Service Opportunities by Issue Area

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

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

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

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.


2013/14 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.

Free Arts Minnesota
400 1st Avenue North Suite 518 Minneapolis, MN 612.824.ARTS (2787)
Free Arts Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the healing powers of artistic expression into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families. Through painting, drawing, music, writing, drama and other creative outlets, the program serves as a catalyst to help children communicate and express themselves in new - and positive - ways.

Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-4444
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
Vol. Coord.: Margery Otto, (612) 721-2535, x14
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
Vol. Coord: Megan Pierce, (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.

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W Kellogg Blvd. - St. Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord.: Liz Firckstad Hecht (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.: , (612) 724-6273, x3
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.:
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.


2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizer:

College Possible
450 North Syndicate Street, #325- St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: 651.917.3525,
College Possible is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping promising, low-income students from the Twin Cities obtain admission to college.

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Various St. Paul Public School Sites
Contact: , (651) 793-5532
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:
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.

Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East - Saint Paul, MN 55107
Vol. Coord: (651) 789-3626
Neighborhood House is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual center with programs in basic needs, education and youth leadership. Volunteers assist in or teach ELL classes, supervise and tutor youth, or help learners prepare for the GED.

Breakthrough Twin Cities
2051 Larpenteur Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55109
Contact: (651) 748-5504
Breakthrough Twin Cities is a program that helps highly motivated, under-resourced middle school students from St. Paul Public 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
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 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 55114-1698
Contact: Amanda Ziebell-Finley, (651) 645-7400, x204
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.

Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network
2500 University Avenue, C7 - Saint Paul, MN 55114
College Access Contact: Mare Matus, (651)287-0660 Ext. 4
The Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network is a state-wide immigrant integration group that empowers and engages new Minnesotans and their allies through access to education, civic engagement, and leadership development.

Opportunities Abound
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. 

Northside Achievement Zone
2123 West Broadway Ave #100- Minneapolis, MN
Contact: (612) 521-4405
The NAZ Promise Neighborhoodis 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.


2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Family Place
244 10th St E - St Paul, MN 55101
Vol. Coord.: , (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.

Habitat for Humanity
3001 Fourth Street SE- Minneapolis, MN 55414
Campus Contact:
Volunteers work on homes being built with and for low-income future homeowners. The Macalester Habitat Campus Chapter sponsors one-time and regular opportunities, as well as alternative break trips.

Hope Community
611 East Franklin Avenue - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: Betsy Sohn, (612) 874-8867
A catalyst for change, growth and safety in the neighborhood, Hope Community provides emergency shelter, low-cost housing, children’s programs, and community-building events. Volunteers can help with maintenance, special projects and ESL tutoring.

Keystone Community Services
2000 St. Anthony Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: (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
St. Stephen’s Human Services provides emergency assistance, housing, employment, and human rights advocacy focused on systems change to people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Our Saviour’s Housing
2219 Chicago Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: Maryellen Skan, (612) 872-4193, x25
Our Saviour’s Housing provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and aid to people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers can work in the evening during resident check-in, answer phones, distribute bedding and towels, and assist with computers. Groups can serve meals on weekends.

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.

Second Harvest Heartland
1140 Gervais Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55109
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 209-7939
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. 

Peace House
510 E Franklin Avenue South - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: (612) 870-7263
Peace House is a community center for people experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis.  New volunteers build relationships with participants and build community empowering reflection and meditation.

Environment and sustainability

2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Alliance for Sustainability
1521 University Ave. SE - Minneapolis, MN 55414
Vol. Coord.:  Sean Gosiewski, (612) 331-1099
This Minnesota-based nonprofit supports model sustainability projects on the local, national, and international levels. Volunteers help with office tasks, create promotional materials, and plan and participate in events. Easily reached by bus.

Discovery Club After School Enviro. Education
Located at various sites around St. Paul
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Volunteers work in teams to plan and teach environmental education lessons to children in urban areas.  The CEC has all the resources you need.  No experience in teaching or knowledge of ecology is necessary to volunteer. 

Dodge Nature Center
365 West Marie Avenue - West St. Paul, MN 55118
Vol. Coord.: Jason Sanders, (651) 789-5235
Volunteers restore prairies, teach classes to children and adults, lead hikes, groom and exercise farm animals, plant trees and maintain trails. Transportation often provided.

