(For more information about current opportunities, go to: https://involvement.und.edu/organization/volunteerbridge or email UND.volunteerbridge@UND.edu and request to be added to the weekly listserve.)
Adults Adopting Special Kids/Catholic
Charities North Dakota
Location: 311 4th Street, Suite 105, Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: AASK is North Dakota’s program providing adoption services to children in foster care and the families who adopt them. The program is a collaborative effort of Catholic Charities North Dakota and PATH ND, Inc. under contract with the North Dakota Department of Human Services. AASK commits to building permanency for children from foster care through adoption by stable and nurturing families.
Type of work volunteers might do: Working with the adoption workers to organize National Adoption Day. National Adoption Day is a day when courts and communities in Grand Forks open their doors and hearts to finalize adoptions of foster children and raise awareness of the children in foster care still waiting to find permanent, loving families. As well, as celebrating all families who adopt and encourage other families to consider adopting or becoming foster parents.
Hours: Hours are flexible and can work with any schedule
Any other notes: (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc): Looking specifically for volunteers from the Social Work program.
Altru Home Services-Hospice
Location: Family Medicine Center (Med Park), Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: To provide care to terminally ill patients and their families.
Type of work volunteers might do: Volunteering with patients who are terminally ill; Fall Opportunities include: providing respite (staying with patients for 1-2 hours at a time) delivering medication, providing transportation, light housekeeping. Spring opportunities: Camp Good Mourning- children’s grief camp- held in June (this year June 9-11) 2011 camp will be held at Park River Bible Camp.
Any other notes (i.e. special requirements, certifications needed, etc): Required: Completion of Hospice volunteer training class which is held in the fall, contact volunteer supervisor at 780-1450, for dates/times.
Camp Good Mourning Volunteer Training- June 1 and June 8th contact volunteer supervisor at 780-1450. Volunteer opportunities at camp: counselors, arts/crafts, recreation music
Altru Health System Volunteer Services
Location: Altru Hospital, 1200 South Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND58201
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission/Purpose: The Volunteer Services Department of Altru Health System has been established to develop and maintain an efficient and caring staff of volunteers who offer an extra dimension of care and service to patients, empathy for families and visitors and supportive services for the system’s staff and Altru Alliance.
Type of work volunteers might do: Volunteering with patients, families and staff. Areas of service include: Child Life, Emergency Room, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Surgical Critical Care Unit, Reach Out and Read, OT Physical Disabilities, Pediatric Therapy, Physical Therapy – Inpatient, Physical Therapy Treatment – Outpatient, Psych OT, Hand Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation. All volunteers will receive a service description listing their duties.
Any Other Notes (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): All volunteers must complete application (along with two references), attend orientation, complete a health screening (2-step TB test, proof of having chicken pox OR receiving the vaccination), must get a flu shot when available (if you do not get the flu shot you will be removed from the schedule) and complete the entire semester session.
Altru Y Family Center
Location: Corner of 7th and University Avenue
Phone: 701-775-2586 Ext. 209
Mission/Purpose: To put Christian Principles into Practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Our Area of Focus: The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
Type of work volunteers might do: Youth Sports Coach (T-ball, Baseball, Softball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer and Floor Hockey), Youth Sports Supervisor, Scorekeeper, Referee, Pre School Sports Movement Coach (Soccer, T-Ball and Basketball), Special Events (Sports Clinics, Halloween Party, etc.), Swim Lesson Assistant and MASH program assistant (after school activities).
Altru Family YMCA Little Brother/Sister
Location: 215 North 7th Street, Grand Forks, ND (on the corner of North 7th St and University Ave)
Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Little Brother/Sister Mentoring Program is consistent with the Altru Family YMCA’s Mission “to put Christian principles into practice though programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all” and fulfills the Y’s focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Altru Family YMCA’s Little Brother/Sister Mentoring Program mission is to establish a positive self-esteem and promote the healthy development of all children in the Greater Grand Forks community by providing them with a positive adult role model, friend, and mentor.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: The Altru Family YMCAs Little Brother/Sister Mentoring Program is a one-on-one mentoring program serving children ages 4-17 in the Greater Grand Forks Community that are in the need of additional adult attention, affection, recreation and guidance.
Any Other Notes (i.e.– special requirements, certificates needed, etc.):
- Must be at least 18 years of age - Have a valid driver’s license
- Have the honest desire to work with and help a child in the community
- Must be a responsible, reliable and caring adult that is able to meet with their Little Brother/ Sister weekly and follow through on his/her commitment to the child and program
- Give at least a 9 month commitment
Location: 311 South 4th Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201
Mission/Purpose: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care & support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.
