Serving others during your time in law school will ensure that you remain a member of the broader community and foster your commitment to pro bono work throughout your legal career.
At St. Thomas Law, we recognize that lawyers are in a strong position to effect positive institutional and social change. As such, we expect and encourage all law students to explore a variety of ways their interests, skills and talents can best serve the public. As a requirement for graduation, all J.D. students must complete 50 hours of public service during law school.
"The PSB will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Program. Its duties will include maintaining and distributing to students information about public service opportunities; overseeing the maintenance of the on-line public service reporting system; making determinations as to whether particular service constitutes “qualifying public service” within these Guidelines; and maintaining records of qualifying public service performed by law students. The adviser will certify satisfactory completion of the Program requirements by law students." Academic Policy Manual p. III-8.
Public Service Board Members
- Brandon Mickelsen - President
- Kelsey Rick - Vice President
- Madeleine Haberman - Secretary
- Jenna Steffl - Policy Chair, Compliance Chair
- Ellen Morrissey - Public Service Day Chair
- Anna Brekke - Ongoing Public Service Chair
2L - Caitlin Callahan and Tea Baker
1L - Sarah Davidson, Claire Cullen, Eline Rodsjo and Kate Byrne
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer 15 minutes twice a month for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution. Create an account on the website above to find a drain to adopt near you.
CARDS FOR SENIORS (remote)
Create greeting cards for isolated seniors in need in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Students can also volunteer to collect and sort donated gift and cards. Visit the website above to sign up.
CATHOLIC TUTOR CORPS
Catholic Tutor Corps places tutors in Catholic K-8 schools in urban areas of the Twin Cities. Volunteers work with students of all grades and in all subjects. The time commitment can be as little as 2 hours per week.
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
401 93rd Avenue NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Volunteers nutritionally complete meals into bags which are sealed and shipped to partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world. Packing sessions are available Monday-Saturday at locations in Chanhassen, Coon Rapids, and Eagan.
THE FOOD GROUP MN
8501 54TH Avenue N
New Hope, MN 55428
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger in Minnesota has reached historically high levels, making The Food Group’s need for volunteers greater than ever. Create an account at the Volunteer Hub at the website above to get started. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Pack food at the warehouse in New Hope
- Work with Fare for All and Twin Cities Mobile Market to provide affordable retail
- Help grow fresh produce at the Food Group Farm (seasonal)
GREAT RIVER GREENING
251 Starkey Street, Suite 2200
St. Paul, MN 55107
Great River Greening hosts various outdoor volunteer events throughout the Twin Cities during the Spring and Fall. Examples of volunteer events include planting trees, clearing buckthorn, and restoration.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
2700 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Volunteers help build and repair hopes and assist at community outreach events. Most positions require no experience. Visit the volunteer hub at the website above to view opportunities and sign up online.
Volunteer with local ministries of Hosanna Church that partners with businesses, ministries, and government agencies to assist individuals, families, and communities locally and nationally in times of difficulty and crisis. Opportunities include customer service, transporting donations, organizing donations, repairing homes, and more. Visit the website above to sign up online.
HELP AT YOUR DOOR
8441 Wayzata Blvd, #160
Golden Valley, MN 55426
651-642-1892 or 763-231-3117
Help at Your Door organizes volunteers to help seniors and individuals with disabilities to continue living independently in their homes. Positions include personal driver, grocery helper, delivery assistant, client connector, shopper, home helper, handyperson, and office assistant. Contact the volunteer coordinator via the email address or phone number above to get started.
8011 34th Avenue S, Suite 126
Bloomington, MN 55425
Erik Vegel, Tenant Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator
Home Line volunteers assist in the operation of a statewide tenant hotline. Minnesota renters call for free legal advice on their rental housing problems from attorneys, students, advocates, and volunteers. Home Line’s advice helps Minnesota tenants save money in wrongfully withheld security deposits, fees, and more. To apply, submit a resume and a letter of interest to the Volunteer Coordinator.
IMMIGRANT LAW CENTER OF MINNESOTA
450 N Syndicate Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55104
Check the website above to see if there are any open volunteer positions. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to the email address above. Some positions may have additional requirements such as references or writing samples. Cover letters must address the following points:
- What is your interest in ILCM’s work?
- What contributions can you bring to the organization?
- Why do you believe that advocacy for immigrants is important?
