Volunteer Opportunities

As a student at NDSCS, your educational experience can be greatly enhanced by volunteering either locally in the community, near your hometown or through a national non-profit affiliate.

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. For more information visit: www.servicelearning.org/what-service-learning.

Richland Wilkin Food Pantry

  • Contact: Karen Stroklund, Director
  • Phone: 701-640-6977
  • Email: kstroklu@msn.com
  • About: The Food Pantry provides food to families in need that live in Richland County, N.D. and Wilkin County, Minn. Part-time volunteers are asked to fill shelves with food and provide light cleaning.
Salvation Army Kettle Campaign for Richland/Wilkin Counties
  • Contact: Shirley Fox-Trydahl
  • Phone: 218-643-2793 or 701-403-9549
  • Email: shirley.fox@ndscs.edu
  • About: The Salvation Army serves the people in Richland and Wilkin counties. The money raised here stays here to assist the people in our counties in times of need.
Humane Society of Richland/Wilkin Counties
  • Address: 18039 79 ½ Street Southeast
  • Phone: 701-672-1676
  • Email: RWCHS@702com.net
  • Website: www.petfinder.com/shelters/nd14
  • About: We need volunteers to come help walk dogs and clean cat/dog kennels. There is a representative at the building from 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Please come if you can.
ND Walk for Williams Syndrome Awareness

What is Williams Syndrome (WS)?
Williams syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. These often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music. Williams syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide – an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States. It is known to occur equally in both males and females and in every culture.
What is the WSA?
The Williams Syndrome Association is the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with WS as well as doctors, researchers and educators. The WSA provides the resources and referrals that families need. It also provides a strong and supportive community with which to connect throughout that child’s life.
To learn more about Williams syndrome and the WSA, visit www.williams-syndrome.org.
Why support the ND Walk for Williams? 
It’s important to stop to consider why WS Awareness Week is so critical. WS affects about 1 in 10,000 births; this means there are nearly 30,000 individuals with Williams syndrome in the United States. It occurs randomly and can affect anyone. However, most people have never heard about Williams syndrome and typically don’t understand the unique challenges faced by these amazing children and adults, nor have they experienced their joyful outlooks on life or been given the chance to impact the lives of families affected by Williams syndrome.
Awareness Week is your chance to help put Williams syndrome “on the map,” to educate teachers, inform doctors and to share your family’s journey. The more awareness generated, the easier it will be to raise critical funding for research and new programs. And that will lead to a greater appreciation and understanding of our loved ones with Williams syndrome.
What makes this event so special?
This event is special because you are supporting the WSA while getting to meet a child or adult with Williams syndrome. People with Williams syndrome are known to be the happiest people on earth. Their gregarious smile and attitude is sure to put a smile on your face. You can come enjoy
some time with your family and support the people that set the bar for kindness for all of mankind.

How can I help?
You can help by registering to attend the ND Walk for Williams on Saturday, May 17 at Chahinkapa Zoo and Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow after.

Create a fundraising goal of $100-$500 by asking your friends and family to sponsor you as a walker. Registration will be available beginning March 1, 2014. If you need a fundraising form, please email kerrikava18@gmail.com
If you are graduating on May 16, this is a fun family event to go to with your family the next day right here in Wahpeton.

  • Phone: 2-1-1 or 701-235-7335 (SEEK)
  • Email: info@myfirstlink.org
  • Website: http://www.myfirstlink.org/volunteer_opportunities.shtml
  • About: FirstLink is a private, nonprofit human service agency that began with the incorporation of the Volunteers for Community Service in 1967 and the incorporation of HotLine in 1971. In 1974 the Holiday Clearing Bureau coordinated the first Cass-Clay community holiday giving program. We connect people with opportunities to serve. The FirstLink Volunteer Center provides easy access to a wide range of volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations and local government agencies serving the entire community. We link people who want to help – individuals, families, students, businesses and their employees, civic, community and faith-based organizations – with places or issues where their time, talents and interests can be utilized effectively.
Green Sneakers
  • Contact: Doug Bartels
  • Phone: 1-877-505-2530
  • Website: www.greensneakers.org
  • About: We provide a simply effective fund raising program to other organizations. The fund raiser involves the collection of used athletic shoes which are then reused as affordable footwear for people in need around the world. This program helps local organizations raise necessary funds, helps the local environment by keeping unwanted shoes out of landfills and helps people in need throughout the world.
  • Mission Statement: Helping organizations take winning steps to a greener tomorrow.
Richland County Chapter MATHCOUNTS
  • Contact: Harris Bailey
  • Phone: 701-642-7702
  • Website: www.mathcounts.org
  • About: MATHCOUNTS(r) is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. With over 22 years experience, MATHCOUNTS is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students.
  • Mission Statement: The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States.
Ruby’s Pantry
Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
  • Contact: Cpl Martinez, Toys for Tots Assistant Coordinator
  • Phone: 701-642-8001 Ext 209 or 916-719-9415 or Sgt. Anderson: 701-642-8001 Ext 208
  • About: Toys for Tots is a national organization that assists children in need. We do this by collecting donations and toys in the local area in order to assist local families in providing Christmas presents for their children. During the October - December time period, coordinators responsible for each region will determine donation sites and will host donation events in order to collect toys and raise funds that will be spent in that area. Volunteers are always appreciated as this site has a small Marine Detachment with few local Marines. 

Volunteers assist in the following ways:

  • Setting up drop boxes throughout Wahpeton and Breckenridge
  • Collecting drop boxes when full
  • Participating in Toys for Tots events in the area
  • Sorting donated toys
  • Organizing Toys for distribution
  • Assisting in Distribution Event

Det MP Supt Company
4th Law Enforcement Battalion
2003 4th St N
Wahpeton, ND 58075

Nationwide Opportunities

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