Type of work volunteers might do:
-Participate in our annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s - 2nd Saturday in September.
- Join our Fargo Marathon Team – Run any event and create awareness & raise funds to help provide services to those affected by this disease.
American Cancer Society/UND Relay for Life
Location: The UND Relay is held at the Hyslop Sports Center
Mission/Purpose: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
Type of work volunteers might do: We are seeking additional committee members to assist with the planning and implementation of the 2014 UND Relay For Life event.
Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region
Location: Fargo, ND
Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
Type of work volunteers might do: Fundraising, special events, event planning for the Arthritis Walk & Zombie 5k Fun Run. Internship opportunities are also available.
Location: 1016 S 20th Street Grand Forks, ND
Mission/Purpose: The mission of ArtWise is to give children in the Greater Grand Forks area
opportunities to explore their unique abilities through the visual arts, to foster their self esteem and to increase the community's awareness, appreciation, and participation in children's visual arts activities.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: A variety of opportunities are available, including working with kids on visual art activities at our festival and program events, preparing and planning of our major program events (ArtWise Elementary Art Show, Kids Art Camps, etc…). You could also serve as a Board member, assist with graphic design projects, or help us out from time to time in the office.
The Big Event
Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Big Event at UND is to foster good will and common goals among the students, University of North Dakota, and the greater Grand Forks community through community service initiatives.
Type of work volunteers might do: Spring cleaning/yard work, indoor painting, etc.
Care and Share, Inc
Location: 220 East Third Street, Crookston, MN
Mission/Purpose: With compassion and respect, Care and Share, Inc. works to break the cycles of homelessness and hunger by providing basic needs and strength-based supportive services for individuals and families.
Type of work volunteers might do: volunteer in the food shelf preparing boxes, assisting clients, and providing curbside pick-up. Sponsor a food drive, seasonal jobs such as yard work or prepare and/or serve a meal. If you have particular skills you would like to share talk to us about other volunteer opportunities.
Circle of Friends Humane Society
Location: 4375 N. Washington St. Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: To shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to place pets into humane environments, and to implement programs that increase everyone’s awareness of their responsibilities to all animals.
Type of work volunteers might do: Socialize animals, walk dogs, grooming/bathing pets, fundraising, and help with community events.
Any other notes: All persons interested in volunteering must complete an orientation. The orientation takes approximately 1.5 hours and will include completing an application, signing a release form, going through the volunteer policies and procedures manual, touring the shelter and having a photo ID taken and be assigned a volunteer badge.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store
Location: 2017 Demers Ave. Grand Forks, ND 58201
Mission/Purpose: We help at-risk children and their families succeed in the name of Christ
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: Assist with re-purposing donated items such as toys, household and clothing; gain an appreciation for the retail industry; build relationships
Empire Arts Center
Location: 415 DeMers Ave, Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: The Empire Arts Center promotes culture and lifelong learning by producing its own artistic programming while providing a distinctive, welcoming venue for the arts, businesses, and community of the upper Red River Valley. Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: Concessions, Ticket Taking, Ushering, Ticket Selling, House Managing, Technical Work, Office Work, and Special Projects.
Girl Scouts- Dakota Horizons
Location: 2525 Demers Avenue, Grand Forks, ND 58201
Mission/Purpose: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Type of work volunteers might do: Whether you have an hour or a week, Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons has a place for you! Volunteers with Girl Scouts engage in mentoring activities by hosting anti-bullying programs, leading troops of girls in discovering, connecting and taking action in their communities, learning about the outdoors at camp, or helping operate one-time events based around specific themes.. Regardless of your interest or availability Girl Scouts will work with you to create a once in a lifetime volunteer opportunity tailored to who you are. Come help us build tomorrow’s leader’s today at Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons!
Any Other Notes (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): Volunteers need to be 18 years of age. A application and background check are required for all volunteers with Girl Scouts— Dakota Horizons.
Global Friends Coalition
Location: 600 Demers Avenue, Suite 406A, Grand Forks
Email: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission/Purpose: Global Friends Coalition is a non-profit organization in Grand Forks, ND whose mission is to bring together individuals and organizations to foster refugee (New American) integration through work with New Americans and the Greater Grand Forks Community.
Global Friends Coalition’s goals are to:
Support Refugees (New Americans) to become more fluent in English.
Support New Americans to become more connected, engaged, contributing members of their new communities.
Support the Greater Grand Forks community to actively embrace its New American residents.
Type of work volunteers might do: Mentor a New American high school student at Red River High School for just one hour per week; mentor a family by going into a New American’s home and helping them learn about Grand Forks; tutoring a New American in English in their home.
Any Other Notes (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): We ask for just one hour per week for six months. Background checks going back five years are conducted (criminal, child abuse, and a driver’s record check).
