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Service Learning for Nursing Students

Second Year students (40 hours) and Mobility students (20 hours) requirements including an approximately 5 hour hearing/vision screening opportunity (defined as completing a minimum of 4 hours) remains unchanged. 

Requirements: NEW for nurses being admitted to the Nursing program Fall, 2014, Spring 2015 (M.A.N.E. 2700) 

  • 10 collective hours of service learning; comprised of 5 hours dedicated to a nutrition course experience (applied to Nursing 2750) and 5 hours which are your choice, General service learning. (applied to Nursing 2700)
  • 10 collective hours of service learning; comprised of 8 hours dedicated to a chronic and palliative course experience (applied to Nursing 2800) and 2 hours which are your choice, General service learning.
  • General Service Learning Experience - Working at the animal shelter or for your employer will not be acceptable. Employers offering volunteer hours apart from your duties will not be accepted. 

Please choose the following approved partners as they correspond to course designate. In all cases follow the volunteer tab, and community partner procedure, and when you are ACCEPTED notify Jsmith@nhcc.edu Be aware though that community partners sometimes have larger requirements. Continue to monitor this site as new sites will be added regularly. 

2212 opportunities coming soon!

2700 Foundations of Nursing: Health Promotion

Over 5 hour commitment:









Will provide 5 hour experience:




We are currently doing calling to people about MNsure. We educate people about the law, answer their questions, and if they are uninsured, we connect them with our MNsure-certified Navigators to help them get enrolled in health insurance. Students could attend a 1-hour training to learn about the Affordable Care Act and also complete 2 2-hour phoning shifts. We can take as many people as possible. If we have enough, we can even have NHCC specific volunteer events. The calling goes through February 12, so students would need to complete this project before that date.  

Allie Carlson-Stehlin
Minnesota Public Affairs Manager
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
671 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, MN 55114
p: 651.389.2372
f: 612.825.3522

2750 Foundations of Nursing: Nutrition and the Role of the Professional Nurse (all sites approved 5 hour experience)

Ebenezer Minneapolis Campus   Volunteer Opportunities

For more information,
Laura Arne
Volunteer Services

Serve Meals to Seniors  

Volunteers are needed to serve meals for our seniors at Ebenezer Park Apartments.  Duties include setting tables, preparing the meal with the chef, serving the meal to about 30 seniors, and clearing and cleaning tables afterwards.  Open volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday, 3:45pm-5:15pm. Volunteers can donate their time once or twice a week.  

Open Arms

Meals on Wheels to people with life threatening diseases

Wednesdays and Fridays from 11-1pm and Saturdays from 9:30-11:30am.

Maria Kustritz
Volunteer Services Director
Open Arms of Minnesota
2500 Bloomington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
direct: 612-767-7330
main: 612-872-1152
fax: 612-872-0866

Loaves and Fishes (cooking and serving)

We offer opportunities to prepare our meals as well as serve and clean up each meal. I have included our descriptions of each role as attachments. The commitment minimum is one opportunity lasting between 1-3 hours, depending on the dining site; we do ask volunteers to be present throughout the entirety of the shift. Volunteers may sign up for as many additional opportunities as they fit into their schedule. 

Students can sign up online on our Sign Up Genius webpage, which opportunities categorized by region. The best place to start is at our homepage: http://www.loavesandfishesmn.org/index.html 

  • From here students can click our “Volunteer” button. This links to a page with our Individual and Team Applications as well as another “Volunteer” button that takes potential volunteers to a page with regions of the Metro and Marshall, MN. We do ask that the Application is complete before the first volunteering shift.
  • Sign Up Genius has all our current opportunities listed by date, location, and task. This would be an excellent resource for classroom presentations and the NHCC service learning website.
  • Also, students are welcome to contact me directly. I have included my signature below with my direct line, cell, and email address. 

People Serving People 

Meal Service: Serve breakfast, lunch or dinner to PSP guests and assist with clean-up as necessary. 

Breakfast: 7:30 am – 9:00 am, (4-6 volunteers)
Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, (4-6 volunteers on school days and 6-8 volunteers on non-school days)
Dinner: 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm, (6-8 volunteers)
Requirements: Must be at least 12 (children 12 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult)

Children’s Party Planner: Plan and facilitate a party for the children of PSP in our recreation center. Please supply all necessary games, crafts and food. 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Friday: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm -3:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Requirements: Must be at least 18

Notes: We work with 12-24 kids ages 5-15. On Monday through Thursday, these events are held in combination with tutoring sessions. Children are split into two groups (ages 5-9 and 10+), with one attending activities while the other receives tutoring. Your event would take place during our activity portion. You would work with both groups for an hour each. 

