Community Service Agencies List

Animals, Arts and Environment

Great River Arts Association

122 SE 1st Street
Little Falls, MN  56345

Phone: (320) 632-0960



Summary of agency programs: The Great River Arts Association is a private nonprofit local arts agency,  established in 1992 by arts leaders in the Little Falls area ,to provide business management services to arts groups and enhance community arts opportunities. We are located at the Great River Arts Center, a historic building in downtown Little Falls. The Art Center is home to our main art gallery, custom frame shop, gift shop, art classes and events.

Volunteer needs: Customer Service in gift shop, Assist with promotion/marketing, Coordinate/assist special events, Sound Technician for summer concert series, serve on Theater & Visual Arts Committees, housekeeping and administrative assistance.  Commitment is flexible and needs vary depending on season.

Great River Greening

35 W. Water St, Suite 201
St. Paul, MN 55107

Phone: 651-665-9500 ex. 11

Email: Josh Kriz, Volunteer Manager-


Summary of agency programs: Great River Greening leads and inspires community-based restoration of prairies, forests, and waters. Since 1995, we have engaged thousands of volunteers in projects on both public and private lands to conserve critical habitat and water quality. By mobilizing and educating the community, we inspire people to be good stewards of natural areas in the future. Our activities include native planting, ecological inventories, and restoration design and management.

Volunteer needs: Volunteer supervisors, landscape restoration volunteers.

Heritage Nature Center

225 33rd Avenue S.
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 255-7255

Fax: (320) 255-7282


Website: (under Departments: Recreation)

Summary of agency programs: The Heritage Nature Center provides a relaxed, hands-on atmosphere that allows people of all abilities to learn about and interact with the natural environment around them.

Volunteer needs: animal care, special events ie; Halloween Historian, litter pick ups, buckthorn removal

National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association

2625 Clearwater Rd, Suite 110
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320)-230-9920


Volunteer needs: Volunteers are needed on February 28th, 2013 to assist with loading a truck with sales and workshop materials for annual symposium.

Paramount Arts District

913 W. St. Germain Street
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 257-3102

Fax: (320) 257-3111

Contact: Tony Goddard;

Website: or

Summary of agency programs: historic theater and visual art center, theatrical productions, classes for children and adults, and community events

Volunteer needs: visual arts assistants, marketing, greeting patrons at events, special events volunteers

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

17076 293rd Avenue
Zimmerman , MN 55398

Phone: (763) 389-3323



Summary of agency programs: Sherburne NWR encompasses 30,600 acres of oak savanna, wetland, and big woods. The refuge protects, preserves, and enhances habitat for migratory and resident wildlife. Programs include Adopt-A-Trail, Adopt-A-Road, and Adopt-A-Wildflower Plot.

Volunteer needs: Need assistance with the programs listed above and other special events. Volunteers are provided with training and asked to make a one year minimum commitment.

St. Cloud Downtown Council

820 W St. Germain Street
St. Cloud MN 56301

Phone: (320)257-8600

Contact: Pegg A.K. Gustafson;


Summary of agency programs: The St. Cloud Downtown Council (DTC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)4 organization, supported by its members, whose mission is to serve as the effective voice for the concerns and interests of our members, while being the driving force for the economic and aesthetic vitality for Downtown through advocacy with government, public awareness and bringing resources to economic development.

The Downtown Council is dedicated to promoting the downtown area, building a neighborhood downtown, serving as a one-stop shop for information on downtown, and advocating the interests of local businesses and property owners.

Volunteer needs: community events, Winter Nights and Lights Parade

St. Cloud Park Department

400 2nd Street S.
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 255-7216

Contact: Scott Zlotnik;

Website: (under Departments)

Summary of agency programs: Open space management and maintenance of parks, gardens, and trails.

Volunteer needs: on-going parks and trails clean up, flower gardens care

St. Cloud Recreation

1529 Northway Drive
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 255-7256

Contact: Kelly Severson;

Website: (Recreation)

Summary of agency programs: There are a variety of programs offered for people of all ages. Summaries of the programs offered are located under these categories: Whitney Recreation Center, Heritage Nature Center, Heritage Summer Day Camp, neighborhood parks and activities, special events, trips and tours, aquatics, adult and youth athletic activities, seasonal programs, and community arts.

Volunteer needs: Please contact Kelly for more information regarding program needs.

Tri-County Humane Society

735 8th Street NE, P.O. Box 701
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (320) 252-0896

Fax: (320) 252-1325



Summary of agency programs: In recognition of the bond between humans and animals, the Tri-County Humane Society exists to practice and promote humane principles, compassionate care, and the prevention of cruelty to animals. This society serves the community—both animals and people—primarily by providing quality care and adoption services for animals in need; offering educational programs to encourage the awareness, understanding and practice of humane principles; and handling questions and complaints regarding animal care and behavior, including alleged cruelty and neglect cases.

Volunteer needs: Animal care providers and customer service at the shelter, animal photographers for our website, animal transporters to bring shelter animals to various clinics to get spayed or neutered, off-site adoption volunteers to bring animals to Petco or Petsmart on weekends, foster home providers to care for pregnant, orphaned, injured or sick animals, education volunteers to bring animals and give talks at schools, child care facilities and senior care facilities or give shelter tours, professional groomers, and special event planners and workers.

Senior Services and Companionship

Central MN Council on Aging

600 25th Avenue S # 201
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 253-9349; 800-333-2433 X83004

Fax: (320) 253-9576

Contact: Brenda Wuebkers;


Summary of agency programs: The Central MN Council on Aging serves people ages 60+ in Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties. The Council on Aging and the counties cooperatively work to promote the Seniors Agenda for Independent Living (SAIL), a state strategy working to offer more options for older people. Services through the council include Senior Linkage Line, Health Insurance Counseling Program, Homes Plus, caregiver support groups, elder care assistance/retirement planning, and MAGEC (educational opportunities to professionals working with older adults).

Volunteer needs: Health Insurance Counseling Program

Country Manor

520 1st Street NE
Sartell , MN 56377

Phone: (320) 253-1920

Contact: Jacquie Willis;


Summary of agency programs: short and long term care, senior apartment complex, assisted living complex, and childcare center

Volunteer needs: activities assistant (i.e. bingo and bowling), card and game players, friendly visitors, outings assistants, escorts to church services (in building, driving not needed), special party’s assistants, musicians and singers, and group opportunities

Faith In Action

P.O. Box 542
St. Cloud , MN 56302

Phone: (320) 258-8673

Fax: (320) 252-6213

Contact: Click the (contact us) link on the website


Summary of agency programs: Assist frail elderly and those who have not found help from any other sources. Services offered range from friendly visiting to home repairs. Transportation is provided to the elderly. Help maintain homes and yards. Also offer Chore Club and Senior Helping Hands.

Volunteer needs: ***Wanted***: Housekeeper; two (2) hours every other week for two room mates, south side of St Cloud.  Disabilities prevent them from doing the basics: bathrooms, vacuuming and mopping up. If you can help, contact Cherise at (320)-258-8678.

Contact agency for more volunteer information.

Good Shepherd Community

1115 4th Ave N
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: (320) 258-8661


Summary of agency programs: The Good Shepherd Community consists of a 168 bed nursing home, four senior housing buildings, and a variety of community outreach programs including home delivered meals, respite care, and assisted living.

Volunteer needs: Northern Delights coffee and gift shop cashiers, activities assistants, friendly one-on-one visitors, adult foster care visitors, errand runners, pet therapy volunteers, music providers, special events assistants, clerical assistants, and home delivered meals volunteers

Heritage of Foley

253 Pine Street
Foley, MN 56329

Phone: (320) 968-6201

Fax: (320) 968-7051

Contact: Erin VanValkenburg


Summary of agency programs: The Volunteer is an important connection to the community. We depend on community volunteers to contribute companionship, care and service to the residents at the Heritage of Foley Campus.

