Service learning opportunities at
AVHS or District 196
- It is very important that we get enough students to help with this event; we want to make sure we can help Valley cover this without them needing to reach out to neighboring high schools. These are going to be our students some day and we want to make sure they get started on the right path with Eagle Pride. They are asking for 11th and 12th grade students (if we end up short we can consider 10th graders but we’re starting with 11/12) who are in Student Council, AVRM, NHS, DP, STEM, or AVID to be student leaders.
- We need 30 students EACH for both October 17th and 18th. We’d like to get 60 unique students in order to not have students out of class for two straight days. The event is held at Rosemount Community Center, so students need to provide their own transportation. They need to be at the Community Center by 8:00 am and will be done by 2:00 pm. VMSS will also provide lunch.
Cedar Park Elementary Kindness Retreat Student Leaders. Thursday, Oct. 26 from 9:15 am – 3:00 pm. It will be held at Hayes Community Center. Students who sign up can just walk over there from AVHS after 2nd period (students will be released at 9:00 am). Students can sign up at Ms. Iverson’s desk near the Media Center or email her at Patricia.Iverson@district196.org.
Helper Designers for the Augustana Adopt-A-Tree Fundraiser. We are sponsoring a tree for this fundraising event at Augustana Care Regent at Burnsville and need students to help design and decorate!
-our tree will have a “Japanese” theme
-decorating is planned for Nov. 2-15 at Augustana (their event is Nov. 18)
-Augustana will provide lights and glass bulbs–but we can create any decorations we want to use.
Contact Allison Chuick (email@example.com) if you’re interested! There is also a sign-up sheet by the STEM desks!
Cedar Park Elementary Reading Assistants. Natalie Giese is a 4th grade teacher at Cedar Park looking for high school students who would be interested in reading to students on an on-going basis. She is looking for high school students to meet with some of her struggling readers to provide more layers of support. Their school day ends around 3:30 and this would take place after school. If you are interested, contact Ms. Giese at Natalie.Giese@district196.org.
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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