Service Opportunities

Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6030 (fax)


Academic-Year Hours
Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

Volunteer with the Civic Engagement Center

Our office has many service opportunities (some with transportation). If you can't find what you're looking for, stop by our office in Markim Hall (third floor), call us at 651-696-6040 or email us at . We can help you find the perfect service opportunity!

Student organizers are busy putting together volunteer groups - Fall 2016 opportunities are listed online here.

Community Partnerships

The Civic Engagement Center has developed strong partnerships with local organizations through our civic leadership programs and service opportunities. Here is  a list of these recent organizations: Past/Present Community Partnerships

Full-Time Opportunities

The CEC has compiled this list  to assist you in your search for a full-time service opportunity. We neither advocate nor endorse these organizations or programs. Please use caution and discretion when seeking opportunities.

Service Databases

Please use these online databases to search for volunteer opportunities. Link to searchable databases

Service Opportunities by Issue Area

Organizations are listed by issue are below, to assist you in your search for ongoing or one-time service opportunities. Please feel free to contact the organization directly or stop by our office to talk with a student leader. Student Issue Based Organizers are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year, to help you choose the right opportunity to fit your schedule, your interests, and your volunteer goals!

Contact A Student Issue-Based Organizer For More Information.


2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

1459 St. Clair Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55105
Vol. Coord.: Cindy Saucedo Smith, (651) 698-2787
ArtScraps is a store run by the non-profit ArtStart, which provides recycled items for teachers, parents and the public to use for art projects. ArtScraps collects scraps, factory rejects and other items normally destined for the landfill. Volunteers help in the store with customer service, activities, kids’ parties and merchandise. Within walking distance.

Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55454
Vol. Coord.: The center supports the preservation of cultural diversity by promoting and presenting local and international music and dance. Volunteers assist with shows and other events and are able to attend events free of charge.

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55408
Vol. Coord. : , (612) 871-4444
Intermedia Arts is a community-based arts center that strives to foster cultural dialogue through the arts. Volunteers contribute to a diverse and innovative center for artistic expression. Volunteers help with events and office work.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet/Mask Theatre     
1500 East Lake Street - Minneapolis, MN 55407
Vol. Coord.: (612) 721-2535
This theatre empowers its communities by providing opportunities for hands-on participation in the creation of community-wide events. Volunteers are integral to creative tasks such as set construction, painting, and puppet and mask making.

Juxtaposition Arts
2007 Emerson Ave N - Minneapolis, MN 55411
(612) 588-1148
Juxtaposition Arts is a non-profit, youth-focused visual arts organization engaging audiences through its community collaborations, studio arts workshops, public mural programs and special festivals and art exhibitions. 

345 W Kellogg Blvd. - St. Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord.: Karen Kendall, (651) 259-3187
The Minnesota Historical Society was established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. Volunteer activities range from research specialist to museum floor greeter, History Hijinx volunteer, Baking Lab, survey assistant, library registration desk assistant and other activities focused on serving the museum's visitors. Easily reached by bus. 

Steppingstone Theatre
55 Victoria Street North - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.:
Steppingstone Theatre is dedicated to developing the whole child by using educational theatre programs and fully staged productions to build self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of community while celebrating diversity in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. Volunteers work as ushers or assist in educational programs. 

St. Paul Neighborhood Network
550 Vandalia Street, Suite 170 - Saint Paul, MN 55114
Contact:     (651) 298-8904
SPNN is a non-profit community media center’s  mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding. Volunteer opportunities may include production, post-production, office support, event planning, reasearch and serving on an advisory committee.


2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizers: 

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Various St. Paul Public School Sites
Contact: TAVID targets students in the academic middle who have the intention of going to college and the willingness to work hard. Volunteers apply to a specific high school in St. Paul to work as tutors with a small group of students. Their teaching methodology is based on the Socratic Method, where tutors emphasize students’ inquiries, rather than lectures. 

Breakthrough Twin Cities
2051 Larpenteur Avenue East - St. Paul, MN 55109
Contact: , (651) 748-5504
Breakthrough is a program that helps highly motivated, under-resourced middle school schools succeed in rigorous honors coursework and get to college. For six weeks during the summer and on 13 Saturdays during the school year, students take challenging enrichment classes designed and taught by talented and diverse high school and college students. 

