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Get Involved: Volunteering Opportunities in Your Community
Volunteering is an important part of any community. It provides a way for people to give back and make a positive impact on their local area. Whether you’re looking to make a difference in your own backyard or get involved in something bigger, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in your community. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Local charities are always looking for volunteers to help out with their programs and services. From food banks and homeless shelters to animal rescue organizations, there are many ways to lend a hand. You can also look for opportunities with national charities that have local chapters or branches. Check with your local United Way or other nonprofit organizations for more information about volunteering opportunities in your area.
Many communities host events throughout the year that need volunteers. These can range from small neighborhood festivals to large-scale events like marathons and parades. Volunteering at these events is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your community. You can also look for volunteer opportunities at local schools, libraries, and other public spaces.
There are plenty of online resources available for finding volunteering opportunities in your area. Sites like VolunteerMatch allow you to search for local volunteer positions by keyword or location. You can also find volunteer opportunities through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as through community bulletin boards or newsletters.
No matter how you choose to get involved, volunteering is an excellent way to make a difference in your community and give back to those who need it most. With so many options available, there’s sure to be something that fits your interests and skillset. So take the time to explore the possibilities and find the perfect opportunity for you.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit our volunteer page and for your interest in making a difference in the urban community.
Good in the ‘Hood volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Helen Keller once said, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” With this purpose in mind, we aim to provide user-friendly volunteer platforms so that anybody of nearly any age and background can invest their time, talents and treasure in a manner that simply makes a difference.
We hope you will join us along with the many others who are truly making a difference.
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The first step to volunteer with us is to register as a volunteer. To register as an active Volunteer with Good in the ‘Hood, create a login and password by clicking on the link below. Be sure to keep that information handy as you will need it when you sign up for a volunteer event.
Interested in Attending or Volunteering at an Event?
Shoe sales and Food Distribution events are open to the public, please join us. Also, if there is a volunteer need for any of our Events, you’ll have the ability to register as a volunteer
Learn about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities through our Events Calendar located on the right side of this page. Please check back often to see the most recent information on all Events. All underlined dates have Events scheduled. If you are looking specifically for Shoe Away Hunger events visit our Shoe Bus Calendar .
We hope to see you soon!
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Looking for a fun and impactful way to spend your time while building your community? Join us to help those experiencing food insecurity in our local communities throughout the Midwest. Volunteering is always better when beer is involved!
TeamFINNEGANS is a group of fun, like-minded, socially conscious individuals who volunteer for FINNEGANS Community Fund. If you’re a barstool philanthropist, passionate about building strong communities, and believe that doing good and having fun go hand-in-hand, join the TeamFINNEGANS brigade on our mission to alleviate hunger.
To date, FINNEGANS has given back more than $2 million (and counting) in total impact to the community. Needs have doubled in the past year. We offer several opportunities for you to engage your time and talents for the greater good!
Reverse Food Truck
Be a part of fund-raising (and food-raising) efforts, with the FINNEGANS Reverse Food Truck.
Spread the word about our mission as a brand ambassador, offering samples of delicious FINNEGANS beer!
Food Bank Partners
Our food bank partners in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are continually looking for volunteer support.
Support Elliot Park
Food relief organizations in our backyard, the Twin Cities Mobile Market and Support House of Charity/St. Stephen’s, are seeking volunteers for regular shifts. Sign up and your next pint of FINNEGANS is on the house!
Whether you’re looking to sign up for opportunities above, or for any pro bono consulting, project based opportunities, we want to hear from you! Even if you just want to come to the next volunteer happy hour, sign up! We’ll be in touch.
Are you 21 or older?
Do you have a skill or talent to share with Avivo? We’re seeking individual and group volunteers for a variety of projects in Minneapolis/St. Paul and St. Cloud, with tasks to support our mission. Volunteer opportunities are flexible and can be shaped to work within your schedule (one-time vs. ongoing). Learn more below or jump to the interest form at the bottom of this page to share your interest!
New Opportunity: Photography Volunteer
Are you a professional photographer looking to make a difference? Avivo is seeking volunteers to use their professional skillset for a positive impact.
