Volunteer Opportunities

Listed are Sociology- related open volunteer opportunities.

For a complete list of opportunities, visit CLA Career Services

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WATCH


Contact:
Ellen Sackrison,
ellen@watchmn.org
watchvolunteer@watchmn.org
612-341-2747

“WATCH’s mission is to make the justice system more effective and responsive in handling cases of violence, particularly against women and children, and to create a more informed and involved public.

Qualifications:
WATCH volunteers monitor over 5,000 hearings each year in Hennepin County courts to ensure that women and children best interests are kept in mind. http://www.watchmn.org/


 

Hennepin County Juvenile Probation


Contact: Barbara Ritchie, Barbara.Ritchie@hennepin.us

Volunteer positions available:
Court Navigator–Monday 12:45-3:30pm, Tuesday 9-11:30am, Wednesday 7:50-10:30am
Gun Offender Program Assistant–Tuesdays 4-7pm, Thursdays, 4-7pm
Menu of Services Project Assistant–15-20+ hours/week during traditional business hours


Hennepin County Mentors for Success


Contact: Joe Durocher, joseph.durocher@hennepin.us
Mentors meet with their mentees for a minimum of 1-2 hours/week for a year. The mentors serve as positive role models to youth in Hennepin County to help them achieve academic and personal success.


 

Council on Crime and Justice
Crime Advocate Volunteer Position

Contact: Lisa, crimevictims@crimeandjustice.org
Volunteers must complete two training days and commit for at least one year of volunteering for at least 3 eight hour shifts/month. Work from home!

Volunteers provide crisis counseling, support, guidance, and information to victims, witnesses, and other concerned persons who call the 24 hour hotline.


 

MnCoSA (Minnesota Department of Corrections, Minnesota Circles of Support & Accountability)


Contact: Sarah King, sarah.king@state.mn.us and Kevin Nelson, kevin.nelson@state.mn.us

MnCosa is based on a successful, nationally-recognized restorative justice model. A circle is made up of Circle Member (volunteers), a Core Member (released individual convicted of a sexual offense), and and Outer Circle (professionals).

Volunteers must complete 15 hours of training, commit to 1 year of involvement (circles meet 1-2 hours/week for an average of 4 hours peer month).

Circle members work in teams of 4-6 with a Core Member and are supported by an Outer Circle of professionals. Circles meet regularly to provide support to the Core Member as he/she begins to lead a responsible, productive, and accountable life while working on reintegration into the community–finding housing, employment, transportation, medical assistance, mental/chemical health care, friendship, and acceptance.


 

University YMCA – Volunteer Opportunity

Thanks to President Northrup inviting the campus Y to be in partnership with the U of M we are now approaching 130 years! Did you know the campus Y movement at the U of M was the first to offer all the students services and affairs (i.e. housing/student affairs/financial aid/freshmen camp/advising/career services/travel/study support etc) at the U? The history is rich and transformational!

2016 moving forward — College students engage in the UY within immersive opportunities (locally and nationally) — leading is a process at the UY — they build relationships and are mentored to lead with hope, compassion, stability and TRUST! An incredible compliment to all majors and career pathways.

Undergrad/grad Work Study and Volunteer opportunities – non-profit management-health-wellness-literacy-college access-youth development-college student develop AND a partnership with an amazing global non-profit – the Y of the Greater Twin Cities!

Every day, we work to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive, please join our cause and share the information below as widely as possible.

Get Involved!
University YMCA – Connecting Campus to Community!

The University YMCA is a vibrant campus community that is diverse, inclusive and global – a place where all are welcome and all can thrive! Consider a variety of ways to make a difference and develop as social change agents – innovate – inspire and add “Y” sparkle to your resume as well. Come in with new ideas or join current opportunities!

Interested in one time volunteer opportunities? We’ve got a variety! You could come join us for a community impact event (i.e. making sandwiches for the homeless) or volunteer to be on a panel and to talk to youth about your college experience (Y Empower to Succeed youth workshops)! Interested in one time volunteer opportunities? Apply here to learn more about short term volunteer opportunities!

Make a difference in the life of young people and be a positive role model and more! Apply here. Two youth serving programs available, work study and volunteer options, two semester commitment preferred.

Want to learn more? Email Volunteer Coordinator at the UY Sonia.paredes@ymcamn.org

Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota State Fair

Now in its eighth year, the Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota State Fair is a favorite spot for families to spend a bit of their fair day discovering alphabet and vocabulary building activities. We couldn’t do it without the help of so many wonderful volunteers like you.

We are looking for volunteers to work in the Alphabet Forest during the twelve days of the Minnesota State Fair, as well as volunteers to help on set-up and clean-up days. Each volunteer shift during the fair is approximately three hours long and each shift needs seven to nine volunteers to cover the variety of activities available in the Forest. You can volunteer for as many or as few days as you wish. Each volunteer will receive an admission ticket for the day(s) they volunteer.

2017 Fair Dates: Aug. 24 – Labor Day, Sept. 4
Shifts: 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m., 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m., 2:45-6 p.m. & 5:45-8:30 p.m.

Set-Up Day: Sunday, Aug. 20 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Clean Up Day: Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sign-up online: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4ea9af2ca3fd0-volunteer1
(This link is also available on the Minnesota State Fair’s Alphabet Forest web page.)

If you prefer to sign up by phone or by email, please contact Shannon at 651-288-4395 or shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org.