E3-Volunteer and Service Learning

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The purpose of this Action Guide is to help you find campus resources that can assist you in finding opportunities within the Twin Cities community.


Volunteering allows you to deepen your connection and understating of the Twin Cities community and the people that make up that community and it is a great way to gain experience, explore career options and meet new people.  The University recognizes that volunteering is a “win-win.”  It strengthens our community and builds positive relationships with our neighbors.  Students report when they apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to “real life situations,” it gives them a sense of purpose and helps clarify career goals. 

There are over 200 agencies, organizations, and non-profits that have a relationship with our campus!  You can even combine volunteering with coursework through Service-Learning Classes.  Twice each year, the Center for Community-Engaged Learning sponsors a Community Involvement Fair at Coffman Union.  (Contact them in 240 Appleby Hall for more information.)  In addition, students can follow the directions below to seek out volunteer opportunities that fit their interests and skills.  


  1. Go to the Community Service-Learning Center’s website
    • Explore the four links in the bulleted list to find out more about Service-Learning Classes, Volunteer Info and Advising for Students, the Community Engagement Scholars Program, and Community Partners in the Twin Cities.
    • Once on the Community Partners in the Twin Cities page, scroll to the bottom and select “Areas of Interest” search. From the checkbox list of “Main areas of Interest”, select any areas in which you would like to find volunteer opportunities. In the map, click on pins in your area and read the brief description of each organization. You can also schedule an appointment to discuss volunteer opportunities with a staff member in the Center for Community-Engaged Learning (directions on website).
  1. Check out these other ways to look for volunteer opportunities:
    • HandsOn Twin Cities is not affiliated with the University but is a volunteer center that connects you to a wide range of volunteer opportunities throughout the metro.    
    • GoldPASS  isn’t just for finding job and internship opportunities, you can search for volunteer postings as well! Click on the Job/Internship Search tab, then select volunteer from the “Position Type” drop down list in the search criteria.      

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E3: Volunteer and Service Learning