Outreach RoomWelcome to the EPHS Outreach Room, a resource for students looking for volunteer opportunities in our community. The Outreach Room, located by the North Entrance of EPHS in room 240, is open every day during the school year during 3rd hour (lunch). To contact the Outreach Room please either call 952-975-8379 or email Outreach_Room@edenpr.org.
2017 Summer Volunteer Opportunities
The Prop Shop: The PROP Shop, a non-profit resale store in Eden Prairie, is looking for committed volunteers ages 14 and up!
- In-shop volunteers -- to work in warehouse or on sales floor, various shifts.
- Transportation Team volunteers -- to lift and haul furniture on Saturdays, 10:00-1:30.
- Mowers – to mow the grass at our warehouse
The Colony: The Colony, a senior residence in EP, is looking for volunteers. Volunteers should be interested in engaging with seniors and should be able to commit to multiple times a week, weekly or twice a month (to be determined with Volunteer Coordinator at interview/orientation). Volunteers need to fill out an application and background check plus attend volunteer interview and orientation. Students will need transportation to the Colony. Must be responsible and willing to commit to summer and ideally the next school year. Minimum age 16.Possible Opportunities:
- Manicure for Residents – 1st and 3rd Mondays
- Play piano or other instrument for residents (10:30 am, 1pm or 3pm)
- Play cards or games with residents (Tuesdays at 1pm)
- Assist with group sing-a-long (Wednesdays at 10:30am)
- Make popcorn, provide break for front desk for 30 minutes and assist in dining room (Saturdays or Sundays from 11:30-1:30)
- Assist in dining room (Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30 pm)
- Assist in putting together Colony resident cookbook – times to be determined
EPIC Summer Camp Volunteer: Volunteers needed to support EPIC Summer Camps. If you are looking for a fun way to spend your summer working with children, this is the role for you! Camps run from June 19 through August 20 from 8 AM- 5 PM Monday-Thursday, with hundreds of unique camps each week! Many flexible volunteer shifts are available ranging from 3 to 8 hours in length. Learn more and sign up to volunteer at www.edenpr.org/volunteer.
CMS Summer School: High school volunteers needed for summer school at CMS. Dates are June 19th -July 27th, Monday thru Thursday 7:30-11:30 each day. These volunteers will be working with kids going into grades 7-9 in reading and math. Contact Brandon Tagg at 952-975-7314 or email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Prairie Adult Care: This is a licensed adult day care center where personalized healthcare and recreational activities are provided to the seniors during the daytime hours, 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday. They have many volunteer opportunities available including working with the seniors playing games, gardening, kitchen help, trivia, singing, etc. There are flexible time slots available. You can call Kathleen Fitzgerald at 952-949-3126, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Three Rivers Parks: There are many events that will be needing volunteers this summer – one example is the summer beach party at Bryant lake. Here the webpage with all event information: https://www.threeriversparks.org/page/event-volunteers. Also, Prairie Seed Collections happening at the end of summer – see this webpage for all the information: https://www.threeriversparks.org/page/prairie-seed-collection. For more information about volunteering at three rivers parks contact Rebecca Conser at 763-694-2070 or email her at email@example.com.
True Friends: True Friends is a camp for special needs individuals and they can use lots of volunteers. To learn more and apply visit www.truefriends.org/volunteer. Volunteer spots fill up fast, so sign up ASAP!
Alzheimer’s Association: The local Alzheimer’s Association could use help with miscellaneous office projects this summer. They also have a volunteer pre-college internship available. If you are interested please contact Rebecca Ayaz at 952-857-0535 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EP 4th of July Celebration: Help needed at Round Lake Park for this fun Home Town celebration! Help needed with Bingo on either Monday, July 3rd from 5-9 PM or Tuesday, July 4th from 5-9 PM. To volunteer contact Bill Adams at 612-701-6635 or email him at email@example.com.
