Volunteers United

Volunteers of Steele County

Purpose of Volunteers United:

Our purpose is to increase the capacity for nonprofits to achieve their missions in Steele County and to fulfill the desire of individuals within our community to lend a helping hand in a variety of different capacities.

Be A Hand Raiser:

We are more than just fund raisers. We're hand raisers. We work to connect individuals and organizations with opportunities to serve, we build volunteer capacity, and mobilize volunteers to effectively meet the local need in Steele County. United Way of Steele County works to engage volunteers with our greatest available needs. This is also a fantastic way for service groups, churches, families or anybody looking to get involved in the community to help drive change in Steele County.

How to Get Started:

To get signed up for Volunteers United, click here or call the office at 507-455-1180. Upon scheduling your first opportunity, Volunteers United members will receive a free LIVE UNITED t-shirt to wear while you're out serving the community and your email will be added to the distribution list for notifications of future opportunities. Also, join our Volunteers United - Facebook Group for additional updates.

Arts With Love

Duties

Receive order, fulfill order, ship order.  This is a volunteer position for a local nonprofit.  Product and supplies provided, shipping labels printed online, so will need access to a computer and printer.  All profits go to support:

1) Convoy of Hope

2) Compassion International

3) Free International

4) International Justice Mission

5) Charity Water

This position is approx. a 1-2 hour a week FLEXIBLE commitment.

Benedictine Living Community

Duties

Volunteers enhance the quality of life for our residents. A good volunteer is someone who is responsible, loving, friendly, caring, dependable, sincere, sensitive, interested, considerate, thoughtful and cooperative.

Making new friends, bringing a smile to a resident's face, or helping someone that has no family or friends nearby are just a few of the benefits you will receive when you volunteer on our campus.

 

Assist with activities such as:

  • Bingo
  • Games
  • Music
  • Gardening
  • Campus Movies
  • Pet Visits
  • Socials
  • Resident Outings

Qualifications

  • Meet with Casey Bakewell, our wellness director
  • Complete a volunteer application and background check. 
  • You will receive an email or phone call to set up an orientation and training session once the background check is cleared. 
  • When you are done with orientation, you are ready to volunteer.

Duties

Volunteers enhance the quality of life for our residents. A good volunteer is someone who is responsible, loving, friendly, caring, dependable, sincere, sensitive, interested, considerate, thoughtful and cooperative.

Making new friends, bringing a smile to a resident's face, or helping someone that has no family or friends nearby are just a few of the benefits you will receive when you volunteer on our campus.

Qualifications

  • Meet with Casey Bakewell, our wellness director
  • Complete a volunteer application and background check. 
  • You will receive an email or phone call to set up an orientation and training session once the background check is cleared. 
  • When you are done with orientation, you are ready to volunteer.

Bethel Church

Bethel Church serves their Community Supper on Wednesday nights from 5-6pm. Volunteers can assist with prep and set up.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN

AVID is a college and career readiness class that helps students strengthen basic skills and reinforce positive habits that will make students more successful in the classroom and beyond. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides AVID students in Faribault and Owatonna with a mentor and friend.

Matches meet during the student's class time on a set hybrid schedule. Meetings primarily take place virtually, with 4 in-person visits at the student's school throughout the year to strengthen friendships and create a stronger impact. Activities are focused on topics like:

  • College and career exploration
  • Encouraging academic success
  • Future planning

Duties

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE PRESENT. Being a Big isn’t about being a savior. It’s about being you. Research shows just being there makes the biggest difference in a child’s life. PROGRAMS THAT FIT YOU.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota has 2 unique volunteer programs, so you can choose the one that best fits you.

Community-based: As a Community-based Big, you meet your Little out in the community, enjoying your favorite activities, trying new things, and/or attending free Big Brothers Big Sisters activities. Minimum 1-year commitment Meet your Little a couple times a month for a few hours. Where, what, and when is up to you!

School-site: As a School-site Big, you meet your Little at their school at the same time each week. Spend the time chatting, playing games, working on homework, or whatever else you decide. Minimum of a 2-academic-year commitment Meet your Little once a week for about a half hour What you do is up to you!

