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. 

For active volunteers, use the volunteer login portal to log your hours.

Volunteer opportunities with the city

Westwood Hills Nature Center Halloween Party

Volunteers are needed to staff the many roles that support the Westwood Hills Nature Center Halloween Party. Event volunteers are needed to dress in costume and run games on the evenings of Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Many more volunteers are needed for set up and tear down. Email Becky McConnell at bmcconnell@stlouispark.org to learn more and sign up for this fun annual event.

Hydrant Hero

There are roughly 1,700 fire hydrants in St. Louis Park. While we have firefighters to remove snow around the hydrants after a snowfall, they can't always clean them all in a timely manner. This is where you can help. Volunteer to become a Hydrant Hero and keep the hydrants around your homes and businesses clear of snow in the winter and free of plant overgrowth in the summer.

To adopt a hydrant, visit 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!

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Chief Cary Smith at 952.924.2171.

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, contact Judy Voigt at 952.928.1405 or jvoigt@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 and commissions page

Volunteer opportunities with other organizations

If you have questions about the following volunteer opportunities, please contact the agency or organization listed within the description. 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.
Volunteer with Sholom Homes
Sholom Homes is a senior living community focused on providing the best possible environment to support our residents and their needs. Our volunteer needs have a wide range but we feel like volunteer opportunities are only limited by imagination and the ability to execute. We have the capability to accommodate long and short term volunteer opportunities; along with, those that wish to volunteer on a more as needed basis – we can be flexible. We would love to have you so please reach out if you have any questions. Come serve the generation that has already served. Contact Ed Johnson at 952.939.1596.
Friends of the Arts seeks board of directors

Friends of the Arts is seeking community members for its board of directors and volunteer committees. The board and committees meet in alternating months at City Hall, fulfill volunteer duties as able, and represent Friends of the Arts at community events. Committees include programming, fundraising, communications and outreach. If you are interested in the arts or if you just want to give back to the St. Louis Park community through a great organization, consider reaching out for more information.

Friends of the Arts is especially encouraging working artists and individuals with experience working with diverse populations, and in sales/fundraising and finance/accounting. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Friends of the Arts at 952.928.6422 or email info@slpfota.org. Jamie Marshall, executive director, 952.928.6422. Deadline is January 31, 2018.