Senior Community Services (H.O.M.E.): Lots of great ways to help senior citizens stay in their homes! Summer opportunities include helping seniors with gardening or mowing their lawns! If you are interested contact Jeanne at 952-767-7894 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit the H.O.M.E. website at www.seniorcommunity.org.
United Way: United Way has some volunteer opportunities this summer! Visit the site www.gtcuw.org/liveunited or call 612-340-7440 for more information and to sign up! You can also email them at email@example.com.
Corn Feed at Round Lake: Volunteers are needed to serve food at the Corn Feed event at Round Lake on Saturday, August 5th from 11 AM – 3 PM. Students can email Darla Nemec at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 612-803-6626 to sign up.
Project Life-Cycle: This organization takes donated bikes, repairs them and gives them back out to the community. Since 2008 they have given over 2500 bikes to families and individuals! To help them repair bikes just show up any Tuesday from 6-9 pm at 1453 Park Rd, Chanhassen, MN 55317 - no sign up needed, just show up when you can. The only skills required are a desire to learn and have fun. They provide training (from very basic tune-up to advanced rebuilding) and have periodic giveaways throughout the year to other organizations where people get to pick out bikes. More information about the program can be found at http://abettersociety.org/projects/life-cycle/ or contact: email@example.com (Khai Tran or Cliff MacLeod).
Park Nicollet EP Clinic: The newly remodeled clinic needs volunteer Concierges to help welcome patients and direct them to their therapist or doctor’s new office. Two or Four hour shifts are available. If you are interested please call Sally King at 952-993-7466 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arboretum: You can volunteer at the Arboretum if you are over 16. You will need to pass a background check if you are over 18. Orientations to become a volunteer are happening on May 16th at 4:30 PM or June 14th at 1 PM. Contact Kimberly Carrier at 612-301-1203 or email email@example.com for more information.
CHOICE, Inc: It is a local nonprofit dedicated to creating partnerships and programs that enrich the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. One way we do this is through our SHAPE Centers (Supporting Healthy Active People Everyday). Our SHAPE Centers are gyms designed bring professional fitness and health programs to the people we serve. We are currently seeking volunteers for our SHAPE Buddy Program. As a SHAPE Buddy, you will have the opportunity to volunteer with an individual or a group of people to help them achieve their personal health goals.Volunteer activities could include:
- · Being present to motivate and cheer participants on as they work out
- · Exercising alongside CHOICE participants to show enthusiasm for fitness
- · Teaching or leading a fitness class
- · Presenting to a group on a health or wellness related topic
Southwest Metro Animal Rescue: This is a rescue and adoption society committed to the rescue of abandoned, abused and stray domestic animals. Volunteers needed at a variety of events this summer. You will need to fill out a volunteer application - please note that if you are under 18 a parent will need to sign. Help needed at Adoption Days at PetsMart in EP from 11-2 on the following dates: June 10, July 8, August 11, September 16 & 17. Helping at adoption days will involve handling dogs, cats and other small animals. Help is also needed on July 28-29 at River City Days in Chaska (face painting and selling goods) and on September 15 in Richfield where they will be showcasing dogs and selling dog clothing. For more information please visit www.swmetroanimalrescue.org. To sign up to help call 952-368-PAWS (7297) and leave a message for the dog team or under volunteers. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. They have a Facebook page as well listed as Southwest Metro Animal Rescue.
Let’s go Fishing: This organization takes older adults, veterans, disabled adults and youth on fishing excursions in the summer. Volunteers are needed to take pictures of guests going fishing on Lake Riley. Two pontoons go out twice a day (weather permitting) at 10:30 am and 1:30 Monday through Friday starting in June. The location is next to the Public Dock on Lake Riley. You will be trained on the use of the camera and the printer. You can sign up for as many sessions as you desire. Please call Sharon Peterson at 952-949-1329 or email email@example.com.