Blooming Prairie Youth Club

Duties

This rewarding position will often work directly with our members and deliver programs that change the lives of youth in our community. In this position, volunteers will assist with day to day activities including but not limited to those outlined below.

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Enjoy working with youth grades K-12 
  • Are flexible to deal with a variety of situations 
  • Hours available are Monday - Friday 7 am - 5:30 pm 
  • Accompany staff on outings and field trips for additional supervision support 
  • Help create a positive and kind atmosphere 
  • Promote and stimulate participation in our programs 
  • Be a strong role model for our members and make an impactful relationships 
  • Other duties as assigned such as cooking, cleaning and organizing 

Qualifications

Skills & Abilities (in some situations) 

  • Motivated, confident, flexible, and creative 
  • Ability to organize and supervise members in a safe environment 
  • Ability to motivate youth and manage behavior problems 
  • Physical requirements include some physical exertion such as lifting (up to 40 lbs.), stretching and bending in a Club setting as well as standing for long periods of time. 
  • The positions environment is in a Club setting and includes interaction with children ages 5-18 and can be noisy at times 
  • Follow policies, procedures and rules of the organization
  • Serve as a role model and demonstrate, encourage and offer direction in fairness, consistency, attentiveness, ability to work with others, appropriate dress and appearance, and effective conflict resolution

Requirements 

  • Background screening 
  • To perform the job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions.  

Catholic Charities

Duties

We welcome volunteers to lead our fitness classes for older adults!! (Active Aging Program)

Duties

Volunteer facilitators for our health and wellness workshop. (Active Aging Program)

Community Pathways of Steele County

Duties

Wednesdays 2-5pm and Fridays 2-5pm

  • Greet people as they come in
  • Assist members and customers with store questions 
  • Check customers out on the computer
  • Check cash sales out on the tablet
  • Answer the phone and direct calls as needed
  • Organize the store ( make sure things are off the floor and keep the store neat and in order
  • Color code the racks per instructions
  • Take hangers to the backroom
  • Help with projects when we are slow or have down time.

Duties

  • This position will need to stay at the front desk area
  • Greet all visitors
  • Check to insure their registration is up to date and that it is their week to shop
  • If they need to register for services, direct client to a staff member
  • Assist visitors as appropriate
  • Check in donations and provide a receipt if requested
  • Assist with answering the phone
  • This position allows for some time to sit during downtimes. Other projects may be available to work on at the front desk.

Duties

Afternoons before delivery

  • Collect the order sheet for each client.
  • Write down member ID numbers on the boxes
  • Utilize the forms to pack the dry goods
  • Check off packed items and put forms in box.
  • Place boxes in designated area for cold pack preparation.

 

 Day of delivery

  • Pack cold products in the boxes and check off items that have been finished.
  • Place completed boxes on cart to be loaded in van for delivery

 

 Delivery Driver

  • Place boxes in the van
  • Upon arrival to contact client to inform them that you are there
  • Deliver box to client
  • Place paperwork into the correct folder for the next months deliveries

Duties

  • This position is responsible for greeting and accepting the appropriate donations as designated by the Unique Finds Coordinator.
  • Sort through clothing and household items to ensure they are free from damage.
  • Write and distribute receipts when requested
  • Complete projects assigned by the UF Coordinator when necessary. 

Duties

Pickup Walmart donation for Community Pathways. Thursdays at 9:00AM

Crisis Resource Center of Steele County

Duties

Becoming a volunteer is easy, just call or stop into the office and say you want to volunteer. You will get set up with the training manuals. You complete training on your own, at your own pace.

Primary duties include: listening, supporting, providing information and referrals, and assisting the law enforcement and emergency provider staff with crisis situations involving domestic abuse, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Volunteers have the phones when our office is closed. It is usually one night per month. You take the phone when YOU are available. We appreciate and value our volunteers and realize they have outside lives and obligations, so we are very flexible.

