Change Your Life, Be a Volunteer

Minnesotans love to volunteer, and that’s good because there are lots of opportunities in our state. If you enjoy working with animals, individuals with disabilities, the elderly, sports functions, fundraising benefits or food shelves, there will be a volunteer event that matches your interest. It’s an excellent way to meet new people and give back to your community.

If you don’t know where to find organizations that need volunteers or you prefer to volunteer with a group, visit and search using the term “volunteer”. You will be given a list of Meetup groups that have volunteer events. I am a member of the group in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area called Single Volunteers of the Twin Cities (SVTC). There is a calendar online with many events every week to choose from. One can RSVP for a volunteer event with a simple click of the mouse.

One of the many organizations that depend on SVTC for volunteers is Fraser. Fraser’s mission is “To make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of children, adults and families with special needs. We accomplish this by providing education, healthcare and housing services.”

One can help further that mission by becoming a Classroom Volunteer at the Fraser School, participating in “BeABuddy” at either the Fraser Group Home or Independent Living Apartments, or volunteering at the Walk for Autism, the Fraser Golf Benefit or the Annual Benefit. Last summer, I assisted with a picnic for the adults in the Independent Living Apartments and their families. To get started, complete a Volunteer Application.

Another Twin Cities organization that needs volunteers is Arc’s Value Village. Its website states that “Whenever you shop or donate at Arc’s Value Village, you’re helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. All proceeds go to support Arc Greater Twin Cities’ programs and services.”

Because Minnesotans are generous, Arc’s Value Village needs volunteers to sort the numerous items of clothing, shoes, housewares, linens, books, CDS, toys, tools and office supplies it receives from donors. Its four stores are located in Richfield, New Hope, Brooklyn Center and St. Paul, MN. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Arc’s Volunteer Development Manager Molly Lindblad at 952-915-3652 or complete the Volunteer Form online.

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful in Minnesota and across the country. Consider volunteering to make a difference for yourself and your community, and make a few new friends too.

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