“Why was volunteering with Avivo special? The energy created by Avivo is contagious. Listening to the success stories. Meeting those who are being helped and in turn helping others. Experiencing the depth of commitment by the staff and Board members. The opportunity to be a part of that energy field was so satisfying.” – Former photography volunteer, Tim
We are currently seeking local photographers to support Avivo’s special events. The commitment per event is 2-3 hours of photography time (meals and a seat included), with the option to edit photos and send to Avivo, or to share raw photos after the event for Avivo to edit. Avivo has three events per year, one each in February, May, and October. For more information or to express interest, please contact Aaron Shaffer .
Individual Volunteering Opportunities
Join Avivo by supporting staff and clients directly during classes and open art studio sessions.
Studio/Drop-In Assistant – Community Support Program
Classroom Assistant – Avivo Institute of Career & Technical Education
These are volunteer opportunities that require a volunteer with professional experience in a given area.
- Hairdresser or Barber
These are opportunities which a volunteer might not have professional experience in a given area, but are interested in helping.
Volunteers are needed to provide assistance during open art studio and/or drop-in community gatherings for Avivo’s Community Support Program (CSP). The CSP serves Hennepin County adults living with severe and persistent mental illness. Avivo is seeking individual volunteers who are willing to engage people of different backgrounds with empathy and without judgment.
Volunteers will assist CSP participants with arts and crafts projects, walking groups, and gardening and cooking activities. Volunteers with specialized knowledge or teaching experience are welcome to propose and lead projects for participants, with support from staff. Volunteers do not need to have cooking, gardening, or art experience, but they must have a willingness to be present with participants and support staff needs during studio and drop-in hours. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Tuesdays: 12–4 p.m.: Grain Belt building Art Studio, 79 13th Avenue Northeast, Suite 105, Minneapolis Tuesdays: 12–3 p.m.: CSP Kitchen and Garden, 1825 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis
Volunteers are needed to provide assistance in classroom setting career education and employment classes. We are seeking individuals to volunteer who are able to engage people of different backgrounds with empathy and without judgment. Volunteers do not need to have classroom experience, but should have a working understanding of Microsoft Office suite and have a willingness to be present with participants and support classroom needs. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Volunteers are needed once per week, or once every other week. Classes run Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Licensed Hairdresser or Barber
Share your professional skills to make a difference! Avivo is seeking volunteers to provide haircuts to clients across the Twin Cities Metro area. The primary sites of need are in Minneapolis. Must be licensed in MN. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Share your professional skills to make a difference! Avivo seeking compassionate, reliable, Massage Therapists with a sincere desire to help improve the quality of our client’s lives. Must provide proof of licensure in MN or training. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Avivo serves clients across the Twin Cities. We are seeking a team of volunteers to represent Avivo in the community to solicit donations to fill immediate and ongoing donation needs. After training, volunteers of this team can volunteer from a remote location. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Support Avivo’s various clerical needs. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: stuffing envelopes, scanning documents, and assembling packets. No clerical experience required.
Volunteers are needed once a week or every other week for two-hour shifts at 1900 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Group Volunteering Opportunities
Day of Service
Gather your coworkers, friends, family members, or neighbors together for a rewarding experience. Past projects have included painting residential recovery apartments, landscaping, and cleaning. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Note: Group volunteer slots are filled through the end of November. We’re now scheduling groups for December and beyond.
Host a Donation Drive
Don’t have time to volunteer? Consider hosting a donation drive! Donation drives are vital to helping secure in-kind donations for the individuals and families served at Avivo. In this role, you will be asked to lead a donation drive within your community (coworkers, friends, family) to collect or purchase items needed as part of kits, or from the wish list, that help participants in Avivo’s programs.
This opportunity is flexible. Host the donation drive at a location of your choice, then deliver the items to a location near you. We have many locations in the Twin Cities metro, as well as Elk River and St. Cloud. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Current Wish List needs Urgent kit needs
Assemble Necessity Kits
Want to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of families or individuals in Avivo’s programs? You can make a difference by assembling and donating urgent needs baskets to meet specific needs. Baskets can range from welcome baskets to move-in kits to basic hygiene items, and all make a tremendous difference in someone’s life. If you’re interested in making a difference, please look carefully over the following options to select a basket or kit that matches your interests.
Learn more about what should be included in a particular basket. Email Brittany Biggers and/or fill out the form below if interested.
Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this form to learn more and schedule a volunteer project at Avivo:
I'm interested in: * Individual Volunteering Group Volunteering
Which volunteer roles are you interested in and/or what are your volunteering goals? *
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Volunteers power the engine behind all that we do at our saviour’s community services..
