Current Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Wilder Volunteers Make an Impact by supporting our mission in a variety of ways for both individuals and groups:
Help residents of low-income communities get access to healthy and afford able food on the TC Mobile Market bus. General Assistant volunteers assist customers and staff to ensure a positive shopping experience. If you have time to share once a month for 3-4 hours, Tuesday - Friday between 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and/or Saturdays - 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. please contact us. (Additional 1-2 hour shifts are available before 10:30 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. to stock shelves and clean the bus). We are especially in need of help with the following shifts:
- Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm – 508 Humboldt Ave, Saint Paul
- Thursdays 3:30-4:30 – Wilder Square 710 N. Milton Ave, Saint Paul
- Fridays 1:00 -3:00 pm -Parkway Gardens - 1145 Hudson Road, Saint Paul
- Fridays 3:30-5:30 – Mount Airy Hi-Rise 200 E. Arch St. Saint Paul
- Saturdays 1:00-3:00 pm – Iowa Hi-Rise 1:00-3:00 pm Iowa Ave E. Saint Paul
Help make healthy, affordable foods more accessible in low-income communities. The Restocking Assistant helps check and document accuracy of food orders received, shops at the grocery store for special order items, loads and unloads food into the bus, restocks the shelves, coolers, and freezer on the bus, loads excess inventory into the warehouse cooler, and assists the Program Coordinator in preparing the bus for the week’s operation. On the last day of the month, Restocking Assistants can also help with the monthly physical inventory count, as their schedule allows. Attend 30-minute orientation and training and commit to at least one, 4-hour shift every month. Based on the program schedule, Restocking Assistants are needed on Mondays, 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
I’ve Been in Your Shoes
The Peer Support (P.S.): I Understand program partners former caregivers with current caregivers to provide an understanding listener who has been in the situation of caregiving. After an initial in-person meeting, P.S. volunteers will connect monthly with current caregivers via phone to listen and offer support. P.S. volunteers will also receive training prior to being matched with current caregivers.
Delivering Warm Meals, Warm Smiles
Brighten someone's day delivering a hot meal and an anticipated visit from a familiar face. We are seeking Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers to deliver noon meals to older adults and those with limited mobility in the St. Paul area. Meals on Wheels visits mean so much to those in need, and routes typically take less than an hour.
Volunteer drivers are needed Monday-Friday on a daily or weekly basis, whatever your schedule permits. Join our team of volunteer drivers and spread a little sunshine!
Incredible Years Program Assistant
The Incredible Years Parent Group focuses on strengthening parents' skills by fostering involvement with their child. Helping to encourage that essential connection between parent and child, the program helps promote academic, social, and emotional skills, while reducing behavioral problems. Volunteers are fundamental to the success of the Incredible Years parent groups, assisting staff with structured activities and interacting with the young children. The program runs from 6-14 weeks, depending on the type of curriculum, with groups meeting Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The next Incredible Years Parent Group begins Tuesdays, January 13 through March 31, 2015
Love to Shop? Be a Price Checker
We have opportunities for price checker volunteers, to help ensure that TC Mobile Market prices remain below market rates. Put your shopping skills to use by going to one or more selected stores (Walmart, Cub, and/or 0Aldi) to record prices of items available at the mobile market.
The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
Bring nutritious, affordable food into low-income neighborhood as an on-call driver for the TC Mobile Market bus. The on-call driver provides back-up when one of our regular driver’s is not available to work. Bus drivers are not required to assist on the mobile market during stops, so there will be significant down-time. A Class B commercial driver’s license with air brakes endorsement is required.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Co-leader
As a co-leader for The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program, you’ll guide people caring for a friend or loved one through a self-care education class. You’ll partner with another Wilder volunteer to lead this six-session class, using a fully scripted curriculum. With your help, we can give caregivers in our community the support they need.
Enrich a Child's Mind as a Tutor
Knowledge is power and you can enrich a child's life as a homework tutor and mentor. Jackson Street Village is a supportive housing community providing permanent residence for 24 previously homeless families, enabling them to maintain their housing and maximize their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. We are seeking several tutors to assist youth with their homework, build healthy, supportive relationships, and contribute creative ideas to the JSV after-school program.
Don't See What You're Looking For?
Sometimes volunteers are looking for an opportunity to use their own special skills to serve the Foundation and our community in a unique way that we haven't advertised. If you would like to volunteer with us, but you don't see the type of opportunity you're looking for, please contact us.
Examples of skills individuals have offered:
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