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  • Service-Learning Agencies

    Listed below are agencies that can use service-learning students at their establishment. If you would like to conduct service-learning hours at any of these agencies, please contact Mike Coquyt at 218.477.2019.

  • The Arc of Cass County

    Jen Schill | 701.293.8191
    215 N. University Drive | Fargo, ND

    Seeking volunteers to provide friendship to people with developmental disabilities. Main goal is to provide social opportunities and community integration for individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers spend 8 hours or more with their companion and commit 9-12 months to the program (summer's flexible).  

    Bethany Retirement Living

    201 University Dr. South |  Fargo, ND 58103 OR 4255 30th Ave South | Fargo, ND 58104

    Assist the facility in a variety of different areas: Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, Therapeautic Recreation, sort and deliver mail, escort residents, play piano, work on crafts, usher at Worship services, assist fundraisers, or one to one (adopt a grandparent program).


    715 11th St North | Moorhead, MN 56560-2083

    Answer hotline calls (requires training), staff office hours, sort baby/maternity clothing, make up layettes, computer/technical work, graphic design, advertising, public relations, marketing, grant writing, and public speaking. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Mass Communications, Nursing, Graphic Design/Graphic Communications, Speech, Psychology.

    Centre, Inc.

    Linda Johnasen | 237.9340
    123 15th St. North | Fargo, ND 58102

    Centre, Inc is a community sanction center, otherwise known as a halfway house, for adults. It is a high-structure living environment. Volunteers would be working with residents and getting involved with various activities. Students may also contact Doug Tolle at 237-9340 for more current volunteer opportunities.

    Centro Cultural

    Paul Papo Fernandez | 218.236.7318
    1014 19th St. South | Moorhead, MN 56561

    Need student volunteers to help with setup and decoration for various events. Also, there is a need for childcare volunteers during some events. The goals of Centro Cultural is to build strong Latino youth, create a unified, engaged Latino community, bridge with the broader Fargo/Moorhead Community, and promote leadership and organizational effectiveness.


    Shanda Hakk | 701.241.8552
    3350 35th Ave S | Fargo, ND 58104 (Stonebridge)
    622 23rd St. South | Fargo, ND 58103 (McCormick Park)

    CHARISM Community Center is a family resource center designed to create opportunities for individuals and families that increase their strengths and potential. There is currently an after school enrichment program for children grades K-12. Service-Learning students would help tutor from 4-5:30 pm Mondays through Thursdays. There is also a Girl's Group that meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 pm as an after school enrichment and homework help program. Volunteers gain practical experience in areas of education, child development, the arts, science and recreation.

    Churches United for the Homeless

    1901 1st Ave. N. | Moorhead, MN 56560

    This is a shelter for homeless individuals and families. Volunteers can participate in meal preparation, sorting inventory, organizing donations, office work, after school kids program, etc.

    City of Moorhead Community Services Department 

    Scott A. Hutchins | 218.299.5370
    324 S. 24th St. | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Volunteers are needed to help with special events, marketing/promotions, citywide beautification projects in Moorhead, and the Hjemkomst Center.

    City of Moorhead Police Department 

    Leann Wallin | 218.299.5143
    915 9th Ave North | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Volunteers may help with special even staffing, traffic control, restorative justice panels, checking homes of residents on vacation, parking enforcement, monitoring handicap parking spaces and fire lanes, clerical and computer work, conducting traffic and other studies, youth services such as D.A.R.E, etc.

    Clay County Outreach Center

    324 24th St S. | Moorhead, MN. 56560

    Volunteers have the opportunity to tutor but there is limited scheduling. At 1:15 on Tuesdays, someone is needed to lead a group activity. You can also work with children in grades 7-12 who are emotionally disturbed or mentally ill.

    Cultural Diversity Resources 

    303 Roberts St. North | Fargo, ND 58102

    This is parent organization that concentrates on the issue of diversity in the Fargo-Moorhead area. A person can volunteer as a project planner with their various programs and work in the office.

    Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store

    Linda Janich | 701.551.6807

    1601 32nd Ave. South | Fargo, ND
    619 13 Ave. East | West Fargo, ND
    1500 Center Ave West | Dilworth, MN

    Volunteers may help at the thrift stores in either West Fargo, Fargo, or Dilworth with preparing merchandise for sales floor, helping keep sales floor neat and clean, and assisting customers and donors to meet their needs. Volunteers can also help with special events or other programs.

    Dorothy Day Food Pantry 

    Food Pantry Coordinator, Jim | 218.233.5763
    1308 Main Ave. | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Volunteers help families shop for food. The food pantry is open Monday through Thursday each week. Monday and Wednesday is 6:30PM-7:45PM and Tuesday and Thursday is 1:00PM-3:00PM. Volunteers are asked to come thirty minutes before for a brief orientation and plan to stay up to thirty minutes following close to help re-stock shelves.

    Dorothy Day House, Inc. 

    Assistant Director, Beth | 218.233.5763
    714 8th St. South | Moorhead, MN 56560

    At the Dorothy Day House, volunteers are needed mainly to cook and put together food baskets for the food pantry. You can also do office/computer work, publicity, public speaking, research, cleaning, assist clients, and help unload the food truck.

    Easter Seals

    Jennifer Slavinsky | 701.237.9908
    15 S. 21st St. Suite 105 | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteers can help coordinate special events during the year, like plays, face painting, and other activities. They can also help in the phone centers, and assisting with bulk mailings. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Education, Psychology, Special Education, Mass Communications.

    Elim Care Center

    Josh Deutsch | 701.271.1800
    3534 University Dr. S | Fargo, ND 58103

    Assisting with bulk mailings, polishing fingernails; activity dept. ie, play bingo, birthday parties, coffee time; play piano, children's center-as needed, Pioneer House Assisted Living activities as needed. Suggested Majors: Health Care, Social Work, Childcare, and Education.

    Essentia Health

    Kerri Anderson | 701.364.8898
    1702 S University Dr. | Fargo, ND 58103

    Students are needed in multiple volunteer positions: working the hospitality desk or the gift shop, as the OR host, escorting patients from radiology or surgery, bringing and reading books to patients with the reading cart, or registering patients in the Emergency Room. Can accommodate many different schedules. Volunteers will work 4 hr shifts for a minimum of 3 months.


    Kaley Sorenson | 218.291.2258
    1405 7th St. South | Moorhead, MN 56560

    This long-term care facility provides numerous opportunities for volunteers. A person can visit with residents, assist with feeding, read mail to them, call Bingo, go for walks, or provide entertainment. Whatever is needed to brighten a resident's day. Duties are flexible and can be arranged to match the student's interests or career field.

    Family Health Care Center

    Jane Lundeen | 701.271.1487
    3325 21st St. South | Fargo, ND 58104

    The Family Health Care Center needs volunteers who are interested in helping with diagnostics data entry, guest services, office administrative duties, and chart preparation.

    Fargo Senior Commission, Inc.

    2801 32nd Ave S | Fargo, ND 58103

    Duties: Delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound elderly or helping at community dining meal sites. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Gerontology.

    Fargo Youth Commission

    Julie Otto | 701.235.2147
    2500 18th St. South | Fargo, ND 58103

    You will be a mentor and a friend with children during, before, and after school activities. There is a great need to mentor and work one-on-one with at-risk and special needs children. Suggested Majors: Elem. Education, Phys. Education, Child Development, and Art Education.

    First Link

    Sheila Borgerding | 701.293.6462
    4357 13th Ave S Suite 107 L | Fargo, ND 58103

    First Link operates a volunteer data-base. They work with volunteers in giving them the perfect match with a volunteer experience. At FirstLINK you can volunteer as an Administrative Volunteer, Marketing and Promotions, or Web Page Maintenance. There are opportunities for custom-tailored internship positions (non-paid). Volunteers can also work with the Season of Hope program which deals with the Giving Tree, data entry, and collection and distribution. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Communications, Psychology, Computer Science, Marketing, Sociology.

