At Lifeworks, individuals, groups, and students play a vital role by volunteering their expertise in areas such as resume development, workplace etiquette, art, technology, birding, and much more.
In the last year alone, 593 people donated more than 7,500 hours of their time supporting individuals with disabilities.
Whether you’re passionate about fishing or sports, are willing to share what you do for a living with our job seekers, or have a particular skill or interest that you’d like to contribute, we’re happy to have you as a volunteer!
Have questions about volunteering at Lifeworks? Call 651-454-2732.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities for individuals are typically available Monday through Friday during the day at one of our six Day Services locations. We believe that everyone has skills or interests worth sharing and will gladly work with you to find an opportunity that’s a good fit for you and the people we serve.
Some roles our volunteers fill include:
- Art instructor
- Book club leader
- Craft assistant
- Sports talk leader
- Community outing assistant
Service Learning and Internships
Lifeworks partners with more than a dozen colleges and universities to provide internships and service learning opportunities for students. While we’re happy to work with students studying any kind of topic, typical areas of study include: human services, psychology, and music therapy.
Service learning roles vary by location, but typically include responsibilities similar to individual volunteers. As a service learner, you might serve as a bingo caller, a card game instructor, a computer mentor, or a fishing leader, among other opportunities.
For those interested in the administrative side of our organization, we also offer internships in human resources and information technology in addition to music therapy.
Corporate Volunteer Groups
Lifeworks works with various corporate volunteer groups to create meaningful experiences for both the people with disabilities that we serve and employees who are generously donating their time.
We currently partner with volunteers from organizations like Allianz Life, who created an award-winning professionalism series for people with disabilities that has been adapted by other organizations like Prudential. We also have volunteers from businesses such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Ecolab, who engage with individuals enrolled in our Day Services program and help them access the community.
Share Your Career With Lifeworks Job Seekers
As job seekers in our Small Group Career Development program identify their strengths and areas of interest, you can make a difference by talking to them about your career journey!
- Talking with job seekers about what you do for a living
- Hosting a job tour and discussing your workplace
- Allowing a job seeker to shadow you at work
- Becoming a career mentor