Project GO programs are community-driven outdoor programs that introduce children to nature during the afterschool and out-of-school hours. These programs are implemented by local communities using the GO Toolkit designed by Project Get Outdoors, Inc., a non-profit organization that created this program.
Project GO would not exist without the efforts of a vast volunteer network and dedicated interns. These individuals are critical to the ongoing success of the program.
There are a variety of local and statewide volunteer opportunities available to those who are interested in assisting. All volunteers over the age of 18 who will be working on an on-going basis with the children will be screened and trained.
Information on offices, permits, kids and family events, and endangered species. Equipment rentals include GPS for geocaching, backpacks with hiking and adventure tools, and binoculars.
The refuge offers some of the best opportunities to see and enjoy migration. Visitors from across the United States and several foreign countries come here hoping to see Bald Eagles, Tundra Swans and the large concentrations of waterfowl. Others enjoy fishing, hunting or tranquil backwater excursions. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.
Bluff Country Co-op is Winona’s community-owned, cooperatively run grocery store and kitchen. For more than 40 years they have served as leaders in sustainable food, supporting local and organic farmers and producers. Today their store continues to represent and promote food and environmental integrity, fair economic practices, and commitment to community. Stop in whenever you’re in the neighborhood!
Bluff Country Co-op also offers:
Food & Nutrition Information
Vitamins & Herbs
Cooking Classes & Demonstrations
Natural Personal Care Products
Fair Trade Products
- Essential Oils
Help Make the Mississippi River Cleaner – “Adopt a Spot” of the Rain Garden at Bluff Country Co-op.
Rain gardens can have a big impact on the health of our rivers. Help make the Mississippi River cleaner by taking care of the rain garden behind Bluff Country Co-op that was created in partnership with Bluff Country Co-op, the City of Winona and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency!
The rain garden is divided into small, manageable plots. Volunteers can adopt a section and keep it free of weeds and trash. Everyone can help no matter your gardening knowledge! You will be introduced to the plants growing in your section and be taught to identify common weeds.
The requirements for this opportunity are a 1 hour/month time commitment and the ability to be outside bending and kneeling. You choose the time and day that you volunteer.
To “Adopt a Spot,” or if you have questions, please contact Caitlin Nicholson at email@example.com
About the rain garden:
In the summer of 2016 the City of Winona and Bluff Country Co-op partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to create a rain garden in parking lot #12 to minimize harmful runoff flowing into our river and add green space to our downtown. As the rain garden continues to grow and mature, it needs a little care to help it flourish.
“Semcac assists people to achieve or maintain independence and self-reliance through their own and community resources.”
The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Services include clinic, emergency assistance, energy assistance, Headstart, housing assistance, transportation assistance, and senior services.
Click here to learn about volunteering.
The Age Well at Home Program, supported by Catholic Charities of southern Minnesota, is looking for volunteers to support a variety of requests. Anyone interested in learning more about the Age Well at Home program services and/or volunteer opportunities may call Bernie Merchlewitz at 507.454-2270, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Frozen River Film Festival offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world.
The Frozen River Film Festival seeks to:
Educate audiences by offering documentary films and discussions on issues of local, regional and world importance.
Offer diverse points-of-view through the sharing of personal encounters dealing with world issues and nature.
Provide opportunities for debate, discussion and discourse on a variety of topics important to our community.
Encourage action on the part of each festival participant.
Promote cross-cultural dialogue as discovered and documented by innovative film-makers from around the world.
Foster action on current issues through collaboration and coalition-building with other grassroots organizations.
Volunteers are needed for various shifts during the festival, and throughout the year at various events. Learn more here.
Mid West Music Fest was a first-of-its-kind event in the area that brought together more than 70 bands and musical acts at various venues around the community to raise funds for local non-profit organizations. This is a volunteer-driven festival.
The Minnesota Beethoven Festival depends on volunteers to help staff concerts including box office staff and ushers. Volunteers receive reserved seating for the concerts with which they help.
Click here to learn more about volunteering.