Group Size: 5-15 (Groups 15+ can be accommodated if needed) 

Tom Golembeck
Volunteer and Development Associate
People Serving People

Osseo School district (Elm Creek Elementary) Kitchen Aide

Kitchen volunteering is always an option.  We use volunteers daily from about 11:15-1:15.  If you have students who are interested in helping in that area, have them contact me directly, if possible.  I would need a volunteer app on file and can let them know of open dates (usually there are several). 

Sandy Lindberg

Vision Loss Resources (grocery shopping trips)

This would involve volunteers working one-on-one with clients to help them navigate a mall, select items, window shop, etc.  It is usually a four to five hour activity—we meet at a mall, provide training for volunteers and away we go.  I just need advance notice to promote a date in our activity calendar and line up RSVP’s from clients.  We can schedule almost anytime, anywhere….folks have been requesting a trip to Rosedale.   

Takeaways for volunteers include increased appreciation for accessibility issues, and the barriers that some people experience in everyday life.  For nursing students, this is great exposure to and experience with bedside manner, sensitivity, etc.  Every time we do this activity it starts with a quiet group, sort of awkward.  By the time we say good-bye, people are hugging and laughing. I love shopping trips! 

Joe McKinley
Volunteer Coordinator
Vision Loss Resources
(612) 843-3401 | (612) 872-0189 fax

No Hassles Food Shelf

I could use about 4 people once a week for 90 minutes at the most to help organize the No Hassles Food Shelf at Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park. If this date and time does not work, I can see if I can rearrange another day of the week and time. This would be done at a time when the food shelf is not open to youth, so the students would not be there when the homeless youth are there.  

ask for Gail Stone

Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP)

Sandy 763-450-3679 

FOOD SHELF: Pack food orders, stock shelves, rotate stock, sort, weigh, and organize food donations. Shifts available Monday-Friday, mornings or afternoons. Some lifting required.
Average shift: 4 hours per week
Available at: Brooklyn Center & Blaine 

MEALS ON WHEELS (MOW): Deliver meals to homes of elderly and disabled adults in Brooklyn Center & Brooklyn Park, with your own vehicle. Children are welcome to accompany parents on meals routes. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday 11am – 12:30pm.
Average shift: 1-1.5 hours per week or every other week
Available at: Brooklyn Center 

MOW KITCHEN ASSISTANT: Pack cold and hot portions of lunches, pack drivers’ bags for delivery and place labels on meal bags for the next day. Shifts are available Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm.
Average shift: 3 hours per week
Available at: Brooklyn Center 

Good In the Hood

We have various assignments available such as Child Care, Distribute Food, Personal Shopper, Registration, Serve Hot Meal, Sort Food, and Unload Truck. 

Dates/Time: every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
Shifts: 12-4:00 pm or Second Shift: 4:30pm-9:30pm 

Please let me know if you are planning to help at a specific time and I can give you a specific assignment, but you are welcome anytime. 

Ways to get involved with Good in the Hood:

  • Sponsor a family for the holidays
  • Volunteer at our local food distribution site 

Contact: Darrius H darrius@goodinthehood.org

2800 Chronic and Palliative Care (all sites approved for 8 hours)

Cottagewood Memory Care (Buffalo)

1:1 time with residents is always a need.  Typically 1½ hour time frames work best for all involved, either 10-11:30am, 3-4:30pm are usually our best times to engage residents.  Reading, playing cards, games, visiting, hand/nail care, walking with residents, assisting residents with household tasks – many different options.  Feel free to give our number to anyone interested. The best contact is Jennifer Graham , our Resident Care Coordinator, at 763-682-9366 x21. Thank you!  

Andrea Kyllonen
Campus Administrator
Cottagewood Memory Care
763-682-9366 ext. 12
763-682-6569 fax 

Lakeridge Care Center (Buffalo)

Lake Ridge assistant living would be willing to have 2-3 students….they could each “shadow” a nurse on the floor for about an hour and the other time could be spent with me doing life coaching with assistant living.   I have a about 5 younger people 60-70 year old in our “home” right now that  I am trying to figure out what direction to go with that generation……possible games on the computer, prep and prepare a meal with assistant, reading the newspaper and what area’s they are interested.   Again, I still have the “elderly” to daily activities with…exercise, sing a longs, writing letters, organizing them so to help them keep things simple for them, as memory is difficult for them, etc.  

Kim Bremer

St Croix Hospice

At St. Croix Hospice we would be able to provide service learning opportunities in the area of companion / vigil visits with hospice patients. We have the ability to work with up to 12 or more students. Students would be required to go through 2 hours of training and have updated mantoux tests.  We likely could do the St. Croix Hospice training onsite at North Hennepin Community College.  We would work with the patient and students schedules for visits but the times would be very flexible. 

