River Falls Community Volunteer Connections

River Falls Community Volunteer Connections is a collaborative effort designed to connect people with volunteer opportunities in the greater River Falls community.  Please use the information below to find a volunteer opportunity that is right for you and use the contact information to learn more.  Make the most of this opportunity to get involved!

If you represent an agency that would like to be included in the Volunteer Connections list, please complete the short questionnaire that can be found at this link:  River Falls Community Volunteer Connections Questionnairelink

Click on a red plus symbol to view an answer to view agencies with volunteer needs. For other questions, please e-mail studentlife@uwrf.edumail

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin: St. Croix Valley Branch

Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Volunteer Opportunities: Think about the mentors in your own life, the people who opened a wider world to you - your elementary music teacher, your 70-year-old neighbor, your first supervisor, your college professor - because that is why we are here - to give more children the experience of having a role model and friend. Take time to consider where your life would be had it not been for those who willingly stepped in and gave of themselves - their energy, their passion, their skills in order to help you along in your journey.

Now consider the hundreds of children right here in Northwestern Wisconsin who are hoping for that experience, ready to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Think about how you can help make it happen, become a Big today. We offer our lunch buddies program where you would meet with your little brother or sister in a community elementary or middle school, the University Friends program, where you meet with your little brother or sister right on campus, or our community based program, where you meet with your little brother or sister on your time, out in the community doing the things you both love to do together.

We also offer competitive internships in marketing, public relations and fund development.

Contact Information:
Michel C. Tigan, St. Croix Valley Branch Director

Family Resource Center St Croix Valley

Mission: To strengthen children, families and communities by offering education, resources, and support.

Volunteer Opportunities: All of our programs are free and available to any family that seeks them.  We are funded by private grants, contracts, and donations.  We are always in need of volunteers to help with or hold fundraisers.  Volunteers can hold a bake sale or work the food wagon at Nilsson's in Baldwin.

We are in need of pictures cut out from magazines, travel brochures, newspapers, etc. of people, animals, travel, food and fun.  These can be done at home or in groups at your place.

Contact Information:
Mary Handrahan, Office Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

The Lutheran Home

Mission: To provide for the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs of our residents.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are able to do many things while visiting the Lutheran Home. Some of these include visiting one-on-one with a resident, reading a story, taking a walk, entertaining, demonstrate a hobby or play games. 

Contact Information:
Sherry A. Soehlig, TRS; Director of Recreation Therapy, Volunteer Coordinator
715-425-5353 ext.154


Mission: Family Means strengthens communities by strengthening families.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Respite Volunteer - Provide in-home companionship and informal care for a child or adult with a chronic illness or disability in order to give the primary caregiver a break or “respite” from the responsibilities of care giving.  Activities may include visiting, games, reading, playing inside or outside with children, etc.  Families live in various places in Washington County in Minnesota.  Weekday, evening and weekend times are available.  Time commitment is 4-16 hours per month for a period of at least 4 months.  
  • Cimarron Youth Program Assistant - Provide assistance to youth of diverse backgrounds at an after-school program in Lake Elmo.  The volunteer will help create a fun and safe environment where showing respect is top priority.  The volunteer will engage in computer activities, arts and crafts, sports and games, creative play, etc.  Suggested time commitment is 12-16 hours per month for a period of at least 3 months.

Contact Information:
Margaret Irwin

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped those dreams come true by offering a safe, all-girl environment that builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. All girls are welcome to be a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. It does not matter where you are from, what your occupation is, or what age you are: There is a place for you in Girl Scouts.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Give your time and serving, as a role model is a rewarding way to make the difference in the life of a girl. Imagine the yummy job of helping girls with the annual Cookie Program Activity as a cookie coach. Co-leading a troop with a friend. Or simply sharing your inspiring talents and stories on your own time as a Special Interest Volunteer.

Contact Information:
Pauline Wagen, Membership Specialist
651-227-8835 ext.1611

River Falls Public Library Gallery

Mission: To provide enriching cultural experiences to foster education, appreciation, and enjoyment for the community, to share and celebrate local, regional, national and global experience and heritage; and to cultivate further understanding of citizenship in contemporary society and responsibility to the future.

