Hennepin employee volunteers

Hennepin County employees and retirees contribute thousands of hours each year to charitable and nonprofit organizations in our communities, helping create meaningful, positive change.

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Benefits of volunteering

We all know that volunteering makes a difference in our community. But it also makes a difference for the volunteer. When you volunteer, you:

  • Connect to a diverse range of people and make new friends
  • Improve your own physical and mental health
  • Boost your career options by developing new skills and meeting potential contacts
  • Explore new interests and increase your sense of achievement
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How it works

Hennepin County sponsors volunteer events focused on affordable housing, academic success, seniors and environmental stewardship. These events are open to all employees and retirees.

Participation in county-sponsored volunteer activities is on an employee's own time (e.g., lunch, breaks, vacation, PTO, and/or balancing hours) and requires the approval of your supervisor.

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County-sponsored opportunities

  • Register for any of the following activities.

Speed volunteering April 17: do something good during lunch

Take a lunch break and join us for as little as 15 minutes for speed volunteering as we prepare kits to donate to the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association (MVNA).

  • Thursday, April 17
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center skyway level

Many of the homes MVNA nurses visit have young children or infants. Together we can assemble 250 creativity kits with crayons and coloring books to spark a child’s imagination and position her for academic success. Together we can pack 20 first feeding kits to encourage good nutrition.

Sign-up is encouraged but not required.

Early Wonders Family Night

Early Wonders is a program of Project for Pride in Living (PPL) focused on kindergarten readiness and parent involvement. Early Wonders Preschool offers a high-quality learning and care program for children of lower-income working families. Six to eight volunteers are needed for monthly family nights to serve and share a meal with families, play with preschoolers and siblings while parents attend Early Childhood Family Education, and to help staff with setup and cleanup. Dates are February 20, May 15 and June 19.

Meals for Minds

One in six Minnesota kids will not get enough to eat today. Hungry children are at higher risk of poor school performance. In partnership with Target, Second Harvest Heartland coordinates monthly grocery distributions through a mobile food pantry in local elementary schools. Each child leaves the Meals for Minds Pantry with enough groceries for 25 meals and a chance at a full future. Second Harvest needs volunteers to help setup and distribute groceries to students and families. The county has reserved volunteer slots at Harvest Prep/Best Academy to provide friendly service and put food directly into the hands of our neighbors. Dates are February 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8.

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