Karen Quammen
Director of Volunteer Services
St. Croix Hospice
12805 HWY 55, Suite 315
Plymouth, MN 55441
(p) 952-956-6380 | (m) 612-834-7232 | (f) 952-545-2573


Volunteers interact with members during drop-in or social/recreation programming. Volunteers socialize with members to help them develop a supportive community where they are able to be themselves.  Volunteers would apply via our website at www.resource-mn.org/volunteer/volunteer-profile


Questions about volunteering or position availability? Please call Caitlin at (651) 379-4220 or contact us for more information. 

Interested in a specific opportunity? Fill out our Volunteer Application and send it to the Human Resources and Volunteer Program Coordinator at volunteer@clues.org. Download a printable version here.  

African Immigrant Services

Abdullah Kiatamba | Executive Director
African Immigrant Services (AIS)

7710 Brooklyn Boulevard, Suite 206B | Brooklyn Park | MN 55443
Phone: 763.432.0597 | Fax: 763.432.3136 | Cell: 612.388.4767
Email: akiatamba@aisusa.org | Web: http://www.aisusa.org |

Family Legacy Center

Victoria Karpeh, director

Neighborhood House

English Language Learner Teacher/Co-Teacher: Help immigrants and refugees learn English, no prior teaching experience necessary! Volunteer opportunities available for beginning to advanced levels. A minimum of 2.75 hours per week for 12 weeks is required. Training and resources provided. Classes: Monday-Friday 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Must be 18+. 

GED Teacher and GED Co-Teacher: Teachers prepare learners to succeed at the GED exam by leading classes in various subject areas: math, writing, reading, science, and social studies. A minimum of 2.75 hours per week for 12 weeks is required. Classes: Monday-Friday, 11:30am-1:30pm, 6:00pm-8:30pm. Must be 18+. 

To receive email alerts regarding volunteer opportunities at Neighborhood House or to submit your completed online Volunteer Application please contact Anders Ringdahl-Mayland, ARMayland@neighb.org or 651-789-2524.  

Functional Industries (Buffalo)

Functional Industries – Corporate Office
1801 Highway 25 North
PO Box 336
Buffalo, MN 55313
Fax 763-682-9692
Map and Directions 

Functional Industries – Cokato Branch
200 Century Ave
PO Box 9
Cokato, MN 55321
Map and Directions

Jacobs Center
1803 Highway 25 North
PO Box 336
Buffalo, MN 55313
Map and Directions

Outreach Offices

Mental Health & Transition
1100 Highway 25 North, Suite 3
Buffalo, MN 55313
Map and Directions 

Opportunity Partners 

Volunteer Manager
952-912-7454, volunteers@opportunities.org

Project for Pride and Living

PPL’s wide range of volunteer opportunities lets you share your talents and expertise to strengthen our community. In single-day projects or regular involvement in the lives of youth and adults, PPL volunteers help people help themselves.

Current Opportunities: 

  • Click here to see current individual volunteer opportunities and complete a volunteer application.
  • Click here to read about opportunities to work with youth for the 2014-15 school year.
  • To schedule your group for an upcoming service project, contact PPL Volunteer Manager Julie Huck, 612.455.5111, julie.huck@ppl-inc.org. Please include your group size and desired dates. 

Touchstone Mental Health

Touchstone Mental Health is looking to gather program feedback from current and past clients, and in doing so we are seeking volunteers to assist in the data collection process. Volunteers will contact clients of TMH via phone to discuss quality of services provided and thoughts on our processes. A script will be provided to guide the conversation, and volunteers will complete an online survey to capture responses. This is a short-term, flexible commitment. 

Volunteer dates: January 13 – January 22, 2015.
Volunteer times: 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

If interested, please complete the volunteer application listed below, and email or fax your application to Becca Schema at bschema@touchstonemh.org or 612-874-0157 (fax). Or contact Becca Schema with any questions. 

Volunteer Application (Word)
Volunteer Application (PDF)

Touchstone’s Assisted Living, New Hope program is looking for volunteers to play musical instruments, craft, garden or do other art projects with AL residents. This position offers a flexible time commitment with no set hours. Interested individuals may volunteer hours that work with their schedule, including day, evening, weekday and/or weekend hours.

At this time Touchstone is only interested in the above stated talents. Please reserve all other inquiries until a later time when requested. 

If interested contact Becca Schema at the information listed below stating your position interest and potential hours of volunteering. Thank you for your interest in Touchstone Mental Health and helping Minnesota individuals living with a mental illness. 

