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.
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.
With the continued support of generous volunteers and donors, the growth of Bundles of Love will continue until the ultimate goal is reached: that no family in Minnesota who needs clothing and bedding for their newborn, correctly sized clothing for premature infant, comfort items for their hospitalized infant, or bereavement items for a lost infant will be without these items. And stitched in to every item, will be a generous amount of caring and love which will tell these families that we are intertwined as one caring community of neighbors.
Volunteer work groups meet regularly to sew, knit, and crochet essential clothing, blankets, and other infant items for needy babies in the community. A variety of non-sewing tasks are also available at the work group meetings. The bundles (layettes) are given to Winona Health Hospital, Winona Public health, Project Fine, Se MN Rural resource Center and many other organizations. The organizations give them out to the babies.
Youth Volunteer Opportunities include:
- Sort material, cut and prep material which will be used
- Organize material, supplies, and donations
- Participate in knitting and sewing if interested
Meet once a month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:-8:30pm
Also meet the 3rd Friday of the month at Winona Friendship Center from 12-3pm.
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 front desk of the History Center is the heart of the organization. Volunteers will answer phone calls, direct visitors, handle admissions, ticket and gift shop sales. Generally, shifts are in 3-4 hour blocks, mostly during weekdays, with some weekend opportunities. The History Center is open weekdays 9am – 5pm, Saturdays 10am – 4pm and Sundays 12-4pm.
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.
The Winona Dakota Gathering, Homecoming & Powwow is an annual event for families of indigenous and local populations and around the region. It is held in Unity Park at the East end of Lake Winona in September.
Creating sustainable alliances among indigenous nations and the Winona community with a mutual understanding that we are all related.
– Sustaining a regionally valued organization and unique annual event.
– Continuing reconciliation among all our relatives which is publicly recognized and practiced through ongoing friendships, community partnerships, and mutually meaningful activities.
– Nurturing a community in which all relations gather together for generations to come.
Weekly – 20- 30 hrs
The Pickwick Mill Inc. (on National Registry of Historic Sites) is open May-Oct, Tues-Sun, noon – 5 p.m. Volunteer time can be flexible with a minimum of 5 hrs/day. You must be able to walk stairs and calculate change. Very unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Unique history experience to see the original equipment in the museum.
Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
Habitat for Humanity offers the following programming:
- Homeownership – Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry that builds housing financed by private donations and constructed with volunteer labor. Our purpose is to build homes with families and sell the houses at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford a home.
- A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) – Is a program that helps low income homeowners by offering exterior home improvements. This program is for homeowners earning 60 percent or less of the median income
- ReStore – Seeks to spread the mission of Habitat for Humanity by involving other community members by shopping, donating or volunteering at the ReStore.
Restore Volunteer Opportunities:
- Cleaning, sweeping
- Donation truck ride-along
- Unloading donations
- Sorting, scrapping
- Stocking shelves
- Parent/guardian consent and signature
- Minimum of 16 years of age
- Minimum of 18 years of age to operate power tools and use ladders
- Must clear background check absolutely no history of theft or sexual and physical violence
3-5pm Wednesday through Friday. 9am-4pm Saturdays. Prefer not to schedule anyone longer than 4 hours.
Click here to view the volunteer application form.
“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
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.
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.
The Peer Support Network is a drop in center, or a club house where adults with various mental illnesses can come to get support from peers, staff, and volunteers. The PSN is a unique and exciting place to play card games, shoot some pool, play on the Wii, partake in various art classes, and even cook! We offer a wide variety of activities and support groups for our clients. Our goal at PSN is to create an environment where clients can enjoy themselves and spend time with the people they care about.
Check the calendar under ‘Faculty’ tab on website for a list of hours when faculty members and volunteers are expected to be present at the Peer Support Network.
PSN provides a comfortable space for people experiencing mental health issues to socialize and support one another. It is a place that promotes recovery and growth. It provides a safe and inclusive environment where people can relax, make friends, and participate in groups in the evening or weekends, when clinical mental health services are typically unavailable. A Certified Peer Support Specialist is available on site to help coordinate services and activities.
Volunteers are valued participants in this program. The comfortable and informal setting is mentored by adult consumers who have had training in assisting participants as needed. Staff, community volunteers and college interns are an ongoing part of the PSN community. Advocates for people with mental illness and local legislators will make scheduled visits to talk with consumers about their issues and concerns. PSN is the place to go to engage with and learn from adults in our communities living with a mental illness.
The mission of the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum is to collect, exhibit, interpret and disseminate the heritage of the Kashubian Polish Culture.
Volunteers needed for a once monthly commitment. There is no age limitation. Physical needs would be walking, standing and minimal light bending. No lifting. Ongoing opportunities include tour guides, housekeeping, maintenance, typing, computer work.
Special events include:
- April – Dyngus Day(volunteer appreciation)
- May – May Crowning and Polish Constitution Day
- August – Dozynki(harvest festival)
- October – Smaczine Jablka(apple festival)
- December – Oplatek Sunday(a Polish Christmas tradition)
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.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
ReStore Donation Pick-up Truck Assistant – Ride along for pick-ups in the ReStore truck, and help keep our store full of amazing stuff!
Donation receiving- Help our amazing donors out by unloading donations in the Drive Thru and informing them where to go when we can’t take their items.
Donation processing- Sort, clean, and price new donations so they are ready for the sales floor.
Recycling/Scrapping – Disassemble unusable or broken items, and sort them into recycling or trash.
ReStore Cashier – Provide awesome customer service, and operate our register.
Customer Service – Organize the sales floor, help customers find their treasures, and make a great ReStore environment.
Janitor/Groundskeeper – Clean and tidy the store, wipe up spills, and check the grounds for trash.
Landscaping/Gardening – Mow the lawn, weed, or tend to our flower and vegetable gardens.
Office assistance – Assist in data collection and analysis, send out thank you cards, or help keep us organized!
Special Events/Fundraising – Help us plan, organize, solicit, and promote special events.
Construction/Painting– Be a part of the team on one of our home repair projects or new home construction.
To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com. Thank you for supporting Habitat for Humanity!
Restored Blessings is a restore started by faithful volunteers in their quest to help families in need who desire a Christian education. Donations are accepted during open hours. They accept all furniture, household items, books, and gently used clothing.
Stop by Restored Blessings to fill out an application and discuss schedule. Looking for whatever time a person can volunteer. 16 years or older is the age requirement. Some lifting is sometimes involved. Bending, walking and standing are also part of the requirements.
“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.