Opportunities Abound
Macalester College Civic Engagement Center
The goal of Opportunities Abound is to promote increased access to higher education for local youth – many of whom are potential first generation college students, low income and/or students of color.  Volunteers help host age appropriate campus visits for local schools. Each year there are several opportunities to connect with a variety of youth groups who visit Macalester and volunteers opt in as their schedule allows. Supported is offered through monthly training and community-building sessions. 

Get Ready!
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 - St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: (651) 642-0567      
Get Ready! is an early intervention and college awareness program preparing students from low-income families to get to college. The program supports elementary, middle and high school students by providing college planning information, academic tutoring and higher education options. Volunteers work as career speakers, where they share their experiences to inspire fourth to eight graders about their own career options. 

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 220 - St. Paul, MN 55114
Contact: (651) 645-7400  
The Minnesota Education Equity Partnership is a nonprofit that seeks to increase the success of Minnesota students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. They work closely with students, communities of color and representatives from education, business, government and nonprofits to develop programs that help students of color succeed academically.

Northside Achievement Zone
2123 West Broadway Ave #100 - Minneapolis, MN 55411
Contact Jason Clopton , 612.594.8294
The NAZ Promise Neighborhood is a collaboration of organizations and schools partnering with families in a geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis to prepare children to graduate from high school ready for college.   The goal is to end multigenerational poverty with in North Minneapolis, by helping families and children move through a “cradle-to-career” pipeline that provides comprehensive support from pre-natal through college to career. Volunteer to be a mentor; kids from neighborhoods like the Northside are more likely to stay in school and have higher academic success when they are paired with a mentor.


2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

One Time Volunteering Opportunities

201 W 87th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420
Contact: , (952) 460-3750 
Built on the mission to provide furniture and other household necessities to people transitioning out of homelessness and poverty, Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America. Volunteers organize and sort donations in their warehouse.

Family Place
244 10th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Contact: , (651) 225-9354
This is a day shelter centered around the needs of families who do not have permanent housing. Volunteers can work with children’s programming, help with meals, complete administrative work, and staff the front desk.

Project Home: Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
Contact:, (651)789-3848
Project home unites people, resources, and voices of the faith community to host emergency shelter space and volunteer support for Ramsey County families facing homelessness. Volunteers can serve as evening or overnight hosts playing with children and teens, conversing with, and providing hospitality to guests.

Second Harvest Heartland
1140 Gervais Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55109
(651) 282-0901,
Second Harvest Heartland is a food bank that distributes donated grocery products to 700 human service agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Group and individual volunteer projects include repackaging bulk food donations, and sorting and assembling food packages.  

St. Stephen’s Human Services
2211 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact:   (612) 879-7627 
St. Stephen’s Human Services provides emergency assistance, housing, employment, and human rights advocacy focused on systems change to people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Volunteers prepare and serve a meal at one of their shelters.

Regular Volunteering Opportunities

Jeremiah Program
932 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: , Volunteer Manager, (651) 332-5002
Jeremiah Program provides a holistic approach to transforming single mothers and their families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Volunteers can provide childcare, facilitate Life Skills programming like Cooking With Kids, or tutor.

Keystone Community Services     
2000 St. Anthony Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 797-7725, Keystone Community Services works to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve the quality of their lives. Volunteers are needed to help out in the preschool, the food shelf, senior programs and meals on wheels programs.

Lutheran Social Services
2485 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 879-5331,
Lutheran Social Services provides a number of services for children, families, people with disabilities, and older adults. Nearby, LSS needs volunteers to teach life-skills, cook meals, and provide childcare at their homes for youth transitioning from homelessness. 

Mobile Market Bus, the Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 280-2000,
The Twin Cities Mobile Market Bus, a project of the Wilder Foundation, provides healthy foods to neighborhoods without easy access to traditional grocery stores. Volunteers are needed to provide customer service while the bus operates, to conduct price-checks at local stores, and to help load the bus.

People Serving People
614 Third Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Contact: , (612) 277-0216 
People Serving People aims to aid homeless children and their families by focusing on emergency housing, family services, and advocacy. Volunteers help either individually or in groups through youth programming, meal serving, and more.

Environment and sustainability

2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizers:  

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
2801 21st Ave South Suite 110 Minneapolis, MN 55407
This organization educates and empowers people to engage in solutions to climate change. This includes supporting a network of high school environmental clubs to empower student leadership on climate change solutions, facilitate shared skills and strategies, and take coordinated action on campus and in the wider community. Volunteers work with Emerging Leaders Programs, provide administrative/development, seasonal project or event support, conduct web research for funding opportunities and other activities.

