Off Campus Living

Students Outside

Volunteer Locally

Off-Campus Living encourages students and student organizations to get involved in community organizing and volunteer activities in the near neighborhoods. We provide an easy way for local community organizations to connect with interested students and student orgs. If you are an organization with an opportunity, please contact us!


Find an Opportunity

If interested in one of our opportunities (as an individual or as a group), please fill out this request form and we'll get in contact with you!

(If you are a community organization with an opportunity you'd like to list, please contact us at

Fall Opportunities

Hennepin County Election Judges

(@election locations across Mpls)

Dates: 11/2/21

Serving as an election judge is a great way to learn about the elections process and provide an important service to the community. Cities throughout Hennepin County are looking for election judges to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place during the 2021 elections.

Many cities are particularly looking for multilingual election judges who speak English and Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese or other languages.

Residents who are eligible to vote are eligible to be election judges. Students who are 16 or 17 years old and who are in good academic standing are also eligible.

Judges should be available for one paid training for a few hours plus a paid shift on Election Day, November 2. Pay and shift lengths vary by city.

Interested residents can contact their city election officials, or use Hennepin County’s online form. Hennepin County elections staff will forward all completed forms to local election officials.

Sign up to be an election judge in Hennepin County

Como Cookout

(@ Van Cleve Park)

Date: 10/2/21 11am - 3pm (set up 8am-11am, event help 10:45am - 1pm and 12:45pm-3pm, take down 2:45pm-5pm)

Come help SE Como get their barbeque on at the annual Como Cookout at Van Cleve Park. We’re looking for volunteers to do a variety of jobs, like anything from helping registering attendees to serving popcorn/cotton candy to helping manage some games. Volunteers will be provided with a free meal ticket and a t-shirt while supplies last! This event brings out 1,000 people, we need your help to make it a success!

Host: Off-Campus Living, SE Como Improvement Association and Van Cleve Park

Location check in: by the registration table on the patio behind the park building at Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE).

Event Link: coming soon

Sign up on our request form.

Leaf Raking or Snow Shoveling for Area Seniors

Date: to be arranged per your schedule

Location: SE Neighborhoods (Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park and SE Como)

Purpose: Help local senior citizens stay in their homes by helping with yard chores they can no longer do safely.

Instructions: Sign up online with the SE Seniors organization with some friends and make a difference today!

Previous Opportunities

(Some are annual events so check it out and let us know if you want to be contacted for the next time it's offered!)

Get Out the Vote Volunteering and Phone Bank



  • Phone Bank volunteers: We have two hour shifts available 5 days a week to work in the state demographers phone bank remotely during October. You would use a script and an auto-dialer program to contact U of M students to ask them if they are registered to vote and answer questions. You will need a smart phone or laptop and an internet connection to participate.
  • Social Media Outreach: share information about how to register to vote and why it's important. We provide a script for you to use to message your friends directly on social media. U students use to register.
  • Organization outreach: help us connect with your organizations to have them share vote registration information ( on their social media pages or via email to their members.

Use the request form to let us know if you're interested. Phone Bank volunteers can use this form to sign up.

DIY Clean Ups

Date: Saturday, Oct. 3rd for supply pick up; clean up your block that day or any time that next week!

Location: SE Como hub at Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE) and Prospect Park hub at FamilyWise parking lot (3036 University Ave SE)

Purpose: Off-Campus Living is partnering with Litter Be Gone, SE Como Improvement Association and Prospect Park Association to host some DIY Clean Up Supply Hubs.

Instructions: Stop by with your mask on and pick up clean up supplies like bags, gloves, grabbers and a great BOGO drink coupon for some great Mpls businesses. Clean up your block right away or later in the week, it's up to you! Include the trash bag and/or recycling items in your regular waste and recycling pick up. Find these locations and other Litter Be Gone supply hub locations online.

No need to sign up, just show up!

Campus Neighborhood Spring Cleanup

(week of Earth Day and after)
A coordinated effort between neighborhood organizations and Off-Campus Living.

Date: week of Earth Day and after (April 20 and after)

The goal is to pick up trash in all nearby off-campus neighborhoods. This year it is DIY due to Social Distancing requirements. Bring your own trash bag and gloves along on your walk in your neighborhood and pick up any trash and recycling you find. Dispose of it in your trash containers. Take a pic and post @offcampusgopher on social media with #DIYEarthDay to share the love!

