Volunteer Bemidji

Volunteer Bemidji is a community-wide initiative hosted by the United Way of Bemidji Area to match individuals and groups with service opportunities of mutual interest.

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Agencies reflect non-profits, civic and community organizations,
and any other group that is organizing volunteers. 

Support Within Reach

On-Call Advocate

SWR’s crisis line is a 365-day service. SWR is seeking an After-Hours Sexual Violence Advocate with a flexible schedule that may be available to work a shift per week. During shifts where you are resting, you will have the ability to continue your normal activities while ensuring that you are available for any calls coming in. SWR staff are prohibited from consuming alcohol while on call, and must remain within a 30- to 60-minute travel radius from Bemidji, MN while on-call.

On-call volunteers are required to have the mandated 40 hour advocacy training. This training is to help guide volunteers to best guide them to helping victims and survivors in a time of crisis. Support Within Reach is ready to start training today!

Additional Details

  • 18 and older
  • Is Family Friendly
  • Flexible Scheduling

Site Supervisor

Kori Nelson
k.nelson@supportwithinreach.org

Location

Support Within Reach
1510 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 56601
 

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Pet Fixers Outreach August 7

Help spread the word about responsible pet care and the work of Great River Rescue. Join us during our Pet Fixers spay/neuter clinic to meet pet owners and distribute educational materials. We especially encourage kids participating in our GRR Scouts program to get involved with this outreach.

Shifts run one hour at a time from 12 pm to 4 pm. We will contact you to see which shift works best for you.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers ages 8+
  • Family Friendly
  • Pre-registration required
  • Outdoors
  • Inclement Weather Plan: We will move the outreach inside.
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Site Supervisor

Brandon Mustful
director@greatriverrescue.com

Location

1612 Carr Lake Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

 

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Outreach at Paul Bunyan Mall
July 17 & August 20

Help spread the word about responsible pet care and the work of Great River Rescue. Join us at Paul Bunyan Mall to meet pet lovers and distribute educational materials. We especially encourage kids participating in our GRR Scouts program to get involved with this outreach.

Shifts are one hour at a time from 12 pm to 2 pm. Just sign-up and we will contact you to see which shift works best.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers ages 8+
  • Family Friendly
  • Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Site Supervisor

Brandon Mustful
director@greatriverrescue.com

Location

1401 Paul Bunyan Dr NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Pet Fixers Clinic
August 7 & 8

Each month, Great River Rescue hosts a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for qualified pet owners and caretakers. We use volunteers to help keep it affordable for our clients. Volunteers are needed to help take-in pets, do laundry, clean and sanitize equipment, get animals back to their owners, and more. Please consider volunteering for this important program.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers ages 18+
  • Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Long pants & closed toed shoes

Site Supervisor

Brandon Mustful
petfixers@greatriverrescue.com

Location

1612 Carr Lake Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601 

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Board of Directors

Volunteer time served as a Board Member. Board Members are approved through our annual membership meeting and meet monthly to govern the organization.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers should be at least 18
  • Is Not Family Friendly
  • Is Not Outdoors

Location

Great River Rescue
1612 Carr Lake Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601
 

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Foster Care

Caring for pets in your home under foster care from Great River Rescue.

Additional Details

  • Family Friendly

Supervisor

Brandon Mustful
director@greatriverrescue.com

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Mod Squad

Enrichment and training with the shelter dogs through our Mod Squad program. Mod Squad volunteers are specially trained.

Additional Details

  • Family Friendly

Supervisor

Brandon Mustful
director@greatriverrescue.com

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Board of Directors

Volunteer time served as a Board Member. Board Members are approved through our annual membership meeting and meet monthly to govern the organization.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers should be at least 18
  • Is Not Family Friendly
  • Is Not Outdoors

Location

Great River Rescue
1612 Carr Lake Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Support Within Reach

In-office Support

Support Within Reach's Bemidji Office has been remodeled to include a much larger and welcoming lobby area. We are looking for someone to greet clients as they come in the office, work on office tasks, and answer phones. This volunteer position is flexible with scheduling and will adapt to volunteer's schedule. Must be a people person hold high standards of confidentiality.

This position does require the mandated 40 hour advocacy training in which Support Within Reach can provide. We hope to hear from you!

Additional Details

  • 18 and older
  • Is Family Friendly
  • Is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Ongoing
  • 8am-5pm (Mon-Thurs), 8am-Noon (Friday)

Site Supervisor

Kori Nelson
k.nelson@supportwithinreach.org

Location

Support Within Reach
1510 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 56601
 

Volunteer

Support Within Reach

Intake Interviewer

Join our great family of volunteers!

If you are interested in people, understand computer basics, and are detail-oriented, this job could be for you!  Join a team of trained interviewers and interact with our clients in a meaningful way.  You will greet clients and enter their information into the computer, we have a monthly meeting to talk about protocol and discuss various issues. You select your availability each month. Shifts are generally 3 hours, either morning or afternoon, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You choose your schedule. This is a very flexible position.This is a seated position. Email or call with any questions.

Additional Details

  • 18 and older
  • Is Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
1260 Exchange Ave SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity

ReStore Cashier

Cashier needed for various shifts Wednesday through Friday from 10am until 5pm, Saturday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Able to operate a Square cash register (can be easily taught), provide quality customer service, handle cash, credit and check transactions.

Shift can be split to accommodate personal schedules.

Details

  • 16 years +
  • Family Friendly
  • Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

Northwoods Habitat for Humanity
1357 Exchange Avenue SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Mississippi Audubon Society

Online Admin

MHAS is looking for assistance administering our 'Google G-Suite for Nonprofits' account and website (if you know what G-Suite apps are, you probably have the right kind of skills to help us!). While we use the account for our email and online meetings, I'm sure we are not managing and taking advantage of the many other features available to us.

