Become a Volunteer
Help the over 7,800 people living in our homes open doors to success in careers, education and community. Do you want to volunteer for CommonBond? Simply fill out our volunteer application to get started!
We take our responsibility of supporting the success of our residents and the volunteers who interact with them seriously. Our volunteer screening and enrollment process is how we do our part to honor the contribution and dignity of all parties.
Enrollments process for recurring volunteer work with residents:
- A completed online application (please plan on up to 15 minutes)
- Attending a volunteer orientation (1 – 2 hours)
- Two returned references
- A background check pass
- An interview with a site coordinator (up to an hour)
Enrollment process for one-time volunteer work:
- A completed, shortened online application
- A background check pass (Community Advisory Board and volunteer roles that interact with youth)
For group volunteer inquiries, click here.
Volunteer Positions Descriptions
Study Buddies – Impact a CommonBond young person in this one-on-one academic mentoring program. Spend 90 minutes a week supporting youth towards school success through positive relationships and academic skill building. The goals of Study Buddies are that youth are positively engaged and invested in their learning and homework, have positive relations with adults, and improve their math and reading skills. Programs run from September through May and matches are made throughout the school year. Volunteers commit to at least a year, though many pairs stayed matched much longer.
Homework Center Tutor – Homework Center tutors assist groups of students at drop-in homework centers at CommonBond properties. Tutors aid students with homework assignments and strengthen academic skills in a fun, productive environment.
Summer Fun – Summer Fun is an 8 week afternoon enrichment program for youth living in CommonBond communities. Volunteers assist staff in activities and opportunities that support literacy, math, science, health and physical activity as well as exploring neighborhood and community resources.
Teen Program – Help teens be successful in school and life! Teen Program tutors assist students with homework assignments, special projects, college planning and building positive relationships. Students in this program are especially in need of volunteer tutors who can support them academically with writing, upper-level math, science and other subjects. The Teen Program is available in St. Paul, Oakdale and South Minneapolis, though teens participate in Youth Programs at many other sites. Employment, leadership, civic engagement, and service learning opportunities are key components to this program. School year and summer programming opportunities.
Community Advisory Board Member – Get involved in the cause of affordable housing by serving on a Community Advisory Board! Help provide essential community oversight by sitting on the board of one of CommonBond’s housing communities and reviewing the property’s financials at the annual meeting.