Volunteer with human services and health

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, including targeted volunteer opportunities and donation programs serving children, youth, adults, low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities.
  • 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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Human services

Kind of work volunteers do

  • Work one-to-one with people with special needs and/or disabilities
  • Drive people to medical or other appointments
  • Mentor youth or adults
  • Greet visitors and county clients to various county offices
  • Provide office help
  • Help adults complete required paperwork


Volunteer opportunities exist in all parts of Hennepin County. View current openings (PDF) for details.

Opportunities for

  • Adults age 18 and up

Types of opportunities

Most volunteer opportunities offer on-going work, with shorter term and project based positions also available.

Shifts available

Typically within the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. window, with one-to-one opportunities available as established with the individual.

Application process for becoming a volunteer


Volunteer and Community Partnership Program

Special information

  • Volunteering gives you strong opportunities for personal growth and engagement with your community
  • Volunteering helps you keep and use your professional skills
  • Work with a diverse population
  • Many different locations allows you to volunteer near your home or work

Medical Reserve Corps

Kind of work volunteers do

  • Assist vaccinating Hennepin County residents
  • Support epidemiological case contact investigation
  • Emergency response team leader
  • Crowd control at large public health emergency responses
  • Provide Psychological First Aid to citizens


  • Throughout Hennepin County

Opportunities for

  • Ages 18 years and older

Types of opportunities

  • Emergency response
  • Public health

Shifts Available

  • Response based

Application process for becoming a volunteer

Complete the online application. It will speed the process if you have the following information with you before starting:

  • Your driver’s license or state identification card, and
  • Your professional license, certification or registration number and expiration date

After completing an online orientation, you will be invited to attend an initial training course.


Additional information

  • Health background not required

Donation programs

Giving Partners holiday program

Spread holiday cheer to people in need by donating to low-income families, children, youth, seniors, disabled adults, and veterans. You'll make a positive difference in their lives during a time of year that can be very difficult.

Donate as a family or group of neighbors, friends and employees to increase your impact.

How to participate

  • Donate a gift card. Mail it to:
    Hennepin County
    Volunteer and Community Partnership Program
    1800 Chicago Avenue South, MC 612
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Donate to specific people in the program. Email: GivingPartnersHolidayProgram@hennepin.us and we will send you a person or family's brief bio and wish list.

 For more information, email GivingPartnersHolidayProgram@hennepin.us.

Backpack Challenge

Hennepin County's award winning school supplies drive! In 2014, 1,668 backpacks were given to kids. Thank you to the people who donated.

Special gift fund

Donate to a fund that will always give help and hope when and where it is needed most.

To make a donation, send a check made out to 'The Special Gift Fund' to:

The Special Gift fund
c/o Michael Miller
1800 Chicago Avenue South, MC 612
Minneapolis, MN 55404

100 percent of all donations received go directly to our clients. There are no administrative or other costs attached to or drawn from donated funds.

Additional information

Do you wish to pledge a donation or learn more about these charitable programs? Please contact us at:

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