3 Ways to Give Back to St. Paul

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 10:04am.

Since April is National Volunteer Month we wanted to share with you three volunteer opportunities we thought you might be interested in.

Help the Kids

If the plight of abused and neglected St. Paul children is something that concerns you, consider becoming a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate.

CASA volunteers, who come from all walks of life, are appointed by judges to advocate for the well-being and safety of kids who have been removed from their homes because of neglect or parental abuse. You will be expected to go to bat for the children in court proceedings and other settings.

CASA Minnesota needs your help and you can learn more about what it means to be a CASA volunteer by visiting their website.

Help St. Paul’s Four Legged

St. Paul’s Animal Humane Society is always in need of volunteers. Currently, they need both entry level and advanced skills volunteers. Entry level opportunities (those with no experience are welcome to apply) include cat adoption support, dog adoption support, dog walker and exam assistant.

Advanced volunteer roles include helping in the chip and nail clinic, treatment assistant, animal bather and rabbit pawfiler. You are considered in the advanced group once you have 36 hours working on the adoption floor. To learn more about volunteer requirements or to fill out a volunteer application, visit the Animal Humane Society’s website.

Help the Environment – and Yourself!

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity does more than build homes for those in need. One of their other projects is the ReStore, a retail store where they sell new and almost-new building supplies and materials at deeply discounted prices.

You’ll get a great deal on building materials and Habitat gets to avoid adding them to the landfill.

The volunteer opportunity involves sorting through the donations to determine which items can be sold and which should be recycled. They promise that it’s a fun, hands-on opportunity that really does help give back to the community.

 By the way, the organization has a long list of other volunteer opportunities, from office worker to cookie baker to homeowner interviewer. Check them out, or apply at the website.


Image courtesy Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

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