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
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 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.
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
Birthright is a volunteer-staffed crisis pregnancy center offering free and confidential support including pregnancy testing and practical help. Birthright volunteers staff the office 6 days per week and provide non-judgmental acceptance of anyone distressed about a pregnancy. Birthright volunteers listen to the concerns of their clients and connect them with the appropriate community resources for assistance, including free pregnancy tests.
- Free pregnancy testing
- Completely confidential help
- Non-judgmental and caring advice
- Friendship and emotional support
- Legal, medical, and educational referrals
- Prenatal information
- Maternity and baby clothes
- Housing referrals
- Social agency referrals
- Information on other community services
- Adoption information
Crisis Pregnancy Center Volunteer:
Birthright volunteers listen to the concerns of their clients, provide free pregnancy tests and other practical support, and connect clients with the community resources they may need. Birthright volunteers provide a friendly, non-judgmental listening ear for people who are worried about a stressful situation.
Requirements: Birthright volunteers will be provided with initial and on-going training and support by a robust local and international organization.
“At Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center, we strive to bring exceptional behavioral health support to the communities we serve.”
- Outpatient Counseling
- Substance Abuse
- Community Based Services
- Residential Services
- Peer Support Network
- Outpatient Counseling
- Substance Abuse
- Supporting Community Youth
- Early Childhood Services
The Winona Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) provides support to individuals 18 years and up with developmental disabilities. They provide employment in-center and in the community. They also have life skills, recreational, and community orientation programs.
Project FINE provides foreign language interpreters and translators as well as opportunities for education, information, referral, and empowerment for immigrants and refugees. Their mission is to strengthen and enrich the community by facilitating the integration of people who are ethnically diverse. They provide culturally and linguistically appropriate educational programming and connect newcomers with existing services.
Project FINE helps build contributing individuals, healthy families and a stronger, respectful community for all of us. Through the educational programs and services at Project FINE, newcomers are learning about the U.S. banking system, purchasing their own homes and becoming American citizens. Project FINE provides information and resources, and helps to keep the hopes and dreams of newcomers alive. In turn, the local economy is enhanced, lives are enriched, and the American Dream continues.
Project FINE is always seeking volunteers to assist with programs and provide general organizational support. Click here to get involved.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
- Support for our educational programs including help with setup, taking photos and other duties
- Assist with watching the children of individuals attending the session if they accompany their parents
- By special request, youth who are interested in Language Services can volunteer to shadow interpreters
- Under 18 may be prohibited from certain duties, such as childcare
All applicants must submit to a background check and attend a training session.
Events are typically held Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings 5-8pm, locations vary.
Winona ORC is the community leader in providing job opportunities for people with disabilities, helping them realize their potential. Winona ORC provides job related services to people with barriers to employment in Southeast Minnesota.
It is our mission to provide community based employment, vocational training and comprehensive job related skills and services to people with special needs. We will design programs to work harmoniously with other community resources to maximize opportunities to our clients and our community.
We envision a world where all people are uplifted by working. Through pride, dignity, continuous learning and respect for all, we build a healthier community.
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.
For People Living with a Mental Illness
This peer-based, mixed diagnosis, mutual support group is for people living with mental illnesses. Groups meet on a weekly basis for 90 minutes. Facilitators must self-identify as living with a mental illness, have good interpersonal communication skills, and be living well in recovery.
For Family Members and Friends
Family Support Groups
These peer-based, mutual support groups are for family and friends who have a loved one living with a mental illness, regardless of diagnosis. Groups meet for 90 minutes on a bimonthly basis, though some groups elect to meet more frequently. Facilitators should have good interpersonal skills, and be a close family and/or friend of someone living with mental illness.
NAMI is looking for dependable and compassionate individuals to help facilitate peer-led support groups. All of NAMI Minnesota’s support groups are run by trained volunteers, and are peer-to-peer support groups, not therapy groups. The role of a facilitator is one of managing group dynamics and guiding participants. Facilitators are asked to donate 2-3 hours on a weekly or bi-monthly commitment, for a full year or more. NAMI support groups are facilitated in teams in order to prevent volunteers from being overwhelmed and ensure people are able to take time off for scheduling conflicts, vacation, or illness. Candidates can elect to join existing support groups or create new groups in their local community.
Grace Place is a Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to provide Christian guidance, support, and encouragement for families experiencing brokenness and change. To support this, they happily accept donations of gently used items that they sell in their thrift stores. The profit from the stores allows them to provide the guidance, support, and encouragement to all those who need it.
Grace Place offers a variety of group opportunities to support families and provide a safe space for learning and growth.
- Morning Music
- Evening Song
- Godly Play
- Gospel Hour
- Breaking Bread Community Meal
If you are looking for an opportunity to grow your skills and experiences, you are invited to become a part of the Grace Place family. Grace Place would not be successful without people like you! Grace Place offers a variety of opportunities for those in the community who wish to become involved in helping single mothers and families.
Click here to learn more about volunteering.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities:
- Help in the thrift shop with sorting and organizing
- Morning Family Music session assistance
- Basement organization and holiday material
- Set up holiday decoration
- Fundraising events, painting and music groups
All volunteers will be paired with an older volunteer.
Winona Area Mountain Bikers aim to educate, promote and grow the sport of mountain biking through advocacy, youth and community involvement, and environmentally conscious decisions. We encourage cooperation between all silent outdoor recreation user groups to ultimately influence the mental, physical, and economic well being of Winona through an active lifestyle.
Central Lutheran Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This congregation includes a child care center that serves the community with full-time care for infants through school age children. They also provide a community meal on Wednesday nights as well as worship and learning opportunities throughout the week.
The Feast is a Wednesday community meal, which is served from 4:45-6 pm. They serve around 250 people each Wednesday night. The meal is open to all in the community, and the cost is “pay as you can”. A wide variety of people come to The Feast. Those who serve at The Feast enjoy being with a truly diverse crowd of people and getting to know those who serve as well as the guests. New volunteers are paired with experienced volunteers on teams, and cooking happens on a flexible schedule between Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a meal that makes a difference – one guest said, “This is the only time I get to eat with other people. It’s the best part of my week.” Volunteers will delight in seeing college students, senior citizens, parents and children gathered at a table and sharing conversation as they share a meal, knowing that this is a sign of a healthy community.
Food safety training is offered regularly, and all volunteers who handle food are asked to take the training once in their first three months.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winona (UUFW) is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association of North America and is an ethical and liberal religious community dedicated to promoting the ongoing search for truth and to affirming the inherent worth of the individual.
Visit Winona promotes Winona as a year-round travel destination. Visit Winona helps people discover the historic island city of Winona by providing information on events, visiting, things to do, and food and dining in the Winona community.
Fundamental goals of this organization are to provide quality services that maximize the independence of those they serve, to support individuals as they live happy and productive lives close to family and friends, and to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities within the local community.
It is the mission of Home and Community Options, Inc., to provide support and residential services to people with developmental disabilities in order to enable individuals to live as full members of their communities.
Volunteers with the following skills are needed to help build and paint set pieces for a musical fundraiser late March 2019: basic carpentry/construction, basic painting, artistic painting.
Contact Mike Johnson about this volunteer need at (507) 429-0988 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is eligible for Meals on Wheels?
Anyone age 60 and over and who is confined to their home or unable to prepare a balanced meal. Spouses are automatically included regardless of age. The service, facility and benefits of this program are for the use of all older people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Is there a charge for the meal?
Recipients are given the opportunity to donate toward the cost of the meal. Donation letters are mailed out each month for the previous months’ meals. No one is denied a meal because of inability to contribute. Food Stamp EBT cards are welcome.