Perspectives has several ways that you can get involved with its programs, ranging from getting your company involved to volunteering your personal time, donating goods and services or just donating money. Common questions can be answered in our FAQ. See below for a detailed list of ways that you can help us.
Kids Connection and Kids Cafe
Kids Connection is an after school program for K-8 students whose mothers are participating in our Supportive Housing Program as well as students from the community referred by Saint Louis Park Public Schools. Programming occurs Monday-Friday and volunteer shifts run from 3:30-7pm, which includes dinner. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
+ Classroom Assistant
Assist classroom teachers in after school academic programming for students K-5. Classroom Assistants arrive at 3:30pm to set up for students, welcome children off of the bus at 4pm, facilitate playtime outside and academic work in the classroom. Classroom Assistants join students for dinner and help clean the café after dinner. The volunteer shift ends by 7pm.
+ Cafe Assistant
Support the chefs and students as they prepare a meal for all to enjoy. Café assistants arrive at 3:30pm to begin dinner prep alongside our chef-teachers. Assistants then work with two different groups of students (K-2 and 3-5 grades) to finish the meal before service at 5:25. Café Assistants join students for dinner and help clean the café after dinner. The volunteer shift ends by 7pm.
+ Dinner Mentor
Want to support our students, but don't have 3.5 hours? Join us as a Dinner Mentor! Beginning at 5pm, the Dinner Mentor shift is the shortened version of our Assistant volunteer positions. Dinner Mentors report to the café to help finish up dinner prep and then join the students for dinner. Dinner Mentors help Assistants and staff with café clean-up and are finished by 7pm.
+ Guest Chef
Are you a chef interested in sharing your passion with our students? Guest chefs are invited to lead the meal in our Kids Café as their schedule allows. Please contact us for more detailed information.
Parenting Time Program
PTP works with families who have been court-ordered for supervised or monitored visitation and need assistance with their parenting skills. PTP is a great fit for Family and Social Science and Marriage and Family Therapy majors, but open to the community as well. Robust volunteer training is included in the Parent Coach volunteer shift. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
+ Parent Coach
Conduct interviews, present a parenting curriculum, maintain client files, and write case notes. Our Parent Coaches are asked to commit to one consistent shift per week for a 6-month period to work with an individual family through a 26-week parent coaching curriculum. Shifts available are Wednesday-Friday 5-9pm or Saturday and Sunday 8am-noon, 11am-3pm, or 2-6pm.
If you are looking for a more significant number of hours in exchange for school credit and/or resume building, please consider one of our internships. All internships require a resume and cover letter to be considered. A limited number of clinical internships may be available for MSW candidates.
+ Kids Connection and Kids Cafe
Spend time helping staff to prepare and execute Monday-Friday after school programming. Commitment can be flexible to meet any hours requirements, but must include program hours (3:30-7pm). To learn more about Kids Connection opportunities, please see the Kids Connection and Kids Café volunteer postings.
+ Parenting Time Program
Serve as a Parent Coach - observe families during supervised or monitored visitation and implement parenting curriculum. 6 month, one shift per week (minimum) required. Please see our Parent Coach volunteer opportunity for more information.
+ Summer Explorers
Enjoy supporting academic and/or enrichment time with K-8 students this summer! Our Summer Explorers Interns spend 2+ days Monday-Friday with our staff and students. Interns can support academics (AM) or enrichment activities (PM) or a combination of the two. Please see Summer Explorers volunteer opportunity for more information.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Interested in spending a few hours on indirect service? If you're looking to support filing, organizing, copy-making, or general office support, please reach out! We often have projects that we couldn't make happen without the generous support of our volunteers.
+ Group Projects
Looking to get a group of 3-50 involved at Perspectives? Group volunteer experiences in the past have included: garden work, landscaping and painting projects, cupcake decorating with K-5 students, and pumpkin carving with middle schoolers. If you have an idea of what you'd like to do, let us know that, too! We have a limited number of opportunities, so let us know of your interest now!
+ In-Kind Donations
Don't have time, but want to get your place of business, faith community, or family involved in some way? Connect with us and we'll give you a list of items we need the most. We often need diapers, hygiene items, classroom supplies, and winter clothing. At this time, we are unable to accept furniture or used clothing donations.