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.

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