Volunteer Opportunities

• If you’re a high school student who wants to make a difference, serve as a Youth Court volunteer.

• If you like to visit and meet new people, serve as a volunteer companion for a senior who wants to continue living independently.

• If you’ve got a green thumb, help beautify our housing projects by volunteering with landscaping projects.

• If you are a peacebuilder, volunteer as a restorative justice facilitator.

 

Community Garden Volunteer

Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo, ND

Love to help others and dig in the dirt? Are you a strong believer in the concept of working together to provide, healthy, affordable food to all? In partnership with Growing Together, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is offering opportunities for volunteer green thumbs to assist with community gardening in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks.

There are three levels of involvement with the Growing Together Gardens: Core Volunteers, Garden Leaders, and Participants. Orientation for new Core Volunteers and Garden Leaders occurs in early spring each year, at which time we discuss goals, challenges, policies, guidelines and intercultural communication.

Core Volunteers: Core Volunteers are involved with the general organization and leadership of all gardens as a collective. Core Volunteers set schedules, organize activities, make policies, and manage funds and other duties for the Growing Together group. Core Volunteers are asked to commit time year round both in the gardens and via other planning and organizational duties. Core Volunteers are allowed to attend more than one garden but may only achieve a share at one garden location as designated at the start of the season. Core Volunteers will attend an orientation prior to becoming Core Volunteers. Core Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

Connections Volunteer

Fargo, ND

The Volunteer Connections program focuses on rural North Dakota communities. The ideal Connections Volunteer (CV) is passionate about helping seniors live independently as they age. The CV assists by providing transportation, home-chore services or help to organize a senior-related event.

Service: The CV will help with home chore services such as raking leaves, cleaning gutters, shoveling snow, vacuuming, dusting and cleaning floors. This volunteer may also offer door-to-door transportation to appointments. Senior-related events may include establishing a senior prom in their community, coordinating an educational event on senior issues or assisting with a fundraiser.

Other Duties: Establish and maintain effective and courteous relationships with employees, supervisors, and other volunteers; all other duties as assigned.

 

Property Management Group Volunteer - FILLED

Fargo, ND

As a Property Management Volunteer, you will help LSS Property Management provide exceptional service to the tenants who reside in our properties. We have residential site staff at the different locations throughout the state, but application-processing, compliance review and collections are done in Fargo, in addition to other duties.

Volunteers are needed to assist the Fargo Program Center staff with a wide variety of tasks, including data entry, filing, marketing duties, copying, and general office work.

This requires an ongoing weekly commitment, although time can be variable.

This position could be shared with several volunteers depending on individual interests.

 

Receptionist - FILLED

Fargo, ND

The Volunteer Receptionist will represent the face and voice of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, creating a warm and welcome atmosphere for clients and guests. This position requires the ability to work independently and provide excellent customer service and phone etiquette skills. The hours for this position are 5 pm – 7 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Customer Service: Provide a welcome atmosphere by greeting guests and clients either in person or on the telephone; answer and direct inquiries; assist all visitors to the Program Center, checking them in and issuing a visitor badge; direct visitors to meeting rooms and/or refer them to appropriate staff members; maintain customer confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential, and handle general questions about the organization or provide requested information/literature.

General Office Support: Provide clerical support to Therapy Services and other service areas and perform general administrative and clerical support, as needed.

Other: Maintain a pleasant appearance of the reception area or lobby and other duties as assigned.

 

Restorative Justice Volunteer Facilitator

Statewide

The Restorative Justice (RJ) Volunteer Facilitator is responsible for providing the Accountability Conferencing process for referred parties.  Referred parties typically include the youth who caused the harm and the person harmed (victim).  The RJ Volunteer Facilitator will conduct individual pre-meetings with referred parties to assess their suitability for an Accountability Conference.  For cases that proceed to an Accountability Conference, the RJ Volunteer Facilitator guides the participants through the conferencing process and assists with the development of an Accountability Agreement. 

Direct Service:  Facilitate individual meetings; Facilitate Accountability Conference between parties; Guide participants through model to change behavior; Guide participants through Accountability Conferencing process; Provide crisis intervention as needed; and Coordinate with the Restorative Justice Team Lead to make recommendations as needed.

Case Management/Recordkeeping:  Prepare written agreements between parties; Summarize conference outcomes; Keep and maintain documentation of case notes including attendance and participation; Enter data as needed; and Complete other paperwork as required/requested.

Community Engagement:  May work with referring agencies as needed; Interact and communicate with referring agencies and others to link additional resources; and Provide notification related to events.

Other Duties:  Participate in volunteer education and training opportunities; and All other duties as assigned.

 

RSVP - Statewide

Statewide

Volunteers who are at least 55 or older are eligible to serve.

RSVP is a national service program established by Congress to engage individuals 55 and older with nonprofit and government agencies in providing services to people in need across the state of North Dakota.

