Our members have many needs for volunteers, a sampling of which appear below. If you are a workplace or community group interested in volunteering as a group, please email us (email@example.com) or call 651-647-0440. If you are an individual looking to volunteer, please feel free to contact our members directly. Most Community Shares volunteer needs are undertaken by member groups, however, if you are interested in volunteering to serve on the Board of Directors or a committee, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Volunteer Opportunities with Our Members
Asian Media Access
Youth Media/Leadership Camp needs volunteer guest trainers (requires multimedia background), mentors and facilitators.
City of Lakes Community Land Trust
Project at a homeowner’s property (garden planting, minor painting, etc.), with summer being the best time of year for a work project.
Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.
Spring Clean Up is a fun, practical and symbolic event, with teams working their way through the neighborhood and culminating with a picnic at Elliot Park. This event usually takes place in early June.
Family Tree Clinic
Small groups of volunteers can join in making “safer sex kits” nights, which are held monthly.
Friends for a Non-Violent World
Alternatives to Violence (AVP) Allies are needed to write letters of encouragement, support and respect to inmates who are in the AVP project. Little notes can make a BIG difference in an inmate’s life. All letters are signed with a first name only and mailed from the FNVW address.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
Groups of volunteers are needed months in advance and on the day of the annual MayDay Parade and Festival, held on the first Sunday in May. Assignments include public workshop assistants, festival set-up crew, ceremony ushers, festival strike crew, parade marshals, and merchandise booth assistants.
KFAI, Fresh Air Radio
A group of up to 6 volunteers could be used for 1-3 hours during our Spring or Fall Pledge Drive. Worksite volunteers could also serve as part of KFAI’s street team at the Juneteenth Festival, Rondo Days Celebration, or Cinco de Mayo Parade.
Lexington-Hamline Community Council
The Annual Ice Cream Social, which has been taking place for more than 30 years, could use a crew of up to 15 volunteers in July. Assignments could include staffing kids games, serving ice cream and hot dogs, event set-up and take down, and selling raffle tickets.
National Federation of the Blind
Each year, the NFB does a Spring Cleaning of its headquarters, a former mansion located near the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This project would provide a group of 5-10 volunteers with a chance to work with blind people and dispel some of their misunderstandings and stereotypes about blindness.
Volunteers are needed to help out at our booth at the Minnesota State Fair (2-3 volunteers are needed to fill 4-hour shifts). Larger groups of volunteers are also needed to help us assemble “condoms-on-a-stick” prior to the Fair.
Groups of 3-10 volunteers could be used for book sales and monthly volunteer work parties.
Resource Center of the Americas
Groups can assist with flyering to promote their Spanish language program, including the Intercambios Language Exchange.
Rondo Community Land Trust
The Barn Raising Committee helps leaseholders with home improvement and renovation projects. Volunteers with particular skill sets might be able to help this group.
West Side Community Health Services
A group of volunteers could provide support for an annual holiday party/gift drive or a large special event, such as Cinco de Mayo.
Youth Farm and Market Project
Workplace groups can help out in our gardens, especially in the spring and fall. We can handle large groups (40-50 people) but are fine with smaller groups who would participate in garden preparation and general garden maintenance.
Volunteers are needed to be mentors, provide career shadowing, and for a variety of programs at Camp Sunrise.