Volunteer with the Civic Engagement Center

Our office has many service opportunities (during the academic year, many 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 - Summer 2016 opportunities are listed online here.

Contact the CEC for more information: stop by our office at, give us call 651-696-6040 or !

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.


2015-2016 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.: Jason Koffman 612-338-2674

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

Intermedia Arts is a community-based arts center that strives to foster cultural dialogue through the arts. Volunteers can 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 
This theatre empowers its communities by providing opportunities for hands-on participation in the creation of community-wide events. Volunteers can be integral to creative tasks such as set construction, painting, and puppet and mask making.

Juxtaposition Arts
2007 Emerson Ave N - Minneapolis, MN 55411 

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.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W Kellogg Blvd. - St. Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord.: Karen Kendall 651-259-3188
The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history. Volunteer activities range from greeting visitors at the History Center to helping individuals with genealogical research in the library. Easily reached by bus.

Patrick’s Cabaret
3010 Minnehaha Ave. South - Minneapolis, MN 55406-1932
Vol. Coord.: Sara Jo Lehrer 612-724-6273
Patrick’s Cabaret is an informal performance venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twice a month the Cabaret presents six eclectic and talented artists from the Twin Cities. Each show is filled with music, dance, stories and much more. Easily reached by bus.

Steppingstone Theatre
55 Victoria Street North - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: Katie Schmeig 
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 can work as ushers or assist in educational programs.

375 Jackson Street, Suite 250; Saint Paul, MN 55101
Access Manager: Bonnie Schumacher  651-298-8904 
SPNN is a non-profit community media center serving Saint Paul, MN and the Twin Cities metro area whose mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding.


2015-2016 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Various St. Paul Public School Sites
Contact: Tara Reddinger-Adams 651-744-1350
AVID 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 or Minneapolis 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.

AVID Mentorship Program (AMP)
Campus Contact: Luciano Guzman -
Through AMP, Macalester students mentor juniors from Highland Park Senior High School to facilitate a meaningful peer relationship and provide guidance on the college application process. Macalester students mentor once a week at Highland Park to help guide their mentees through a set of weekly goals related to the application process.

College Possible
450 North Syndicate Street, #200 - St. Paul, MN 55104
College Possible is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping promising, low-income students from the Twin Cities obtain admission to college.

Breakthrough Twin Cities
2051 Larpenteur Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55109
Breakthrough Twin Cities is a program that helps highly motivated, under-resourced middle school students from local schools succeed in rigorous honors coursework and get to college. Breakthrough Saint Paul employs a "Students Teaching Students" model of education common to all 29 programs in The Breakthrough Collaborative. 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.

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

Minnesota Minority Education Partnership/MN College Access Network
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 220 St. Paul, MN 55114
Contact: Jessica Edwards, MCAN Program Coordinator 651-645-7400 

The Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, Inc. 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
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.

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 can join us in hosting meaningful age appropriate campus visits for local schools and community organizations. 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. Student campus visit leaders are also supported through monthly training and community-building sessions.


2015-2016 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Family Place
244 10th Street 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.

Keystone Community Services
2000 St. Anthony Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55104
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.

St. Stephen’s Human Services
2211 Clinton Avenue South - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol Coord: Joan Bennett 
St. Stephen’s Human Services provides emergency assistance, housing, employment, and human rights advocacy focused on systems change to people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Project for Pride in Living, Inc.
1925 Chicago Ave - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Youth Development Program Coord: 612-866-3630  
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.

Second Harvest Heartland
1140 Gervais Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55109
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. 

People Serving People
614 Third Street South Minneapolis, MN 55415
People Serving People provides emergency housing and community services that assist families experiencing homelessness in becoming self-sufficient and reconnected with the community.

201 W 87th Street, Bloomington, MN 55420
952-888 1105 
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 can break down and sort donations in their warehouse.

Read Indeed
625 St. Louis St. Suite 20, Hopkins, MN 55343
612-720-4694 Founded by a young girl, Read Indeed aims to promote literacy by collecting and distributing books to at-risk children throughout the country. Volunteers can help my sorting books in their warehouse; this is a great group activity.

