Service learning opportunities at
AVHS or District 196
Homework Help volunteer at Valley Middle School. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they are in need of homework help from 2:45 to 4:50 pm. This would be to help the 6th and 7th graders with their homework. Math help is always a need. If you are interested, please email Leah Soderlund, ELL Teacher at VMS (Leah.Soderlund@district196.org)
Volunteers needed to help in the AVHS Library Media Center. There are several types of volunteer work available in the library for the rest of the school year.
- Spreadsheet work – the is detail work, but not difficult. We are working to organize the library by genre. We are working on a spreadsheet of our fiction collection and need to identify each title by sub-genre (science fiction, historical fiction, etc.). We can train students to do this in under 10 minutes, but need students who are detail oriented and focused.
- Labeling – Once we have a section of books identified, we will need students to color-label the titles. This is another somewhat detail oriented job, but less so. This would be good for students who enjoy organization and order.
- Boxing up the collection for summer construction – Later in the school year (probably mid to late May) we will need help boxing up our collection for summer construction. This is a job for any and all, but will require some lifting and bending.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/9nNvPojY8lElJLgA2.
If you have questions, contact Mr. McCluskey in the library.
Service learning opportunities in the community
Keep in mind that if you participate in volunteering with one organization for at least 16 hours total, it can usually be considered an internship for your E3 STEM activity file!
Volunteer with the City of Apple Valley
Volunteering offers hundreds of opportunities to make a positive impact on our vibrant communities! Some areas to volunteer are to help with city events, aid in gardening/landscaping, provide office or facilities support, adopt a hydrant/neighborhood/park, and really just about anything you could imagine. If you are interested, contact Diane Erickson (Volunteer Engagement Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-208-4840.
The Open Door Pantry
The Open Door is a hunger relief organization dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food. They serve over 5,000 Dakota County residents each month and distribute over a million pounds of food annually, over half of which is fresh/perishable. They have an Eagan Pantry, Mobile Pantry, volunteer gardens, and client gardens. Volunteers can help with just about everything: stocking the shelves at the Pantry, riding with the Mobile Pantry, providing facility maintenance at the Pantry, or working in the garden. If you are interested, there are various orientations in Apple Valley and Eagan in July. Go to www.theopendoorpantry.org to register for an orientation or call Nancy at 651-605-2881.
Neighborhood House is located at Wellstone Center in St. Paul and is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual center, open to all, and committed to the success of refugees and new immigrants. Volunteer opportunities include mass produce distributions (distributions of free, fresh produce for member of our community facing food insecurity), being a food market assistant (help program participants shop for food), being a farmer’s market rescue volunteer (collecting fresh produce at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market), and be a delivery volunteer for the Nutrition Assistant Program for Seniors to distribute supplemental food boxes to seniors at Wellstone Center and the apartment building next door. Some volunteer opportunities do require a commitment of several shifts in the same area in order to be a volunteer. For more information, contact Vanessa Edwards (Volunteer Coordinator) at email@example.com or 651-789-2524. You can also visit www.neighb.org/support/volunteer to fill out a volunteer application.
Lifeworks serves the local community and people with disabilities. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities to engage with the people they service, whether it’s one-on-one volunteering or volunteering for special events. If you are interested in this organization, you can call them at 651-454-2732 or go to their website for more information (www.lifeworks.org/get-involved/ways-to-volunteer).
DARTS is a non-profit that helps older adults live independently and support those caring for them. There are many ways to volunteer–help with seasonal yard cleanup, share your talents, or provide a break for a caregiver by spending a few hours with an older adult needing care. For more information, visit www.dartsconnects.org/volunteer or call 651-455-1560.
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