Dodge Nature Center
365 West Marie Avenue - West St. Paul, MN 55118
Contact.:  651.455.4531. ext. 211     
Volunteers restore prairies, teach classes to children and adults, lead hikes, groom and exercise farm animals, plant trees and maintain trails.

Eureka Metro CERT (Clean Energy Resource Team)
2828 Kennedy St, Minneapolis MN 55413
Contact:    (651) 222-7678
Eureka Recycling is the only organization in Minnesota that specializes in zero waste. Eureka Recycling has a wide range of initiatives including community workshops, educational outreach activities and renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Eureka Recycling is always looking for volunteers to explain to people how to properly recycle and compost at zero-waste events.

Friends of the Mississippi
360 North Robert Street, Suite 400 - Saint Paul, MN 55101
Contact.: , (651)222-2193, x31   
Local conservation group works to protect and enhance the Mississippi River and its watershed in the Twin Cities area. Volunteer opportunities vary from habitat restoration to supporting special events or office projects.

Frogtown Farm
941 Lafond Ave. Ste. 200, St. Paul, MN 55104
Frogtown Farm is bringing sustainable farming to the Frogtown neighborhood by creating a 13-acre urban farmstead.  In addition, Frogtown Farm hosts a monthly, hour-long, free information sessions on aspects of backyard gardening. Volunteers work on the farm.

Frogtown Green
843 Van Buren Avenue, St Paul 55104
Contact:  (651) 757-5970
Frogtown Green is  a coalition of neighbors and friends with a clear agenda: to make Frogtown to be the greenest neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They strive to protect and enhance  parks, farms and gardens in Frogtown, and they advocate for healthy, sustainable development.  

35 W. Water Street, Suite 201 - St. Paul, MN 55107
Contact: , (651) 272-3989   
Restore the natural heritage of the Mississippi river in downtown St. Paul by revitalizing the river’s native trees, flowers and birds. Volunteers assist with site preparation, plantings, youth work, and administrative support.

Rivers Edge Academy
188 Plato Boulevard West - Saint Paul, MN 55107
Contact: 651-234-0150
River’s Edge Academy (REA) is a tuition free, Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound charter high school. REA educates students to become environmentally responsible, socially conscious, and scholastically prepared for college and active community life. Volunteers help teachers plan activities and work with students.

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard - St. Paul, MN 55102 . (651) 221-9453    
The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach.. Volunteers interpret exhibits in the museum.

Sierra Club North Star Chapter
2327 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 1 - Minneapolis, MN 55406
Contact.:    (612) 659-9124   
Whether you want to dive into the depths of policy or write letters to the editor there is a need and a place for your efforts at the North Star Chapter, in several issue areas: clean air, clean water, forests, open space, transportation, global issues, legislation and elections. 

Transit for Livable Communities
2356 University Ave. W, Suite 403 - St Paul, MN 55114
Contact: (651) 767-0298   
Transit for Livable Communities is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota’s transportation system. TLC works with residents, policymakers, and businesses to ensure that more people are involved in the transportation decisions that impact our communities. Volunteers can phone bank and office help. 

Urban Roots
463 Maria Avenue, Suite 207 Saint Paul, MN 55106
Contact:   651.228.7073       
Urban Roots is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to help revitalize low-to-moderate income communities by providing technical assistance and operating programs that will enhance the physical, economic, social, ecological, and spiritual well being of the community and its residents.

Youth Farm and Market Project
128 W. 33rd Street, Suite 2 Minneapolis, MN 55408
Contact: (952)220-0953   
Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for over 500 youths ages 9 – 18, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. They build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Volunteers are needed to work the farm.

gender and sexuality

2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer:  

Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 40115 - St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:  (651) 646-5553 
Casa de Esperanza works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education regarding domestic violence.  Volunteers do leadership development trainings, domestic violence trainings, administrative tasks, and garden/yard work. 

Family Tree Clinic
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 205, St. Paul, MN 55104
Family Tree provides education and reproductive health care services for women, men and teens. Charges for services are on a sliding scale based on income, and supplies are low-cost. Volunteers can educate patients one-on-one regarding family planning, STDs and birth control. Training provided and the site is within walking distance. 

OutFront Minnesota
310 38th Street East #209, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Contact: OutFront Minnesota works to eliminate heterosexism and homophobia through programs and services to the GLBTQAI communities in the areas of public policy, advocacy, education and training, anti-violence, schools, and the law. Volunteers can work with the office, special events, and outreach programs.