I. Victim Assistance & Advocacy

  1. Be available to assist victims during on-call time (Weekdays 5:00PM - 8:00PM; Weekends Saturday 8:00AM - Monday 8:00AM)
  2. Must be able to respond to victims within 30 minutes
  3. Obtain additional help or make referrals for victims if appropriate
  4. Arrange for shelter/safe home and transport if necessary. If you are unable to transport during your on-call hours, please find another advocate to switch with or to perform your transportation duties.
  5. Adhere to CRC policies and principles in working with victims.

Advocates also need to attend at least 5 advocate meetings and (1) continuing 6-hour education training as well as attend professional development workshops or seminars as time allows and as appropriate.  Full details regarding additional responsibilities will be made available if interested.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)

Owatonna is hosting the District 1 Career Development Conference on Friday,
January 5, 2024, at Christian Family Church and World Outreach Center from
7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

They need approximately 150 volunteers to help with the event as:

  • Judges and assistants for the competitive events
  • Event Check In and Schedule monitors
  • Receptionists for the Employment Interview Events

A complimentary Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
To get registered and volunteer at the event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4VgY59Dt-9s_eoW59IQeiovJ-DGR…

For more information on DECA, visit deca.org

Exchange Club Center for Family Unity

Exchange Club Center for Family Unity holds two major fundraisers each year. One in June and the other in December. An enthusiastic individual with fundraising experience would be helpful.

Duties

Volunteer Parent Mentors are paired with families that have reached out to the Exchange Club Center for Family Unity directly for service. Families must meet pre-established criteria prior to being assigned to a volunteer parent mentor. Volunteer parent mentors meet with the family weekly to provide support towards established family goals. The interactions are documented in the client or family’s file. This position includes 20 hours of initial training and quarterly continuous education training opportunities.

Qualifications

PURPOSE: If you are compassionate and enjoy working with families and children, this position may be just what you are looking for. Volunteer Parent Mentors provide parenting support services to families who are at risk of abusing or neglecting their children. Each Mentor will be matched up with a family that has elected to work with our agency to prevent abuse from occurring. Families that require intervention services are not assigned to this position.

LOCATION: Training conducted online via Zoom. Services provided in client homes. LEVEL OF

SUPERVISION: Directly supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator (or Executive Director) with daily input and guidance by the Parent Mentor Coordinator. The Parent Mentor Coordinator is also responsible for assigning cases. Cases are reviewed (verbally) every two weeks by the Executive Director to ensure that the match is a good fit, that progress is being made, and that the provided resources are adequate.

QUALIFICATIONS: At least 5 years of experience working with families or children; this may include raising your own children. Satisfactory completion of our in-house training program (20 hours). Knowledge of family violence, child abuse, and the dynamics involved is preferred, but not required. Must be self-motivated. Adequate means of transportation is a requirement.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Scheduled Time • Hours will be 2-4/week. Anything over 4 hours should be approved in advance by the Executive Director. • Hours will include all meetings, home visits, travel time to and from client visits, documentation, preparation, and anything else pertaining to this position as authorized by the Executive Director. Caseload • Caseload will be 1-2 families. The exception may be if a client will close within two months, a new case, if there is a desire to continue taking families, may be assigned, resulting in a slight temporary increase. • Only prevention families will be assigned; however, opportunities to work with intervention families may be available. Additional training will be required. Case Management • Schedule, a visit each week with assigned family for 1-1.5 hours. Days and times are flexible. Determine what works best for everyone. • Record progress notes directly in the file while visiting with the family. Files must be returned to the office within 24 hours. • All documentation, including legal, assessments, and progress notes are to be kept in the file in the format provided. Family files are audited monthly.

DUTIES General: • Tabulate time daily • Maintain time-study (when in progress) • Turn in hours weekly, via text or email (Saturday at the latest) Meetings: • Staff Meeting – Every two weeks (Optional) • Home Visits as scheduled Optional Events/Opportunities: • Speaking engagements • Fundraisers • Community Events where we have a booth • Other events as requested by the Executive Director Screening: • All volunteers are required to complete our screening process which includes a criminal background check and two reference checks. • Placements are not guaranteed.