REACH: Lots of fun opportunities to volunteer with disabled teens and adults in the west and NW suburbs. You can help with bowling, dances, teen club, yoga, floor hockey, basketball, bingo, karaoke, cinema night and more! If interested contact Nate Penz via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 952-393-5866.
Foxjet Swim meet: Dozens of volunteers needed to help as timers at a championship swim meet hosted by Team Foxjet July 26-30 at the U of M Aquatics Center. On-site training will be provided. Transportation to the meet may also be provided. Time commitment is 4-6 hours per shift and there are 12 shifts available. If interested please email Ann at email@example.com or Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Varsity Letter & Presidential Volunteer Service Award:If you like to volunteer all the time or volunteer a lot over the summer, please consider applying for a Varsity Letter in Community Service or the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Both look great on your college applications! The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is given twice a year at the all school celebrations in December and March - application deadlines will be announced in the daily bulletin. This award is a national award and you will get both a certificate and a letter from the POTUS! You can turn in your application for a varsity letter anytime during the school year prior to May 15th. Stop in the Outreach Room for more information about both of these great opportunities!
Volunteer United!A United Way volunteer matching service - A huge database of volunteer opportunities that help people get out of poverty! Search for what you are interested in at gtcuw.org/liveunited or call 612-340-7440 or email email@example.com.
Volunteer Organizations for Teens:People serving people: Serving homeless children and their families and providing new opportunities for healthy, stable family life. Both one-time and long term volunteer positions available. Visit their website for more information: www.Peopleservingpeople.org.
True Friends: True Friends mission is to provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information visit: www.truefriends.org/volunteer.
Prairie Adult Care: Prairie Adult Care is a licensed adult day center where personalized health care and adapted recreational activities are provided during daytime hours 7am- 5pm Monday -Friday. Meeting at Bethel Fellowship Church, 1252 Park Rd, Chanhassen, (located off of Hwy 5 & Powers Blvd). Volunteers will be working with seniors playing games, gardening, helping in the kitchen, trivia etc. Great volunteer idea for school breaks and summer! Call 952-949-3126 or email your interest to email@example.com.
PROP Shop: In-shop volunteering Tuesdays through Sundays at different shift times, also Saturday delivery team. All shifts must be scheduled one week in advance. If interested please email Alicia at Alicia@propshopep.org.
Legacy Care Home: Lots of 1:1 and group opportunities for students to engage with older adults. Gardening, picnics, games and puzzles. Contact: Michelle Nash 612-597-3153. Located in Minnetonka.
Teens Alone: Youth Advisory Board and other volunteer opportunities – visit www.teensalone.org to fill out an application.
Animal Humane Society: Information is on their website http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/volunteer
Three Rivers Park District: Many volunteer opportunities listed on the website http://www.threeriversparks.org/volunteer.
Second Harvest Heartland: General Food Sorting and packing 9am-noon most days in various locations. Visit www.2harvest.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org and 651-282-0901
Arc’s Value Village: Daily opportunities for volunteering! Check out the Online Volunteer Calendar at www.arcsvaluevillage.org.
HOME: Many opportunities to volunteer helping seniors with yard work, window washing, gardening etc. Email email@example.com or call 952-767-7894 for more information.
Feed My Starving Children: Visit www.FMSC.org to schedule a time to pack food – you can do more than one shift in a day if you want!
A Better Society: This organization does special projects to better society. One example is that they collect used bicycles, fix them and distribute them to people who can’t afford a bike. Full training on how to fix bikes or for other volunteer opportunities. Located in Chanhassen at 1453 Park Road. For more information call 612-567-1008 or visit www.abettersociety.org.
Goodwill: Goodwill is a nonprofit resale store staffed by paid staff and volunteers. Locations around the metro - Chanhassen store is located at 80 West 78th Street. You must be 16 years old to volunteer and must attend an orientation before you volunteer. Orientation is every Wednesday from 4:30 – 8pm. Please call ahead to reserve your spot at orientation. Call 952-934-1354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salvation Army: Go to www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer and type in your zip code for volunteer opportunities near you.