Volunteer needs: Many different opportunities are available on the campus of Heritage of Foley. As a volunteer you will enjoy the many different options that you have in volunteer placement. We suggest that you share your talents with the residents, tenants or program participants. Your talents may be musical, spiritual, crafting, special events or visiting with residents. We also have gardening, watering plants, feeding birds or clerical tasks available for volunteers who have this preference. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further opportunities available in these service areas: Foley Nursing Center, Heritage Rehabilitation Services, Heritage Adult Day Services, Heritage Home Health & Hospice, Heritage Pointe Assisted Living, Heritage Place Senior Apartments.

Benefits to becoming a Volunteer

1. Be involved in your community.
2. Make new friends
3. Build a relationship with a Senior in the community
4. Enjoy guest meals (must be purchased)
5. Access the Country Store
6. Use the Library, computer station, complimentary WiFi and campus Chapel
7. Learn new skills and expand your knowledge and experience with seniors

Opportunity Manor Inc.

1908 Kruchten Ct. South
Sartell , MN 56377

Phone: (320) 240-1900

Fax: (320) 240-8527



Summary of agency programs: Opportunity Manor is made up of 3 programs. Lifetime Opportunities (LTO) which provides residential care, crisis services, respite care and supportive living services to people with disabilities. We also have Pathway to Opportunities which is a day program that teaches independence through transitional learning for people with disabilities. The third program we offer is Golden Opportunities – a day program for people with mild to moderate dementia. The clients come for small/large motor skills, interaction with others and to reminiscence.

Volunteer needs: special events (Great Get Together, Fundraisers), musicians, one to one with clients, activity assist, office helper, any talent the volunteer may have we can match with the clients.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program – RSVP

400 2nd Street S
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 255-7295

Fax: (320) 650-3463

Contact: Lisa Braun;

Website: (Under Departments: RSVP)

Summary of agency programs: RSVP is a volunteer program for individuals 55 years and better. RSVP staff meet with interested volunteers to learn more about personal interests and to discuss volunteer options. RSVP places volunteers with on-going projects or one-time special events in over 160 agencies in the Greater St. Cloud Area. RSVP has endless volunteer opportunities for adults over 55. RSVP also has internship opportunities for students. Students can gain knowledge about the professions of aging services and volunteer management by helping volunteer recruitment, enrollment, placement and follow-up. Also help with publicity efforts and special events. Seeking interns with good organizational, telephone and communication skills.

Volunteer needs: internship opportunities and service-learning projects

Rural Stearns Faith in Action

715 1st St. N
Cold Spring, MN 56320

Phone: (320)685-3693

Contact: Beth Neu, Volunteer Coordinator;

Summary of agency programs: Rural Stearns Faith in Action serves seniors and people with difficult life situations in the rural communities of Stearns County. RSFIA believes in the Neighbor Helping Neighbor philosophy, and we try to match participants with a volunteer living in their community. We give volunteers the option of choosing the ways they wish to serve, as well as the freedom of times they are available to serve.

Volunteer needs: We are seeking people that would like to contribute to society by helping others with tasks such as transportation, homemaking, chores, home repair/modification and respite care for caregivers. 

Senior Helping Hands

713 Anderson Ave. North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: (320) 229-3766 ext. 23766

Contact: Sandy Manderfeld, Senior Helping Hands, Recover Pus;


Summary of agency programs: Provide effective services of support, information and counseling to older adults and their families who may be experiencing chemical/mental health problems.

Volunteer needs: Peer volunteers offer compassion, understanding and support to other older adults who are suffering from chemical dependency. Provide a listening ear by being a mentor and providing transportation t support meetings. Volunteers must be free from mood-altering chemicals, attend annual training and shorter educational trainings.

Sterling Park - Ridgeview

1009 10th Ave NE
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: (320) 251-5228

Fax: (320) 259-8964

Contact: Sue Bewley;


Summary of agency programs: Supervised assisted living community with 43 apartments for people over 55 years

Volunteer needs: lead a monthly craft or men’s group, assist with shopping trips or other outings, provide manicures, play cards and games, or entertain with music

St. Benedict’s Senior Community

1810 Minnesota Boulevard SE
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (320) 252-0010 ext. 580

Fax: (320) 252-8611


Website: (long term care)

Summary of agency programs: Provides health care and housing for older adults. They provide skilled nursing and services for those with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss conditions. Senior housing options include retirement, assisted living, and income based apartments.

Volunteer needs: Help with special events such as the Spring Fling Raiser, musicians, card players (poker, 500, cribbage), crafts, outings assistance, meal service, special projects, grocery shopping assistance (Mondays), and friendly visitors.

St. Scholastica Convent

1845 20th Avenue SE
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (320) 251-2225

Contact: Sister Shirley Frandrup



Summary of agency programs: 100 bed retirement center for the Sisters of St. Benedict from St. Joseph, MN.

Volunteer needs: home based friendly visitors, meal assistance, gardening, recreation, youth interaction, computer assistance, sharing musical talents, and interaction with elderly sisters

Talahi Care Center

1717 Michigan Avenue SE
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (320) 251-9120

Fax: (320) 251-4336

Contact: Amy Comstock; Volunteer Coordinator


Summary of agency programs: Talahi provides quality care for individuals needing skilled nursing care and specialized care or rehabilitative services. Talahi offers on-campus Adult Day Services and Assisted Living apartments for seniors and Child Day Care Services for children of all ages.

Volunteer needs: Opportunities include administrative/office support, adult day care attendant, child day care attendant, games/Bingo assistant, email/computer assistant, feeding assistant, entertainer/musician, friendly visitor, indoor and outdoor plant tender, non-profit board director, recreation assistant, store attendant, or contact Tony for a custom designed volunteer program to fit your service need. Other volunteer jobs are listed on the United Way Website:

Whitney Senior Center

1527 Northway Dr .
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 255-7245

Contact: Steven Hennes,


Summary of agency programs: educational, recreational, health and wellness activities for seniors (persons age 55 and over)

Volunteer needs: assist in discussion groups and intergenerational activities

Health and Medical

American Cancer Society

3721 23rd St. S.
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 255-0220

Fax: (320) 255-5517

Email: Katrice Sisson;


Summary of agency programs: Provides services, support, and education to cancer survivors, their families, and the community.

Volunteer needs: Road to Recovery provides transportation for patients to get to cancer appointments. Contact for this program is Bethany Neeser, email address is The American Cancer Society has three large events each year: Relay for Life and Golf Tournament in the summer and a daffodil sale in March.

American Heart Association

110 2nd Street S, Suite 305
Waite Park , MN 56387

Phone: (320) 255-9930

Fax: (320) 255-9808


Summary of agency programs: Their mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Volunteer needs: Contact agency for more information.

Birthline, Inc.

1411 West St Germain Street Suite # 5
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 252-4150

Fax: (320) 252-4159



Summary of agency programs: Birthline is a non-profit pregnancy resource center. They serve men and women experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. Birthline offers free pregnancy tests with immediate results, free medical exams on-site, free pre-natal vitamins, and individual support and information regarding options, as well as appropriate referrals.

Volunteer needs: Mentors needed to provide support and services to men and women faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Mentors meet with clients to confidentially discuss concerns regarding their pregnancy and/or lifestyle decisions Mandatory mentor training is provided. Auxiliary volunteers needed to assist with fund-raising, bulk mailings, office duties such as filing and data entry,

BLEND (Better Living: Exercise and Nutrition Daily)

1900 CentraCare Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: 320-229-5199 ext.71206

Contact: Kathy Geislinger



Summary of agency programs: BLEND (Better Living: Exercise and Nutrition Daily) is a coalition of medical professionals, policy makers, educators, health care advocates, and parents who are committed to improving the health of children in the St. Cloud area by reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity. The project is funded by the CentraCare Health Foundation and partners with a large group of medical, educational and non-profit organizations.

