While programs and services have evolved throughout history to remain relevant to the Winona community, the foundation and mission have been steadfast.
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
To connect and engage people to enhance lives and build community.
Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility
For Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
For Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being
For Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors
A FREE drop-in recreation center. All are invited to come and play. Free access to a gym, table tennis, pool tables, skate park, and preschool open gym with toys.
Mission – to support Quality of Life for older adults in the Winona area.
- education and cultural classes
- physical activities
- computer room and classes
- organized trips
- senior advocates available to help with referrals
- Active Wellness Center
- kitchen/reading room
- gift shop
- health fairs
- Medicare classes
- periodic massages
- social activities such as poker, card games and billiards
The Winona Friendship Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities. The Center is selected as a Retired Senior Volunteer Station and many volunteers are needed to perform light clerical duties, assist in collaborative programs, work in subcommittees, help with special events and recreational programs. If you would like to help out with any of these opportunities, please email Malia at email@example.com.
Friendships Forever is a current volunteer need. Volunteers will go into the homes of older adults who can not physically make it to the Friendship Center. The volunteer will then Skype with the Center, using one of the Center’s iPads, so the older adult is able to participate in Friendship Center programs from the comfort of their own home. Looking for approximately one hour per week. Call 507-454-5212 for more information.
“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.
Boats and Bluegrass is a family friendly festival held on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota. They pride themselves on providing a fun, safe, and friendly festival environment. If you are looking for a laid-back festival with none of the large-fest hassles, this is your place. With camping just 50 yards from the festival grounds, it does not get any easier. So come check it out!
Festival is held in late September at Prairie Island in Winona.
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.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts exists to provide quality arts education and performance by nurturing and encouraging artistic expression in children and adults. Their service to the community ranges from recreational to pre-professional dance and performing arts curriculum and programming designed to provide physical and aesthetic benefits, heightened self-respect, discipline, and confidence.
- Visual Art
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.
Committed to the development and production of high-quality programs in the performing arts, particularly those that address important contemporary or historical issues. It is their aim to integrate artistic excellence and originality with a sense of community in the Winona area and beyond.
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 Art & Design Department holds six professional exhibitions featuring contemporary artists, a juried student exhibition and several Capstone exhibitions each year. The Watkins Gallery is named for Paul Watkins, who donated part of his private collection to the university.
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.
A group of Winona area professionals between the ages of 21-39 engaging in networking, developing personal and professional growth and getting involved with the community.
Chamber Young Professionals goals/objectives:
~ Provide FUN networking and social opportunities for young professionals
~ Help YP Club members get CONNECTED to the community
~ Offer tools for PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL development
In an ever changing world young professionals are striving for personal and professional development. If YOU are looking for a great way to network, the Young Professionals of Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is the place for you!
If you want to learn more about the Chamber YP stop at the next social gathering, they are informal networking opportunities.
Social gatherings occur every 4th Thursday of each month from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Location: TBA.
Elks Clubs invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.
The VFW is a service group with a vision of ensuring that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. The VFW strives to do good things for deserving people; particularly veterans, their families, and their communities.
Visit the website to see if you are eligible to join.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization.
Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children’s fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.
F.O.E. donates more than $100 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants.
Members are recruited by other members and must be sponsored by two members before the membership process begins.