Where can I volunteer?

We have volunteers working in Head Start & Early Head Start, job seeker classes, community events, and with our advocacy programs that work to end poverty. You can volunteer in a classroom, an office, a kitchen, or at community events. There are many different locations available.


Who can volunteer?

We value individuals who are excited to learn new things and are flexible in their work with others. We also invite businesses, groups, and families to volunteer with us.


Are there age restrictions?

We typically accept volunteers who are 14 and older. However, if you are younger and have a special project or a specific interest in volunteering, we’d be open to talking with you. In addition, we enjoy having family and group volunteers where minors are encouraged to participate under supervision.


What is the volunteer intake process?

Every volunteer fills out an application. Once the volunteer program receives your application, we will contact you to set up an interview. The interview is a way for us to get to know you and your interests. If you are accepted as a volunteer, we will call or email you to set up a time to come in for a Community Action agency orientation.


How much of a time commitment is expected?

At Community Action we hope to find volunteers who can dedicate at least four (4) hours a month. We appreciate people who are capable of continuous volunteering to help us serve our communities.


Are there benefits to volunteering?

Yes! You have the great opportunities of meeting new people, helping others, and gaining valuable skills. Volunteers also receive free parking at their volunteer sites during their shift and a MERSC card (http://www.mersc.org) that provides discounts at businesses throughout the Twin Cities.


What are some past events with which volunteers have helped?

In the past we have had volunteers paint Head Start classrooms, plant bushes and flowers, fill event bags, serve as greeters, walk with staff and participants in parades, register voters at events, pass out flyers for Community Action events, and represent Community Action at events.


Why should I consider being a Community Action volunteer?

People who choose to volunteer give back to communities in need and make a difference in other’s lives. Volunteering is also a great way to network, make new friends, learn new skills, and be involved in your community!