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

Locations

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

Contact

Volunteer and Community Partnership Program

  • Send an email
  • Phone: 612-348-9900
  • FAX: 612-348-8338
  • TDD: 612-348-4011

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

Locations

  • 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.

Contact

Additional information

  • Health background not required

Donation programs

Backpack Challenge

Hennepin County's award winning school supplies drive!

Giving Partners holiday program

Bringing holiday cheer to low-income families, children, youth, seniors, disabled adults, and veterans.

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 Ave S, 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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