Volunteer with human services and public health

Contribute a few hours each month to help your community or donate to people in need. Our focus is on helping clients and staff achieve better results. Find a volunteer or donation opportunity that works for you.

Expand all information

Volunteer opportunities and how to apply

Individual opportunities

Volunteer in Downtown Minneapolis at Health Services Building, 525 Portland Avenue South

Available opportunities

Forms assistance navigator volunteer

  • Volunteers will use their bi-lingual and customer service skills to contribute to a new program with the Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department to support Limited English Proficiency clients to fill out necessary forms.
  • Volunteers must be bi-lingual in Spanish, Oromo, and/or Somali.
  • Morning and afternoon shifts available Monday through Friday.

Customer service assistant

  • Greet and direct building visitors to service areas.
  • Give and collect surveys to the county's human services clients in the lobby, assist clients with filling out surveys and forms, and assist office staff with special projects as needed.
  • Morning and afternoon times available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Self-service room customer service assistant volunteer

  • Assist, support, and direct clients who are using the self-service room to complete online job searches, applications, print necessary paperwork, etc.
  • Training is provided.
  • Shifts are available Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteer in North Minneapolis at North Minneapolis Human Service Center, 1001 Plymouth Avenue North

Available opportunities

Self-service room customer service assistant volunteer

  • Assist, support, and direct clients who are using the self-service room to complete online job searches, applications, print necessary paperwork, etc.
  • Training is provided.
  • Various shifts available Monday through Friday preferably during the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Future opportunities

Customer service assistant

  • Greet and direct building visitors to service areas.
  • Give and collect surveys to the county's human services clients in the lobby.
  • Assist clients with filling out surveys.
  • Support office staff with special projects as needed.
  • Morning and afternoon times available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer in Brooklyn Center at the Northwest Family Service Center, 7051 Brooklyn Blvd

Available opportunities

Self-service room customer service computer assistant volunteer

  • Assist, support, and direct clients who are using the self-service room to complete online job searches, applications, print necessary paperwork, etc.
  • Training is provided.
  • Shifts are available Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Customer service assistant

  • Greet and direct building visitors to service areas.
  • Give and collect surveys to clients in the lobby
  • Assist office staff with special projects as needed

Future opportunities 

Forms assistance navigator volunteer

  • Volunteers will use their bi-lingual and customer service skills to contribute to a new program with the Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department to support Limited English Proficiency clients to fill out necessary forms.
  • Volunteers must be bi-lingual in Spanish and/or Hmong.
  • Morning and afternoon shifts available Monday through Friday.

Volunteer in Hopkins at West Suburban Human Service Center, 1011 First Street South

Future opportunities

Customer service assistant

  • Greet and direct building visitors to service areas.
  • Give and collect surveys to clients in the lobby
  • Assist office staff with special projects as needed
  • Morning and afternoon times available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer in South Minneapolis at South Minneapolis Human Service Center, 2215 East Lake Street

Available opportunities

Self-service room customer service assistant volunteer

  • Assist, support, and direct clients who are using the self-service room to complete online job searches, applications, print necessary paperwork, etc.
  • Training is provided.
  • Shifts are available Monday through Friday preferably between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Forms assistance navigator volunteer

  • Volunteers will use their bi-lingual and customer service skills to contribute to a new program with the Hennepin County Human Services & Public Health Department to support Limited English Proficiency clients to fill out necessary forms.
  • Volunteers must be bi-lingual in Spanish, Oromo, and/or Somali.
  • Morning and afternoon shifts available Monday through Friday.

Future opportunities 

Customer service assistant

  • Greet and direct building visitors to service areas.
  • Give and collect surveys to clients in the lobby
  • Assist office staff with special projects as needed

Volunteer in South Minneapolis at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th Street

Available opportunities

Computer resource specialist

  • Assist, support, and direct clients who are accessing the onsite Resource Room to complete online job searches and application.
  • Training is provided.
  • Ask for current available openings.

Volunteer in Minneapolis at 1800 Chicago Avenue

Future opportunities

Hair stylist

  • The Diversion and Recovery Team (DART) supports homeless adults with substance use disorders.
  • DART seeks an experienced and licensed individual or small team of hairstylists/barbers for 2-3 hours per month who can help participants feel better about themselves by helping them improve their appearance.

