Interactive Maps of Key Partnerships
Check out our interactive maps to learn more about the ways their respective issue areas relate to the Twin Cities, and how you can get involved. Each module provides multimedia background information on the featured issue, and highlights community organizations that Macalester students work with in those areas. When we begin volunteering or interning with a community partner organization, we are entering into a story that pre-dates us and will continue after we move on. For this reason, the Civic Engagement Center emphasizes ongoing, reciprocal relationships with community partners, and in the interactive maps, we have worked to provide information as well as some local context.
Community Partner Information
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Various St. Paul Public School Sites
Tara Reddinger-Adams, AVID District Director Support
firstname.lastname@example.org (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 to work as tutors with a small group of students. Their teaching methodology is based on the Socratic Method, where tutors emphasize students’ inquiries, rather than lectures.
Breakthrough Twin Cities
2051 Larpenteur Avenue East // St. Paul, MN 55109
Breakthrough is a program that helps highly motivated, under-resourced middle school schools succeed in rigorous honors coursework and get to college. For six weeks during the summer and on 13 Saturdays during the school year, students take challenging enrichment classes designed and taught by talented and diverse high school and college students.
Macalester College Civic Engagement Center
The goal of Opportunities Abound is to promote increased access to higher education for local youth – many of whom are potential first generation college students, low income and/or students of color. Volunteers help host age appropriate campus visits for local schools. Each year there are several opportunities to connect with a variety of youth groups who visit Macalester and volunteers opt in as their schedule allows. Supported is offered through monthly training and community-building sessions.
1600 Grand Avenue // St. Paul, MN
The Mac Mentorship Program is a semester-long mentorship program between college students and high school students who are in their junior year. Mac Mentors cover areas of college preparation and the admission process by exposing high school juniors to college life, and preparing them with the understanding of the college admissions process. The program will be working with the TRIO Upward Bound program located at North Hennepin Community College.
Minnesota Education Equity Partnership
2233 University Avenue West, Suite 220 // St. Paul, MN 55114
The Minnesota Education Equity Partnership is a nonprofit that seeks to increase the success of Minnesota students of color in Minnesota schools, colleges and universities. They work closely with students, communities of color and representatives from education, business, government and nonprofits to develop programs that help students of color succeed academically.
511 Kenwood Pkwy // Minneapolis, MN 55403
LearningWorks is a partnership between the Minneapolis Public Schools and The Blake School. High school seniors and college students provide middle school students with weekend and summer enrichment programs in order to set them onto the path to higher education and academic success while also drawing students into the education field.
Dodge Nature Center
365 West Marie Avenue // West St. Paul, MN 55118
Contact: Kim Bauer
email@example.com 651-455-4531 ext. 211
Volunteers restore prairies, teach classes to children and adults, lead hikes, groom and exercise farm animals, plant trees and maintain trails.
Friends of the Mississippi
360 North Robert Street, Suite 400 // Saint Paul, MN 55101
Contact: sue rich, Communications Director
firstname.lastname@example.org 651-222-2193 ext. 14
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.
941 Lafond Ave. Ste. 200 // St. Paul, MN 55104
Frogtown Farm is bringing sustainable farming to the Frogtown neighborhood by creating a 13-acre urban farmstead. In addition, Frogtown Farm hosts a monthly, hour-long, free information sessions on aspects of backyard gardening. Volunteers work on the farm.
843 Van Buren Avenue // St Paul 55104
Frogtown Green is a coalition of neighbors and friends with a clear agenda: to make Frogtown to be the greenest neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They strive to protect and enhance parks, farms and gardens in Frogtown, and they advocate for healthy, sustainable development.
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, youth work, and administrative support.
The Lower Phalen Creek Project (LPCP)
804 Margaret Street // St. Paul, MN 55106
Founded in 1997 as a partnership between Saint Paul’s East Side and Lowertown neighborhoods, LPCP is working to complete the redevelopment of the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary as an ecological, cultural, and educational resource. The area was once a focal point for Dakota people who gathered here for trade and ceremony, and there is a cave in the sanctuary called Wakan Tipi, which is a Dakota sacred site. Their work aims at recognizing and respecting this truth.