Jeremiah Program
932 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Jeremiah Program prepares low-income single mothers to excel in the workforce and readies their children to succeed in school by providing a safe and affordable place to live, early childhood education and life skills trainings. Volunteers can help with childcare, tutoring  cooking, front desk work, advocacy,  and life skills training.

Quatrefoil Library
1220 E Lake St - Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 729-2543  
Quatrefoil Library exists to collect, preserve, and share GLBT materials and information in order to promote communities, raise awareness of diversity and history, and foster understanding. Collections include books, videos, materials, and information which members may check out. Volunteers can sort donated books, work as a desk volunteer, and help at book sales. 

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota
671 Vandalia St. - St. Paul, MN 55114
Contact: (612) 821-6113, For over 75 years, Planned Parenthood has been driven by the belief that all citizens deserve full rights to compassionate, high quality reproductive health care and information, to allow them to build healthy families and productive lives. Volunteers serve as receptionists, patient educators, or medical assistants. Other opportunities include involvement in community education, advocacy and special projects.

Chrysalis Center - 4432 Chicago Ave S AND
Tubman Center - 3111 1st Ave S - Minneapolis
Contact: , or , (612) 767-6680
Tubman helps women, children, and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse, and mental health issues. Tubman provides safe shelter, legal advocacy, and counseling services across the Twin Cities, guiding and sustaining individuals and families on the journey from chaos and fear to healing and restoration. 

Women’s Advocates
588 Grand Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact:, 651-726-5203 
Women’s Advocates is a shelter for battered women and their children. Services are provided to shelter residents in a respectful and compassionate manner. Volunteers are needed to help with child care activities. Training is required and provided. The site is a quick bus or bike ride away. 

global Justice

2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

The Advocates for Human Rights
330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55401 
Contact: 612-746-4693 
MN Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and the protection of human rights. Volunteers are needed for research, translation, and for teaching a human rights curriculum in schools. Volunteer needs are regularly updated on the website.

Center for Victims of Torture
717 East River Road - Minneapolis, MN 5545
Contact: , (612) 436-4824
The Center serves survivors of politically motivated torture now living in the United States. Volunteers may work directly with clients or serve as administrative support. 

Common Hope
1400 Energy Park Drive, Suite 23 - St. Paul, MN  55108
Contact: (651) 917-0917,
Promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing. Volunteers provide administrative assistance, translate sponsorship mail, or advocate for issues.

800 Transfer Road, Suite 6 - Saint Paul, MN 55114
Contact: 651-632-3912,
Creates practical food and water tools that empower the global poor to better feed and support themselves. Technologies and programs provide sustainable pathways out of hunger and poverty. Volunteers are needed for everything from trainers to writers and graphic designers.

Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
Contact: Adele Hansen, 952-927-6035 
Network commons for social change activists. Organizations post actions and events, promote targeted e-letters, petitions or national boycotts, create online fundraisers; and build issue based cooperative relationships. Volunteers can access specific information for each organization here.

Give Us Wings 
450 Syndicate Street North, Suite 290 St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: (651)789-5606     Give Us Wings works at the grassroots level with impoverished village people in Kenya and Uganda. Give Us Wings funds community projects, provides financial assistance and training for self-sufficiency, and funds education and medical needs of African adults and children. Volunteers can donate photography, video, or graphic design expertise.

Ten Thousand Villages
520 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
Contact: (651) 225-1043  
As a nonprofit, fair-trade store, volunteers enable the store to keep overhead costs lower, providing more income to artisans from developing countries. Volunteers greet and interact with customers, unpack and check orders, assist with displays and operate the cash register.

Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
4200 Cedar Avenue South, Suite 3 Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: (612) 827-5364 
WAMM is a nonviolent feminist organization that works to create a system of social equity, self-determination, and justice through education and empowerment of women. WAMM’s purpose is to dismantle systems of militarism and global oppression. Volunteers participate in demonstrations, vigils, marches, and educational events.

World Savvy
1304 University Avenue NE, Suite 305 Minneapolis, MN 55413
Contact: (612) 767-4438
World Savvy is an education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, to prepare them to learn, work and live as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Volunteers assist teachers in experiential learning in classrooms.

America Refugee Committee 
615 1st Ave NE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55413-2681
Contact: , (612) 872-7060   
ARC works with refugee communities in 10 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. ARC provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support we can to let people begin again. Volunteers will work alongside departments within ARC.