MMAM is an inspiring, meaningful, and exciting experience. The MMAM exhibits 10 or more historical or contemporary exhibitions, and hosts educational experiences for thousands of people each year. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are inspired by one of the highest quality collections of art in the country. The Museum’s initial collections focused on traditional marine or maritime art, however, through a collection on long-term loan, today the MMAM is home to a large variety of the greatest European and American masters.
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum engages visitors in meaningful art experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the historic and ongoing human relationship with water. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is always looking for volunteers. Your contribution, dedication, and commitment are vital to the museum’s growth. Each volunteer opportunity, although different, contributes an important part to the organization as a whole.
Your gift of time can be as powerful as magic. Click here to learn about volunteering with MMAM.
The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional Equity theatre company in Winona, MN, dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theatre training.
Help involve people of all ages and backgrounds in conversation relevant to their lives, community, and world, by volunteering with this incredible event. The Friends of Will are volunteers who support the work of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. All Friends of Will are ambassadors and GRSF representatives to the community and theater patrons. Click here to learn more about volunteering for GRSF.
The goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be Southeastern Minnesota’s premier performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect, where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theatre and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.
Each year, over 23,000 people attend events at Saint Mary’s Performance Center. Volunteers play a critical role
in helping bring performing arts and educational events to the Winona community!
Hand out programs, take tickets, and assist patrons. When you usher for an event, you attend for free! Events that require ushers occur between September and April. Ushering availability can be found online at http://www.pagetheatre.org by clicking on “About Us” and then “Get Involved”. Must be capable of standing for longer periods of time and be able to navigate stairs easily.
Put up posters or drop off materials at locations around town—this can even be done while running errands! Must possess valid driver’s license and be able to walk for a longer period of time.
From time to time, we can use help with projects such as stuffing and stapling event programs, organizing files, and
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Performance Center Box Office.
The Winona Arts Center is a creative network committed to increasing community awareness of the arts by featuring the work of local and regional artists, providing an intimate and unique environment for performances and exhibits and encouraging public participation by providing studio space, classes and workshops for children and adults. The Winona Arts Center and local artists often collaborate to offer classes and workshops for the community.
The WAC would like to do so much more for this community. To do so they need more volunteers. If you are interested in working in the gallery, or participating on a committee, complete the volunteer form.
The Winona County Historical Society is in the southeast corner of Minnesota. Operating three museums and offer a wide variety of exhibits, programs, workshops and events. Many researchers of all levels find The Laird Lucas Library and Archives, housed in the Winona County History Center, a valuable resource.
Visitor Services/Gift Shop:
Looking for outgoing people who can multi-task to work at the front desk. You will be responsible for answering the phone, directing visitors, ticket and shop sales, and admissions. Minimum requirement of 3 four-hour shifts each month. Those interested in applying can stop in and fill out an application at the History Center.
Based on the Gospel and Chapter 36 of the Rule of St. Benedict, their Mission and Values direct their compassionate care. Hospitality, Stewardship, Respect and Justice, our Benedictine Core Values, guide this facility every day as they deliver senior housing and senior care.
Adult Day Services
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Saint Anne, Callista Court, and the Benedictine Adult Day Center. They are in need of Bingo Callers, Mail Sorters, Water Passers, Newspaper Readers, Meal Escorts, Beauty Shop Escorts, Happy Hour Servers, Wellness Helping Hands, Chapel Volunteers and Manicurists. For more information about volunteering, fill out the “Connect With Us” form or contact the Director of Recreation and Volunteers at 507-205-6227.
The Elder Network empowers older adults to adjust to life’s transitions; to live life as fully, safely, and independently as possible in their chosen environment. Elder Network provides services to adults age “55 and better” in Olmsted, Winona and Wabasha Counties.
In Winona County they offer:
- peer support services to older adults who are facing challenges in their lives such as isolation, grief, loneliness, major health changes or retirement
- direct respite services to give caregivers a break from care giving, offer educational materials, and assistance on developing plans to decrease stress
- a monthly caregiver support group as well as educational events that are free and open to the public
- Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health. REACH is a proven approach used by trained caregiver consultants to support family members and others who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia
There are a growing number of older adults in our community who need some type of assistance each day for an indefinite period of time. Often, this means piecing together assistance from all parts of the support system; formal and informal, and still having some needs unfulfilled.
