Volunteer with Community Agencies
Examples of current volunteer opportunities:
Partners in English: Help international students and/or their spouse, friend or parent become more proficient with spoken English. Conversations deal with topics of mutual interest which may lead to a discussion of the meaning of words, grammar and pronunciation. Partners in English meets on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm at the St. Anthony Park Library in St. Paul.
Reader/Writer Essay Program: A literacy initiative that pairs public-school adolescents with writing-proficient adult volunteers. Each volunteer serves as a real-life audience and writing coach for one or two metro area public middle or high school students in a writing exchange conducted through the mail. This process builds writing fluency and resilience for teens.
Mock Jury Trials: Cases argued by student “attorneys” of the Mitchell-Hamline School of Law deal with traffic accidents. Volunteer jurors view the trial, deliberate on a verdict, announce it, and offer constructive advice.
Fresh Produce Distribution: Sort and/or distribute fresh produce through Second Harvest Heartland. Volunteers pack over 9000 boxes of groceries each month to distribute to seniors and mothers with children.
History Day Judging: Judges view history projects, interview students (grades 6–8 or 9–12), select winners, and provide written feedback.
The Bakken Museum: Serve as a mentor to middle school students as they explore electricity, create robots or just invent something at the Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave, Minneapolis, MN.
Urban Debate League’s Middle School Tournaments: Judge debate tournaments held at local schools and/or subsequent conference championship tournaments.
Twin Cities Regional Science Fair: Judge science fair projects presented by middle and secondary school students at the Twin Cities regional competition. This is a large event involving hundreds of students so lots of judges are needed!
Good Neighbor Center: Tutoring Youth K - 12: A tutoring program provides academic tutoring for children in grades K-12. The program is designed to help children who are behind academically or socially.
Usher/Greeter: Volunteer to greet and seat attendees before a concert by Vocal Essence at the St. Paul Cathedral.
Help At Your Door: Help seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue living in their homes. Choose from giving rides to painting projects or shopping for groceries.
Memory Loss Caregiver: Engage in a new state-funded program to assist clients suffering from memory loss. Lyngblomsten Care Centers is initiating a program specifically to help people with memory loss and to relieve their caregivers.
Volunteer for your choice of project or find more information by registering through URVC's Better Impact.