Mobile Market Bus, the Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
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. 

Lutheran Social Services
2485 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
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.

Environment and sustainability

2015-2016 Student Issue Based Organizer: 

Dodge Nature Center
365 West Marie Avenue - West St. Paul, MN 55118
Vol. Coord.: Kim Bauer 651-455-4531 
Volunteers restore prairies, teach classes to children and adults, lead hikes, groom and exercise farm animals, plant trees and maintain trails.

Eco Education
1295 Bandana Blvd., Suite 118  - St. Paul, MN 55108
Eco Education is committed to fostering within young people the appreciation, knowledge, values and skills necessary to inspire ecologically sound actions. Volunteers assist with special events, the speakers bureau and general communications.

Eureka Metro CERT (Clean Energy Resource Team)
2828 Kennedy St, Minneapolis MN 55413

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
Vol. Coord.: Sue Rich 651-222-2193
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. 

Great River Greening
35 W. Water Street, Suite 201 - St. Paul, MN 55107

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, and administrative support.

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard - St. Paul, MN 55102
Volunteers interpret exhibits in the museum for children, families and adults.

Sierra Club North Star Chapter
2327 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 1 - Minneapolis, MN 55406
Vol. Coord.: Heather Cusick 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.

Urban Roots
731 East 7th Street - Saint Paul MN 55106

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.

Frogtown Farm
843 Van Buren Ave.
Saint 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.

Youth Farm and Market Project
128 W. 33rd Street, Suite 2 Minneapolis, MN 55408
Contact: Phil Rooney 612-990-9261
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.

Frogtown Green
843 Van Buren Avenue, St Paul 55104
Vol Coord. Patricia Ohmans 651-757-5970
Frogtown Green strives to protect and enhance parks, farms and gardens in Frogtown, and we advocate for healthy, sustainable development in our community.

Rivers Edge Academy
Contact: David Greenberg 612-331-4181  
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.


Jewish Community Action
2375 University Ave W, Suite 150 St. Paul, MN 55114
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.

Jewish Community Relations Council
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) serves as the designated public affairs arm of the Jewish community to elected officials, the media, and other religious, racial, and ethnic groups. JCRC educates and mobilizes the Jewish community for advocacy and action on such issues as hate crimes, social justice, religious liberty and other areas of common concern. The JCRC utilizes hundreds of volunteers in ways that enrich the volunteer and nurture community.

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

Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH)
MICAH has 150 members including congregations from the interfaith religious community and housing organizations. MICAH’s central organizing principle is to think regionally, act locally, and live faithfully via building community support, grassroots organizing, volunteering, news, fact sheets and more.

MN Without Poverty
2423 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404
MN Without Poverty works to provide all people with those things that protect human dignity and make for a healthy life: adequate food and shelter, meaningful work, safe communities, healthcare, and quality education.

Lutheran Social Services
2485 Como Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108
Service outcome goals are organized around children, youth and families; people with disabilities; and older adults.

Emma Norton Services
670 North Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-2523
Vol. Coord. Lucille Prinsen 651251-2627
Emma Norton Services works with women, children, and families who are homeless and have the added challenges of mental illness, chemical dependency, or both.  Safe and sober housing combined with programs and support services provide an environment where victory over homelessness, mental illness, and chemical dependency becomes a possibility.

House of Charity
510 South 8th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.:(612) 436-2050

The mission of House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence.

Feed My Starving Children
Vol Coord.: Jan Kuball 763-951 7306 
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Simpson Housing Services
Christina Giese 612-455-0859
The mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness

gender and sexuality

Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 40115 - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: Ivette Izea-Martinez 651-646-5553 
Casa de Esperanza is the National Latina Domestic Violence Resource Center whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latina communities to end domestic violence. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Casa de Esperanza works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education. The organization’s National Latina Network for Healthy Families and Communities incorporates training and technical assistance, a public policy and a research center in an effort to advance effective responses to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships.

Family Tree Clinic
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 205, St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: Kyle Meerkins 
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.

OutFront Minnesota
310 38th Street East #209, Minneapolis, MN 55409-1337
Vol. Coord.: Sara Cassidy 612-822-0127 
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.

