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Volunteers are the heart of Cornerstone. Our work would not be possible without their compassion and generosity.

Looking for an internship? Visit our Employment page for current internship openings. Please be advised that internships at Cornerstone are defined as work opportunities that are required for an academic study/credit. Interns must have a college Field Supervisor supporting them during their work with us.

Are you a first-time volunteer? Please fill out and submit Cornerstone’s Volunteer Interest Form and our volunteer coordinator will contact you.

If you would rather e-mail your form please download the pdf version of our volunteer application.

“To me the best part about volunteering at Cornerstone is hearing and witnessing the success stories of clients.” —Katie, Cornerstone Volunteer

2017 Volunteer Summary

Total Volunteer Hours (Group and Individual): 7,313
Individual Hours: 4,775
Group Hours: 2,538

Total Number of Volunteers (Group and Individual): 1,172
Individual Volunteers: 257
Group Volunteers: 915
Number of Volunteer Groups: 53

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals

Cornerstone offers a variety of one-time and long-term volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to donate their time and talents.

Childcare Provider
Play, create art, read books, and tend to infants while their parents attend support groups. Shifts are 1.5 hours on Monday evenings, Tuesday days and evenings and Thursday days.

Maintenance / Landscaping
Share your skills or trade to help maintain the emergency shelter and transitional housing units. Assist with landscaping needs to keep our grounds welcoming for clients. No experience is required.

Volunteer Assistant
Support the volunteer department by assisting with database entry, organizing volunteer groups, clerical support and participating in special events.

Event Support
Support our development department by assisting at special events geared toward raising awareness and support for Cornerstone’s programs. Tasks may include pre-event support, room set up, staffing information tables, or photographing the event. Most events are during the evening or on weekends.

Shelter Advocate
Answer calls to our 24-Hour helpline and provide assistance and support to the women and families in our shelter.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups

Prepare and serve a meal for 40-50 Cornerstone clients on Tuesday night from approximately 4-7 p.m. with dinner served at 5:30 p.m. A great opportunity for groups.

Host a Party
Use your imagination and creativity to organize a party for children in our shelter and community programs. Crafts, games, face painting, art projects are some of the many activities groups have done. Good for groups of any size.

Summer Picnic
Play outside and BBQ with our guests in the summer! Cornerstone will provide the grills. Good for groups of 4-10 people.

Donation Drives
Organizing a donation drive is a great way to help Cornerstone’s clients. The drive can be for a variety of needed goods, including baby products or household items. Learn more about our Current Needs.

Clean and sanitize our lounge areas and playrooms to help eliminate the spread of germs. Generally, we ask that groups be no more than 10 people.

Holiday Shop
Every December, our clients’ children have the opportunity to choose and wrap gifts to give to their parent and siblings. These gifts come from our generous donors and volunteers. During December, we have many volunteer opportunities including:

  • Serving as a collection site where coworkers can donate toys and gifts for moms and dads
  • Decorating Cornerstone’s lower level
  • Creating and stuffing stockings
  • Being an “elf” and helping the children pick out gifts
  • Sorting and organizing gifts
  • Organizing a gift donation drive or a hats and mittens drive

For more information about group volunteer opportunities, please contact Crystal Kokal, Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator, at Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org.

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