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Service Learning for Nursing Students

Requirements: (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 time committments. Continue to monitor this site as new sites are added regularly. 

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 is 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.
  • Completing your service learning with your employer is not accepted, even in the event that the volunteering will occur on off employment hours, service learning is about experiencing volunteering outside of your existing networks.

You will be required to complete a hearing and vision screening of any length (there is no set hour requirement) as a part of your mandatory service learning hours. Hearing and vision screening hours accrued do not count toward service learning totals. They mostly happen in the Fall so plan to meet this aspect of your requirement then. Watch this space for additional announcements. Please notify JSmith@nhcc.edu  of your choice so your hours are properly documented. When the screenings fill the posting will be removed.

Hearing and Vision Screening Fall 2015

Osseo School district (Elm Creek Elementary) Thursday, October 22nd 8am-2pm,

9830 Revere Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 425-0577                                                            12-15 students needed

2700 Foundations of Nursing: Health Promotion

Over 5 hour commitment:









Metro Women's Center

The Metro Women’s Center is a faith based organization that offers pregnancy advising and abortion alternatives options. They have several service learning opportunities including delivery of meals to homes for up to two students in the Fridley area 4:30-8:30 daily. Additionally they are in need of support in offering newborn care, nutrition, CPR class and childbirth (flexible time frames). If you have experience with the adoptive process, are a single mom willing to share your experience they need you!   Colleen Tronson <colleen@metrowomenscenter.org>

Will provide 5 hour experience:





Project for Pride and Living

Early Wonders Preschool Family Night Volunteers

Up to 5 volunteers who enjoy working with children and families are needed to assist (set up, welcome families, serve a meal, play with preschoolers and clean up) at our monthly preschool family nights.

Third Thursdays, 5:30-7:45 pm, PPL Bethlehem Community Center, 2539 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis, 55404. Sign up for two or more sessions between January-June. Contact Julie Huck @ 612-455-5111 or julie.huck@ppl-inc.org.


Special Olympics

I run a program called Healthy Athletes, that provides free, non-invasive medical screenings to our 8000+ athletes at select competitions throughout the year. We do screenings in the fields of Optometry, Audiology, Physical Therapy, Dentistry, Podiatry and Health Promotion. Health Promotion is our most broad screening, covering blood pressure, height, weight, bmi and education stations on various topics. To run a Health Promotion screening in particular, we rely on local nurses and nursing students as volunteers. Hillary Tyler <hillary.tyler@somn.org>


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

Vision Loss Resource Center

Shopping trips for seniors!

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.    Joe McKinley <joemck@vlrw.org>


sample volunteer positions:


Do you like Bingo? We are in need of volunteers to call bingo or be a bingo companion to a resident.

Bingo Opportunities are:

Mondays: 1:45–3:00pm Care Center

Tuesdays: 5:45-8:15pm Loren on Park

6:45-8:00pm Care Center

Saturdays: 7:00 – 9:00pm Tower Apts.

Mondays at Care Center, stay until 3:30 and help serve coffee and cookies if you can and visit with our residents.

Quality Care Surveyor

We are recruiting 2-4 volunteers for a long term project conducting a survey of our residents. A 3 month commitment is requested for this position, schedule is flexible, possibly 6

hours/week. Ideal candidates will practice good confidentiality and boundary issues, have good social skills and be able to navigate a Notepad touch screen.

Garden Club Volunteers

We are looking for weekly volunteer program assistants for each of our Garden Clubs. One or two volunteers are needed for the Green Thumb Group, which works with our memory care unit residents on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00pm.

Two or three weekly volunteers are needed to work with the Ebenezer Care Center Garden Club involving the rest of our Care Center residents on Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 am. Volunteers help our residents enjoy nature and craft projects and support our Horticultural Therapy Director.

Lakeridge Care Center

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.  kbrehmer@elimcare.org

Mary's Place

Mary’s Place After School Tutoring Program.  Seeking volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with homeless youth ages 5-18.  Please note most of our student participants are refugee students and are learning english as a second language.

What is the time commitment, and exact shifts?

            Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 4-6pm.  Expect weekly commitment from either September-December, January-May, or the entire academic year.  Orientation/training is provided on the first day.

How would the student be on-boarded, start, on-line application, contact the volunteer coordinator directly?

            Call/email coordinate directly- Kathy Klement, 612-328-0988 / 612-596-3418 / kklement@sharingandcaringhands.org.  Criminal history background checks are done on volunteer tutors.

