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.
Great Rivers 2-1-1 offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to an information and referral specialist.
We also offer a Crisis Hotline 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to a crisis specialist.
They offer resources for:
Suicidal thoughts and feelings
Mental health services
Addiction recovery resources
Marital and Family concerns
Food and basic needs
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.
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.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
What is SAMHSA’s National Helpline?
SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
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!
Support group for parents hurting from the destructive choices of chemical addition of their children. The group provides comfort, hope, encouragement, community, and strength.
Mission: To encourage hurting parents on their journey from pain to peace.
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.
The mission of LDA Minnesota is to empower and support children, adults, families and the broader community impacted by learning disabilities, attention deficit and related challenges through assessment, intervention, education and outreach.
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.
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.
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 at Elks Lodge 327 on the 2nd Thursday of the month, except July – August. 6pm social and 6:30pm meeting start.
ACS strongly believes in helping people improve the quality of their lives. Therapy can help improve mood, offer support, and teach coping skills. They strive to provide a safe, supportive, and caring environment that is relaxed and comfortable.
Individual Counseling is an opportunity to explore, address, and learn to cope with personal issues and mental health concerns.
Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group.
Psychoeducation refers to the education offered to individuals with a mental health condition and their families to help empower them and deal with their condition in an optimal way.
Adult Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment. Research has shown that it is effective in reducing suicidal behaviors, non-suicidal self injury, psychiatric hospitalization, and treating a wide range of other disorders, such as: substance dependency, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Adolescent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT-A) is especially useful for teens struggling with multiple serious problems that may include: suicidal behaviors; non-suicidal self-injury; high risk sexual behaviors; disordered eating illicit drug use; binge drinking; and other harmful behaviors. It is also helpful for teens with less severe problems, such as: light social drinking first signs of non-suicidal self-harming behaviors; anger dyscontrol; school avoidance; impaired self-awareness of emotions, goals, and values; and frequent relationship breakups.
August Integrative Therapy offers help so you can live your life with more joy and peace. Their goal is to calm painful emotions, while treating the root problem.
August Integrative Therapy works with children, adolescents and adults who are coping with:
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
- A death of someone close to them
- Loss of a pregnancy
- Sexual Assault
- Childhood sexual, physical or emotional abuse
- Violence (within a relationship or community violence)
- Body image or eating struggles
- Feeling unfulfilled in their relationships, career or life
- Chronic pain or fatigue
August Integrative Therapy provides crisis counseling, individual therapy, group facilitation and supportive counseling services for agencies that want to fully support their clients but would prefer to contract with an outside agency to provide services. Such agencies could be non-profits, government or private businesses.
These services can be ongoing, short-term or a one-time response to a need or crisis. August Integrative Therapy also provides training on various topics, including grief, child response to domestic violence, anxiety and trauma-related challenges.
Crisis Response inspires hope in adults, children, youth and their families by delivering compassionate, person-centered, recovery-based mental health support during a crisis.
Crisis Response offers phone support is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A trained counselor will assess your current situation, offer support and counseling and be able to connect you with local resources.
Phone support staff have the ability to dispatch our Crisis Response mobile teams. These teams can meet you in the community to complete a more comprehensive assessment and planning to support you through the current crisis situation.
Restored Blessings is a restore started by faithful volunteers in their quest to help families in need who desire a Christian education. Donations are accepted during open hours. They accept all furniture, household items, books, and gently used clothing.
Stop by Restored Blessings to fill out an application and discuss schedule. Looking for whatever time a person can volunteer. 16 years or older is the age requirement. Some lifting is sometimes involved. Bending, walking and standing are also part of the requirements.
The mission of the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum is to collect, exhibit, interpret and disseminate the heritage of the Kashubian Polish Culture.
Volunteers needed for a once monthly commitment. There is no age limitation. Physical needs would be walking, standing and minimal light bending. No lifting. Ongoing opportunities include tour guides, housekeeping, maintenance, typing, computer work.
Special events include:
- April – Dyngus Day(volunteer appreciation)
- May – May Crowning and Polish Constitution Day
- August – Dozynki(harvest festival)
- October – Smaczine Jablka(apple festival)
- December – Oplatek Sunday(a Polish Christmas tradition)
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.
Sugar Loaf Senior Living serves seniors and their families by encouraging them to thrive by offering a wide variety of wellness-focused services and activities while empowering them to live as independently as possible.
Sugar Loaf Senior Living activities and programs are developed to stimulate the social, intellectual, spiritual, vocational, emotional, and physical aspects of each tenant. They are looking for volunteers who are interested in impacting tenants’ lives through one or more of these areas.
The Minnesota Senior Corps improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement in Minnesota- by supporting the growth, sustainability, innovation and adaptability of the Senior Corps programs, by striving to increase the number of new volunteers and by increasing the impact and value of volunteer service.
Foster Grandparents: Make a lasting difference in the lives of children and youth. Our Foster Grandparent Program provides opportunities for volunteers 55 to work with kids across the state.
Senior Companion: The Senior Companion Program provides an opportunity for volunteers 55 and over to support elderly individuals who have difficulty with daily tasks and includes a tax free stipend.
RSVP: The RSVP Program covers a wide range of volunteer opportunities to strengthen communities across Minnesota.
Click here to learn more about volunteering.
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.