Volunteer Program

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By volunteering for the City of St. Louis Park, you will have a direct impact on your community. Contributing your time and talents can be very rewarding and you may gain other benefits, such as:

  • Meeting people who share your interests.
  • Gaining skills and experience for employment opportunities.
  • Exploring new career areas and practicing new skills.
  • Earning school credit.
  • Setting a positive example for others.

Current volunteer opportunities with the city are posted below. Occasionally, opportunities with other organizations, such as the St. Louis Park School District, Hennepin County or local nonprofits will be listed as well. 

How to Volunteer

To apply for a City of St. Louis Park volunteer opportunity, fill out the application form. The city’s volunteer office will then contact you about next steps. Please note: A background check is required for volunteers working with children. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org or 952.928.2847.

To volunteer for a position with other organizations, please reach out to the contact person listed in the descriptions below. 

Active Volunteers

Log your hours in the Volunteer Login Portal.  

Volunteer Opportunities with the City

Adopt a Spot
Adopt a public space that needs a little TLC! Adopt-a-Spot locations can be any city-owned space, including boulevards, storm drains, or bridge underpasses or overpasses. Make a difference by visiting your spot at least once a month to pick up litter and check for damage. Email Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org with the spot you'd like to adopt.

Basketball in the Park
Join this great community event! Basketball in the Park takes place every Thursday evening 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Ainsworth Park in St. Louis Park. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up activities and interacting with children who attend the event. Volunteers should be available for all or most Thursdays between June 1 and August 24. A background check and application is required. Please contact Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org or Officer Ford at cford@stlouispark.org with any questions.

Pick Up the Park
The City of St. Louis Park's annual Pick Up the Park initiative kicks off on Saturday, April 22. Pick Up the Park is supported by residents and community groups who head out to parks and public spaces to pick up litter each spring. To sign up, contact Laura Smith at 952.928.2847 or lsmith@stlouispark.org.

Volunteer for a City Board or Commission
Become actively involved in your community, share ideas and learn about city government by volunteering as a representative on one of the city’s commissions. Adult and student volunteers are welcome and wanted. For more information or to request an application, please call 952.924.2525 or visit Boards & Commissions

Adopt-a-Park or Garden
Contribute to the beauty of St. Louis Park by volunteering to monitor your neighborhood park or garden. Adopt-a-Park or Garden volunteers can choose to plant, maintain the annual garden and/or patrol their park each week during the summer, keep the park litter-free, and report any vandalism or needed repairs. Volunteers may adopt the park or garden of their choice (if not already adopted). Requirements are:

  • Visit your park once each month between Memorial Day and September 30.
  • Pick up litter, check for vandalism/damage to park and report any needed repairs.
  • Document the number of hours volunteered and communicate them to the volunteer coordinator. 

For more information or to volunteer, email lsmith@stlouispark.org.

Opportunities with Other Organizations

If you have questions about the following opportunities, please contact the agency or organization listed. The city does not administer these programs.

St. Louis Park School District
For volunteer opportunities with the school district, please visit St. Louis Park Community Education

Citizens for the Minnehaha Creek Corridor
Did you know that Minnehaha Creek runs through the City of St. Louis Park and connects to the Mississippi River? Citizens for the Minnehaha Creek Corridor (CMCC) is a group that formed out of a desire to keep Minnehaha Creek and its recreational areas green and vibrant. Go to the CMCC website for more information.