Volunteer needs: Throughout the year, BLEND seeks the assistance of volunteers to help with a number of community events, such as the BLEND Kids Health & Fitness Expo during the SCSU Earth Day Run weekend (4-20-12), Fit Kids Club Events, Women’s Showcase, Kids & Parent’s Expo, and many more health fair and boothing opportunities. Please go to the BLEND website and fill out a Volunteer Application and we will provide you opportunities that are available. BLEND also seeks assistance to spread our mission for increasing physical activity and healthy eating throughout the greater St. Cloud area. Your voice can make a difference. Simply sign up for the BLEND bi-monthly newsletter on our website and we will include you on breaking news and action items where and when your help is needed most.

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

2229 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Phone: 320-203-9722

Contact: Lori Braegelmann, Community Outreach Coordinator; 


Summary of agency programs: In order to enhance the quality of life of those affected by seizures, the Epilepsy Foundation provides a variety of programs and services designed to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by epilepsy.  They offer Epilepsy Education & Awareness Programs; Information & Referral Services; Advocacy & Support Programs; Youth & Family Programs; Used Clothing Donation Centers.

Volunteer needs: Stroll Committee members; help plan Stroll for Epilepsy. See website for more information.

Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice

605 Franklin Ave NE
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (320)654-1136

Fax: (320) 654-6803


Summary of agency programs: Volunteers offer support, companionship, and practical caring help to patients and families facing terminal illness. Whether it’s running errands, staying with the patient so family members can take a break, reading to patients, or holding their hands, the help and support you give is returned to you in countless ways.

Volunteer needs: Respite, companionship, office/clerical, bereavement

March of Dimes

2233 Roosevelt Road, Suite 11
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 252-1156

Fax: (320) 252-9647

Contact: Kristin Franzen;


Summary of agency programs: The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. We accomplish this mission through four major strategies: research, community service, education, and advocacy.

Volunteer needs: Chapter and division boards with several committees: revenue development, program services, public affairs, communications, volunteer development, Walkamerica and special events.

Multiple Sclerosis Society

200 12th Avenue S.
Minneapolis , MN 55415

Phone: (612) 335-7937 or 800-582-5296



Summary of agency programs: The Multiple Sclerosis Society serves people with MS by supporting research and by offering a wide array of programs to promote knowledge, wellness, and independence.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers in St. Cloud can work directly with people affected by MS or can help with special events such as the MS Walk. We also need volunteers for exercise classes, youth camp, MS camp, and other special events.

New Beginnings

40 25th Avenue N
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 255-1252

Fax: (320) 255-1253

Contact: Jayme Revermann;


Summary of agency programs: New Beginnings is a transitional housing program that is a home to pregnant women and single women and their babies up to one year of age. The program provides opportunities to work with two licensed social workers for their maternal and infant needs along with networking and referrals for services such as education, training, employment, WIC, health care. New Beginnings provides skill-building to move towards independent living.

Volunteer needs: Baby-sitters for occasional daytime and evening hours, usually notified about a week in advance. No time commitment or requirement. Mentors for our pregnant women to befriend and encourage them during their stay, doing fun activities, helping them out, listening to them. Commitment of an average 1-2 hours per week for the length of their stay, which can be up to a year-and-a-half. Drivers to occasionally transport women to places they cannot reach with the bus system, usually notified about a week in advance. No time commitment or requirement. All our volunteers must go through an application process which includes a criminal background study.

Planned Parenthood

451 E. St. Germain, Suite 100
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (888) 252-9504

Fax: (320) 252-4710

Contact: Carol Larsen;


Summary of agency programs: family planning, affordable reproductive health care, STD testing, pregnancy testing, and colonoscopies

Volunteer needs: clerical work, periodic assistance with health fairs

Pregnancy Resource Center

3400 1st St. N #302
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: (320) 253-1962 or (800) 450-1962



Summary of agency programs:

Volunteer needs: 1) pregnancy/STD counselors-great for nursing students

2) administrative support-phones, mailers, special projects

3) liasons-PRC reps in schools, churches, etc.

Quiet Oaks Hospice House

5537 Galaxy Road
St. Augusta, MN 56301

Phone: 320/255-5433, ext. 29

Contact: Nancy Gohman - Volunteer Coordinator


Summary of agency programs: Terminally ill patients and their loved ones have a unique set of needs. Quiet Oaks Hospice House has been established to meet those needs. We provide physical, spiritual, and emotional support to the residents and their families when caregivers are most exhausted and their loved ones needs are the greatest.

Volunteer needs: House Volunteer - To help with all areas of the house, such as housekeeping duties, baking, light cooking, greeting guests and answering phones. To be accessible to the nursing staff on an as needed basis throughout the shift. Interacting with family members and providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere is an important element of a volunteer

St. Cloud Hospital – CentraCare Health

St. Cloud Hospital & CentraCare Health System
1406 6th Avenue N.
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 255-5638



Summary of agency programs: CentraCare Health System comprises three hospitals—in St. Cloud, Long Prairie and Melrose—as well as four long-term care facilities, nearly a dozen clinics, and numerous specialty care services. See website for a complete list of programs available.

Volunteer needs: Needs change month by month, but can range from clerical work, to assisting customers in the Gift Gallery, to escorting patients throughout the buildings and other opportunities. Contact the volunteer office to find out how to get started!

St. Croix Hospice

2330 Troop Drive #102
Sartell, MN  56377

Phone: 320-252-2803

Fax: 320-252-2827



Summary of agency programs: The mission of St. Croix Hospice is to provide the highest quality of hospice services to patients and families with a life-limiting illness. Through the leadership of the company and the incredible staff commitment to the mission, St. Croix Hospice has become one of the most trusted hospice programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin..

Volunteer needs: Compassionate and understanding peopleare needed to provide companionship one-to-one to hospice patients in the St. Cloud and rural areas. Our Hospice Companions visit patients and families by offering emotional support, listening skills, and often a quiet calm presence. The visits may involve reading and helping patients attend activities.

Visiting times are flexible and are individualized to our patients andvolunteer schedules.

Training is provided as well as ongoing support from our dedicated St. Croix Hospice team.

Must be over 18 and pass a criminal background check andMantoux (cost- free tuberculosis screening.) Internship and service-learning opportunities available, along with the need for Pet Therapy Volunteers (Delta certification.)

VA Medical Center, St. Cloud

4801 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud MN, 56303

Phone: (320) 252-1670

Contact Person: Barry Venable



Summary of agency programs: Urgent Care, Community Living Center, Same day surgery, Primary Care, Mental Health

Volunteer Needs:

Human Services / Families in Crisis

Adult Basic Education in Central MN

216 8th Ave N, Waite Park, MN 56387

Phone: (320) 529-6500 Ext. 6202

Fax: (320) 529-4301



Summary of agency programs: Adult Basic Education teaches English and literacy skills for adults; we provide twelve hours of training to adults.

Volunteer needs: literacy tutors, classroom assistants, and English language tutors

American Red Cross

1301 West Saint Germain St.
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 251-7641 or (800) 560-7641

Fax: (320) 251-6400

Contact: Linda Blackmore


Summary of agency programs: The Central MN chapter of the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Volunteer needs: disaster volunteers, First Aid/CPR/AED instructors, HIV/AIDS instructors, First Aid station committee members, blood donors, armed forces emergency services volunteers, and general office help

AmeriCorps - Minnesota MathCorps

Phone: (320) 257-7107

Contact: Trisha Boyle



Summary of agency programs: The program trains members in research-based math instruction methods and places them in sites such as elementary and middle schools. In addition, members participate in AmeriCorps programming including engaging volunteers and personal and professional development training.

Volunteer needs: Help 4th-8th grade students who need assistance with math.