HEALTH and wellness

2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

Clare Housing
929 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413
Vol. Coord.:  612-236-9528
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, you are invited to attend a guided one-hour tour of Clare Housing’s HIV- specific housing programs. Learn how affordable housing and supportive services improves the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Twin Cities.

Episcopal Homes
490 East Lynnhurst Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55104
The mission of Episcopal Homes is to enrich life and build community for older adults. They offer a continuum of senior housing options and services, through many levels of care.  Volunteers escort residents to worship services and campus events, play cards, do puzzles, read aloud for the vision-impaired, lead activities such as trivia and bingo. Volunteers could also facilitate exercise activities, teach computer skills and contribute ministry and music to the Spiritual Life team.  Easily accessible by public transportation.

Lyngblomsten Senior Center
1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 632-5406   
Volunteer on a weekly, bimonthly, or monthly basis at this senior center with a Norwegian focus. Participate in events such as bingo and fun night. Easily accessible by public transportation..

Minnesota AIDS Project 
1400 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: (612) 341-2060
Minnesota Aids Project is an institution that works to fight AIDS, through advocacy work, education, and service. Volunteers can assist with “Tuesday Niters,” a group that meets to prepare for special events, including the annual Hollywood Gala. Other work includes grassroots organizing, education booths, and advocacy work.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 
800 Transfer Road, #31 St. Paul, MN 55114
Vol. Coord.: 651-645-2948 x110   
NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.

Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloominton Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord: Lila Gilbert  612-767-7330
Open Arms delivers meals to people diagnosed with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Opportunities include working as a prep cook, packer, driver, data entry clerk, receptionist, or greeter.

People Incorporated
2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3, St. Paul, MN 55120
(651) 288-3483   
Apollo Resource Center serves adults with mental illness and assists them in achieving self-sufficiency. The length of commitment is flexible. In the past volunteers have helped with outings, parties, educational groups or administrative work. New ideas for programming are welcome.

Rakhma Joy Home
123 S. Wheeler Street, St. Paul, MN 55105
Vol. Coord.: Lindsey Fossum, (612) 824-2345
This cozy neighborhood home is an alternative to nursing homes for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease. Become a companion to seniors by cooking a special meal, playing an instrument, gardening, walking or participating in special events or projects with the seniors. Two blocks from campus.



2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
345 N Smith Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
651-220-6141   Children’s Hospital is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the United States. Children’s offers volunteer opportunities in pediatric inpatient units, the emergency department, neonatology, as well as support service areas like sibling play and children’s library. 

Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Contact: (612) 873-2512  
HCMC is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities, a regional trauma center and one of the top ten hospitals in the United States. Volunteers can work in many different areas of the hospital, like the emergency department, information desk, medicine clinic, surgery family waiting room, transportation, and more. HCMC volunteers are part of the Service League. The PEER Volunteer Program is very highly recommended by past students.

Shriners Hospital 
2025 E River Pkwy Minneapolis, MN 55414
Contact: (612) 596-6135 The hospital focuses on treating children with orthopedic (muscle, bone and joint) conditions, cleft lip and palate, and specialized plastic surgery needs in an environment designed to put children at ease. Volunteers provide genuine service to the hospital and patients. Volunteers can work in physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics and child life departments.

United Hospital
333 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102
Contact: (651) 241-8644 United Hospital  provides a full range of health care and is recognized nationally and locally for its expertise and care.  Flexible volunteer shifts available in guest services, patient services and support services departments.

Ronald McDonald House
818 Fulton Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Ronald McDonald House serves families whose children are patients at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. They keep families together by offering a warm, welcoming home-away-from-home and services that range from schooling to meals to family-friendly activities. Volunteer groups can cook and meals for families. Individual volunteers help by in many capacities from classroom aide to helping at special events.

Allina Health Hospice
1055 Westgate Dr  #100, St Paul, MN 55114
Contact: 651-635-9173
Allina Health Hospice cares for patients wherever they call home, including assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities, group homes and residential hospice facilities. Care is available for anyone with a terminal illness when his or her primary care provider believes they have six months or less to live.  Volunteers support patients, their family and caregivers through direct patient care, bereavement support, hospitality greeters, etc

immigrant and refugees

2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative
1515 South 4th Street, Minneapolis MN 55454
The Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative is a collaboration between three partner agencies to provide education opportunities to adult immigrants and refugees living in and around the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The mission of the organization is teach adults the skills and provide the support necessary to pursue personal education and employment goals.   Volunteers assist students individually with computer and homework help; English conversation; reading practice; filling out forms; preparation for citizenship.

