Safe and engaging respite is vital for caregivers and the people they care for. East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS) is accepting volunteer applications for NE Day Spot Friends. Your compassion and sense of community has a new place to shine at the NE Day Spot. Working with East Side staff, volunteers help create a community of care by being a NE Day Spot Friend. Spend your day engaged in a wide variety of fun activities with participants. Training is provided with a focus on working with people experiencing memory loss and their care partners. Shifts are from 9 am-3 pm on Fridays at ESNS, 1700 2nd St. NE. They ask that volunteers commit to two shifts a month so they become a familiar face to participants. Volunteers can expect to make a tremendous difference in the life of another and have fun while doing it.
Language Central, 2300 Central Ave. NE, is looking for volunteers to assist with ESL classes that are offered to immigrants and refugees in the community. Many of the ESL students are Spanish-speaking immigrants from Ecuador and Mexico. They also serve the Somali community. Volunteers will begin by observing the classes, then later given the opportunity to lead a class of their own (if desired). Other duties include registering new ESL students or meeting one-on-one with ESL students as conversation partners so that there is the opportunity to practice English skills outside the formal classroom. ESL classes meet Monday-Thursday, 2-5 pm. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-315-2058.
Help clean up St. Anthony parks. Supplies will be available at St. Anthony parks to pick up litter and/or do some yard work. Show up anytime Saturday, April 27, 9:30 am-Noon. Salo Park will be trash clean up and yard work. Silver Point Park, Central Park and Emerald Park, will be kid friendly. Trillium Park will be yard work only. Dress appropriately and bring gloves if you have them. Contact Citizens for Sustainability with questions, email@example.com.
Wilder Research has asked regions across the state to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in their communities, and Anoka County is seeking volunteers for this effort, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 25 at various locations around the county. Training will be provided on how to conduct face-to-face interviews with the homeless at 1-2:30 pm, Monday, Oct. 15, and 2-3:30 pm, Tuesday, Oct. 16 in room 552 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Ave. Visit anokacounty.us/2018MnHomelessStudy to sign up for training or for more information about this initiative. Self-guided training is available for those who have participated in past studies and is posted on the 2018 Minnesota Homeless Study webpage.
The data collected will be used to guide program development and support requests for funding at the federal, state and local levels to combat homelessness. People who volunteer for this study will help shape the future in a positive way for individuals in need of stable housing. After training is complete, participants will have options as to where and for how long they’d like to volunteer. Those who take part in the study will be paired with other volunteers who have experience working with the homeless. For people experiencing homelessness, the study is completely voluntary, and for those who choose to participate, a $10 stipend is awarded.
Columbia Heights Lions International and HeightsNEXT are organizing volunteers for a fall cleanup along University and Central Avenues. Volunteers’ efforts will freshen up local streetscapes and prevent trash from drifting with next spring’s melting snow through storm drains into the Mississippi River. Interested volunteers should meet at 8:30 am on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the parking lot of Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. NE, Columbia Heights. Bags, gloves, safety vests and trash pickers will be provided by the City of Columbia Heights to aid in picking up litter. A group photo will be taken to commemorate the team’s work that day and each set of volunteers will be assigned a section of road where they will pick up litter.
After volunteers complete their cleanup assignments, they are invited to meet back at the parking lot of Murzyn Hall to return equipment and enjoy light refreshments until roughly 11:30 am. The cleanup will occur whether “rain or shine,” so participants should dress for the weather. To volunteer for the clean-up, email firstname.lastname@example.org, so organizers know how much equipment to reserve for the event.
Volunteers needed to help run the 25th Annual Minnesota Fringe Festival, an 11-day celebration of the performing arts in the Twin Cities. Northeast Minneapolis venues include Minnsky Theatre, Strike Theatre, the Ritz Theatre, and Logan Park. Work as a box officer or as an usher and receive tickets to see any of the 120+ productions for free. Register by July 27th at minnesotafringe.org/volunteers. Info: 612-872-1212, email@example.com.
Reading Partners Twin Cities is seeking volunteer tutors at Northeast College Prep, 300 Industrial Blvd. NE, previously located in Audubon. Their volunteers make a lifelong impact on a child who struggles with reading. They currently have more than 30 students at Northeast College Prep waiting for a tutor. Give as little as one hour a week, they welcome more if able. Tutoring takes place Monday-Thursday during school hours, 8:20 a.m.-2:55 p.m. Follow a highly effective, structured and easy-to-use curriculum. No formal teaching experience is required. Volunteers must be 14 or older. For more information, visit their website, readingpartners.org or contact Kelly Rynda, Reading Partners’ Volunteer Coordinator for NECP, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-297-5934.
Catholic Eldercare’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU) is seeking volunteers. Volunteers play a key role in making a difference at Catholic Eldercare. They provide guests and visitors with hospitality, services and amenities that would otherwise not be available. They are currently seeking a Guest Services Volunteer, Media Cart Volunteer, and a Transitional Services Volunteer. For more information, visit www.catholiceldercare.org/volunteering/.