Anna Marie's Alliance

P.O. Box 367
St. Cloud , MN 56302

Contact: Kim Salitros

Phone: (320) 253-6900

Fax: (320) 253-5563


Summary of agency programs: The Central Minnesota Taskforce on Battered Women (CMTFBW) doing business as Anna Marie’s Alliance is dedicated to providing a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and to achieve systems change that reduces violence. Services include resources for victims of domestic violence such as a 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter for battered women and their children, a school advocacy program, criminal justice intervention, community outreach, volunteer and internship opportunities.

Volunteer needs: Can be found on our website

Casa Guadalupe

22 5th Ave. N.
Cold Spring , MN 56320

Phone: (320) 685-3949

Contact: Mayuli Bales



Summary of agency programs: We are a resource center for Latinos in Cold Spring and the surrounding area.
Volunteer needs: ESL tutors, transportation, events throughout the year, internship opportunities also available

Catholic Charities

911 18th St. N.
PO Box 2390
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 229-4590

Fax: (320) 650-1528

Contact: Kathleen Milligan, Volunteer Recruiter;


Summary of agency programs: Catholic Charities is a non-profit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. They provide quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs. Catholic Charities has many programs and services including adoption services, pregnancy counseling and infant foster care, residential and day services for at-risk youth and individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities, financial counseling, mental health clinic, life transitions services, central Minnesota foster grandparent program, and senior dining. They also have emergency services (food, clothing, and financial), crisis family intervention services, intensive treatment units, and transitional housing.

Volunteer needs: office volunteers, mentors for the children’s home, transitional housing movers, need for groups to do food drives, assistance at Life Transition Services, Share the Spirit volunteers, and special events.


Catholic Charities Emergency Services

157 Roosevelt Rd.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Phone: (320) 229-4560

Fax: (320) 229-4562

Contact: Chad Kaushagen, Program Coordinator;

Summary of agency programs: Catholic Charities Emergency Services is one department of the umbrella organization of Catholic Charities. Emergency Services houses an emergency food shelf, clothing program, and financial assistance program.

Volunteer needs: There is a wide range of volunteer opportunities within Emergency Services at every time of year, from guiding clients through the food shelf to stocking our shelves with donations from local grocery stores. Emergency Services is also the home of several large-scale volunteer-run events throughout the year such as the Back-to-School Program and Toys for Tots.

Central MN Habitat for Humanity


3335 West Saint Germain Street, Suite 108

Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Contact: Melanie Blake

Phone: 320-656-8890

Fax: (320) 656-8841



Summary of agency programs: Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) is a non-profit ecumenical Christian organization with the mission of gathering communities to transform lives through affordable home ownership. We work in partnership with low-income families and dedicated community volunteers, donors, and partners to build and renovate houses in Central Minnesota that are then purchased by low in-come families. CMHFH serves Benton, Stearns, Sherburne and Wright Counties.

Volunteer needs: The greatest needs are one-time and ongoing volunteers at the ReStore (a thrift store that is open to the public for shopping), business interns at the ReStore, volunteers on construction sites, and volunteers on deconstruction projects. More information on these opportunities, as well as the rest of our opportunities, is on our website.

Central MN Housing Partnership

37 28th Ave N, Suite 102
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Contact: Deanna Hemmesch

Phone: (320) 259-0393

Fax: (320) 259-9590



Summary of agency programs: 16 county regional organizations providing affordable housing, technical assistance, program implementation and single family rehabilitation.

Volunteer needs: Please contact agency for information; requires background check.

Central MN and St. Cloud Area Legal Services

830 W St. Germain Suite 300
P.O. Box 886
St. Cloud , MN 56302

Phone: (320) 253-0138

Fax: (320) 253-9208



Summary of agency programs: Provides legal advice or representation to low-income persons in its seven-county service area for citizenship/immigration law, family law, housing law, education discrimination, Minnesota Care applications and appeals, and public benefits law. Also provides legal advice or representation with senior concerns and family farm law.

Volunteer needs: internships and other volunteer opportunities

Central MN ReEntry Program

PO Box 6064
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Phone: (320) 656-9004

Contact: Twyla O'Brian;


Volunteer needs: We are currently seeking mentors to meet with inmates and ex-offenders in the Centeral MN area to help mentor and ease the transition back into society in order to make it more comfortable for them.

Central MN Sexual Assault Center

15 Riverside Drive NE
St. Cloud, MN 56304

Phone: (320) 251-4357 or 800-237-5090

Fax: (320) 251-4670



Summary of agency programs: Providing direct services to victim/survivors and all others affected by sexual violence. The center is also committed to providing prevention education to the community. They offer one-on-one support counseling, support groups, and advocacy within the hospital, law enforcement, and court systems.

Volunteer needs: : Volunteers are needed to provide crisis intervention and advocacy on our 24-hour crisis phone line. Successful completion of a 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training is required. Volunteers are responsible for two, 16 to 24-hour crisis line shifts per month.

Child Care Choices, Inc.

2901 Clearwater Road
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 251-5081 x19

Fax: (320) 654-8650

Contact: Kimberly Giles;


Summary of agency programs: Child care resource and referral service that maintains a database of child care providers in the region and is a referral service for parents looking for childcare. As sponsors of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, they evaluate meals served by child care providers and provide reimbursement. They provide nutrition education for providers, parents, and children.

Volunteer needs: Please contact agency for further information.

Children's Home

1726 7th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: 320-650-1522

Contact: Dr. Patrick Calvin;

Summary of Agency Programs: This is one of St. Cloud's longest running organizations and has an unbelievable proud heritage of working with children and families.

Volunteer Needs: Someone to work with youth ages 13-17 on basketball skills, arranging games with other treatment center teams, etc.

Dream Center of St. Cloud

529 16th Avenue N
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Contact: Pastor Michael Laidlaw

Phone: (320) 656-1550



Summary of agency programs: We are a Bridge to the future for men that need services to help them overcome their current issues. The goal of the Overcomers Program is to help people face their problems, find wholeness, and successfully integrate back into society We are a Minnesota Licensed Board & Lodging program with 42 beds on a four buildings campus in St. Cloud, Minnesota and twelve beds in a two building campus in Willmar, Minnesota. We Provide these services for men, 18 and older, that need care, that are struggling with mental health issues, mental illness, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities who may may lack adequate housing or even have corrections housing issues. We provide three meals a day, personal care, medication management, support groups, accountability, transportation to care providers & aftercare programs and job & education coaching. We also network with social workers, probation officers, and aftercare providers. Our staff is trained to provide a loving safe environment that is supportive for each resident.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers are needed in both group and individual capacities. Service learning projects & internships,  working the help desk, empowerment surveys with residents, health & education presentations from students groups We need lunch, dinner, kitchen, homeless prevention, clerical, and project volunteers.

Franciscan Community Volunteers

1600 11th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Contact: Clara Stang

Phone: 320-229-0307


Summary of agency programs: The Franciscan Community Volunteer program is designed to provide young adults, ages 21-30, a year of intentional living, dedicated to serving and advocating on behalf of the underserved. FCVs experience simple community living based on Franciscan and Gospel values. They also have the opportunity to serve and grow in solidarity with the poor and help those most in need. Volunteers work a full time job in a variety of settings in the St. Cloud area-schools, emergency food and dining programs, shelters, health clinics, social service agencies, mental health agencies, literacy programs, etc. Volunteers are provided with all their basic needs -- rent, food, health insurance, transportation and a small stipend.

Volunteer needs: Our ten month volunteer program begins in August and our six month volunteer program begins in January. We accept volunteer applications on a rolling basis, but preference for the ten month program is given to applications received before April 30.

Goodwill/Easter Seals

50 2nd Ave. S
Waite Park, MN 56387

Local Phone: (320) 654-9527

Twin Cities Phone: (651) 379-5800



Summary of agency programs: Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota provides people with barriers to education services for employment and independence, and support in achieving their goals.

Volunteer needs: Goodwill/Easter Seals relies on thousands of volunteers each year for expertise, leadership, and assistance with mentoring, teaching, fundraising and more.

