Needs from: United Way of Olmsted County

Volunteer: Irish Fest MN 2017

Volunteers are needed to assist in festival activities such as tea room, tickets, information, mini-golf, and  cultural room.  Whether you are young or young-at-heart, we can find an opportunity suited to your interests and abilities.

Irish Fest is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing and promoting the culture and history of our Irish heritage. Established in 2011, Irish Fest is designed as a welcoming event, for all community members and visitors from throughout southeastern Minnesota to experience authentic Irish traditions and hospitality. The focus of Irish Fest is to provide opportunities for people of all ages to explore Irish culture and history through a variety of entertaining and educational activities. It is the primary goal of the festival organizers to keep the festival free and accessible to all.

Agency: Irish Fest MN
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: 1 years old
Zip Code: 55902
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Read to Kids

We are looking for people to  to provide reading and playing opportunities for our children. Reading books to children and playing games that provide learning opportunities, getting books donated to the center for infants through Pre-K. You can also plan a parent/child special event at the center to remind parents about the importance of reading to their children.

Agency: Good News Children's Center
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 55906
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Career Day Presenters

We are looking for professionals from a variety of career backgrounds. Must be comfortable giving a short presentation on your skilled trade, career, or work experience. Please contact us for more information.

Agency: Von Wald Group Home 180 Degrees Inc.
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 55902
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: Lawn Caretaker - Stewartville

The Right at Home Solutions (RAHS) department developed a program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors that utilizes volunteers in many positions in order to help older adults and people with disabilities remain living independently in their own homes.

Through the lawn caretaking service, volunteers are matched with an individual or family to provide mowing and lawn service on a regular basis. Volunteers and clients set a regular schedule, however mowing typically occurs on a 10 day rotating cycle (7 day cycle in May and June). Volunteers use their own mower, however if a volunteer does not have their own equipment, they will be matched with a client who does. Volunteers are provided a gas card at the beginning of the season by Family Service Rochester. 

Volunteer Duties:

Set a mutually agreed upon schedule with client.  Discuss mowing times with client. Discuss if clippings will be bagged or mulched with client, discuss trimming of grass with client.  Contact the RAHS staff after each service to confirm time of service and share any other relevant information.

Other Responsibilities:

Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation/training, available orientation dates can be found here. Please note that your application must be submitted and approved before registering for orientation. Immediately report any concerns to RAHS staff. Communicate clearly with client on expectations and scheduling, arrive at scheduled times. Call client and RAHS staff as soon as possible if you are unable to mow on a scheduled day.

*Varsity Letter in Community students are able to respond to this need even if you are not age 16 or older.

Qualifications:

Knowledge and ability to operate a lawn mower and accessories (trimmer, etc.) 14 years or older, adult supervision needed for anyone under 16. 
Agency: Family Service Rochester
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 55976
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Lawn Caretaker - Rochester

The Right at Home Solutions (RAHS) department developed a program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors that utilizes volunteers in many positions in order to help older adults and people with disabilities remain living independently in their own homes.

Through the lawn caretaking service, volunteers are matched with an individual or family to provide mowing and lawn service on a regular basis. Volunteers and clients set a regular schedule, however mowing typically occurs on a 10 day rotating cycle (7 day cycle in May and June). Volunteers use their own mower, however if a volunteer does not have their own equipment, they will be matched with a client who does. Volunteers are provided a gas card at the beginning of the season by Family Service Rochester. 

Volunteer Duties:

Set a mutually agreed upon schedule with client.  Discuss mowing times with client. Discuss if clippings will be bagged or mulched with client, discuss trimming of grass with client.  Contact the RAHS staff after each service to confirm time of service and share any other relevant information.

Other Responsibilities:

Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation/training, available orientation dates can be found here. Please note that your application must be submitted and approved before registering for orientation. Immediately report any concerns to RAHS staff. Communicate clearly with client on expectations and scheduling, arrive at scheduled times. Call client and RAHS staff as soon as possible if you are unable to mow on a scheduled day.

*Varsity Letter in Community students are able to respond to this need even if you are not age 16 or older.

