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Volunteer opportunities in the community

The Minnesota Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization that provides educational services to children and adults is in need of volunteers to tutor adult immigrants and refugees who are learning English, help them build their language and literacy skills, and thrive in the United States.

Students are also invited to explore opportunities volunteering with learners who are pursuing their GED or brushing up on reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

Volunteers help with  tasks, such as helping a child with homework, reading a prescription bottle, helping an adult fill out a job application. It may not seem like much, but it’s important work, and makes a big difference.

This is an excellent opportunity for Metropolitan State students to help their neighbors achieve their dreams while gaining teaching experience and learning more about the people in the community.

No previous tutoring experience is necessary. Required training is provided. The only language requirement is the ability to read, write and speak English. Flexible morning, afternoon and evening opportunities are available throughout the Twin Cities. The time commitment ranges from two to three hours per week. Volunteers must be 18 years old, or 16 if volunteering with a parent or guardian.

The organization’s learning centers are across the Twin Cities metro area and volunteers can be matched to nearest locations.

Contact Wendy Roberts for more details: wroberts@mnliteracy.org.

May 16: East Side Volunteer Fair to connect community with volunteer opportunities

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at the East Side Volunteer Fair. The free event will be noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at 463 Maria Avenue in Saint Paul. The volunteer fair is hosted by East Side Elders, a nonprofit organization that serves seniors in the community. 400dpiLogo_2017_331x200.png

Attendees will enjoy free snacks and beverages, enter to win door prizes, and will meet with representatives from community organizations that serve the East Side of Saint Paul.

“This event is geared toward people who are looking for daytime volunteer opportunities. We are hoping that the event will attract retirees, stay at home parents, those who work from home, students with flexible schedules, and other community members,” said Kala Hotakainen, East Side Elders Volunteer coordinator.

Community organizations that will be in attendance include the Arlington Hills Community Center, East Side Lions Club, the Karen Organization of Minnesota, and the East Side Arts Council. Nonprofits are invited to apply for a free table at the event by contacting the organizers at Info@EastSideElders.org.

April 29: Community Garden Kick-Off Event

Kick off the gardening season noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 29 with the Inver Hills–Metro State Community Garden and Orchard, at Inver Hills Community College, 2500 80th St E, Inver Grove Heights.

There will be gardeners of all ages marking plots and starting to plant seeds.

Volunteers Needed

Looking for a great cause in which to donate your time?  Volunteer with the Boys Totem Town Community Garden Event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20 at the Boys Totem Town, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, 398 Totem Rd, Saint Paul.

Help youths plant vegetables and fruit trees, and learn about environment, sustainability, and “green” healthy practices for the future. The event is open to community members and families.  Prepare for the weather with hats, sunscreen and water.  For more details, contact August Hoffman at:  august.hoffman@metrostate.edu.


Film Space seeks volunteers

Film Space is a state of the art digital cinema theater on the Saint Paul Campus of Metropolitan State University. The theater is accessible and open for community use including nonprofit organizations, film festivals, individual filmmakers, community/neighborhood groups, arts organizations, academics, and others. Those in charge of Film Space are committed to bring new films and filmmakers to Saint Paul and to engage audiences.

Film Space hosts a growing number of film festivals throughout the year, such as the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and others.

Student volunteers are sought to help run the projection booth and provide guest services during film festivals.  This experience will provide marketable skills, a great resume item, networking opportunities and valuable opportunities for  community engagement. Learn to manage and operate a digital cinema film theater and enjoy movies at the same time.  Training is provided.

About four to six evenings of festival work spread over the length of a semester will be an average work load.  Volunteer opportunities are available now.

Film Space is located in the Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul.

Interested students can contact James Byrne, james.byrne@metrostate.edu.

Food for Thought needs volunteers

Last year, more than 51,000 pounds of groceries and 22, 447 “Grab & Go” snacks were distributed by Food for Thought. This would not have been possible without volunteers, who gave a total of 214 hours. More student volunteers are needed again this year.

To help, sign up at the Food for Thought food shelf in Founder’s Hall, Room FH201A, Saint Paul Campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, Contact by phone at 651-795-1571.

Food for Thought is funded by a non-profit called Good in the Hood, and has 995 registered student members. Visit Good in the Hood for more information about its programs.

TRIO Students build community through service

Thirty-nine TRIO students and Student Support Services staff from Metropolitan State University spent an afternoon assisting park volunteers in the removal of invasive plant species and those non-native to the region.

