Needs from: United Way of Olmsted County

Volunteer: Specialized Reading Tutor

SPREAD THE JOY OF READING. BE PART OF AN INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY PROJECT. Volunteers who have a strong interest in literacy, we have a unique opportunity to learn the scientifically research-based Orton Gillingham approach from the Reading Center, and work one on one with at-risk struggling readers (children and/or adults) in the community.

Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support to be successful.

Volunteer requirements:

Commitment to Literacy -Willingness to learn and undertake Orton Gillingham methodology and successfully complete training (120 hours) Ability to engage with people and exhibit patience -High School Diploma

    

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique.

Agency: Rochester Public Library
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55904
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Vets for Vets Volunteer

Volunteers are the HEART of Heartland Hospice! We are looking for special individuals who live in Rochester and surrounding communities, to join our growing team of superstar volunteers!

Our volunteer program is dedicated to providing quality care to our patients and families. This includes special programs, and helpful tools to provide comfort to those under Heartland’s care. Below is a list of -volunteer opportunities. Days & times are very flexible and we work with the each volunteer's schedule.

Volunteers usually commit to a minimum of 6 months of volunteering with 2 hours per month minimum. Please give me a call to set up an interview. We require all of our volunteers to complete an interview, fill out an application, provide us with three references, pass a criminal background check, TB test, and complete our volunteer training. You may reach me at 507-292-1170 I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Vets for Vets Volunteers are similar to the companion volunteer role, our veteran volunteers are matched with a veteran patient who may have a similar background. These volunteers receive specific training focused on a veteran’s needs.

Volunteers will receive:

Training TB testing Ongoing educational opportunities

Please include your phone number with your contact info. Some emails go unread due to being sent to spam folder.

Agency: Heartland Hospice
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55901
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Friends of the Library Book Store Clerk

Work with books in a pleasant retail environment, share the job of books with the public and learn about bookstore operations. Provide assistance to book store customers and assist with procedures to maintain a successful retail operation.

  The Friends of the Rochester Public Library raise funds to expand the library’s collections and programs, support special projects, and promote awareness through community involvement. Funds come mainly from the sale of donated books at the Friends' Book Store

Major Responsibilities:

Work with cash register and credit card machine and able to handle money Greet and assist customers and answer questions Maintain a clean and professional store appearance Good communications and telephone skills are helpful

Time Commitment:  One or more 3 hour shift per month; currently in need of help for evenings and weekend shifts

Agency: Rochester Public Library
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 55902
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Adoption Counselor

Attend adoption events and show dogs and/or cats. This doesn't have to be every week but when you are able to.

Agency: Camp Companion
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >13 years old
Zip Code: 55903
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Salvation Army North Store Volunteers

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers is to help. The Salvation Army Thrift Store receive and/or sort donations. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Specific Duties: Volunteers can provide services in one of the areas defined below, and assist in the others when needed

Donation Receiving – Gather product at donation dock and receipt those donating • Donation Sorting/Placement – sort donated merchandise and prepare merchandise for the selling floor (hang, price, and/or fold merchandise) Arrange and straighten merchandise on the sales floor. Keep various areas of store neat, orderly, and uncluttered.

Qualifications Sought: 

Respect for people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds Strong inter-personal skills Strong organizational skills Ability to lift at least 10 lbs or more Ability to stand for duration of shift Retail experience is helpful, but not required

Benefits:

Giving back to the community – play an important role in the maintenance and appearance of the Thrift Store Serving the under-resourced of Olmsted County Volunteers gain retail experience Opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers Fun and fast paced environment

Training and/or Screening Requirements:

One-on-one orientation and procedures training will be provided in the Thrift Store. All volunteers must complete an application and be cleared by the Rochester volunteer services department prior to beginning their service. Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Risk: Risk Level 1 (see Salvation Army Volunteer Manual) – The duties of this position create no expectation of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and on-going basis; preferably 1-2 shifts per month. Store Hours: 8A-8P (Mon-Fri); 9A-5P (Sat); Closed (Sun)

Agency: Rochester Salvation Army
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 55901
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Salvation Army South Store Volunteers

The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to help The Salvation Army Thrift Store receive and/or sort donations. Volunteers will be directly supervised by the Thrift Store management. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age or supervised by an adult.

