Volunteer opportunities

Check out these current volunteer opportunities at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

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Sara Triplett
Volunteer Coordinator
651-379-5824

Rebecca Bedner, C.V.A.
Director of Volunteer Services
651-379-5937

 
Volunteer mentoring

Individual volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Mentor

Do you have a desire to assist people in achieving their goals and provide support in overcoming barriers? Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to share their time and talent as a volunteer mentor. Our mentoring efforts serve adult participants in our programs that include Automotive and Construction Training, ReEntry which serves individuals with criminal backgrounds and/or Ramsey County MFIP which serves families receiving county assistance. We offer both one-on-one and group mentoring options during daytime and evening hours. The ideal volunteer mentor will be comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds, able to provide a listening ear and constructive feedback and offer support. The mentoring partnership will be focused on goals such as securing employment, healthy relationships and/or financial literacy. We offer monthly mentor orientation and training at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office. We also meet in public settings determined by mentor and mentee.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office
553 Fairview Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Melissa Brandel
MFIP Mentoring
651-272-3609 ext. 160

John Gibson
ReEntry and Auto and Construction Mentoring
651-379-5979

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Computer Lab Volunteer Assistant

Gain valuable tutoring experience while assisting adult participants in the Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Computer Lab. Volunteers will assist participants with becoming self-sufficient by working with them to utilize computers and online technology as it relates to securing employment and achieving their goals. Volunteers will assist participants with basic functions of the computer, explain computer terminology, and provide personalized assistance. Skills needed: general computer knowledge and familiarity with basic computer functions such as web browsing, Microsoft Word, typing, etc. An interest in teaching or tutoring is a must as well as a high level of patience and ability to work with people who have very diverse needs, including but not limited to: low computer literacy, English language learners, reading and learning disabilities. Ideally, volunteers would share 2 – 4 hours per week.

St. Paul Ramsey County Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Comprehensive employment services - Seeger Square
864 Arcade St.
St. Paul, MN 55106
Mon. – Fri., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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Medical Equipment Loan Customer Service Assistant

Have a passion for helping people? Come volunteer your time and talent at the Medical Equipment Loan Program. The Equipment Loan Program provides durable medical equipment to customers who have a temporary short term need. All medical equipment is donated, and then fixed and cleaned before being loaned out. This position includes answering phones, answering questions about available equipment and hours of business and connecting people with other resources when Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota cannot meet their needs.
 Skills needed: Volunteer will possess telephone skills, customer service skills and the ability to learn about the nature of this Goodwill-Easter Seals program to assist customers that call and request services. The ability to do light lifting is necessary. Two hours per week with a consistent schedule.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office
553 Fairview Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55104
Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (operational hours)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (preferrable hours)

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Mock Interviewer

Do you have experience providing employment interviews? Volunteer mock Interviewers are needed to provide valuable practice job interviews for participants in our Employment Training & Education classes or work experience programs. Mock interviewers must be able to conduct professional, consistent interviews for our participants with a wide variety of interviewing abilities, disabilities, and backgrounds. Interviews are offered as a way to reinforce course curriculum and refine interviewing skills.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office
553 Fairview Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55104
We offer flexible daytime and weekday hours.

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Automotive Service Technician Training Volunteer

Share your knowledge and passion for repairing cars. Work with our full-time trainer and assist students to learn job skills as they prepare for a new career in automotive repair. Provide support and guidance for Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Automotive Service Technician Training participants. Training focuses on safety, tool use, fluid and tire maintenance, vehicle inspection and brake repair. Can’t commit to 2 – 5 hours in a day? Contact us to see if we can work out a schedule that matches your availability.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Construction & Automotive Service Technician Training Facility
635 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55104
Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (2 – 5 hours per day, 4 days per week preferred)

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GED Tutor at the FATHER Project

The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project is a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. The goal of the FATHER Project is to assist parents in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is looking for volunteers to work individually with program participants to help them prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam. The goal of the program is to help participants pass each of the parts of the GED exam so that they can receive their diploma. Review key concepts with adult participants including English, math, social studies and science.

The FATHER Project
2700 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (2-hour shift preferred)

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GOALS Volunteer

The GOALS (Goals On Average Life Styles) Program provides support for at-risk youth who want to make positive changes in their lives and improve their critical thinking in areas of planning, choices and goal setting. Youth set their own goals with direction from non-judgmental adults who guide them through a contracting process. After each contract, each youth earns a $15 bonus. Volunteer your time and energy working with youth participating in the GOALS Program located at the Goodwill Store in Willmar. Volunteers will work directly with youth by providing them with tools to help developing problem solving skills and techniques. Ideally, volunteers would spend two to four hours per week.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Willmar Office
100 19th Ave. SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Mon. – Fri., 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (preferrable hours)

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Construction Training Volunteer

Use your construction related expertise to help to guide our Construction Training Program participants in the training shop and at construction sites. Work with a trainer to provide additional training support with safety, construction industry fundamentals, hand and power tool use, framing basics, blue print reading, construction related math and other topics. Required qualifications include strong hand and power tool skills and strong knowledge of general building concepts. The ideal candidate should have extensive construction experience.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Construction & Automotive Service Technician Training Facility
635 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55104
Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (5 – 10+ hours per week for 2+ months preferred)
We also offer training at various construction sites around the Twin Cities metro area.

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Behind the scenes & office opportunities

Volunteer Donation Drives

Volunteer your time coordinating a donation drive! Support Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in collecting in collecting gently-used clean clothing, electrical equipment and battery operated items, games and toys, sports and medical equipment. Donated items are given a second life and kept out of landfills. Plus, the money from the sale of your donated items supports our mission of eliminating barriers to work and independence.

Various locations

Flexible schedule

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Volunteer Book Drives

Volunteer your time coordinating a book drive! Support the eCommerce Department at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. Funds raised from book sales go to support our mission of providing job training and support to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. While all books are accepted, the following books are in high demands: non-fiction textbooks, hardcover fiction, regional books, self-help, dieting and health, cookbooks, inspirational/religious and finance.

Various locations

Flexible schedule

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Volunteer group opportunities

Speed Mock Interviewing

Volunteer your time providing speed mock interviews with our participants! Together, we eliminate barriers to work and independence. One way we do this is by providing participants with Employment Readiness Training. This is a multiple day class that covers completing job applications, creating a resume and what to expect from interview. At the end of the training, participants practice what they learned by participating in mock interviews. These interviews will take place in a unique and exciting speed interviewing format. Volunteers will have the opportunity to provide mock interviews to multiple participants and provide them with constructive feedback about their answers and general impressions. We are looking for volunteers with some experience providing interviews. Volunteers should be comfortable interviewing and giving constructive feedback to interviewees with a wide variety of skills and abilities.

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Main Office
553 Fairview Ave. N
St. Paul, MN 55104
We offer flexible daytime and weekday hours.

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Retail Group Volunteer Opportunity

Want to volunteer with your co-workers or school group? This is the opportunity for you! Your group may help with a variety of activities that include: colorization, salvaging, greeting customers, detailed organization of books, highlighting special promotions, bagging purchases, performing customer surveys, assisting with store opening and grand openings and/or other special projects requested by staff. You and your volunteer group will play an important role in supporting our mission to eliminate barriers to work and independence. This opportunity is available for groups of 5 – 15 volunteers.

Goodwill stores in Apple Valley, Chanhassen, Forest Lake, Maplewood, Minneapolis and Minnetonka
We offer flexible daytime and weekday hours based upon store location.

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