Minnesota Masonic Home: Located in Bloomington – many varied volunteer opportunities available – fill out online application at www.mnmasonichomes.org/Bloomington/volunteer-opportunities.
Pioneer Estates: A small group home for senior citizens near EP mall (8751 Preserve Blvd). They enjoy visits from students who can either share a special talent, play a game, or just visiting with residents. Call 612-437-3414 if interested in volunteering. www.pioneerestatesofmn.com
Loaves & Fishes: Help feed the hungry and show them kindness, dignity & respect! Visit their website for more information: www.loavesandfishesmn.org.
VEAP: Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (Bloomington food shelf) – visit www.veap.org
DinoMights: Hockey in the hood – “equip our urban youth to develop physical, academic, social & spiritual excellence” – www.dinomights.com
Good in the Hood: Transforming the community through simple acts of kindness. A partner with Union Gospel Mission in Minneapolis; www.goodinthehood.org
Hammer: Providing adults and children with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live life to its fullest. Visit www.hammer.org for more info or to volunteer.
Kids against hunger west metro: Monthly packing events – 1st Saturday of each month at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (301 County Road 19, Excelsior) from 9-11am. To sign up go to: www.kidsagainsthungerwm.org.
Steamboat Minnehaha/Museum of Lake Minnetonka: Ages 15 & up can volunteer for this all volunteer organization: www.steamboatminnehaha.org. (click on museum and then volunteers)
Abbott Northwestern Hospital: Many volunteer opportunities available, call the volunteer line at 612-863-4281. (Other area hospitals also need volunteers – look at their websites for further information). www.abbottnorthwestern.com
Brookdale: Help out with senior who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Many fun activities to choose from such as: Men’s Poker Club, Bingo, Dice games, Manicures, etc. Call 952-906-3800 if interested for more information. Located at 7513 Mitchell Rd in EP. www.brookdale.com/en/communities/brookdale-eden-prairie.html
We Can Ride: Therapeutic horseback riding for children & adults living with disabilities. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old but do not have to have previous experience with horses. Call 952-934-0057 or visit www.wecanride.org for more information.
Hennepin County Library: Fill out a teen application at www.hclib.org/about/support or call 612-543-5633.
American Red Cross: Apply to be a volunteer at www.redcross.org/mn/volunteer or call 612-871-7676.
Bridging: Furnishing homes with hope! Visit www.bridging.org to fill out a volunteer interest form. May volunteer as an individual or a group.
The Colony: Volunteer for a variety of activities to interact with the Seniors living at The Colony. The Colony’s cornerstone volunteer program is managed by Marta Volbrecht at the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness. If you’d like to volunteer, please call Marta at 952-977-9365 or email to email@example.com.
Special Olympics: Volunteer to help with one or more of 17 different sports! For information on current opportunities visit: www.specialolympicsminnesota.org/who-we-are/volunteers/
United Way: United Way has great volunteer opportunities year round. Some of their programs are: Home for Good helps families in need, Art for All beautifies neighborhoods and they need tutors as well. Visit www.gtcuw.org/liveunited for more information and to sign up!
Bethesda Thrift Shops: These thrift stores support local group homes that serve intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. Very flexible scheduling of volunteer shifts. Call the Minnetonka store if you are interested in volunteering at 952-939-0988.
Ordway: The Ordway Theater is always looking for volunteers! Call 651-282-3123 to inquire about volunteering and to get on their volunteer email list. For more information about the theater visit their website at www.ordway.org.
Park Nicollet: Volunteers a t Park Nicollet welcome and escort patients, assist with patient care, give information and directions to patients and guests and provide support for staff. Interested? Go to www.parknicollet.com/volunteer or call 952-993-5086 for more information.Don’t see what you are looking for? There are many other great places to volunteer! Search online for more great opportunities in your area of interest!