Quatrefoil Library
1220 E Lake St - Minneapolis, MN 55407
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 Street - Saint Paul, MN 55114
Vol. Coord.: Nikki Miller 651-698-2401
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 - Minneapolis 55407
Tubman Center W - 3111 1st Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55408
Vol. Coord.: Joanie Braun 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
Vol. Coord.: Mary Brown 651-726-5202
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 for a number of activities including helping with child care activities. Training is required and provided.

global Justice

The Advocates for Human Rights
310 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Volunteer Coor.: Theresa Dykoschak 612-746-4693

MN Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and the protection of human rights. Volunteers are needed for research on human rights issues, for translation, and for teaching a human rights curriculum in schools. Volunteer needs for special projects are regularly updated on the website.

America Refugee Committee
615 1st Ave NE, Suite 500 Minneapolis, MN 55413-2681
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.

Center for Victims of Torture
717 East River Road - Minneapolis, MN 55455
Vol. Coord.: Beth Wickum 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 to the Center’s efforts.

Common Hope
1400 Energy Park Drive, Suite 23 - St. Paul, MN  55108
651-917-0250 Common Hope 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.

Compatible Technology International
800 Transfer Road, Suite 6 - Saint Paul, MN 55114 
This organization creates practical food and water tools that empower the global poor to better feed and support themselves. The 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
4921 Girard Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55419
Program Contact: Wayne Wittman 
The MAPM network is a commons for social change activists in Minnesota. A virtual town square where participating organizations post their actions and events, promote targeted e-letters, petitions or national boycotts, create online fundraisers; and, to achieve common goals, gather allies and build issue based cooperative relationships with other organizations across the state and across state lines.

Give Us Wings
450 Syndicate Street North, Suite 290 - St. Paul, MN 55104
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.

Ten Thousand Villages
867 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
As a nonprofit, fair-trade store, volunteers enable the store to keep overhead costs lower, providing more income to Third World artisans. As Ten Thousand Villages 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
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
619 S. 10th Street - Minneapolis, MN 55404
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.

HEALTH and wellness

2015-2016 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Clare Housing     
929 Central Avenue NE Minneapolis MN 55413
Vol. Coord.: Debbie Wyman 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 HIS/AIDS in the Twin Cities.

Lyngblomsten Senior Center
1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Vol. Coord.: Lana Western 651-632-5324 
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. 

Minnesota AIDS Project
1400 Park Ave South - Minneapolis, MN 55404
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

Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloominton Avenue South - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Customer Experience Coord: Molly Kennedy  612-767-7343 
This organization 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
317 York Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55130
(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.

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.

NAMI (Nat’l Alliance on Mental Illness)
800 Transfer Road, #31 St. Paul, MN 55105
Vol. Coord.: 651-645-2948 
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.

MHMN (Mental Health Association of MN)
800 Transfer Road, #31 St. Paul, MN 55105
Vol. Coord.: Anna Raudenbush
MHMN is a mental health advocacy and education organization that focuses on stigma, discrimination, inadequate services, and other challenges.



2015-2016 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN     
345 N Smith Ave, St Paul, MN 55102 
2525 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Volunteer: Samantha Scheving 612-813-7122  Children’s Hospital has two campuses and 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. Volunteers must like having direct contact with children in a patient care setting.

Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

HCMC is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities, with over 900 inpatient beds, and is 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

The clinic 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.

United Hospital
333 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102
United Hospital, the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area, provides a full range of health care and is recognized nationally and locally for its expertise and care. United Hospital serves more than 200,000 patients and their families each year.

Ronald McDonald House
818 Fulton Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable and caring home-away-from-home that supports keeping families together and reduces stress during a child’s serious illness. 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

Minnesota AIDS Project
1400 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Founded in 1983 as a statewide nonprofit agency, the Minnesota AIDS Project envisions a Minnesota where new HIV infections are eliminated and individuals living with HIV live long, healthy lives. Our mission is to lead Minnesota's fight to stop HIV through prevention, advocacy, awareness and services.

