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 mission
to improve lives today and for generations to come! 

Volunteering at Wilder Foundation is rewarding, impactful and flexible: volunteer on a one-time, part-time or regular basis as a team, with a buddy or solo. You have a chance to work with youth, 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
Volunteer your skills by completing this short form.

READ COURAGEOUS STORIES OF WILDER VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS

Volunteers Support the Mission and Give Back

Wilder volunteer Mary Cahill and Adult Day Health participant on a boat

“I really enjoy it and have worked with the homeless study, Ordinary Magic and backpack supply drive,” Mary's husband Mark says. Mary, in turn, has expanded her role at Wilder to include contributing as a volunteer in two homeless studies, two Ordinary Magic fundraising events, the backpack school supplies campaign, and the Wilder Community Center for Aging.

One-Day Volunteer Opportunity Turns into Ten-Year Relationship with Wilder

Stable, Supportive Housing for Youth

Sebastian Dina, participant in Wilder youth supportive housing services

With stable housing and support at Lincoln Place, a supportive housing development in Eagan for youth who have experienced homelessness, Sebastian has achieved his goals and more. “This is a great place to live,” he says. “You just have to come in and take advantage of what it has to offer.”

Determination and Stable Housing at Lincoln Place Helped Youth with Work, College, Car and Sobriety

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Impact Community

Ron Walcheski, Meals on Wheels participant

“A lot of the volunteers know my name and I know them. I look forward to their visits. I really enjoy Meals on Wheels and can’t imagine being without it,” Ron says. Decades before Ron ever received a meal, he delivered them. Today, his family continues to be involved in Meals on Wheels.

From Meals on Wheels Volunteer to Customer, Ron Walcheski Has Come Full Circle

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Volunteer Opportunities available at Wilder Foundation as a team, with a buddy or solo

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.

Know that you can make contributions in many ways. If you are passionate about music, art, computers, writing or just a history nerd like me, your contribution will be valued.

Adewale (Philip) Adenodi, Wilder Volunteer, Youth Leadership Initiative

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 this short form and we will contact you to learn about your volunteering interests and skills.

How would you like to volunteer? (Select all that apply)
How did you hear about volunteering with Wilder? (Select all that apply)

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.

Keep an eye on this page as internship opportunities are added and updated periodically.
In the meantime, check out the available volunteer opportunities.

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.

Center for Social Healing project with three Target volunteers

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