Opportunity Fair at Inver
Dakota County Volunteer Fair

From one-time to ongoing, individual or group, remote or in-person, there are many ways to get involved in your community.

Contact Information

Shannon Williams
Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning

swilliams@inverhills.edu
651-450-3244
College Center, 2nd Floor

Volunteer Fair

Local organizations offer a variety of opportunities to make a positive impact in our vibrant communities, and the potential to engage with others with similar interests. Volunteering shares your talents, develops new skills, expands resources and services, raises awareness of social needs, connects communities, and builds friendships. Whether you are looking for one-time, ongoing, project-based or seasonal; for individuals, families or groups (businesses, churches, civic organizations, schools, etc.) in person or remote from home, there is a role for you to contribute to making a difference in your community.

Check out these local organizations that are currently seeking new volunteers! Contact the organization directly for more information or to apply. For general questions about this online resource, contact Shannon Williams at swilliams@inverhills.edu.

360 Communities delivers safety and stability that improves lives.

With three effective program areas and community partnerships, we build trusting relationships, break cycles of violence, and produce measurable success. Founded more than 45 years ago by a group of volunteers, we

provide hope and support to about 15,000 individuals each year. There are 9 programs in over 40 locations, including a network of five food shelves, two domestic and sexual violence shelters, two resource centers, and two programs that support school success from birth through high school graduation. Over 1,000 volunteers donate their time, energy and talent in support of 360 Communities every year.

Opportunities:

Due to COVID, we currently have ongoing volunteer and internship opportunities available at our Food Shelves and Resource Centers. As restrictions loosen up, we will return to having volunteers help support our Violence Prevention and Intervention area.

We would love to talk with you about volunteering with our organization!

Check out our current volunteer needs on our website: https://360communities.org/volunteer/

Contact:

Kaitlyn Wyman
Volunteer Manager
KWyman@360Communities.org

To learn more about 360 Communities, visit 360Communities.org for success stories, video, and more.

ABE offers programs for adults to improve their English language and academic skills so they can move ahead in their jobs, prepare for further education or improve their daily lives. If you are interested in helping adults, consider volunteering in our ABE classrooms. Morning and evening positions are available in Apple Valley. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to make a difference in the lives of adult learners!

Opportunities:

  • Assisting in a classroom
  • Teaching or co-teaching
  • Tutoring one-to-one
  • In-person and online volunteer opportunities

Contact:

For more information and to apply visit https://ce.district196.org/adult/adult-basic-education/volunteer. Contact us by completing the application or email abe@district196.org or call 952-431-8316.

We offer a variety of opportunities to make a positive impact in our vibrant communities, and the potential to engage with others with similar interests. Whether you are looking for one-time, ongoing, project-based or seasonal; for individuals, families or groups (businesses, churches, civic organizations, schools, etc.) there is a role for you to contribute to making a difference in your community.

Opportunities:

  • Adopt a Bus Shelter, Cemetery, Drain, Garden, Park, Pond, Neighborhood or Street
  • Bluebird Nest Monitoring
  • City Events
  • Document Scanning
  • Drain Stenciling
  • Group Projects
  • Internships
  • Invasive Plant and Tree Removal/Land Restoration
  • One-time Projects
  • Planting/Gardening/Landscaping/Weeding
  • Records Management
  • Recycling
  • Scout Projects
  • Please contact us with your own ideas

Contact:

Diane Erickson, Volunteer Engagement Manager

derickson@wspmn.gov or call 651-208-4840
www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us
www.ighmn.gov
www.ci.rosemount.mn.us
www.wspmn.gov

Bring the past to life for visitors to the historic village of Dakota City (located in Farmington) as you dress in costume and portray a 1900’s Villager. Behind-the-scenes help is also needed to support the events, camps and tours held in the village. Enjoy making new friends, share your skills and knowledge (or learn something new!) and make a difference in a child’s life by volunteering with us. Dakota City provides costumes, information, training and fun, you provide your time.

Website www.dakotacity.org; for more info contact education@dakotacity.org

Dakota County offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups wishing to share their talents and time in Dakota County. We pride ourselves in offering a robust program that offers our communities the chance to share their skills, expertise, and passion to enhance the quality and variety of services offered to our residents.

