Helping Hand

"Helping hand" is a section of the Review Perspectives publication where readers can find out about area volunteer agencies and ongoing volunteer opportunities.  
Mail all information to Review Perspectives, 2515 E. Seventh St., North St. Paul, MN. 55109 or fax us at 651-777-8288.
Lists of specific volunteer activities and volunteer training or opportunities with registration deadlines will still be directed to the suburban Review newspapers.
Releases should be written in paragraph form in complete sentences. It's best to type or print all information to ensure that names are spelled correctly. Please do not submit flyers. Keep text brief and to the point. Include a contact number for readers to call, and the release writer's number so the paper can ask questions about further information.

St. Croix Valley Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing

Volunteer on the beautiful St. Croix River. The St. Croix Valley Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is looking for volunteers to help on our pontoon boat. We provide free fishing and boating excursions to senior citizens, people with physical or developmental disabilities, veterans groups, and military families. Be part of a 3 person crew, taking out groups of up to 10 guests. Training is provided, and no experience is necessary. Trips are two hours, Monday through Thursday, but you can volunteer as much (or as little) as you like. Register as a volunteer at, or call 651-707-5181.

Roseville Area Senior Program openings

A Thursday morning office receptionist is needed for the Roseville Area Senior Program. The volunteer will assist with greeting the public, answering questions about RASP and other local senior services, and data entry. Customer service and computer skills are required. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Drivers are needed to deliver meals to 8 to 10 homes in the Roseville area from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on selected Thursdays and/or Mondays. Please call for full schedule. Training is provided and a one year commitment is requested.

Medical Appointment Drivers provide transportation for older adults to medical and dental appointments using your own vehicle. We work with your availability! Volunteer as few or as many hours as you’d like. Training is provided and mileage reimbursement is an option. A one-year commitment is requested.

To receive application materials contact Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) at or call 651-604-3520. A criminal background and driving record check will be conducted for the medical appointment driver. Training is provided for all the following volunteer jobs.

Senior Chore Program

The Senior Chore Program at Northeast Youth & Family Services is sponsoring a Fall Cleanup for Seniors event in October and November. NYFS is looking for volunteers who are willing to spend a few hours helping with outdoor yard chores.

Volunteers can arrange a time in October or November that suits their schedule. Individuals and groups are welcome. For more information about the cleanup, or the Senior Chore Program, please contact Debbie Wells at 651-757-4061 or email

Volunteer recruitiment

Interim Healthcare and Hospice of the Twin Cities is recruiting caring individuals to volunteer their time providing support and companionship to hospice patients and families in the Twin Cities metro area. Volunteers must be 18 years old and have a passion to help by providing their time in the following areas:

Direct Service: Visiting patients in their home or in a facility to provide companionship, listening, emotional support and comforting care.

Administrative: In office assistance, file confidential documents, make copies, data entry, address mailings.

Pet Therapy:  Volunteering with your dog can assist in providing an emotional connectedness and overall well-being for hospice patients.  We will assist you in your dog becoming a certified therapy dog.  We are presently recruiting for additional dogs to add to our already busy and rewarding pet therapy program.

If you are interested in volunteering in either capacity, please contact Jean Fusco at 651-259-4216, ext. 328 or e-mail

Call seniors for grocery orders

Help seniors without leaving your home. Store To Door is a nonprofit grocery shopping and delivery service for seniors 60+ who cannot shop for themselves. Call clients from home once a week (days, nights, weekends) to take their grocery orders over the phone and input the orders online. Contact Carolyn at or 651-209-1856. For more information, visit

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help adult students learning English as a second language and preparing for their GED (high-school graduation equivalent) exams in District 622.

Volunteers can spent 1 to 4 hours per class and work one day a week or more if desired. Classes will always have a teacher present to help advise and direct volunteers.

These classes are offered days and evenings at Harmony School, 1961 County Road C E., Maplewood, just northeast of the intersection of White Bear Avenue and County Road C.

Call 651-748-6202  for a schedule of class times or for more information.

To set up a brief meeting to volunteer, email Scott Helland at Volunteers will need to complete a background check.

Special staffing

Merrick, Inc., a Vadnais Heights-based nonprofit with the mission to empower adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities, reminds employers that Merrick clients are available for hire as individuals or work crews. If you are a local company looking for help with document destruction, digital imaging, plastics recycling, or other office and support work, contact Merrick at to find out why hiring adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities makes for good business.

Find out more about Merrick, Inc.:

• Facebook:

• Linked In:

• Twitter:

• You Tube

American Cancer Society drivers

Transportation is a struggle for many cancer patients trying to get to and from life-saving treatment. The American Cancer Society has a team of volunteer drivers to help people in the Twin Cities, called Road to Recovery. Volunteers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicle to escort patients who need help. Volunteer driving requires a safe driving record and a reliable vehicle.