East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street  St. Paul, MN 55106
The East Side Freedom Library’s (ESFL) mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all.  The library houses non-circulating research collections and innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital.  Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow visitors to learn more about the work and residential histories. Volunteer catalogers and researchers are needed.

English Learning Center
2315 Chicago Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: 612-874-9963×3,
English Learning Center tutors recent adult immigrants in ESL, math and citizenship tests. Volunteers will work with fellow teachers to develop curricula and will become familiar with refugee and immigrant communities and issues.

Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning
1030 University Ave. W. - St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Ruth Rodriguez, 651-744-7611
The Hubbs Center is a program of the St. Paul Public Schools’ Community Education Program. Volunteers tutor in literacy, math, English language education, or citizenship, or they can serve as a classroom instructor. Day and evening hours are available.

Minnesota Internship Center Charter School
310 East 38th St. Minneapolis, MN 55409
Contact: , (612) 722-5416, x106
MNIC is a Minneapolis Charter High School serving non-native speakers of English ages 15-20. Aspects of the program include experiential learning that provide students with internships and service learning opportunities. Volunteers will 1-1 or with small groups on basic English skills under the direction of a teacher. Day and evening opportunities available. On bus line.

Minnesota Literacy Council      
700 Raymond Ave #180 – St. Paul MN 55114
Contact:  , 651-251-9061  
MLC offers free adult education classes (ESL, GED, computers, citizenship, math, and employment preparation). Volunteers are needed at all five Open Door Learning Center locations throughout the Twin Cities. 

Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East - St. Paul, MN 55107
Contact: ,  (651) 789-2524  
Neighborhood House is a multicultural, multilingual community center with programming for all ages and open doors for all people and is often a first stop for new immigrants and refugees. Volunteers may work with children, teach English Learning or GED classes, or help distribute food to program participants.

Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
1035 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Contact.: Elle Janss, (612) 455- 5214 
PPL’s mission is to assist low and moderate income people in becoming self-sufficient by addressing their housing, job and neighborhood needs. There are various volunteer positions available in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Volunteer positions are available with youth and adults in ESL classes.

Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE)
570 Asbury Street, Suite 202 – St. Paul MN
Contact: WISE serves immigrant/refugee women and girls and provides opportunities for them to achieve their full potential and to increase their skills towards economic success.  WISE utilizes volunteers in many of its programs & benefits greatly from the involvement of college students as mentors.  


2016-2017 Student Issue Based Organizer:  

Domestic Abuse Project (DAP)
204 West Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN  55404
(612) 874-7063      
The DAP mission is to stop domestic violence. This is done one man at a time, one woman at a time and one child at a time, using proven counseling and educational programs. To stop domestic violence DAP also works to prevent it. This is done with individuals, but also by working closely with partner organizations throughout the community. Volunteers help with administrative tasks, direct clients to resources through the First Call phone line, and contribute to events.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2105 First Avenue South - Minneapolis MN 55404
(612) 870-0453     
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. IATP’s program areas include trade and global governance, rural communities, food and health, environment and agriculture, forestry, and local foods. Volunteers looking for long term involvement should consider interning.

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
122 W Franklin Ave Suite 315- Minneapolis, MN  55404-2452
(612) 870-3670      
The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is the largest and most inclusive public interest lobby-group in Minnesota. JRLC is governed by four Sponsoring Members: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota.  It works toward social justice through state advocacy, research, and organized events focused on faith and citizenship. Volunteers provide research around poverty and stable families.

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
22233 University Ave W #434 - St Paul, MN 55114
Contact: , 651-645-7332     
The Coalition’s mission is to generate policies, community support, and local resources for housing and services to end homelessness in Minnesota. Volunteer opportunities include everything from making reminder phone calls about an upcoming event and data entry to media work and policy research.

NARAL (Pro-Choice Minnesota)
2300 Myrtle Ave Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 602-7655    The mission of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Volunteers can help at events, in the office, or with the public by contacting electing officials and door knocking.

NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness)
800 Transfer Road, Suite 31 Saint Paul, MN 55114
(888) 626-4435 
NAMI of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI  promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, including student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses through NAMI on campus. They work to improve access to services, increase opportunities for recovery, reduce stigma and discrimination, and increase public understanding of mental illness. Volunteers advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus through educational efforts.

