This volunteer page has four parts.
PART ONE: Current United Way volunteer opportunities
PART TWO: Volunteer opportunities that can be done during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
PART THREE: A yearly breakout of all United Way volunteer opportunities.
PART FOUR: A list of volunteer opportunities from our Community Partner programs. 

Current United Way Volunteer Opportunities

Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus volunteer slots are now available! 
There are three different days to volunteer: Thursday, July 30; Tuesday, August 4; Wednesday, August 5. 
Click below to view and/or sign up.

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Little Red Bookshelf Stockers

---We are seeking volunteers to fill the Little Red Bookshelf at the following locations:
  • Canby Laundromat
  • Lyon County Law Enforcement Center in Marshall
  • Western Mental Health Center in Marshall
This opportunity takes about 10 minutes every 4-6 weeks and all books are provided by United Way.
Duties include:
  • Periodically checking the bookshelf and filling as needed.
  • Rotating out books, especially seasonal.
  • Removing damaged books from the shelf.
  • Reaching out to Shelby when you're in need of new books.
  • Coordinating with Shelby regarding pick-up and drop off of old and new books.

If you're interested in volunteering at one of these locations, or would like more information, please email Shelby: shelby.otto@unitedwayswmn.org.

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.
To access printable CLASS OF 2020 postcards, click here.
We recommend printing the postcards on cardstock.
Please contact Shelby at shelby.otto@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
Community  Needs Related to COVID-19:
  • Minnesota Responds
      o Need: Looking for volunteers, specifically with a medical background, to assist Public Health and healthcare systems during a disaster/emergency. Click here for more information.
      o Contact: Jen Nelson, 507-829-0227

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
  • Hygiene Drive Collection - individual or group opportunity
  • Hygiene Drive Sorting and Distributing - individual or group opportunity
  • Business Drive Solcitation - individual opportunity


  • Wild About Kindergarten book labeling - group opportunity
  • Wild About Kindergarten kit packing - group opportunity
  • I Love to Read Month (February)



  • Wild About Reading Assistants - individual opportunity
  • 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
  • Little Red Bookshelf Book Donation - We'd love your gently used children's books!
  • Various fundraising committees
Looking for a volunteer opportunity or have questions about volunteering with United Way? Email Shelby.Otto@UnitedWaySWMN.org.

Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities

Our Community Partner porgrams also offer volunteer opportunities. See below.
Note: These volunter opportunities may be impacted by COVID-19. Please contact the specific program you wish to volunteer for.


Esther's Kitchen

Looking for volunteers to help with cooking and/or serving and cleaning up. There are multiple shifts available; click the link to be directed to the volunteer calendar.

Kitchen Table Food Shelves

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!

      New Horizons Crisis Center

      Looking for crisis line volunteers. Volunteers provide crucial intervention services for people in crisis at the time of their greatest need.

        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.