Sociology-related Volunteer Opportunities!

Minnesota Homeless Study with Wilder Research


Minnesota Homeless Study with Wilder Research

Join more than 1,000 volunteers to conduct face-to-face interviews with people experiencing homelessness. We are seeking qualified volunteers at more than 400 shelter locations throughout Minnesota and for a companion study on Minnesota American Indian reservations.

Study purpose
-Provide an accurate picture of homelessness in Minnesota for service providers, policymakers,and the public to help inform plans to end homelessness.
-Support funding requests for programs that serve people experiencing homelessness.
-Promote efforts to create more permanent, affordable housing for all Minnesotans.

Most surveys take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Most interview assignments involve a 4-hour time commitment, and many begin in the afternoon or evening. Assignments earlier in the day are also available.

Volunteers must be age 21 or older and bring openness and flexibility to the volunteer
experience. We also ask that you commit to completing the training with the materials sent to you prior to your volunteer shift.

At over 400 shelter locations throughout Minnesota including emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and domestic violence shelters. Surveys are conducted at non-shelter locations in some areas.

What’s Involved
– Training is required. Volunteers receive materials and details by early October. Your
preparation will result in a better experience for you and the individuals you’re
– Site leaders from Wilder Research and other organizations provide direction and support to volunteer interviewers at each location.
– Each interview takes approximately 30-45 minutes using an interview form.

FFI and to sign up:


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.

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.

Ellen Sackrison