Welcome 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school year during 3rd period (lunch). To contact the Outreach Room please either call 952-975-8379 or email Outreach_Room@edenpr.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!
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! They are looking for volunteers in the following roles
- In-shop volunteers -- to work in their warehouse or on the sales floor, various days and shifts. Evenings and weekends too!
- Transportation Team volunteers -- to lift and haul furniture on Saturdays, 10:00-1:30. A great small group (4 or 5) activity too!
You must schedule your shift one week before volunteering. If interested, please email the PROP Shop Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com
The Colony: The Colony, a senior residence in EP, is looking for volunteers in different roles. Volunteers can come in and play Bingo and board games with the seniors, play a musical instrument or showcase music talent, or do a manicure for the residents. Students under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult chaperone. If planning to volunteer more than once, either the student or the adult chaperone needs to complete background check. To volunteer, contact Katie Heitzig at 952-977-0374 or email Katie@normandalecenter.org. The Colony is located at 431 Prairie Center Drive in EP.
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 18 through August 16 from 8:30 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 18th -July 26th, Monday thru Thursday 7:15-11:15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
True Friends: True Friends is a camp for children & adults with physical & developmental disabilities. They are always looking for volunteers to help out at Camp Friendship for 1-3 weeks in the summer. To learn more and apply visit www.truefriends.org/volunteer. Volunteer spots fill up fast, so fill out an application 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 email@example.com.
Senior Community Services HOME Program: Volunteer this summer helping seniors with gardening or lawn mowing. Great way to get outside and volunteer with friends or on your own and help someone in your community! Volunteers must be 16 years old or older or volunteer with an adult. Contact Cat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-767-7894 to sign up or find out more. 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Khai Tran or Cliff MacLeod).
Reach for Resources: Lots of fun opportunities to volunteer with teens and adults with disabilities in the west and northwest suburbs. You can help with bowling, dances, teen club, yoga, softball, bingo, karaoke, movie nights, and much more! If interested, please contact Nate Penz via email at email@example.com or call him at 952-393-5866.
Foxjet Swim Meet: Dozens of volunteers needed to help at the Foxjet Swim Meet during August 2-5 at University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Volunteers will check in swimmers, keep them behind timer chairs and act as lane timers. On-site training will be provided. Time Commitment is 4-6 hours per shift and there are 12 shifts available. If interested, please email Ann Watanabe at FoxjetsMeetDirector@gmail.com
The Tonka Mud Run: About a 100 volunteers needed to help in various roles at The Tonka Mud Run in July. It is a family friendly event supporting Many Hands Many Meals. Volunteers will help with registering, water stations, traffic, refreshments, goody bag prep, cheering, obstacle monitoring, and in many other roles.
Location: Lake Minnewashta Regional Park 6900 Hazeltine Blvd, Excelsior, MN 55331.
Dates: July 13th 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm for set up and July 14th 7:00 am to 1:30 pm for race day.
The Glenn Minnetonka: This is a catholic senior living community located in the Glenn Lake neighborhood of Minnetonka. They are looking for outgoing students who would love to spend their time volunteering with the senior citizens, reading aloud, playing cards & games, painting fingernails, taking the seniors on strolls through their gardens/neighborhood sidewalks, leading an exercise/yoga/stretching group, providing pet visits with family pets, playing a musical instrument, hosting a sing-a-long, showing off a talent, doing an art project, leading a baking group etc. All volunteers need to pass a background check and fingerprinting process through the state of Minnesota. If interested, please stop by The Glenn, 5300 Woodhill Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345 (Mondays – Saturdays 8AM- 8 PM or Sundays, 8AM-5PM) to collect volunteer application and information packet. For questions or information, call Alissa Tierney @952-345-4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.TheGlennMinnetonka.com
THE NINE MILE CREEK WATERSHED DISTRICT: The Nine Mile Creek Watershed District is a public entity that works to manage, protect and enhance the water resources in the 50 square mile land area draining to Nine Mile Creek. They serve the residents, property owners and visitors of the cities in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Richfield. They have a couple of events that need student volunteers:
- Discovery Point Volunteer Planting Event
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 10 AM -12:30 PM
Location: Discovery Point (12800 Gerard Drive, Eden Prairie)
Inclement Weather Back-up Date: Sunday, June 10 from 10 AM-12:30 PM.
Help plant 1,000 native plant plugs in the restoration area at Discovery Point. Learn about habitat restoration and native plants, while helping to restore what was once a buckthorn infested area of the property. Tools, snacks and lunch will be provided. Sign up at https://www.ninemilecreek.org/whats-happening/upcoming-events/volunteer-planting/
- Stormdrain Stenciling-flexible schedule
By marking storm drains, you can remind your neighbors to keep the storm drains clear of trash and debris. The drains lead to the nearest lake or creek, and anything that ends up in the storm drain ends up in the lake. For storm drain marking or trash cleanups, the District will provide: Storm drain marking kits, Gloves, Safety vests, Trash bags, Maps. 2-3 hour commitment per marking event; flexible schedule!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.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.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!