Becoming A Volunteer

Thank you for exploring volunteer opportunities at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc. Whether it’s cheerfully greeting clients at our front desk, assisting in the food shelf, or just lending a helping hand during special events, NorthPoint volunteers can enhance the quality of life of many clients by donating their time to help NorthPoint and its staff. We hope you will take some time to learn more about our program and find a match for your talent and time.

Our application process is described in the Getting Started section of our website. Our goal is to assist you in finding a volunteer placement at NorthPoint that will benefit both you and NorthPoint. We look forward to meeting you.

With appreciation,
The NorthPoint Volunteer Program Staff

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many benefits to volunteering. Volunteering can help your professional career, give health benefits, and allows you to contribute to your community.

Volunteering can help your professional career by:

  • Maintaining or sharpening old skills
  • Acquiring new skills
  • Practicing new skills in a safe environment
  • Exploring career options
  • Networking opportunities
  • Providing a reference for future employment

Resources

How to Put Volunteer Work on Your Resume

Volunteering to Explore Career Possibilities

Health Benefits

Volunteering can benefit you by:

  • Giving energizing and renewing experiences
  • Meeting diverse range of people
  • Helpers high – a release of endorphins followed by acts of altriusm. It can lead to stress relief.

Volunteering to Help Others Could Lead to Better Health; Reduced Mortality Risk Not Seen in People Motivated by Self-Centered Reasons (Science Daily, 9/8/2011)

Community

Volunteering can help you contribute to your community by:

  • Improving the quality of life of members of Hennepin County
  • Being involved in and contributing to a significant volunteer presence in Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • 35.5% of residents in Minneapolis-St Paul volunteer, ranking them 2nd of 51 large U.S. cities
  • In 2014, 975,200 residents of Minneapolis- St. Paul volunteered an average of 32.8 hours annually
  • Other statistics on Minneapolis-St. Paul volunteer contributions
  • Educated about issues pertaining to Hennepin County

Getting Started

Age Requirements

For most volunteer positions, applicants must be at least 18 years old.  However, individuals younger than 18 years may volunteer in certain volunteer situations or positions, if accompanied by an adult and with prior approval from NorthPoint Inc. If you are younger than the legal working age you cannot volunteer at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc. without Parent/Guardian consent.

Requirements for volunteers depend on the level of commitment and the location of the volunteer position.

Event Volunteer Requirements

Any position which consists of volunteering at a one-time event. The following are the basic steps for event volunteers:

Registration

If an individual or group is interested in volunteering at an event, they should complete a Volunteer Event Registration Form and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Background Check

Certain events will require a criminal history check by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Short and Long-Term Volunteer Positions

Any position which consists of a sustained weekly commitment.

The following are the basic steps for short-term and long-term volunteers:

Application

If an individual or group is interested in long-term volunteering opportunities, they should complete a NPHWC New Volunteer Application and return it to the Volunteer Coordinator, who will then contact the perspective volunteer to set up an interview & orientation.

Background Check

All long-term volunteers will have their criminal and sexual offender history checked by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Orientation

All long-term volunteers or volunteer group leaders must register and participate in an orientation which includes: overview of NPHWC’s purpose and programs, Volunteer Policies & Procedures, description of volunteer openings and requirements.

Interview and Placement

The purpose of the Interview is to find the best placement for the volunteer at NPHWC. The interview may be included in the orientation.

Schedule and Training

Once a volunteer is assigned to a position and to a supervisor, the volunteer and supervisor will review the job description. It is up to the volunteer and the supervisor to coordinate a schedule and any training needed.

Summary of Volunteer Requirements

 
Events
Long Term
 
 
Clinic
Human Services
Event Registration
X
   
Volunteer Application
 
X
X
Background Check
 
X
X
Orientation
 
X
X
Interview
 
X
X

NorthPoint Human Services

Food Shelf Aide

Duties:

Time Commitment: At least 4 hours a week

Times available: M-T-W-TH, 8:30am - 12:30pm or 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Task Description: Volunteers will help pre-pack food boxes for customers. Volunteers will also help maintain the food shelf by organizing food deliveries, stocking the shelves and cleaning the facilities.

Qualifications:

Must be able to lift 25 lbs. Volunteers should be self-motivated and have an interest and willingness to help others.

Minimum Age:18
Patient Contact:No
Skills:

Food Distribution
Community Outreach/Organizing
Customer Service