Volunteer opportunities that can be done during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A yearly breakout of all United Way volunteer opportunities.
A list of volunteer opportunities from our Community Partner programs. 


COVID-19 and Social Distancing Volunteer Opportunities

**To access the printable PDF document of volunteer ideas, click here.**
To access printable THANK YOU postcards, click here.
We recommend printing the postcards on cardstock.
Please contact unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org if:
   • You have photos and/or videos of your volunteer experience – we’d love to see them!
   • You have a volunteer idea you’d like to share
   • You are, or your organization is, in need of volunteers and would like the opportunity posted to the public
   • You are, or your group is, interested in volunteering but would like to further discuss opportunities

Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community!
This section provides you with information regarding seasonal volunteering with United Way.


  • Read for the Record Book Labeling - group opportunity
  • Volunteer Readers for Read for the Record - individual opportunity, multiple locations available


  • I Love to Read Month (February)



  • Born Learning Trail Painting - individual or group opportunity
  • Stuff the Bus Collection Site - group opportunity
  • Stuff the Bus Sorting and Distributing - individual or group opportunity, multiple shifts available


  • Little Red Bookshelf Shelf Stocker - individual or family opportunity, multiple locations available
  • Various fundraising committees
Looking for a volunteer opportunity or have questions about volunteering with United Way? Email UnitedWay@UnitedWaySWMN.org.

Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities

Our Community Partner porgrams also offer volunteer opportunities. See below.
Note: These volunteer opportunities may be impacted by COVID-19. Please contact the specific program you wish to volunteer for.
Prairie Five Community Action Council Opportunity in Canby
WHAT:  Home Delivered Meal Delivery People
WHEN:  November 1, 2020 and beyond
TIME:  11:00 am – 11:45 am
WHO:  People who have access to transportation and can lift up to 15 lbs.  People can reserve one day per week, twice per month or an entire week.  We will try to accommodate        everyone’s schedules.

Currently, the participants receive a week’s worth of frozen meals on Mondays.  We would like to transition to delivering daily hot meals to participants in Canby.  The meals will be sealed in disposable individual trays and placed in transport bags.  The volunteers will receive the route that they can follow.  These meals are important to keeping the older adults safe in their own home.

Contact Erick Hedman at 320-269-6578 or email at erick.hedman@prairiefive.org.

Big Buddies of United Community Action Partnership

Make a difference! Big Buddies is in need of youth mentors ages 17+ with a valid drivers license. Willing to spend a few hours per month with young people in the area who have similar hobbies and interests. Must pass background check. Activities scheduled or activity kits available for youth and mentor to do together.

Kitchen Table Food Shelves of United Community Action Partnership

Looking for food shelf volunteers. Volunteers do a wide variety of duties at the food shelf, including sorting/organizing food, picking up food from local stores, or assisting food shelf attendees with their shopping.

      Junior Achievement of Lyon County

      Looking for Junior Achievement volunteers. Share your personal and professional experiences and skills with students in the community and help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed and work in life. Junior Achievement provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you!

      Marshall Food4Kids

      Volunteers help pack food bags taht are sent home with students on weekends.  Please sign up for our mailing list on our website to be notified of volunteer opportunities or contact us via one of the other ways below.

      ServeMinnesota Reading Corps

      Looking for reading tutors to help kids become successful readers and learners. Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students during school hours.