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Markim Hall, Third Floor
SUMMER Hours (May 20-August 23)
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Bus Route 16: University Avenue
These service sites along University Avenue are easily accessible from the Macalester campus.
Take the 84 north on Snelling Avenue (get on in front of Kinko's) to University Avenue.
Then take the 16 bus east or west to reach your destination.
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Jewish Community Action
2375 University Avenue West - St Paul, MN 55114-8755
Vol. Coord.: Carin Mrotz, (651) 632-2184
Since 1995, Jewish Community Action has been uniting Jews throughout Minnesota in pursuit of social and economic justice. Issues include Affordable Housing, Community Reinvestment, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Racial Justice, and Organizing Russian-Speakers. Diverse in our backgrounds and traditions, we come together in the spirit of tikkun olam, working to build a better community and a more just world. Take the 16 bus West (get on in front of CVS pharmacy) and get off on Raymond Avenue.
Keystone Community Services
1916 University Avenue - Saint Paul, MN 55104-3426
Vol. Coord.: Margo Kemp Johnson (651) 603-6650
Keystone Community Services works to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve the quality of their lives. It operates a preschool, a food shelf, senior programs and meals on wheels.
Take Action Minnesota
1821 University Avenue West - St Paul, MN 55104-2891
Contact: Pamela Twiss, (651) 379-0748
TakeAction Minnesota is committed to bringing about social and economic justice and grassroots democracy through community organizing, education, coalition building and elections. Members are regularly asked to volunteer on a number of campaigns. Volunteers knock on doors, attend rallies, speak publicly, write letters to the editors, call voters and elected offi cials, and more!
Give Us Wings
450 Syndicate St N # 290 - St Paul, MN 55104-4194 - (651) 789-5606
Give Us Wings works at the grassroots level with the poorest of the poor people in villages within Kenya and Uganda. With an approach of transformation rather than merely direct aid, Give Us Wings funds community development projects, provides financial assistance and training for economic self-sufficiency, and funds educational and medical needs of adults and children in Africa. Take the 16 bus East (get on in front of McDonalds), get off at Syndicate Street and walk one block south.
Ronald Hubbs Center
1030 University Avenue West - St Paul, MN 55104-4706
Vol. Coord.: Ruth Rodriguez, (651) 290-4728
The Hubbs Center is a program of the St. Paul Public Schools’ Community Education Department. Volunteers can tutor in literacy, math, English Language education, or citizenship, or they can serve as a classroom instructor. Day and evening hours are available. Take the 16 bus East (get on in front of McDonalds) and get off on Oxford Street.
St Paul Library- Rondo
461 Dale Street North - St Paul, MN 55103-2244
Vol.Coord.: Wendy Neurer, (651) 266-7420
This branch of the St. Paul Public Library, which opened in September 2006, is a mixed-use development project. The new library is more than two-thirds larger than the old facility. In addition, the building has 98 housing units, 80% of which are affordable for people who make less than 60% of the median income. Take the 16 bus East (get on in front of McDonalds) and get off on Dale Street.
Greater Frogtown Community Development
533 Dale Street North - St Paul, MN 55103-1916 - (651) 789-7400
The Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation (GFCDC) is a nonprofit housing and business developer working in the Frogtown neighborhoods of Saint Paul. They provide home improvement loans and grants, vacant housing rehabilitation, new housing construction, and business development services for our community members. Take the 16 bus East (get on in front of McDonalds) and get off on Dale Street. Walk north on Dale to the corner of Charles Avenue and Dale Street.
Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota
Ste 410, 555 Park Street - Saint Paul, MN 55103-2113
The goal of the Children’s Defense Fund is to provide a voice for children, particularly low-income children, through education and advocacy. Volunteers are needed to assist with general office work and research projects, as well as various one-time projects. Take the 16 bus East (get on in front of McDonalds) and get off on Rice Street. Turn right onto Charles Ave, walk one block east to Park St, then turn left.
FIRE (Foundation for Immigrant Resources & Education)
500 Cedar Street - Saint Paul, MN 55101
Contact: Wendy Slade, (651) 224-4728, x111
FIRE (Foundation for Immigrant Resources and Education) is an adult education organization dedicated to strengthening the lives of individuals, as well as the communities they live in. Volunteers assist with literacy programs, provide staffing for computer labs, provide children’s activities, and assist with marketing and office work. Take the 16 bus East (get on in front of McDonalds) and get off on the corner of Cedar and Exchange Streets.
Bus Route 21: Selby Avenue Service Opportunities
These service sites along Selby Avenue are easily accessible from the Macalester Campus. Take the 84 north on Snelling Avenue (get on in front of Kinko's) to Spruce Tree Drive (Midway Rainbow Foods).
Then take the 21 bus east to reach your destination.
