Needs

Minnetonka Community Education is busy planning a summer full of fun for youth and adults. One of our largest events is Tour de Tonka. This annual, multi-distanced bicycle ride is for all ages, and will take place on Saturday, August 4. Tour de Tonka promotes and celebrates healthy lifestyles, friendship, teamwork, and outdoor recreation through the collaboration of cities, sponsors, local charities and hundreds of volunteers. Tour de Tonka supports ICA, our local food shelf, and since the event started in 2006, we have raised over $60,000 for ICA! Additional proceeds go towards community education programming.

We are expecting over 3,500 participants to ride one of our eight routes that wind through many beautiful west metro communities, including Chanhassen, Chaska, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, Navarre, Tonka Bay, and Wayzata. To support these riders, we’ll need around 450 volunteers.

Please join us in cheering on the participants this year! We have shifts that vary in duration from 1-4 hours, and small groups or families could even make a request to volunteer together if they like. The majority of the positions involve directing riders on the course, and volunteers can often be placed in the city of their choice.  Please sign up on our website!

Location: Minnetonka and Western Suburbs
Ages: 16+
Date(s): Saturday, August 4
Time(s): 5:30 am – 4:30 pm
Contact: sarah.guse@minnetonkaschools.org
Website: https://www.minnetonkaschools.org/district/mcec/events/tour-de-tonka/volunteer
Time Commitment: 1+ hours

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Do you LOVE Wayzata? Show it! Whether you’re new to the area and want to learn more about the community or a longtime resident with plenty of knowledge to share, volunteering at the Chamber is a great way to promote our wonderful area while meeting people from around the world.

The Chamber is looking for volunteers willing to greet and answer questions at the Wayzata Welcome Center.

Frequently asked questions include: directions, bathroom locations, recommendation of things to do.

Volunteers will have access to the brochure area and free Wi-Fi.

Bonus! The Welcome Center table will be located outside of the Chamber Depot Door, so volunteers can enjoy sunshine on a nice day. Please note there is an overhang so volunteers will be protected from sun and weather if needed.

Location: 402 East Lake Street
Ages:
Date(s): June 4th- September 7th
Time(s): 1:30 – 4:30
Contact: info@wayzatachamber.com
Website: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2268883/false#/invitation
Time Commitment: 3hr time slots

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Become an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Provide support to staff at Home Free Shelter for battered women and their children. Answer 24 hours crisis line, work one on one with residents, handle various duties. Training is provided.

Location: Plymouth
Ages: 18+ women only
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Varies
Contact: khitchcock@missionsinc.org
Website: https://www.missionsinc.org/support-us/volunteer
Time Commitment: At least 2x a month for 12 months

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SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer at the Reading Tent
Read to a child at the reading tent and give away free books in the community.
Ages 14 and older can help. Dates are:
*June 12 & 19, July 10 & 31, August 14 & 28 from 10:30-11:30am
*June 28, July 26, August 23 from 4:30-5:30pm.

Volunteer at the Sprouts Community Garden
Help tend to the plots at the community garden in Maple Plain or donate gardening items. We need help weeding, mulching, harvesting produce.
Ages 14 and older can help.
Times vary based on volunteer availability. 

Help with Summer Learning Opportunities
Volunteer during the summer at field trips and other outings offered to the students in our school year program. Please contact Genna for the specifics.

 

SCHOOL YEAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer to Help Students in the SPARKS Program
Volunteers work with elementary and middle school students with a focus on reading, relationships and encouragement for completing homework. The program meets twice a week after school at two area churches.
Must be 15 years and older to help
*Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
*Tuesday & Thursday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
More Information

Volunteer to Mentor High School Students
Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono high school students. The program focuses on motivating students to improve their performance, especially in the areas of attendance, attitude, GPA and participation.
*Once a month on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:45-1:00 with optional second meeting per month arranged with mentors.

Volunteer to Help Students in the STARS Program
Volunteers support teachers who are providing elementary students with extra academic support from 8-9am in the morning focusing on Math and/or reading.

 

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor a Meal for our Mentoring Programs
Sponsor a meal for one of our mentoring programs that serves Orono students.

Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities
Allow a student interested in your profession to shadow you for a day to learn about your career.

 

Location: Orono Community Education, 705 Old Crystal Bay Road North, Long Lake, MN 55356
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us
Website: http://www.Orono.k12.mn.us/ce/adult-programs/orono-sparks
Time Commitment: Varies

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YARD CLEANUP

Come help Senior Community Services HOME Program provide Outdoor Yard Clean-up for seniors in Hennepin County. Our volunteers help seniors stay in their homes by providing help with outdoor chores they are unable to do themselves. It’s a great way to volunteer AND get outside! Shifts are flexible, we ask for a minimum of 2-3 hours. You choose the date and time. We welcome groups of all ages (7 and up with an adult). It’s a great way to volunteer with your family, faith community, or corporate work team. 

If you are looking for an excuse to get outside and do good, join us! We are looking for volunteers throughout  the summer and fall.

HOME Program serves age 60+: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, and Woodland.

Location: 29 Hennepin County Communities
Ages: age 7+
Date(s): Flexible, choose schedule that works best for you!
Time(s): Daytime, flexible
Contact: Cat at 952-767-7894, c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org
Website: http://seniorcommunity.org
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per time (depending on the size of the yard), must commit to the season

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Help with children’s carnival games and activities.

Location: Hilde Performance Center
Ages: All
Date(s): Thursday, Aug. 2
Time(s): 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Jackie Maas; jmaas@plymouthmn.gov
Time Commitment: varies

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Great River Greening:  There are no current volunteer opportunities in the West Metro area at this time.  Please check back often.

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Nearly 100 volunteers are needed to help students (K-5) complete their homework, gain confidence in school and form meaningful relationships. Individuals from diverse backgrounds encouraged to apply; our youth love having mentors and role models who look and sound like them. Open to high school and adult volunteers. No previous tutoring experience is required (training is provided). 

Location: Neighborhoods in Plymouth/Medina 
Ages: 16+
Date(s): During the School Year
Time(s): varies
Contact: Najmo Yusuf @ nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/volunteer-with-youth/
Time Commitment: varies

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Mentor Orono High School students over the lunch hour (monthly) and during additional one-on-one communication in an effort to improve student performance related to attendance, attitude, GPA and participation. 

Location: Orono High School
Ages: 18+
Date(s): Year around
Time(s): Lunch hour
Contact: Najmo Yusuf @ nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/volunteer-with-youth/
Time Commitment: 75 minute meeting over lunch hour 1 time per month, September-May.

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Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches true strength is in our ability to mobilize caring people to make a difference.  Please consider volunteering your time to the Paint-A-Thon by contacting paintathon@gmcc.org.

Metro Paint-A-Thon coordinates groups and individual volunteers to paint the homes of low-income seniors and the physically disabled. By generously donating their time and talents, volunteers allow homeowners to continue living independently, benefiting not only the homeowner, but the neighborhood and the community. We’d love to have you join us! 

Location: 1100 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Ages: All, but if under age 16, you will need adult supervision
Date(s): varies
Time(s): 8AM – afternoon
Contact: Megan Young at myoung@gmcc.org or 612-276-1548
Website: www.metropaintathon.org
Time Commitment: varies

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