Mississippi Park Connection
111 Kellogg Blvd East, Suite 105 // Saint Paul, MN 55101
Contact: Andrew Marotz, Voluxnteer Coordinator
Mississippi Park Connection partners with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in the pursuit of creating a more accessible Mississippi National Park. Volunteers can help with educational events for school children, aid in weeding invasive plants, and canoe to restore national park areas.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard // St. Paul, MN 55102
The Science Museum’s programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach.. Volunteers interpret exhibits in the museum.
Sierra Club North Star Chapter
2327 East Franklin Avenue, Suite 1 // Minneapolis, MN 55406
Contact: Mary Blitzer, Chapter Engagement Manager
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.
463 Maria Avenue, Suite 207 // Saint Paul, MN 55106
Contact: David Woods, Conservation Program Director
email@example.com 651-228-7073 ext. 16
Urban Roots is a Saint Paul-based organization whose mission is to help revitalize low-to-moderate income communities by providing technical assistance and operating programs that will enhance the physical, economic, social, ecological, and spiritual well being of the community and its residents.
Youth Farm and Market Project
128 W. 33rd Street, Suite 2 // Minneapolis, MN 55408
Contact: Amanda Stoelb, Associate Director
Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for over 500 youths ages 9 – 18, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. They build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Volunteers are needed to work the farm.
Family Tree Clinic
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 205 // St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Dale Mueller, Hotline & Volunteer Manager
Family Tree provides education and reproductive health care services for women, men, non-binary folx, and teens. Family Tree is one of the leading services for LGBTQ+ folks in the Twin Cities. Charges for services are on a sliding scale based on income, and supplies are low-cost. Volunteers can educate patients one-on-one regarding family planning, STDs and birth control. Training provided and the site is within walking distance.
310 38th Street East #209 // Minneapolis, MN 55409
Contact: Christine Popp, Manager of Operations & Volunteers
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.
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.
771 Raymond Ave St // St Paul, MN 55114
RECLAIM works to provide accessible healthcare to queer and trans youth and their families, as well as pushing for education on racial justice and gender in healthcare. RECLAIM provides mental health services, pathways to connect youth to providers that make them feel safe and validated, as well as community outreach programs.
Avanti Center for Girls
10300 Flanders Street NE // Blaine, MN 55449
Contact: Becky Vogel, Volunteer Coordinator
The Avanti Center for Girls provides a continuum of shelter, evaluation and treatment services for females ages 12-18 with emotional and behavioral problems. It assists its residents in gaining the skills necessary to improve their quality of life, the lives of those around them, and to succeed as adults. Volunteer opportunities are available in leading arts and social activities during evening hours, 7-8 pm. or on weekend afternoons.
Family Tree Clinic
1619 Dayton Ave #205 // St Paul, MN 55104
Family Tree Clinic is a leading provider in accessible, affordable healthcare centered in sexual health and specialized care. Two of Family Tree Clinic’s leading services are providing specialized care to LGBTQ+ folx and sex education to community members. This clinic is a leading service provider in Saint Paul.
2577 W Territorial Rd // St Paul, MN 55114
Contact: Ken Oltman
JustUs Health 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.
Lyngblomsten Senior Center
1415 Almond Avenue // St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Shelli Beck, Lead Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer on a weekly, bimonthly, or monthly basis at this senior center with a Norwegian focus. Participate in events such as bingo and fun night. Easily accessible by public transportation..
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
800 Transfer Road, #31 // St. Paul, MN 55114
NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness.
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Avenue South // Minneapolis, MN 55404
Open Arms delivers meals to people diagnosed with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Opportunities include working as a prep cook, packer, driver, data entry clerk, receptionist, or greeter.
671 Vandalia St // St Paul, MN 55114
Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health care in multiple locations in the Twin Cities. Offering STI testing, pregnancy testing, exams, vaccinations, and abortion care, Planned Parenthood serves community members in many different ways. Students often volunteer or do off-campus student employment with Planned Parenthood locations in the Twin Cities.
Rakhma Joy Home
123 S. Wheeler Street // St. Paul, MN 55105
Contact: Steph Tomlin, Community and Program Specialist
This cozy neighborhood home is an alternative to nursing homes for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease. Become a companion to seniors by cooking a special meal, playing an instrument, gardening, walking or participating in special events or projects with the seniors. Two blocks from campus.