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Friends For-Non Violent World
1050 Selby Avenue - St Paul, MN 55104-6534
Contact: Matt Hunter, (651) 917-0383
This organization supports a variety of short-term and long-term projects to promote peace and non-violence locally and globally. Volunteers can develop their own projects as well as assist with peace projects and facilitate "alternatives to violence" trainings. Get off the 21 bus at Oxford Street and walk west.
The Jeremiah Program
1510 Laurel Ave., Suite 100 - Minneapolis, MN 55403
932 Concordia Ave, Suite 100 - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: Kate Germ, (651) 259-3034
The Jeremiah Program is a collaborative community initiative designed to help low-income mothers with children complete their education and achieve economic self-sufficiency through access to affordable housing, childcare, and meaningful employment. Volunteers assist with childcare, children’s educational programming, and tutoring the mothers. Get off the 21 bus at N Milton Street and walk north; take a left on Concordia Avenue.
People Incorporated/Apollo Resource Center
317 York Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55130 (651) 227-6321
Vol. Coord.: Sarah Beggs, (651) 288-3532
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. Get off the 21 bus at Dale Street and walk north.
270 North Kent Street - St. Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord.: Anita Baccus Robinson, (651) 288-6786
Penumbra Theatre creates professional productions that are artistically excellent, thought provoking, relevant, and illuminate the human condition through the prism of the African American experience. Volunteers work as ushers and help with theatre upkeep and special events. Get off the 21 bus at N. Kent Street and walk north for two blocks.
375 Selby Avenue
St Paul, MN 55102-1822
YWCA St. Paul is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Get off the 21 bus at Western Ave N.
Bus Route 63: Grand Ave. & Downtown Service Opportunities
The 63 runs along Grand Avenue into downtown Saint Pal and stops at the corner of Snelling and Grand on the Macalester campus.
These service sites are all easily accessible using the 16 bus, with a minimum of walking.
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Ten Thousand Villages
867 Grand Avenue - St Paul, MN 55105-3052
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, 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. Ten Thousand Villages volunteers' greet and interact with customers, unpack and check orders, assist with displays and operate the cash register. Get off the 63 bus at Victoria Street and walk west.
Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary School
707 Holly Avenue - St Paul, MN 55104-7126
Contact: (651) 293-8625
Thise elementary school is an enrichment magnet school located conveniently close to the Macalester College campus. Volunteers are needed to offer reading support, assist with enrichment language classes (French and Spanish) during the school day, and to assist with after school programming. Get off the 63 bus on St. Albans Street, walk north, and go west on Holly Avenue.
Women's Advocates Inc
588 Grand Avenue - St Paul, MN 55102-2696
Vol. Coord.: Kate Suchomel, (651) 726-5203
Women’s Advocates is a peaceful and welcoming shelter for battered women and their children. Services are provided to shelter residents in a respectful and compassionate manner. Volunteers are needed for a number of activities including helping with child care activities. Training for volunteers through the Coalition for Battered Women is required and paid for by Women’s Advocates. Get off the 63 bus at Dale Street and walk east.
Minnesota Historical Society: Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Boulevard West - St Paul, MN 55102-1903
Volunteer Coord: Liz Firckstad Hect, (651) 259-3187
The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. Volunteers are active in 22 departments throughout the Society. Volunteer activities range from greeting visitors at the History Center to helping individuals with genealogical research in the library. Located on the 63 bus line.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd W - St Paul, MN 55102
Volunteers interpret exhibits in the museum for children, families and adults. Opportunities include: greeting groups, staffing the info booth or working on projects. Get off the 63 bus at the corner of 5th and Market Streets (Landmark Center) and walk south on Market Street, then west on Kellogg.
Minnesota Children's Museum
10 7th Street West - St Paul, MN 55102-1104
Vol. Coord.: Haley Nelson, (651) 225-6046
Volunteer opportunities include Exhibit Explainer, “Habitot” Host, behind the scenes work and special events at this state-of-the-art children’s museum. Get off the 63 bus at the corner of 5th and Market Streets (Landmark Center), walk east to St. Peter, then north to West 7th Street, and go east.
Books For Africa
253 East 4th Street - St Paul, MN 55101-1643
Books for Africa collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. At BFA’s St. Paul Warehouse, volunteers sort, catalog, and pack the books according to categories and educational levels. As soon as 25,000 books are prepared they are shipped in a 20-foot sea container to Africa. Take the 63 bus to the corner of 5th and Wacouta Streets, walk south to 4th Street, and go west.
244 10th St E - St Paul, MN 55101
Vol. Coord.: Bob Fallat, (952) 938-3903
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. Take the 63 bus to the corner of 5th and Wacouta Streets, then walk north on Wacouta five blocks to 10th, then go west.