Volunteer Opportunities

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/engagement/opportunities.html

The Office of Community Engagement develops on and off campus service-learning opportunities that promote student leadership development while lending dimension to academic experience. This page highlights some those opportunities. Please contact our office if questions arise of if you have other areas of interest that you would like to explore. Thanks for taking time to consider service-learning!

Take some time to look through our service-learning partner organization [DOC] descriptions. (135 KiB)   This information will be useful and connect you to community-based opportunities that will shift your passion...into action! If you are an organization and have updates that need to be included in this resource, feel free to send them to community.engagement@mnsu.edu or call 507-389-5789 for more information!

Shining a Light on Service - Register for MavSync

MavSync is an incredible tool that will allow students to stay connected to a full scope of opportunity on and off campus.  In addition to serving as a communication center for events and activities, it too can assist you in logging your service hours and providing valuable information on your service experience!  Consider joinging our Community Engagement Group by visiting MavSync and do log in  HERE to document your service experience and help us to Shine a Light on Service!

Community Engagement Office Initiatives ....

Glean Team

Help bring in harvest from area fields in support of our neighbors managing food insecurity!

Nature's Nook

Nature's Nook is a nature based monthly program for pre-K through 3rd Grade children and their families. Together and through the beauty of Mankato's own Rasmussen Woods, we will promote literacy through stories and activities that explore our natural world!

Sessions run the second Friday and Saturday of each month and include story time, activities and games, and a short lesson through the monthly topic. Potential topics include: Recycling, Trees and Plants, Water, Pollution, and Wildlife of Minnesota! 

Campus Kitchen/Mavericks READ

These on campus, Office of Community Engagement initiatives seek volunteers and service learners year round to support student driven hunger relief and literacy efforts. Current opportunities include Monday through Thursday kitchen support and literacy based initiatives with area public school students!  Slots are filled first come first serve so don't delay, get engaged today!

Elk's Nature Center Docent

Open up the area nature center.  Assist with facility management and maintenance.  Learn about Rasmussen Woods and environmental attributes of our region.  Share your information and knowledge with visiting guests.  As time moves on...develop and implement environmental programs that support life-long, environmental learning and community building!  RSVP then go to VolunteerSpot  to register for preferred days and times!

Community-based Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up for the following opportunities by contacting the organizations directly!

Hunger Assistance Volunteers

 Needed to deliver meals to older adults in their homes in the Mankato and North Mankato areas.

Meals are picked up at The Gus Johnson Plaza at ~10:30 A.M. to be delivered to individual homes. Route delivery takes less than an hour.

If interested, please call Shawn Hermanson with LSS Senior Nutrition at (507) 625-8970; M-F 8 A.M.-1 P.M."
  Students would have to use their own vehicle, and deliver to approximately 7 homes each day.

Salvation Army

For information on current needs and volunteer opportunities  contact Heather Spann at heather_spann@usc.salvationarmy.org or phone 507-345-7840 Ext. 37.

Project for Teens (P4T)

 P4T educates teens about high-risk behavior and teaches a group of high school teens to mentor younger students. We need help updating our website and coordinating social media as well as assistance in planning and coordinating fundraisers. If you have skills to help with those tasks, contact us at projectforteens@gmail.com with the subject line “volunteer opportunity.”

After School Tutors Needed

Loyola High School, 145 Good Counsel Drive, is seeking volunteer tutors Monday-Thursday. Sessions would run from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and are flexible to your weekly schedule.  Tutors for all subject areas are needed.  If interested contact Sam Cotton for more information at 507-388-2997 or e-mail scotton@loyolacatholicschool.org

Junior Achievement Seeks Class Room Mentors

JA’s elementary programs help students learn the basic concepts of business and understand the important role of education in preparing for a future career. Through hands-on activities, students better understand what it means to be a good citizen, consumer and worker. We rely on the support of approximately 220 JA volunteers to deliver our elementary school programs to approximately 220 classrooms each school year. Learn more at www.jaum.org/elementary-school-programs.

Council of Local Organizations for Volunteer Enhancement (CLOVE)

Want to meet over 30 organizations with one click? CLOVE is a good resource for learning about opportunities throughout the greater Mankato area! Current opportunities are listed on their web site at www.clovemankato.org

Literacy Tutors Needed

Description:  Tutors needed to work one on one with elementary age youth striving to improve reading skills.  For more information, contact Melanie M. Schmidt at 507-207-3044 or email mschmi3@isd77.k12.mn.us

LEEP - Leisure Education for Exceptional People - Recreation/Special Olympics Assistants Needed

Like to bowl?  What about winter sports?  Any interest in music, dance, food or spending time with incredible people?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then consider yourself invited to join the fantastic line-up of events sponsored by LEEP!  Volunteer schedules are varied with many late afternoon and evening hours available.  For more information or to apply online visit www.mankatoleep.org or phone Cate at 507-387-5122!

Greater Mankato Area United Way

Visit Get Connected to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of others through service or to highlight volunteer opportunities in your organization!

Twin Rivers Council for the Arts Seeks Reception Host

Volunteers are needed to host the reception desk during gallery hours 2-4 times per month.  Shifts are 12 noon - 4 p.m. monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday.  For more information contact Emily at info@twinriversarts.org

Lifeworks Client Services Internship

Lifeworks, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities, is seeking an Intern to assist with client service development.  If you are interested in this rewarding opportunity please call Kath Pengelly at 651-365-3720 or e-mail kpengelly@lifeworks.org for an interview.  For additional infomation visit www.lifeworks.org .

