Volunteer Programs & Projects

Arts & Humanities

  • Arts Connection
    Arts Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD through mentoring.
  • Empty Bowls Fundraiser
    Empty Bowls features over 600 bowls hand-crafted by Carleton students and other community members, as well as soup homemade by residents of Carleton interest houses. All proceeds go to the Northfield Community Action Center's food shelf.
  • Girls Circle (formerly Women Circle)
    Girls Circle 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.
  • Latino Play Festival
    Work with Northfield High School students as they prepare their lines and performances for the Latino Play Festival in the Spring!
  • Northfield Reads
    Participate in a community-wide discussion on poverty and diversity inspired by a book selection by the Northfield community. Volunteer to help facilitate reading groups and discussions through the Northfield schools.
  • Open Door Preschool Programming
    Volunteer to lead dance activities and visits to Carleton with the students at Open Door Preschool.
  • Prairie Creek Performances
    Volunteer to perform at Prairie Creek Elementary School to teach young students about music and art.
  • Three Links Performances
    Volunteer to perform at Three Links and provide entertainment for those under the center's care. All manner of talents welcome!

Community Development

  • Adopt a Grandparent
    Adopt-a-Grandparent matches college volunteers with an elderly resident living at Three Links Care Center.
  • Adult ELL
    Adult English Language Learners is a conversation group on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm at Greenvale Community School. Transportation for Carleton volunteers is provided.
  • Books for Africa
    Books for Africa is a Minnesota-based program that sends books to schools and libraries in 20 African countries.
  • College Buddies
    Volunteers are paired with buddies on the basis of interests, for example, music, biking, movies, crossword puzzles, etc. at Laura Baker.
  • Empty Bowls Fundraiser
    Empty Bowls features over 600 bowls hand-crafted by Carleton students and other community members, as well as soup homemade by residents of Carleton interest houses. All proceeds go to the Northfield Community Action Center's food shelf.
  • Humane Society
    The Carleton Humane Society program is dedicated to improving the lives of domestic animals through education and service.
  • 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.
  • ACT Prep and HAPP at Faribault High School
    Carleton students lead an ACT prep course for students at Faribault High School. Carleton tutors may also work with ELL students at the school's HAPP program. Meets Wednesdays, 3 - 5PM.
  • Art Sprouts
    Art Sprouts 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.
  • Arts Connection
    Arts Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD through mentoring.
  • CAST at Faribault High School
    CAST (College Ambitions Start Today) is a high school leadership and college access program for students at Faribault High School that meets on Mondays, 3 - 5PM.
  • Faribault Homework Help
    Homework help for students at Faribault High School in all subjects. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 - 5PM
  • Faribault Science Club
    Faribault Science Club allows middle school students to explore the physical world by playing around with everyday stuff.
  • Geoscience Tutoring
    Support for Northfield Middle School students struggling in geology class. Meets Wednesdays 3:00-4:15 PM.
  • Girls Circle (formerly Women Circle)
    Girls Circle 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.
  • Girls Who Code
    Carleton students can teach coding to middle school girls at either Faribault or Northfield Middle Schools.
  • 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.
  • Paper Airplanes
    With our tutoring program, Syrian students are matched with a one-on-one tutor who meets with them twice a week over Skype for term. Our program helps Syrians reach their target TOEFL and IELTS scores.
  • 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 Olympiad
    Help coach middle school students for their regional and state level Science Olympiad competitions.
  • TORCH at Northfield High School
    TORCH stands for “Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes” and supports students from traditionally marginalized backgrounds.
  • TORCH at Northfield Middle School
    TORCH (Tackling Obstacles & Raising College Hopes) supports Northfield Middle School youth who are potential first-generation college attendees, from low-income families, and students of color.
  • Volunteer Tutoring Hotline/Tutoria
    Individually arranged one-on-one tutoring 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.
  • Young Chefs
    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
    Come volunteer at Carleton's 800 acre arboretum. Volunteer events will be posted on the Arboretum's website throughout the term. Contact Alex Adamczyk or Rachel Cheung for more information.
  • 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.
  • Energy Club
    Energy Club is a discussion group for students, faculty, & staff interested in energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy tech. Activities involve a community-wide symposium, hands-on learning about energy tech, & local energy initiative
  • 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

  • Eat The Lawn
    Eat The Lawn is an edible garden located on campus in front of Myers Hall. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are free to all those passing by!
  • Empty Bowls Fundraiser
    Empty Bowls features over 600 bowls hand-crafted by Carleton students and other community members, as well as soup homemade by residents of Carleton interest houses. All proceeds go to the Northfield Community Action Center's food shelf.
  • 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.
  • MOSES Conference
    Are you interested in sustainable agriculture and farming? If so, apply to attend this year's Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin from Thursday, Feb. 23-25.
  • NMS (Northfield Middle School) Garden
    Works with student at Northfield Middle School to get students interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating. Produce grown is used in curriculum-based cooking classes.
  • Young Chefs
    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.