Far more than just an added benefit, they serve critical roles in the day to day work of our programs—increasing skills and improving lives. In exchange, volunteers form meaningful relationships, gain a deeper understanding of homelessness and immigrant issues, and learn to see their city with new eyes.
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We are always looking for new volunteers seeking to directly impact the lives of immigrants and individuals struggling with homelessness. Whatever you choose to do, from serving meals in our Emergency Shelter to teaching math or computers in our English Learning Center, you will make a tremendous difference to the people we serve.
There’s an opportunity for everybody—for every schedule, interest, age, individual, or group! We look forward to finding the perfect fit for you!
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Volunteers are the heart and soul of Open Arms.
From preparing medically tailored meals in our state-of-the-art kitch en to delivering our nourishing food to our critically ill clients, every aspect of our operations is made possible because of the incredible dedication of our volunteers.
Join us in making a profound difference for our neighbors living with life-threatening illnesses. Whether you’re part of an organization or an individual wanting to make a difference, we have a wide variety of opportunities and will work with you to find the perfect fit for your skills, interests, and availability.
Find more information below or get in touch with us about volunteering through email or by calling 612-872-1152 .
Individuals, we were founded by a volunteer, operated for many years exclusively with volunteers, and today, volunteers continue to be the heart and soul of open arms. many nonprofits use volunteers in their operations. open arms is powered by them..
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Head directly to VolunteerHub to sign up for a shift or to change your schedule. Find more resources for current volunteers.
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Get in touch with us about volunteering at Open Arms. Email [email protected] or call 612-872-1152 .
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It’s Turkey TIME!
Each year, as part of YESvember , Open Arms of Minnesota celebrates Thanksgiving by providing each client the opportunity to receive a wholesome turkey dinner to enjoy with their loved ones. To ensure our clients have a homemade feast to enjoy Thanksgiving Day, we ask that you consider getting involved in Turkey Drive 2023! You can donate or even start your own Turkey Drive fundraiser and help us grow our community of supporters! This year’s goal is $168,000, our most ambitious goal ever!
Gobble gobble, thank you for turning November into YESvember for our critically ill clients and their loved ones!
Southside Family Nurturing Center
If you are interested in volunteering at Southside Family Nurturing Center, please contact Diane at 612-721-2762 x236 or [email protected] .
- Assist with cooking for Family Events
- Substitute in the kitchen, preparing breakfast and lunch, when our staff cook is out
Building and Grounds
- Great opportunities for one-day work groups!
- Help out with gardening and outdoor beautification
- Assist with building maintenance, such as painting
Development and Administrative Support
- Help the Development Office with mailings, data entry and research
Do you have expertise in Early Childhood Education, Therapeutic Services, Yoga, or Reading Readiness? If you are interested in volunteering regularly/weekly with children in our classrooms or at family events, please contact our Children’s Program Director, Jennifer Bridges at [email protected] .
Share your skills and expertise to strengthen our community through a wide range of volunteer opportunities with PPL.
By contributing your time and talents, you can encourage a love of learning in youth, help adults reach the next step in their career, or make a difference in our neighborhoods with beautification projects.
Volunteer with Youth
Help PPL youth and families thrive by mentoring school-age youth or engaging children in play while parents attend classes.
Volunteer with Adults
Serve as a computer lab coach, personal shopper, or tutor with adult residents to help people succeed in the workforce.
Volunteer as a Group
Work with your school, faith, or work organization of up to 30 people on a project that best fits your group.
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"I loved volunteering there! The other volunteers were all super great, kind people, and the kids were amazing; so full of love and appreciation. It was a really fulfilling, awesome experience for me."
- Ben, PPL Tutor-Mentor Volunteer
"PPL has done a lot of wonderful things for me, my kids, and my grand kids. This is my way of giving back."
- Jeff, PPL Volunteer
"The most rewarding moments have been when I see the enthusiasm of the families putting in gardens with the help of their children. It really becomes a community effort and I love being a part of that."
- Avice, PPL Gardening Volunteer
"I like that the program isn't just homework time; we are there to read together and create a stress-free environment for the students."
- Olas, PPL Tutor-Mentor Volunteer
"It is so important to appreciate the learning that takes place throughout the entire process and focus on what you can do in the time you have."
- Ken, PPL Computer Lab Volunteer
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