Volunteer Programs & Projects

Community Development

  • Adopt a Grandparent
    Adopt-a-Grandparent matches college volunteers with an elderly resident living at Three Links Care Center.
  • Adult ESL
    The ESL tutoring program places tutors with small groups of adults studying English as a Second Language. Thursdays 7-8:30pm in Weitz Center room 133
  • Alternative Spring Break Trips
    CCCE supports students to spend their break learning and working in communities.
  • Alternatives to Violence Program
    AVP non-violence training uses experiential activities and dialogue to engage participants in actively addressing the problems of violence in their own lives and in the world.
  • Books for Africa
    Books for Africa is a Minnesota-based program that sends books to schools and libraries in 20 African countries.
  • CAC Food Shelf
    The Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf programs distribute over 50,000 pounds of food each month to about 465 local families in need. Carleton student volunteers are needed to help sort, shelve and distribute food.
  • Carleton Clothing Connection
    The Carleton Clothing Connection collects donated clothing from Carleton students for MNIC, a public charter school in the Twin Cities supporting low-income teenagers.
  • College Buddies
    Volunteers are paired with buddies on the basis of interests, for example, music, biking, movies, crossword puzzles, etc. at Laura Baker.
  • Humane Society
    The Carleton Humane Society program is dedicated to improving the lives of domestic animals through education and service.
  • Lighten Up
    Each Spring Carleton College students donate unneeded items to the Lighten Up Garage Sale. The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also served as an excellent lesson in "green" living!
  • Ruth's House of Hope
    Ruth’s House has undertaken a project to make available 9 to 10 units of transitional housing explicitly for homeless women and their children.
  • Special Olympics
    Help athletes prepare for various competitions, ranging from bowling to track and field!
  • TOPSoccer
    Volunteers help children ages eight and older with physical and/or mental disabilities develop their soccer and social skills - while having fun!
  • Volunteer Interpreter Service
    The Volunteer Interpreter Service (VIS) is intended to make it easier for local non-English speakers to access health, legal, educational, employment and social services.

Education

  • 9th Grade Academy
    Work one-on-one or in small groups with Northfield High School students during the school day. Tutors are needed in a variety of disciplines for students who need additional support to complete state graduation requirements.
  • Budding Naturalists
    Budding Naturalists is a mentoring and environmental education program where Carleton volunteers lead weekly nature-based activities for students at Greenvale Elementary School. The group also hosts trips to Carleton's Arboretum.
  • CAST/ACT Prep at Faribault High School
    CAST (College Ambitions Start Today) is a high school leadership and college access program for students at Faribault High School. Carleton volunteers help with regular CAST programming and lead an ACT prep course.
  • Eye to Eye
    Eye to Eye is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD through dedicated mentoring.
  • Faribault Homework Help
    Homework help for underserved students in all subjects at Faribault High School to try to close the opportunity gap. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Geoscience Tutoring
    Support for students struggling in geology class, meets Wednesdays 3:00-4:15 PM.
  • Green Thumbs
    Green Thumbs works to get elementary school students interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating.
  • Greenvale Park Community School
    Help support the community school at Greenvale Park Elementary by providing childcare support and homework help on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Kids for Conservation
    Kids for Conservation (KFC) was initiated to give elementary school children the knowledge about environmental issues that they will need in order to make responsible decisions.
  • Korean Adoptee Program (KAP)
    Korean Adoptee Program (KAP) interacts with Korean-adopted children to share Carleton students' experiences about Korean culture.
  • Middle School Youth Center
    The Middle School Youth Center is a program for middle school students to hang out after school from 3 to 5pm Monday-Thursday. Its mission is to provide these students with a safe and exciting alternative to television, drugs, and other activities.
  • Project Friendship
    Project Friendship matches college students with elementary school youth (grades 2nd-7th) from the Northfield schools.
  • PSEO Teaching Assistants
    PSEO Teaching Assistant-Mentors collaborate with TORCH to support high school students enrolled in online courses through Riverland Community College. Applications reviewed fall and spring term.
  • Science Education and Outreach at Faribault Middle School
    Carleton students can work with Faribault Middle School students through Faribault Science Club, Girls Code, or Young Chefs.
  • Science Olympiad
    Help coach middle school students for their regional and state level Science Olympiad competitions.
  • Volunteer Tutoring Hotline/Tutoria
    Individually arranged one-on-one matches between Carleton volunteers and Northfield students of all ages. Tutors needed in all subjects to meet at public locations, one hour weekly. Times are flexible.
  • WomenCircle
    WomenCircle is a supportive group of college women and middle school girls that is centered on the needs and issues concerning women. Past activities have included creating skits, making journals, baking cookies, watching movies, and art exhibits.
  • Young Chefs Northfield
    The Young Chefs, an outreach program of the Firebellies student organization, aims to inspire and empower youth through cooking, while providing them with skills and knowledge relevant to culinary and academic activities.