Volunteer Opportunities: Exhibit hall volunteers supervise the gallery from the lower level staff desk for two-hour shifts during exhibits.  Volunteers record visitor attendance, and assist with opening or closing the gallery, depending on their shift time.  Shifts are available on weekday afternoons and evenings, and weekends.  Preference is given to volunteers who can commit to a regular weekly shift for a period of months.  If a student needs service learning hours, they may request a project to work on during these hours; possibilities include promotions/public relations or archiving files from previous shows; students may also suggest a project. Otherwise, the position allows time for study or reading.  A computer is available for use during these shifts, as is wireless access.

Contact Information:
Jera Terreng, Events & Gallery Coordinator

Treasures From The Heart

Mission: Treasures from the Heart is a non-profit retail store that sells quality used goods.  Store proceeds support the mission and goals of ADORAY Home Health and Hospice.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers sort incoming donations, tag items with prices, steam clothes, stock sales floor, sort books and put in alphabetical order on sales floor, straighten all areas of the sales floor, polish and price shoes, tag handbags, clean the store, clean house ware items, pack and put "out of season" items in storage and last but not least is cashiering.

Contact Information:
Jenny Hennemann, Volunteer Coordinator

Northwest Journey - Amery

Mission: We are a day treatment for youth with mental health concerns.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed primarily to work with the youth in groups, helping the group facilitator with youth supervision and activities. Other facility tasks can also be done by volunteers, such computerized client tracking, filing, or other organizational tasks.

Contact Information:
Curtis Hubbell, Program Coordinator

Northern Waters Literacy

Mission: To enrich the quality of life and learning for adults and families through
individualized literacy instruction and community building.

Volunteer Opportunities: We provide free tutoring for adults and children who want to enhance their English, reading, writing or math skills.  Volunteer tutors meet one on one with students, for an hour a week (or more) at a public location.

Contact Information:
Leanne Waterworth, Program Director

River Falls School District

Mission: (None listed)

Volunteer Opportunities: We have a number of opportunities for volunteers such as helping in the classroom, workroom or at special PTO events.

Contact Information:
Tara Albores, Volunteer Coordinator
Rocky Branch Elementary

Walk On Therapeutic Riding Programs, Inc.

Mission: Walk On serves children and adults with a disability in a therapeutic horseback riding program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers assist the ride while getting the horse ready to ride and act as a horse leader or side walker during a one-hour class.Other opportunities:
• Construction of equipment in barn and class area
• Social Events
• Open House
• Historian
• Website
• Tack and Equipment
• Horse Management
• Class Room Equipment
• Photos
• Accountant
• Special Olympics
• Tack Swap
• Writing of Policy and Procedures; PATH standards
• Barn and Stall Cleaning
• Assist by handling horses during vet visits or feet trimming
• Exercise and handle horses for learning experiences for class work
• Development of a sensory trail through the woods and around the area for the riders.
• Work on Katy’s Flower Garden
• And so much more of a detail...

Contact Information:
Ken and Katy Giske

St. Bridget Catholic Church

Mission: (None listed)

Volunteer Opportunities: As a local church and school, we frequently have students here in many capacities - - school observation and student teaching, interns in our accounting area and we have had some volunteers for buildings and grounds projects. We have many building grounds projects that require ongoing repetition that our normal staff cannot necessarily get to as regularly as we would like   oiling of woodworking/pews, window cleaning (we have many windows internally and externally), disinfecting all hand-touch surfaces during colds and flu seasons, floor care help at the church and school. We will also have a couple of projects that we are in coordination with Our Neighbor’s Place Homeless Resource center.

Contact Information:
John Maillette
St. Bridget Catholic Church
715-425-1879 ext.104

Interfaith Volunteers of St. Croix County

Mission: (None listed)

Volunteer Opportunities: Assist individuals over age 60 for the purpose of helping them maintain their independence safely in their own homes.  Services include companionship, light housekeeping and other chores, transportation to ongoing medical treatments and errands, yard work, home meal delivery or meal preparation, respite for the caregiver, small repairs, snow removal, and telephone reassurance. Volunteer references and court records are checked and an orientation to the program is provided.  Volunteers choose the type of activity, the location and the frequency of service.

