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.
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.
Beautiful trail network for running, mountain biking and hiking.
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
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota nestles up into the scenic Mississippi River bluffs just outside of Winona, an area overflowing with outdoor recreation opportunities: hiking, running, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, biking, golfing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Saint Mary’s 400+ acre campus provides many outdoors opportunities to our students as well as to the public, including almost 10 miles of trails. We encourage you to take advantage of the recreational activities below.
- Challenge ropes course – rates based on duration and number of participants
- The Woods disc golf course – FREE
- St. Mary’s network of trails – FREE
Requirements: A rain garden clean-up day requires a minimum one-hour time commitment. The clean-up requires lifting, bending, and kneeling, but if a person is accustomed to working in a garden, they should be suitable for the work.
How to Volunteer: Call or email Bluff Country Co-op and ask for Mitch Johnson, the Community Outreach Coordinator. He’ll communicate the next clean-up day that’s been scheduled, and provide the necessary information. Mitch Johnson, (507) 452-1815, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rent ice skates, snowshoes, canoes, kayaks, bikes, helmets, life vests, discs for frisbee golf, and paddle boards – all for just an annual membership fee of $10! Children under the age of 4 are free, but still need to register. Membership is valid for summer and winter activities. All participants must sign a waiver.
Open space available to the public with games, puzzles, a piano, table tennis, bocce ball, board games, wireless internet and a fireplace.
Ice rink is available on the lake in winter. Indoor and outdoor facility rentals. Organized youth sports through the Park & Recreation Department.
Summer Hours (June – August): Monday – Friday: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Open until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to enjoy the Municipal Band from the water.) Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 ? 6:00 p.m. Fall & Winter Hours (September – May): Monday – Friday: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
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.
To improve the quality of life if individuals and community through positive outdoor experiences.
By advocating for people positively experiencing the outdoors, Seekers Wild will create happy, healthy communities. Participants in their programs will see increased self-reliance and confidence, improved health, and an abundant outlet for sustained refuge and balance within their lives. This in turn will also improve the mental health of the individual and allow them to be a more positive influencing member of the community and therefore exponentially increasing the quality of life of the entire community.
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.
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.
· Catalog available each season with classes for all interest areas for kids and adults.
· After School Activities program offers intramural sports, recreation, arts programs.
· Project COMPASS classes specialize in slower paced classes for all, customized classes for people with disabilities, parent and professional development workshops and support groups.
· Key Kids/Summer Key Kids is a child care program held after school, on non-school days and snow days for children enrolled in Kindergarten through Fourth grade. Summer Key Kids offers child care for children who have finished Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
· Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) welcomes all families with children age birth to kindergarten. They offer information about child development and parenting techniques and give children opportunities to discover and learn.
· Community Preschools is located at Goodview Elementary.
· Early Childhood Screening is a FREE screening for all 3 – 5 year olds, available by appointment. This is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing.
· Baby Connections is a great place to call if you are expecting or parenting a baby. Schedule an appointment for a baby visit.
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.
The purpose of the Winona Area Humane Society is to prevent cruelty to animals, to relieve the suffering of animals and to provide humane education throughout the Winona area.
It is the policy of the Society to provide humane care and treatment for animals needing protection in the area served by the Society; to seek to return lost animals to their owners; to seek suitable homes for animals without owners.
There are several ways to have an impact on the animals in-need in the Winona area. The variety of options gives you, the supporters, a number of ways to help carry out their mission. You need only decide which option is best for you. Click here to get involved.
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
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.
- 400-meter, 8-lane championship-level running track with full facilities for all jumping and throwing events
- Artificial turf regulation football and soccer field with lighting
- Adjacent grass practice field for soccer, football, and recreation
- Facility accommodates practices and competition for college, high school, and junior high school programs
- Open for use by community members, parks and recreation programs, elementary school programs
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.
The SMU Ice Arena is attached to the school’s 78,000 square foot Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC) facilities. The RAC includes an 8-lane competitive pool, 200-meter indoor track, and 4 multi-purpose courts. Along with the RAC, the university’s outdoor recreation facilities include baseball, softball and soccer fields, as well as 15 miles of cross country trails. Community members can call to find out when they are invited to use these facilities.
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.
Updated hours (as of 3/29/2021)
Open Tuesday – Friday 10-5 ; and Saturday 10-2,
Donations are received T-Th 10:30-3:30 at the back of our building loading dock area behind our buildings.
Donations are limited to three 13 gallon garbage bags or 2 boxes. Individuals needing benevolence such as clothing, housewares, bedding, cleaning supplies, toiletries, or children’s items may stop on Tues.-Thurs. 10-2. Our group mentoring is scheduled to resume mid-summer with a limited group size. Grace House, our transitional shelter, is scheduled to open this Fall instead of Spring as originally planned.
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.
Advocacy Center of Winona 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