HealthFinders Collaborative

HealthFinders Collaborative has a dedicated corps of over 60 volunteers. Together, they have an enormous impact on our organization providing more than 3,300 hours of service each year. Volunteer medical providers, interpreters, receptionists, and nurses are invaluable partners and deliver critical services in our community. We could not do what we do without our volunteers. Not only do volunteers help us extend our limited resources, but their expertise and passion provide a unique quality of care and build community within our clinic.

Sign up to volunteer: https://healthfindersmn.org/get-involved/volunteer-application/

Healthy Seniors of Steele County

Duties

Visit seniors who are home bound. Volunteers choose days and times that work best for them.

Qualifications

  • Empathetic
  • Dependable
  • Friendly
  • Reliable Transportation

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement prepares young people with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. JA volunteers provide students with new perspectives by sharing unique and authentic lived experiences, helping students connect classroom learning to the real world. As a JA volunteer, you show young people the boundless possibilities for them and their futures.

This is a short commitment, 5-6 lessons that run 30-45 minutes during the day.

Learn more about volunteering with JA: https://www.janorth.org/volunteer

Lets Smile Inc

Duties

Write postcards to patients to remind them they are due for dental services Make and file paper charts Proofreading and editing grant applications

Duties

Data Entry - HIPPA Compliant Training Provided

Duties

Volunteers may choose the task they are interested in assisting with.

  • Fundraising Letters (writing and/or assembling)
  • Donor Engagement Letters (writing and/or assembling)
  • Putting stickers on invoices
  • Assembling Invoice Mailings

Duties

**HIPPA Compliant Training Provided** Make phone calls to current clients:

  • Reminder Calls
  • Set Appointments Scheduling Light Admin/Office

Qualifications

  • Communication Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Time Management Skills
  • Confidentiality

Duties

Volunteers may choose which of the following tasks they would like to assist with. -Check and replenish Brochures in racks across the community -Distribute flyers door to door

Qualifications

  • Dependable
  • Reliable transportation
  • Good Verbal Communication Skills

Duties

  • Help to Plan and Implement Events
  • Help to Plan and Implement Fundraisers

Qualifications

  • Detail Oriented
  • Dependable
  • Sales Planning
  • Customer Service Oriented
  • Good Verbal and Written Communication

Duties

Post awareness campaigns and events on social media:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Qualifications

  • Tech savvy
  • Fun and outgoing
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Duties

**HIPPA Compliant Training Provided** On-Site Volunteer for School Events will be asked to assist with:

  • Data Entry
  • Student Registration
  • Retrieving Students for their Appointment
  • Assisting Students with their Grab Bab Selections

Duties

Hand out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss at Community Events. Dress up as a Smile Fairy to engage children.

Qualifications

  • Personable
  • Fun and Engaging
  • Work well with children and parents

Rachels Light

Duties

Volunteers needed Saturdays and Sundays, anytime between 9am-5pm.

  • Get to know guests as individuals.
  • When suspicion of substance use warrants, contact the Executive Director or on-call staff to complete a UA
  • Ensures guest confidentiality and respect.
  • Models and maintains healthy, professional boundaries with clients.
  • Ensures a safe, clean environment for all.
  • Assists the Donation Coordinator to receive, log, and distribute donations, when necessary.
  • Provides immediate and professional response to any emergency or disturbance within or immediately outside the facility.
  • Performs regular safety checks of all common areas and resident rooms.
  • Supports the emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing of the guests.

Qualifications

  • High school Diploma or GED.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Are you interested in making an ongoing impact in a woman's life? If giving guidance, support, and inspiration to our guests is speaking to you please let us know. We are looking for Women who would like to share their talents, their patience, knowledge, understanding of life lessons, and their ability to be a friend to someone in need. If you can give another woman an hour of your time a week, you will make a difference in their life and the life of her child. Our mentors do have support when in this program. We will be starting up a Quarterly support group for the mentors to meet with each other. Rachel's Light also offers phone support to our mentors if they are in need of assistance or ideas.