Contact Information:
Nancy Abrahamson, Caregiver Support Coordinator
Aging and Disability Resource Center

United Cerebral Palsy

Mission: Advocating for independence, productivity and citizenship of people with disabilities and supporting their full inclusion in all aspects of life and community

Volunteer Opportunities: (not listed)

Contact Information:
Traci Bauer, Community Service Coordinator

Courage Center St. Croix

Mission: Courage is a non-profit rehabilitation and resource center who serves children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. We specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain conditions, autism and disabilities experienced at birth. We have a holistic approach to our services and have many programs for people to participate in.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers can get involved by volunteering in our therapeutic pool with kids or adults, help in the fitness center or with yoga classes assist in our Courage Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding(summer months) or recreation activities like adaptive golf. There are also behind the scenes roles assisting staff with clerical or maintenance projects.

Contact Information:
Lisa Gacek, Coordinator of Volunteers

Phipps Center for the Arts

Mission:  Celebrate the creative spirit!

Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteer opportunities include performing, front-of-house management, selling tickets, running lights and sound, building sets, properties, and costumes, as well as installing gallery shows.

Contact Information: 
Burton O. Witthuhn

The Gathering Place - Foster Community Foundation

Mission: To bring people and purpose together to improve the community life and connections. We are building a community and non-profit center called The Gathering Place project to support this mission.

Volunteer Opportunities: 2014 Lies & Lures event. This event is a story telling/liars contest where the 2014 River Falls Town Liar will be named. We will need people interested in event planning, marketing, volunteer management, recruitment, and project management.

Contact Information:
David Babcock

St.Croix Hospice

Mission: St. Croix Hospice has a mission to provide the highest quality hospice services to patients and families with life limiting illnesses

Volunteer Opportunities:
St. Croix Hospice is in need of people like you to volunteer their time visiting patients with terminal illnesses and their families. We serve over 150terminally-ill patients throughout the greater Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. Volunteers are in need in all areas especially River Falls and Hudson! We have many different types of volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers can choose from the following areas:

Hospice Companionship - trained volunteers who befriend a patient, and offer the patient and the family emotional support by being a supportive and compassionate visitor. The majority of these volunteers visit patients weekly on a flexible schedule. Most visits range from 1-2 hours a week.

Pet Therapy Companions - Trained companion volunteers who have certified therapy dogs can make a huge difference in the lives of our patients who love animals. We accept dogs who have gone through a training program such as Delta Society, Therapy Dogs International and Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Vigil Companions - This is an area of our volunteer program that aims to provide compassionate presence when our patients reach the very end of their journey. These volunteers are specially trained to provide emotional support to the family during a difficult time.

Contact Information:
Kira Young, Volunteer Coordinator

River Falls Community Theater

Mission: Our mission is to provide theatre opportunities and entertainment for all ages in our community.

Volunteer Opportunities: set building, lighting crew, stage crew, publicity, props, ushering, ticket sales, set painting, kid wrangling, sound crew, advertising, and costumes.

Contact Information:
Sandee Blakeley

Our Neighbors' Place

Mission: Our Neighbors' Place will provide a shelter and support services to Families and Individuals of Pierce and St. Croix Counties to help people in need move toward independence and self-sufficiency.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Offers non paid internships, volunteer hours for classes.

Contact Information:
Katie Morsch, Director

St. Croix County Meals on Wheels through the Aging and Disability Resource Center

Mission: The purpose of the Aging and Disability Resource Center is to empower and support older adults, people who have a disability and their families by serving as a central source of information, assistance, support and access to community resources.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  We are in need of volunteers in the New Richmond and Hudson area to deliver meals to the home-bound. We are in need of regular drivers, along with individuals able to deliver once per month. Deliver occurs at 11 a.m and will be completed around 12 p.m.

Contact Information:
Nancy Abrahamson and Brandy Zeuli, Volunteer Coordinator

St.Croix Valley Habitat For Humanity

St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity is one of over 1600 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. While we focus our home and community-building efforts right here in St. Croix and Pierce Counties, and have built over 50 homes in 11 communities throughout our region, we share Habitat’s Global Mission: “to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
Volunteer Opportunities:
Habitat is busy building at our River Falls Eco Village Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 8am-4pm. No experience necessary, and activities for every ability! Habitat will provide all the tools, materials and training necessary. Learn valuable construction skills and work alongside hardworking homeowners and dedicated volunteers. Not a construction worker? We would love help in the office with clerical coordination and special events planning – and we welcome your fundraiser ideas as well!
Contact Information:
Learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up online at:

River Falls Community Arts Base

Mission: The River Falls Community Arts Base is an all-volunteer membership organization committed to sustaining the arts and ensuring they are available, accessible and affordable to the greater River Falls community.

