Volunteering

What is Volunteering?
Volunteering is a way to commit and spend time working with non-profit organizations to give back to the community.

How to Find Places to Volunteer
1. View the list of community partners Normandale's Center for Experiential Education works with each semester; the top of the page has a list of the partners by area of interest.  You can also view our interactive map of the community partner locations. 
2. Check out the following websites:
Hands on Twin Cities
Volunteer Match
Create the Good
3. Contact the Center for Experiential Education for assistance:  servicelearning@normandale.edu, visit C 1066, or call (952) 358-8119.  

Recording Your Volunteer Hours:
If you'd like Normandale to keep track of your volunteer hours in our database complete the Service-Learning Registration; list your faculty and class as "None."  Then, have your volunteer site email your hours to servicelearning@normandale.edu.  

Why Volunteer?
There are many benefits to volunteering in the community! Here are a few:
• Build and Enhance Your Resume
Volunteering is a great way to build your resume and skills. Volunteering allows you to build on skills you already have and create new skill sets. Many employers and organizations like to see volunteer experience on your resume and if you are thinking of transferring, many college or university applications ask about volunteering experience!
• Develop a Career Network
Through getting involved in volunteering, you will gain first-hand experience networking. Networking allows you to connect and interact with other people for information about jobs and careers. Not only will you build a network, many students who volunteer at an organization are offered permanent positions after graduation.
• Enhance Your Education
Applying what you learn in the classroom in real practice is one of the best ways to learn. Volunteering at an organization of your choice that fits your needs and interests will allow you to connect learning in the classroom with hands-on experience.
• Create Positive Change
Nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers like you to make a real difference. Volunteering allows you to give your time in exchange for creating a positive impact in others' lives. Nonprofits cannot function without the help of individuals from the community.
• Be an Active Member of Your Community
Community engagement is one of the best ways to feel connected to your community. There are many diverse communities surrounding the Normandale campus and in the Twin Cities and the best way to learn about them is to become a part of them.