Numerous county departments offer volunteer and intern opportunities including:

  • Libraries
  • Parks
  • Community Corrections
  • Environmental Resources
  • Transportation
  • Public Health

Search and register for our opportunities: Volunteering & Internship Opportunities

Contact:

Garrett Zaffke, Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator at Garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us

Established in 1974, DARTS helps older adults lead independent lives. DARTS provides transportation and home services to seniors, caregiver support, and intergenerational volunteer opportunities. Volunteer today and make a difference in the lives of older adults.

Opportunities:

  • Respite Volunteer
  • Fall Cleanup
  • Snow Angel

Contact:

https://dartsconnects.org/volunteer/

GAPP Services is a non profit agency with a volunteer driver program. They provide rides for any Dakota County resident with no other mode of transportation to medical, dental, Dakota County offices, chemo, radiation and dialysis. Hours of service are from 7am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers use their own vehicles. GAPP Services reimburses volunteer drivers $.56 per mile from the time they leave their home until they get back home.

Learn more about GAPP Services Inc. at https://gappservicesinc.com/

Contact:

Kim Armstrong
952-953-9299

Weaving care, grace, & peace into everything we do. At Grace Hospice we encircle each patient with comfort, honestly, & respect for their wishes. Come join us as a hospice volunteer & share your gifts & time with people in your community!

What is hospice volunteering? Watch our YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbCAurghJtA&feature=youtu.be to learn! Various opportunities to serve, including companion, pet therapy, music therapy, vigil (11th hour), writers, etc.! There's a place for you at Grace!

Contact:

Sarah Matthews at SMMatthews@gracecaring.org or 651-485-2768

Guild is a Minnesota not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that empowers those living with mental illness and/or experiencing long-term homelessness by helping them find the tools they need to lead stable, fulfilling lives in communities of their choosing.

Opportunity: Virtual Volunteering

Give a little time. Get a lot in return. Share your time and talent with Guild and get the satisfaction of knowing you are helping people with mental illness lead fulfilling lives. Be a friend, virtually! A few hours a month can make a big difference for someone who feels isolated. Help your friend stay connected, stay active, and improve their health!

Contact:

Nancy at volunteer@guildservices.org

Kids 'n Kinship's mission is to provide friendships to children ages 5-16 who are in need of a positive role model. We serve the communities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount.

Opportunities:

  • We are looking for individuals, couples or families who want to make a difference in the life of a child or teen by sharing time and activities on a weekly basis.
  • There is also an opportunity to volunteer with our school-based mentoring program in Apple Valley, Eagan, Rosemount and Farmington.
  • There are many female mentors waiting to be matched with female mentees! If you or someone you know is looking for a mentor for a child, you can refer a child to our program by visiting https://www.kidsnkinship.org/child-application/. We are in especially high need of young girls to enroll in our program at this time.

Contact:

volunteer@kidsnkinship.org
www.kidsnkinship.org

Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit, social-service agency providing emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs to low-income community members in the northern Dakota County. We serve the communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. We provide opportunities for our neighbors to thrive by connecting volunteers to people in need.

Opportunities:

  • In Person Volunteering by serving in our Food Shelf and Clothes Closet Thrift Store
  • Use your vehicle to assist with food distribution
  • Donate your time and resources to complete an at home assembly project

Contact:

Jenny Sanford, Volunteer Services Manager
volunteer@neighborsinc.org or 651-272-1133
www.neighborsmn.org

You can get hands-on television production experience as a volunteer crew member with our high-tech mobile production truck or in our state-of-the-art studio! With membership and training, you can learn new skills, meet others in the industry and have a great time.

To learn more about volunteering with Town Square Television, visit https://www.townsquare.tv/volunteer

Are You 55+?

You're invited to volunteer with RSVP

A one-stop resource connecting your skills with community needs

  • We'll match you to a non-profit partner based on your skills, interests, location, and availability.
  • Volunteers receive free benefits and ongoing support!
  • At-home, in-person, and virtual opportunities are available.

Volunteer Opportunities impact these issues and more:

  • Fight hunger
  • Help seniors live independently
  • Help job-seekers gain skills
  • Build/rehab affordable housing
  • Assist with literacy and education
  • Support veterans/military families
  • Prepare taxes
  • Prevent opioid abuse

Free Volunteer Benefits

  • Travel Reimbursement
  • Free Supplemental Insurance
  • E-newsletter
  • Annual recognition event

RSVP is part of the national AmeriCorps Seniors, and locally, is a program of Volunteers of America - Minnesota.

RSVP Brochure
Free Volunteer Benefits

Contact:

612-704-6116
jkoschak@voamn.org

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