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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

For city volunteer opportunities, contact Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org, unless otherwise noted.

Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration — April 25

Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. - noon
Westwood Hills Nature Center, 8300 W. Franklin Ave.

Join the City of St. Louis Park in celebrating Arbor Day and observing the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Learn about the impacts of climate change, and the actions you can take to help our community reach its climate neutrality goal.

Volunteer to plant one of 150 diverse trees with our local partner, Great River Greening, or pick up litter throughout the Westwood Hills Nature Center (all supplies and equipment will be provided). Take a tour of the net zero energy designed Westwood Hills interpretive center, set to open later this year. Dance and sing to earth-inspired music by Kidpower with Rachael beginning at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is free, but registration is required. Register online.

*Due to construction of the new interpretive center, the main parking lot will be closed and parking won’t be available onsite. All attendees are asked to park at St. Louis Park Middle School and ride a free shuttle to and from the event, which will take place near gates 7 and 8.

Minnehaha Creek Cleanup — May 2

Help clean up litter and debris from Minnehaha Creek on Saturday, May 2, 9 – 11 a.m. (light rain or shine). This year, we’ll be cleaning up the stretch of the creek located between The Shoppes at Knollwood and Target. Bags, gloves and waders will be provided. Children must have an adult supervisor present. Interested volunteers should meet in the southeast corner of the Bremer Bank building parking lot. No registration required.

Event volunteers

The city needs volunteers for various community events. Volunteering at city events is a great way to connect with your neighbors and give back to the community. Get signed up and receive notifications when event volunteers are needed.

Administrative volunteer

An administrative volunteer is needed in the accounting department to help with light filing and preparing documents to be scanned. The volunteer should be able to work a minimum of two hours per week, and should be comfortable with technology.

Adopt-a-Drain program

Help us protect our lakes, streams and wetlands by adopting a storm drain and keeping it clear of leaves, trash and other debris. The simple act of sweeping up around a storm drain helps protect local lakes and rivers by preventing pollution from entering our shared waterways.

To adopt a storm drain, visit Adopt-a-Drain.org. Simply create an account with your name and address to claim your storm drain. Once you’ve signed up, Adopt-a-Storm-Drain will send you tips on how to clean up safely.

With more than 300,000 storm drains in the metro area, everyone’s help is important in making an impact! Learn more on Clean Water Minnesota's website.

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, contact Assistant Chief Cary Smith at 952.924.2171.

Fire hydrant painting

More than 1,500 St. Louis Park fire hydrants are in need of your help! This opportunity can be for individuals or groups, painting one or more hydrants in your neighborhood. Training and materials provided. 

Pick up the Park

Help beautify St. Louis Park by picking up litter and debris from a local park or street! This is a great activity for individuals and groups of all ages and can be done on your own time. The city provides gloves and bags. 

Garden adoption

Help plant and maintain one of our city flower gardens this spring. Flowers are provided, and you can plant on your won time. Volunteers maintain the flower gardens throughout the summer.

Adopt a Spot

Help keep St. Louis Park beautiful by adopting a spot to care for! Your "spot" can be a park garden, playground, trail, road or any public space in the city. Once adopted, monitor your spot to ensure it is well cared for, litter free and report any repairs to the city.

Health in the Park Champion

Become and advocate for community health and wellbeing in St. Louis Park! Health in the Park Champions work on initiatives revolving around healthy eating, active living and mental health topics to improve the wellbeing of residents in St. Louis Park.

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 visit boards and commissions page.

 


Volunteer opportunities with other organizations

If you have questions about the following volunteer opportunities, 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, visit St. Louis Park Community Education.

Sholom Homes

Sholom Homes is a senior living community focused on providing the best environment to support their residents and their needs. Their volunteer needs have a wide range, including visiting with residents and hospice volunteers. They can accommodate long and short-term volunteer opportunities, along with those that want to volunteer on a more as needed basis. Complete the online volunteer application or email info@sholom.com.

Help at Your Door

Help at Your Door helps seniors and individuals with disabilities maintain their independence and continue to live in their homes. Volunteers are critical in providing these services. Volunteers can help as often as once a week or as little as once a month, on a schedule you choose. Current volunteer opportunities include driver, home helper, handyperson, grocery helper, client advocate and office support.

Contact volunteer@helpatyourdoor.org or call 651.642.1892 to learn more.

Park Nicollet Health Services

Park Nicollet Health Services is seeking volunteers across their organization. The mission of the Volunteer Services Department is to improve the health and well-being of their patients, families and community through partnerships, philanthropy and volunteerism. Learn more about their volunteer opportunities.