Use the request form to contact us!

Discover Dinkytown Winter Wander

(with Greater Dinkytown Roadmap, Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association, Dinkytown Business Alliance, Preserve Historic Dinkytown, and Off-Campus Living)

Date: 1/25/20 Time: 1pm - 5pm

Location check-in: tbd (likely SE Library or Loring Pasta Bar)

Purpose: To bring together University students, other community members, and businesses in a novel community building event celebrating and supporting Dinkytown. Gather, meet your neighbors, enjoy the best of Dinkytown food, art, and community! Fill your Dinkytown Passport to sample Dinkytown restaurant specials and other deals, take in free local and student arts and performances, and connect with your neighbors!

Event link: FB event

Sign up on our request form.

SE Como Clean Sweep

(with Southeast Como Improvement Association and Off-Campus Living)

Date: 10/6 Time: 2pm - 4pm

Location check-in: Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE, Mpls)

Como Pride! Como Clean! No need to bring a broom; We'll have all the materials you'll need to clean up our neighborhood (bags, gloves, trash picker-uppers, maps, etc.). The starting point of the clean-up will be the patio at Van Cleve Park, where small teams will be assigned to a section of the neighborhood. Someone will be there to hand out materials until 2:30. Cigarette butts and plastics of any sorts are some items that need extra attention because they are especially damaging to wildlife and to the environment.

Event link: FB event

Sign up on our request form.

Prospect Park Clean Sweep

(Prospect Park Association)

Date: 10/13, 8:30am -12pm

Location: check in at Spire Credit Union, 3117 University Ave SE

The Annual Clean Sweep is sponsored by the Public Works Department of Minneapolis to help clean up tires, concrete, and brush—items that can be a hassle for normal solid waste crews to collect but are important to get to the proper facilities. The Prospect Park Association's clean up involves around 30 volunteers who drive around the neighborhood and collect this material, which is put on the curb by residents. State Farm Insurance sponsors Clean Sweep as well, enabling the team to have a free breakfast before starting the hard work.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to sign up for a spot!

Marcy Holmes Adopt-a-Street Neighborhood Clean-Up: Homecoming 2019- Day of Service

Help clean up on a stretch of 4th Street and University Avenue.

(with Marcy-Homes Neighborhood Association, U of M Alumni Association).

Date: 9/28/19 Time: 10am - 12pm

Location check-in: First Congregational Church (800 5th St SE, Mpls)

Clean up supplies provided.

Event link:

Sign up online to help!

Open Streets- University of Minnesota & Motley

(@14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, Oak St SE)

Date: 9/8/19 11am-5pm

Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing. Residents and visitors explore their neighborhood in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment. Each event encourages people to use active modes of transportation, engage in healthy living, and rethink our streets as public space.

Each Open Streets Minneapolis event is powered by over 100 volunteers who help keep the event safe, fun, and clean. Volunteering at Open Streets is great for all ages, it's a perfect family weekend outing and it's an exciting, fun, and rewarding way to be engaged with your community and your city! Not to mention, the free Open Streets T-shirt is awesome!

Host: Our Streets Minneapolis

Event link:

FB event:

Pack and Give Back

(@ Reuse Warehouse, 883 29th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414)

Dates: sorting in June, July, August, store 8/26 - 9/7

Time: Depends on the day

Pack & Give Back is a program to collect reusable items when students move and recycle them back into the community. We’re looking for volunteers to help sort items at the Reuse Program in June, July and August and help tidy up the Free Store throughout the days of the sale. This mainly includes picking up fallen items and rehanging them, restocking clothes, and other miscellaneous tasks. Volunteers will have “first dibs” and be able to take away a full bag of clothes from their shift!

Host: Todd Tanner at Reuse

Sign up for a single shift or a recurring shift!

Event link:

Pratt Ice Cream Social

Volunteers needed to set up/take down, staff tables, facilitate witch's hat tower tours, serve food, staff games, etc.