Greater Grand Forks Marathon, Inc.
(Wild Hog Half Weekend)
Location: 4401 S. Washington St.
Mission/Purpose: Put on a community event that promotes health and wellness in our area. Donations are expected to be given to local charities which assist youth participation in athletics.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: Course Marshalls- ensure cars do not get onto race course and harm participants; assist with registration/packet pick-up; assist in finish line handing out medals, water, etc.; security; bag drop
Any Other Notes (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): Great attitude & willingness to encourage others!
Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals
Location: Grand Cities Area
Mission/Purpose: We ENHANCE our community, CREATE connections, and INVEST in each other. Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) is a non-profit group dedicated to the growth, learning, and development of young professionals within the region. GGFYP creates a platform for members to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and quality of life of our community.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: We do a wide variety of activities, and they are always changing. Most of the work revolves around planning events, raising awareness about different initiatives, and building relationships with community members, businesses, and organizations.
Any Other Notes (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): Membership dues are
$40/year, but students have the opportunity to join for free. There are no time commitments other than what you commit to (based on availability and interest), but of course the more you take part in the more you will benefit.
LaGrave Learning Center
Location: 832 4th Ave. South, Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: To provide homework assistance and educational activities for children living at LaGrave in grades K-5. As well as offering a safe place to go after school.
Type of work volunteers might do: Homework assistance, reading to children, playing games, assisting with craft projects, being a positive role model and mentor.
Any other notes (i.e. special requirements, certifications, needed, etc): Must be able to commit to at least one day a week and have a desire to help those that are less fortunate.
Make A Wish Foundation
Location: Statewide, office is located in Fargo, ND
Mission/Purpose: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
Type of work volunteers might do: fundraising, special events, and wish granting.
Any other special notes (i.e.-special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): Looking for a group or individual interested in chairing our “Walk for Wishes” event in Grand Forks in February.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Location: Office in Fargo, based out of Maple Lake, MN
Mission/Purpose: Needing male camp counselors for kids 6-17 with a form of muscular dystrophy to be with them at camp in the first week in June.
Any other notes: Male, at least 16, no experience necessary, but experience working with kids or kids with disabilities is helpful. Need 30 males.
North Country Food Bank, Inc.
Location: 424 North Broadway, Crookston MN
Mission/Purpose: The mission of North Country Bank is to distribute food and other resources to participating agencies, and to educate the public about hunger and its solutions.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: At North Country we like to match our volunteer’s skills with our needs. We have opportunities in several areas:
Packing Program Boxes/Bags: Help pack boxes for CSFP Programs (MAC & NAPS) or help pack bags for our BackPack Program.
Office: Filing, typing, general office duties.
Warehouse: Re-label or repack, general cleaning.
Food Shelf: stocking shelves, helping clients shop, general cleaning.
Any Other Notes (i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): We are very flexible and can accommodate various schedules. All volunteers are required to do Civil Rights Training that we provide. Unpaid internships are also available.
North Dakota Museum of Art
Location: 21 Centennial Drive, Grand Forks, ND
Mission: To foster and nurture the aesthetic life expression of the people living on the Northern Plains through exhibitions, programs, and publications which engage the region, the country, and the world.
Type of work Volunteers Might Do: Gallery Attendant, Shop Attendant, Museum Facility Maintenance, Museum Garden Maintenance, Administrative Volunteer, Special Event and/ or Auction Volunteer.
Any Other Notes (i.e. special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): Active volunteers receive 10% discount in the Museum Shop, volunteer training, special invitations to Museum events, and
opportunities to meet and interact with new and interesting people.
Northern Lights Council Boy Scouts
Mission/Purpose: The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Type of work volunteers might do: Serving as volunteers in Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and Venture crews. Also can help out as unit commissioners, assist scout leaders, fundraising, camping, etc
Northland Rescue Mission
Location: 420 Division Avenue, Grand Forks
Phone: 701-772-6609 ext. 206 or 215
Mission/Purpose: It is a place of hope where people can recover from homelessness, from pain and addiction, restore dignity and improve self-worth.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do: Volunteers are able to serve by helping in our thrift store, the front office, preparing and/or serving a meal, participating in our Kids+ Program, data entry, graphic designs, overseeing a game/movie night, teaching a life skills class, leading a Bible Study, one-on-one mentoring, special events, etc. Please feel free to contact us with any other ideas on how you would be interested in serving at the mission.
Any Other Notes(i.e.- special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): Due to the population we serve, we have a mandatory orientation for all new volunteers. This consists of a tour, some background information about the Mission and additional volunteer opportunities. Following orientation, an
individual meeting is set up to discuss the area that the volunteer will be serving in and do any training needed to prepare the volunteer. Please contact our Hospitality Services Department for dates and scheduling.
