Volunteer Opportunities




Summer Ventures Reading Buddy

Summer Ventures provides fun, educational summer programming for youth in 1st - 8th grade. We're looking for volunteers to spend one-to-one time with a student on a regular basis to help them develop their literacy skills and encourage a love for reading and books. 

Time Commitment: An hour a week for five weeks (July 12-August 9)
Specific Dates: Thursdays from 10-11 am

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Summer Ventures Dance Teacher

Summer Ventures provides fun, educational summer programming for youth in 1st - 8th grade. We're looking for volunteers to teach a dance class one day a week. You would work with a group of students to develop a dance routine to perform at the end of the summer.

Time Commitment: Two hours a week through July 16 (excluding the week of the 4th of July). 
Specific Dates: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 2-4 pm.

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Center for Families English Conversation Circles

The Center for Families will be hosting a group of 20-30 adults who have completed two phases of classes and are ready to increase their competency in the English language.

We are looking for committed volunteers to help lead discussions in English with our adult participants to help them practice and learn English. We are interested in volunteers who can volunteer weekly for 20 weeks.
Time Commitment: An hour and a half per week for 20 weeks (July 23 through December 3, with no programming on September 3). 
Specific Dates: Monday nights from 6-7:30 pm

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Center for Families
Reading Program

Volunteers will attend the Center for Families program on Monday or Wednesday evenings to help assess students on their reading fluency and comprehension skills. A total of 12 volunteers are needed, six for each evening session.

Volunteers will attend a 30-minute training on how to assess students and will be assigned a list of students to assess and then will record the results.

Time Commitment: Monday or Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm 1 or 2 times per month (depending on the month) for seven weeks. We are looking for volunteers who can consistently make most, if not all, of the following dates.

Wednesday nights:
- August 1
- August 22
- September 12
- October 3
- October 24
- November 14
- December 5

Specific Dates:
Monday nights:
- July 30
- August 20
- September 10
- October 1
- October 22
- November 12
- December 3

Last year, volunteers invested over 10,800 hours of their time into Urban Ventures. That's the equivalent FIVE full-time staff members!

Be part of the team that is empowering transformation in South Minneapolis.


One-time volunteer opportunities

Click here to view and register for one-time volunteer opportunities OR sign up to be notified when we have one-time needs.

Large-group volunteer opportunities

Large groups (greater than 10) please submit an email here.

Note: Skills-based opportunities are listed at the bottom of this page. Current volunteers can log in here.




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