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AHS is a no-kill organization that cares for thousands of animals every year. They are also involved in outreach and advocacy for the welfare of animals. At their Twin Cities adoption centers, you can help provide support for cat and dog adoptions by helping both the customers and the animals.
The Raptor Center, conveniently located on the U of M St. Paul campus, cares for sick and injured raptors in their clinic, and helps to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. Volunteers can expect to work directly with the raptors by getting involved in their care and safe transportation, or they could instead focus on educated visitors to the center.
WRC is a wildlife hospital that serves the medical needs of thousands of animals and hundreds of different species each year. They are especially known for their work with trumpeter swans. Volunteers can choose to work in one of the seasonal nurseries, or they can join the year-round animal care crew.
ACES strives to help reduce the academic achievement gap in the Twin Cities and improve the likelihood of success for underserved students. Using sports-themed programming, volunteers can work directly with students, either in small groups or one-on-one, to help them achieve academic success.
Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs volunteer mentors with children and adolescents facing adversity in order to provide mentorship and a strong, supportive relationship. Volunteers meet once a week with their Littles to do activities in the community, work on homework, or participate in group events.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities work with young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Specifically, they work to achieve three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character and Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles. Volunteers can work to improve literacy, coach a sport, or participate in a variety of other activities.
The Children’s Museum of Minnesota provides a variety of play spaces for children to solve problems, build life skills, and have fun. Volunteers can choose to help out on the floor or behind the scenes at one of two Twin Cities locations.
CommonBond is an affordable housing provider that also provides a variety of services to help support families when times get tough. Volunteers match will children and teens to provide tutor services and academic support.
CornerHouse is an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) that coordinates multi-disciplinary teams to assist each child and family and offers services that are designed to minimize trauma to child victims of abuse, to provide support and assistance to the entire family, and to hold offenders accountable. Volunteers can work with administrative or forensic services, or they can create a more specialized experience.
Kids in Need’s primary objective is to provide necessary school supplies to Minnesota students who would otherwise go without. Volunteers can assist with teacher shopping, organize and supply the teacher store, or work in the warehouse.
Urban Ventures seeks to end the cycle of poverty in south Minneapolis by preparing children in need for college and others forms of post-secondary education. Volunteers can get involved by coaching a sports team, running a classroom, or mentoring a student.
826 MSP was founded to address the opportunity gap often faced by Twin Cities students of color. Volunteers will be trained as tutors to offer in-classroom support in local schools. Tutoring opportunities typically focus on writing and literacy.
The Bell Museum of Natural History, located just off St. Paul campus, features a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning experiences and more. Volunteers can help out in the various exhibits available to the public.
East Side Learning Center seeks to ensure that all children are reading at grade level by 4th grade. Volunteers help young children reach their full potential by becoming reading tutors.
The Minnesota Literacy Council serves Minnesotans of all ages by providing life-changing literacy skills to all those striving for growth and self-sufficiency. Volunteers can work with adults or children either as a one-on-one tutor, a classroom aide, or a teacher or co-teacher.
The Science Museum of Minnesota provides a large variety of exhibits to inspire learning, inform policy, and improve lives. Exhibits are designed to be appealing and informative to all ages. Help make learning fun and accessible by volunteering as an activity facilitator, at the Collector’s Corner, or at Visitor Services.
Spark-Y’s mission is youth learning through nature, facilitating community partnerships that bring youth ideas to life, and creating organizational growth by youth leading youth. Spark-Y serves its mission of youth empowerment through three branches: school programs, an annual internship, and an urban agriculture lab. Volunteers can work directly with youth programs or chose to help build a community sustainability project.
The Weisman Art Museum is a teaching museum at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community. Volunteer as a tour guide to share your passion for art with visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Tour guides get exclusive access to exhibitions and artists, and learn about art through interactive gallery experiences, hands-on activities, field trips, and social gatherings.
Wellstone International High School provides an equitable education for English Learners by meeting academic and social-emotional needs. Students are expected to critically analyze and respond to local and global issues while enhancing awareness of self and others. Volunteers assist teachers and help students achieve their full potential.
Ebenezer offers a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of older adults. Volunteers of all ages play a vital role in helping us fulfill our important mission. Ebenezer has a variety of opportunities available for volunteers, like one-on-one visits with residents, escorting residents to worship services , and much more.