Allina Health Hospice
1055 Westgate Dr #100 // St Paul, MN 55114
Allina Health Hospice cares for patients wherever they call home, including assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities, group homes and residential hospice facilities. Care is available for anyone with a terminal illness when his or her primary care provider believes they have six months or less to live. Volunteers support patients, their family and caregivers through direct patient care, bereavement support, hospitality greeters, etc.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
345 N Smith Ave // St Paul, MN 55102
Children’s Hospital is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the United States. Children’s offers volunteer opportunities in pediatric inpatient units, the emergency department, neonatology, as well as support service areas like sibling play and children’s library.
Regions Hospital/Health Partners
640 Jackson St // St Paul, MN 55101
Contact: Erin Trewel
Volunteers at Regions have the opportunity to assist with charts and clerical work, socialize with and provide companionship for patients, assist with lab research, and greet guests amongst other opportunities.
Ronald McDonald House
818 Fulton Street SE // Minneapolis, MN 55414
Contact: Julie Schall, Volunteer Program Manager
The Ronald McDonald House serves families whose children are patients at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. They keep families together by offering a warm, welcoming home-away-from-home and services that range from schooling to meals to family-friendly activities. Volunteer groups can cook and meals for families. Individual volunteers help by in many capacities from classroom aide to helping at special events.
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. Volunteers provide genuine service to the hospital and patients. Volunteers can work in physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics and child life departments.
St. Joseph’s Hospital
45 W 10th Street // St Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Michele Sahar
St. Joseph’s is a hospital in downtown St. Paul. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in various sections of the hospital, often interacting with a wide variety of medical professionals and patients.
333 Smith Ave N // St Paul, MN 55102
United Hospital provides a full range of health care and is recognized nationally and locally for its expertise and care. Flexible volunteer shifts available in guest services, patient services and support services departments.
201 W 87th Street // Bloomington, MN 55420
Built on the mission to provide furniture and other household necessities to people transitioning out of homelessness and poverty, Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America. Volunteers organize and sort donations in their warehouse.
Catholic Charities Higher Ground, Saint Paul
435 Dorothy Day Pl, St Paul, MN 55102
Catholic Charities Higher Ground Saint Paul is an emergency homeless shelter open 365 days a year. Located in downtown St. Paul, Higher Ground offers 171 shelter spaces, 80 Pay-For-Stay beds, social services, light evening meal, breakfast, showers, and shower facilities to those who need it. A warm place to rest and a safe space to spend nighttime hours is crucial to the Twin Cities communities, particularly on cold winter days.
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL)
3715 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) is an organization by and for low-wage workers, designed to empower employees in their work place environment. By organizing low-wage workers, CTUL works to build power, leadership, and strong voices, as well as develop dignity, respect, and better conditions in different labor environments. Some of their work includes fighting for fair pay in the fast food and cleaning industries, training workers about their rights, and showing allies how to work for the rights of low-wage employees.
Dress for Success
1549 University Avenue W #1 // St Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Anna Beech, Operations Manager
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Volunteers will help out on a weekly basis by alternately sorting through donated clothes for trendy styles, helping manage the sales floor, and act as an “image coach” for women seeking help in picking out business attire.
Hallie Q. Brown Center Inc.
270 N Kent St // St Paul, MN 55102
The Mission of Hallie Q. Brown is to improve the quality of life for community members by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership. Volunteers can assist with the food shelf and clothing closet, among other programs.
611 E Franklin Avenue // Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Dhop Hopkins,
Hope Community is an organization that creates spaces for people to come together, learn together, and build power together. Hope intentionally creates an environment with multiple opportunities at different levels of engagement. Many people engage across interest areas and dig in deeper. People build stronger networks, develop their own community leadership, and act together for change. Volunteers work with a child age 6-9 one-on-one with homework, literacy activities, leadership building exercises, and other guided learning activities.
932 Concordia Avenue // St. Paul, MN 55104
Contact: Jabulani Mhlanga, St. Paul Volunteer Coordinator
Jeremiah Program provides a holistic approach to transforming single mothers and their families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Volunteers can provide childcare, facilitate Life Skills programming like Cooking With Kids, or tutor.
