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 any of the available opportunities, please reach out to President, Annette Duncan at annette.duncan@unitedwaysteelecounty.org or Operations Coordinator, Neil Lyons at neil.lyons@unitedwaysteelecounty.org 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

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.

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.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)

Owatonna is hosting the District 1 Career Development Conference on Friday,
January 6, 2023, at Christian Family Church and World Outreach Center from
7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This conference is sponsored by HomeTown Credit Union.

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/1crG92PZjAWgJkBOBn6oKF795XUAXxN2QSZwCWW…

For more information on DECA, visit deca.org

Exchange Club Center for Family Unity

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.

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

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

Owatonna Business Partnership

The MainStreet Holiday Lighted Parade will be held in Downtown Owatonna on Thursday, December 1, 2022.  Parade line-up starts at 5:00 pm on Front Street, near elevator.  Parade begins promptly at 6:00 pm running from the Front Street starting point and proceeding on South Cedar to Central Park.

Volunteers are needed to assist with crowd control. (5:15PM - 7:30PM)
Sign Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ea9ae2eabfbc07-november

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.

Duties

Peer to Peer Support - Mentorship to Women Transitioning out of Homelessness

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. 

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.

South Country Health Alliance

South Country Health Alliance is seeking volunteers to assist an Owatonna resident with packing; moving day is TBD. The amount of items to pack is fairly minimal and may only take a couple hours total.

Shift options are:

  • TBD - Postponed

* Times can be somewhat flexible if necessary

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.

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.

United Way of Steele County

Duties

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.  

Duties

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

  • Stuffing envelopes
  • Addressing envelopes
  • Sealing envelopes
  • Mailing