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Member Volunteering


 

Opportunities to offer member to member support and share individual experiences and talents are central to Mill City Commons' mission. As a Village member, you can get involved in a number of ways:

  • Assist fellow MCC members encountering a "bump in the road." Offer to help with grocery shopping or transportation needs.
  • Suggest and develop an MCC program or event. Be a Program Sponsor.
  • Host an MCC event either in your home or community room.
  • Participate in the annual "Turkey, Dressings and Extra Helpings" holiday food and clothing drive for those in need.
  • Serve as a member of our Board of Directors or on a committee. 
  • Spread the word about Mill City Commons and all we have to offer.

If you would like to volunteer to help with any of Mill City Commons programming, please let us know!


Volunteer Opportunities in the Community


 
Our neighborhood is full of organizations doing great and important work. Browse the list below for more information on how you can help. If you know of a volunteer opportunity in our neighborhood that you would like to share with members, please get in touch with us.
 
 

Catholic Eldercare TCU


Catholic Eldercare is seeking volunteers at their Transitional Care Unit who are dependable, compassionate, understanding and have good communication skills. They recognize that volunteers play a key role in making a difference.
 
Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Guest Services: Be the first person guests and families encounter as they enter the TCU. Assist staff with the phone, room numbers, ID badges, etc.
  • Media Cart: Distribute a variety of reading materials to guests and their families.
  • Transitional Services: Assist staff with guest activities, transport guests within the building and assist guests in getting settled or ready to leave.
For more information, contact Diane Lucas at (612) 362-2492 or dlucas@catholiceldercare.org.

CommonBond Communities


Get involved with West Broadway Crescent, a Common Bond Community. West Broadway Crescent is an affordable rental building in North Minneapolis. The goal is to help residents achieve their goals of stability, advancement and independence.

Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Welcome baskets: Fill baskets for new residents
  • Game Night: Volunteer at an event or donate games and art supplies
  • Advantage Center Book and Supply Drive: Collect books and supplies
To get involved or to ask for more information on these opportunities, please contact Kristina Kithinji at 651-290-6226 or email kristina.kithinji@commonbond.org.
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East Side Neighborhood Services


East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS) is looking for Empowering Vital Aging Volunteer Facilitators! They are seeking leaders who are comfortable and engaging in front of a small group for their evidence-based programs. Experience working with diverse communities required.

Facilitators must attend training (varies from two to four days depending on the class), commit to leading two entire sessions of a class or workshop (six to 12 weeks per session depending on the class), and adhere to established curriculum. They anticipate most groups will meet during the day. Classes and workshops meet either twice a week for one hour or once a week for two hours.

For more information, call Brenna at 612-787-4055 or email bhorn@esns.org. You can also visit their website.

FreeArts Minnesota


Volunteer to give youth access to art and a better future at FreeArts. Opportunities include mentoring youth, assistance with special events, donation of art supplies, and sponsoring a Free Arts Day. If you're an artist, you can also become a guest teaching artist and guide youth and mentors through the art-making process.

Click here for more information.
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Giving Voice Chorus


MacPhail’s Giving Voice Chorus creates an opportunity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease in our community to join together with their care partners to connect through the power of music. Giving Voice shares, celebrates and remembers the joy of singing.

Volunteers assist choir members 1-1 at weekly rehearsals and performances and help serve snacks and beverages before and after rehearsals to facilitate social connections and community. No previous singing experience is required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jean Henjum by phone at 612-490-1362 or by email at: jfhenjum@flanneryconstruction.com

Meals on Wheels


Volunteer with Eastside Meals on Wheels and help your neighbors in need. Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Meal delivery drivers work on a schedule of their choosing – some drive weekly, others once a month.
  • Kitchen and office helpers are needed to fill in for vacations – no experience necessary.
  • Event planners and participants are needed for a variety of fund raising and promotional activities.
  • Individuals with special knowledge of finance, HR, website design, social media, writing and graphic design.
  • Outreach volunteers contact churches and other community organizations - they may also staff tables and speak at events.
If you're interested, call 612-277-2529or email info@eastsidemeals.org. You can also visit their website.
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Minneapolis Central Library


The Library’s Special Collections department at the Minneapolis Central Library is working on a project to describe, digitize and preserve thousands of original newspaper photographs from the 1930s and 40s. These photographs, taken by local photographers, chronicle the lives of City and Country residents during the trying and exciting times of the Great Depression and World War II. They are looking for volunteers to help sort and identify these photographs. The task is simple, fascinating and fun (and involves no computers)!

If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ted Hathaway, Manager of the Special Collections Department at (612) 543-8203 or email ehathaway@hclib.org.


Reading Partners


Reading Partners harnesses the power of community volunteers to make a meaningful and measurable difference on students reading proficiency. The one-on-one tutoring model is backed by evidenced-based research proven to raise the reading proficiency of K-5 students who are up to 2-1/2 years below grade level in reading. Volunteer reading partners empower students to succeed in reading and in life by providing individualized, personal attention to each student. 

Commit to as little as one hour a week (usually Monday-Thursday, during school hours) at one of eleven schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Register on their website or send an email to volunteerTC@readingpartners.org.
 




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Way to Grow


Way to Grow is dedicated to early childhood education. They are partnering with the city's "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" campaign. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in their preschool, mentoring and tutoring teen parents, providing administrative support or helping with their special events. They will even create a volunteer opportunity based on your interests and skills.

Click here for more information.

Webster Public School


Volunteer with Webster School!
 
Contact the school's Volunteer Coordinator, Ron Goldser, at rgoldser@gmail.com, for more information.
 
To apply, visit the Minneapolis Public School's Volunteer Page, click on 'Apply' on the right side, and then follow the 'Community Member' section of that page and sign up for an orientation session.
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