Transit for Livable Communities
2356 University Ave. W, Suite 403 - St Paul, MN 55114
(651) 767-0298   
Transit for Livable Communities is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota’s transportation system. TLC works with residents, policymakers, and businesses to ensure that more people are involved in the transportation decisions that impact our communities. Volunteers can help in the office and phone bank.

Wellstone Action
2446 University Ave W, Suite 170 - St. Paul, MN 55114
(651) 645-3939    
Wellstone Action's mission is to train, educate and mobilize progressive individuals for efficacy in the political process. Works in the philosophy of former Senator Paul Wellstone. Volunteer opportunities include event planning, phone banking, office work, research, and public speaking.


spanish language opportunities

2016-2017 Student Issue Area Organizer: 

Adams Spanish Immersion Elementary School
615 South Chatsworth Street - Saint Paul, MN 55102
Adams Spanish Immersion Elementary school is a dual-immersion public elementary school located about 15 minutes by car from the Macalester College Campus. Students are paired with a kindergarten or first grade Spanish classroom. They require a Spanish level of HISP 305 or higher.

Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 40115 - St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact:  (651) 646-5553 
Casa de Esperanza works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education regarding domestic violence.  Volunteers do leadership development trainings, domestic violence trainings, administrative tasks, and garden/yard work.

1915 Chicago Ave. - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact:  (612) 874-1412
Centro is a community meeting place for Latino families and their children. It’s a center where Latinos may gather and celebrate their individual history, culture and traditions. Volunteers help with the bilingual daycare, with the senior center or with English instruction. 

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
797 East Seventh Street - St. Paul, MN 55106
720 East Lake Street- Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: , (651) 379-4200
CLUES is a leading provider of social services for the Latino community in Minnesota through its five core service areas of Mental Health, Chemical Health, Employment, Education and Elder Wellness. All services are provided in Spanish or English, and are culturally appropriate for Latinos.

Early Childhood Education, St Paul Public Schools
Saint Paul Schools needs Spanish-speaking students who can provide native language support (reading books, playing, pre-teaching lessons provided by English-speaking teachers) to children 2 to 5 years old in early childhood family Education or Early Childhood Special Education classrooms. Time commitment is flexible from 1 hour per week to 2 ½ hours on one or more days per week.  

El Colegio
4137 Bloomington Ave South - Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: (612) 728-5728
El Colegio Charter School is a small public high school in Minneapolis that serves students in English and Spanish. Volunteers work in Spanish speaking classrooms to individually help students or in bilingual classrooms to help students who don’t speak much English.

Guadalupe Alternative Program
381 East Robie Street - St. Paul, MN 55107
Contact:  , (651) 222-0758  
GAP is a not-for-profit human services agency on the West Side of St. Paul. With alternative junior and senior high schools, adult education and its family and student support services, GAP seeks out and trains volunteers to serve in the areas of adult education, tutoring, day-care and high school classroom aides. Transportation often provided.

La Oportunidad, Inc.
2700 East Lake Street, Suite 3100 - Minneapolis, MN 55406
Contact: , (612) 872-6165  
La Oportunidad is a non-profit agency that serves the Latino community providing culturally relevant services that strengthen individuals and families. These services include youth programming, professional training, literacy and adult education. Volunteers help facilitate groups with a staff member, gaining hands-on experience in lesson planning, classroom management, bilingual education.

Riverview Elementary School
160 Isabel Street East- Saint Paul, MN 55107
Contact: Heather Kilgore, (651) 744-4223 
Riverview Elementary School on the West Side of St Paul is a public elementary school with a Spanish Immersion program.  They are in need of tutors (Spanish speaking and non-Spanish speaking). Non-Spanish speakers should expect to work with older children, whereas Spanish speakers should expect to work with the younger grades.  Tutors work with students--one-on-one or in small groups-- helping them to get the extra help they may not receive in class.

Latino Economic Development Center
1501 E Lake St., Lower Level, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: (612) 724-5332 The LEDC is a non-profit organization whose founders believed that economic progress was imperative to strengthen the Latino community. Their initiatives focus on self-sufficiency, particularly starting and growing a business, finding a job, and gaining work skills. Volunteers can assist teachers in classes, tutor basic English and computer skills, or help with administrative work.


2016-2017 Student Issue Area Organizers

Division of Indian Work     
1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact.: , (612) 279-6303
At the Division of Indian Work, volunteers are matched with Native American youth ages 7 – 12. Volunteers spend the first hour providing homework help for students. Then, for the second hour, volunteers assist with cultural activities such as beadwork, drumming, and weaving.

