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About Volunteering

updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

By volunteering for the city of St. Louis Park, not only will you have a direct impact on the community, but you will also have access to the benefits that our volunteers gain from donating their time and talents. Here are a few reasons our volunteers feel rewarded:
 
  • Meet people who share your interests
  • Gain skills and experience for employment opportunities
  • Explore new career areas & practice a new skill
  • Earn school credit
  • Set a positive example for others

Current city volunteer opportunities are posted below. Additionally, there are occasional volunteer opportunities available to St. Louis Park residents administered by an outside entity, such as the county, a nonprofit organization, or the local school district. List of those opportunities.
 
How to volunteer:
To apply for a City of St. Louis Park volunteer opportunity, fill out this application form. The volunteer office will then contact you about next steps. To volunteer for a position outside of the City of St. Louis Park, please reach out to the contact person listed in the description. 
 
For more information, or if you would like to learn about volunteering in a specific area, please email the city's volunteer coordinator Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org, or call (952) 928-2847.

(Please note: If you will be working with children, a background check will be required.)

Active Volunteers:
Log your hours in the Volunteer Login Portal.



St. Louis Park Volunteer Spotlight!

updated: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The City of St. Louis Park Volunteer Office would like to recognize Kim Curran-Moore as an outstanding volunteer in the community. Kim has received recognition and praise for her leadership, can-do attitude and ability to work with others. Please take a moment to learn more about Kim and why she volunteers in the Park!

Volunteer Kim Curran-Moore
 
How long have you lived in St. Louis Park?
I moved here with my family in June 2007.

What volunteer opportunities have you taken part in?
I am an inaugural member of St. Louis Park's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). We are trained in basic disaster response and are available to supplement First Responders in the event of a major disaster or incident. As a CERT member, I helped with sandbagging efforts along Minnehaha Creek and sandbag removal, traffic control during the Parktacular Parade, 4th of July fireworks and the Health in the Park Open Streets event.
 
Other volunteer activities in the Park include:
  • Youth soccer coach
  • STEP
  • Minnehaha Creek clean-up (St. Louis Park)
  • Hydrant Hero - clearing snow from around our neighborhood fire hydrants
  • Girl Scout Cookie mom
  • Various School volunteer activities
  • Hosting a PSI Amity for six months

Why do you choose to volunteer for the City of St. Louis Park?
When we moved here from out of state we chose to live in St. Louis Park because of its strong sense of community. I like to help people and I love living in the Park. Volunteering is my opportunity to not only give back to my community, but to help keep St. Louis Park the strong, vibrant city it is. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to meet new friends and to set an example for my kids.

What is the best part about volunteering for the City of St. Louis Park?
For me it's being able to help people have a better quality of life, to show that our community is ready to help each other, have fun and celebrate or offer concrete service and support in times of need. The City of St. Louis Park doesn't just support its many volunteers, but embraces and promotes them as key assets.

Is there anything you recommend to people who are looking to get involved in the community?  Yes, follow the City of St. Louis Park Facebook page. It is a great source of timely volunteer opportunities. The city website has volunteer opportunities posted as well. There are opportunities that work for just about everyone who is interested in making their community the best it can be. Jump in and join us, you won't be disappointed!



Help Beautify the Park

updated: Monday, January 05, 2015

There are a number of opportunities for residents to help beautify St. Louis Park. Please visit the Beautify the Park page to see a complete list of current opportunities.



Junior Naturalist Program

updated: Monday, March 02, 2015

The Westwood Hills Junior Naturalist program runs each summer at our Westwood Hills Nature Center. 

For more information and to apply, please follow the link to the Westwood Hills Junior Naturalist Information and Application Form.



Organic Living Workshop Volunteers

updated: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Organic Living Workshop: Experience Sustainability in the Park

The first annual Organic Living Workshop is designed for property owners that want to reduce the impact their household has on the environment. This workshop will offer six different sessions covering a variety of topics from tree care to crime prevention.

We need volunteers to make this event a success! All volunteers receive a free t-shirt. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Shifts Available:

Set Up Help -

  • 1 Shift: 7:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Duties: Set up tables and materials for the event, greet, direct and assist exhibitors. 

Welcome Table/Greeters -

  • 3 Shifts Available: 8:30 - 11 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Duties include: Welcomes exhibitors and guests to the event, answers questions, directs people to appropriate areas. Volunteers in the last shift of the day may help with clean up.

Room Leader/Moderator -

  • 2 Shifts Available: 9 - 11 a.m., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Duties: Lead events in break out sessions. Introduce speakers to audience, make sure room is set up, respond to speaker needs as they arise, pass out and collect speaker evaluations. Keep time of presentations. 

Waste Consultants -

  • 3 Shifts Available: 8:45 - 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Duties: Advise workshop attendees on appropriate use of recycle/trash/organic bins and respond to inquiries. Help people decide where to appropriately throw materials into proper bins. Educate attendees on what it means to be a "zero waste event", and how the city supports a "zero waste initiative".

Email Laura at lsmith@stlouispark.org with your desired position, shift and t-shirt size.



ParkTV Volunteers Wanted

updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Have you ever wanted to work in the television industry? Do you have a background in TV and you’d like to share your skills? ParkTV, the City of St. Louis Park’s five-channel cable television operation, wants volunteers. The opportunities available range from on-air talent and script writing to camera operation, editing and sports...


Volunteer for a City Board or Commission

updated: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Become actively involved in your community, share ideas and learn about city government by volunteering as a representative on one of the city commissions. Adult and student volunteers both welcome and wanted. For more information or to request an application, please call (952) 924-2525 or follow the link: www.stlouispark.org/boards-commissions...


Volunteer Reserve Program

updated: Thursday, January 22, 2015

The St. Louis Park Police Reserve unit is made up of 15-25 volunteers who range in age from 20 to over 60. Created in 1975, they donate around 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the City of St. Louis Park every year. Reserves work night patrols and at various city events, including Fourth of July festival, National Night Out, school carnivals...


Youth Explorer Program

updated: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Teens learn about a law enforcement career from St. Louis Park police officers by participating in Police Explorers. Participants see police work first-hand through monthly ride-alongs with patrol officers. They also receive training in first aid, gun safety and personal defense, and learn about police investigations, traffic stops and other...


Hydrant Hero

updated: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The St. Louis Park Fire Department would like to remind homeowners and businesses with fire hydrants on (or near) their property to please shovel the snow around the fire hydrant after each snowfall and keep the hydrant clear of overgrowth of plants during the summer.

There are about 1,700 fire hydrants in St. Louis Park, and while we will have a crew of firefighters removing the snow, they cannot clean all of them in a timely manner. Protect your family and neighbors when seconds count by becoming a Hydrant Hero!

To adopt a hydrant, go to hydranthero.org. Choose a hydrant, click on the “Adopt me” link, and fill out the registration form – you can even give your hydrant a name!

Questions can be directed to Assistant Chief Cary Smith at (952) 924-2171 or Lieutenant Eva Hansen at (952) 924-2599.



Volunteer at the Westwood Hills Nature Center

updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Want to volunteer but don’t see anything that fits your skills or interests? The Westwood Hills Nature Center has many opportunities for individuals who want to donate their time and get outdoors. The area around the center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie, which ensures there is plenty to do for eager volunteers...


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Volunteering Programs
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 928-2847 Email: info@stlouispark.org