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Outreach Room & Student Volunteers

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! 



Tracking Hours

In order to track volunteer hours, students need to bring a Volunteer Confirmation Form (these are available in the Outreach Room) with them to each event and have it signed by the coordinator of that event. Tracking student volunteer hours is the responsibility of the student. When volunteering, always bring a Volunteer Confirmation form to be signed by someone who can confirm that the volunteer work was done (such as the event leader). Direct questions regarding any specific NHS or Key Club requirements to the club advisors or officers.

It is always a good idea to have a system to keep track of volunteering at home. Also, as a backup, keep copies of everything you turn in.

Click on one of the links below to print copies of the confirmation forms: 

Ongoing volunteer confirmation form (use when you volunteer at the same location over and over)

One-time volunteer form (use when you volunteer in a location only one time)

Varsity Letter

EPHS students who go above and beyond in serving their community by volunteering can apply to be awarded a Varsity Letter in Community Service. An informational brochure and application packet are available in the Outreach Room. The basic requirements are :

  • 150 confirmed volunteer hours in a 12 month period
  • A completed Application packet which includes a letter of recommendation, a service log, and a reflection project.

Volunteer Requests

If you are a community organization or school looking for high school student volunteers, you can email us your request at Outreach_Room@edenpr.org.

To request volunteers, either:

  • Email us all the details (date, time, location, number of volunteers needed, volunteer duties, etc.) along with the name of a contact person in your organization. Interested students will then contact that person directly to sign up to help.
  • Email us the link to an online sign-up which you have created (such as sign-up genius). We will forward the email with the link to the online sign-up to the students. 

We will send you an email when we have posted your event. 

The Outreach Room is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during 3rd Period (lunch) from approximately 11 to 1:15. If you have any questions you email us or call us during those hours or leave us a voice mail at 952-975-8379.

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! You must schedule your shift one week before volunteering. If interested, please email the PROP Shop Volunteer Coordinator at alicia@propshopep.org  

EPIC Summer Camp

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! There are hundreds of unique camps each week!  Summer EPIC camps take place at Oak Point Elementary and Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion at 13400 Staring Lake Pkwy, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. The program takes place for eight weeks over the summer. Volunteers are requested to commit to working at least one full week (Monday - Thursday). Preference will be given to individuals who can volunteer for two weeks. Due to a high interest in volunteering, volunteers are asked to sign up for either a morning or afternoon session, not a full day. Full-day may be available depending on need. Contact Melissa Laubach at mlaubach@edenpr.org or 952-975-6949 to learn more.

CMS Summer School

High school volunteers needed for summer school at CMS.  Dates are June 17th -July 25th, 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 btagg@edenpr.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  ke.pac.inc@gmail.com to volunteer.

Three Rivers Park

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 rebecca.conser@threeriversparks.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 rayaz@alz.org.

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 c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or 952-767-7894 to sign up or find out more. www.seniorcommunity.org.

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. If you’d like to volunteer, please call The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator at 952-977-9374 or email cnickelson@normandalecenter.org for more information about other rewarding opportunities. The Colony is located at 431 Prairie Center Drive in EP.

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 volunteerunited@gtcuw.org

Project Life-Cycle

This organization takes donated bikes, repairs them and gives them back out to the community. Since 2008 they have given over 3000 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: life-cycle@abettersociety.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 Jessie Hartrick via email at jhartrick@reachforresources.org or call her at 952-393-4277.

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 atierney@greatlakesmc.com or visit www.TheGlennMinnetonka.com

Volunteer Organizations for Teens

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!

List of Teen Opportunities

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 volunteerservices@truefriends.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 ke.pac.inc@gmail.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 volunteer@2harvest.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 scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.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 chanhassenstore@goodwilleasterseals.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 marta@normandalecenter.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 volunteerunited@gtcuw.org.