Prairie Harvest Mental Health
Location: 930 N. 3rd St. Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: Prairie Harvest Mental Health, a non-profit agency, exists to promote, develop and deliver service projects and programs to individuals with serious mental health illness and other persons who need support to maintain an independent lifestyle. Prairie Harvest Mental Health also exists to
advocate, educate and promote greater understanding of human needs and to seek funding sources to sponsor our programs.
Type of work volunteers might do:
Direct Care- provide guidance to clients to learn skills that lead to independence as well as socialization activities.
Transportation- provide rides for medical appointments or grocery shopping
Groups- provide assistance with any group activities provided by Prairie Harvest Mental Health. Life Skills Therapy and Job Development- provide individualized skills training with clients and special program projects
Medication Management- go to clients home up to two times a day to observe that medications are taken correctly and in compliance.
4th Street Eatery: A small restaurant on the 6th floor of the Grand Forks county Building (151 South 4th Street).
Job coaching- provide support and guidance for clients working at the 4th Street Eatery.
Home Place Thrift Store: 1811 South Washington Street
Helps provide resources for Prairie Harvest Mental Health Programs. Volunteers assist with sorting donations brought to the thrift store, mending, washing clothes, stocking and cashiering.
Donation committee- assist with making phone calls and/or sending out requests for donations for the annual auction fundraising event.
Advertising Committee- assist with advertising the event using various forms of media
Volunteer Coordinator- provide assistance recruiting volunteers and/or coordinating the volunteers duties the night of the event.
During the event- provide help setting up during the day of the event and/or assisting with the various activities of the event.
Any Other Notes: Commitment to volunteer at least once per month for at least 6 months or more, fill out a Volunteer Application Form, background Check will be conducted, required training will be provided by Prairie Harvest Mental Health, and mileage will be paid for transportation of clients
Red River Valley Community Action
Location: 1013 North 5th St., Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Type of work volunteers might do: Grocery shopping for senior citizens and/or disabled individuals, Packing and delivering commodities to senior citizens, or delivering food items for local businesses to nonprofit agencies.
Location: 600 Demers Ave., Suite 303, Grand Forks, ND 58201 US Bank Building
Mission/Purpose: RSVP+ North Dakota invites individuals of all ages to enhance personal growth, develop leadership skills, and meet critical community needs through meaningful volunteer service opportunities.
RSVP+ is a federally and locally funded program that connects agencies with needs to volunteers with skills. Formerly known as RSVP, the + signifies the elimination of its age requirement, its service work across the river into Clay County and the adoption of a new mission statement.
Special Olympics North Dakota
Location: Opportunities throughout North Dakota Grand Forks: 2616 S. 26th St. , 58201
Phone: 701- 746-0331
Email: email@example.com or Traindir@aol.com
Mission/Purpose: Provide Olympic-type sports opportunities to children & adults with intellectual disabilities.
Type of work volunteers might do: working at tournaments, fundraisers (polar plunge), and coaching athletes.
Any other notes (i.e. special requirements, certifications needed, etc.): N/A. If working with athletes at practice, need to fill out paperwork.
St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store
Location: 620 8th Avenue South, Grand Forks
Mission/Purpose: St Joseph’s Social Care, a Catholic Charity, provides assistance to individuals and families in need without regard to race, religion or national origin. Meeting basic needs, St Joseph’s inspires hope and empowers persons to reach their fullest potential. St Joseph’s advocates for those in needs, promotes their dignity and self-worth, and strives to walk with them, learn from them, and see in them the presence of God.
Vision: Caring for Neighbors in Need
UND Center for Community Engagement
Location: 317 Cambridge St. Stop 8254, Grand Forks (in a little white house!)
Mission/Purpose: The Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs.
Type of work volunteers might do: Project-based tasks, mailings, event staff, etc.
Women’s Pregnancy Center
Location: 11 South 4th Street, Suite 210 Grand Forks, ND 58201
Mission/Purpose: We are a non-profit, pro-life Christian organization, dedicated to serving women in unplanned pregnancy situations. Our Mission is to change to the lives of women by educating them to make life affirming choices that will have a positive effect on their future, their families and the community in which they live.
Type of Work Volunteers Might Do:
Reception- Answering phones, greeting clients, and making copies
Cleaning- Vacuuming, dusting and organizing EWYL donations
EWYL client advocate- assisting clients go through their daily lesson, devotional & prayer
Church Liaison- be the contact for your church
Walk for Life- Helping with preparations for the events and registering walkers.
Banquet- Help with organizing the event, being a greeter and decorating the day of.