    Friendship, Inc.

    801 Page Dr. | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteers are needed for grant writing, internship in social work, research on various disabilities, and new techniques in responding.

    Great Plains Food Bank 

    Jesse White | 701.232.6219
    1720 3rd Ave. N. | Fargo, ND 58102

    Volunteers needed for re-packing of donated food products into cases, weighing products and marking boxes and palletizing case lots, labeling products with ingredient labels, repacking clothing items, removing tags/hangers, separating into size categories and packing in case lots.

    H.E.R.O. (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Org.)  

    1701 38th St SW Suite 101 | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteers, 18 years of age or older, are matched with our patients/families to assist with daily living tasks such as: running errands, light housekeeping, fixing a meal, providing companionship, reading to patients, playing board games or cards, painting fingernails, watching TV together, mowing the lawn, sitting with the patient so the caregiver can have a break, being a good listener. Volunteers can do so much for our patients/families that is not included on this list. However, volunteers are not asked to provide personal cares, administer meds, feed patients or lift and transfer patients. We require a 6 month commitment when volunteering with our patients/families.

    Hospice of the Red River Valley

    1701 38th St SW Suite 101 | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteers, 18 years of age or older, are matched with our patients/families to assist with daily living tasks such as: running errands, light housekeeping, fixing a meal, providing companionship, reading to patients, playing board games or cards, painting fingernails, watching TV together, mowing the lawn, sitting with the patient so the caregiver can have a break, being a good listener. Volunteers can do so much for our patients/families that is not included on this list. However, volunteers are not asked to provide personal cares, administer meds, feed patients or lift and transfer patients. We require a 6 month commitment when volunteering with our patients/families.

    Make a Wish

    1102 43rd St. SW, Suite E | Fargo, ND 58103
    Volunteers can help with office support, carrying on light duties. Also volunteers can help by working with the families of Make-A-Wish recipients.

    March of Dimes

    1330 Page Dr. Suite 102 | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteer opportunities throughout the year include: office work, public speaking, participating in fundraising activities, campaign letter writing, advocacy, and a local/statewide website.

    Migrant Health Services

    810 4th Ave. South | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Volunteers would assist with translation if they are bilingual, working with patients , or there are also projects available through research. Students in the Business and Administrative fields might also be interested in conducting comparative studies for financial health care.

    Moorhead Adult Basic Education

    2410 14th St. South | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Students may serve as tutors to work with immigrants and refugees in the English as a Second Language adult classroom. Volunteer in classroom, tutor GED prep students, family literacy program, and social work.

    Mujeres Unidas

    Jill Johnson-Danielson | 218.236.9884
    200 5th St. S. #308 | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Mujeres Unidas supports change by empowering and educating Latina women, young women, girls, boys, and young men. Youth programs connect Latino children and youth enjoying education. Volunteers are able to help with a variety of programs including Aztec Academy Math and Science, Quincenara Club, Soy Libre/I’m Free, Mis Libros/My Books, and more.

    Nokomis Child Care Center
    618 23rd St. S. | Fargo, ND 58103 | 701.232.5635
    3001 11th St. S University | Fargo, ND 58103 | 701.232.0426

    Volunteers would assist in child care as a teacher's aid. Also, they would help with any current projects going on.

    Perry Center

    2345 Meadowridge Pkwy | West Fargo, ND 58078

    Female volunteers assist the young moms to be with Dr. appointments, crafts, cooking supper, and just being a friend (hanging out together, it is important to be a positive role model and good listener). Some volunteers can talk with the girls about pregnancy, some will attend Lamaze classes with them, and also be coaches for the actual delivery. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Education.

    Rainbow Bridge

    Robin | 218.299.7694
    715 N. 11th St., Suite 101 | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Rainbow Bridge Safe Exchange & Visitation Center is looking for volunteers to supervise visits between parents and their children. Interested individuals must first attend a volunteer training. Please call Robin with questions or to get signed up for the next training time.

