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Volunteer it s good for you

Volunteer: It’s Good for You

PMI-MN Careers Presentation

Presentation by Stacy Pearson, Founder of The Blogunteer


Please share your:


Day Job (or desired day job)

Passion (if money wasn’t a concern…what would you do?)

Why volunteer
Why Volunteer?

  • Volunteers have 27% higher odds of finding employment

  • Volunteering

    • Increases your network

    • Increases skills, training, and experience

    • Helps create a positive impression in the job market

  • Volunteering can also

    • Give you a sense of pride and accomplishment

    • Make you feel good!

      Source: http://nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/22534-infographic-how-volunteering-increases-job-opportunities.html

How do you volunteer
How do you Volunteer?

  • Contact an organization directly

    • Most organizations will take you up on any offer of time!

  • Search for opportunities:

    • VolunteerMatch.org

    • HandsOnTwinCities.org

Don t forget
Don’t forget…

Add volunteer experiences to your LinkedIn profile and resume

Passion for animals
Passion for Animals

  • Wildcat Sanctuary

    • A sanctuary for big cats

    • Opportunities: Fundraising, Construction, and more

    • WildcatSanctuary.org

  • Can Do Canines

    • Trains and places service dogs

    • Opportunities: Puppy Raiser, Fundraising, Admin Support, and more

    • Can-do-canines.org

  • A Rotta Love Plus

    • Rottweiler and Pit Bull rescue organization

    • Opportunities: Foster a dog, transport therapy dogs, and education

    • arottalove.org

  • The Raptor Center

    • Ensures the health of raptors through rescue, education, and research

    • Opportunities: Special events, carpentry, education, and more

    • www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu

  • Various rescue organizations

Passion for helping babies
Passion for Helping Babies

  • Ella’s Halo

    • Supporting NICU babies and their families

    • Opportunities: Collect blankets or books or help at events

    • EllasHalo.com

  • The Diaper Drive

    • Providing diapers to families in need

    • Opportunities: Collect diapers, fundraise, sort and repackage diapers

    • TheDiaperDrive.org

  • Loved Twice Twin Cities

    • Provides size 0 to 12 month clothing to babies

    • Opportunities: Collect and sort baby clothing

    • www.facebook.com/LovedTwiceTwinCities

Passion for education
Passion for Education

  • Junior Achievement

    • Prepares students to succeed in school and beyond

    • Opportunities: One time or weekly opportunities for teaching

    • jaum.org

  • Companies to Classrooms

    • Collects unused office supplies and donates them to schools

    • Opportunities: Pickup donations, warehouse and store tasks, etc.

    • companiestoclassrooms.org

  • Cookie Cart

    • Helping the youth of North Minneapolis learn leadership skills.

    • Opportunities: Cookie preparation and sharing your expertise

    • Cookiecart.org

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Passion for Education

  • College Possible

    • Provide low-income students with resources, guidance, and support through process of college admission and earning a degree.

    • Opportunities: Mentoring, office support, and special events

    • collegepossible.org

Passion for children s literacy
Passion for Children’s Literacy

  • Pajama Program

    • Provides books and pajamas to children who are homeless or awaiting adoption

    • Opportunities: Run a pajama and book drive

    • PajamaProgram.org

  • Read Indeed

    • Collects and distributes books to kids in need.

    • Opportunities: Book drive, sorting, boxing, and more

    • readindeed.org

  • First Book

    • Provides a new book to children

    • Opportunities: Serve on Advisory Board

    • firstbook.org

Passion for the environment
Passion for the Environment

  • Great River Greening

    • Restoring the Land, Renewing Communities

    • Opportunities: Restoration events, volunteer leadership, and more

    • GreatRiverGreening.org

  • Tree Trust

    • Community forestry and environmental education

    • Opportunities: Tree planting, tree distribution, and more

    • TreeTrust.org

  • Trips for Kids

    • Non-profit using bike adventures to help youth experience nature

    • Opportunities: Events, trip volunteers, administrative tasks, etc.

