At Neighborhood House, volunteers are essential to achieving our mission. Volunteers bring enthusiasm, expertise, and share diverse perspectives that foster a community of mutual enrichment. This past year alone, volunteers provided invaluable service by working to support hungry families, educate new immigrants and refugees, create safe spaces for youth, and move families from survive to thrive! CLICK HERE to learn more about how volunteers fit in our organization.
Here at Neighborhood House we have one-time, short-term, and on-going volunteers. We have opportunities for individuals and groups as well as Service Learning/Internship opportunities.
**IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, WE HAVE MADE CHANGES WITH OUR PROGRAMS.**
Book Mobile Shifts-
Our Youth Literacy Library has shifted to a Book Mobile model in response to COVID-19. We are continuing to provide books to families that help develop skills they need to succeed in school. Families receive books, dropped off directly at their home by-weekly, specifically geared towards their children’s learning. Our Book Mobile aims to encourage youth to grow both their literacy skills and love of reading. Volunteers will assist staff in organizing and cataloging book donations, as well as, delivering books. Shifts available: Tuesday 2-5pm for organizing & Friday 1-4pm for driving and delivering.
Homework Help Tutor Shifts (virtual)-
Our Adult Education classes focus on a learner-centered model which incorporates English language and math instruction with American cultural lessons, civics, and daily survival skills. Volunteers will staff our virtual drop-in Homework Help Hour via Zoom so children of our Adult Education students can access any help they might need with distance learning/schooling. Shifts available: Monday-Thursday 4-5pm.
At this time our only volunteer opportunities available are with our Food Support programs:
FOOD MARKET SHIFTS-
During COVID-19, we have shifted our operations to a pick-up model instead of a shopping model. Volunteers assist with packing bags, stocking shelves, and delivering bags to cars. We are looking for volunteers who can make a weekly commitment. Our shifts are 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. PLEASE COMPLETE our application listed below.
Wellstone Food Market- limited shifts available Mon-Fri
Francis Basket Food Market- limited shifts available Mon, Tues, Fri
Please note we do not have one time opportunities in the Food Market at this time- please see our one-time opportunities listed below.
Winter FRESH PRODUCE PICK-UPS- Registration open now!!!
During the COVID-19 outbreak we are offering Fresh Produce Pickups, where families can pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread by driving up in their cars or by walking up to our partner, Metro State’s, Parking Ramp location.
We have two shifts for volunteers during the Winter Fresh Produce Pickup:
Traffic Control Crew: Volunteer will assist in directing parking, distribution, and pedestrian traffic.
Food Distribution Crew: Volunteers will sort and bag produce to prepare for the distribution, assist in distributing produce during the distribution, and help clean up after the event ends.
Outdoor Pickups, November-May CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
Outdoor Pickups, November-May CLICK HERE to learn more and register.”
FARMER’S MARKET PICKUPS- Registration NOW OPEN- CLICK HERE
We will be having a smaller crew due to COVID-19 but we are still running our annual collection from the St. Paul Farmer’s Market each Sunday beginning 7/5. Volunteers gather produce from vendors and take to our van. After gathering all the produce, everyone drives back to Neighborhood House to assist with unloading.
CENSUS VOLUNTEERS- **CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
Throughout the month of March and the beginning of April, Neighborhood House is organizing Census Days to promote a complete census count. Volunteers will inform people about the census, answer questions, and assist in completing the form online during shifts in the Wellstone Center lobby. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
BONUS THURSDAYS- Every Thursday **CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
We are excited to offer our participants a bonus supply of fresh produce options! Through our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland we are able to get produce rescued from local grocery stores into the homes of our participants. Join us in working on one of our volunteer crews- one-time or on-going opportunity.
CLICK HERE to learn more and register.