Volunteer with corrections and public safety

Volunteering provides an opportunity for people of all ages and interests to get involved in their community. Learn new skills or enhance the ones you already have. Gain valuable experience to boost your resume.

Hennepin volunteers strengthen the community

If you can contribute a few extra hours each month to help, Hennepin County needs your enthusiasm, your time and your willingness to make a difference.

Working together, individuals, families, and businesses can make a positive impact in our community and share the experience of a lifetime.

Imagine the possibilities that volunteering brings!

Find an opportunity that works for you

  • Find something that matches your interests
  • Choose a short or long-term opportunity
  • Choose a location that’s convenient — close to home or to work
  • Pick the day and time that suits you — a few hours a week to a few hours a month
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Adult probation

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

Kind of work volunteers do

  • Monitor adult probation clients' compliance with court-issued conditions of probation.
  • Help probation clients make positive life changes through mentoring and role modeling.
  • Tutor probation clients in high school math, reading, and writing.
  • Help probation clients prepare for employment.

Locations

  • Minneapolis (downtown, north, northeast)
  • Western suburbs

Opportunities for

  • 20 years of age and older

Types of opportunities

  • One year commitment

Shifts available

  • Regular business hours Monday through Friday
  • Four to eight hours per week

Application process for becoming a volunteer

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff members.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session.

Adult Corrections Facility

Kinds of work volunteers do

Adult Corrections Facility volunteers work with male and female facility residents in a variety of areas, including:

  • Tutoring and education classroom support
  • Alcoholics Anonymous and support group facilitation
  • Job seeking support
  • Clerical operational support

We also run the Parkers Lake Golf Center on our campus, and utilize volunteers for customer service at the golf center.

Our bible study/worship/spiritual counseling volunteer opportunities are currently at capacity.

Location

Adult Corrections Facility
1145 Shenandoah Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
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Opportunities for

  • 19 years of age and older

Types of opportunities

  • Ongoing volunteering opportunities

Shifts available

Days and limited evenings (no weekends, except at the Parker's Lake Golf Center)

Application process for becoming a volunteer

  • View current openings (PDF).
  • Complete an online volunteer application.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff members.
  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session.

Special Information

  • Volunteers must provide their own transportation.
  • The facility's visitor parking lots are free.
  • Metro Transit bus routes 771 and 776 stop within one mile of the facility.

County Home School

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

Kind of work volunteers do

  • Help monitor juvenile offenders to ensure that safety for residents, volunteers, and employees is continuously maintained.
  • Partner with staff to develop and lead sports activities for County Home School residents (weight training, soccer, etc.)
  • Help plan and participate in special projects, initiatives, and events.
  • Participate in leisure activities in County Home School cottages to model pro-social relationships with juveniles.
  • Provide rides for parents who do not have reliable transportation.
  • Assist with vocational initiatives.

Location

Hennepin County Home School
14300 County Road 62
Minnetonka, MN 55435
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Opportunities for

  • 21 years of age and older

Types of opportunities

  • Ongoing volunteering for a minimum of 250 hours per year

Shifts available

  • Evening and weekend hours
  • Limited daytime hours (data entry)
  • Volunteer a minimum of two partial days per week

Application process for becoming a volunteer

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend mandatory volunteer orientation session.

Special information

  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth¬†
  • Work with a diverse client population
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • Free visitor parking is available.
  • The facility is on Metro Transit bus route 664.

Juvenile Detention Center

Kind of work volunteers do

  • Welcome parents and visitors to the facility.
  • Plan and participate in special projects, initiatives, and events.
  • Partner with staff to develop new programming in the facility's living units.
  • Develop and implement leisure activities for juveniles (art, drawing, music, yoga, etc.)
  • Collaborate with juvenile correctional staff to monitor residents in living units.
  • Assist the Court Outreach Worker with locating youth for court.

Location

Juvenile Detention Center
510 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Opportunities for

21 years of age and older

Types of opportunities

Ongoing volunteering for a minimum of 250 hours per year

Shifts available

  • Evenings and weekends
  • Limited daytime hours (greeter, clerical support)
  • Volunteering a minimum of two partial days per week

Application process for becoming a volunteer

  • View current openings (PDF).
  • Fill out an online volunteer application.
  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend mandatory volunteer orientation session.

