- Country Day Cooperative Preschool
The Country Day Cooperative Preschool is a non–profit preschool serving children from age 3–5.
- Reading buddies (to read with children one–on–one or in small groups
- help with prepping and set up for each week
- exploring a musical instrument or how music works
- having a regular weekly or monthly poetry or science activity
- having a regular weekly or monthly language lesson (foreign languages)
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Tuesday/Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon
A criminal background check and interview are required.
- Developmental Achievement Center
The DAC is licensed as a Day Training and Habilitation center. Primary mission is to provide work opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The DAC also provides therapies and activities for those unable to work and serves people with other diagnoses such as traumatic brain injury or mental health issues.
- Assisting with Personal care and feeding
- Help with our car detailing operation
- Jobsites – help facilitate worksites
- Help out with the workshop – manufacturing of simple goods
- Modification of our website – stevenscodac.org
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A criminal background check is required.
- Heartland Girls’ Ranch
Heartland Girls Ranch is a group home for girls ages 12-21. Currently we have 3 houses: one for adolescent girls with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, one specifically for girls who have been sexually exploited, and one for girls who have successfully completed one of the main programs and are now focusing on learning independent living skills. The mission of Heartland Girls Ranch is to provide strength-based, trauma-informed services and therapeutic equine programming in a safe and supportive environment that empowers girls to experience success and write a new story for themselves.
- providing specific recreational and educational activities
Volunteers are most needed after school, evenings, and weekends.
Volunteers are required to complete a background check and a few hours of training.
- Legacy Home
Legacy Home provides care in a small, residential setting to elders and others with special needs.
- Companionship for consumers
- plan activities with elders based on their interests
- Community programs to teach about dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
Legacy Home is a 24/7 facility, but volunteers are most needed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Morris Area Chamber of Commerce
The purpose of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce is to maximize a progressive business community while enhancing community pride. The Chamber is a resource for local businesses and a center for promoting the Morris community.
- Covering the office
- conducting mailings
- answering phones during business hours
- could help with existing fundraisers
- plan and implement new fundraising ideas
- Summer Needs: volunteers are needed to help prepare for Prairie Pioneer Days
- Morris Area Community Education
The Morris Area Community Education office provides enrichment and recreation programs for children and adults in the community. The office offers a broad range of classes for adults and children, recreational opportunities, and Adult Basic Education classes. In addition, the office partners with UMM to offer an after school program we call The Zone/TREC for elementary students and a program called Study Lounge for high school students.
- Instructors are needed for innovative courses for kids and adults
- Adult Basic Education courses to teach basic English skills to those whose first language is not English on Wednesday evenings (with additional opportunities available through UMM’s Community ESL Program
- Offer preparation courses for those who wish to take their GED on Wednesday evenings.
- Spanish speakers to assist with Morris Area Bilingual Preschool activities.
- Tutors are needed for the TREC program, which offers both paid and unpaid tutoring opportunities
Community Education courses can occur on any day of the week/at any time, depending on instructor’s schedule. ABE and ESL classes are Wednesday evenings. The Morris Area Bilingual Preschool meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The TREC program includes multiple options, outlined here.
For projects involving work with children, a criminal background check is required. A twelve hour MN Literacy Council training is required for those wishing to teach adult ESL; this training is offered at the start of each semester in Morris.
- Morris Area School District
The Morris Area School District is a public school district serving children in pre–K through 12th grade. The school’s Strategic Planning Committee is working to increase the schools’ volunteer base.
- Adults to provide lunch supervision – 11:05–11:39 a.m., 11:59–12:33 p.m.
- Staffing for the school library – Various times available
- Classroom teachers often need assistance with particular lessons or programs. Classes run from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
- Special Ed staff needs 1:1 tutors – 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
- Reading Recovery: this program is used to assist students who are working to improve their reading ability with the help of others – 9:30–10:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., 12:30–1:30 p.m.
- The district would like a group to plan, implement, collect data, and analyze a parent survey
- Fall and Spring Musical help: students could help with directing, assisting with scene production as well as costume production for both musicals. Musical practices occur after school hours and in the evenings
See opportunities for more information about specific time frames for each.
A criminal background check is required.
- Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority
The aim of the Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority is to ensure that healthy, safe, affordable, and adequately maintained housing is available for the residents of the Morris Community. In order to achieve this mission we will: recognize the residents as our customer; seek problem-solving partnerships with the residents, community, and government leadership; review and update policies on a regular basis and ensure policies are enforced; act as an agent for positive necessary change; remain committed to improving housing for the citizens of the City of Morris; efficiently apply limited resources.
The Rental Housing Commission is a non-profit government agency with a board of directors appointed by the mayor. It is also funded by taxes and HUD. There are separate city and county housing authorities. The Rental Housing Commission is a volunteer organization on which the HRA is an ex-officio advisor because the group manages rental licensing. The Rental Housing Commission members are city appointed, and the commission’s role is to educate landlords and tenants to improve housing situation in the city.
Grandview Apartments, which is managed by the MHRA, houses low-income residents, including people with disabilities and elderly people.
- Volunteers are needed to make hot meals to be served to about 6 to 12 senior citizens at Grandview each day
- Door-to-door deliveries of fruit bags
- Other free, healthy foods would also be welcomed
- Produce and edit videos for elders to preview apartments
- Produce and edit a video for public access channel about landlord/tenant rights
- Design a creative print advertisement directing people to rental housing website
- Assist with updating our website
- Translation, especially into Spanish language, is especially urgent
- Improve process for foreign students in unclear rental situations
- Landlord surveys every 3–5 years for basic information
- project about feasibility of “no mow” grass
The office is open from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Volunteers at Grandview Apartments are most needed between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Morris Theatre Cooperative
The Morris Theatre Cooperative is committed to offering area residents an exceptional movie-going experience. Our intent is to rehabilitate the current historic Morris Theatre, consistent with its original architecture and decor as designed and built by B.J. Benfield in 1940, and continue the long tradition of bringing first-run movies to our area.
- Selling tickets at the ticket booth
- Selling concessions
- Operating the projector and the sound
- Helping clean the theatre
- Performing minor maintenance projects
Movies are shown at 7 and 9 p.m. nightly; there are also 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays most weeks.
Individual or group training sessions can be arranged in the evenings.
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- Morris Wetland Management District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Morris Wetland Management District includes 244 waterfowl production areas, encompassing over 50,000 acres scattered throughout an eight-county area. Like other wetland management districts in the prairie states, the goal of the Morris District is to restore and protect sufficient wetland and grassland habitat to meet the needs of prairie wildlife, particularly breeding waterfowl, as well as provide places for public recreation.
- Volunteers for annual fall seed harvest
- Provide art for the center
- Creating coloring book pages related to the wetlands for children
- Promotional assistance for short-term, one-day volunteer projects
- Checking of nest structures; the waterfowl nest structure development stages in the wintertime need assessment
Wildlife response to water level management
There are about 30 water control structures scattered throughout the district, most of which involve somewhat limited control over water level management (especially compared to some of our river refuges that have pumps and a constant supply of water). We try to manage a few of these as more seasonal pair habitat, but we have some problems with cattail and/or reed canary grass encroachment. This project could include invertebrate and possible waterfowl and shorebird surveys on these basins. This could also be a multiple-year project, as we try some different methods to control the cattail.
Wild rice occurrence in prairie wetlands
We have incidentally found wild rice on some of our WPAs and it is likely that there is more out there. None of our known rice locations are included in Ownbey and Morley’s Vascular Plants of Minnesota, nor are the beds as extensive and significant as those found in the transition and forested areas of the state, but it would be good to get a better grasp on just how much is out there. We are especially interested in rice in the wetlands where we have water control structures. A larger question would be the relative importance of wild rice for migratory prairie ducks in western MN, and if, when and where it would be reasonable to try to establish wild rice in our district.
Shallow lake inventories
The status of shallow lakes in Minnesota is a topic of increasing interest to many agencies and organizations. We are interested in getting shallow lakes inventories done on several WPAs (especially including those that fall in our priority management areas). Ultimately we need to know the condition of these permanent wetlands and what we can do to improve them (e.g., fish barriers, reverse aeration). Either in conjunction with this or as a separate project, it would be interesting to assemble the data collected in a rough fish inventory done in the Morris WMD in 1985 and do some similar surveys today to see if those fish populations have changed. Other general fish-in-wetlands issues include those surrounding the baitfish industry and walleye stocking.