St Josephs Church

St. Joseph's Church serves their Community Supper on Tuesday nights from 5:30-6:30pm. Volunteers can assist with prep and set up.

Salvation Army

Each year, The Salvation Army will serve more than 25 million people across America – including many here in Steele County. That means 55+ million meals for the hungry, 10+ million nights of shelter for the homeless, and countless Christmas gifts for children who may otherwise go without.

So truly, you can make a difference with every ring. The funds you raise as a Salvation Army bell ringer will make a year-round impact in your community through social services assistance, homeless shelters, disaster relief, children’s programs, rehabilitation services, anti-human trafficking, and more.  Donations in the red kettle stay local – directly impacting the lives of your neighbors by helping them in their time of need. When you ring the bell, you’re making change happen.

To get registered for available shifts online, visit https://www.registertoring.com

Duties

  • Provide assistance to Salvation Army Case Manager for Steele County when she is out.  
  • Take phone calls.
  • Process applications requesting services.
  • Help refer people to other resources when needed. 

The Steele County Salvation Army  is seeking additional Board members to oversee the operation of our Steele County Chapter.  Duties can include:  assisting with ongoing and new programs in the county, advising on family store and client services operations, and with fund raising campaign.  Qualifications include having an interest and heart to serve the residents of Steele County, discretion, and support the Mission of the Salvation Army.

Duties

  • Hang clothing.
  • Price clothing and items.
  • Sort and Organize Products in preparation for the sales floor.

SCORE

Duties

  • Support local entrepreneurs
  • Network and build new relationships
  • Help grow your local small business community
  • Expand your skillset and professional reputation
  • And more!

SCORE is looking for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to serve in a variety of roles — from knowledgeable business mentors to local community advocates. Review the descriptions of the volunteer roles at SCORE, find the best one for you, then apply. Your local chapter will contact you to learn more about you and to share information about onboarding and training, SCORE’s code of ethics, and other pertinent details for the role.

SEMCAC

Do you like to drive and help others? The Volunteer Driver Program provides transportation for persons age 60 and older to medical, business, personal appointments, and Senior Dining. Transportation is also provided for Blue Plus, Medica, UCare, South Country, Medical Assistance (MA) and Human Services clients regardless of age.

The benefits of being a Volunteer Driver is mileage reimbursement as well as reimbursement for parking and meal expenses. Set your own schedule. Discounted insurance and training opportunities.

If you are at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and a good driving record, you can become a Volunteer Driver and make a difference in your community.

Steele County Coalition for Healthy Youth

Duties

Mission: Empower Youth to live a chemical free lifestyle.  

  • Attend Youth Advisory Board meetings and full coalition meetings as scheduled and provide youth perspective.
  • If serving on the Steering Committee serve as a liaison with the Coalition Youth Advisory Board.
  • Be available for speaking engagements and other coalition activities.
  • Propose grant opportunities and other fundraising activities.
  • Recruit other youth to serve on projects and in other coalition positions.

Toys for Tots

Volunteer your time to help with Toys for Tots this holiday season. Typically an 8 hour commitment.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Duties

Volunteer - Beds For Kids

Helpful volunteers keep Beds For Kids going!

Without volunteers, we can't provide the children of our neighbors with the beds they need.

Volunteering with Beds for Kids is easy
 There are all kinds of ways to volunteer with Beds For Kids.

  • Bed delivery and in-home setup — This typically takes 2-4 hours and can be customized to work with your scheduling needs.
  • Group volunteering — If you are part of a group looking for a community service project, give us a call! We can work with you to create a fun and positive experience!

No matter how you help Beds For Kids, we and the children we help, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The luxury of sleeping in our own bed is a blessing that too many of us take for granted. Thank you for volunteering and helping us share that blessing.

Duties

Meals of Hope provides a hot quality meal once a week for anyone who is at a point in their life where food or fellowship is hard to come by. 

All are welcome...
When: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm
Where: Fellowship Hall at Trinity

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Cooking/Kitchen Help
  • Greeting Guests
  • Serving Meals
  • Providing Fellowship
  • Clean Up
  • Shuttle Driver (Trinity provides transportation for those in need.)