Environment & Energy

  • Adopt a River
    Adopt-a-River is a program that works in collaboration with SOPE (Student Organization for the Protection of the Environment) to help clean up trash in and along Northfield’s Cannon River bi-annually (once each in fall and spring terms).
  • Arbor
    Arbor is a program devoted to learning about the environment while aiding in the restoration and cleanup of the Carleton Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie.
  • Carleton Clothing Connection
    The Carleton Clothing Connection collects donated clothing from Carleton students for MNIC, a public charter school in the Twin Cities supporting low-income teenagers.
  • Farm Mentorship Program
    The Farm Mentorship Program connects Carleton students with local farmers. Mentees perform general farm chores, participate in publicity and business planning, and engage in research. Mentees may also act as liaisons between the farm and Carleton.
  • Gleaning
    Under the Gleaning Program, students travel to local farms and orchards to harvest donated produce for the Community Action Center Food Shelf. Some produce is used by Bon Appetit for Thursday's Table, a free hot dinner in the community.
  • Kids for Conservation
    Kids for Conservation (KFC) was initiated to give elementary school children the knowledge about environmental issues that they will need in order to make responsible decisions.
  • Lighten Up
    Each Spring Carleton College students donate unneeded items to the Lighten Up Garage Sale. The proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also served as an excellent lesson in "green" living!

Food

  • Alternative Spring Break Trips
    CCCE supports students to spend their break learning and working in communities.
  • CAC Food Shelf
    The Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf programs distribute over 50,000 pounds of food each month to about 465 local families in need. Carleton student volunteers are needed to help sort, shelve and distribute food.
  • Farm Mentorship Program
    The Farm Mentorship Program connects Carleton students with local farmers. Mentees perform general farm chores, participate in publicity and business planning, and engage in research. Mentees may also act as liaisons between the farm and Carleton.
  • Food Recovery Network
    Carleton student volunteers recover surplus food from Burton Dining Hall, transport it, and donate it to end users such as the Alternative Learning Center of Northfield and Whispers of Hope in Faribault.
  • Gleaning
    Under the Gleaning Program, students travel to local farms and orchards to harvest donated produce for the Community Action Center Food Shelf. Some produce is used by Bon Appetit for Thursday's Table, a free hot dinner in the community.
  • Green Thumbs
    Green Thumbs works to get elementary school students interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating.
  • Young Chefs Northfield
    The Young Chefs, an outreach program of the Firebellies student organization, aims to inspire and empower youth through cooking, while providing them with skills and knowledge relevant to culinary and academic activities.

Health

  • Carls Against Cancer
    Carls Against Cancer is a group dedicated to helping those whose lives' have been affected by Cancer. Projects such as Cancer Sucks TM, Relay For Life, and Locks For Love, are all ways in which Carleton Students can join the fight against cancer.
  • HealthFinders Collaborative
    HealthFinders works to be an access point to anyone looking to get healthy in greater Rice County. Patient Advocacy, referrals, and wellness programs reach out to all those looking to access health or health care.
  • HOPE Center
    The HOPE (previously WomenSafe) Center acts as an advocate for sexual assault survivors, battered women, and abused children.
  • Northfield Hospital
    Northfield Hospital volunteers can provide one-on-one companionship with residents, or lead group activities such as exercising, bingo, or reading.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
    This program works with the Red Cross to bring a blood drive to Carleton several times per year.

Other

  • Alternative Spring Break Service Trips
    Each year the CCCE sponsors trips over spring break focused on service learning. This means a renewed commitment to exploring the housing and social justice issues affecting the partner sites, both within the groups and with the Carleton community.