There are many baseline surveys that should be done in the district, including small mammals, reptiles, nocturnal birds (especially owls), colonial water birds, and invertebrates. It would also be useful to have some targeted, species–specific surveys for animals and plants that are of some special concern or that are somewhat unique to a certain part of the district (e.g., Dakota skipper, burrowing owl, and other state-listed species. Wild rice and five-lined skink fall into this category and have already been discussed).
Landscape–level drainage planning
The conservation community needs to get more involved in helping the public make intelligent decisions about the design of drainage systems. Although often framed as an agricultural issue, the movement of water across the landscape has larger implications for the nation (water quality, flooding, fish and wildlife habitat, etc.). From the perspective of a business decision made by an individual agricultural producer or drainage district, each drainage action makes sense. Yet, collectively, we are not managing the landscape well. Are there better ways to take a landscape scale approach? This could be an interesting research project for a student interested in policy issues – looking into drainage law and helping us to determine what we can do to influence drainage policy.
Five–lined skink (Eumeces fasciatus)
There is an isolated population of this state species of concern in the upper Minnesota River valley. We have a habitat easement in Yellow Medicine County with two or three known occurrences of the species (with several more in the immediate vicinity). In 2006 a University of Minnesota Morris student did a survey at the site and found one five-lined skink. The easement property has a lot of remnant prairie that is being heavily encroached by red cedar, which is a known threat to this skink. Since that survey was done, we have done extensive tree removal work at the site and we’d like a follow-up survey to reassess the skink population. This project could involve surveys for the species on the easement and a nearby DNR Scientific and Natural Area.
Temporary and Seasonal Wetland Management
Temporary and seasonal wetlands are important for attracting breeding waterfowl to a landscape. Many of these wetlands are susceptible to encroachment by invasive reed canary grass and cattail. Even if landscape models show that an area has a good density of these wetlands, they are often vegetation choked and provide minimal habitat in most years. We are exploring various management tools to improve breeding waterfowl habitat in temporary and seasonal wetlands. We are monitoring the vegetation and waterfowl response in the basins but are also interested in non-game (particularly shorebird) and invertebrate responses as well.
Special service days are usually scheduled on Saturdays. The office is open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.
- North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab
The mission of our lab is to develop agricultural systems in the Midwest that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable by providing knowledge and technologies for proper land, crop and weed management to enhance the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils and to improve environmental quality. The soils lab conducts and publishes research related to the mission.
The lab needs students to work with scientists and lab technicians on a day to day basis. Tasks include:
- fieldwork (taking soil samples) during the summer
- lab work all year around
- physical and chemical analysis of soil
- extraction of oils, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. from the soil
- and use of basic and complex lab equipment
The Soils Lab requests a resume forwarded from the Office of Community Engagement, followed by an interview. Those majoring in the sciences are especially encouraged to volunteer.
- Pomme de Terre Food Co–op
Pomme de Terre Food Co-op’s mission is to provide the community with quality natural products and local foods and to promote care for the environment in a spirit of cooperation and volunteerism.
- Running the store during its open hours. Shifts are from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 2 p.m.–6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12–4 p.m. on Sundays.
- Completing various projects (newsletter, brochure, signs at store, art work, website)
- Promotional events such as tabling at the university, etc.
- store cleaning
- Coordinators are for various departments (i.e. spices, cheese, bulk, etc.)
- Weekdays: 9 a.m.-noon; noon-2 p.m.; 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
- Sundays: noon-4 p.m.
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- Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA)
The mission of the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance is to advocate, promote, and coordinate arts, heritage, and cultural activities in Stevens County and the surrounding area by:
- Supporting the creativity of all people
- Welcoming and celebrating a variety of cultures and perspectives
- Weaving arts, culture, and heritage into the fabric of the community
- Creating a physical place to see, do, and experience art/culture/heritage
The PRCA has an art gallery and shop on Atlantic Avenue that is run completely by volunteers. The PRCA also offers a summer arts camp for children and an after school arts program. Classes for people of all ages are offered by the PRCA.
- Art gallery—sell art and inform those who enter the gallery. The shifts are from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 2 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Volunteers to volunteer for specific projects, such as the annual auction
- Volunteers to assist with the annual Prairie Camp, after school arts programming, and other efforts at engaging children
- Volunteers to teach classes at the PRCA. All genres of art welcome!
