Meals on Wheels recipient Ron Walcheski with volunteer Steven Jones

Volunteer

Share your time and talent to make a difference in our community

Join the 2,400+ Wilder volunteers who donated over 21,000 hours within a year to support our community and mission! 

I volunteer, therefore I am.

Volunteering at Wilder Foundation is rewarding, impactful and flexible: choose to volunteer in-person or online and choose to volunteer on a one-time, part-time or regular basis depending on the opportunities. You have a chance to work with children, older adults and families who are receiving or participating in services and programs, lend a hand at our community and fundraising events, or work directly with Wilder staff. Internship opportunities are sometimes available within our programs and services as well.

Whatever you choose to do as a volunteer, you can make a tremendous impact on the people we serve in the greater Saint Paul area and beyond. 

Contact: volunteer@wilder.org

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Read the latest Courageous Stories of Volunteering

Four participants in the Wilder Center for Social Healing at a group outing to the Minnesota State Fair

Cambodian Americans at Wilder Center for Social Healing Remind Volunteer Kai Miller that Small Contributions Make a Difference

Upon returning to the U.S. after five years of living and working in Cambodia, I found that readjusting to life in the US was difficult. I missed Cambodia, which was—and still is—a home for me. A family friend who worked at Wilder told m...More about this story »

Wilder Meals on Wheels volunteer in mask

High school student Aine puts new driver’s license to work volunteering for Meals on Wheels

Aine, a high school senior in Saint Paul, knew she wanted to start volunteering as soon as she got her got her driver’s license at age 17 1/2. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aine put her newly minted license to work deliveri...More about this story »

Start Volunteering at Wilder Now

Wilder's volunteer opportunities can also be found on VolunteerMatch.org. Once you create an account on VolunteerMatch, you will have access to volunteering positions at Wilder as well as around the community.

 

It also encourages me to make a bigger effort with other people and communities in my life as I, once again, remind myself that the little things we do for each other really do matter.

Kai Miller, Wilder Volunteer, Center for Social Healing

Volunteer with Your Skills & Experience

Skill-based or pro-bono volunteers also contribute their experience to a variety of projects at Wilder Foundation. 

Examples of skills Wilder volunteers have offered over the years:

  • Creative or Technical Writing
  • Data Entry or Database Management
  • Project Management
  • Event or Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Bilingual/Multilingual Skills
  • Volunteer Outreach
  • Creative Arts (Painting, Drawing, Sketching)
  • Music (Guitar, Piano, Singing)

Not sure which volunteer opportunity is right for you? Tell us a little about yourself in an email to volunteer@wilder.org and we will contact you to learn about your volunteering interests and skills.

When Tim and I looked for volunteer opportunities, Wilder was my top choice to give back to and helping with Meals on Wheels was a weekly commitment we could do together.

Tim Morrell and Linda Strommer, Wilder Volunteers, Wilder Meals on Wheels

Intern at the Wilder Foundation

We work closely with schools, universities and colleges to fulfill any student intern needs. If you are interested in paid or unpaid internships, speak to your student advisor or contact Career Services in your school.

Serve with AmeriCorps Emergency Response to help Wilder Meals on Wheels

Wilder has the opportunity for an AmeriCorps Emergency Response member to support Wilder’s fast-changing Meals on Wheels program this summer. Our AmeriCorps member will make a difference by:

  • Packing and delivering meals
  • Communicating client and volunteer changes
  • Ensuring accuracy of route sheets and packing lists
  • Helping fine tune our operations during a time of transition

The AmeriCorps Emergency Response position offers 35 hours per week from June 7 to July 15. Applications are due May 27.

Woman with mask standing behind tub of frozen meals used for Wilder Meals on Wheels

As a Wilder volunteer, you help create a lasting, positive change for the families and communities we serve in Saint Paul and beyond. Thank You!

Report Your Volunteer Hours

Thank you for sharing your time with us! Please report your volunteer hours by signing into Volgistics. 

Share your courageous volunteer story

Want to tell others about your volunteering experience at Wilder?

Share your courageous story with us at volunteer@wilder.org.

Wilder employee and volunteer pack frozen meals for Meals on Wheels customers

Meals on Wheels Rolls with COVID-19 Changes to Continue Serving Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities in Saint Paul

Jack Munsell signed up in February to pack meals for other volunteers to deliver to Wilder Meals on Wheels customers in Saint Paul. Then the novel coronavirus upended life as Minnesotans know it.

Wilder Meals on Wheels made ra...More about this story »

Johanna Stammeier-Toole, a Wilder volunteer

Wilder Volunteer Loves Giving Caregivers a Break

Longtime Wilder volunteer Johanna (Jo) Stammeier-Toole has given over 1,000 hours of her time to the Wilder Community Center for Aging. Jo first started volunteering in the Adult Day Health program. When the program closed in summer 2020...More about this story »