Eco Education
1295 Bandana Blvd., Suite 118  - St. Paul, MN 55108
Program Contact: Lea Favor, (651) 222-7691
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.

Friends of the Mississippi
360 North Robert Street, Suite 400 - Saint Paul, MN 55101
Vol. Coord.: Sue Rich, (651)222-2193, x14
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
Vol. Coord.: Mark Turbak, (651) 665-9500, x11
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.

Metro CERT/Eureka Recycling (formerly Green Institute)
2828 Kennedy Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Metro CERT Organizer 612-455-9174
Metro CERT helps connect, provide support for, and increase the effectiveness of local community energy projects. Eureka Recycling is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to demonstrate that waste is preventable, not inevitable. Eureka Recycling provides opportunities for everyone to experience firsthand that waste can be prevented. Perhaps most well-known for its $9 million annual recycling operations, Eureka Recycling has provided curbside and apartment recycling services, education, and advocacy since 2001. Eureka Recycling has a wide range of initiatives designed to prevent the needless wasting of our discards through reuse, recycling, composting, waste reduction, producer responsibility and more.

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard -  St. Paul, MN 55102
: (651) 221-4703
Volunteers interpret exhibits in the museum for children, families and adults. Opportunities include: greeting groups, staffing the info booth or working on projects. Easily reached by bus.

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
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.

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
: (612) 872-4226
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.


Bread for the World
122 W. Franklin Ave., Rm. 610 Minneapolis, MN
A nonpartisan citizens’ movement of 58,000 people of faith, BFW members help hungry people by lobbying our nation’s decision makers on legislation that addresses hunger in our communities and around the world.

Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis
1200 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Volunteer Hotline: (612) 204-8435, 651-204-8500
Catholic Charities is the Twin Cities’ largest private provider of social services, working to strengthen families, reduce poverty, and build communities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. The organization serves individuals and families regardless of faith, operating more than 48 programs in 42 locations.

Isaiah Community Organizing Group
ISAIAH is a faith-based social justice organization, a collection of congregations that have committed themselves to each other in order to build power for a worldview that prioritizes racial and economic justice.

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
Contact: (612) 870-3670
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.

MICAH: Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing
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.

gender and sexuality

Avanti Center for Girls
10300 Flanders Street NE
Blaine, Minnesota 55449
Vol. Coord: Michelle Rosenau,  (763) 753-2500, x363
Avanti Center for Girls provides a continuum of shelter, evaluation and treatment services for females ages 12-18 with emotional and behavioral problems. Volunteers mentor youth, acting as a friend and a stable, positive adult role model.

Casa De Esperanza
P.O. Box 75177 – St. Paul, MN  55175
Vol. Coord.:  Graciela Gorman, (651) 646-5553, x303
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.

Family Tree Clinic
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 205, St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: Erin Wilkins, (651) 645-0478
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 #204, Minneapolis, MN  55409-1337
Vol. Coord.: John Czyxcon, (612) 822-0127, x100
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.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota
1965 Ford Parkway - St. Paul, MN 55116
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.

Quatrefoil Library
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 105 - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: Jeremy Wardein, (651) 641-0969
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.

Chrysalis Center - 4432 Chicago Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tubman Center 3111 1st Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55408
Vol. Coord.:  Joanie Braun, (612) 871-0118
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.: 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.

global Justice

2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizer:

The Advocates for Human Rights
310 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 1000, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Volunteer Coordinator: (612) 746-4686
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.

Center for Victims of Torture
717 East River Road - Minneapolis, MN 55455
Vol. Coord.: Beth Wickum, (612) 436-4800
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
550 Vandalia St - St. Paul, MN  55114
Volunteer and Community Liaison:  (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.

Friends for a Non-Violent World
1050 Selby Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55104
Program 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.

Give Us Wings
450 Syndicate Street North, Suite 290
St. Paul, MN 55104
Work 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
Contact: Jan Lovig (651) 225-1043
As a nonprofit 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.

Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
310 East 38th Street, Suite 222
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Program Contact: Mary Beaudoin, (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
619 S. 10th Street - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Brian Green, Program Associate, , 612-564-6939
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

2013/14 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 HIS/AIDS in the Twin Cities.

Lyngblomsten Senior Center
1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 632-5356
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.        