Special information

  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth 
  • Work with a diverse client population
  • Excellent training opportunities
  • The facility is located on Metro Transit Light Rail and bus routes.

Family Court Services

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

Kind of work volunteers do

Volunteers in Family Court Services work closely with family court counselors to help:

  • Provide couples with information about divorce procedures
  • Offer resources to couples going through divorce
  • Advocate for children's needs
  • Monitor compliance with court conditions

Location

Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Opportunities for

  • 20 years of age and older

Types of opportunities

  • One year commitment
  • Minimum of 4 hours per shift

Application process for becoming a volunteer

  • View current openings (PDF).
  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend mandatory volunteer orientation session.

Mentors for Success

Visit the Mentors for Success program on facebook.

Kind of work volunteers do

Mentors

  • Provide consistent social and academic support
  • Build a strong one-to-one relationship with a youth on probation

Team mentors

  • Serve as a group of individuals already involved in an organization that are interested in working with our youth.
  • Provide workshops, technical training or activities for our probationers in the program.

Locations

  • Varies depending on mentee assignment: Minneapolis (downtown, north and south), Brooklyn Center offices, and other community locations as assigned

Opportunities for

  • 20 years of age and older

Shifts available

Mentors

  • Weekly meetings M-F after school hours for at least one year
  • Attend one event a month on a Saturday with their mentee

Team mentors

  • Host activities and workshops on Saturday during the day

Application process for becoming a volunteer

  • View current openings (PDF).
  • Fill out an online volunteer application.
  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff members.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session.
  • Attend mandatory safety training and mentor training.

Juveniles on probation

Kind of work volunteers do

  • Assist probation staff with monitoring or supervising youth on their caseload to ensure that court orders are being followed.
  • Assist with clerical and administrative tasks.
  • Investigate low level offenses and advise victims of their rights.
  • Assist with special projects, initiatives, and new community-based programming options.
  • Serve as a positive role model.

Locations

  • Minneapolis (downtown, north, south)
  • Brooklyn Center offices
  • Other community locations as assigned

Opportunities for

  • 20 years of age and older

Types of opportunities

  • Ongoing volunteering for a minimum of 200 hours per year

Shifts available

  • Regular business hours
  • Some weekend/evening hours (primarily coaching/mentoring once per week)
  • Volunteer a minimum of two partial days per week

Application process for becoming a volunteer

  • View current openings (PDF).
  • Fill out an online volunteer application.
  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff members.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session.

Special information

  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth 
  • Work with a diverse client population
  • Excellent training opportunities

Sentencing to Service

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

Kind of work volunteers do

Hennepin County Sentencing to Service (STS) is a structured work program that provides a sentencing alternative for low-risk adult and juvenile offenders.

Volunteers help STS crew leaders supervise work crews of up to 11 offenders to ensure quality of work and on-the-job safety. STS service projects include:

  • Painting
  • Landscaping and lawn care
  • Public park and trail maintenance
  • Playground equipment assembly
  • Graffiti and litter removal
  • Tree planting, pruning and trimming
  • Firewood production
  • Removal of buckthorn and other non-native invasive species
  • Janitorial services
  • Sandbagging and storm debris cleanup
  • Special event setup and teardown
  • Ice arena maintenance
  • Snow removal

Location

STS work crews operate throughout Hennepin County.

Sentencing to Service Headquarters
3000 2nd Street North
Minneapolis, MN 55
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Opportunities for

  • 21 years of age and older
  • Must be able to work eight hour shifts on labor-intensive projects in all weather conditions and operate equipment like lawn mowers, weed whips, and leaf blowers.

Shifts available

The program operates seven days and four evenings per week, providing more than 100 opportunities weekly for offenders to complete their community service obligation.

Application process for becoming a volunteer

Not accepting volunteer applications at this time.

  • Successfully pass a reference check.
  • Participate in an exploratory interview.
  • Interview with prospective supervisory staff members.
  • Successfully pass a fingerprinting background check.
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session.
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