COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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.
https://app.betterimpact.com/Login/Volunteer

Volunteers in Action

Organizing food for food share program

Organizing food for food share program

Science Fair Judge

Judging at a science fair

Helping with robotics

Helping student with robotics

Experiencing Electricity at the Bakken Museum

Mentor and students learning about electricity at the Bakken Museum