Computers and Technology

Got computer skills? Help adults with barriers to employment build effective online job-search skills.  

PPL’s Career Center offers a computer lab open to the public for career-related activities. Lab Volunteers give 1:1 support to adults learning basic computer skills, offering guidance as they search for employment & educational opportunities online.

Location & Schedule:

  • PPL Career Center, 1021 East Franklin Ave., Mpls 55404
  • Flexible 3 hour shifts (weekly) between 9 am – 4 pm, M – F
  • Current available shifts:
    • Monday, 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Monday, 1 – 3 PM
    • Tuesday, 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Tuesday, 1 – 3 PM
    • Thursday, 1 – 3 PM
    • Friday, 1 – 3 PM
    • On-call and substitute volunteers

      ****All shifts are generally flexible (please contact for more info)


  • Orient new participants to lab policies, software, and accessibility tools
  • Teach adults basic computer skills
  • Help with online job search and email setup
  • Coach on self-presentation: offer advice on resumes, cover letters, and professionalism
  • Direct adults to resources: housing, education, childcare, etc.
  • Assist with specials projects and lab maintenance
  • Remind participants of lab rules and help maintain professional environment


  • Training and guidance from program staff
  • Hands-on experience working with diverse adults in a community setting
  • Opportunity to empower others by sharing your skills and knowledge


  • Proficient at Microsoft Word, internet search, and general computer knowledge 
  • Interest in working with adults of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Able to proactively engage and assist adults
  • Proficiency in Somali or other languages desired but NOT required
  • Experience working with immigrant populations desired

Contact Leah Parriott at 612-455-5316 or to learn more or set up an interview. The application process includes references and a background check. 


Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community.

Group Opportunities: Complete a Volunteer Application
Donation Sorting
Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Care
Office Cleaning/Organizing
Special Programming/Entertainment
Food Distributions

Individual Opportunities:
Basic Needs / Housing Programs
-Food Shelf Shopper — Locations across the metro
-Kitchen Cleaner/Organizer — Brooklyn Park
-Security Assistant — Minneapolis

Working with Youth
-Character-Building Class Leader — Locations across the metro
-After-School Program Leader — Minneapolis and St. Paul

Disaster Relief
-Disaster Relief Worker — Locations across the metro
Salvation Army Stores
-Store Volunteer — Locations across the metro

Professional / Technical Skills
-Computer Lab Supervisor — Minneapolis
-Housekeeping/Laundry Assistant — Minneapolis
-Driver — Locations across the metro
-Facility Maintenance Assistant — Locations across the metro
-Administrative Support — Roseville
-Wednesday Evening Receptionist — NE Minneapolis
-Share Your Skills — Locations across the metro

-Landscape/Gardening/Lawn Care — Locations across the metro
-Office Cleaning/Organizing — Locations across the metro

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3426
Time Commitment: Varies


Connect with Hammer’s Communication department and those we serve by taking high resolution photos at our special events. Contact:

Location: 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Ages: 18+
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Ongoing
Time Commitment: 1-4 hours monthly