Fred Wells Tennis Center
100 Federal Drive S, St. Paul, MN 55111 
Contact:, (612) 252-8367 x115      
The tennis facility houses a comprehensive youth development program for low-income 3rd – 12th graders, as well as affordable public court access and adult clinics. The junior tennis programs are some of the most competitive in the Twin Cities area. Volunteers will get to know students through providing academic support and playing tennis.

Horizons Youth Program (Sabathani)
310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Contact.: Bobby Lay, (612) 821-2329
Sabathani offers a wide range of programs and services to help community members reach their fullest potential by focusing on life skills, self reliance, job readiness, basic needs, education and school success. Volunteers tutor elementary students from 4-7 pm once a week in math, reading, computers, and art.

Jean Lyle Children's Center 
130 N Howell St – Saint Paul, MN 55104
Contact.: (651) 646-9603, Macalester College has a long-standing partnership with Jean Lyle Children’s Center. Jean Lyle provides a nurturing school environment to children ages 3-6. Volunteers are needed to help in the classroom and play alongside children. 

Linwood-Monroe Arts+
1023 Osceola Ave – Saint Paul, MN 55105 (K-3)
810 Palace Ave – Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Pre-K, 4-8)
Contact: , (651) 293-6606 
Linwood-Monroe Arts+ is an arts-focus, highly diverse, dual-campus magnet school with a long-time relationship with Macalester. The commute to either campus is short Volunteer responsibilities include classroom help, one-on-one tutoring, or homework help.

 Neighborhood House    
179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN
Contact: (651) 789-2524  
Since 1897, Neighborhood House’s mission has been helping people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. Neighborhood House offers a tutoring program for students grades 6-12 to provide them with additional academic support. Volunteers will create individualized lesson plans for math, reading, and writing, and develop relationships with a diverse group of students.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
2388 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55114
Contact: (612) 367-7827, At the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, volunteer tutors are paired one-on-one with under-resourced students ages 6-18 to work on their writing skills and help with homework in a fun and dynamic environment. MOI holds after-school tutoring Monday through Thursday and asks that tutors commit to at least 90 minutes of tutoring per week.

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact.: , (651) 225-6046
The Minnesota Children’s Museum, located in downtown St. Paul, offers a number of one-time volunteer opportunities throughout the year. They include Exhibit Explainer, “Habitat” Host, behind the scenes work, and support for special events at this state-of-the-art children’s museum.

West 7th Community Center/ Keystone Community Services
265 Oneida St, St Paul, MN 55102
Contact: (651) 298-5493, x214
West 7th Community Center works to provide human services as well as educational and recreational opportunities to residents of the West 7th Community. Volunteers may act as a reading buddy or a homework tutor.

EXPO for Excellence Magnet Elementary School
540 Warwick Street S - St. Paul, MN 55116
Contact.: Jean Bergstrom, (651) 290-8384
Volunteers may assist this magnet school with classroom support, school-wide photography and computer needs, special events, facilities beautification, fundraising, and skills tutoring.

Highland Park High School
1015 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116 
Contact: , (651) 744-3836
Highland Park Senior High students graduate as global citizens prepared for college and professional training. Highland Senior is the only SPPS high school in which all ninth and tenth grade students participate in the IB Middle Years Programme; IB Diploma classes in all subjects are open to grades 11-12.

Partnership Academy, Project for Pride in Living
305 E 77th Street, Richfield MN 55423
Vol. Coord.: ,(612) 866-3630 
Partnership Academy aims to foster learning which empowers students to achieve their greatest potential and become positive contributors to their community. Volunteers work in classrooms with K-5 students.

Ramsey Middle School
1700 Summit Ave – St. Paul, MN 55105
Contact: Ramsey Middle School is an innovative, academically challenging environment that empowers each learner to explore possibilities, act with integrity, and creative positive change within the community and the world. Volunteer tutors assist student who may need extra support in the classroom by working one-on-one with them on homework and other skill-building activities.  This program focuses on science, math, and French skills.

Horace Mann School
2001 Eleanor Ave, St Paul, MN 55116
Contact: (651) 293-8965
Horace Mann Elementary is a K-5 neighborhood school nestled in St. Paul’s Highland Park community. It is known for its academic excellence and their commitment to individual development for each student. Volunteer responsibilities vary with need, but may include classroom help, one-on-one tutoring, or homework help.