Office support team assistant

  • Assist the team in putting together PMAP and MnSho Managed Care packets for daily mailings.
  • Shifts available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer in Richfield at the Richfield Satellite, 6625 Lyndale Ave S., Suite 200

Future opportunities

Self-service room and team assistant

  • Support the Long Term Services and Supports team in making and maintaining packets
  • Assist clients while they are in the self-service room using the computers
  • Provide general administrative assistance as needed
  • Training is provided
  • Shifts are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities throughout the Metro Area

Available opportunities

Befriender volunteer

  • Volunteer to spend one on one time with a vulnerable client who is in need of companionship and friendship.
  • Work with client’s case worker and conservator to plan appropriate activities and/or outings that will enhance the client’s life.
  • Time commitment: approximately four to five hours each month for a minimum of one year

Volunteer driver

  • Provide rides for people to grocery shops, appointments and to improve their access to community resources.
  • Schedules and locations vary based on need.

Group opportunities

Looking for a group volunteer opportunity? We have opportunities throughout the year that you and your friends, family, coworkers, teammates, club members, etc. can do together to make a big difference for your community!

Anytime throughout the year

Organize a collection of small toiletry items to give to Hennepin County clients that are experiencing tough situations like homelessness. Your group can take it a step further by putting together the collected items into hygiene kits. Please contact us for further details.

Late Spring and Summer

Organize a drive to collect backpacks and school supplies for children in need throughout Hennepin County. Volunteer to help ensure that students in our community go to school equipped to do their best learning. Organize a group to collect backpacks and supplies and then fill up those backpacks together. Contact us for the updated needed supply list.

Fall and early Winter

Gather a group to help provide a brighter and happier holiday season for Hennepin County clients and families. After you let us know how many clients/families you’re able to sponsor, we’ll match you with the best fit. With the wish list in hand, you’ll get a better insight of the client(s) you’re sponsoring and be able to do the shopping and wrapping for that specific client(s). Contact us to get more information and get on the list to sponsor for the next holiday season.

Contact: hsph.vcpp.volunteer@hennepin.us or 612-348-9900.

Apply and follow process

Volunteers must be 18 years in age and older.

  1. Complete online volunteer application form (please indicate your volunteer position preference)
  2. Successfully complete an interview
  3. Successfully pass a reference and background check
  4. Complete all required orientations and training

Contact

Volunteer and Community Partnerships Program

Donation opportunities and programs

Backpack Challenge

The Backpack Challenge is the county’s award winning school supplies drive. Hennepin County staff and community partners have donated more than 100,000 backpacks to students in need since the program was launched. School-age children who have a Hennepin County case manager are eligible.

Fill a backpack and help prepare a student for school. Donations can be dropped off by appointment or arrangements can be made for pick-up by county staff. Financial contributions will be used to purchase supplies. Supplies and donations are needed year-round. For more information about how to donate, contact Shira Rabinowicz, Volunteer Coordinator at 612-348-2875 or by email at Shira.Rabinowicz@hennepin.us.

Mail donations to:

Volunteer & Community Partnerships Program
Hennepin County Backpack Challenge
Attn: Kim La Rosa, MC 658
300 S. 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

Giving Partners Holiday Program

Spread holiday cheer by donating to low-income families, children, youth, seniors, disabled adults, and veterans to make a positive difference in their lives. Donate as a family, group of neighbors, friends, and employees to increase your impact.

Mail gift cards, cash or checks to:

Volunteer & Community Partnerships Program
Giving Partners Holiday Program
Attn: Kim La Rosa, MC 658
300 S. 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

Or, sign up to sponsor specific clients in the program by emailing GivingPartnersHolidayProgram@hennepin.us. We will send you a person or family's brief bio and wish list.

For more information, email GivingPartnersHolidayProgram@hennepin.us.

Medical Reserve Corps

Kind of work volunteers do

Volunteers will help with emergency response and public health work such as:

  • assist vaccinating Hennepin County residents
  • support epidemiological case contact investigation
  • lead emergency response team
  • crowd control at large public health emergency responses
  • provide psychological first aid to residents

Shifts available are response based.

Apply and follow process

Volunteers must be 18 years in age and older.

  1. Complete online registration and application at Minnesota Responds Medica Reserve Corps.
  2. Complete online orientation
  3. Attend an initial training course

Your health background information is not required.

Contact

Collapse all information
Top