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 19 & August 14 from 10:30-11:30am at the Orono Discovery Center
*July 25 and August 22 from 4:30-5:30pm at Dexter Park in Long Lake

Also we have a new basic needs closet that started at the high school that we will need donations for on an ongoing basis. But for this website are you looking more for active volunteer opportunities versus a need like that? Let me know your thoughts.

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.


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.


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
Time Commitment: Varies


We have over 200 mobile homes in this park, and just recently opened a new community center for our residents.  The new community center has a computer lab, exercise room, game room and meeting areas.  We are looking for volunteers:

  • Hope Center Hosts – The Hope Center is a 3500 sf community center with a variety of activities, most of which are run by volunteers.  In order for the building to be open, at least three hosts are needed to check families in, be available for questions, and oversee activities.
    Open hours are Monday night 7-8:30 pm; Tuesday and Thursday’s 1-2:30 pm.
  • Mentoring – Having an caring adult from outside of the family walk alongside a young person is one proven key to success!
  • Lead a Group – Do you lead a Cub Scout pack?  How about a community sports league?  Like art or theater?  The young people of Maple Hill would be interested in getting involved with these types of activities and leadership is needed to make that a reality.
  • Create a program!  We know that there are a lot of creative ways that volunteers have come up with to help support the families of Maple Hill Estates.  You might have a great idea for something that could be started.  If so, contact us and let’s see if it can happen!
  • Hospitality/Serve Meals-Throughout the summer we have Taco Tuesday.  If you are interested in providing and serving on a Tuesday night, please contact Jill at for more info.
  • Summer School-We will be offering summer school for K-5th grade.  Dates: July 23rd-August 17th (Monday-Thursday)  9am-noon.   If you would like to learn more email:
  • Lunch Box Fever-Help pick up and deliver summer lunches to children at Maple Hill Estates.  Monday-Thursday.  If interested in learning more contact Besty Pennuto at 612-710-0936 or email at

Summer 2018 – Hope Center Hours:
Monday-Friday 8-9:30 am
Tuesday 1-2:30 pm
Monday/Thursday 7-8:30 pm

Community Meals selected Tuesday’s 6-7 pm

Location: 7800 Maple Hill Road B38, Corcoran, MN 55340 (corner of HWY 101 and Bass Lake Road)
Ages: 12 or older, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Jill Dejewski: 763-416-0945 or


Recruit a team of up to 6 people to purchase groceries, cook on site and serve breakfast, lunch or dinner to children at the Crisis Nursery. A great opportunity for your team of employees, coworkers, faith community, family, or club to cook a meal for approximately 25-30 children, care provider staff, and volunteers. This can be a one time event or occur on a regular basis.

Opportunities available daily 365 days per year.
Breakfast – 7:00AM-9:00AM
Lunch – 11:00AM-1:00PM
Dinner – 4:00PM-6:00PM

Current Wish List

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S
Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
Date(s): 365 days a year
Time(s): Throughout the day
Contact: / 612-767-8483
Time Commitment:1.5 hours prep (including shopping) and 2 hours at the Nursery


Recruit a team of up to 6 people to purchase groceries, prepare on site and serve a snack to the children at the Crisis Nursery. Creativity in developing your snack is especially welcome. A great opportunity for teens to get involved in volunteering with your family, girl scout troop, or youth group by creating a fun snack for approximately 25-30 children, care provider staff, and volunteers. This can be a one time event or occur on a regular basis.

Current Wish List

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S
Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
Date(s): 365 days a year
Time(s): Throughout the day
Morning Snack – 9:30AM-11:00AM
Afternoon Snack – 2:30PM-4:00PM
Evening Snack – 6:30PM-8:00PM
Contact: / 612-767-8483
Time Commitment:Approximately 1.5 hours at the Crisis Nursery plus meal planning and shopping


This is a great way to provide a little extra comfort and care to people going through a difficult time and a great opportunity for people who enjoy cooking to serve together.

Groups of 2-4 people (ages 18+) prepare dinner for our residents. Shifts are currently booked on a once a month rotation system, but we are open to different frequencies of service as well. We encourage groups to provide the ingredients but are willing to help substitute some items. Recipe ideas are encouraged!

The volunteer shift runs from 3:30-5:15. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Volunteers prepare and present the meal, residents take care of clean up.

Current Wish List

Location:  Exact location will be given to confirmed service groups due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  18+
Time Commitment: 2 hours
Contact: or 952-351-4062


TreeHouse, Inc. is a Christian-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring hope to hurting youth and families, leading to life transformation. TreeHouse provides a safe place for at-risk youth who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school or in their communities to strive and grow by combining long-term caring relationships with year-round balanced programs.

We currently have 8 locations where we serve teens from the surrounding communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, St. Louis Park. We also need volunteers at our main office in Edina.

Meal Host:
Prepare a meal at home, bring it to TreeHouse and serve 25-35 teens before evening program. Ideal service opportunity for families or small groups!  

Location: Peace Lutheran Church – 3695 Cty. Rd. 101 N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Ages: 18+
Date(s): Tuesdays or Thursday
Time(s): 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Contact: or 952-238-1010
Time Commitment: Varies


With Open Arms, we nourish body, mind and soul.

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.  That’s where we come in. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases. We also work with communities in sub-Saharan Africa, providing food and technical assistance for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Open Arms is also unique in its phenomenal community of donors and more than 1,900 volunteers — the folks who work with us every day, ensuring that we continue to do our work with enthusiasm, joy and success.  Open Arms relies on the tremendous dedication of our 1,900 volunteers for every aspect of our operations – we could not function without them. Our volunteers tell us that they love working with Open Arms because they get to see the tangible impact of their work, whether they handle vegetables in the kitchen or hand food directly to a person in need.

Join us and make a profound difference in the lives of our clients while having fun and meeting others. We have a wide variety of opportunities and will work with you to find the perfect fit for your skills, interests and availability.

Learn about the volunteer opportunities available at Open Arms:

Delivering Meals
Take delicious food and a friendly face to our client’s door.

Cooking Meals
Work with our chefs to prepare nutritious entrees, soups, and baked goods.

Be the face of Open Arms as a receptionist, help our staff with administrative projects and volunteer at special events. Contact Ellen for more information about these opportunities.

Location: 2550 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Time Commitment: Varies