    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

    Nancy Boyle | 701.293.7273
    317 8th St. North | Fargo, 58102

    Volunteer Duties: Be an advocate and provide support for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. This requires 48 hours of training. Program volunteers assist with clerical, fundraising, and special events. Court watch volunteers observe and document cases that deal with domestic abuse or assault. Volunteers are also needed for public speaking to schools and agencies about the issues of personal violence and the services the center provides. They would also be able to carry a beeper and handle domestic violence and sexual assault crisis calls. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Paralegal, Psychology, Nursing, Medical, Mass Communications.

    Red River Women's Clinic

    512 1st Ave N | Fargo, ND 58102

    The Red River Women's Clinic is the only abortion provider in North Dakota. We serve women from ND, SD and MN. We strive to offer an emotionally supportive and non-judmental environment for out patients and their support persons. Red River Women's Clinic is a great place to put your political beliefs into direct community action.

    Volunteers can become patient escorts, or volunteer in the clinic office doing various tasks like filing, making charts and packets, and generally helping clinic staff in the day to day operations of the clinic.

    Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant Services

    118 Broadway Suite 616 | Fargo, ND 58102

    They have an excellent opportunity for a Spanish/English speaking volunteer to answer phones and assist migrant workers and farmers.

    Regional Science Center

    Minnesota State University Moorhead | Moorhead, MN 56563

    The Regional Science Center is an outreach program of the university that provides programs to over 20,000 people each year. The Center provides programs in natural history and observation al astronomy at its two sites; the 300 acre Buffalo River Site located off highway ten 15 miles east of Moorhead, MN. The site has a 13,000 interpretive center and telescope observatory built in 1992. The second site is the MSUM Planetarium located in Bridges Hall on the MSUM campus. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, contact the science center office in Hagen Hall for more information. 

    River Keepers

    Christine Laney | 701.235.2895
    325 7th St. S. Suite 201 | Fargo, ND 58103

    Opportunities can be made to fit student needs based on hours available, curriculum goal, and time of year. Opportunities include organizing or assisting with special events, writing and/or designing marketing material, and organizing or assisting with river focused programs.

    Riverview Place

    5300 12th St. South | Fargo, ND 58104

    Volunteers can choose between resident services, which is companionship work, or activities. Volunteers can help with marketing, planning a newsletter, advertising, and open houses. The volunteers of activities will organize special events, birthday parties, crafts, decorating, bulletin boards, and outings with residents. Suggested Majors: Gerontology, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Health Care Administration, Art, and Mass Communications.

    Ronald McDonald House

    Ruth Hagel | 701.232.3980
    1330 18th Ave S | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteers will help with office duties, data entry, filing, boxing, housekeeping, promotions, and running errands. They may also help with giving tours, preparing meals, and more. The volunteer opportunities are flexible and change often.

    Rosewood on Broadway

    1351 N. Broadway | Fargo, ND 58102

    Volunteers are needed for various tasks including medical escorts, hairdressers, mail assistants, chapel assistants, musicians, bingo assistants, program assistants, courtyard keeper, outing escorts, bakers, card players, and more.


    Theresa Huff | 701.231.9753
    1919 N. University Dr. | Fargo, ND 58102

    RSVP+ connects agencies with needs to volunteers with skills. They serve North Dakota and Clay County, MN. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are always available at different locations, times, and levels of commitment. Check out their website for specific information.

    Sanford Health

    Director of Volunteer Services | 701.234.5940
    801 Broadway St. | Fargo ND 58122 and multiple clinic locations

    Volunteers can help in the hospital working with all age groups in a variety of settings, delivering flowers, escorting patients, and providing support. They could also work with families in family rooms or have direct client contact in the ER. For more information, check out their website at

    SENDCAA Child Care Center

    3233 South University Dr. | Fargo, ND 58104

    South Eastern North Dakota Community Action Agency is a Day Care facility that needs volunteers that would work with the children by being mentors, preparation for daily activities, or just by providing physical care to children. In addition, they would have head start classroom work. Suggested Majors: Education, Social Work, and Health.