Volunteers are placed on a team that serves one week a month. Typical time commitment is 2 hours.

Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity

Help spread the word!
The Ambassador program is used to spread the word about Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity (TRHFH) and the ReStore throughout all of the communities we serve: Dodge, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha and Waseca Counties. This role can be performed while going about your usual activities such as shopping, being out in your community, or reading the newspaper at home or online. Ambassadors receive informational materials from TRHFH by connecting with the volunteer coordinator or other staff.

How can you help?
Post ReStore & TRHFH announcements on community bulletin boards and check that they are current. Provide brochures to locations where pamphlets are made available to the public. Check periodically to assure that adequate copies remain on display. Share information about opportunities to donate, shop, and volunteer. Watch the local newspaper an magazines for information that could be helpful to the ReStore and Habitat, and pass the information on to TRHFH staff. All you need is the desire to become an advocate of TRHFH and the ReStore, a basic understanding of the ReStore and TRHFH mission, and the ability to communicate in a variety of forums. TRHFH and the ReStore will provide flyers, brochures, and other support for making community connections.

  • 14 and older
  • Is Family Friendly

Connecting families to stable, affordable housing changes lives.
One family member said that his affordable home means freedom for his family:
"Freedom to grow and develop where we are, instead of worrying about where we will have to move because it is cheaper."

Habitat homes are not given away. Families pay an affordable mortgage thanks to their partnership with Habitat for Humanity, their "sweat equity," and to YOUR volunteer labor.

Volunteering is fun and rewarding!

  • No construction experience is needed
  • Training and tools provided on site
  • Work days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • You can sign up for a whole day (9am-4pm) and half day options are also available
  • Volunteer Registration is required.
  • 18 and older
  • Closed-toe shoes required.

How do you build a home without lifting a hammer? Bring your time and talent to the Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity volunteer teams via food! We are seeking individuals, families, and groups to prepare lunches or snacks and provide refreshments for the volunteers working on our build sites and at our ReStore. Examples of food items are: sandwiches, cookies, bars, chips, hot dishes, juice, soda, water, etc.

Qualifications of Special Skills Needed:  Ability to purchase or cook snacks or meals. Ability to bring snacks or meals to the build site or ReStore. Knowledge of food safety and food handling requirements.

Tool & Materials: Ingredients for food. Dish/or and utensils to transport and serve food. The ReStore and build sites do not provide ingredients or dishes, but they will provide hungry, thankful volunteers!

Affordable housing is something that is out of reach for over 12,000 Rochester Area Residents. Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity wants to help fix this problem. Volunteering with Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity allows you to be a part of an organization that is building decent and affordable housing for families in need. We have a lot of hard working volunteers that could use refreshments, and your contributions will not go unnoticed!

Join our volunteer team and become a Snack or Lunch Provider and support the team that supports Habitat for Humanity!

 

  • Is Family Friendly
  • Is Not Outdoors
  • Is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Fun on your time!

United Way of Steele County

Duties

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE OCTOBER-DECEMBER. Variety of tasks throughout the process, from making calls to families for more information to helping with drop off and distribution of the donor gifts.  Always in need of Spanish and Somali language speakers to assist with getting more information from families that have been adopted.  

Candidates interested in Volunteering in Childcare, should complete the below application.  Please note that anyone over the age of 16 will need to complete a background check.  This fee is covered through a MAVA grant and will not be charged to the volunteer.  Thank you for your interest in investing your time and talents in caring for our future!!

Volunteer Application: https://forms.gle/A4FX2yBdjo7iP2b69

Duties

This opportunity is typically available in the fall. Check with the United Way office.

  • Stuffing envelopes
  • Addressing envelopes
  • Sealing envelopes
  • Mailing

Duties

United Way of Steele County will again be providing free Tax Preparation Assistance to those in need. Appointments will be required. If you have prior tax preparation experience and are interested in volunteering to assist us with completing these appointments; get in touch with our team for more information.