VIA Sites - Where do We Serve?

Volunteers in Action has five different service sites we have worked with for many years, developing relationships throughout the twin cities community. Each site has a different purpose, from playing music at nursing homes to tutoring children. There is sure to be a site to fit your interests! Fill out your online applications through the links below! Questions? Email Erin Mahan for more information, and check out the descriptions of our sites below. 

MEDS gives students the opportunity to volunteer at either Children’s Hospital or United Hospital in St. Paul or Minneapolis. This fulfilling position gives students the chance to interact and support the hospital staff, patients, and their families during hospital visits. This is a great way for students interested in the healthcare field to get experience in a healthcare setting. It is also a great way to connect with a diverse population of patients as well as making connections with health care providers and volunteers interested in health and service.

MEDS volunteers must be willing to commit to serving one three-hour shift per week; however, the scheduling of these shifts is very flexible, and it possible to switch the day of your shift according to your specific schedule!

EMAIL the Site Leader for MEDS at cost7257@stthomas.edu to start volunteering!

If you have a soft spot for the elderly, this club is a great opportunity to get off campus and make someone’s day. Adopt A Grandparent involves socializing and befriending the elderly at Golden Living Center through conversation and activities. These conversations provide students the chance to build a relationship with the residents on a personal level. We do several activities such as playing bingo, games, and painting nails, with something special for the residents each holiday. Come adopt a grandparent with us!

Tuesdays Convo Hour (12:00pm-1:15pm)

Thursdays Convo Hour (12:00pm-1:15pm)

EMAIL the Site Leader for AAG at ajluckraft@stthomas.edu to start volunteering!

Harmony Crew strives to enhance the lives of people in local hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care centers through music performances and social interactions. Students of all levels of musical ability and experience are invited to share their musical talents, enthusiasm and compassion with our local community.

-Thursday, Oct. 4th (Carondelet Village)
-Thursday, Oct. 18th (Vets Home)
-Tuesday Nov. 6th (Villas of Lilydale)
-Tuesday Nov. 27th (Episcopal Homes

EMAIL the Site Leader for Harmony Crew at coch5015@stthomas.edu to start volunteering!

St. Mark’s is a Catholic pre-K through 8th grade school in close proximity to UST. St. Mark’s is committed to small class sizes, personalized attention, and differentiated instruction. This is all clearly seen in just one tour of the school! Volunteering at St. Mark’s gives you a chance to relive your childhood and make an impact in the life of students. Help tutor middle schoolers in math, make connections with the students at lunch or help in a classroom. Volunteers are needed every day. 

  • 9:00 - 11:00 Catechesis of the Good Shepard (Preschool Room) - help the preschool teacher during their "bible study" time. Only one volunteer needed per day

  • 10:45 - 12:00 Lunch hour - help the staff with overseeing lunch time. Could be extended to 10:30 - 12:15 if you would like to help oversee recess. 2-3 volunteers needed per day

  • 2:30 - 6:00 (ish) (Can be broken into smaller shifts) After school program - assist teachers in after-school games and activities. The vice principal mentioned that if anyone is interested in creating their own class/activity, there is room for that! Ex: Basic yoga class. 2-3 volunteers needed per day

  • Office help is also needed at any time throughout the day - this would be a little more behind the scenes but is very needed for them!

  • One-time volunteer event: Oktoberfest at St. Mark's - October 26th, assist in games/serving food and beer/help with costume contest, etc. 5:30 - 7:00

 EMAIL the Site Leader for St. Marks chri0003@stthomas.edu to start volunteering!

A non-profit social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. They offer services to these women such as family, legal, housing, as well as development of parenting skills, help with chemical dependency, mental health care, cultural resilience, historical trauma and other family and community issues.

As volunteers, we empowering Native American women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity! 

We volunteer every Wednesday from 3:30pm-5:30pm

 EMAIL the Site Leader for St. Marks pros0011@stthomas.edu to start volunteering!