Hands Across the World

823 1st St. South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Local Phone: (320) 260-1072


Summary of agency programs: Hands Across the World provides a first learning experience for newly arrived immigrants and refugees. In a classroom environment, these individuals are provided the opportunity and tools needed to learn the language and living skills that will help them become an integrated citizen of Central Minnesota.

Volunteer needs: To succeed in this mission, we are looking for responsible and committed volunteers/interns to work in a variety of classroom settings. These are: Adult ESL classes (integrated with mathematics and science), Early Childhood Education, computer, citizenship, and physical fitness.

Hands of Hope Resource Center

P.O. Box 67
Little Falls, MN 56345

Phone: (320) 632-1657 or 1-800-296-1657

Fax: (320) 632-5457



Summary of agency programs: Hands of Hope offers free, confidential services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and general crime in Morrison and Todd Counties.

Volunteer needs: data entry, newsletter editor, crisis line advocates, court watch volunteers, office volunteers, bilingual (particularly Spanish speaking) and sign language volunteers, community board members

Housing Coalition of the St. Cloud Area

777 Lincoln Ave NE
St. Cloud, MN 56304

Phone: (320) 259-7676

Fax: (320) 259-9632

Summary of agency programs: family homeless shelter, family and single adult transitional housing, low-income rental units, and social services

Volunteer needs: assist with children's activities, reception and telephone at shelter and family transitions, help with minor repairs to donated furniture

Journey Home (a program of CentraCare)

210 5th Avenue NE
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 259-9149


Summary of agency programs: Halfway house for chemically-dependent women and children who have already completed primary treatment.

Volunteer needs: daycare and other opportunities

Kids Against Hunger

1000 South Benton Drive, Suite 415
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: (320) 203-1799



Summary of agency programs: Package food bags for local, national and international people in need.

Volunteer needs: Package food or come into the office and help with the clerical side of things!

M-8 Lion's Club

P.O. Box 7
Sartell, MN 56377

Phone: (320) 293-1560

Contact: Lori Jensen


Summary of agency programs: Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.

Volunteer needs: Help out at the different service events. Contact president for more information.

M.A.D.D. Stearns County Chapter

56 S. 33rd Ave.
P.O. Box 224
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 203-7306



Summary of agency programs: Volunteers are the heart and soul of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Without them, MADD would have no one to stand beside an injured survivor in court, to offer support to a grieving family member, to encourage teenagers to celebrate sober proms and graduations, or to educate DUI offenders about the catastrophic consequences of their actions.
Volunteer needs: Every other month MADD needs help with registration for impact panels (survivors speak to offenders who are court mandated to attend). MADD also has speaking opportunities for victims of drunk driving who would like to share their story.

Multi-Cultural Center of St. Cloud

P.O. Box 2382
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Phone: (320) 492-3904



Summary of agency programs: Strive to increase cultural awareness, understand and appreciate it. We seek to build bridges between citizens of central Minnesota through educating and multiple programs and events.

Volunteer needs: Contact to ask about upcoming events.

Place of Hope Ministries

511 9th Avenue North
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 203-7881



Summary of agency programs: This agency endeavors to help people who are experiencing homelessness, crisis, or extreme poverty.

Volunteer needs: Volunteer opportunities include: front desk help at our Homeless Outreach Center; meal preparation, serving, and cleanup; clothing room organization; paperwork; general cleaning; gardening; children’s activities assistant; and transporting patrons/guests.

Salvation Army

400 Highway 10 S.

St Cloud MN 56304

Contact: Karla Rolfzen

Phone: (320) 252-4552

Fax: (320) 252-1424


Summary of agency programs: food shelf, lunch program, emergency assistance, Heat Share, emergency shelter

Volunteer needs: Food shelf (Monday - Thursday): fill bags of food for people; lunch program (Monday - Friday): prepare, serve and clean up for a noon lunch; preparing and serving Evening Meal to shelter clients  Mon.- Fri. from 3:00-6:30PM
or on weekends which we can set up on an individual basis; Boy Scout & Mail Carriers food drives (box up food); coat drive (set up and take down); Back to School set up and take down; Christmas volunteers for Giving Tree; bell ringing, angel tree tags , and set up and distribute during our large give away before Christmas. The emergency shelter's volunteer needs vary.

St. Benedict’s Monastery

104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph , MN 56374-0220

Phone: (320) 363-7105

Fax: (320) 363-7130



Summary of agency programs: The Sisters of St. Benedict’s Monastery is active in diverse ministries throughout the community. The mission of the Volunteer Program focuses on inviting lay people to partner with the sisters in a collaborative effort so they may continue in their ministries. By complimenting each other’s skills, we hope that volunteers and sisters alike will be rewarded in their experiences.

Volunteer needs: computer assistants, gift shop sales, museum hosts/hostess, nutrition counselor, ez-go drivers, writer/photographer for the volunteer program, and garden partners

St. Cloud Area Crisis Nursery

1205 6th Avenue S #2
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 654-1090



Summary of agency programs: Crisis Nursery offers support counseling, donations, referrals, and child care to families experiencing a crisis or difficult situation.

Volunteer needs: staff to come into office a few hours a week to help coordinator with all aspects of the program

St. Cloud Refugee Collaborative

22 Wilson Ave. NE, Suite 110
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Phone: (320) 251-7700 x224

Contact: Julie Collins;


Summary of agency programs:

Volunteer needs:

Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 308-5320


Website: and

Summary of agency programs: Agency provides employment and training services to residents of Stearns and Benton counties. The focus is on targeted and customized fast-track training with employment and training services designed to ensure a fully trained and competitive labor force measured by job retention and employment with livable wages.

Volunteer needs: resource center computer guru, Jack/Jill of all trades, resource center librarian

Stearns County Jail

PO Box 217
St. Cloud , MN 56302

Phone: (320) 259-3700


Summary of agency programs: The Stearns County Jail, a medium/maximum security jail, is licensed by the State of Minnesota to house 187 inmates for up to one year after final disposition.

Volunteer needs: One-time or on-going groups and individuals can volunteer at the jail. Some opportunities include: library assistant, art instructor, reading and writing tutor, indoor recreation leader, bingo caller, or musical entertainment provider.

Tri-CAP ( County Action Program)

P.O. Box 1210 23rd Ave S
Waite Park, MN 56387

Phone: (320) 251-1612 or 1-888-765-5597

Contact: Char Christensen;


Summary of agency programs: Tri-County Action Programs, Inc. (Tri-CAP) is the federally designated Community Action Program for Benton, Sherburne and Stearns counties in central Minnesota. Tri-CAP serves low- and moderate-income residents by offering a wide array of services that assist individuals and families to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency. Programs include: energy assistance, self-sufficiency, community development, and transportation.

Volunteer needs: translators, filing, drivers, and special projects

United Way of Central Minnesota

3001 Clearwater Road, Suite 201
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 252-0227

Fax: (320) 252-6213



Summary of agency programs: United Way seeks to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of Central Minnesota. They accomplish these goals by raising donated dollars to fund human service programs and by promoting volunteering.

Volunteer needs: United Way of Central MN serves as a volunteer center by helping non-profit agencies promote their volunteer opportunities and by working with individuals and groups interested in volunteering within our community.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center(VAMC)

4801 Veterans Drive
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 255-6365

Fax: (320) 255-6361

Contact: Dennis Erie;

Summary of agency programs: VAMC provides services to veterans on an inpatient and outpatient basis to include primary care, nursing home, and mental health services. Volunteers are utilized throughout the medical center. Primary assignments are escorting patients to their appointments; helping to provide general recreation opportunities and therapeutic recreation programming; and to provide administrative support.

