients at end of life and their family members. Allina provides free online training with wrap-up training groups provided monthly in St. Paul. Allina Health's hospice program serves patients and families in 32 counties throughout Minnesota and into western Wisconsin. Volunteer in homes or facilities or at JA Wedum, a residential hospice in Brooklyn Park. Find your perfect fit! Please apply online at or call 612-262-7108 for more information.

Mothers First

Child Care Assistants and Drivers
The Mothers First program provides prevention and intervention services for pregnant women who are abusing chemicals. A Child Care Assistant is needed to help agency staff in providing supervision and care for the children while mom is attending counseling sessions. Drivers are also needed to provide transportation to mothers in recovery to/from groups with our Mothers First program. Mileage reimbursement is provided. Contact Ramsey County Health & Wellness Service Team - Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 or for more information.

Ebenezer Minneapolis Campus

Truth Point Surveyor
We are recruiting 2-4 volunteers for a long term project conducting a survey of our residents. A 3-month commitment is requested for this position, schedule is flexible, possibly 6 hours/week. Ideal candidates will practice good confidentiality and boundary issues, have good social skills and be able to navigate a Notepad touch screen.

Food Shelf Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to assist with an In-House Food Shelf program. Come and help us every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:15-4:30pm. You will be helping us carry in food, set up tables, handing out numbers, passing out food, and taking down. We need up to 12 volunteers. You will receive mandated Civil Rights training (20 minutes, before your first shift). Volunteers are asked to arrive at 1:45 pm to help us unload the food truck.

For more opportunities at Ebenezer, download the flyer. Contact Laura Arne, Director of Volunteers, at 612-872-8515.

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 1-3 hours a month volunteering. For more information, please contact Grant Watkins, at or call 651-280-2504.


Fitness Leader
Is 2016 your year to get fit or stay fit?  Are a leader?  Is volunteering at a great St. Paul community organization on your list of things to do this year?  Look no further, Lyngblomsten has multiple opportunities for you to get/stay fit, lead and volunteer all at the same time! Tai Ji Quan, Walking Groups and A Matter of Balance classes are just a few of the volunteer opportunities that await you at Lyngblomsten. Check us out at, go to the "Get Involved" tab for more volunteer information and for an application, or call Shelli at 651-414-5297.

Cafe and Gift Shop Assistance
Did you enjoy your retail career but are ready for a change of pace? Are you a social person that wants to volunteer in the Como area of St. Paul? Why not come to Anna's Café and Gift Shop at Lyngblomsten Care Center? Anna's Café and Gift Shop volunteers help residents/tenants (average age 87), staff and families find gift items, greeting cards, snacks and personal items in our small gift shop and scoop ice cream or make quick cook items in the Café. Volunteers also run the cash register and visit with customers and each other! Training is provided in all areas of Anna's. Weekday shifts are from 8:30-1:00 and 1:00-4:15, weekend shifts are from 11:45-4:15. The amount of shifts that a volunteer takes each month is entirely up to you. Fill out an application at or call Shelli at 651-414-5297 for more information.




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