We also have a 'Flipcause' account for online fundraising campaigns and hosting our website which need administrative assistance too!

If you have some time and technical expertise you'd like to share with an outdoor, nature focused organization like ours we'd love to hear from you...

Details

  • Virtual

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Board of Directors

Volunteer time served as a Board Member. Board Members are approved through our annual membership meeting and meet monthly to govern the organization.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers should be at least 18
  • Is Not Family Friendly
  • Is Not Outdoors

Location

Great River Rescue
1612 Carr Lake Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Support Within Reach

Food Shelf Volunteer

Due to the nature of serving during the pandemic, we have fewer positions available. We have changed our distribution model to allow for fewer volunteers and social distancing. However, we are especially looking for volunteers who are able to commit to Fridays. We have been closed on Fridays since last year and would love to open our doors again.

Join our wonderful family of volunteers!

We are looking for new volunteers to help out M, W, and F.  We have 3-hour shifts: the morning is 9:00 to 12:15 and the afternoon is from 12:00 to approximately 3:30, though you will generally be out sooner. We can accommodate volunteers with fewer hours to give.

The morning shift is more active and includes weighing and sorting food in the warehouse and getting it out into the store area, then assisting clients with shopping. The afternoon shift is generally focused on assisting clients, however if stocking shelves and cleaning is your thing, please let us know!

We pride ourselves on being a happy and fun place to volunteer. Please let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can plan to welcome you!

Additional Details

  • 18 and older
  • Indoors
  • M, W, F 9 am - 12:15 pm or 12 - 3:30 pm

Location

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
1260 Exchange Ave SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Support Within Reach

Food Sample Preparer

We are looking for people interested in preparing samples for food shelf customers in our waiting room kitchen. If you enjoy cooking and visiting with people, this is a perfect fit! We focus on preparing samples of healthy and easy-to-make foods. We share advice and recipes with folks in order to help them learn about foods they may not be familiar with. You will choose your days, how much time you would like to spend and you choose what to cook. Shifts available are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays shifts can be from  9-12 or 12-2.

Additional Details

  • 18 and older
  • Indoors
  • M, W, F 9 am - 12:15 pm or 12 - 3:30 pm

Location

Bemidji Community Food Shelf
1260 Exchange Ave SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

City of Bemidji

Tourist Information Center Volunteer

Assist with visitor information services at the tourist information center located in downtown Bemidji in Paul Bunyan Park and provide exceptional guest services throughout the summer season.

The Tourist Information Center is open 9am-5pm Monday through Sunday.  Volunteer shifts are flexible ranging from 2 to 4 hours. Ideal shifts from 10-2pm.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provides professional, efficient, and approachable support and excellent customer service to visitors and staff alike.
  • Maintains a well informed and working knowledge of Bemidji’s attractions and services available to area visitors; acts as a liaison between visitors and these entities.
  • Assists downtown visitors by providing wayfinding directions, event information, and suggestions for local restaurants/retail and regional attractions.

Additional Details

  • 18 and older
  • Indoors
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Location

300 Bemidji Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601

Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity

Deconstruction/Salvage Crew

Occasional - we need a crew to call upon to remove cabinets, doors, windows, etc. from homes that will be demolished. Crews of 3-4 people are ideal. We provide the tools and vehicle.

 

Volunteer

Beltrami County Historical Society

Light Cleaning-Custodial Help

Beltrami County Historical Society and History Center is seeking volunteers to help us maintain the cleanliness of our spaces for our visitors.  Responsibilities will include:Vacuuming/sweeping hard floors and rugs. Dusting surfaces and blinds. Cleaning bathrooms, sinks, and wiping off water fountains. Wiping off commonly-used door handles. Generally litter pickup in and around building. Replacement of cleaning & toiletry supplies (supplies are provided) Other light cleaning duties as requested.

Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity

Construction Volunteers

On-site volunteers for 2 homes. Construction of 2 homes on Wilson Avenue SE in Bemidji. Tasks will vary, no experience required. Some on site training and safety training required prior to working on site. Volunteers will help with vary phases of construction. Skilled laborers, please call for schedule if you are interested in volunteering your time (roofing, finish work, landscaping, etc.).

Volunteer

Habitat for Humanity

ReStore Acquisition Team

Habitat's ReStore is in need of a team (2-3 people) to make weekly pickups of donated items.  Requires a clean driving record, ability to identify items acceptable for resale, and excellent communication skills to interact with our donors. Tuesday from 10am to 3pm

Volunteer

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society

Trail maintenance and other outdoor project help

MHAS needs volunteers to help maintain trails, board walks, check signs, and assist with other outdoor projects at Neilson Spearhead Center and Preserve (NSC) - our environmental science facility 11 miles southwest of Bemidji. NSC is a 466-acre tract of remote forest, wetlands, and bogs completely surrounding Spearhead Lake. Students, school groups, and visitors can hike through the preserve on a trail system that takes you around the entire lake. Along the way you can see eagle nests, towering pines, delicate bog flowers, and more. We also have a classroom/laboratory, canoe landing, caretaker's residence, and other out-buildings.Keeping everything at NSC running takes help - and we do it all with volunteer help. If you like to work on outdoor projects we'd love to have you come out and join us on a work day. Sign up to be contacted when we have a project that needs assistance.

Volunteer

Great River Rescue

Board of Directors

Volunteer time served as a Board Member. Board Members are approved through our annual membership meeting and meet monthly to govern the organization.

Additional Details

  • Volunteers should be at least 18
  • Is Not Family Friendly
  • Is Not Outdoors

Location

Great River Rescue
1612 Carr Lake Road SE
Bemidji, MN 56601

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