Chances are you know some volunteers.
Your retired neighbor who takes the bus to the library - every Tuesday - to help kids with their homework.
Your friend who helps his aging Mother mow her lawn in the Summertime.
And even the unexpected tomato plant - reseeding itself in your backyard without ever being asked.
There really is quite a bit of good in the world. But - what if you're not a tomato plant? You want to volunteer and you're just not sure where to start.
You're in luck, here is some information that can help get you started: 5 Twin Cities Organizations Currently Looking For Volunteers.
We all know that High School is a confusing time. Social pressures mixed with fear of the future and impending adulthood. What if you could help make this time easier?
Volunteer with AchieveMpls: "The single most important factor in a young person's success is a consistent relationship with a caring adult." Because of this belief, AchieveMpls is looking for community volunteers to become Graduation Coaches. These coaches will "Help 9th and 12th grade students increase confidence, graduate on time, and create a plan for after High School."
This volunteer opportunity requires a full academic year commitment of service, making it a good fit for those of you that want to put down some roots as a volunteer. No prior teaching experience is required, just a desire to see kids succeed.
2. Zen Centers
Are you passionate about creating calm and restful spaces? Helping others with their mental well being? Adding some peace to your community? Zen Centers around the Twin Cities are looking for volunteers!
Volunteer with Clouds in Water Zen Center: "Clouds in Water Zen Center offers the opportunity for people to practice Zen Buddhism, whatever their background or faith may be. Zen Buddhism is about awakening the heart-mind to its own inherent wisdom and compassion." Volunteers will help further this mission. The zen center is seeking help with the following activities:
- Maintaining the physical space of the zen center
- Assisting in leading chants and keeping time during meditation (Training is provided)
- Recording and posting talks online.
Volunteer with Dharma Field : "At our center in Minneapolis we offer daily meditation, sessions, Dharma talks, social and special events, as well as volunteer opportunities open to all."
3. Nursing Homes
As the years go by, we all collect stories. And with each year our view of the world grows and grows. Do you love stories? Do you want to expand your own world view by talking with seniors who have spent years obtaining wisdom?
Volunteer with Elim Care: "If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of senior adults, consider volunteering at the Elim campus in your community. The opportunities to brighten our residents’ days are endless and include a wide range of options, such as leading a group activity, sharing musical talents, guiding a Bible study, helping at a special event or simply visiting with a resident. Of course, we encourage all our volunteers to share their unique gifts and talents." Elim care has nursing homes all across the Twin Cities, which makes them a good resource to find a volunteer opportunity in your area!
Many of the Twin Cities nursing homes are looking for volunteers who can share their talents with the seniors that live there, but along with brightening someones day, you might find that you learn just as much in the process.
4. Volunteer With Your Dog
You're walking around the lake with Fido. His tail swishing back and forth. He can't contain his excitement because he wants to give each and every stranger a big furry hug and then curl up in their lap and take a snooze. Does this sound familiar? Then volunteering as a therapy dog might be just right for you and your best furry friend.
Volunteer with Alliance of Therapy Dogs: "It is a goal of ATD to provide registration, support, and insurance for members who are involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes. Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike."
5. Volunteer at Your Neighborhood Park
In the Twin Cities, we take pride in our parks. Community gathering spaces, affordable sports and recreation opportunities, and spaces made simply for play. Parks not only add a richness to our communities, but they have also been known to make them safer.
Are you someone who is passionate about building a stronger community? Then check out volunteering for the parks!
Volunteer with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board : "Each year, volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to MPRB programs. Volunteers make a vital difference to people, parks and our community. We provide all necessary training." Opportunities include:
- Teaching youth sports or community classes
- Gardening and Landscaping
- Community events
Not finding a volunteer opportunity on this list that strikes your fancy? There are plenty more out there! Hands On Twin Cities is an organization that helps match people with the volunteer opportunity that is right for them.
Visit www.handsontwincities.org or call (612) 379-4900 to get started on your search!
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