Qualifications:

Knowledge and ability to operate a lawn mower and accessories (trimmer, etc.) 14 years or older, adult supervision needed for anyone under 16. 
Agency: Family Service Rochester
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 55901
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Lawn Caretaker - Byron

The Right at Home Solutions (RAHS) department developed a program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors that utilizes volunteers in many positions in order to help older adults and people with disabilities remain living independently in their own homes.

Through the lawn caretaking service, volunteers are matched with an individual or family to provide mowing and lawn service on a regular basis. Volunteers and clients set a regular schedule, however mowing typically occurs on a 10 day rotating cycle (7 day cycle in May and June). Volunteers use their own mower, however if a volunteer does not have their own equipment, they will be matched with a client who does. Volunteers are provided a gas card at the beginning of the season by Family Service Rochester. 

Volunteer Duties:

Set a mutually agreed upon schedule with client.  Discuss mowing times with client. Discuss if clippings will be bagged or mulched with client, discuss trimming of grass with client.  Contact the RAHS staff after each service to confirm time of service and share any other relevant information.

Other Responsibilities:

Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation/training, available orientation dates can be found here. Please note that your application must be submitted and approved before registering for orientation. Immediately report any concerns to RAHS staff. Communicate clearly with client on expectations and scheduling, arrive at scheduled times. Call client and RAHS staff as soon as possible if you are unable to mow on a scheduled day.

Qualifications:

Knowledge and ability to operate a lawn mower and accessories (trimmer, etc.) 14 years or older, adult supervision needed for anyone under 16. 
Agency: Family Service Rochester
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >14 years old
Zip Code: 55920
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Food Shelf Volunteers

The Channel One Food Shelf is a busy place!  We serve over 3,400 families and individuals in need each month and about 40% of those benefiting from our services are children.  Volunteers are needed to help end hunger by keeping the shelves stocked and helping clients shop.  We offer a variety of shifts between 8am and 6pm on weekdays with primary duties including stocking shelves, sorting food, assisting clients with grocery selection, and treating everyone with kindness.  Volunteers may come to Channel One with a desire to help others, but often say they stay because it's fun!   

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

Make an immediate impact in your community!  Sign up for Orientation today:

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

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: Assist in Daily Care of Shelter Cats

If you enjoy cats, this is a great opportunity for you. We need volunteers to help clean the cat's cages, as well as giving them food, water, love and attention.

Agency: Safe Haven Pet Rescue Inc
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >13 years old
Zip Code: 55904
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Plastic Bag Crochet

On Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at People of Hope House, join a volunteer to crochet plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for people who are experiencing homelessness in our community. 

You don't need to know how to crochet to join us; instruction will be provided. Here is a YouTube video if you want to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiUC0iDQtkA

No registration is necessary; hope to see you there! 

Agency: NAMI Southeast Minnesota
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >18 years old
Zip Code: 55902
Allow Groups: Yes

Volunteer: Gardener with TLC to Share at RMH!

We have outdoor opportunities beginning in the spring and continuing throughout the growing season and into the fall, with watering our outdoor flowers.  We strive to keep our outside looking warm, bright, and inviting for those visitors to Rochester.  Help us bring in the peace and comfort! Let us know if you can help!

 

You stop in on your own time to help with watering!

Agency: Ronald McDonald House - Rochester, MN
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >16 years old
Zip Code: 55902
Allow Groups: No

Volunteer: Community Food Response - Opener/Lead Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to work in an organization which collects excess prepared food from restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals, and supermarkets, and makes it available to hungry people in Rochester. Openers are responsible for sorting the food and preparing the site for distributing the food. Duties include greeting drivers that pick up the food, getting coolers ready for drivers to use and giving instructions as needed, acting as a lead for the day's volunteer group, and working with the Site Coordinator to assess food supplies and needs. When drivers return with food, weigh full coolers and record, and then supervise volunteers in sorting the food into categories and general preparation for food distribution during the later shift. Hours are approximately 12:45 PM-4/4:30 PM. At this time, CFR is in need of training new volunteers to act as substitutes for our regular Openers.

Agency: Community Food Response
Need Type: Volunteer
Date: ongoing
Agency Requirement: >21 years old
Zip Code: 55904
Allow Groups: Yes