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Volunteer to serve in a St. Paul or Minneapolis community through our Twin Cities Outreach program. We find the sites and provide the transportation, freeing up our students to get out and learn more about the complex issues facing our local neighborhoods.

Bethel students team up at locations throughout the Twin Cities to build relationships and spread God's love through a number of different organizations and ministries.

Join a Team

Fill out an application or contact Paul Kong at paul-kong@bethel.edu to learn more.

Next enrollment opens February 1, 2017.

Mary's Place

Ministry at a homeless shelter
Mondays |
3:45-6:25 p.m.

We will work with children living in a Minneapolis short-term shelter, helping with homework, playing games, and mentoring.

Dorothy Day Center

Ministry at a homeless shelter
Mondays |
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Assist with the daily work of a St. Paul shelter for people who are experiencing homelessness and people who are near-homeless. Duties may include helping with paperwork, handing out donated supplies, and visiting with guests.

Hospitality House Urban Learning Center (ULC)

Helping kids at an after-school program
Tuesdays |
3:45-6:30 p.m.

ULC is an After-School Learning Site for the Minneapolis School District. The goal is to foster a safe, enriching, and positive environment for K-12 students while strengthening their academic achievement in reading, writing, and math. There is a strong emphasis on character and leadership development.

Adaptive Swimming Program

Teaching children with disabilities to swim
Tuesdays |
4:45-7:30 p.m.

Build relationships with children with disabilities while teaching them how to swim. You do not need to be a licensed lifeguard. All you need is a passion for kids and a love of swimming.

Jeremiah Program

Mentoring and empowerment program
Tuesdays |
5:15-8:15  p.m.

Assist Jeremiah Program as they provide single mothers and their children with support for a career-track college education, safe and affordable place to live and empowerment and life skills.

Salem Evangelical Free Church

Teaching ESL and tutoring
Tuesdays |
6:30-9 p.m.

Teach ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to adults, tutor school-age children, and provide nursery care.

Emerge Link Homeless Youth Program

Wednesdays |
3:15-5:45 p.m.

By incorporating intensive case management with an emphasis on family-centered, culturally responsive services, Emerge Villages offers formerly homeless families opportunities to stabilize, grow, develop, and achieve a greater sense of self-sufficiency.

Central Baptist Church

Developing life skills with youth
Wednesdays |
5-8:30 p.m.

We will work with youth (grades 1-6) in St. Paul, building relationships with the kids by showing them the love of Christ as well as teaching them life skills.

Urban Homeworks

Construction ministry
Wednesdays |
3:45-6:15 p.m.

Urban Homeworks is a nonprofit organization that offers Section 8 housing for low income residents. We will assist in both demolition and reconstruction of houses in the city. No construction experience is necessary.

Gordon Parks High School

Supporting high school students
Thursdays |
5-7:30 p.m.

Gordon Parks High School serves students who prefer individual and small-group instruction and a year-round setting. Volunteers will assist teachers and work in a tutoring program.

Bethel Buddies and Teens

Tutoring program
Thursdays |
5:15-7:30 p.m.

An academic enrichment program for children and youth ages 6-17. The program is designed to be a one-on-one mentorship program and will be divided up by elementary children (ages 6-11) and middle school and up (ages 12-17).


Ministry for people with disabilities
(bi-monthly)| 5:15-9:30 p.m.

Working with the Young Life program for people with disabilities during their Friday night events.