179 Robie Street East // St. Paul, MN 55107
Contact:Vanessa Edwards, Volunteer Engagement Manager
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.
People Serving People
614 Third Street South // Minneapolis, MN 55415
Contact: Tom Golembeck, Volunteer Coordinator
People Serving People aims to aid homeless children and their families by focusing on emergency housing, family services, and advocacy. Volunteers help either individually or in groups through youth programming, meal serving, and more.
Prepare and Prosper
2610 University Ave W # 450 // St Paul, MN 55114
Contact: Sara McCracken, Volunteer Resources Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org (651) 262-2174
Prepare and Prosper provides free tax prep and financial education to low- and moderate-income individuals. Tax clinic volunteers are needed during tax season to provide one-on-one customer support and service.
Second Harvest Heartland
7101 Winnetka Ave N // Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
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.
The Advocates for Human Rights
330 Second Avenue South, Suite 800 // Minneapolis, MN 55401
Sarah Brenes, Director, Refugee and Immigrant Program
MN Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and the protection of human rights. Volunteers are needed for research, translation, and for teaching a human rights curriculum in schools. Volunteer needs are regularly updated on the website.
615 1st Ave NE, Suite 500 // Minneapolis, MN 55413-2681
Contact: Ryan Farrell, Volunteer Coordinator
Alight works with refugee communities in 10 countries around the world, helping people regain control of their lives. Alight provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection and whatever support we can to let people begin again. Volunteers will work alongside departments within Alight.
Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative
1515 South 4th Street // Minneapolis MN 55454
The Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative is a collaboration between three partner agencies to provide education opportunities to adult immigrants and refugees living in and around the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The mission of the organization is teach adults the skills and provide the support necessary to pursue personal education and employment goals. Volunteers assist students individually with computer and homework help; English conversation; reading practice; filling out forms; preparation for citizenship.
James H. Binger Center for New Americans
Contact: Deepinder Mayell 612-301-8650
This site expands urgently needed legal services for noncitizens, pursues litigation to improve immigration laws, and supports noncitizens in the region through education and community outreach. Volunteers assist with translation and interpretation and court observation.
English Learning Center
2315 Chicago Ave S // Minneapolis, MN 55404
email@example.com 612-874-9963 ext. 2
English Learning Center tutors recent adult immigrants in ESL, math and citizenship tests. Volunteers will work with fellow teachers to develop curricula and will become familiar with refugee and immigrant communities and issues.
Franklin Learning Center
1314 E Franklin Ave // Minneapolis, MN 55404
This site works with adults from over 20 countries who are improving their reading, writing, conversation, and math skills. Volunteers help students 1-to-1 to prepare for the GED, U.S. citizenship test, or practice their English skills.
Hmong American Partnership
394 University Ave // St. Paul MN 55103
HAP provides culturally sensitive social services to empower individuals and families, strengthen neighborhoods, and honor the cultural heritage. Volunteers teach in evening classes or assist in daytime classes.
Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning
1030 University Ave. W. // St. Paul, MN 55104
Ruth Rodriguez, Volunteer Coordinator
The Hubbs Center is a program of the St. Paul Public Schools’ Community Education Program. Volunteers tutor in literacy, math, English language education, or citizenship, or they can serve as a classroom instructor. Day and evening hours are available.
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Ave #180 // St. Paul MN 55114
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.
179 Robie Street East // St. Paul, MN 55107
Contact: Vanessa Edwards, Volunteer Engagement Manager
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.
Rondo Community Library Conversation Circles
461 Dale St N // St Paul, MN 55103
Rondo Community Library holds conversation circles for English Language Learners, primarily Karen refugees, who want to practice their English skills. Volunteers and participants tell stories and build community together, meeting each week. Rondo Community Library also has an Open Door Learning Center, a space for more formal learning and tutoring for immigrants/refugees/English Language Learners.
Center for Victims of Torture
717 East River Road // Minneapolis, MN 5545
Brent Jensen, Online Engagement Coordinator
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.
Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB)
Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) is an organization based in the Twin Cities that works to oppose both the daily brutality inherent in policing, as well as more extreme uses of force. Their stated goal is to“create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end.”