Volunteer Opportunities: database upkeep, office hours, event committees, day-of event help, Board of Directors member

Contact Information:

Steve Preisler, CAB Board President
715-425-7645 ext.2109

River Falls Gymnastics Club

Mission: The focus of our program is directed towards the participants. It is our primary concern to provide the most rewarding, beneficial and positive experience possible for each participant, while maintaining a safe environment for all. Emphasis is placed on fun, fitness, fundamental improvement, individual accomplishment and the satisfaction of doing ones best.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Coaching gymnastics, working with special needs children for our adapted gymnastics class, meet preparation and operating.

Contact Information:

Stephanie Larson

River Falls Rotary Club

Mission: Working with and supporting the River Falls youth.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Our club motto is "enhancing opportunities for youth; creating a better world for all", so we seek ways to work with and support the youth of the River Falls community.

Contact Information:

Elaine Baumann, Club President

St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program

Mission: To build and sustain a culture of peace & belonging utilizing Restorative Justice principles and programs.

Volunteer Opportunities
: Internships, service-learning opportunities, event support, Restorative Justice Circle community mentors and session facilitators.

Contact Information:

Liana Frey, Volunteer Coordinator

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Mission: To empower those who have experience domestic or sexual by providing necessary resources to achieve freedom from violence through community support and education. Serving Northwestern Wisconsin communities in Pierce and St. Croix Counties since 1979.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available including, but not limited to, child care, maintenance, transportation, Pet Program, Second Chances volunteers, online outreach, emergency on-call personnel, Outreach assistance, and special events.

Contact Information:

Virginia Castro, Volunteer Coordinator
715-425-6751ext 101
Additional Numbers:
715-425-6751 local
715-821-8626 text hotline

West CAP Literacy Program

Mission: The West CAP Literacy Program provides student-centered literacy training, tutor support and training, high quality educational resources, and literacy advocacy to help West CAP area adults achieve their individual goals and better their lives through improved literacy.

Volunteer Opportunities:
One-to-one tutors for low literate adults, fundraising committee members.

Contact Information:

Stephanie Stark

River Falls Community Food Pantry

Mission: To provide food,with respect and dignity, in times of need to those in the River Falls community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Call for volunteer opportunities

Contact Information:
Candice Rapley, Operations Manager

Bridge for Youth and Adults with Disabilities

Mission: BRIDGE collaborates with school, county, and community agencies in providing lifelong learning opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to support special needs individuals' participation in a variety of activities. Duties may include engaging with clients in daily activities, setting up project materials, assisting during field trips and promoting fun! All staff and volunteers are oriented to our individuals with special needs.

Internships are available upon request.

Contact Information:

Ginny Ballantine, Office Manager

River Falls Area Hospital

Mission: We serve our communities by providing exceptional care, as we prevent illness, restore health, and provide comfort to all who entrust us with their care.  We will:

  • Put the patient first;
  • Make a difference in people's lives by providing exceptional care and service;
  • Create a healing environment where passionate people thrive and excel; and
  • Lead collaborative efforts that solve our community's health care challenges.

Volunteer Opportunities: Greeters/Escorts - Hospital, Greeters - Baby Cafe, Greeters - Marketing Events, Patient Befrienders, Clerical/Administrative.

All volunteers will go through a hospital orientation and a position specific orientation. They will also need to provide evidence of immunity and go through background check.

Contact Information:
Kristen Novak
Human Resources
River Falls Area Hospital
1629 East Division Street
River Falls, WI 54022

Special Olympics - St. Croix Valley Lumberjacks

Mission: Special Olympics Minnesota is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports; adapted as necessary to meet the needs of of those with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Our local special olympics team participates in a variety of sports. Examples are bowling, flag football, golf, track & field, swimming, basketball, skiing & snowboarding. We are looking for coaches, lifeguards, and unified partners.

Special Olympics Minnesota requests a volunteer application and level 1 training course for all coaches and unified partners.