To get a ride, or to be a volunteer driver, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Impact Now

Busy schedule? New to volunteering? If you want to give back to the community and answered yes to either of these questions, then Impact Now is for you! Impact Now provides a flexible and easy way to volunteer. The program offers a variety of projects each month that require no long-term commitment, allowing people to try different volunteer options that fit their schedule. Each project is led by a HandsOn Twin Cities Project Coordinator and provides an opportunity to meet others who want to make a difference. Whether it’s playing Bingo with nursing home residents, sorting medical supplies shipped to third world countries or serving a meal in a homeless shelter, our growing program offers many ways to “Be the Change”. To check out current Impact Now projects and to register visit

Free criminal law clinic

A group of volunteer local Washington County based criminal defense attorneys are now offering a free criminal legal advice clinic in conjunction with the free clinics already offered by Legal Assistance of Washington County. As a service to the community, Legal Assistance of Washington County offers free family law and civil law advice clinics, but is not able to offer any services or clinics regarding traffic or criminal law. This free clinic, organized by volunteer lawyers from the community, will offer citizens a chance to ask questions about tickets and charges before they have to appear in court. It is also available to those who have representing themselves in court, but who have not been able to resolve their case.  

Hearing officers can often help with traffic and driving issues, but many other questions arise that are complicated or require legal advice, which court staff cannot provide.

The free criminal law clinic is staffed by a volunteer criminal defense attorney and is offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Self Help Service Center located on the fourth floor of the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St. N. in Stillwater. Registration is not required. Questions will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Minnesota Area 12 currently seeks area management volunteers to help plan, set up and run competitions in the St. Paul area and surrounding communities. Area 12 offers competitions in alpine skiing, basketball, aquatics, athletics (track and field), golf, bocce and bowling.

All volunteers can register online at or contact Betsy Anderson at

Washington County Foster Parent

Are you ready to make a difference in a youth’s life by becoming a foster parent? To meet the needs of our youth, Washington County especially needs foster care providers of diverse ethnicities and races, and foster care providers to care for challenging teens.  Washington County Community Services has received a grant from the Department of Human Services to intensify our foster parent recruitment efforts to increase the number of foster homes in these key areas. 

Some of our youth need you just a short time until they can return home. Others need you up to a year or longer, depending on their family situation. 

To learn about the foster care licensing requirements, the licensing process, and the types of care needed in the county, Washington County hosts Foster Parent Informational Meetings every other month. Attendees leave with an informational packet that includes an application to complete, which starts the licensing process.

For additional information about child foster care licensing, or to attend a Foster Care Informational Meeting, call 651-430-6455, and ask for a child foster care licensor, or visit our website at

Transportation volunteers

Community Thread (formerly Community Volunteer Service and Senior Centers) needs additional volunteer drivers to assist Washington County residents with transportation to their medical appointments. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles, set their own schedule and receive training, mileage and parking reimbursement. Community Thread has provided transportation services to medical appointments for those in need since 1967.

For more information on this topic or on any of the agency programs, please call 651-439-7434 or e-mail to or visit the agency’s web site at


The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program offers cancer patients a ride to their chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The program is looking for volunteer drivers for the St. Paul and Ramsey County area.

Volunteer drivers can work as much or as little as they want. Hours are generally Monday to Friday during normal business hours. American Cancer Society staff will provide training. For more information call Mary Wiles at 1-800-ACS-2345.

Animal rescue

Second Chance Animal Rescue, a nonprofit, all-volunteer animal rescue and adoption organization, rescues animals, provides veterinarian care and finds homes for stray dogs and cats. Help give an animal a Second Chance at life and companionship.

For more information, call 651-771-5662.

Drivers in Washington County

Volunteer drivers are needed to transport Washington County residents to medical appointments, mental health counseling, cancer therapy and kidney dialysis. Drivers are reimbursed 25 cents per mile. Hours are flexible. Call Charolette at 651-439-7434.

Volunteer with seniors

Are you a good listener? Seniors have stories to share. Help an isolated elder for a few hours a week. Free training and on-going support provided through Catholic Charities. We serve those in need. Call 651-204-8435 for more information. 

HealthPartners opportunities

Did you know volunteering is good for your health? HealthPartners Volunteer Services invites people to join its team of volunteers, whether helping a hospice patient one-on-one, working with a team in an office or in some other volunteer area that fits their skills and interests. For more information, call 952-883-6827.