Volunteer needs: escorts, friendly visitors, clerical help, individuals and groups to sponsor or assist with recreation activity

People with Disabilities

Adults with Disabilities Program - Community Education

700 7th St. S
Waite Park, MN 56387

Phone: (320) 529-6500

Fax: (320) 529-4301



Summary of agency programs: The Adults with Disabilities program supports people with developmental disabilities and encourages participation in their community. The program provides 150+ educational and recreational classes/activities each year for adults sixteen and up (ex. cooking and craft classes, dances, bowling, sporting events, etc.). Volunteers are needed to provide assistance and add another pair of hands in these activities along with an extra measure of personal warmth and caring. While volunteering with our program, you will enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Volunteer needs: Individuals, groups or organizations can assist with on-going or one-time classes.

ARC Midstate

P.O. Box 251
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 251-7272

Fax: (320) 253-6844



Summary of agency programs: Provides support and advocates for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Volunteer needs:
Christmas Party: Serve refreshments, distribute door prizes, take photos and hand out treat bags at the annual Christmas Party for people with developmental disabilities and their families in early December. Should be able to relate to people with a variety of special needs and those with limited communication skills.

Parent Group: Help provide care for young children with Down Syndrome and their siblings while parent enjoy a break and a chance to network. Meetings are generally held once per month.

People First: Seeking advisors for the People First group that assists adults with developmental disabilities and related conditions to learn more about self-advocacy, share common interests, and support each other during monthly meetings. Advisors must be adults and have at least two years of experience relating with adults with a variety of developmental disabilities.

Pilot Parents: Seeking volunteers who have parented a child with special needs for at least two years to mentor other parents of children with any special need. Training is provided and each match is individualized to meet the needs of the families involved.

WOW-Faith in Action: Facilitate the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in your faith community by serving as a one-to-one mentor. Volunteers need to be 21 years of age, have reliable transportation and pass a background check.

Camp Courage

8046 83rd Street NW
Maple Lake , MN 55358

Phone: (320) 963-3121

Fax: (320) 963-3698



Summary of agency programs: Camp Courage provides environmental and outdoor education summer camps for people with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairments.

Volunteer needs: environmental education assistants, maintenance workers, horse experience, building and lawn care workers, reading to little ones, crafts

Courage Center

3915 Golden Valley Rd.
Minneapolis , MN 55422

Phone: 763-520-0213

Fax: (763) 520-0577



Summary of agency programs: The mission of Courage Center is to empower people with physical disabilities to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life. They are guided by the vision that one day, all people will live, work, learn and play in a community based on abilities not disabilities.

Volunteer needs: assistance technology; healthcare/rehabilitation; work and learning; residential/community living; courage residence; health, wellness & fitness; mental health; and leisure and play

Disability Linkage Line (Central MN)

17025 Commercial Park Road
Suite 2, Brainerd MN 56401

Phone: (866) 333-2433

Fax: (218) 454-0162

Contact: Sharon Notch;


Summary of agency programs: The Disability Linkage Line for Central MN is a call center for the 26-county Central MN area. The lead agency is the Southeaster Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL) out of Rochester which oversees the Central & Southern Call Centers. The Disability Linkage Line (DLL) answers calls from individuals all across the state needing information, resources and assistance to disability related issues. This includes Public & Federal benefits, housing, transportation, accessibility, financial, emergency needs, etc.

Volunteer needs: for a future Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) location at the St. Cloud library and/or Work Force center to assist persons with disabilities accessing information on the website. (Also work with Veterans Link Line and Senior Linkage Line information.) Also, possible volunteers needed for Brainerd office as well and/or Brainerd Library site.

The Farm of Courage & Friendship

8046 83rd Street NW
Maple Lake , MN 55358

Phone: (612) 968-3195


Summary of agency programs: Provides recreational and therapeutic riding and horsemanship opportunities for adults and children with a wide range of abilities that The Camps of Courage & Friendship serve.

Volunteer needs:
Each rider needs 3 volunteers to assist in providing safe, fun and memorable horse experiences.
One volunteer is the horse leader during mounting and activities and is in charge of the horses safety and well being. This volunteer needs horse experience.
Two volunteers are sidewalkers who are in charge of assisting the rider both physically and cognitively throughout mounted activities. This volunteer needs no horse experience.

All programming takes place Monday through Friday at the Camp Courage site in Maple Lake Minnesota (about 50 mins from downtown MPLS). There are two time slots: 10:00 to 12:00 and 3:00 to 5:00 (pick one or, spend the day in the country!) Summer programming begins mid June and runs through August.

Please contact Nicole Testa, Volunteer Coordinator via phone (612) 968-3195 or email ( to request an application and schedule a time for a quick phone chat. You can also contact Alia Mortensen, Program Director @ with any questions.

True Friends
10509 108th Street NW
Annandale , MN 55302

Contact: Amanda M. Sorell

Phone: (952) 697-2295 or (952) 852-0101 x399

Fax: (952) 852-0123



Summary of agency programs and volunteer needs: True Friends is a non-profit organization providing camps, respite, travel, and programs for children and adults with disabilities (developmental, physical, and/or learning).

Through summer camps, weekend respite, therapeutic horsemanship, travel, ropes courses and so much more, we aim to provide life changing experiences to all of our clients. We couldn’t do any of it without the generous donation of time, skill, and heart from volunteers. Our five MN camp locations include: Camp Courage – Maple Lake, Camp Friendship – Annandale, Camp Eden Wood – Eden Prairie, Camp New Hope – McGregor, & Camp Courage North – Lake George. Food, lodging, and training provided for all overnight opportunities.

Direct Care Opportunities:

  • Weekend, Summer, or Winter Cabin Assistant at all sites
  • Nursing & Health Care Volunteers (Annandale, Maple Lake and Eden Prairie – experience required)
  • Horse Leader, Side Walker, Farm Help (The Farm at Camp Courage – experience required)

Non-Direct Care Opportunities

  • Grounds crew (All sites – year-round)
  • Groups: Greek, Scouts, Religious, teams, clubs, etc.
  • Fundraising
  • Class projects: sensory bags, communication boards, fidget toys, weighted toys, etc.
  • Drives: sports equipment, games, etc.

We also have seasonal paid positions available, as well as internship opportunities throughout the organization. More information can be found on our website or by contacting Volunteer Services.

Great River Area Faith in Action

330 13th Street North
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: (320) 258-8678



Summary of agency programs: Great River Area Faith in Action is an organization matching compassionate, caring volunteers to people who because of age, disability or life circumstances need some help to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteer opportunities include everyday activities like doing simple household chores, taking someone who can not drive to the doctor or grocery store, or just spending some time visiting. Call Cherise at 320-258- 8678 for more information on how you can become a Faith in Action volunteer. A couple hours a week is all it takes to make a difference in someone's life and in yours forever.

Independence Center, Inc.

51 1st Avenue South
Waite Park , MN 56387

Phone: (320) 252-4146

Fax: (320) 252-8094



Summary of agency programs: Independence Center is a non-profit organization that provides services to consumers in the severe ranges of mental retardation.

Volunteer needs: foster friends to assist with community outings, playing games, crafts, holiday parties, feeding, and reading.

Independent Lifestyles

215 North Benton Drive
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: (320) 529-9000

Fax: (320) 529-0747



Summary of agency programs: Independent Lifestyles is a private, non-profit, non-residential and community based organization for people of all disabilities. Independent Lifestyles’ 4 core services are independent living skills training, information and referral, peer mentoring, and advocacy.

Volunteer needs: Meet with persons with disability on a 1:1 basis to: do activities in the community, be a friend, read and organize mail and assist with household chores; other activities as requested by consumer and approved by Independent Lifestyles staff.

Opportunity Matters Inc.

701 23rd Street S
Sartell, MN 56377

Phone: (320) 240-1900

Fax: (320) 240-8527



Summary of agency programs: Opportunity Matters is a local non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals with physical and cognitive challenges that empower individuals and their families to reach their full potential. The organization works to accomplish this mission by providing residential services, social opportunities, transitional education options, adult day services and direct care to individuals with disabilities.