Over 500 volunteers find purpose in giving back to their communities through Help At Your Door. From giving rides to painting projects and changing light bulbs, Help At Your Door’s volunteers step up to help seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue living in their homes.
When you volunteer for Meals on Wheels during your lunch hour, you’re doing your part to guarantee meals are delivered to the more than 4,000 people in need across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. You can volunteer to deliver meals once a week, once a month, with a friend, with a group or on your own – whatever works best for you!
Sholom is a caring community that provides volunteering opportunities for those who are interested in supporting families and the elderly in their time of need later in life. Sholom Volunteers play a vital role in delivering services and programs that improve and enhance the lives of residents and tenants. Volunteers can either spend time with the elderly or provide many services for their daily life.
This group provides people the ability to spread awareness about the Boundary Waters and the dangers they face. During the summer, students can volunteer at the State Fair and spread awareness about the Boundary Waters. You can also sign up to help clean the Boundary Waters, or you can even sign up to campaign and communicate the importance of the Boundary Waters to our elected representatives.
Annually, over 3,500 local river stewards get their hands dirty through FMR cleanups, storm drain stenciling outings, invasive species removals and other hands-on habitat restoration outings. FMR hosts approximately 60 public cleanups, hauls, pulls or plantings throughout the Twin Cities-metro area annually.
Volunteers share their passions and talents to help Three Rivers Park District to carry out its mission to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. There are many ways to volunteer and help preservation efforts at the same time. Three Rivers is always accepting extra help when it comes to natural resource volunteers.
Family Tree Clinic is a leader in sexual and reproductive health care in the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Their mission is to eliminate health disparities through innovative, personalized sexual health care and education for diverse needs by providing patient-centered health care services, community education and outreach, and through developing alliances across the state to promote sexual health and freedom in our communities. Volunteers have a variety of opportunities in the Patient Resources department or in the General Clinic.
The Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease. Volunteers can help out in a variety of areas detailed on the Hope Lodge website.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a non-profit organization based in New York City with chapters located throughout the United States. The organization funds research, advocates for social and political change, provides education, and sponsors services that help people with multiple sclerosis and their families. Volunteers can help with community outreach, office support, or participate in other opportunities.
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center is a multi-specialty medical, dental and mental health center and human service agency located in North Minneapolis. NorthPoint strives to improve the physical and socio-economic health of the North Minneapolis community through an integrated model of health and human services. Both short- and long-term volunteer opportunities are available at their events and clinic.
Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. All food is cooked in-house, including all breads and baked breakfast items, and much of the produce comes from local urban gardens. Volunteers can help out in the kitchen, on the farm, or as delivery drivers.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides a home-away-from-home to keep families together during a child’s serious illness at all four of their Twin Cities locations, one of which is conveniently located just off campus near Superblock. They also offer services that range from schooling to meals to family-friendly activities. Volunteers have access to a large variety of opportunities at all four locations.
Homelessness, Poverty, and Affordable Housing
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. Individual volunteers may sign up for homebuilding projects or to help out at one of the ReStore locations around the Twin Cities metro area.
Haven Housing provides women and children with a stable environment and services to promote their success. At each of the three offered programs, Haven Housing strives to support women as they stabilize, heal from trauma, work to identify and overcome their barriers to independence, and create a more hopeful future. Volunteers can assist with activities, administration, and much more.
People Serving People is the region’s largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter. They offer a variety of programs including an early childhood development program, employment services, family activities, and more. Volunteers can take on one of many roles throughout the shelter, such as a resident resources assistant, reading partner, meal server, and more.
Perspectives provides life-changing programming based on evidence-based best practices to successfully address some of our community’s most critical social issues: homelessness, poverty, trauma, child abuse, mental health, recovery, nutrition, as well as racial disparity, including academic and social achievement gaps. At their after school program, Kids Connection, volunteers provide vital assistance to kids and staff members.
At Project for Pride in Living, they build and manage safe, affordable housing across the Twin Cities, with support services to create stability and pride. Readiness programs provide participants with the skills necessary to get and keep a job with proven income growth and job placements. Volunteers can work directly with either adults or children as a tutor, coach, mentor, personal shopper, and more.
Sharing and Caring Hands was founded as a safety-net organization to help those who could not obtain help from the welfare system. They provide a host of services that include food, clothing, shelter, transportation assistance, medical and dental help and much more to the over 20,000 people who come through our facility each month. Volunteers can work with adults to assist in job-seeking or with children as a tutor.