Macalester - Summit Hill Seniors - Adopt-a-Grandparent (Macalester-Groveland Seniors)
57 Macalester Street St. Paul, MN 55105 (office location)
Vol. Coord. , (651) 696-6882
Do you miss your grandparents? This program matches a student with a local senior citizen who lives in the Mac neighborhood. Volunteers often make friendly visits, provide transportation, or help with yard work or grocery shopping (formerly Macalester-Groveland Seniors).

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

Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloominton Avenue South - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: and , (612) 872-1152
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.: , (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.


2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Abbot Northwestern
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407-3799
Volunteer Services: 612-863-4281
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis is the largest non-profit hospital in the Twin Cities area.  As a volunteer, you can interact with patients and visitors or hospital staff. Opportunities are available in the following areas, Emergency Department, gift shop, guest services, department assistants and patient experience.

Bethesda Hospital
559 Capitol Blvd. -  St. Paul, MN 55103
(651) 232-2191
Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul offers long term-care and rehabilitation services. Volunteers can work one-on-one with patients, do more general support tasks, or work on special projects.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN
345 N Smith Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
2525 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Volunteer contact email:
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.  Must like having direct contact with children in a patient care setting.

St. Joseph’s Hospital
45 W. 10th St. - St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 232-3297
St. Joseph’s Hospital has several volunteer opportunities available, including serving as a liaison between families and staff in the surgery center waiting room, escorting patients
throughout the hospital, and working in the welcome center or gift shop.

Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 873-2512
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.

Regions Hospital
640 Jackson St - Saint Paul, MN 55101
Vol. Hotline: 651-254-5709;
Regions Hospital is the level one trauma center for Saint Paul and is a large adult inpatient facility.  At Regions, volunteers can work in support services areas like the gift shop and materials management.  A volunteer can also work at the front desk of the information center, the burn and trauma units.

United Hospital
333 N Smith Ave - Saint Paul, MN, 55102
: (651) 241-8644
United Hospital is the largest hospital next to HCMC in Minneapolis.  Volunteers here work in nursing care areas, post-anesthesia unit, day surgery center, the lobby, coffee shop, as well as the guest services sector of the emergency department.  United offers shadowing experiences to college volunteers as well.

immigrant and refugees

2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizer:

Guadalupe Alternative Program
381 East Robie - St. Paul, MN 55107
Vol. Coord.: Erika Vazquez, (651) 222-0758, x303
This is an alternative school that educates students whose needs are not being served by the public schools. Volunteers may work to improve English skills for non-native English speakers in groups or on a one-on-one basis. Transportation provided/arranged.

English Learning Center
2315 Chicago Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55404
Vol. Coord.: Yer Lee, (612) 874-9963, x2
The 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.

209 West Page Street - St. Paul, MN 55107
Vol. Coord.: Derek Johnson, (612) 807.5159
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, x106
MNIC is a Mpls. 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.

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is a non-profit organization drawing on Hmong and non-Hmong communities to assist Hmong refugees with adapting to American life. Hmong American Partnership's programs and services include Education and Training, Employment Services, Youth & Family Services, Elderly Services, and Housing & Economic Development.

Minnesota Literacy Council
Hiawatha-Lake Learning Center
2872 26th Ave S - Minneapolis, MN 55406
Vol. Coord.: Allison Runchey, (651) 645-2277, x219
The Hiawatha-Lake Learning Center offers English Language Instruction and citizenship classes. Volunteers tutor individuals and assist teachers. Classes are offered M-TH, 9 AM-Noon and 5:30-8:30. On bus line.

Neighborhood House
179 Robie Street East - St. Paul, MN 55107
Vol. Coord.: 651-789-2509.
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.

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. Volunteers can tutor in literacy, math, English Language education, or citizenship, or they can serve as a classroom instructor. Day evening hours are available. Take the 16 bus east (get on in front of McDonald’s) and get off on Oxford Street.


Citizen’s League
555 N. Wabasha, Suite 240 - St Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord: Cal Beltman, (651) 289-1075
The Citiizens League is a non-profit which seeks to build civic imagination and capacity in Minnesota. Volunteers help by monitoring a range of media outlets for relevant editorials and articles, assisting with mailings and occasional office support, and volunteering at Citizens League events.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2105 First Avenue South - Minneapolis MN 55404
Vol. Coord: Pauline Harris, 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.

