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.

Community Engagement

Share Benefits of the Twin Cities Mobile Market

Outreach Volunteers help increase awareness and promote the benefits of the Twin Cities Mobile Market in communities so that more residents have access to healthy and affordable foods. Duties of Outreach volunteers include distributing flyers door-to-door, displaying posters in community businesses, and working the Twin Cities Mobile Market booth at community events. Outreach volunteers have the flexibility to work a one-time event or commit to ongoing activities as their schedules permit.

Stock That Bus

The Twin Cities Mobile Market Restocking Assistant checks the accuracy of food orders received, shops for special order items, loads and unloads food onto the bus, restocks shelves, coolers, and freezers, and assists the Program Coordinator prepare for the upcoming week's operations.

On the last day of each month, the Restocking Assistant will also help with the monthly physical inventory count. Restocking Assistants are currently needed Mondays from 11:00-3:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity be a part of keeping the Twin Cities Mobile Market rolling into St. Paul neighborhoods. Stock that bus!

Price Checking - It's Easy, Fast, and Worthwhile

We have opportunities for volunteers to check prices ensuring that the Twin Cities 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 Aldi) to record prices of items available on the mobile market bus.

A Friendly Face and a Hot Meal

Brighten someone's day by delivering a hot meal and an anticipated visit from a welcome 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 our participants 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!

Dining Room Assistant Wanted

Put a smile on someone’s face, as you serve a hearty noon meal to older adults. You’ll assist the Wilder Adult Day Health staff with set-up, clean-up and meal service, and be rewarded with grateful smiles from the clients we serve. Work with our program coordinator to determine the dates and times which fit your schedule.

Caregiver Services Opportunities

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Instructor
Lead a one hour Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance class for older adults and their caregivers twice a week for twelve weeks. This exercise program is designed specifically to address fall prevention in older adults and has modified 8 Yang Style Tai Chi forms with the input from PTs to focus on balance, strength and flexibility.
The exercise includes both seated and standing movements and participants can do them all seated if necessary. The movements are slow, continuous and can be repeated as many times as necessary. The emphasis of the class is on being present, aware of how our bodies are moving and breathing for relaxation. You will be trained by Dr. Fuzhong Li, Oregon Research Institute. With your help, we can offer this valuable program to older adults and their caregivers!

Peer Support

The Peer Support (P.S.): I Understand program matches former caregivers with current caregivers to provide an understanding listener for current caregivers. Former and current caregivers will connect monthly via phone after an initial in-person meeting. P.S. Volunteers will be trained prior to being matched with current caregivers.

Put Your Communications Skills to Good Use

The Communications Assistant provides marketing and communications support through the development of a quarterly e-newsletter, flyers and other marketing materials.

Other Caregiver Services positions:

  • Administration Front Desk Coverage
  • Adult Day Health Outings Assistant
  • Adult Day Health Program Helper
  • Caregiver Services Caregiver Connector
  • Caregiver Services Communication Assistant
  • Caregiver Services Community Engagement - Hmong Community
  • Caregiver Services Community Engagement - African American Community

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:
  • Newsletter / Writing
  • Raisers Edge
  • Project Management
  • Event Planning
 
Email volunteers@wilder.org if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you!
 

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Do you have experience with caregiving? P.S. I Understand would love your help. The program matches people who are currently providing care to a trained former caregiver who is at least one year past his or her caregiving experience.

Interested? Email volunteers@wilder.org