Contact Information:
Hannah Olson
5865 Neal Ave. N., Suite #235
Stillwater, MN 55082
(P): 651-334-7227

Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation

Mission: The Saint Paul Public School Foundation supports Saint Paul Public Schools by rallying investments of time and resources to support student success in Saint Paul. Our Tutoring Partnership aims to provide high quality academic support to struggling students in Saint Paul with the larger goal of decreasing, and eventually eliminating the achievement gap.

Volunteer Opportunities: We are currently looking for volunteers to tutor with our Tutoring Partnership. The Tutoring Partnership involves 8 schools and 19 community organizations collaborating to provide supports to students throughout Saint Paul. We have tutoring opportunities in both schools and community programs, during the school day and after school, throughout Saint Paul, and opportunities to work with students in K-12th grade. Our job is to help you find the tutoring program that works best for you!

Volunteers would have have to pass a background check.

Interested volunteers can fill out a tutor application online at:

Contact Information:
Ellen Nikodym
(P): 651-325-4205

Grow to Share

Mission: To engage community members in a collaborative community garden, sharing the harvest with families in need.

Volunteer Opportunities: Garden work during the growing season (April through October.) Volunteers can also assist with events, including childrens' programming, and fundraising events.

Everyone is welcome - all ages and ability levels.

Contact Information:
Anna Zalusky

American Cancer Society

Mission: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Volunteer Opportunities: Students can get involved through the Relay For Life of Pierce County/River Falls held each year in the spring at the River Falls High School. Opportunities include, but not limited to being a team captain, being a participant, being a UWRF liaison for the committee, helping recruit new student teams, organizing campus bake sales or other types of fund-raisers, volunteering the day of the event in Luminaria, Silent Auction, decorating, entertainment and games.

Dates: March 28-29, 2014 

Contact Information:
Kellie Burrows, Community Relations

Positive Alternatives

Mission: Through a continuum of family and strength based services, Positive Alternatives strives to equip at risk youth and young adults with the social, emotional, and developmental skills needed to flourish.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer resident counselor (Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age, have a clean background check including criminal, driving, and caregiver, and be willing to commit to 200 hours.)

Contact Information:
Kelli Kamholz, Volunteer Coordinator

Pregnancy Helpline

Mission: To provide support to women/girls who are in unplanned pregnancies. We provide free pregnancy tests, ultra sounds, and doctor visits.

Volunteer Opportunities: marketing, fundraising, counseling, office work, public speaking, teaching parenting skills, and abstinence education.

Contact Information:
Tricia Humphrey, Volunteer Coordinator

Crowning Achievements

Mission: We want to give people with special needs the same opportunities and experiences as others who represent their communities as "royalty". We want to help boost confidence and most of all HAVE FUN!

Volunteer Opportunities: We are looking for volunteers to help with fun events each month and a pageant in the fall, working and mentoring men and women with special needs. We have a vast array of things volunteers can help with but the most important is companionship and fun with our fabulous special needs participants!

Contact Information:
Kym Lokken

Community Thread

Mission: Our mission is to promote, support, and encourage volunteerism to serve the needs of the community. Through direct and indirect services we impact issues of poverty, volunteer management, and senior involvement and isolation. We sustain volunteerism by connecting and enriching lives.

Volunteer Opportunities: **Volunteer requirements depend on the position/program the volunteer is working in. An orientation is required along with additional training for some positions.**

On-going Opportunities:

  • Chore Services Volunteer
  • Transportation Program Volunteer
  • Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer
  • Senior Center Volunteer
  • Community Thread Receptionist
One-Time Opportunities:
  • Holiday Hope Volunteer (November-December)
  • Rake a Difference Day (Late October)
  • Spring into Service (Early May)
Other Special Events:
  • Volunteers are always needed to assist with other special events such as our Connections Breakfast, Volunteer Expo, and more!

Contact Information:
Kira Young

Community Thread is also 1 of 8 volunteer centers in MN and are based in the St. Croix Valley; we serve Washington County, MN and Polk, Pierce, and St. Croix counties in WI.

River Falls Community Volunteer Connections was created by the 2011-2012 Leadership River Falls class sponsored by the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.  The ongoing maintenance of this list is sponsored by the UW-River Falls Office of Student Life, Foster Community Foundationlink, and the River Falls Area Chamber of