The Pratt Ice Cream Social is a fun annual outdoor event to raise funds for Pratt Community School and the Prospect Park Association. The event includes:

  • Food
  • Ice Cream (of course)
  • Live music and entertainment
  • A large silent auction
  • Plant Sale
  • Carnival Games
  • Community information tables

Date: May 31, 2019, 5:30pm-8:30pm event time (set up and take down before/after)

Location: Pratt School (66 Malcolm Ave SE) and Tower Hill Park (55 Malcolm Ave SE)

Organizers: Pratt Parent/Teacher Organization with Prospect Park Association

Use the request form to contact us!

Pre-Spring Jam Safety Outreach and Door-knocking

(evenings: April 18, 23, 24, 25, times vary)
Safety information will be handed out to neighborhood residents in areas historically affected by Spring Jam related partying.
*Coordination and materials will be provided by Off-Campus Living*

4/18 5pm-7pm

4/23 5pm-7pm

4/24 1:30pm-3:30pm

4/25 1:30pm - 3:30pm and 5pm-7pm

Use the request form to contact us!

Campus Neighborhood Spring Cleanup

Date: Sunday, April 28th, 1pm-3pm

A coordinated effort between neighborhood organizations, Off-Campus Living and the Inter-fraternity Council.
The goal is to pick up trash in all nearby off-campus neighborhoods. We’ll provide you with garbage bags and gloves to assist with the clean-up.
*Coordination and materials will be provided by Off-Campus Living or Neighborhood Coordinators*

Use the request form to contact us!

3 Locations below:

Location check-in: Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave SE, Mpls)

Event link:

  • Stadium Village Clean Up (with Prospect Park Association and Off-Campus Living)

Location check-in: Punch Pizza (802 Washington Ave SE, Mpls)

Event link:

  • Marcy Holmes Adopt-a-Street Neighborhood Clean-Up

(with Marcy-Homes Neighborhood Association, local fraternities and sororities and Off-Campus Living).

Location check-in: First Congregational Church (800 5th St SE, Mpls)

Event link:

Southeast Seniors Taste of Southeast

Volunteers needed to help Southeast Seniors host annual event. Help needed with set up, take down, check in, kitchen help, auction help, etc.

Event info: Join SE Seniors for an afternoon of tasting a buffet of delicious food provided by area restaurants, shopping a silent auction and celebrating long-time Marcy Holmes resident, Ardes Johnson.

Date: Saturday, May 4, event 12 to 3 p.m. (shifts available 9am-5pm on Saturday, and help needed Friday, 4pm-6:30pm as well)

Location: St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1500 Franklin Av. SE, Minneapolis (walking distance to the U)

Sign Up: Please contact Ann Carter at 612-331-2302 or!

If interested in attending the event if not volunteering, purchase tickets online or at the door. It's a great event with great food!

Doors Open Minneapolis - Prospect Park Water Tower Tours

Help is needed to staff the Water Tower for tours during Doors Open Minneapolis, a festival with lots of cool places in Mpls open to the public for viewing for two days.

Water Tower Hosts at the Top of the Tower provide information and safety alerts to visitors. NOTE: Volunteer will need to be able to climb the 120 steps to the top of the tower.
Water Tower Hosts at the Entrance to the Tower manage visitor access.
A tower information handout that highlights key facts and historical information will be provided to volunteers.

Date: May 18 and May 19, 10am-5pm (1 hour shifts available, opening and closing shifts are 75 minutes)

Location: Tower Hill Park (the Witch's Hat Tower) at 55 Malcolm Ave SE

Use their sign up to pick your shift(s)! Contact Phil Anderson with questions: 612 627-9471.

Distribute Snow Emergency Parking pamphlets

(@ various blocks in the Marcy Holmes, SE Como and Prospect Park area) , throughout February/March, flexible time (you choose!)

Help Off-Campus Living place snow emergency pamphlets on parked cars in the neighborhoods to educate drivers about where they can and can't park during a snow emergency. We want to help students avoid getting ticketed and towed. Help us spread the word and encourage students to download the app or sign up for text alerts for snow emergencies.

Host: Off-Campus Living

Use the request form to contact us!

Fall Neighborhood Clean-Up

(@ the Purple Onion)

Date: 10/27/18, 1pm-3pm

Come join the Office of Off-Campus Living in cleaning up our neighborhood for the new year. Check in at the Purple Onion anytime from 1 to 3p.m and we’ll even provide you with a free drink from the cafe! We’ll also provide you with garbage bags and gloves to assist with the clean-up.

Host: Off-Campus Living

Event link: