Education and Tutoring

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
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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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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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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Program Description: Project for Pride in Living (PPL) builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. PPL’s tutoring & mentoring program, PPL Scholars, serves families transitioning out of chronic homelessness by supporting youth in grades K-5 to thrive through relationship building, literacy tutoring, and enrichment activities in 1:1 matches with volunteer Tutor-Mentors.

Responsibilities:

  • Work 1:1 with a young person on positive social skills, literacy, and enrichment activities such as art or free play
  • Develop a relationship with a young person using a strengths based and culturally informed approach
  • Help maintain a safe, productive, and fun environment
  • Communicate with staff to provide feedback on young person’s academic and social progress

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently and maintain consistent weekly attendance
  • Enthusiasm to learn alongside young people
  • Patience, understanding, and flexibility to adapt to each youth’s needs for the day
  • Commitment to empowering others by sharing your skills and knowledge
  • Experience with youth in grades K-5th helpful
  • Passion for working with youth from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Interest in working with youth at varied levels of academic and social development
  • Comfortable interacting with parents/guardians to support youth success

Benefits:

  • Develop a meaningful relationship with a young person
  • Support and materials provided by PPL staff
  • Training provided on literacy development, trauma, social skills development, and cultural competency

To Apply:

  • Complete our online application at www.ppl-inc.org/volunteer
  • You will then be contacted by Caitlin Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator, to complete these steps:
    • Phone interview
    • References check
    • Background check

Location: PPL’s Camden Apartments (4643 Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis) or PPL’s Collaborative Village Apartments (2020 Elliot Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Ages: 16+
Date(s): October 14-May 6(accepting applications now!)
Time(s): Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:45pm
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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Programs

Program Leader:  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.

Host Family: The Host Family attends the assigned program each session, to ensure that no family must attend on their own and works in conjunction with program leader.

Program Volunteers: 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)!

Literacy and Math Tutors: 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.

Literacy and Math Coordinators: Help facilitate literacy and math program with programs coordinator

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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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
Ages: 12+, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Jill Dejewski at 763-416-0945 or jill@mobilehopemn.org
Website: www.mobilehopemn.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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