Friendship means a lot

It only takes a few hours a month to make a huge difference in the life of an adult who experiences depression, anxiety or another psychiatric disability. Being a friendship mentor helps your new friend stay active, improve their health and fulfill their dreams. And the best part is, you’ll not only see what it does for them, you’ll feel what it does for you. Do activities that you both enjoy, like coffee, walks, watching sports or attending events. 

Learn more by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at Guild Incorporated at 651-925-8465, e-mail or go to the Web site for more information. A variety of volunteer positions are available.

Volunteers needed

Volunteer as an English teacher or classroom tutor with the Minnesota Literacy Council. Help adult refugees and immigrants learn the reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities. The literacy council provides training and support. Call Allison at 651-251-9110. Or visit


Imagine yourself in a country where you don’t speak the language and need help! That’s why Ramsey County Community Human Services is looking for volunteers to assist human services staff to effectively and efficiently serve non-English speaking clients by translating and reverse translating Hmong, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, or Spanish and English and perform related duties as assigned. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Contact Ramsey County Community Human Services-Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 for additional information or e-mail

Humane Society

The Humane Society for Companion Animals is always looking for volunteers who love to work with animals, from those who help exercise and socialize the shelter’s animals every day to people to participate in obedience classes to help adult animals brush up on their skills and be better companions. For more information call the Humane Society at 651-645-7387.

Living at Home

The Conway Battle Creek Living At Home Block Nurse Program’s mission is to enable seniors to continue living in their homes as they advance in age. volunteers are needed to assist with everyday activities — things like simple chores and yard work, transportation to appointments, grocery shopping respite for caregivers or a friendly visit or phone call. Training is provided and volunteers choose their hours and interests. Benefits include new friendships and the satisfaction that you have helped a senior remain in their home. For more information contact 651-793-8190.

Nature center

Dodge Nature Center is seeking volunteers to help in a variety of volunteer roles. For more information call 651-455-4531 or visit our website at

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers a hot nutritious noon meal to the homebound elderly and disabled people. The program urgently needs to increase its number of volunteers to meet the demands in Washington County. This service allows the elderly to remain in their own homes and avoids premature nursing home placement.

Volunteering can require as little time as one hour a month. For more information call Pam Borg at 651-430-2720 or Judy Osten at 651-738-3953.

Ramsey County Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Services Unit of Ramsey County has a variety of volunteer opportunities for area residents age 18 or older. There is a wide variety of opportunities available; recent volunteers helped with recreation for people with disabilities, drive people to medical appointments or help people with developmental disabilities with decisionmaking skills. For information on current offerings, contact Ramsey County Community Human Services-Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090.

Tutors at Sibley High

Tutors are needed to help Sibley High School students with basic math and reading skills, working one on one, one to two hours a day for one to two days a week. Volunteers are also needed to share their knowledge and talents with students in grades 5 to 8 in District 197, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan and Lilydale.

Hours should be specific on a weekly basis. For more information, call Sue Doffling, volunteer coordinator at 651-681-2365.


Enthusiastic individuals are needed to tutor immigrants, refugees and life-long Minnesotans in reading, writing and English. Volunteers will help students achieve life’s necessities like completing job applications, helping their children with homework or understanding medicine labels. Tutor one-to-one, in a small group or as a classroom assistant. Training and ongoing support provided by the Minnesota Literacy Council. For opportunities throughout the metro area, contact Allison at or call 651-645-2277, Ext 219.

Washington County Volunteer Service

Community Thread (formerly Community Volunteer Service and Senior Centers) offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in Washington County, including tutoring children, making meal deliveries or being a companion to elderly residents, helping at an area nature center, mentoring a single parent, or helping to schedule volunteer activities. For a current list of opportunities, call 651-439-7434 or check the Web site.

Girl Scouts target volunteers ages 18-24

Girls Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Rver Valleys (Girl Scouts River Valleys) located at 400 Robert St. S., St. Paul MN 55107 is seeking young adults who can volunteer a few times per year or even just once, sharing a skill, interest or hobby with girls.

Volunteering for Girl Scouts looks great on a resume, develops “real-world” experience related to a variety of college majors and provides an easy, flexible way to help girls become tomorrow’s successful women.

In describing their “ideal volunteer,” the majority of girls ages 11 to 17 chose college-age and young professional women. In a sense, they want volunteers who can offer a glimpse of the near future.

Volunteers are needed to help with everything for high-adventure outings (snowboarding, dog sledding and horseback riding) to workshops in fitness, money management, college prep, and more.