LEARN TO BE (remote)
Learn to Be pairs volunteer tutors with underserved students from around the U.S. in an online classroom. If interested, fill out a tutor application at the website above. Learn to Be allows you to select a student that fits you and your schedule, provide an online classroom tutorial, and tutoring resources.
LOAVES AND FISHES
721 Kasota Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Loaves and Fishes needs help cooking and serving meals to individuals in need at dining site locations across the metro area. Select an area of interest at the website above to enroll online, or email the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
MAPPING PREJUDICE (remote)
The Mapping Prejudice Project is working to identify and map racial restrictions buried in historic property deeds throughout the country. These restrictions, known as racial covenants or racially-restrictive deeds, were used in most American cities before 1968 to prevent people who were not white from buying or occupying property. Volunteers help transcribe racial covenants from historic property records. The information that volunteers enter is exported to a database and used to finish Mapping Prejudice’s map of racial restrictions.
MEALS ON WHEELS
1200 Washington Avenue S., Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Help Meals on Wheels bring nutrition independence to seniors and people with disabilities in the metro area. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and package dinners to be delivered, organize schedules, make phone calls, load delivery vehicles, and deliver meals. Congregate meal sites need volunteers to plan, cook, drive vans, help serve seniors, clean up, and more.
Perhaps as important as getting meals to seniors is your smiling face and some words of kindness and friendship. Many seniors are lonely and those that can assist in meal programs are their only daily contact with other people. Many delivery volunteers take a little time with each senior to visit and provide much needed conversation. Whether you only have a few hours one day per week, can volunteer every day, or can only work a few hours on a weekend, your assistance is needed.
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Minneapolis VA lists open volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Match, which can be found via the link above. New volunteers are requested to serve four hours per week for a minimum of six months. All new volunteers are required to complete an application, allow for a background check, and agree to be finger-printed. When accepted as a new volunteer, Voluntary Service staff will match you to an assignment and complete the volunteer training orientation with you. Staff in the assignment areas provide additional training and orientation as needed.
179 Robie Street E
St. Paul, MN 55107
Volunteers bring enthusiasm, expertise, and share diverse perspectives that foster a community of mutual enrichment. This past year alone, volunteers provided invaluable service by working to support hungry families, educate new immigrants and refugees, create safe spaces for youth, and move families from survive to thrive! Visit the website above for an updated list of individual and group opportunities.
PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE
614 Third Street S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
As of August 2021, most on-site volunteer opportunities have been temporarily suspended. Ordinarily, volunteer assignments include:
- Resident Resources Assistant
- Daytime Early Childhood Development Program Assistant
- K-5 Educational Support, Tutoring, and Enrichment
- Teen Program
- Reading Partner
- Deliver/Serve Meals
- Building Beautification
- Development Assistant
PRISON PEN PAL (remote)
Volunteers help prisoners get in touch with resources and groups to help them reintegrate into society post-incarceration and stay up to date with current events.
PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING
1035 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and career readiness services. PPL volunteer positions include Computer Lab Volunteer, Personal Shopper, and Classroom Assistant.
REACH FOR RESOURCES
5900 Green Oak Drive, Suite 303
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Volunteers play a crucial role in Reach for Resources’ ability to serve children and adults with disabilities. Adaptive Recreation Assistants serve at programs in the western and northwestern suburbs of the Twins Cities. Visit the website above to apply.
RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION
Visit the website above to find a blood drive near you.
SHARING AND CARING HANDS
525 N 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Sharing and Caring Hands has opportunities for individuals to help parents with job searches and applications and to tutor children at the Mary’s Place shelter. See the link above for more information.
United Way has both at-home and in-person volunteer opportunities. Assemble school supply packs, create hygiene packs, create tie fleece blankets, or write cards for seniors at home. See the United Way Volunteer Match dashboard for individual opportunities at various events and programs.
VOLUNTEER LAWYER’S NETWORK
600 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Law student volunteers help with client intake and office support. Apply at the link above or through the Minnesota Justice Foundation.
330 2nd Avenue S, Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Volunteers monitor court hearings in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties involving violence against women and children. They record important data and observations, and WATCH uses this information to make recommendations for how the courts can provide greater safety for women and children. The morning shift runs from 8:30am-12:30pm, and the afternoon shift runs from 12:45pm-4:30pm. Apply at the link above or through the Minnesota Justice Foundation.