Allina Health Hospice
Headquarters: 2925 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55407
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its: 90+ clinics 13 hospitals 16 pharmacies specialty medical services, including hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment and emergency medical transportation.

immigrant and refugees

2015-2016 Student Issue Based Organizer:

English Learning Center
2315 Chicago Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: Sarah Shankle
English Learning Center tutors recent adult immigrants in ESL, Math and Citizenship tests. Volunteer tutors 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
Vol. Coord.: Ruth Rodriguez 651-290-4728
The Hubbs Center is a program of the St. Paul Public Schools’ Community Education Development sector. Volunteers can tutor in literacy, math, English Language education, or citizenship, or they can serve as a classroom instructor. Day evening hours are available.

Jane Addams School for Democracy
209 West Page Street – W. St. Paul, MN 55107
St. Paul Library - 1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN
Vol. Coord.: Derek Johnson 

East African and Spanish circles improve English skills of participants while discussing their history and culture. In the Children’s Circle, volunteers may play with children of community participants. Preparation for the citizenship exam is also offered. Transportation often provided/arranged.

Minnesota Internship Center Charter School
300 Industrial Blvd - Minneapolis, MN 55413 
Vol. Coord.: Amy Libman 612-722-5416  
MNIC is a Minneapolis Charter High School serving non-native speakers of English ages 15-20. Aspects of the program include experiential learning that will provide students with internships and service learning opportunities. Volunteers will work 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
Vol. Coord.: Ellie Purdy 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
Vol. Coord.: Anders Ringdahl-Mayland  
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.
1925 Chicago Ave - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: Julie Huck 612-455-5111 

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
Vol. Coord.: Cheryl Field 
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.


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2105 First Avenue South - Minneapolis MN 55404
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.

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
22233 University Ave W #434 - St Paul, MN 55114
Vol. Coord: Kenza Hadj-Moussa 612-879-9437
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.

Transit for Livable Communities
626 Selby Ave - St Paul, MN 55104
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 help in the office.

Wellstone Action
2446 University Ave W, Suite 170 - St. Paul, MN 55114
Wellstone Action's mission is to train, educate, mobilize and organize progressive individuals and organizations to enhance efficacy in the political process. Volunteer opportunities include event planning, phone banking, office work, research, and public speaking.

Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
122 W Franklin Ave Ste 315- Minneapolis, MN  55404-2452

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is the largest and most inclusive public interest lobby-group in Minnesota. JRLC is authorized and governed by four Sponsoring Members: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota.  It works toward social justice through state advocacy, research, and organized events focused on faith and citizenship.

Minnesota Women’s Consortium
550 Rice Street St. Paul, MN 55103
Minnesota Women’s Consortium works to advance equity and justice for all women through advocacy and collaboration.

NARAL (Pro-Choice Minnesota)
2300 Myrtle Ave #120, St Paul, MN 55114
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.

NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness)
800 Transfer Road, #31 Saint Paul, MN 55114
NAMI of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. 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.

The Minnesota Project
1885 University Avenue Suite 315 St. Paul, MN 55104
The Minnesota Project champions the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota. The programs are focused on the development, conservation and efficient use of renewable energy; farm practice and policy that promote profitable farms that protect and replenish the environment; and the production and consumption of local, sustainably grown foods.

Domestic Abuse Project (DAP)
204 West Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN  55404

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.


spanish language opportunities

2015-2016 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 (or both). You might be helping students in small groups or one-on-one in math, science, and reading in Spanish. We require a Spanish level of HISP 305 or higher. If you are interested in volunteering at Adams, please contact the Spanish language coordinator.

Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 71577 - St. Paul, MN 55175
Vol. Coord.: Ivette Izea-Martinez 651-646-5553
Casa de Esperanza is the National Latina Domestic Violence Resource Center whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latina communities to end domestic violence. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Casa de Esperanza works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education. The organization’s National Latina Network for Healthy Families and Communities incorporates training and technical assistance, a public policy initiative in Washington, D.C., and a research center in Atlanta, GA, in an effort to advance effective responses to eliminate violence and promote healthy relationships.

1915 Chicago Ave. - Minneapolis, MN 55404

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. Students can help with the bi-lingual daycare, with the senior center or with English instruction.