- Assistance with committees (membership, fundraising, gallery, volunteers, classes)
- Sunday – Monday: Closed
- Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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- Saint Mary’s Elementary School
St. Mary’s is a public, Catholic elementary school.
- Helping students in academic areas (by reading to or being able to read to someone else, working on flashcards, writing, etc.) or through playground supervision or copying for the teachers. Hours of high need are 8 a.m.–noon
A criminal background check is required.
- Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a Christian, non-profit that does not receive any funding from the government. It was started in 1865 by a Methodist minister named William Booth who felt the church was turning away the very people whom Jesus had most welcomed (the poor, the “unclean,” etc.). He preached “Soap, Soup, and Salvation;” he believed Christians should not simply preach the word but actually live it by providing for the needy. Today, while the organization is a Christian organization, it serves anyone in need, regardless of their faith, and the staff does not proselytize.
There are no regulations about who can be helped by the Salvation Army, since there is no government funding. There are no specific income guidelines. However, the Salvation Army wants to empower people to help themselves as much as possible. So, they follow “a hand up, not a hand out” policy, and try to help people get out of poverty while also providing for immediate needs. They are especially concerned about people who fall through the cracks—who are waiting to hear back from county Human Services after a crisis, or who have income that is slightly too high to receive other services. The Salvation Army has seen a 25 percent increase in need in the last year.
- Toys for Tots and Adopt a Family programs—both programs run during the holiday season
- Thrift Store—the thrift store provides community members with a place to get items for very cheap, and also serves as a fundraiser for the programs offered by the Salvation Army. Volunteers are needed to staff the thrift store and to assist with sorting and shelving donations.
- Baby Layettes—every child born at SCMC receives a baby layette; babies born elsewhere to families within Stevens County also receive them if Salvation Army learns about the family. It includes a blanket, onesies, sleepers, socks, and baby announcements. The idea for the layettes is that all babies are welcomed to the community. Also, Public Health wants to do a well-baby check for all new families, and if they call and say they have a free gift, families are more likely to invite them to come. The Salvation Army provides about 500 layettes each year.
- Fruit baskets—Salvation Army volunteers put together fruit baskets (healthy foods) to deliver to elders living alone or in residential settings. Salvation Army provides vouchers to purchase the foods to volunteers who want to take this on.
- Bell ringers during the holiday season.
- Groups to plan innovative fundraisers to benefit the Salvation Army’s work
- Back To School Project: Help needed to collect needed supplies and help putting backpacks together.
- Disaster Services: Students could go through Disaster Training which would make them eligible to help out during a disaster; locally, statewide, or even nationwide depending on what they want to do. Initial training is 2 days and if enough people sign up, offered locally, or can be taken either in Fargo, Brainerd, or Twin Cities area. This may include helping out during "Disaster Drills/Planning"
- Someplace Safe of Stevens County
Someplace Safe is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate violence in West Central Minnesota and beyond. The agency was incorporated in 1979 as a 501(c)3, private non-profit corporation dedicated to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence. Since that time, we have grown and expanded our services to better meet the needs of victims and survivors in our area. Someplace Safe’s programming currently includes: a 24-Hour Crisis Line; Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault and General Crimes Advocacy services; Parenting Time Centers for parent-child exchanges and supervised visitation; Short Term Emergency Placement Services (S.T.E.P.S.); and two Thrift Stores to help fulfill client and community needs.
- Thrift Store: Volunteers can work at Someplace Safe's Thrift Store sorting donations and stock shelves.
- Events:Someplace Safe hosts fundraisers and special awareness events each year. Volunteers would help to organize and staff these. Dates vary each year. October is domestic violence prevention month, April is sexual violence prevention month, and during these months, Someplace Safe could use help with writing informational letters to newspapers and creating informational advertisements for radio and displays in the community. Volunteers can also be instrumental in event planning and preparation in September and March.
- Social Media: Someplace Safe moderates 2 Facebook pages in Stevens County—one for the advocacy office and one for the Stevens County Violence Prevention Task Force. Volunteers can help us keep these pages current.
- Tabling in the Student Center: During violence prevent campaigns, we need volunteers to table in the student center to promote awareness and sometimes do some fundraising.
