Whether you want to help others, gain experience or meet new people, volunteering is a good way to start. And it makes you feel good! Studies have shown that volunteering is actually good for your health.

At HealthPartners, we take pride in giving back. Our employees take part in a range of activities in the community. These include NAMIWalks, March for Babies, Habitat for Humanity, Pride Festival and more. This year, we came together and volunteered over 5,000 hours!

If you’re ready to give back, too, the first step is to learn more about opportunities that fit your passions.

Where to volunteer

Here are 6 local nonprofits that we encourage you to check out for volunteer opportunities:

1. HandsOn Twin Cities

HandsOn Twin Cities promotes and aids volunteerism. This center works to improve the community’s ability to best use the time volunteers give. It has a searchable website of individual and group volunteer opportunities.

2. Volunteer Match

Volunteer Match is an online resource that brings nonprofits and volunteers together. With its search tools, you can find opportunities specific to your needs. With more than 100,000 nonprofits, it’s easy to find a cause that matters to you.

Community Thread helps older adults in the St. Croix Valley with medical needs. Volunteers help seniors get to doctors' appointments, and provide other services.

Propel Nonprofits works to support nonprofits in the Midwest. It connects nonprofits to governance, strategy and finance needs. This helps make them more effective.

5. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The ReStore accepts new and used building materials and home improvement supplies. Individual and groups of volunteers are needed to help organize and staff the store. All of the sales that the ReStore makes support Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.

6. Open Arms

Open Arms helps people living with a life-threatening illness by providing healthy meals. Volunteers can prepare and/or deliver meals to families.

Volunteer at HealthPartners hospitals and clinics

You can also volunteer with us! Our organization has many different ways to help others. You can welcome and aid families and visitors at our hospitals and clinics, or visit with our hospice patients wherever they may call home. There are chances to read children’s books to our youngest patients. And if you have a furry friend, you can even work with our pet therapy program. Unique volunteer opportunities are available at:

Volunteering has many benefits. It helps people in need. It teaches new skills. And it’s fun! We’re proud of our employees who give their time to help others. Together, we make good happen – and that makes it an honor for us to give back to our communities.