Volunteer Programs


  • ACT Prep at Faribault High School
    Carleton students lead an ACT prep course for students at Faribault High School. Meets Wednesdays, 2:40 - 5:15PM.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2:40 - 4:30PM.
  • Faribault Science Club
    Faribault Science Club allows middle school students to explore the physical world by playing around with everyday stuff.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Environmental Systems

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 symposium, hands-on learning about energy tech, & local energy initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Green Thumbs
    Green Thumbs works to get elementary school students interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating.
  • NMS (Northfield Middle School) Garden
    Works with students at Northfield Middle School to get them interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating. Produce grown is used in curriculum-based cooking classes and games.
  • Swipe Out Hunger
    Swipe Out Hunger organizes termly Café Fasts where student meal swipes are converted into monetary donations from Bon-Appetit that support students facing food insecurity.

Health and Well-being

  • Adopt a Grandparent
    Adopt-a-Grandparent matches college volunteers with an elderly resident living at Three Links Care Center.
  • 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.
  • College Buddies
    Volunteers are paired with buddies on the basis of interests, for example, music, biking, movies, crossword puzzles, etc. at Laura Baker.
  • 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.
  • HealthFinders Collaborative
    HealthFinders works to be an access point to anyone looking to get healthy in the 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.
  • Humane Society
    The Carleton Humane Society program is dedicated to improving the lives of domestic animals through education and service.
  • Northfield Hospital
    Northfield Hospital volunteers can provide one-on-one companionship with residents, or lead group activities such as exercising, bingo, or reading.
  • Project Friendship
    Project Friendship matches college students with elementary school youth (grades 2nd-7th) from the Northfield schools.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
    This program works with the Red Cross to bring a blood drive to Carleton several times per year.
  • 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!

Peace and Conflict

  • Korean Adoptee Program (KAP)
    Korean Adoptee Program (KAP) interacts with Korean-adopted children to share Carleton students' experiences about Korean culture.
  • 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.


  • 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.