College credit may be available for some volunteer opportunities. For more information visit the Girl Scout Web site at or call 1-800-845-0787

Across Generations

The Greater St. Paul Retired and Senior Volunteer Program invites seniors 55 and older to join the Across Generations Program, where they can work as mentors and role models to students in the community. Volunteers will work in a team with students in St. Paul public schools on educational and community service projects. Teams of students and volunteers will learn about community issues and develop projects to improve the problems. The issues will focus on the environment and social justice. This is a fabulous chance to make a difference in the life of a young person.

Volunteers 55 and older are eligible for benefits including supplemental health insurance, travel reimbursement, and volunteer recognition. RSVP is a non-profit organization locally sponsored by the Minnesota Volunteers of America.

For more information, call Erika at 651-603-1686.

Blood donation

To maintain a healthy blood supply for patients needing transfusions for emergency surgeries, or for treatment of illnesses such as leukemia and other cancers, the Red Cross holds ongoing bloodmobiles throughout the metro area.

Most people who are in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and are at least 17 years of age are eligible to give blood every 56 days.

For information on upcoming bloodmobiles in your community or to schedule a donation appointment, call the Red Cross at 651-291-4607 or 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Information may also be found at the North Central Blood Services Web site.

Clown Club

The St. Paul Clown Club is looking for new members. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at Galilee Lutheran Church, Rice Street and McCarron Boulevard in Roseville at 6:30 p.m. Call 952-996-6478 for more information.

Camp Fire clubs

Area adults and older teens looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of today’s kids are encouraged to consider connecting with Camp Fire Boys and Girls. Camp Fire programs include: traditional club, after-school enrichment sessions, outdoor skill and nature awareness, and leadership development. For more information call the Camp Fire office at 651-647-4407.

Caring for children

Caring adults (preferably seniors) are needed to provide care for infants and toddlers in the Teenage Parenting Program at the Alternative Learning Center. The request is flexible hours, one day a week during the school day. For more information, call Mary at 651-454-7314.

Child advocates

Washington County Caring About Parents & Children Council, a non-profit awareness and child advocacy organization, is currently seeking new volunteer members.

CAPC is looking for creative individuals who want to “Make a Difference” in the lives of children in Washington County. The Council meets in the Stillwater office of Human Services Inc. on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a part of this council, call 651-430-6643.

Classroom assistants, monitors

Merrick Community Services, a social services agency on the East Side of St. Paul, has volunteer openings for bus monitors and classroom assistants for its preschool program at 715 Edgerton St., where children range in age from 3 1/2 to 5 years old. For more information, contact Lori at 651-771-9339.

Other ongoing volunteer opportunities include meal preparation, serving and cleanup at the Kids Café, which provides evening meals to children in the Edgerton Street neighborhood. For more information contact Jeff at 651-771-9339. MCS’ Kids Café operates at the 715 Edgerton St. location.

Help is needed at foodshelves in two of Merrick’s satellite offices: at the Roosevelt Homes location (1575 Ames Ave.) and the Hudson Road site (1053 Hudson Road.) The work involves sorting and packing food for East Side families. For more information, contact Cathy at 651-772-2313.

Math, science, reading and English tutors are needed for after school groups of children at the Edgerton Street location. Contact Jeff at 651-771-9339 also for more information.

GED and English as a Second Language Classes

Free classes are offered in preparing for the GED and learning English for speakers of foreign languages.  GED testing is also done on site. We have day and evening classes available at Harmony School 1961 County Road C East 3 blocks south of Maplewood Mall on the corner of County Rd C and White Bear Avenue.  Classes serve all students and are offered by North St. Paul/Oakdale/Maplewood, White Bear Lake, and Mahtomedi schools.  

Call 651-748-6202 for a schedule of class times or more information.

HomeShare St. Croix

HomeShare St. Croix assists those seeking affordable housing and those seeking affordable, non-medical help in their own home.

The agency facilitates the process of allowing homeowners in need of non-medical support to stay in their home by matching them with people who are willing to exchange such services for affordable housing.

Exact services and times are negotiated. HomeShare provides ongoing support once a match has been made. Help us lead the effort to make sure individuals in your community receive the support that they need to live independently as long as they are able.

For more information, visit or call 651-967-5004.

Sharing your talents

Do you have extra time and want to be involved the community?  Neighborhood Service Exchange, a local time bank program, has openings for new members who are willing to share services with one another. Membership is open to people of all ages and abilities. 

Some of the services offered by NSE members include: cooking, computer services, errands, friendly visiting, and minor home repairs. Give and receive services from other NSE members. Orientation is provided. The NSE is a program of Community Thread (formerly Community Volunteer Service and Senior Centers). The agency office is located at 2300 West Orleans St. in Stillwater.  

For more information, contact Cathy Dyball at 651-439-7434 or visit the agency’s web site,


Rate this article: 
No votes yet
Comment Here