Simpson Housing Services is nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. Their include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. Volunteers have access to several opportunities to help Simpson achieve their goal to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.
St. Stephen’s Human Services mission is ending homelessness.Their programs support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in achieving permanent, affordable housing. Volunteers work alongside staff to provide hospitality to shelter guests and assist with shelter operations.
Twin Cities RISE assists individuals in poverty on the path to long-term and stable employment. Work skills training, internship opportunities, job search assistance, and employment placement services and just some of the services they offer. Volunteers can assist in the office, in the classroom, and more.
Children’s Minnesota is One of the largest freestanding pediatric health systems in the United States—with two hospitals, 12 primary care clinics, a Level I Trauma Center, and six rehabilitation and nine specialty care sites. Volunteers provide support to patients and staff throughout the hospital as an ER volunteer, Patient Pal, and much more.
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare cares for patients who have some of the most complex, rare and traumatic conditions in pediatric medicine, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Volunteers have several patient and family interaction opportunities to choose from.
HCMC is an integrated system of care that includes a nationally recognized Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and an acute care hospital. They offer a broad range of experiences to fulfill your personal goals as a hospital volunteer. There are positions in many different departments with opportunities behind the scenes, working with the public, working with patients, supporting staff, and assisting families.
Regions Hospital is best known for their specialty care. Patients go to Regions for care in places like their Burn Center, Cancer Care Center, Heart Center, Level I Trauma Center, and Neuroscience Centers. Volunteers have access to a wide range of opportunities in the aforementioned departments, with more opportunities listed on their website.
UMMC offers a broad range of primary and specialty care services for children, teens and adults. With campuses on both the East and West Banks, volunteers will have easy access to opportunities in the Emergency Departments, Nursing Units, and more.
OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. Volunteers have access to regular opportunities at the office as well as seasonal and event-based opportunities.
RECLAIM increases access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth ages 12-26 may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. We provide therapy to 65+ youth each week, 80% of whom are trans or gender nonconforming. Volunteers can provide office support, event support, and more.
The Aliveness Project was founded as a community center for and driven by people living with HIV. For over 30 years, they have been facilitating connection to community, offering nutrition and wellness services, and linking our members to resources to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. Volunteer positions include kitchen assistants, front desk receptionists, food shelf workers, office and administrative assistants, gardeners, and skill-based volunteers.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Volunteers are trained to answer chat messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide.
Avivo specializes in helping individuals and their families who face complex barriers to success – poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns. Volunteers have opportunities to work with people with substance abuse or mental health concerns or to work behind the scenes.
NAMI Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Volunteer opportunities include facilitating local support groups, working in outreach and advocacy, and more.
Walk-In Counseling Center was founded by a group of psychologists in response to the unmet need for accessible mental health services in the Twin Cities. They provide free mental health counseling to help thousands of people address issues of depression, anxiety, chemical abuse/dependency, trauma, domestic violence and a variety of other emotional and interpersonal concerns. By joining as a receptionist or administrative assistant, volunteers learn about counseling and therapy through group consultation, access to resources on mental health topics, contact with professionals in the mental health field, and more.
Dress for Success Twin Cities empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They offer career and workplace skills development programs for low income women to help them achieve career advancement, career stability and economic sustainability. Volunteers can work as a front desk attendant, organizer, or at other opportunities.
FamilyWise educates, empowers, and enriches families who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness and domestic violence. Volunteers can work long-term helping behind-the-scenes at the FamilyWise offices.
Living Well Disability Services delivers services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Services are available to people regardless of where they live; in their own homes, their family’s homes, or in one of the 33 group homes owned and operated by Living Well Disability Services. Volunteers can work in the areas of music, exercise, and more.
The Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education is a department of the Office for Student Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. They provide free and confidential crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment. Volunteer opportunities are focused on providing support to survivors and educating to the campus.
Tubman is the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services, with more than 20 percent of all Minnesota shelter beds for adults and children experiencing family violence. Tubman has helped women, men, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse, mental health, and other forms of trauma. Volunteers have access to many opportunities, such as a child care assistant, advocate, receptionist, and more.
WISE’S mission is built around empowering immigrant women and girls to succeed by using education and the development of leadership skills to increase their economic self-sufficiency. Volunteers take on the role of mentor for the GGAL and WeLEAD program participants and typically help out running enrichment activities, supervising field trips, and helping students with homework.