Frequently asked questions about volunteering

  • What role do volunteers play in achieving your mission?

    Volunteers contribute to our goal of serving Minnesotans with disabilities and other barriers to employment behind-the-scenes in various office functions, by providing support at our retail stores and by providing their expertise in training and leadership. Some volunteers lead fundraising and event programs. Learn more about the many ways volunteers are involved at Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

  • How old do I have to be to volunteer?

    Volunteers must be 16 years old to volunteer with Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota.

  • How do I apply?

    Choose a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and skills.

    Read and agree to our policies. Read a summary of our volunteer policies.The inquiry process for groups and individuals is the same:

    We will contact you within two business days upon receiving your application.

  • How many volunteers does Goodwill-Easter Seals have in Minnesota?

    There are thousands of volunteers who provide service in dozens of ways. Find out about current volunteer opportunities.

  • What are the benefits of volunteering?

    • Develop new skills.

    • Try a new job or industry.

    • Give back to the community.

    • Create a recent work history.

    • Strengthen your resume.

    • Develop contacts for other jobs and positions through networking.

    • Find references.

    • It is good for your health.

  • Why should I consider being a Goodwill-Easter Seals volunteer?

    We have flexible volunteer schedules. Even if you are busy during weekday hours, you can still volunteer in a Goodwill store at night or on the weekend! Find a store near you. Goodwill-Easter Seals volunteers also enjoy free parking at nearly all of our volunteer locations.

  • What is the minimum time commitment?

    Minimum time commitments are listed within the opportunity descriptions. Whether you would like to volunteer for a one-time event or provide ongoing service, there is a volunteer opportunity for you!

  • Does volunteering with you count toward volunteer hours I need to fulfill for school or church?

    Yes! You can fulfill volunteer hours with us if you need to complete volunteer hours for a school project, extra credit, graduation requirement, confirmation class or other extracurricular activity.

  • How soon can I begin volunteering?

    Your volunteer start date depends on the volunteer position. Upon inquiring, you will be asked to submit a volunteer application and meet with our volunteer manager.

Contact us!

Sara Triplett
Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Brickman
Manager, Volunteer Services & Community Recruitment