    Sister's Path

    4219 9th Ave. S. | Fargo, ND 58103

    Sister’s Path is a permanent supportive housing project that provides chemical addiction treatment services to homeless, single-parent families.

    St. Francis De Sales Parish

    Monseinor Mike Patnode | 233.4780
    601 15th Ave. North | Moorhead, MN 56560

    This is a Hispanic ministry where volunteers can help teach English to Spanish speaking adults for the citizenship test. There is a need for child care during Sunday liturgy's (all Spanish mass) and serving coffee. They would also like a guitar player to teach young adults how to play. Opportunities also available in forming Hispanic Boy Scout troops and also fundraising. Volunteers will never do just one thing, but various tasks.

    The Salvation Army Thrift Store

    1503 1st Ave. North | Moorhead, MN 56560

    Need volunteers to process incoming donations in a second-hand store retail setting (ex. Clothes, books, linens, furniture, household), do some light janitorial work, and assist with recycling operations on-site. Come prepared to work in a warehouse type area.

    Southeaster ND Community Action Agency

    3233 S. University Dr. | Fargo, ND

    Volunteers are needed to assist with packaging and delivering of food baskets to 300+ elderly. We have opportunities with our low-income childcare center (0-5) and Early Head Start to assist with children; reading, etc.

    Special Olympics MN Area 4

    Jay Pederson | 800.783.7732 ext. 267

    Volunteers needed as mentors, coaches, and for various activities, Moorhead team leadership members, and doing computer work for the area.


    1200 Harwood Dr. | Fargo, ND 58104

    Tuchmark is as an active retirement community. As a volunteer, you can participate in activities with the residents, teach them computer skills, or visit them. Volunteers can also spend time on the Alzheimer's unit visiting residents. You can shadow staff, help with musical activities, Bingo, and other activities. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Gerontology, Administration, and Nursing.

    Villa Maria

    Vicki Ness | 293.7750
    3102 University Drive South | Fargo, ND 58103

    Volunteers are linked up with a one-on-one friend, or they can be involved with planning group activities like Olympics or Bingo. Developing lasting relationships with an elderly person. Suggested Majors: Social Work, Education, Pre. Med, Psychology.

    The Village (Big Brother Big Sister) 

    Julie Didde | 701.451.4877
    1201 25th St. S. | Fargo, ND 58103

    This big brother/big sister program is a one-year commitment. Volunteers are matched with a child that has similar interests. Some volunteers can volunteer in a Fargo/Moorhead elementary school for one hour a week, playing games, helping with homework, or working with the child on a computer. There is a strong need for male mentors right now.

    West Central Region Juvenile Center

    919 8th Ave. North | Moorhead, MN 56560

    This facility contains juveniles that have committed misdemeanors and/or felonies in the West Central Minnesota area. It is also used as a holding facility for juveniles who have been arrested and are being released to their parents/guardians. Students are needed to help in the Regional Juvenile Center, helping in the outpatient program with 12-18 year-old youths awaiting sentencing. Volunteers will sit with the kids, help monitor them, and keep them busy with activities. Suggested Majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology, Social Work

    Women's Center - MSUM

    Anita Bender | 218.477.4973
    171 MacLean Hall, MSUM | Moorhead, MN 56563

    This is a campus organization that deals with women's issues, including the power of women in our society today. A person can volunteer to develop written materials, be a part of their planning team, or assist in organizing the annual events.


    400 1st Ave S | Fargo, ND 58103

    They have several options for volunteer opportunities including childcare, events, and work around the different locations.

    YWCA Emergency Shelter

    3000 S. University Dr. | Fargo, ND

    Volunteers would help either in the Child Care Center or in the shelter. Many opportunities are available.