Specific Duties: Volunteers can work in one of the areas defined below, and assist in the others when needed

Donation Receiving – Gather product at donation dock and receipt those donating • Donation Sorting/Placement – sort donated merchandise and prepare merchandise for the selling floor (hang, price, and/or fold merchandise) Arrange and straighten merchandise on the sales floor. Keep various areas of store neat, orderly, and uncluttered. Qualifications Sought: Respect for people of all races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds Strong inter-personal skills Strong organizational skills Ability to lift at least 10 lbs or more Ability to stand for duration of shift Retail experience is helpful, but not required

Benefits: 

Giving back to the community – play an important role in the maintenance and appearance of the Thrift Store Serving the under-resourced of Olmsted County Volunteers gain retail experience Opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers Fun and fast paced environment

Training and/or Screening Requirements: 

One-on-one orientation and procedures training will be provided in the Thrift Store. All volunteers must complete an application and be cleared by the Rochester volunteer services department prior to beginning their service. Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Risk: Risk Level 1 (see Salvation Army Volunteer Manual) – The duties of this position create no expectation of exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Length of Commitment: Flexible on a regular and on-going basis; preferably 1-2 shifts per month. Store Hours: 8A-8P (Mon-Fri); 9A-5P (Sat); Closed (Sun) 

Agency: Rochester Salvation Army
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 55904
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Respite for Family Caregivers of Older Adults (Olmsted)

Volunteers provide companionship to an older adult, while temporarily relieving the family caregiver. This allows the caregiver time to attend a support group, run needed errands or just relax and take a break from the duties of care giving, with the ease of mind that their loved one is safe and taken care of.  Male volunteers are especially needed. 

For more information about the program and to download a volunteer application, visit our website at www.elder-network.org, email hollyb@elder-network.org or call call Holly Brown at (507) 285-5272.

Agency: Elder Network
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55901
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Food Shelf Volunteers

We are looking for caring individuals to assist our clients with grocery selection, packing food, and stocking shelves.

Make an immediate impact in your community! Channel One Food Shelf provides food for over 3,400 families in Olmsted County each month. Half of these are families with children. Do your part to eliminate hunger in your community by volunteering at our food shelf.

Volunteers must be age 14 and up to volunteer.  Volunteers age 14 and 15 need an adult to volunteer with them, and age 16 and up can volunteer independently.

Sign up for Orientation today:

 http://www.channel-one.org/volunteer/food-shelf-volunteers.php

Volunteers can sign up for a 2 hour shift during the hours the Food Shelf operates: Monday through Thursday 8:00am-6:00pm, Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm 

 

Agency: Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 55904
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Do You Love to Garden or Want to Learn to Garden? We need you!

We are in need of volunteers to help in the Channel One, Heritage and Dyers gardens located at the Olmsted County History Center.

Channel One Garden: Volunteers will work alongside Extension Master Gardeners to plant, weed, and harvest fresh, wholesome and healthy food from the garden that will be donated to Channel One Food Shelf.

Heritage Garden: Volunteers will work alongside Extension Master Gardeners to plant, weed, and harvest fresh, wholesome and healthy food from the garden that will be donated to Channel One Food Shelf. This garden features only heirloom vegetables, varieties that are greater than fifty years old.

Dyers Garden: Volunteers will work alongside Extension Master Gardeners to plant, weed, and harvest plants that were commonly used to dye fibers in the past.

Please specify in which garden(s) you prefer to volunteer. Thank you!

Agency: University of MN Extension Master Gardeners in Olmsted County
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 55902
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Pet Partners Needed

We are looking for Delta Society Pet Partner members to volunteer with our older adults living in Assisted Living, Skilled Care, and Supportive Care. If you're interested in becoming a registered therapy animal team for this opportunity or others, , you must go through a process outlined here: http://www.deltasociety.org/page.aspx?pid=261.

Agency: Charter House
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55901
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Refugee Mentor

This volunteer opportunity entails being matched up with a family and meeting with them once a week to help them with things such as practicing English skills, building resumes, filling out job applications, learning how to read, pay utility bills, etc.

Agency: Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Winona
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55902
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Academic Impact Mentor (AIM)

Help to prepare the next generation for their future. You will work with members from the Boys and Girls Club to help them set and reach short and long term academic goals. For some it will be support and tutoring, for others it will be enrichment activities. This is one way to make an impact in your community and make a difference for future generations.

Agency: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55904
Allow Groups: No