After several hours spent under the fleeting Midwestern sun on Aug. 15 at Festge County Park just west of Madison, Wisconsin, the students and staff took a bus to Westminster Presbyterian Church—the spot where they stayed the night. Thus, began their Pay it Forward Tour.

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The Pay it Forward Tour program is a regionally-coordinated set of tours which is set up by the organization Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), founded in 2003 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. These tours were the brainchild of four, at the time, students at the University of Minnesota, and to summarize:

The Pay It Forward Tour is a dynamic, multi-day program focused on service, education, and reflection, during which groups of students travel the country and volunteer in a new city each day.”

The morning in Madison consisted of a visit to a graduate school program and a tour of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Following the tour the participants explored the city before boarding a bus to the Feed My Starving Children site in Schaumburg, Illinois. During this visit the program participants helped to pack 14,040 meals in roughly an hour. After packing the food to make its way across the globe, the volunteers stayed the night at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin, Illinois. The evening leadership activities were a crucial part of the nightly program curriculum.

On Wednesday morning, the tour continued to St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in the Roger’s Park neighborhood of Chicago. Half of the participants helped prepare food for the soup kitchen’s weekly community lunch, while the other participants toured the area and did a neighborhood cleanup. On the final evening the students traveled the streets of Chicago.

TRIO participated in the Pay it Forward Tour to encourage leadership through service, build better communities, create an engaged community of learners, and to build a better sense of self.

Advanced Dental Therapy program seeks volunteer patients

The Metropolitan State University Advanced Dental Therapy students are seeking patients to volunteer in the upcoming Central Regional Dental Board Exam on Oct. 16, 2016. Volunteers will be compensated for helping and the work done during the board examination will be free.

In order to volunteer one must:

  • be 18 years of age.
  • have a current dental exam and X-rays done by the participating Advanced Dental Therapy student (at the cost of $35), which can be done at the Metropolitan State University Dental Clinic located in Maplewood.
  • have the ability to travel to the exam site at the University of Minnesota for the event, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • meet the Dental Board Exam requirements.

Those who do not qualify as a patient for the Dental Board Exam will receive a 20 percent discount on dental treatment received at the Metropolitan State University Dental Clinic.

In order to participate, schedule an appointment to have your dental exam and X-rays done, or if you have any questions, please e-mail adtboards2016@gmail.com.

Aug. 13: Volunteer to help feed children

Help pack meals for hungry children with the Feed My Starving Children organization, 9 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Aug. 13 at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136 in Eagan. Lunch is provided for volunteers, food accommodations are available by contacting alysia.lajune@metrostate.edu and the location is fully accessible.

Sign up to volunteer online or, if you’re unable to volunteer but still want to help, you can make a donation to Feed My Starving Children.

This volunteer effort is being led by Metropolitan State’s Social Work Student Association and Human Services Student Association. For more information, e-mail hy6681dy@metrostate.edu.


WEQY seeks students for East Side Community Radio

Would you like to make a difference in the East Side community while gaining valuable communications experience? WEQY seeks Metropolitan State students who live in or around the East Side of Saint Paul to volunteer as on-air hosts and program producers.

Joe Kuzelka

Leading the push for neighborhood focused programming is Joe Kuzelka, an East Side native and recent graduate of the University of Minnesota. “The great thing about community radio is that anybody can be on it,” said Kuzelka. “It offers young people a chance to speak their minds.”

Volunteers will work with Kuzelka and WEQY staff to develop bi-weekly programming on topics such as:

  • Local nonprofits
  • Neighborhood news
  • Community engagement
  • Diversity
  • Violence in the community
  • Schools in the area
  • News targeted at youth

Volunteers gain valuable skills in communication, broadcasting and multimedia. Training is provided and no experience is required. For more information and to get involved, contact Joe Kuzelka at josephkuzelka@gmail.com.

weqy_banner_horizontalTune into WEQY at 104.7 FM in the East Side area and learn more at the station’s website.

Volunteers needed as dental patients

Students in the advanced dental therapy program need volunteer patients as part of their State Dental Boards exam 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28 at the University of Minnesota.

Patients must be 16 years of age or older, have an exam and X-rays done by the student at the Metropolitan State University Dental Clinic in Maplewood and meet the Dental Board Exam requirements. If all requirements are met, participants are compensated. Those who do not meet the requirements receive a 20 percent discount on dental treatment from the university clinic.

If you are interested in participating, contact Sheli Parkison at jm3901yl@metrostate.edu or 651-739-1150.