    • tripsforkids.org

  • Passion for music
    Passion for Music

    • Keys 4/4 Kids

      • Collects and sells used pianos to raise funds for music education

      • Opportunities: Social media assistance and working in the store

      • keys44kids.com

    • One of the many musical organizations throughout Minnesota

      • Orchestras, theatres, and more

      • www.arts.state.mn.us/links/mn_arts_orgs.htm

    Passion for art
    Passion for Art

    • Art Buddies

      • Creative mentors helping kids build dreams

      • Opportunities: Donate art/craft supplies or serve as a mentor

      • artbuddies.org

    • Free Arts Minnesota

      • Uses artistic expression and adult mentors to inspire hope and builds self-esteem

      • Opportunities: Weekly mentoring, photography, events, and more

      • freeartsminnesota.org

    • Your local community theatre

      • Opportunities: Set construction, costume creation, and more

    Passion for sick children
    Passion for Sick Children

    • Camp Get-A-Well-A

      • Provides a camp experience for kids in the hospital

      • Opportunities: Camp counselors, craft project assembly, and more

      • www.facebook.com/campgetawella

    • Sweet Dreams for Kids

      • Provides new pajamas for kids in the hospital

      • Opportunities: Pajama drive and other opportunities

      • sweetdreamsforkids.org

    • Ronald McDonald House

      • Provides a home for families of a child in the hospital

      • Opportunities: Cooking, crafts, administrative tasks and more

      • rmhc-um.org

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    Passion for Sick Children

    • Camp Odayin

      • Provides a safe, fun and supportive camp experience for young people with heart disease and their families

      • Opportunities: Office assistant, camp staff, or event volunteer

      • campodayin.org

    • Isaac’s Journey

      • Raising funds for childhood cancer research

      • Opportunities: Fundraising, raising awareness, and special event volunteers

      • Isaacsfoundation.org

    • Spare Key

      • Provides financial assistance to homeowners with critically ill children

      • Opportunities: Fundraising, office assistance, and public relations

      • sparekey.org

    Passion for the homeless
    Passion for the Homeless

    • The Sandwich Project

      • Providing sandwiches to the homeless

      • Opportunities: Making and delivering sandwiches

      • thesandwichprojectmn.org

    • Bridging

      • Helping bridge people into their homes

      • Opportunities: Warehouse, maintenance, sorting, admin, and more

      • Bridging.org

    • Bridge for Youth

      • Helping runaway and homeless youth

      • Opportunities: Food Service, working with youth, and more

      • bridgeforyouth.org

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    Passion for the Homeless

    • People Serving People

      • Short term emergency housing for homeless families with children

      • Opportunities: Meal serving, children’s activities, and more

      • peopleservingpeople.org

    • Sharing and Caring Hands

      • A compassionate response to the needs of the poor

      • Opportunities: Tutoring, Meal Serving and more

      • sharingandcaringhands.org

    Passion for helping seniors
    Passion for Helping Seniors

    • Store to Door

      • Grocery and prescription delivery service for seniors

      • Opportunities: Donate coupons, order taker, and deliveries

      • storetodoor.org

    • Meals on Wheels

      • Meal delivery and human connection to homebound seniors

      • Opportunities: Cooking, deliveries, and more

      • meals-on-wheels.com

    • Lyngblomsten

      • Senior housing

      • Opportunities: Technology help, visiting residents, and more

      • Lyngblomsten.org

    • Your local nursing home or assisted living facility

    Passion for helping children
    Passion for Helping Children

    • Cheerful Givers

      • Provides birthday bags to children via food shelves and shelters

      • Opportunities: Assemble and donate birthday bags

      • cheerfulgivers.org

    • CornerHouse

      • Helps children during legal cases of alleged abuse

      • Opportunities: Research, admin tasks, or family services volunteer

      • CornerHouseMN.org

    • Fishing for Life

      • Serves kids and families through fishing and outdoor programs

      • Opportunities: Fundraising and events

      • fishingforlife.org

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    Passion for Helping Children