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
797 East Seventh Street - St. Paul, MN 55106
Vol. Coord.: Hillary VanWyngeeren 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. No matter what your level of training, you can volunteer to help make a difference in the lives of Latinos right here in Minnesota.

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
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
Vol. Coord.: Maria Keller (651) 222-0758

GAP is a not-for-profit human services agency on the West Side of St. Paul. GAP touches the lives of more than 700 persons annually through its 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
Vol. Coord.: Alison Engel 612-872-6165 

La Oportunidad is a non-profit agency that serves the Latino community. Its mission is to “reduce crime, violence and recidivism by providing culturally relevant services that strengthen individuals and families in our multicultural society.” LO offers comprehensive services in the Youth and Family Services Program, the Domestic Violence Program, the Hispanic Leadership Program and the Transitional Housing Program.

Riverview Elementary School
271 Belvidere Street East- Saint Paul, MN 55107
Vol. Coord: Katelyn Waalen 

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. Riverview asks for a 1-hour a week time commitment (plus the half hour that it takes to get there and back). Please fill out the interest form on the CEC website if you are interested.

Latino Economic Development Center
1516 E Lake St. Suite 201 Minneapolis, MN 55407
Vol. Coord: Matt Kazinka 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 will assist teachers in classes, tutor basic English and computer skills, or help with administrative work.


20115-2016 Student Issue Based Organizers:

Division of Indian Work
1001 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Vol. Coord.: Chiffon Potter 612-722-8722
Volunteers are matched with youth ages 7–17. Together you work on homework assignments, special reading and math study, and assist with the use of computers.

Horizons Youth Program (Sabathani)
310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Vol. Coord.: 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.

Neighborhood House
179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN
Vol. Coord.: Anders Ringdahl-Mayland 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. Our tutoring program is for students grades 6-12 strives to transform struggling students into students who exceed expectations. Create individualized lesson plans for math, reading, and writing, and develop trusting relationships with students

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord.: Kim Nienstedt 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. The museum is located in downtown St. Paul.

West 7th Community Center
265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
Vol. Coord.: 
Julie Murphy 651-298-5493 
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.

Project for Pride in Living (PPL)
Multiple Sites
Vol. Coord.: Julie Huck 
The PPL Family Literacy Program strives to improve educational and employment outcomes for low-income families and new immigrants through integrated programming that serves both parents and their children. PPL asks for a two-hour, semester long commitment, but are willing to work with students on flexibility in schedules. Activities include: working one-on-one or with youth on literacy skill development and homework; and helping lead small groups of youth in creative literacy activities and games.

Fred Wells Tennis Center
100 Federal Drive S, St. Paul, MN 55111
Kelley Nelson 612-252-8367
The tennis facility houses a comprehensive youth development program for low-income 3rd – 12th graders, as well as affordable public court access, adult clinics & leagues one of the largest and most competitive junior tennis programs in the Twin Cities area.

EXPO for Excellence Magnet Elementary School
540 Warwick Street S - St. Paul, MN 55116
Vol. Coord.: 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.              

Jean Lyle Children’s Center
130 N Howell St – Saint Paul, MN 55104
Having a long history with Macalester, Jean Lyle provides a nurturing school environment to children ages 3-6. Volunteers are needed to help in the classroom and play settings.

Linwood-Monroe Arts+
1023 Osceola Ave – Saint Paul, MN 55105 (K-3)
810 Palace Ave – Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Pre-K, 4-8)
Contact: Al Levin, Assistant Principal at Linwood 651-293-6606
Linwood-Monroe Arts+ is an arts-focus, highly diverse, dual-campus magnet school with a strong, long-time relationship with Macalester. Commute to either campus is short, in particular to the Linwood campus. Both campuses are in need of volunteers to help in their libraries, working with students to read and pick out books as well as organize activities.

Ramsey Middle School
1700 Summit Ave - St. Paul, MN 55105
Ramsey-Macalester Tutor Program
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.

Volunteers can also tutor students one-on-one, be classroom helpers – including within the special needs classroom, be lunchtime reading buddies, or mentor 7th and 8th grade students. Time commitments are flexible, and school hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 4:15pm.