Children and Teens

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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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.

Support Group Program Volunteer:
Invest directly in the lives of teens facing life’s challenges during Support Group programs. Teens benefit from hearing from other teens facing similar trials and receive support and encouragement from their peers and small group leaders.

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

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Supervise and play with children (ages 0-8) in the Children’s Play Area while parents or guardians are attending to business at Interfaith Outreach (e.g. Meeting with a case manager, visiting the food shelf, job searching in our computer lab, etc.). Check in children and supervise while parents access our resources. Middle school youth are welcome to volunteer with a parent.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Year around
Time(s): Middle school youth are welcome to volunteer with a parent. Mondays and Tuesdays 3-5 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Contact: Najmo Yusuf @ nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: 2 or more hours/month

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We do monthly birthday parties at the Passage Community. Our parties are on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8. Volunteers help set up, clean up, and most importantly have fun with the kids and families. All supplies are provided. You have the option of purchasing a birthday gift for a specific child–a great way to get your younger kids involved. We are the local chapter of the national organization The Birthday Party Project.

To sign up you must go to the website…www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org, fill out a background check, and then you can request to sign up for the dates for the MPLS parties.

Location: The Passage Community; 17 E 24th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: 5+
Date(s): the 3rd Thursday of each month
Time(s): 6-8pm
Contact: hello@thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Website: http://thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours each time—can sign up for one or many!

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Individuals assist our professional child care staff with direct care for the children that stay at the Crisis Nursery. Child care volunteers are required to complete an application, attend a tour/information session, sit for an interview, submit a background check, participate in a four-hour orientation and practice hands-on training before starting.

Let’s do it!

  • Attend/sign up for an Information Session
  • Complete the child care volunteer application, and provide 3 references
  • Participate in an interview (in-person)
  • Complete the required state background check and fingerprinting
  • All child care volunteers are required to participate in a four-hour orientation and practice hands-on training before starting their position.

Child Care volunteers make a commitment to volunteer regularly, working with different age groups of children 6 years and younger, for each shift. Working with the Volunteer Services Manager, you will determine a schedule that allows you to volunteer twice per month. While the current shifts available may vary, volunteer shifts take place seven days a week, at the following times.

Current Wish List

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
Ages: Volunteers must be 18 or older
Date(s): 365 days a year
Time(s): Shifts are 7:30am-10:30am, 10:30am-1:30pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Contact: 612-767-8483
Website: http://www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: 3-4 hours, every other week for a minimum of 6 months

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We do monthly birthday parties at People Serving People (the largest family shelter in the Twin Cities). Our parties are on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6-8. Volunteers help set up, clean up, and most importantly have fun with the kids and families. All supplies are provided. You have the option of purchasing a birthday gift for a specific child–a great way to get your younger kids involved. We are the local chapter of the national organization The Birthday Party Project.

To sign up you must go to the website…www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org, fill out a background check, and then you can request to sign up for the dates for the MPLS parties.

Location: People Serving People …614 South 3rd Street MPLS
Ages: volunteers must be at least 12 years old
Date(s): the 3rd Friday night of each month
Time(s): 6-8pm
Contact: hello@thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Website: http://thebirthdaypartyproject.org
Time Commitment: 2 hours each time—can sign up for one or many!

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Administrative/General

Computer/Tech/Media: Hook up the copier/printer, come in as needed for computer assistance, and organize/label wii and x-box games/set up informational slide show on television.

Handyman: touch up painting, fix broken toys, fix trim around stage, replace smoke detectors, etc.

Marketing/PR: contacting media for events, help write press releases, create flyers and brochures for GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities.

Writers: for blog, grant writers etc.

Fundraisers: Research and meet with individuals/organizations who would like to sponsor or donate to GiGi’s Playhouse Twin Cities.

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: 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:

    • Homework Help / Tutors – Teachers and volunteers are needed to assist students with homework and/or tutor them in their schoolwork
    • 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. 
    • Mentoring – Having an caring adult from outside of the family walk alongside a young person is one proven key to success!  
    • Financial Donations – If you are interested in helping to support for the work of Mobile Hope, you can contribute using the DONATE link above, send a check to this address: 7800 Maple Hill Road B38  Corcoran, MN 55340, or feel free to contact us and we would be happy to chat!  
    • Food Pick-ups – Food donations are distributed around the park to those that could use a little extra.  We are in need of individuals willing to make those food pick-ups, or to serve as back-up for those who are already on the schedule!  
    • ESL (ELL) Teachers – There are many cultures represented in mobile home communities.  Teaching English helps those newer to the United States to apply for jobs, get ahead, and become more a part of the world around them.
    • VBS Volunteers – Each year the youth from Wayzata Free Church and Wooddale Church host a large Vacation Bible School for the kids at Maple Hill.  If you are interested in being a part of that, contact Bruce Droogsma at 763-473-9463
    • Computer Skills Training – When our new community center opens up in the spring, we will have need for volunteers who enjoy teaching computer skills in our new computer lab. 
    • 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! 

Location: 7800 Maple Hill Road B38, Corcoran, MN 55340 *AND* 303 York Avenue, Osseo, MN  55369                                                                              Ages: 12+, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: (Corcoran) Jill Dejewski at 763-416-0945 or jill@mobilehopemn.org Website: www.mobilehopemn.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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We are looking for NEW heavy winter coats, new hats and new mittens for kids age newborn – 18 years old.  The winter gear is distributed annually at Mary’s Place, a transitional shelter in a Minneapolis. A “pop up” store is set up for the kids to choose the style, color and size that they want!

AT THIS TIME PLEASE SAVE YOUR WINTER GEAR FOR DONATION THIS FALL.

Location: Email for drop off location
Ages: All ages
Date(s): All year
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Valeriegilbert2@aol.com
Website: www.facebook.com/coatedinlove
Time Commitment: Varies

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Cheerful Givers is excited to offer you the opportunity to host your next birthday (or event) at our headquarters. We have three packages you can choose from, basic, plus and ultimate. With each birthday package your group will be given all the materials they need to assemble gift bags for less fortunate children. Participants can take pictures in our ‘photo booth’, and all kids receive the ‘I’m a Cheerful Giver’ certificate. All the funds collected from your party will be used to fill future gift bags.

Visit our Schedule page to reserve your next event at Cheerful Givers!

Basic 

  • $10 per person
  • 2 hour birthday event: 1 hour for the birthday party and 1 hour for a birthday bag blast
  • Photo booth activity
  • Birthday boy or girl receives a Cheerful Givers Certificate

Plus

  • $15 per person
  • 2 hour birthday event: 1 hour for the birthday party and 1 hour for a birthday bag blast. We supply cupcakes and beverages for your party!
  • Photo booth activity
  • Birthday boy or girl receives a Cheerful Givers Certificate

Ultimate

  • $20 per person
  • 2 hour birthday event: 1 hour for the birthday party and 1 hour for a birthday bag blast. We supply pizza, cupcakes, beverages and partyware for your party!
  • Photo booth activity
  • Birthday boy or girl receives a Cheerful Givers Certificate

If you are interested in hosting your next event or birthday party at the Cheerful Givers headquarters, please visit our Schedule page and a member of our team will be in touch!

Wish List

Location: 2186 3rd Street, Suite 106, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Ages: Any age
Date(s):
Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: robin@cheerfulgivers.org or 612.562.4499
Website: http://www.cheerfulgivers.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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