    • Children’s Law Center of Minnesota

      • Promotes the rights and interests of Minnesota’s children

      • Opportunities: Attorney services, fundraising, and more

      • www.clcmn.org

    • Smile Network

      • Provides cleft palate surgeries throughout the world

      • Opportunities: Fundraising, special events, and travel

      • smilenetwork.org

    • Feed My Starving Children

      • Provides nutritious meals to kids in need throughout the world

      • Opportunities: Meal packaging

      • Fmsc.org

    Passion for mentoring
    Passion for Mentoring

    • Kids n’ Kinship

      • Mentoring program for youth in Dakota county

      • Opportunities: Serve as a mentor

      • kidsnkinship.org

    • Big Brothers/Big Sisters

      • Mentoring program for youth

      • Opportunities: Serve as a mentor

      • bigstwincities.org

    Passion for food
    Passion for Food

    • Open Arms of Minnesota

      • Cooks and delivers meals to those who are ill

      • Opportunities: Cooking, gardening, and meal delivery

      • openarmsmn.org

    • Second Harvest Heartland

      • The Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization

      • Opportunities: Food drives, picking fresh produce, and much more

      • 2harvest.org

    • Fruits of the City

      • Captures fresh fruit that would otherwise go to waste

      • Opportunities: Harvesting, donate your fruit, and more

      • fruitsofthecity.org

    Passion for veterans and active duty military
    Passion for Veterans and Active Duty Military

    • Majestic Hills Ranch

      • Therapeutic riding programs for Veterans

      • Opportunities: Ranch Chores and Events

      • MajesticHillsRanch.org

    • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

      • Supports active duty military along with their families

      • Opportunities: Household chores, babysitting, and much more

      • btyr.org

    • Disabled American Veterans

      • Support disabled veterans

      • Opportunities: Drivers, Visit VA Medical Center, and much more

      • davmn.org

    Women focused organizations
    Women Focused Organizations

    • Pink Purse Project

      • Provides purses filled with toiletries to women

      • Opportunities: Sorting donations, distribution, and more

      • PinkPurseProject.org

    • Women Venture

      • Organization dedicated to supporting women-owned businesses

      • Opportunities: Finance, marketing, business development, and more

      • WomenVenture.org

    • Minnesota Women of Today

      • Leadership development of women through community service

      • Opportunities: Join a local chapter

      • Mnwt.org

    Passion for doing taxes
    Passion for Doing Taxes

    • AccountAbilityMinnesota

      • Tax services for those in poverty

      • Opportunities: Tax preparation, administrative tasks, and more

      • accountabilitymn.org

    Passion for project management
    Passion for Project Management

    • PMI Educational Foundation

      • Uses project management for social good

      • Opportunities: Teaching and sharing your expertise

      • Pmief.org

    • PMI-MN

      • Supporting project managers throughout Minnesota

      • Opportunities: Graphics, Web-streaming, and more!

      • PMI-MN.org

    Giving your professional skills
    Giving your Professional Skills

    • Sparked Micro-Volunteering

      • Connects volunteers to nonprofits in need

      • Opportunities: Share your professional expertise with nonprofits

      • www.sparked.com/about/micro

    • Catchafire

      • Connects volunteers to nonprofits in need

      • Opportunities: Share your professional expertise with nonprofits

      • www.catchafire.org

    Other opportunities
    Other Opportunities

    • Madison Claire Foundation

      • Creating accessible playground

      • Opportunities: Fundraising assistance

      • madisonclairefoundation.org

    • Erik’s Ranch and Retreats

      • Provides a residential living opportunity for young adults with autism

      • Opportunities: Attend an event or tour provided by their residents

      • eriksranch.org

    • Face It Foundation

      • Helps men to understand and overcome depression through education, online tools, and peer support

      • Opportunities: Peer mentoring, public relations and event support

      • faceitfoundation.org

    • Liz’sDaughter

      • Provides domestic abuse prevention and support

      • Opportunities: Participate in the Bride’s March, legislation, and more

      • lizsdaughter.org