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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.


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

Spring Opportunities

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!

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

Come join the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association, Office of Off-Campus Living, and local fraternities and sororities in cleaning up our neighborhood following the Spring Jam celebrations.. We’ll provide you with garbage bags and gloves to assist with the clean-up.

Date: Sunday, April 28th, 9am-12pm

Location check-in: tbd

Hosts: Marcy-Homes Neighborhood Association and Off-Campus Living

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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)

International Pronouns Day tabling (@various residence halls on campus) Date: 10/17/18, 4:30pm - 7:00pm (shifts 30-180 minutes, 30 minute shift minimum)

The HRL Peer Facilitators are looking for volunteers to staff information tables at most residence halls for the first annual International Pronouns Day from 4:30pm to 7:00pm on October 17th. Volunteers should have some prior knowledge about gender pronouns and must take at least one-half hour shift. Short set up and take down shifts are also available before and after the events. We are looking for students, staff, and faculty alike to volunteer.

To learn more about International Pronouns Day, visit the official website here: If you have more questions about the event, contact the event’s volunteer coordinator via email:

Host: Housing & Residential Life Peer Facilitators

Event link: Learn more about the volunteering opportunity and sign up.

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

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Yard Raking for Southeast Seniors (@various locations in SE Como, Marcy Holmes and Prospect Park) Date: 11/3/18 and 11/4/18, time tba (normally 1-3 hours)

Help us with raking yards of older people living in the 55414 zip code - Marcy Holmes, Prospect Park and Southeast Como. The Southeast Seniors organization would welcome students to help again this fall. We will supply bags and rakes - just need some energetic students to help out neighbors. Please spread the word. Individuals or groups can sign up to help. Southeast Seniors is a community organization that helps local seniors remain independent and safe in their homes.

Host: Southeast Seniors

Event link: (mark down assisting with outdoor chores and note referral from OCL in the description box please!)

Hennepin County Election Judges (@election locations across Mpls) Dates: 8/14/18 and/or 11/6/18

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 2018 elections. Training occurs during the summer, so interested community members should sign up now.

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 Primary Election Day, August 14, and/or Election Day, November 6. 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.

Watch :40 election judge recruiting video

Sign up to be an election judge in Hennepin County

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Pack and Give Back (@ Reuse Warehouse, 883 29th Ave SE Minneapolis, MN 55414) Dates: sorting in August, store 8/28 - 9/8 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 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

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Como Cookout (@ Van Cleve Park) Date: 9/15/18 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

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Open Streets- University of Minnesota & Motley (@14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, Oak St SE) Date: 9/30/18 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

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