Your talents can help many people within our community. Volunteering can be very rewarding! Helping others has endless possibilities. Meeting new people and helping them cope with life can be a life changing experience.
Training provided and criminal background check required for all volunteer opportunities.
Sauer Health Care strives to enhance the quality of life for all of its residents through personalized care and attention. For over 40 years, SHC has been a part of the community by providing skilled nursing care, respite care, therapy services and hospice services.
Volunteers are needed on a daily basis and are greatly appreciated. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contact Sauer Health Care to see in what ways you can help. There are several different ways to volunteer. Click here to learn more.
The program provides an opportunity for volunteers age 55 and older to assist elderly people in the community with daily tasks such as transportation to medical appointments or household errands.
Let’s Go Fishing provides people ages 55 years and older with free fishing and boating excursions. This program returns a sense of freedom to the lives of guests, provides a safe opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and offers time to socialize with peers and meet new friends.
Volunteers are invaluable resources to Let’s Go Fishing of MN. If you are 24 years of age or older, you may volunteer and assist with Let’s Go Fishing. Or, if you are part of the grand-kid program from 12 to 16 years of age, you may assist the adult volunteers of the program.
If you have the knowledge to operate a pontoon, you can be part of a two-person team who can take seniors on outings. There will always be a minimum of 2 adult volunteers on each pontoon – one to captain the watercraft, the other to assist. If you have the heart and desire to help the seniors and would rather not be on the water, you can help by volunteering at fish-fry’s, parades or other functions or fundraising events.
Click here to get started as a volunteer.
- Youth can act as a “mate” on boat
- Prepare boat for launch from dock, untie boat for launch, tie up boat after docking
- Close up boat following trip
- Assist participants with donning and removal of life vests
- Help fill out trip paperwork
- Distribute Lake View Drive in coupon and Donations envelopes to participants
- Distribute water to participants and crew as desired
- Help with sightseeing, point out landmarks and other things if they’re knowledgeable
- Assist participants with fishing
- Help load and unload participant from boats
- Youth Program (go into schools youth groups, etc. and help teach kids about fishing)
Summer months only, starting in May. Morning, early and late afternoon boat trips, some weekends. Need parental waiver on all youth volunteers younger than 18.
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking who are seeking protection orders and other legal assistance, social services, health care or housing. WRC provides support groups for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and offer education about these topics for the school district, the local universities, and the private sector.
The WRC also engages in activism for more effective policies concerning violence against women and children, and to help the community talk about how to respond to and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
There are a number of ways that you can help support the mission as a volunteer. All volunteers are asked to complete a volunteer application form and go through a screening process.
24 hour crisis line (507) 452-4453
Family & Children’s Center is a regional, private, not-for-profit agency that provides a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being, including child abuse and neglect prevention, alternative schools, community-based counseling, residential options, community support programs, and several outreach programs.
- LEADERSHIP Alternative Education- services middle and high school students within 45 minutes of Winona
- Day Treatment (CTSS)- half day mental health service
- In-Home Counseling- counselors meet twice weekly with each family
- Matty’s Place- children’s advocacy center
- Outpatient Counseling- designed to help children and adults overcome social, emotional or mental challenges
- Tracking Program- check-in system of juveniles who are currently on supervision with Winona County Department of Corrections
- Treatment Foster Care- Enhanced Foster Care, Treatment Foster Care, and Exceptional Treatment Foster Care
- Youth Night Campus- includes three hours of group therapy per day, individual therapy if needed, academic support and independent living skills training
You can become a part of the life changing work that FCC does. With your unique skills, abilities, and experience you can help make a difference in your community. The majority of opportunities are intermittent.
You must be at least 21 years of age and pass a criminal background check to volunteer at the Family & Children’s Center due to state licensing regulations. They do not allow volunteers in need of court-ordered community service hours.
Click here to learn more about volunteering.