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Campus Kitchen Project

Community Engagement Office
Centennial Student Union 173
Office Phone: 507.389.6076

The Campus Kitchens Project is a groundbreaking initiative that involves college students in the recovery of leftover food from campus residence halls to serve meals to our neighbors managing food insecurity.

You may volunteer on a cooking or delivery shift, plan a food drive, hold a fundraiser, let us educate your organization about domestic hunger or make a donation.

Mavericks READ

Community Engagement Office
Centennial Student Union 173
Contact: Community Engagement Resource Room
Office Phone: 507.389.5789

Mavericks READ is a literacy based project that connects students within the Mankato Elementary School System to MSU Student Mentors. It is designed to promote the love of reading and to enhance skill level through literature and the mentoring relationship. Several events are organized on campus each year that provide school age children the opportunity to explore reading activities in new environments. In addition a 1-1 school-based Mentor Match project is being explored. Contact us today for more information and begin your Service Learning experience through Mavericks READ!

Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota

1751 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
Office Phone: 507.388-2081

Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN is a non-profit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building simple decent and affordable housing with and for families in need.

Building homes for low-income families, working in restore to help fund more Habitat homes for low-income families, and/or serving on a committee that benefits Habitat families. (Construction-must be 18 years old)

LEEP (Leisure Education for Exceptional People)

929 North Fourth Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Contact: Mandy Hunecke - Executive Director
Office Phone: 507.387.5122

LEEP provides recreational and leisure opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities so that they might achieve optimal levels of socialization and independence in the community.

Assisting individuals with disabilities during various recreational programs such as Special Olympic Sports, classes, and social activities. Assisting may consist of working one to one with participants, taking on more of an active leadership role at activities, and miscellaneous set-up and clean-up. Students must volunteer at least 15 hours at any program during one semester at LEEP, and may continue as desired.

Laura Quist-Knox enjoys the sunshine outside the Eagan center.Lifeworks

1804 Commerce Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
Office Phone: 507.625.7522
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-3pm

Lifeworks serves our community and people with disabilities as we live and work together.

Lifeworks provides 1:1 reading or learning projects; provide music, art dance experiences; help with field trips; table games; share your passions with our clients; teaching components. Must be supervised when working with clients at all times – supervision by Lifeworks staff.

Sexual Violence Resource Center

P.O. Box 3526
Mankato, MN 56002-3526
Contact: Jayme Jackson
410 S. 5th St.
Mankato, MN 56001
Office Phone: 507.304.4295

The Sexual Violence Resource Center (SVRC) provides support and services to victims of sexual violence and to promote sexual violence prevention.

Presentations, research projects, creating and updating information packets, attend meeting, work on/ assist with volunteer management, and more…

To work directly with victims you need to complete our 40 hour training and you can then become a volunteer advocate.

SMILES (Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprises & Services)

709 South Front Street
Mankato, MN 56001
Contact: Jessica Roschen & Diane Winegar
Office Phone: 507.345.7139

SMILES provides a wide array of services to assist individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals and have the same opportunities and choices as all persons.

Assist in ramp building; adaptive ski program; adaptive outdoor recreation including fishing, canoeing, archery, baseball program, and small group activities with persons all ages and all types of disabilities. The volunteers will complete a volunteer registration form and 2 hours of volunteer training. Must pass a background check.

Mankato Area Jaycees-non-profit

Paula Heyer
2009 Mankato Area Jaycees Individual Development Vice President
Office Phone: 507-327-0377

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