Volunteer needs: special events (Great Get Together, Fundraisers), musicians, one to one with clients, activity assist, office helper, any talent the volunteer may have we can match with the clients.

Project A.S.T.R.I.D.E. (Adapted Specialized Training & Recreation Involving Disabled Equestrian)

P.O. Box 873
St. Joseph , MN 56374

Phone: (320) 743-2763



Summary of agency programs: Project ASTRIDE is a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding experiences for children and adults with disabilities from the central Minnesota area. The program runs Monday through Thursday from April through October. Volunteers must be at least sixteen years of age, and must provide their own transportation to the site, which is located south of St. Cloud. Experience with horses is not a requirement.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers are trained to assist participants with grooming, tacking, and moving safely around horses and will also lead horses or walk alongside participants during the hour long classes. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one hour long class for the eight week period that the class runs, and are also needed to assist with fund raising, coordinating volunteers and riders, and administrative duties. They are currently seeking a volunteer coordinator and grant writers; sessions run from April-October.

Special Olympics - St. Cloud Community

560 South 2nd Avenue
Waite Park , MN 56387

Phone: (320) 253-7454



Summary of agency programs: Their mission is to provide people with mental disabilities a year-round program of sports training and competition that contributes to lifelong physical fitness, personal growth, and achievement.

Volunteer needs: Here's just a sampling of the volunteer roles commonly played in Special Olympics: coach, official, fundraiser, sports management team member and competition and event support. In St. Cloud, volunteers are most needed in January and April. Training is required.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN (UCP-CM)

510 25th Avenue N, Suite 8A
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 253-0765

Fax: (320) 253-6753



Summary of agency programs: The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Central MN is to enrich the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Our programs include: information and referrals, financial assistance for specialized equipment, public education, and assisted technology.


320 Sundial Drive, P.O. Box 757
Waite Park, MN 56387

Phone: (320)251-0087 Ext. 227

(320)257-5188 (Direct Line)

Fax: (320) 259-4679



Summary of agency programs: WACOSA empowers over 500 adults with disabilities in central Minnesota by helping them to reach their fullest potential, offer business solutions and build community. Most services are related to skill-building and work opportunities. Through in-center work, clients deliver high quality services to local businesses, such as assembly, fulfillment, recycling and confidential document shredding. Additionally, individual placement or small group work crews make community employment an option for clients. WACOSA’s mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to work and live in their community. Our Vision: Individuals of all abilities are empowered to reach their full potential. Our Beliefs: Each individual has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, has the right to be a contributing member of their community and is a valued member of the work force and community.

Volunteer needs: Curriculum Specialist, Environmental Projects Specialist, Musical Therapy Volunteer, Recycling & Production Specialist, Retail Volunteer, Sewing Class Volunteer, Senior Services Volunteer, Fine Arts Volunteer, Development & Communications Internship, Special Event Planning Co-Chair, Special Even Planning Committee Volunteer


21st Century Kid's Club

1000 44th Avenue N.
Suite 100
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: (320) 255-7551 x5164



Summary of agency programs:

Volunteer needs:

Benton Stearns Educational District

517 S. 2nd Street P.O. Box 299
Sartell , MN 56377-0299

Phone: (320) 252-8427

Fax: (320) 252-1316

Contact: Marlene Grindland;


Summary of agency programs: Special education co-op, 6 school districts/early childhood programs, school psychology, day treatment, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Volunteer needs: Please contact agency for more information

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN

15 Sixth Ave. N
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Phone: (320) 253-1616

Fax: (320) 253-1702

Contact: Sharon Harren,


Summary of agency programs: Youth and children mentoring relationships

Volunteer needs: Become a Big - Big Brothers Big Sisters is always in need of volunteers as positive role models and lasting friendships with a child. Commitment ranges from 1-5 hours per week, depending on the program you get involved in.
*School Based: meeting with a child in his or her school before, during or after-this program is 1-2 hours per week, 9 months commitment.
*Site Based: meeting with a child at a site assigned where you can hang out with the child for 1-2 hours a week; also a 9 month commitment.
*Community Based: interacting with the child within the community doing what you both love to do; going to baseball games, swimming, parks, movies-whatever you like to do together.

We currently have over 100 kids on the waiting list. 92% of these kids are boys.

Become a non-mentoring volunteer: We have office-based volunteer opportunities to at Big Brothers Big Sisters. These opportunities range from helping with our website, fundraising, helping our match coordinators, organizing activities to doing data entry. If interested please e-mail Maija at

Boys and Girls Club (3 locations)

345 30th Avenue N.
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Contact: Bethany Theisen

Phone: (320) 252-5115 or (320) 252-7616

Fax: (320) 252-4471



Summary of agency programs: Youth guidance organization for ages 6-18; KIDSTOP K-6 program; evening programs

Volunteer needs: youth workers M-F 2-9 PM, must be over 18 and pass a criminal background check

Boy Scouts of America, Central MN Council, Scenic District

1191 Scout Drive
Sartell , MN 56377

Phone: (320) 251-3930

Fax: (320) 251-3933

Contact: David Trehey;


Summary of agency programs: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Their programs promote leadership, adventure, personal development, service, and sports for boys ages 7-20. The Learning for Life Program is coed for K-12th grades and teaches values and ethics. Boy Scouts also explore career-focused opportunities with local businesses in architecture, law enforcement, and fire fighting.

Volunteer needs: mentors and leaders, helping with local activities to run stations, and Scouting for Food (helping sort items turned in for local food shelves October 2nd)

Family Pathways

214 Railroad Avenue NW
Mora, MN 55051

Phone: 320-225-0252

Contact Person: Sarah Peterson


Volunteer needs: Family Pathways Youth Services is in need of volunteers for the Mora Teen Center. Volunteers would be expected to build assets and interact with teens through center activities, sports, games, discussion, and homework. Volunteers would also be able to assist the teen center coordinator in planning activities for the teens.

Girl Scout - Land of Lakes Council

400 Second Avenue South
Waite Park , MN 56387

Contact: Ben Carey

Phone: (320) 252-4565

Fax: (320) 253-9403


Volunteer needs: Are you looking for an opportunity to build your skills as a leader as well as help girls of all ages develop courage, confidence, and character? Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines is looking for volunteers to help in a number of flexible ways:

-Inspire ACTION! Help lead Girl Scouts in ACTION, a six week after school program for girls grades K-5 where girls a variety of backgrounds learn what it means to be a leader and how to set and work towards goals! All materials are provided as well as training.

-Continue Traditions! Help in troops, where girls participate in the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience, learning how their actions impact the world around them and how they can make a difference in their communities!

-Share your talents and knowledge! Your group or club can help lead sessions at one of our regional events!

-Enjoy the Outdoors! Help out at one of our many camps situated all across Minnesota in the summers!

Contact Ben Carey at the Girls Scouts’ Waite Park Office to find out how you can start your own Girl Scouts Volunteer Experience!

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines

400 Second Avenue South
Waite Park , MN 56387

Phone: 320-252-2952

Contact Person: Leah Voss- Outreach Specialist



Summary of agency programs: Outreach Program- Breaking down barriers to engage girls in Girl Scouts throughout the St. Cloud area. Barriers including transportation, economic, and language. Troop meetings occur weekly and bi-monthly!!

Volunteer needs: Troop Leaders/Volunteers to help coordinate Troop meetings and special events
with youth ages 5-17.

Junior Achievement

3515 3rd Street North
PO Box 808
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Phone: (320) 255-8624 or (800) 362-5925

Contact: Ileana Merten;


Summary of agency programs: Junior Achievement helps young people recognize and appreciate the relationship between education and workplace success. JA works with students and teachers in St. Cloud area elementary, middle and high schools to teach students about their community, city, nation, world, enterprise, economics, personal finance, and success skills.

Volunteer needs: Volunteers to go into area schools and teach them about the areas listed above; training and resources are provided.