Communities Organizing Latinx Power and Action (COPAL)
Communities Organizing Latinx Power and Action (COPAL) works to unite Latinx people in Minnesota in active grassroots communal democracy that builds racial, gender, social and economic justice across community lines. COPAL works on issues like census registration, voter registration, environmental justice, equitable access to education, immigration, and access to leadership within Latinx communities.
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street // St. Paul, MN 55106
The East Side Freedom Library’s (ESFL) mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all. The library houses non-circulating research collections and innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow visitors to learn more about the work and residential histories. Volunteer catalogers and researchers are needed.
2356 University Ave W #405 // St Paul, MN 55114
ISAIAH is a faith based non-profit which works on a diverse set of issues including public transportation, civil rights, domestic violence, health and public education. They are active in community organizing across different faith communities, barbershops, and childcare centers in Minnesota.
Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
122 W Franklin Ave Suite 315 // Minneapolis, MN 55404
The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition is the largest and most inclusive public interest lobby-group in Minnesota. JRLC is governed by four Sponsoring Members: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. It works toward social justice through state advocacy, research, and organized events focused on faith and citizenship. Volunteers provide research around poverty and stable families.
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
555 Wabasha St N, Suite 110 // Saint Paul, MN 55102
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.
4407 E Lake St // Minneapolis, MN 55406
MN350 is a volunteer-led climate justice organization based in Minneapolis, right across the river from Macalester. MN350’s work is divided into a number of different teams, such as Policy Action, Green New Deal, Pipeline Resistance, and Communications. They also offer internships, both during the semester and the summer, which many Mac students participate in.
NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness)
1919 University Ave W, Suite 400 // St Paul, MN 55104
NAMI of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, including student-led, student-run mental health organizations on college campuses through NAMI on campus. They work to improve access to services, increase opportunities for recovery, reduce stigma and discrimination, and increase public understanding of mental illness. Volunteers advocate for improved mental health services and policies on campus through educational efforts.
Transit for Livable Communities
2446 University Ave. W, Suite 170 // St Paul, MN 55114
Transit for Livable Communities is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform Minnesota’s transportation system. TLC works with residents, policymakers, and businesses to ensure that more people are involved in the transportation decisions that impact our communities. Volunteers can help in the office and phone bank.
re:power (formerly Wellstone Action)
2639 Nicollet Ave, Suite 220 // Minneapolis, MN 55408
Wellstone Action’s mission is to train, educate and mobilize progressive individuals for efficacy in the political process. Works in the philosophy of former Senator Paul Wellstone. Volunteer opportunities include event planning, phone banking, office work, research, and public speaking.
The Sunrise Movement works to push justice issues, legistation, and policy forward that supports climate protections and climate justice. Sunrise Movement helps to organize regular people to participate in activism against climate change. Sunrise Movement has a chapter in the Twin Cities, which many Mac students participate in.
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.
Adams Spanish Immersion Elementary School
615 South Chatsworth Street // Saint Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Nikol Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org
Adams Spanish Immersion Elementary school is a dual-immersion public elementary school located about 15 minutes by car from the Macalester College Campus. Students are paired with a kindergarten or first grade Spanish classroom. They require a Spanish level of HISP 305 or higher.
Casa de Esperanza
P.O. Box 40115 // St. Paul, MN 55104
Casa de Esperanza works within communities by providing advocacy, emergency shelter, a 24-hour bilingual crisis line, and opportunities for peer education regarding domestic violence. Volunteers do leadership development trainings, domestic violence trainings, administrative tasks, and garden/yard work.
Centro Tyrone Guzman
1915 Chicago Ave. // Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Cherolyn Fischer, Education Dept. Administrator
Centro Tyrone Guzman is a community meeting place for Latino families and their children. It’s a center where Latinos may gather and celebrate their individual history, culture and traditions. Volunteers help with the bilingual daycare, with the senior center or with English instruction.
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
797 East Seventh Street // St. Paul, MN 55106
720 East Lake Street // Minneapolis, MN 55407
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.
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.
Latino Economic Development Center
1501 E Lake St., Lower Level // Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: John Ramirez
The LEDC is a non-profit organization whose founders believed that economic progress was imperative to strengthen the Latino community. Their initiatives focus on self-sufficiency, particularly starting and growing a business, finding a job, and gaining work skills. Volunteers can assist teachers in classes, tutor basic English and computer skills, or help with administrative work.
