Winona Adult Literacy, a WAPS Community Education program, offers educational opportunities to adults in our area. Services include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, GED preparation classes, basic skills preparation, reading, math, college prep, career training, computers, and citizenship.
Volunteers: Working with a teacher in a class, or working with students individually or in small groups, volunteers assist adult learners to achieve their educational goals. There are opportunities with GED classes/students and ESL classes/students. Criminal background check is required and is provided free of charge to the volunteer.
Requirements: Patience. Basic academic knowledge in one or more of the following areas: English, math, science, and social studies (no expertise is needed). Flexibility.
As a Lions Club member, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who are doing local volunteer work to support your community – right now. You’ll also become a member of Lions Clubs International, a respected international organization, a leader in your local community and a friend to people in need. As a member you will help your community and gain valuable skills, make an impact on people’s lives both locally and internationally, learn to be a leader and lead a respected organization, network with business people in your community and around the world, energize your life and have fun as well as be able to grow personally and professionally.
Meetings are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Monday of the each Month — Noon till 1:00 PM at Timbers Restaurant
Winona’s Park and Recreation Department coordinates youth and adult activities, programming, equipment rental, and facility rental at the City’s many parks and recreational resources. The Park and Recreation webpage includes information on parks, trails, special events, sports leagues, creative workshops, trainings, and a number of other recreational opportunities.
Winona Volunteer Services is an organization that provides a variety of services including securing and distributing food, clothing, information and referrals, and emergency assistance in a respectful and dignified manner to those in need. The agency operates a food shelf, coordinates home delivered meal programs in Winona and Goodview, administers emergency assistance, and operates a used clothing store.
Winona Volunteer Services needs help year-round in their Clothes Shop.
Cashier: ring up customer sales and assist with maintaining a neat and organized store. This position requires a background check. One four-hour shift per week for at least one year is the time commitment. Requires standing for long periods of time.
Sorter: sort through donations and hang the best clothing donations for re-sale. One four-hour shift per week is the time commitment. Requires standing and lifting.
Donations Specialist: assist donors with their clothing and maintain a clean and organized donation area. One four-hour shift per week is the time commitment. Requires standing for long periods of time.
The 4-H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills they need to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.
The aim of Winona County 4-H is to engage local area youth in experiential learning. This process is enhanced through connections with local community partners, Land Grant institutions, and of course volunteers. Winona County 4-H believes that communities benefit when youth are engaged, thus we strive to give opportunities so that every participant feels valued and recognized for their unique talents.
4-H’s research-based, learn-by-doing model equips kids with skills such as problem solving, decision making and communicating — essential for them to succeed in school, college, careers and communities. Volunteers have a role to play in 4-H clubs, after-school programs, community service, civic engagement and camping programs.
4-H offers a number of training opportunities throughout the year where volunteers learn about leading clubs, projects and more.
County 4-H Program Coordinator
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
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.
Project GO programs are community-driven outdoor programs that introduce children to nature during the afterschool and out-of-school hours. These programs are implemented by local communities using the GO Toolkit designed by Project Get Outdoors, Inc., a non-profit organization that created this program.
Project GO would not exist without the efforts of a vast volunteer network and dedicated interns. These individuals are critical to the ongoing success of the program.
There are a variety of local and statewide volunteer opportunities available to those who are interested in assisting. All volunteers over the age of 18 who will be working on an on-going basis with the children will be screened and trained.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Catholic Charities is a comprehensive social service agency providing a full range of services to children, families, adults, seniors and communities.
For more than 60 years, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona has been providing help and creating hope in Southern Minnesota.
- Adopted Adult & Birth Parent Searches
- Bone Builders
- Clinical Counseling
- Common Good RSVP
- Guardian and Conservatorship Program
- Immigration Legal Services
- Parish Social Ministry
- Pregnancy, Parenting & Adoption
- Project Rachel
- Refugee Resettlement Program
The Age Well at Home Program, supported by Catholic Charities of southern Minnesota, is looking for volunteers to support a variety of requests. Anyone interested in learning more about the Age Well at Home program services and/or volunteer opportunities may call Bernie Merchlewitz at 507.454-2270, email at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 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.