Education and Tutoring

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. 

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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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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Support your library’s daily operations, programs and services.

FOR ADULTS (ages 20+)…

How to apply:
*Check out the current volunteer opportunities.
*Complete a volunteer application.
*View the online orientation.
*Schedule an interview.  

Web usability sessions
Volunteers needed to participate in usability sessions to help improve the library website.

FOR TEENS (ages 12-19)…

How to apply:
*Check with your local Hennepin County library about volunteer opportunities for teens.
*If there are volunteer openings, complete the teen volunteer application (PDF) and bring it to the library.
*A library staff member will contact you. 

Omnitheater Tickets
Library volunteers who have worked hours can receive up to two free tickets to the Omnitheater at the Science Museum as well as free admission to the museum.

Location: Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Ages: 12+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: 612-543-8633
Website: https://www.hclib.org/about/support
Time Commitment: varies

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GROWING

  • The Food Group Farm is located on the front lawn of our property in New Hope, MN. With the help of volunteers, we grow and harvest thousands of pounds of pesticide-free fresh produce each season to be donated to food shelf partners. Contact: Ari Baum-Hommes, 763-450-3870, abaumhommes@thefoodgroupmn.org.

GLEANING

  • Fruits of The City works with backyard fruit tree owners and local orchards to glean excess fruit, such as apples and pears, and share the fresh produce with partner food shelves. Many volunteers are needed each autumn to help with the harvest.  Contact: Ari Baum-Hommes, 763-450-3870, abaumhommes@thefoodgroupmn.org.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue gives vendors a chance to donate excess fresh produce at the end of the market. Volunteers collect and package the donations, and we deliver it to partner food shelves. Contact: Eric Wilson, 763-450-3872, ewilson@thefoodgroupmn.org
  • Farm Gleaning helps local farmers find a home for their surplus produce. Teams of volunteers visit the farm to harvest and package fresh vegetables to bring back for distribution to food shelves. Contact: Eric Wilson, 763-450-3872, ewilson@thefoodgroupmn.org

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: varies – see above
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: varies

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Rediscover the joys of reading by volunteering as a Tutor-Mentor with PPL’s after-school youth programs! We help students from low-income communities succeed in school through engaging activities in a positive environment that’s full of laughter and smiles.

Volunteer Tutor-Mentors are matched 1:1 or in small groups with youth to support social and academic growth through literacy tutoring (50 minutes each night), relationship-building, and enrichment activities.

K-5th grade program: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm
6th-8th grade program: Mondays, 4:30-7:30pm

Required training before starting at program

 

Location: North Minneapolis
Ages: 16+
Date(s): Now-May
Time(s): See description
Contact: caitlin.dougherty@ppl-inc.org / 612-455-5108
Website: http://www.ppl-inc.org/how-to-help/volunteer
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours/week

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The Program Leader plays an integral role within GiGi’s Playhouse Programs – to facilitate skill development activities and connect with families.  It is preferred that the Program Leader has advanced education and/or training in developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavioral therapy, social work, special education, speech-language therapy, music, dance, art or a related field.

Location: 4740 Park Glen Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Ages: Over age 18
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 952-926-3660
Website: https://gigisplayhouse.org/twincities
Time Commitment: Varies

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This person will assist the program lead, and the number of volunteers depends on the size and type of program. Program volunteers just need a general knowledge of Down syndrome (which you can gain at the volunteer orientation)!

Location: 4740 Park Glen Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Ages: Over age 16
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 952-926-3660
Website: https://gigisplayhouse.org/twincities
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week

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This is an exciting opportunity to help those with Down syndrome learn to read or do math skills! The time commitment per week is 1 hour plus prep time. We ask our tutors to commit to one session (10 weeks). You will work directly with the family of the child you are tutoring to determine when you will meet for your session each week.

Location: 4740 Park Glen Road, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Ages: Over age 16
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 952-926-3660
Website: https://gigisplayhouse.org/twincities
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week

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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 Jill@Mobilehopemn.org 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: ann.p.deroches@gmail.com
  • 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 pennutob@gmail.com

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 jill@mobilehopemn.org
Website: www.mobilehopemn.org

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