Riverview Elementary School
160 Isabel Street East // Saint Paul, MN 55107
Contact: Nancy Paez email@example.com
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.
1041 Marion St // St Paul, MN 55117
Contact: Emily Carrillo, Dual Immersion Curriculum Coord.
Wellstone is a dual-immersion Spanish and English elementary school. Volunteers aid in classrooms environments that are either entirely Spanish or entirely English.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
262 Bates Ave. // Saint Paul, MN 55106
Contact: Dana Karls, School Match Coordinator
In our School-Based mentoring program Big Brothers Big Sisters matches college volunteers with elementary school students for one-on-one mentoring relationships. Bigs and Littles meet weekly over the lunch hour at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School in East Saint Paul. Each week throughout the school year, matches play games, work on crafts, experiment with STEM projects, shoot hoops in the gym, and play outside. The BBBS coordinator is present during meetings and offers organized activities and support, as well.
Common Bond Communities
1080 Montreal Ave // St Paul, MN 55116
CommonBond provides affordable housing and on-site services at Skyline Towers, a public housing apartment complex which is also affectionately called “the United Nations in the Sky.” At Skyline and other CommonBond sites, Macalester participants teach English to Somali elders, act as “study buddies” to children, and build community with teenagers from this prominently African refugee community.
Division of Indian Work
1001 East Lake Street // Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact: Rica Rivera
Volunteers are matched with Native American youth ages 7-17. Volunteers spend the first hour providing homework help for students. Then, for the second hour, volunteers assist with cultural activities such as bead work, drumming, and weaving.
EXPO for Excellence Magnet Elementary School
540 Warwick Street S // St. Paul, MN 55116
Contact: Darren Yerama
Volunteers may assist this magnet school with classroom support, school-wide photography and computer needs, special events, facilities beautification, fundraising, and skills tutoring.
Global Arts Plus
1023 Osceola Ave // Saint Paul, MN 55105 (K-3)
810 Palace Ave // Saint Paul, MN 55102 (Pre-K, 4-8)
Contact: Al Levin, Principal
Al Levin firstname.lastname@example.org 651-293-6606
Linwood-Monroe Arts+ is an arts-focus, highly diverse, dual-campus magnet school with a long-time relationship with Macalester. The commute to either campus is short Volunteer responsibilities include classroom help, one-on-one tutoring, or homework help.
Horace Mann School
2001 Eleanor Ave // St Paul, MN 55116
Horace Mann Elementary is a K-5 neighborhood school nestled in St. Paul’s Highland Park community. It is known for its academic excellence and their commitment to individual development for each student. Volunteer responsibilities vary with need, but may include classroom help, one-on-one tutoring, or homework help.
Jean Lyle Children’s Center
130 N Howell St // Saint Paul, MN 55104
Macalester College has a long-standing partnership with Jean Lyle Children’s Center. Jean Lyle provides a nurturing school environment to children ages 3-6. Volunteers are needed to help in the classroom and play alongside children.
Laura Jeffrey Academy
1550 Summit Avenue // Saint Paul, MN 55105
Contact: email@example.com 651-414-6000
Laura Jeffrey Academy (LJA) is a Twin Cities tuition free charter middle school offering a unique STEM-focused, girl-focused educational experience, grades 5 – 8. Students learn through rigorous study, by asking questions, solving problems, and participating in the community. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, assisting in the classroom, and special education assistant.
Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West 7th Street // St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: (651) 225-6106
The Minnesota Children’s Museum, located in downtown St. Paul, offers a number of one-time volunteer opportunities throughout the year. They include Exhibit Explainer, “Habitot” Host, behind the scenes work and support at special events at this state-of-the-art children’s museum
Ramsey Middle School
1700 Summit Ave // St. Paul, MN 55105
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.
2324 University Ave, Suite 105 // Saint Paul, MN 5514
Reading Partners is a national literacy tutoring nonprofit founded in 1999 that works in under-resourced elementary schools to support K-5 students who are reading one month to 2.5 years behind grade-level proficiency. In a dedicated reading center at each of their 11 Minneapolis-St. Paul partner schools, they train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students by following a structured curriculum that aligns with nationwide standards for learning.
West 7th Community Center
265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
Julie Murphy 651-298-5493 x 214
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.