Children and Teens

Greater Minneapolis Community Connections true strength is in our ability to mobilize caring people to make a difference.

GMCC serves mothers, fathers, kids and families in the Twin Cities area and throughout greater Minnesota. Our core mission is uniting people of faith, serving people in need. We strive to prevent hunger, provide a positive foundation for youth, maximize the self-reliance of seniors, encourage cultural diversity and pursue the end of poverty.

We can help match you with the perfect volunteer experience.

Service Area:
*Hunger Relief
*Youth Mentoring
*Poverty Education

Location: 1100 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Ages: Individuals/Groups over age 16
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: Megan Young at myoung@gmcc.org or 612-276-1500/https://www.gmcc.org/volunteer
Website: http://gmcc.org
Time Commitment: varies

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As a volunteer at Children’s Hospital Minnesota, you’ll get to be part of the team that is privileged to care for the most amazing people on earth. From reading books to patients and their siblings to helping out at a fundraiser, you’ll provide crucial support to our patients, families and staff.

How you can help?

We offer long and short-term volunteer opportunities where you can put your skills and passions to work while contributing to our critical mission. Learn about volunteering at Children’s:

Location: 2525 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: 16+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: volunteerservices@childrensmn.org or 612-813-6200.
Website: https://www.childrensmn.org/support-childrens/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Commit to one three-hour shift per week for one semester/4 months

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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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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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Make a difference and work directly with children in our program! Help our advocates with our children’s program in both the shelter and our community program. We are looking for positive role models to assist children with homework, reading, arts and crafts and playtime.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must like children, good communication skills and willing to take direction
  • Background check and training is required for this role

Current Wish List

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  16+
Time Commitment: Every other week
Contact: info@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4062

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The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night (learn more about how kettle donations become help for those in need).

We need thousands of volunteer bell ringers this Christmas season. You can help when you sign up online for a bell ringing shift. You’ll receive a confirmation email with your selected shifts to confirm that your registration was received. To sign up by phone, or for any questions, please call our Twin Cities bell ringing hotline at 651-746-3519.

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3519
Website: http://salvationarmynorth.org/volunteer/bellringing/
Time Commitment: Varies

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The holiday season is upon us!  For many families we serve, this time of the year can be especially difficult.  We are fortunate to be able to provide a Holiday Boutique every year.  This could not happen without the support of generous donors. Our board room is transformed into a winter wonderland and new toys and gifts are displayed.  Our clients who need additional support over the holidays, are able to walk through and select items for their children.  This process allows clients to pick gifts with dignity and builds anticipation for the holidays!  Clients get to select items they would like to give to their children, wrap them and then get to see the joy on their children’s faces when given! Thank you for your support and making the holiday’s brighter for many families!

Current Wish List

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  All
Drop off before: Gifts will be accepted from December 2nd-December 13th.
Contact: info@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4062

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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: kjohnson@crisisnursery.org / 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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