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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 a meal, transportation needs or grocery shopping. 
  • 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 and Extra Helpings" holiday food and gift 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 in any way listed above, 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.

American Red Cross

The Twin Cities Area American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to serve as Donor Ambassadors. Donor Ambassadors are the first people donors see when they arrive and the last when the leave the drive. Their job is to check in and greet all donors. Depending on the drive, Ambassadors can also sign up to sit with donors in the canteen area to visit and make them feel comfortable. Read the full description here. You can also email for more information.

Catholic Eldercare TCU

Catholic Eldercare is seeking volunteers at their Transitional Care Unit who are dependable, compassionate, understanding and have good communication skills to do visits with patients. Catholic Eldercare recognizes that volunteers play a key role in making a difference.

They also have an opportunity to help RiverVillage East Assisted Living tenants with monthly shopping. Shopping trips are the 1st and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 1-3:30 pm. The volunteer can either ride along in the CE bus or meet the bus at the store. Volunteer shops along with tenants helping push cart, grab items, carry bags, etc
For more information, contact Diane Lucas at (612) 362-2492 or

Catholic Tutor Corps

The Catholic Tutor Corps (CTC) has been providing volunteer tutors to Minneapolis and St. Paul Catholic schools for 18 years. The tutors, working one-on-one in grades 1-8, have become an increasingly important resource for these schools and the demand for more tutors continues to grow. The schools we serve have predominately low income populations. Please consider volunteering a couple of hours a week to share your knowledge with some young students. Click on the CTC link above to see a list of schools with openings. If you are interested, contact: Richard McGuire, President, at 612-360 0677 or

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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

Experience Corps

Experience Corps is seeking volunteers who would like to serve as literacy tutors and mentors to kindergarten - 3rd grade students in Minneapolis or St. Paul. You'll work specifically with students who are not yet reading at grade level and will benefit from one-on-one tutoring to help them make additional growth. You do not need to be an expert to volunteer as a literacy tutor and will be provided comprehensive training and support throughout the year.

Please visit for more information and upcoming New Volunteer Information Session dates! Or contact Erin Simon ( // 612-708-5933) for more information.

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 visit their website.  

Heart of Dance

From Rumba to Respect, and Tango to Teamwork, Heart of Dance is changing the world through the joy of partner dance. Since 2015, Minnesota nonprofit Heart of Dance has brought the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of social dance to those who need it most and who otherwise might not have access – from fifth and eighth graders in the Social Emotional Learning curriculum Dancing Classrooms, to older adults in the up-and-coming Dance for Life program.

There are so many exciting volunteer opportunities at Heart of Dance, both in and out of the classroom. Support Teaching Artists during lessons at participating schools or senior communities as a Classroom Assistant (no dance experience necessary), or help out at events. Professional ballroom dancers and high-level amateurs are also welcome to visit our classrooms and demonstrate their skills as Classroom Dance Buddies.

Learn more and sign up at For more information, contact

Hennepin County: Minneapolis Central Library

The Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library help connect volunteers to open positions at the library. Two volunteer opportunities that can be fit to your schedule are Shelving Volunteers and Collection Maintenance Volunteers. If you have an interest in a specific subject, you can request to volunteer in that area. They also have date-specific volunteer openings for special events, Sunday Fundays, Magnet programs and more. To learn more, or sign up, email

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 612-277-2529 or email You can also visit their website.

MacPhail Center for Music

MacPhail Center for Music is seeking a volunteer to fill a greeter position. It’s a simple volunteer position, with flexible hours, in a lively environment, close to home. The greeter provides an important sense of openness and welcoming to all guests by greeting everyone and answering questions about room locations and directions. You can read the details of the job description here.

National Park Service

There are many opportunities to volunteer at our local National Park Service Site (Mississippi National River and Recreation Area). 
*Upper St. Anthony Falls Open House Volunteers are needed daily to help support the park in opening up the lock wall for visitors. Volunteers help make sure staff get lunch breaks and answer visitor questions. Ideally volunteers know a little about the river, the area around St. Anthony, and how locks work. Volunteers are not expected to sign-up for reoccurring shifts but rather can sign-up when ever they would like to volunteer and fits their schedule.

*In addition to Upper St. Anthony Falls Open House Volunteer shifts, there are St. Anthony Falls Assistant shifts that do require advanced training.

*Mill Ruins Crew is a habitat restoration crew that meets 1-2 times per month on the hillside between the Mill City Museum and the river. The crew is drop-in and there is no minimum or maximum number of times to volunteer. The crew helps with ongoing restoration of the Mill Ruins hillside. Activities include invasive species removal, planting, watering newly planted plants, site exploration, and other outdoor restoration tasks. All tools and training are provided. To find out more or to sign-up, volunteers should contact Andrew Marotz (, 651-291-9119).

*Working River (Field Trip) Assistants are needed to help at one of three learning stations that allow students to learn more about the St. Anthony Falls, Mill Ruins and Stone Arch Bridge historical area of Minneapolis. No advanced training is required.

*Volunteers interested in volunteering on a riverboat are encouraged to check out opportunities to volunteer on our Big River Journey field trips!

To sign-up for any of these volunteer opportunities and to learn more specifics about the volunteer description, visit

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

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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 School

Volunteer with Webster School!

Contact the school's Volunteer Coordinator, Ron Goldser, at, for more information. They would love to have extra readers in kindergarten in the morning.

To apply, click here, then click on the link for 'Community Volunteers' and fill in the online application.

Youth Link

Meal service is Youth Link's biggest growing volunteer program and also currently their biggest need. There are options for volunteers to serve breakfast or lunch, and flexibility with the dates. Please click here for more information. Please note that this opportunity is intended for groups of 3-5 volunteers, the cost associated with the activity varies from $80-$250 based on the type of meal, and the minimum age requirement is 21.