One-time volunteer opportunities

If you'd like to volunteer but don't have the time for an ongoing commitment, consider a one-time volunteer opportunity!

Current opportunities for individuals and small groups include:

The ESL Social

Visit an Open Door Learning Center classroom and help our adult learners practice their conversational English. You recruit your co-workers, friends, club or church members; we provide an overview of our programs, a structured mingle activity and time for reflection.

Time commitment: 2 hours on a weekday morning or evening
Group size: 10-20 people
Location options: Minneapolis
Learn more and submit your inquiry online:
Contact: Meghan Boyle,

Book processing

Every year the literacy council distributes thousands of children's books to kids in need. You and your family or group can help us prepare donated books to be given away.

Time commitment: Two hours on a weekday morning or afternoon
Location: Minnesota Literacy Council main office, St. Paul
Contact: Kelly Rynda, or 651-251-9074

Copyediting the 2020 edition of Journeys

The literacy council publishes Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing each spring. Volunteers are needed to edit first and second drafts of the book. Review criteria and a style guide will be provided. You will be among the first to read this year’s stories!

Time commitment: 3-5 hours over 2-4 weeks in December; edits due on Friday, January 3, 2020.
Location: Can be done remotely; proofreaders will need to attend a training session at the literacy council's main office on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30-8 pm.
Contact: Kelly Rynda, or 651-251-9074

Journeys Event Volunteer (Please check back about this opportunity in May 2020)

Looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity? Volunteer at the 2019 Journeys event! Journeys is a collection of stories written by adult literacy students enrolled in English as a Second Language, GED, and basic skills classes across the state. Every year the Minnesota Literacy Council holds a Journeys reading and awards ceremony to showcase adult student writing and recognize adult literacy students, volunteers, and community partners for their outstanding achievements.

Volunteers are needed during the evening of this event in a variety of roles. Shifts are 1-3 hours and run from 4:15-9 p.m. 

Time commitment: 1-3 hours on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Location: Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102
View the different volunteer opportunities and sign up online: Please check back in May 2020
Contact: Wendy Roberts, or 651-251-9063

VISTA Advisory Group

The Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA Advisory Group supports the mission of the literacy council’s AmeriCorps VISTA national service programs (Volunteers In Service To America - the domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps). Our VISTA members serve full-time for either a summer to provide literacy mentoring to children (Summer Reads) or a full year to develop literacy programs for children, youth, adults or families (Literacy Leadership) in schools, nonprofits and public agencies across Minnesota. In exchange for their service, VISTAs receive a modest living allowance, Education Award scholarship to help pay for college and other benefits, and build their own leadership, explore career paths and become lifelong advocates for the communities they serve due to the power of their service experience.

Advisory Group volunteers help identify potential new host sites, provide input on how VISTA resources can be used as a cost-effective solution to community needs, and review and select new host site applications. 

Time commitment: 3 meetings plus about 10 hours of time spent on own reviewing application materials, between December and February (December 10, 2019; February 11, 2020; February 28, 2020)

Location: participation can be by conference call or in-person (Minnesota Literacy Council main office, St Paul)

Contact: Meghan Paul-Cook,, 651-251-9069