935 Olson Memorial Highway - Minneapolis, MN 55405
Vol. Coord: Alessandra Williams, (612) 331-4471
HIRE Minnesota is a coalition of community organizations that are seeking public investments that jump-start our economy, provide access for all people to jobs, training and living wages, start to ease the climate crisis and promote healthy communities. Volunteers help with events and office work.

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.

Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)
1313 5th St SE, Suite 111 - Minneapolis, MN 55414
Vol. Coord : Jamison Tessneer, (612) 627-4035 x303
Campus Contact:
The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) is a grassroots, student-directed nonprofit that empowers and trains students and engages the community to take collective action in the public interest throughout the state of Minnesota. Volunteers help with grassroots community organizing by contacting legislators, writing letters to the editor, assisting in the office and participating in local meetings.

Northside Achievement Zone/Peace Foundation
1200 West Broadway Ave., Suite 180 - Minneapolis, MN 55411
Contact: 612.521.4405
The PEACE Foundation is a grassroots movement working to harness the power of individuals, corporations, congregations, and organizations - across race, class and geography - toward the common goal of significantly reducing violence in isolated, local communities where pronounced disparities exist, starting in North Minneapolis.

TakeAction Minnesota
1821 University Avenue W, Suite S-137 - St Paul, MN 55104
Program 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. Volunteers knock on doors, attend rallies, speak publicly, write letters to the editors, call voters and elected officials, and more!

Transit for Livable Communities
626 Selby Ave - St Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord: Michelle Dibglee, (651) 767-0298 x101
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
Vol. Coor: DawnMarie Vihrachoff, (651) 645-3939
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
Contact: (612) 870-3670
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.

spanish language opportuniites

2013/14 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. They require a Spanish level of HISP 305 or higher. If you are interested in volunteering at Adams, please complete this interest form.

Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 71577 - St. Paul, MN 55175
Vol. Coord.: Alex ZoHai, (651) 646-5553, x303
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
Vol. Coord.: Roxana Linares, (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. 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
Children's Program Coordinator: Morgan Sedlacek
Vol. Coord.: , (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. If you are interested, please fill out this form.

El Colegio
4137 Bloomington Ave South - Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Sandra Suarez, (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
Vol. Coord.: Erika Vazquez, (651) 222-0758, x303
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.: (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:
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 this form if you are interested.


2013/14 Student Issue Based Organizers:
(Community Based)

Division of Indian Work
1001 East Lake Street - Minneapolis, MN 55407
Vol. Coord.: , (612) 722-8722, x371
The tutoring program for youth ages 7 to 17 matches each youth with a volunteer tutor. Work on homework assignments, special reading and math study, and assistwith the use of computers.

EXPO for Excellence Magnet Elementary School
540 Warwick Street S - St. Paul, MN 55116
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 290-8384 x1219
Volunteers may assist this magnet school with classroom support, school-wide photography and computer needs, special events, facilities beautification, fundraising, and skills tutoring.

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

The Jeremiah Program
1510 Laurel Ave., Suite 100 - Minneapolis, MN 55403
932 Concordia Ave, Suite 100 - St. Paul, MN 55104
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 332-5019
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. Saint Paul site easily reached by bus.

Linwood Monroe A+ Elementary School
1023 Osceola Avenue - St. Paul, MN 55105
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 293-8690
Linwood A+ is an arts based magnet school. It has a strong focus on dance, drama, music and fine arts. Volunteers are needed to tutor in the classroom, one-on-one with students, and during the after school program. Easily reached by bus. Over 50 Mac students, staff and alums serve weekly as reading lunch buddies.

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street - St. Paul, MN 55102
Vol. Coord.: , (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. Located in downtown St. Paul. Easily reached by bus.

West 7th Community Center
265 Oneida Street - St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 298-5498 x213
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.

Tutoring Partnership for Academic Excellence
St. Paul Public Schools Foundation
55 Fifth Street East, Suite 600 - St. Paul, MN 55101
Vol. Coord.: , (651) 325-4205
Over 4,000 children are being tutored to increase proficiency in reading and math by 24 community-based and 13 school-based tutoring programs through the Tutoring Partnership for Academic Excellence.