Volunteer

Volunteering your time and skills to help the community is rewarding. United Way St. Croix Valley welcomes your help in various ways during our campaign and fund distribution processes. Our nonprofit partners also have opportunities.

If you would like these opportunities emailed to you, sign up for our Volunteer Interest email list. If you are interested in posting a volunteer opportunity, email the details to Kate Smith and it will be posted.

Opportunities with United Way St. Croix Valley

John Coughlin Food & Resource Center Volunteer

We have opportunities for groups to volunteer at our John Coughlin Food & Resource Center. Contact Michelle Alters for more information.

Day of Caring Volunteer

The Day of Caring is our community service day where teams of volunteers work on small projects for local seniors and nonprofit agencies. We welcome individual groups who are interested in having United Way help schedule their own Day of Caring event.

Fund Distribution Volunteer

Fund distribution volunteers review selected agencies each spring and make funding recommendations to the Board of Directors. Contact Carol Joswiak for more information.

Student United Way Volunteer

If you attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, you can join its Student United Way organization and learn about even more volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community. Contact Kate Smith for more information.

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Opportunities with United Way Partner Agencies

ADRC of St. Croix County

The DayAway Program is a day respite program for older adults who are frail or have memory issues. It is offered through the ADRC of St. Croix County. This program supports caregivers' well-being by giving them time to recharge and replenish themselves. It is a fun, safe and structured environment for the care-receiver. The day includes a home cooked meal, a variety of games, crafts, exercises and movies. There are lots of laughs throughout the day. Volunteers are currently needed 9am-3pm Mondays in Hudson. Contact Tara at 715-381-4366.

The ADRC always needs volunteers to deliver meals and take older adults to medical appointments. Contact Tracy at tracy.davis@co.saint-croix.wi.us.

Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County

Receive instant gratification. Help a senior citizen or disabled adult in your community with yard work. Assist with simple chores, like raking, picking up branches, washing outside windows. Volunteer solo or as a team. Help a couple of hours. Schedule is flexible based on your availability. Contact Sheila at 715-485-9500 or info@interfaithpolk.org.

St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity

ReStore Volunteers

Volunteers are needed at both our River Falls and New Richmond ReStore locations. ReStore is a thrift store focused mostly on building and construction materials, items for home renovation, and everything in between. All of the profits generated at the ReStores go directly back to Habitat for Humanity to help build and renovate more homes.

Volunteers are needed Tuesday-Saturday to help run the cash register, pick up donations, create floor displays, and to fix and donations. This is the perfect opportunity for people who love to tinker, upcycle, and DIY or who are interested in learning how to do those things.

Flexible scheduling is available. Contact Kayla at kayla.ludwigson@scvhabitat.org or 715-425-5623.

Construction Volunteers

Do you have a passion for or are interested in learning construction? Do you want to help provide safe, decent, affordable homes for people in your community? Volunteering to do construction with St. Croix Valley Habitat is for you. We currently are finishing construction on four homes in River Falls and are looking to undertake multiple home renovation projects in Pierce and St. Croix counties, but we need your help in getting there.

Flexible scheduling is available. Contact Kayla at kayla.ludwigson@scvhabitat.org at 715-425-5623.

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Other Opportunities

Somerset Community Food Pantry

Volunteers are currently needed Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit the pantry website to download the volunteer form.

More Opportunities

United Way Worldwide has partnered with civic-minded web developers to create Volunteer Solutions, an online volunteer matching tool that is managed by local Volunteer Centers. Visit Volunteer Solutions to create a profile and find other ways to help locally. Another option to find opportunities in the St. Croix Valley area is to use the database provided by Community Thread. You can also call them at 651-439-7434 or email elena@communitythreadmn.org or lauren@communitythreadmn.org.

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Volunteer Spotlight

3M Retiree Warren Schneider

Warren Schneider, United Way volunteer and 3M retiree

The 3M Foundation has donated $250 to United Way St. Croix Valley in recognition of Warren Schneider's commitment to the community.

Schneider has far exceeded the 25 hours 3M requires for a donation. As a United Way St. Croix Valley volunteer, he has worked extensively as 2011 Campaign Co-Chair with his wife Linda Robertson. He has also been a very active United Way St. Croix Valley board member for years and was the Board President.

"3M employees and retirees generously give their time and skills to help others," said Robin Torgerson, vice-president, 3M Community Affairs. "We are pleased to recognize their commitment to their communities."

As part of the 3M Volunteer Match, the 3M Foundation will donate $250 to eligible non-profit organizations for which a 3M employee volunteers 20 hours or a 3M retiree volunteers 25 hours or more per calendar year. For more information on this program, please contact 3M Community Affairs at 651-733-0144.

Pictured above: Warren Schneider, United Way volunteer and 3M retiree

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