 

We are currently recruiting volunteers to serve in the following priorities:

 

SENIOR INDEPENDENCE (helping older adults live independently as long as possible) includes things like

Home-delivered meals

Transportation

Companionship

 

FOOD SECURITY (helping individuals and families of all ages to access food) includes things like

Communal Gardens

Great Plains Food Bank

Local/regional food pantries

 

WELLNESS/ACCESS TO CARE includes

Bone Builders, a free weights-based anti-osteoporosis exercise program

 

CAPACITY BUILDING (helping nonprofit/government agencies generate resources and build capacity)

 

General contact email:  RSVP@lssnd.org

Toll-free from western North Dakota:  833.660.9739

Toll-free from eastern North Dakota:  833.764.8644

Toll-free statewide fax:  866.768.4903

 

North Dakota’s RSVP program offices are noted below, but volunteers can serve all across the state.

 

Dickinson                      Minot                           Bismarck                      Grand Forks                 

Garnet Tisor                 Diana Reiner               Judy Hagerott               Searching

701.271.1648                 701.343.3777               701.314.1177                   701.297.2577

GarnetT@lssnd.org      DianaR@lssnd.org      JudyH@lssnd.org         

 

Fargo                            Fargo                           Bismarck                       Jamestown

Ken Enockson              Nancy OIson               Mary Nelson                  Deb Lee

701.297.2457                RSVP Team Lead        Western ND Coord.     Eastern ND Coordinator

KenE@lssnd.org           701.271.1318                 701.297.2875                701.952.9684

NancyO@lssnd.org      MaryS@lssnd.org        DLee@lssnd.org

 

Senior Companion Volunteer

Statewide

Must be at least 55 years of age 

Mentally and Physically able to provide a minimum 5 hours of service per week or 260 hours annually 

Must be within 200% of current federal poverty guidelines 

Valid Driver’s License or access to public transportation 

 

The Senior Companion is responsible for helping older adults with special needs (i.e., homebound, lonely, isolated or disabled) achieve their highest level of independent living through one-on-one companionship, social recreation and help with light at-home tasks. This position may also provide respite care for family caregivers needing a temporary break from their caregiving responsibilities. Visits take place in the client’s home and are regularly scheduled and ongoing. 

 

Service: Enrich the lives of older adults in need by relieving feelings of loneliness and despair and encouraging them to stay active and interested in life and their community. Activities may include socializing, engaging in recreational activities, sharing a meal, sorting mail, and assistance with reading and writing letters. 


Other Duties: Establish and maintain effective and courteous relationships with fellow volunteers, supervisors, and clients

Serving clients in these areas of ND: Ashley, Belcourt, Beulah, Bismarck, Bottineau, Carrington, Cooperstown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Dunseith, Fargo, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, Grand Forks, Harvey, Hazen, Jamestown, Lakota, LaMoure, Lisbon, Mandan, Minot, Napoleon, New Town, Parshall, Rolla, Rugby, Steele, Towner, Trention, Valley City, Velva, Wahpeton, West Fargo, Williston and Wishek.

Eastern Coordinator

Andrea Lang, Fargo

701-271-3247

Western Coordinator

Sonja Mickelson, Minot

701-838-7800

 

Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Foster Parents 

Fargo, ND

WANTED: FOSTER PARENTS for the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program of LSSND. In this capacity, you will help provide a stable, nurturing home for a minor who had to travel to the US without a parent or guardian. You will not only help them adjust to a new country, culture and school, you will help the URM youth - many of whom are teen-agers - develop self-sufficiency skills that will prepare them for adulthood in the US. If you are 21 years of age or older, financially stable, and interested in working with refugee youth, contact the staffmember listed below for more information.

 

Times Needed: Daytime, Evening

 

Days Needed: Varies

 

Frequency: Ongoing

 

Age Group: Children

 

Group Size: Individual

 

Volunteer Type: Individual, Family

 

Volunteer Companion

Fargo, ND

Must be at least 18 years of age 

Must possess the heart and desire to help others 

Valid Driver’s License or access to public transportation 

 

The Volunteer Companion is responsible for helping older adults with special needs (i.e., homebound, lonely, isolated or disabled) achieve their highest level of independent living through one-on-one companionship, social recreation and help with light at-home tasks. This position may also provide client transportation and respite care for family caregivers needing a temporary break from their caregiving responsibilities. Visits take place in the client’s home and are regularly scheduled and ongoing. 

 

Service: Enrich the lives of older adults in need by relieving feelings of loneliness and despair and encouraging them to stay active and interested in life and their community. Activities may include socializing, engaging in recreational activities, sharing a meal, sorting mail, and assistance with reading and writing letters. 


Other Duties: Establish and maintain effective and courteous relationships with fellow volunteers, supervisors, and clients. 

 
 
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1008 4th Avenue SE Apt. 116

701-566-9328

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603 Main St.

701-774-0749

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