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, email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Communities Off n’ Funning is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to creating, and supporting active endeavors in communities large and small. Our goal: to get kids, families and communities up, out and active by providing fun adventures and educational opportunities that inspire a healthy lifestyle and a passion for unplugged play.
Click here for upcoming events.
Volunteering with Communities Off N’ Funning is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have! It is the volunteers that ensure participants have a safe, inspirational experience and provide some awesome ooo-raa-raa support! If you’re interested in lending a helping hand for any of the events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Family & Children’s Center is a regional, private, not-for-profit agency that provides a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being, including child abuse and neglect prevention, alternative schools, community-based counseling, residential options, community support programs, and several outreach programs.
- LEADERSHIP Alternative Education- services middle and high school students within 45 minutes of Winona
- Day Treatment (CTSS)- half day mental health service
- In-Home Counseling- counselors meet twice weekly with each family
- Matty’s Place- children’s advocacy center
- Outpatient Counseling- designed to help children and adults overcome social, emotional or mental challenges
- Tracking Program- check-in system of juveniles who are currently on supervision with Winona County Department of Corrections
- Treatment Foster Care- Enhanced Foster Care, Treatment Foster Care, and Exceptional Treatment Foster Care
- Youth Night Campus- includes three hours of group therapy per day, individual therapy if needed, academic support and independent living skills training
You can become a part of the life changing work that FCC does. With your unique skills, abilities, and experience you can help make a difference in your community. The majority of opportunities are intermittent.
You must be at least 21 years of age and pass a criminal background check to volunteer at the Family & Children’s Center due to state licensing regulations. They do not allow volunteers in need of court-ordered community service hours.
Click here to learn more about volunteering.
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.
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.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
They are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing.
As Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as field trips, skill-building sports clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.
Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.
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
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.
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.