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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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.
It serves students who belong to low-income families living in the Maplewood subsidized housing. It provides the students with a safe place to hang out after school. They can work on any homework they have with help from staff or student volunteers. They can also play games, run around outside, and browse or communicate on the internet. It serves an important demographic of students, and is an essential part of their lives.
Located in the Winona Family Community Center.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.
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
Grace House, our transitional shelter for women and children, is starting the process of finding qualified volunteers to join our mission in helping families. The volunteer role would be ideal for social work, nursing, psychology, child advocacy, and child education students and grads or anyone who has experience in any of the mentioned areas.
Volunteers would be required to pass a background check, attend ongoing training, and commit to a minimum of one shift per week.
(Typically 4 hours). Ideal applicants will have a passion for helping families, be empathetic, dependable, have excellent communication skills, and understand and practice confidentiality.
Volunteers will help families by modeling positive social interactions and parenting skills, budgeting, healthy lifestyle skills, cooking and nutrition, resume writing, and employment related skills. Grace House is working to open early this fall, but volunteers would attend training and leadership meetings beginning this summer. Training will include trauma informed mentoring, ACES, First Aid/CPR, and poverty awareness.
Stop in to Grace Place at 66 E. 2nd St. to fill out a volunteer application. For any questions or more information contact our
Shelter Coordinator, Jen, at
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.
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.
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.
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 Winona County Restorative Justice Program is a community based program that strives to make a difference in the lives of young people. The program is housed with the Department of Corrections and takes a restorative approach to dealing with juveniles. The program’s mission is to “facilitate compassionate responses for crime and wrongdoing that fosters support and healing for the victim; accountability, rehabilitation of the offender; and renewal and safety for the community.”
Winona County Restorative Justice offers a multitude of programming for youth age 10-18. The primary objective is to work with our community’s youth in building strong values while helping them to understand accountability for their actions.
There are several opportunities to volunteer with this program. Complete the volunteer application here.