The Winona Friendship Center will be rolling out a chore program, Chore Corps, in 2020. We will be providing chore services such as snow shoveling, yard work, handyman repairs/services, lawn mowing, etc. Right now, the Winona Friendship Center is searching for volunteers to help provide these services and will reimburse mileage. Once we get into 2020, we will be accepting client referrals.
Winona Health is always looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals willing to share their valuable time and talent. More than 400 active volunteers contribute thousands of hours of service to Winona Health through Winona Health and senior services. The men, women and youth who volunteer their time help carry out the mission of Winona Health, raising funds for needed hospital equipment. They provide comfort and well-being to patients and residents and provide healthcare scholarships. If you’re looking for a fulfilling opportunity to dedicate your time through an experience rich in history and meaning, become a Winona Health Volunteer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children referred by parents, other relatives, social workers and school staff with volunteer Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Big Couples. Their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brother. Big Sister. Big Couple
You can start something BIG today! By volunteering as a Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple you have the opportunity to impact the life of a child for the better. You can change a child’s life, and have fun doing it! You have the opportunity to become a special friend, but more importantly, to become a role model to a child. You will become someone that the child will look up to and respect. It’s as simple as playing catch, going to a ball game, painting nails, watching a moving, sharing stories, and just hanging out together. Click here to learn more or sign up.
•Enroll/Refer a Child
Littles are children between the ages of 5 and 15. Littles are typically looking for a mentor or a caring, adult figure in their life to spend time with. A Big Brother, Big Sister, or Big Couple gives a child an additional friend in his/her life. Bigs are carefully screened volunteers from the community who spend time each week with their Littles. We accept referrals from teachers, social workers, therapists, guidance counselors, and other professionals.
•Community-Based Mentoring (must be 16 or older)
Community-Based mentoring helps ignite the brightest possible futures for youth. They involve one-on-one outings and activities that both the Big and Little are interested in out in the community. Meet 2 – 4 times a month with your little for a minimum 1 year commitment.
•Site-Based Mentoring (must be 16 or older)
Site-Based Bigs help a child realize their full potential at school or another site based location. Kids enjoy having their Bigs meet with them there, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground or at a club. Meet 2 – 4 times a month with your little for a minimum 1 year commitment.
•Events with BBBS
◦Catered for Kids’ Sake – Community event involving an auction, raffle, and a night of food sampling at the Waterfront Restaurant
◦Bowl for Kids’ Sake – Form a team and fundraise with us! Enjoy a bowling party when you reach your fundraising goals
◦Movie Night & Food Trucks – Community event put on through a partnership with Verve. Typically occurs in the summer.
◦Taste of Winona – Community event involving an auction, raffle, and a night of food sampling in Winona.