Kinship of Morrison County

107 2nd Street SE
Little Falls, MN 56345

Phone: (320) 632-8806

Fax: (320) 632-1914


Website: or

Summary of agency programs: youth mentoring, teen volunteer program, fundraising, and monthly activities.

Volunteer needs: mentors, donors

Make-A-Wish Minnesota

615 1st Avenue NE, #415
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Contact: Annie Greenawalt

Phone: (612) 767-9474

Fax: (612) 767-2768



Volunteer needs: Our foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. As a volunteer Wish Granter, you will play an integral part in the wish experience by meeting with the wish child and their family, discovering his or her one true wish, and helping make it come true! If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and/or would like to request an application or attend one of our trainings, please contact Volunteer Services at

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

7401 Metro Blvd
Edina, MN 55439

Phone: (952) 832-5517



Volunteer needs: Every summer the MDA needs to recruit approximately 100 volunteers to work one on one with a camper at our week long summer camp. The volunteer will need to be a care giver and the mentor for camper and be willing to assist with activities of daily living, supervising and help each child to be able to participate fully in camp activities. The needs of the campers vary significantly with age, and what neuromuscular disease they are affected by.

Pregnancy Resource Center

305 5th Ave S, STE 170
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

Phone: (320) 253-1962/ 800-450-1962

Fax: (320) 255-5003



Volunteer needs: Receptionist, office support, special projects, Fundraising events, Development Committee, Advancement Team, Abstinence Education Team in local high schools, Nurses, Physicians Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Doctors and Ultrasonographer.

Reach Up, Inc. /Head Start

1250 Johnson Road
St. Cloud , MN 56304

Phone: (320) 253-8110

Contact: Suzy Amundson;


Summary of agency programs: Reach-Up helps to strengthen and support families in the community through four main programs (Head Start, Early Head Start, Family Literacy and KinderStart Transition Program). Serves children (0-3 years) and families by providing educational and family skills programs.

Volunteer needs: bus aides; classroom volunteers, T-F 11:15-12:30, volunteer supervisors over lunch hour for 3-5 year old group (must be 18+ and background check performed)

Royalton Community Education

119 N Driftwood Street
Royalton , MN 56373

Phone: (320) 584-4253

Contact: Sarah Funk;

Volunteer needs: We have various volunteer opportunities available working with elementary, middle school and high school students. Volunteers are needed to mentor students in literacy, math skills, science fairs, drama, music, arts, and after school enrichment activities such as cribbage, chess, drawing, knowledge bowl and/or music lessons.

Sauk Rapids-Rice Independent School District #47

1835 Osauka Rd. NE
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: High School - (320) 253-4700; Middle School - (320) 654-9073;
District Office - (320) 253-4703


Summary of agency programs: Public education of children in Sauk Rapids and Rice communities.

Volunteer needs: book fair volunteers, classroom help, one-on-one work with students, mentors, Read Across America volunteers, math helpers, Scrabble and cribbage volunteers

Sheriffs Youth Programs of Minnesota

1101 Washington Memorial Drive
St. Cloud , MN 56301

Phone: (320) 259-6764

Fax: (320) 259-9039



Summary of agency programs: The Sheriffs Youth Programs of Minnesota (SYP) is a child-care agency that provides a multitude of services to Minnesota’s children. Their services include Residential Care, Short-Term Consequences, Group Homes, Day Treatment, Family Foster Care, and Aftercare. The SYP Group Homes offer coeducational and gender specific programs for children ages eleven through seventeen. SYP Group Homes provide a nurturing and structured living environment.

Volunteer needs: Please call for further information.

St. Cloud Area Family YMCA

1530 Northway Dr.
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 253-2664

Fax: (320) 253-1252

Contact: Carolyne Schlichte;


Summary of agency programs: Non-profit agency supplies support for the mind, body and spirit by addressing community needs/social services, single parent support, supervised visits, youth sports programs, and encouraging family health and fitness.

Volunteer needs: membership, administration, marketing, youth programs, building and grounds support, fitness, childcare and social programs; must be age 13 or older; background checks are performed

St. Cloud Area Schools

MiKinley Education Center
216 - 8th Avenue North
Waite Park, MN 56387

Phone: (320) 529-6500 ext. 6255

Fax: (320) 529-4301

Contact: Sonia Dickrell;


Summary of agency programs:St. Cloud Area School District 742 is comprised of 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and two highs schools. We also offer Alternative Learning locations. Volunteers often prefer a school location that is close to their home. We would be happy to discuss options with you!

Volunteer needs: We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups 14 years of age and older. We typically look for volunteers who are able to commit to volunteering for a full school year, or minimum of 20 hours before leaving our program. View all of our current Volunteer Opportunities here:

St. Cloud Refugee Collaborative

22 Wilson Ave. NE, Suite 110
St. Cloud, MN 56302

Phone: (320) 251-7700 ext. 224

Fax: (320) 251-8898

Contact: Julie Collins,

Summary of agency programs: Made up of three agencies-Hands Across the World, Lutheran Social Service Refugee Employment an d Social Service program, and SASSO (St. Cloud Area Somali Salvation Organization).

Volunteer needs: Contact Julie Collins for various ways to assist refugee and immigrant populations to become self-sufficient, thriving members of the community

Stearns County 4-H Program, University of MN Extension Service

3400 1st Street N., Suite 103
St. Cloud , MN 56303

Phone: (320) 203-6050 or (888) 241-4591



Summary of agency programs: Youth development work with a wide variety of project areas. Examples include aerospace, cooking, animals, computer science, global connections, self-determined projects, public relations, and many more.

Volunteer needs: long and short term volunteers to work with 4-H and non-4-H members in a wide variety of events and programs, such as after school programs and County Fair

Youth Resiliency Program - Lutheran Social Services

1911 4th Avenue N
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Phone: (320) 529-9357

Fax: (320) 654-2545



Summary of agency programs: An extended day treatment program that serves at risk youth ages 12-18. They provide a safe, nurturing, structured setting which teaches social skills, builds therapeutic relationships, modifies behavior, and provides group and individual counseling. This is a strength-based program and is goaled to keep the kids at home.

Volunteer needs: We ask that volunteers commit to coming to our facility once a week for the duration of the semester. We accept volunteers to have them assist our youth with their homework. Process individual goal work with kids. Be a positive role model, etc. Due to limited space and to help prevent a "chaotic" environment . . . we usually will only accept one volunteer per day.


International Opportunities


Center for International Studies

St. Cloud State University,
720 Fourth Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Phone: (320) 308-4287



Summary of agency programs: The Center for International Studies is our on campus office for those interested in studying abroad. Their mission is to create a community of international scholars by providing opportunities for international students to study at St. Cloud State University, as well as creating international opportunities for U.S. Students and Faculty for study, research and teaching abroad.

Volunteer needs: Often, study abroad programs include volunteer opportunities!




Good News Corps

300 Nassau Rd.,
Huntington, NY 11743

Phone: (888) 634-8436



Summary of agency programs: The Good News Corps accomplishes their objectives by creating opportunities for individuals to go overseas and directly engaging in major aspects of foreign culture including: language, cuisine, music, architecture, sports, and traditional performances. Through this interaction, volunteers adopt global perspectives and forge a genuine heart for volunteer service.

Volunteer needs: Applicants must be over 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States or a permanent or conditional permanent resident ("green card" holder). They need volunteers who are ready and willing to travel. A one year commitment is needed and speaking a foreign language is not required.



Global Volunteers

375 East Little Canada Road,
St. Paul, MN 55117

Phone: (800) 487-1074

Fax: (651) 482-0915



Summary of agency programs: Global Volunteers is an organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide. Volunteers help create a foundation for world peace through mutual international understanding.

Volunteer needs: There are a variety of volunteer needs. You can teach English, care for an at-risk child, paint/build/repair buildings, work with elderly, etc.


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