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About Volunteering

updated: Monday, August 01, 2016

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.



Adopt a Spot

updated: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Volunteer for the City of St. Louis Park by adopting a public space that is in need of some TLC! Adopt-a-Spot locations can be any city-owned space, including boulevards, storm drains, or bridge underpass or overpasses. Make a difference by visiting your spot at least once a month to pick up litter and check for damage or litter. Email Laura Smith...


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers

updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The City of St. Louis Park has initiated a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and we are now taking applications for volunteers! CERT volunteers are members of a neighborhood or workplace who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their communities.

The main duty of a CERT volunteer is to be trained and prepared for disaster or an overwhelming event. They will be a integral and valued part of the St. Louis Park's operational capacity following an emergency, as an extension of the fire department.

CERT volunteers are requested to meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • St. Louis Park resident
  • Have an interest in public service and safety
  • Complete 24 hours of training - This is mandatory to take part in the CERT program.

After training, you will be an official CERT volunteer, and the time commitment is approximately 10-12 hours a quarter. This consists of quarterly trainings (mandatory) and additional community events and public service opportunities (optional). 

What does a CERT volunteer do? Volunteers are trained to:

  • Prepare for the hazards that threaten their communities.
  • Apply size-up and safety principles.
  • Locate and turn off utilities.
  • Extinguish small fires.
  • Identify hazardous materials situations.
  • Triage and treat victims.
  • Set up a medical treatment area.
  • Conduct searches and rescues in lightly and moderately damaged structures.
  • Understand the psychological impact of a disaster on themselves and others.
  • Organize CERT members and spontaneous volunteers for an effective and safe response.
  • Apply response skills in a disaster simulation.

As an extension of the fire department, you are also invited to additional trainings and community events. It will truly be an engaging and exciting opportunity. We hope you apply today!

Contact Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org for more information. 



Open Street Event Volunteers Needed

updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Walk and Talk at Walker/Lake is a family friendly open street event on October 8, focusing on being active and healthy in St. Louis Park while rediscovering the Walker/Lake street business district!

Volunteers are needed in to help at this event in the following ways:

Saturday, October 8


Set up
10 - 11 a.m.

  • Help direct vendors
  • Monitor street and help cars navigate detour
  • Set up tables, chairs, tents as needed

Greeters
Shift one: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Shift two: 1 - 3 p.m.

  • Greet visitors to the event
  • Monitor crosswalks
  • Share event information with visitors
  • Monitor activity areas for safety

Tear down
3- 4 p.m.

  • Help to clear cones, tables, chairs
  • Help to pick up litter or debris from the event

Volunteer and join the fun! To volunteer, email Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org with your desired shift!



Two Wheels on 28th Event Volunteers Needed

updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two Wheels on 28th event is a demonstration of the proposed 28th Street bike lane that will create a safe east to west connection for bikers going between the Texa-Tonka business area and the pedestrian bridge over Highway 100. Experience the added safety and comfort provided by temporary bikeways and stop at interactive booths that promote biking...


Volunteer for a City Board or Commission

updated: Thursday, June 16, 2016

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 go to www.stlouispark.org/boards-commissions.html.



Volunteer with Great River Greening at Westwood Hills Nature Center!

updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Join Great River Greening at their first public event in partnership with Westwood Hills Nature Center. 125 volunteers are needed. Invite your friends, co-workers and neighbors to this exciting event.

When: October 15, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Westwood Hills Nature Center

What: Plant grass and wildflowers, and pull buckthorn

To sign up, fill out the form located here: volunteer sign up form.

Questions? Contact Katie Brom at kmccann@greatrivergreening.org

Once a golf course, this 160-acre site is now a beautiful natural area filled with rolling hills of prairie, savanna, and big woods habitat surrounding a lake and wetland. Volunteers at this event will hike into the wooded hills of the park to clear buckthorn and plant native grasses and wildflowers.

This project is made possible with support from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the City of St. Louis Park.



Wellness Action Network

updated: Monday, August 01, 2016

Do you have a passion for health and wellness in St. Louis Park and have a desire to see a healthier community? Join St. Louis Park's Wellness Action Network, a group of individuals who stay informed on health and wellness related activities and volunteer their time at community events to promote health and wellness.

Age 16+

No minimum time commitment required. Volunteers are notified when opportunities arise and get involved as it fits their schedule. 

To get on the Wellness Action Network distribution list, complete a volunteer application form and you'll be notified next time there is an event to get involved in!

Questions? Email Volunteer and Wellness Coordinator, Laura Smith at lsmith@stlouispark.org.



Hydrant Hero

updated: Thursday, September 01, 2016

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.



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Volunteering Programs
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: 952.928.2847 Email: info@stlouispark.org