YWCA Mankato Women's Leadership Development Program Internship - Summer 2013 to Spring 2014

This dynamic position will be responsible to assist in the planning and impelementation of the YWCA Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership Development Program. Candiadtes must be available to work 20 hours per week throughout the summer and at least 10 hours per week once the program begins. For more information and to review a full position description contact Barb Dorn, YWCA Executive Director, 507-345-4629 or e-mail executivedirector@ywcamankato.org.

YWCA Leading the Way in Learning

Staying on Campus over the summer and looking for a way to get involved with the community? The YWCA has a summer program that helps refugee children from the ages of 0 to 5 get ready to enter into Kindergarten. This is a six week program that will meet once a week for a few hours at a local park. It will include fun summer activities that will be led by the volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering with this program contact Aisha Osman by phone at 507-386-2186 or by email at aisha@ywcamankato.org.

YMCA Seeking Student Volunteers

Mankato Area YMCA is a FANTASTIC connection for students seeking service-learning, contribution hours, or volunteer and intern opportunities.  Our program changes based on season and calendar year so there is guaranteed to be something that will meet your interests and scheduling needs! 

Current opportunities include:

Brother/Sister Mentoring Programs – Flexible, nine month Commitment making a real difference in the life of a child!

After School Adventure 2:30-5:30 Mon-Fri, organized games and crafts!

Y-Links 3:30-5:30 Mon-Fri, volunteer run activities for youth who are not in After School Adventure!

Child Watch Play with children ages 6 months to 9 years old

Special events – 5k, 4th-6th grade socials and family events!

For more information contact Naomi Chayer at nchayer@mankatoymca.com or phone 507-387-8255 ext. 296

Camp Odayin Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in donating a little of your time to make a big difference this summer? Camp Odayin is a camp for children with heart disease. We provide a place for kids to be kids – regardless of ability level, scars, or scope of disease. For just $25 per camper, we provide a summer camp experience for these special kids. In doing so, we need exceptional volunteers as Cabin Counselors and Nurses to support and guide these young campers. Volunteers are at least 21 years old and commit to a five day overnight experience. Will you consider joining us (and more importantly, some incredible kids)?


July 14-18 Flambeau: ages 13-15 / Staff Training: Sunday, July 13 1-6pm and Monday, July 14 8-11am

July 21-25 Namekagon: ages 16-17 / Staff Training: Sunday, July 13 1-6pm and Monday, July 21 8-11am

July 28-Aug 1 Day Camp: ages 6-7 / Staff Training: TBD

August 4-8 Nokasippi: ages 11-13 / Staff Training: Sunday, August 3 1-6pm and Monday, Aug 4 8-11am

August 11-15 Chippewa: ages 8-11 / Staff Training: Sunday, August 3 1-6pm and Monday, Aug 11 8-11am

For more information contact 651-351-9185 or e-mail Alison at alison@camodayin.org  

Farmamerica Internship

We are seeking person who can add value to the programming adn participation by visitors in the on-going and emerging work at the Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center-Farmamerica. We are looking for persons to assist in marketing, grounds management, volunteer coordination, curriculum development, interpretation and communications. For more information contact James L. Gibson, Execute Director at 507-835-2052  by email exedir@hickorytech.net or visit their website http://www.farmamerica.org

Project GEM

Project GEM is a private non-profit organization that provides artistic based educational services for special needs youth in  Mankato, New Ulm and St. Peter, MN. Opportunities include: After School Art Class assistance, in-class learning, Annual Mankato Powwow, and the Annual History Fest.  Details of these opportunities can be found on our website.  Candidates must have their own transportation. For more information visit www.projectgemmn.org.

Mankato Area Public Schools/Community Education and Recreation

Many classroom, after-school, and administrative service-learning opportunities await you through Mankato Area Public Schools! For more information contact: Alison Troldahl, MAPS Volunteer Coordinator at 507-387-5501 or atrold1@isd77.k12.mn.us Link to Website: www.isd77.org

Ecumen Pathstone Living

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of seniors living in the Mankato Community?  Need opportunities for service?  Then join us at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato!  We have a number of volunteer opportunities that will bring fun and companionship into the lives of area elders while enriching your academic experience!
Interested?  Call Wilbur Neushwander-Frink at 385-4371 or email at DeniseNeushwander-Frink@ecumen.org.

ACLU Seeking Student Interns

Are you passionate about racial justice? Would you like an opportunity to work on issues that impact diverse populations? Would you like to put your Spanish or Somali language skills to god use? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, an internship with the ACLU...might be just for you! Several positions are available so don't delay...call today. For more information contact Amy Ronkkvist at 507-625-7966 or e-mail aronkkvist@aclu-mn.org.

Volunteer Community Technology Tutors

Help adult learners gain the digital literacy skills we all need to survive in today’s world. Using an on-line education software, tutors provide one-on-one assistance with basic computer skills, accessing the Internet, and exploring career pathways. You can build digital bridges for all Minnesotans to thrive in the information age!

For more information contact: Brian Sturm at mankatoCSTP@gmail.com, visit their website at www.theMLC.org/digital or leave a message at 507-340-5278.

Like Animals? This One's For YOU!

If you enjoy animals contact Riverside Regional Pet Center to explore the possibilities! Please respond by email to www.volunteerspot.com .We will be scheduling a training time for all interested volunteers prior to scheduling you for a specific time/day.  Thanks for your interest! 

Not Seeing Something that Works for You?

Call our office today to explore the possibilities and consider how you can shift your passion into action in support of your community! 507-389-5789 or at community.engagement@mnsu.edu