 People Incorporated Mental Health Services


 Volunteer Match:  http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org98316.jsp

North Memorial Hospital

Last year SafeJourney Volunteers helped over 1,600 abuse victims, helping them with safe housing, legal advocacy, safety planning, community referrals and offering emotional support. Our hope is that ultimately everyone can live a life free of violence. 

SafeJourney, a program serving North Memorial Medical Center and Maple Grove Hospital, helps patients and individuals in the community who are experiencing domestic abuse. Volunteer advocates are needed to provide a listening ear, support, safety planning, information and referral. You do not have to have previous knowledge or experience, but rather looking for people who are sensitive to the issue, caring, and non-judgmental. Advocates sign up for 2 on-call shifts per month. Flexible scheduling - daytime, overnights, and weekends. Training is March 3, 5, 10, & 12, 5:30-9 p.m. at North Memorial. All 4 training sessions are required. Please call Suzy at 763-581-3942 or email suzy.whelan@northmemorial.com to schedule a short interview.


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

Ebenezer Minneapolis Campus (specify you need a nutrition experience)

Laura Arne
Volunteer Services

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

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)

Bryan 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
vailable 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

View the Second Harvest Heartland calendar:


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

Senior Community Services

GROW THE GARDEN (Minneapolis & Hennepin County Suburbs)

Enjoy the great outdoors and get your hands dirty! Seniors in Minneapolis & Suburban Hennepin County need your help to maintain their flower garden or vegetable patch. Help make someone's Grandma or Grandpa proud of their yard. Assist one-time or adopt a garden for the season until it freezes. Work with a partner and you can take turns gardening. Family teams welcome, youth must be age 7 or older and supervised by an adult. The resident will offer a happy smile.

 Exact location TBD in Minneapolis & Hennepin County Suburbs, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. One-time unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available both indoors and outdoors. Please contact Jeanne the SCS - HOME Program, Volunteer Coordinator at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894 for more information.

Intrepid Hospice

Offers students, alumni, and community members the opportunity to build relationships with hospice patients, assist patients in recording their life stories, and share the journey with patients as they approach the end of their lives.  Patients are located throughout the metro area.  Volunteers normally commit 1-2 hours/week, and are required to complete initial training either individually or in a group setting.  Schedules are flexible, and determined by volunteer availability.  Volunteers work closely with the hospice team, and hospice staff are available to help volunteers process and learn from their experiences, as well as to engage in conversations about vocational discernment.

Karen Cherwien, Volunteer Coordinator

(p) 651-633-7899 (f) 651-633-6729



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.  

The Heathers

Men's Breakfast Host & Service= 7:30-9:30 AM 3rd Friday Monthly

Morning Stretch Chair Exercise Leader= 9:30-10:30 Variety Of Days

Paraffin Hands + Trivia Assistant=10:30-Noon Friday's

Couples Luncheon Host & Service=11:30-1:30 1st Thursday Monthly

"Manor Gals" Lunch Service & Community Project Assistant= 11:30-2:30 4th Thursday Monthly

Bingo Leader Duo=Saturday's 12:30-4:30ish PM

Spa Day (Nails & Facials) + Bingo Leader=Tuesday's 1-4:30ish PM

Tie Blanket &/or Card Making=Wednesday, Friday &/or Sunday's 1-4:30ish

Group Crossword Leader=Monday & Thursday's 1:15-2:45

Pokeno Leader (Card Bingo) =Thursday's 3-4:30

Card & Game Players (500, Bridge, Cribbage, Uno, Dominoes, Scrabble, Dice, Pictionary, Wheel of Fortune etc.)=Variety of Daytime, Evening & Weekends

Ondov, Stacy <ondovstacy@HeathersManorCRSA.COM>

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.  

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. 

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 


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.

Waterford Manor

Assist in art programs, entertainment for special events, group games, - working directly with seniors in Independent Living, assisted living, and memory care.  Working one-on-one with independent projects that reflect life enrichment activities.


Requirements include: 

Experience working with seniors

Patience and sensitivity to others needs

Strong interpersonal skills working with seniors; ability to read, write and speak the English language.

Passing a drug test & manteaux test for TB


We are looking for volunteers during the work week and/or during the weekends, and some evenings until 6:30. 


 Mickie Schutz/Life Enrichment Director/Waterford Campus

6288 Louisiana Court N/Brooklyn Park MN 55428

Direct: 763-536-7668/Main: 763-537-3382/Fax: 763-536-7679


Hadi Medical Clinic

6120 Brooklyn Blvd | Brooklyn Center, MN 55429