Touchstone Mental Health
2312 Snelling Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 843-3351
Fax: (612) 874-0157
Email: bschema@touchstonemh.org 

Robbinsdale School District (Volunteers in Partnerships)

  • Number of events: Nursing students will sign up to provide health education information at the 3 remaining Indian Education Family Culture Nights. Brenda Jo has identified the focus for each event to include either: blood pressure screening, diabetes awareness/management, and nutrition. 
  • Dates/Location: February 12th, March 12th, April 9th; 6-8 pm. in the cafeteria at the Sandburg Learning Center
  • Time commitment: 2 hours per event for the nursing students; volunteers commit to one event, not a series of events
  • Number of volunteers needed per event: 2 ideally, but Brenda Jo could place up to 4 per event
  • Proposed model: Volunteers will present information and/or conduct screening at a booth in the cafeteria. They will visit with guests individually or in family groups rather than present information to a larger group.
  • VIP involvement*: VIP's Program Assistant, Mindy Potvin, will work directly with Troy for sign-up, registration, and pledge of confidentiality forms. Troy will have the sign-up form for each event. Linda directs her students to contact Troy to sign up. Troy then emails a confirmation to the volunteer with a link to the VIP Google form that Mindy will create. This form will combine the application and pledge of confidentiality information that VIP needs. Volunteer will be asked to complete this form before they begin. Mindy will ask Brenda Jo to verify the volunteers' attendance for each event so that our records are accurate.  These procedures are consistent with how we have worked with the vision and hearing volunteers from NHCC. 

Please feel free to correct any information that doesn't reflect your understanding. Mindy and I are happy to help where you need VIP's support. Contact Mindy at mindy_potvin@rdale.org or 763.504.6994.


Contact Christine

Union Gospel Mission

Step 2 – Complete a Volunteer Application
The type of application depends on the experience you are seeking. Please see descriptions and fill out the appropriate form. 

  • Individual: Individuals interested in volunteering for a current needs besides a one-time opportunity, please fill out the individual volunteer application.
  • Student: Acceptance into a volunteer position as an intern depends on whether class requirements fit with UGM’s current needs. This is determined by the number of hours, parameters of the class, and nature of the work. A class syllabus is helpful in determining placement; feel free to email your syllabus to volunteers@ugmtc.org for review. We are unable to fulfill psychology internships.


It’s Pre-Testing time in the Fitness Center. Mary Ewert-Knodell is looking for 2800 Nursing students that would like to volunteer to take resting BLOOD PRESSURES and HEART RATES, plus possibly help with the step pulse test which is taking the student’s pulse for a minute after exercising.    

The dates are January 14, 15, 16, 20 and 21. The hours that help is needed in Fitness Center are Mon/Wed: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues/Thurs: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Friday 9-noon. 

Please email Mary at MEwert-Knodell@nhcc.edu and Jsmith@nhcc.edu if you are interested. 

Requirement of entire Program: Hearing and Vision Screening Spring 2015

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Buffalo Community Middle School
1200 Hwy 25N
Buffalo, MN 55313 

I could use 11 students on February 10th from 7:15 to 3. We do all 400 7th graders in one day. It is a Tuesday. 

Nancy Halagan, RN, LSN
Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools
(p) 763-682-8211

Sign up by e-mailing jsmith@nhcc.edu . An NHCC confirmation e-mail will be sent, to be followed by a confirmation e-mail, roughly a week prior to the event from the site (except from the Buffalo school district, in which you need to simply show up the day of the event).

Service Learning Procedure:

Hours Documentation

Choosing your service learning experience, following partner processes which includes potentially applications, back ground checks, informational interviews, or orientations is first. Upon completion and ACCEPTANCE by the community partner notify Jsmith@nhcc.edu

All community partners have an account with the college and will record your hours utilizing the web based reporting system (except Feed My Starving Children, Goodwill, and Second Harvest, in which case you will need to secure their paper volunteer verification form) Notifying the service learning office at Jsmith@nhcc.edu begins a work flow that ensures your hours are documented.  Additionally it is a good idea to print an activity log from the Service Learning main page and keep your own records.

Hours Verification can be done by a student by going to the Verify Service Learning Hours link in the bottom right of this page.

Getting Started

In the event you need additional assistance the service learning office is happy and ready to assist you in your placement. If you can articulate your availability, geographically where you would like to do your service and a general idea of the experience you would like to have; placement can be made quick and easy. Please schedule an office or phone appointment with Troy Nellis if you need assistance getting started by contacting Jsmith@nhcc.edu. Completing the student interest questionnaire (located right side of home page) facilitates placement.  

  • Additional General Requirements Complete a liability contract
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your community partner. Please ensure that future NHCC students will be valued and desired by our community partners.
  • If you are unsure of which community partner to work with download and complete the student interest questionnaire on the service learning home page and make an appointment with Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning by calling 763-493-0520. Please allow 48hrs for return calls. For immediate scheduling please stop by the Business Department in the CBT building.
  • Please do not select a site that is not one of our community partners. If none of the NHCC community partner options will work, please contact Troy Nellis with written documentation of your rationale, reasons and what you are proposing as a potential alternative. Your proposal will be considered and reviewed by the Nursing and Service Learning Departments. Starting an unapproved experience you will cause delays and the possibility that your hours will not apply, resulting in no credit.