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. 

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Contact: Cheryl Brown - Inspiration Church
  • Phone: 701-899-3688
  • Email: cbrowncbrown@msn.com
  • Website: www.inspirationchurch.org
  • About: Every year, Inspiration Church hosts a Thanksgiving meal that is free and open to everyone in the community. Over 250 people come to the church for the meal, and over 200 meals are delivered to those unable to come to the church. Students are welcomed and encouraged to have their holiday meal with us! There are many volunteer opportunities. The week of Thanksgiving, there are set-up and food prep tasks each evening. Thanksgiving Day, volunteer shifts start at 9 a.m. for set-up and go until 1 p.m. with clean-up.
  • Phone: 2-1-1 or 701-235-7335 (SEEK)
  • Email: info@myfirstlink.org
  • Website: impactgiveback.org
  • About: FirstLink is a great resource for students needing financial or emotional support. They are available 24 hours a day via the 211 helpline. 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.
  • Contact: Hillary Langfeld
  • Phone: 218-643-2275
  • Email: hillarylangfeld@catholichealth.net
  • Website: www.catholichealthinitiatives.org
  • About: If you have some free time and are looking for positive and rewarding ways to help others in need, becoming a hospice volunteer is a great opportunity for you. Duties range from assisting with office work to visits with patients and families. Please contact Hillary Langfeld by phone or email if you are interested in learning more about how to become a hospice volunteer.
Hospice of the Red River Valley

Contact: Julie McCroskey
Phone: 701-356-1500
Email: julie.mccroskey@hrrv.org
Website: www.hrrv.org
About: We are looking for the following volunteers: Patient care, Hairstylists, Massage Therapists, Pet Therapists, Light Housekeeping, Seamstresses.

Humane Society of Richland/Wilkin Counties
  • Contact: Gabi Lezon
  • Address: 18039 79 ½ Street Southeast
  • Phone: 701-672-1676
  • Email: RWCHS@702com.net
  • Website: www.facebook.com/hsrwc
  • 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.
  • Volunteer Hours: Monday-Friday 1-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Open to the Public: Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Contact: Rebekah Christensen
  • Phone: 701-672-0303
  • Email: rwkinship@702com.net
  • Website: www.rwkinship.org
  • About: At Richland Wilkin Kinship we believe even the slightest positive influence has the potential to change a child’s life. All youth need adult support and deserve at least one mentor to come alongside them to help them succeed. Data shows that 1 in 3 of our nation’s young people are growing up without a mentor. Kinship needs reliable adult volunteers to mentor local youth ages 6-14 for four hours per month. We ask our volunteers for no less than a one year commitment. Kinship offers mentor support and one group activity per month. Choose to make a difference in a child’s life today! If you are interested, please contact us with questions or for more information.
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

Relay for Life of Richland & Wilkin Counties
  • Contact: Carol Poppel
  • Phone: 701-403-9232
  • Email: mcpoppel@wah.midco.net
  • Website: www.relayforlife.org/richlandwilkinnd
  • About: Are you interested in joining in the fight against cancer and helping to create a world with more birthdays? 

    The Relay For Life of Richland-Wilkin is seeking passionate and dedicated NDSCS students to help in the planning of the event that is held annually at the NDSCS Blikre Activities Center. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, and brings together more than 4 million people worldwide. Campus Relay For Life events are where teams of students raise funds for the American Cancer Society, walk the track, celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer -- right at their school. The funds raised through Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to save more lives from cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back.

    Students: Relay For Life offers you an opportunity to add experience to your resume, develop team building skills and allows you to make a difference.
Richland Wilkin Food Pantry‚Ä®
  • Contact: Lois Fenske, Director
  • Phone: 701-403-0320
  • Email: RWFoodPantry@outlook.com
  • About: The Food Pantry provides food to families in need that live in our region. Part-time volunteers are asked to fill shelves with food and provide light cleaning.
Ruby’s Pantry
Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
  • 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. The Salvation Army is in need of bell ringers during their kettle campaign which takes place annually starting the day after Thanksgiving and ending on Christmas Eve.
Three Rivers Crisis Center

Nationwide Opportunities

If you are a non-profit organization interested in listing an opportunity on this page, please click here to submit your volunteer opportunity.

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