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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Volunteer openings

Diversion engagement leader

Overview

Volunteer responsibilities include increasing client and family understanding of the Hennepin County Attorney Office's diversion program to clients and families; encouraging participation and successful completion of diversion programs; providing youth and family with assistance in completing diversion programs; and helping the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Headway staff maintain accurate and timely information regarding youth and their family.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 hours a week with a six-month minimum commitment.

Requirements

Volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check; be able to be contacted by phone and email; be supportive and understanding of youth and families under duress; have outstanding listening skills; and be comfortable working with diverse families/communities. An ability to speak a second language is highly desirable.

Location

Based out of the Health Services Building in downtown Minneapolis.

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Interested in this position? Apply to be a Diversion engagement leader!

Client services assistant

Overview

Greet clients before or after intake. Provide a brief introduction to the Client and Community Restoration (CCR) program and clients’ court-ordered Sentencing to Service (STS) expectations. Assist clients with registering and scheduling their STS days using a self-service online scheduling application.

Six plus hours a week for a minimum of six months. Shifts available Monday through Friday during traditional work hours.

Requirements

Must be client-centered, able to communicate clearly with patience, and be comfortable and respectful working with diverse client populations. Must pass a criminal background check. Familiarity with online scheduler applications a plus, as is knowledge of a second language.

Location

Worksite is both at the Client and Community Restoration office in northeast Minneapolis, as well as the Hennepin County Government Center Court locations. Transportation between sites is provided.

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Interested in this position? Apply to be a client services assistant!

Gentle yoga instructor

Overview

Lead a Friday morning 9 a.m. session of gentle or adapted yoga at the Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth, Minnesota. Must be able to help a small fitness group with members at varying levels.

This medium-level facility is for women with sentences of one year or less.

As a yoga instructor, you will be responsible for providing high-quality, engaging yoga and fitness classes that are approachable. You must have a passion for fitness and a strong desire to share this excitement with students of all levels.

Requirements

Our program is looking for yoga instructors who are passionate about helping students learn yoga and who love to lead students through exercises that help improve well-being. We are looking for yoga instructors who have Yoga teaching experience and can take students through cohesive yoga sequences, choose appropriate music, effectively correct form. Must have training/education/experience with yoga instructor credentials. Volunteer vetting steps include a fingerprint-based background check.

Preferred qualifications include one plus year of yoga teaching experience and being age 19 or older. The shift is Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with a commitment level of once per month, every other week or weekly.

Location

Adult Corrections Facility – Women’s Section
1345 Shenandoah Lane N., Plymouth, MN 55447 (map it)

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Interested in this position? Apply to be a gentle yoga instructor!

Native American sweat lodge and spirituality facilitator

Overview

You will assist the Adult Corrections Facility Chaplain in determining resident participation in Native American spirituality offerings; prepare for and conduct seasonal outdoor sweat lodge ceremonies and indoor spirituality sessions for ACF residents; escort resident fire keepers; manage the welfare of residents participating in outdoor ceremonies; extinguish the ceremonial fire; and properly store equipment. Volunteers in this role will work in partnership with ACF staff to maintain safety and security in outdoor settings.

Requirements

Facilitators must be a part of the Native American community and have previous experience leading Native American spirituality functions for the community. Volunteer vetting steps include a finger-print based background check. Shifts available are Saturday or Sunday afternoons, one to two times a month.

Location

Adult Corrections Facility
1145 Shenandoah Lane N., Plymouth, MN 55447 (map it)

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Interested in this position? Apply to be a Native American sweat lodge and spirituality facilitator!

Juvenile mentor

Overview

Mentors for Success (MFS) seeks committed volunteers who can be a positive role model and support their mentee in achieving academic success. Mentors meet with their mentees for a minimum of one to two hours a week for a period of one year. Mentors are also required to write monthly progress reports of their meetings with their mentee and must attend monthly group activities with MFS and other matches.

Requirements

Mentors must be at least 20 years of age and pass a background check. All applicants must have reliable transportation with a valid driver’s license and car insurance.

Location

Meetings take place throughout the mentees community or locations the mentor chooses.

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Interested in this position? Apply to be a juvenile mentor!

Volunteer with adults in corrections

Kind of work volunteers do

Volunteers contribute to services that help offenders make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers fulfill a lot of roles including leading groups, tutoring clients, and acting as a mentor or role model. Volunteers can also get hands on experience in probation, crew leader and administrative roles.

Locations

DOCCR works with adults through Hennepin County with the majority of our opportunities located near the Metro Transit Light Rail and bus routes.

Opportunities for

  • 21 years of age and older (some opportunities are available for 19- and 20-year-olds)

Types of opportunities

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

Shifts available

  • Shifts vary depending on assignment.

Application process for becoming a volunteer

Special Information

  • Parking is free or will be reimbursed.
  • Training opportunities are available for professional and personal growth.
  • You will work with a diverse client and staff population.

Volunteer with juveniles in corrections

What will I do as a volunteer?

Volunteers contribute to services that help offenders make positive changes in their lives. Volunteers fulfill a lot of roles including leading activities and acting as a mentor or role model. Volunteers can get hands on experience in probation, correctional officer, crew leader and administrative roles. Our volunteers fulfill a lot of roles including leading activities and acting as a mentor or role model. 

Details

  • DOCCR works with juveniles through Hennepin County with the majority of our opportunities located near the Metro Transit Light Rail and bus routes.
  • 21 years of age and older (some opportunities are available for 20-year-olds)
  • Most volunteer opportunities offer on-going work, with shorter term and project based positions also available.
  • Shifts vary depending on assignment.

Application process for becoming a volunteer

  • 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. For more information about this process see the volunteer background check (PDF)
  • Complete all required orientations and trainings

Special information

  • Work with a diverse client and staff population.
  • Training opportunities are available for professional and personal growth.
  • Parking is free or will be reimbursed.
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