The Someplace Safe Advocacy Office in Morris is generally open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Fundraisers and special awareness events tend to take place in the evenings and on weekends.
The Someplace Safe Thrift Store is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
A criminal background check is required.
- Stevens Community Medical Center
Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC) is a full service doctor’s office and hospital.
- Gift shop
- Courage Cottage
- Information Desk/Hospital Greeters
- OR/Procedure lobby attendent
- Office work
- Special projects/events
- SCMC Auxiliary
- Nursing Floor - 2 hour shifts daily from 4-6 bringing activity care to patients
- Stevens County Food Shelf
The Stevens County Food Shelf provides food for needy families. Those in need can come to the Food Shelf to get food and toiletries once each month.
March is Food Shelf Month; the Food Shelf collects money and food all year long, but many organizations choose to make a special effort in March. Fundraisers are always welcome. University of Minnesota, Morris students organize money and can collection in October (Trick or Can) and a fundraiser (Bread ’N Bowls) in April or May. There is also a need for Spanish speakers to assist during hours of operation.
- Monday: 2:30–3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
- Thursday: 5:30–6:30 p.m.
- Friday: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
- Stevens County Historical Society and Museum
The Stevens County Historical Society works to preserve, collect and use as educational material artifacts that pertain to the history of Stevens County. The museum offers traveling displays, a historical show every spring, and as an annual Horizontal Grandeur art show (with a national call to artists to enter art inspired by the prairie). Visitors can also do research about regional history at the museum. The museum also offers workshops and lectures.
- Tours of the museum
- Assist museum staff on specific exhibits and research projects, help with the collections
- Stevens County Human Services
Stevens County Human Services is a public agency committed to fulfilling the mandate of providing financial assistance to Stevens County residents and meeting the human and social service needs of the community.
- drivers for public transportation
- volunteers for Salvation Army projects
- help at food shelf and meeting various needs at drop-in center for people with mental illness
- Promotional campaigns to recruit foster parents in the county
- Stevens Community Humane Society
The mission of the Stevens Community Humane Society is to promote healthy pet ownership and prevent the abuse and neglect of companion animals in Stevens County and provide assistance to surrounding counties.
- cleaning kennels
- walking dogs
- help with socializing animals
- volunteers for fundraisers are needed to staff tables for at Willie’s or at the UMM Campus
- Adoption day at ShopKo on the first Saturday of the month between 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Spay/neuter postcard campaign
- Assisting with website updates
A training must be arranged, and volunteers must attend monthly volunteer meetings.
- West Central Research and Outreach Center
WCROC provides leadership in the generation and dissemination of research-based knowledge that addresses agricultural and rural issues. The WCROC serves people within Stevens County, the State of MN, ND, SD, and Iowa State University. Research focuses on dairy, swine, flowers, sheep, field crops and nutrition education for private and/or individual use.
- weeding projects
- assisting with horticulture nights
- picking strawberries
- West Wind Village
Speciializing in Short-Term Rehab and Long-Term Care, West Wind Village is a full-service long-term care facility that provides health care, spiritual/religious guidance, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and recreational/social/therapeutic activities for its residents. West Wind Village believes in a resident centered, hospitaility care model. We strive to enhance each individual's life with professional and caring services, and to help each resident achieve his or her highest potential. West Wind Village cares for approximately 145 residents on an average year. Of those residents, approximately 99% are residents of Morris and surrounding communities.
West Wind Village offers services in:
- 24 hour skilled nursing care
- Pastoral Care and Religious Services
- Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy (on-site)
- Wound, IV Therapy and Ostomy Care
- Psychiatric Consultants
- Specialized Alzheimer's/Dementia Care (Rossberg Center)
- Therapeutic Recreation (individualized, small group, large group, volunteer)
- Beauty and Barber Services
West Wind Village also offers scholarships for qualifying programs that provide training and education. Contact us today to find out more!
- Reminiscing with residents
- 1:1 Visits
- Manicures/hair set
- Exercise Groups
- Assisting and playing Bingo
- Coffee & Socializing
- Music entertainment
Volunteers are welcome in all departments (Nursing, Dietary, Activities, Therapies - PT/OT/SLP, Environmental Services, Administration)
A criminal background check is required.