Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota welcomes you to join the hundreds of diverse volunteers who make a difference in our community every day. We offer individual and group volunteer opportunities, internships and AmeriCorps positions. Volunteer with our program participants, behind-the-scenes at retail locations, special projects and more. Volunteerism at GES fits a variety of skill sets, interests and schedules. Join us!
Do you have a desire to assist people in achieving their goals and provide support in overcoming barriers? Our mentoring serves adult participants in our programs like Automotive and Construction Training, ReEntry (serves individuals with criminal backgrounds) and Ramsey County MFIP (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 St. Paul Campus. We also meet in public settings determined by mentor and mentee.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (2 – 5 hours per day)
Do you have experience with employment interviews? Volunteer mock Interviewers provide valuable practice job interviews for participants in our workforce development programs. Mock interviewers must be able to conduct professional, consistent interviews for 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.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (2 hour shift preferred)
Share your knowledge and passion for repairing cars to work with our full-time trainer and assist students in learning job skills to prepare for a career in automotive repair. 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 work out a schedule that matches your availability!
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (2 – 5 hours per day, 4 days per week preferred)
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.
Tues., Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (2-hour shift preferred)
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.
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (5 – 10+ hours per week for 2+ months preferred)
Help participants in mock interviews. These interviews in a unique and exciting speed interviewing format. Volunteers provide mock interviews to multiple participants and give constructive feedback about their answers and general impressions. Volunteers should be comfortable interviewing and giving constructive feedback to interviewees with a wide variety of skills and abilities.
Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity for your friends or co-workers? Help us greet shoppers and donors, organize merchandise or other special projects. This opportunity is available for groups of 5 -15 at the following Goodwill store locations: Apple Valley, Chanhassen, Forest Lake, Maplewood, Minneapolis and Minnetonka.
The Advocacy Internship focuses on GES efforts to shape public policy that affects individuals with barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. The Intern will assist with organizing, monitoring legislation and coordinating grassroots advocacy activities during the MN Legislative Session (January - May). Intern must be Graduate or Undergraduate level student pursuing a degree in Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Public Policy or related field.
The Aftermarket Operations Internship develops skills that ensure retail and operational initiatives are implemented and reinforced. The intern helps maximize sales growth through processing procedures with a team, maintaining product flow to the sales floor, achieving production goals, salvaging procedures and ensuring merchandising standards are met. This internship is offered in two locations, and is available on an on-going basis.
Do you have a desire to learn about our retail operations? This internship focuses on retail efforts within our boutique stores. It consists of various projects like promoting grassroots awareness of the boutique and learning about a for-profit boutique in a non-profit organization, while researching service and operations of competitive stores. This internship is available on an ongoing basis.
The Information Technology Internship helps with maintenance of current hardware system inventories and IT support. Projects include inventory deployment of systems, inventory system management, imaging systems, wiping systems and organization of systems. This internship is available on an ongoing basis.
Manager, Volunteer Services & Community Recruitment