Looking for a way to make a difference here in Winona? Take a look at these 9 fun and easy things you can do!

  1. Volunteer at the local Humane Society

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Get your animal fix and help out with things like dog walking, cat care and special events! Volunteer on a regular basis or whenever it works with your schedule.

  1. Become a big brother/big sister mentor

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Make a difference in the life of a child while having fun. Become a big and spend time with your little!

  1. Join Habitat for Humanity

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Join in on Saturday construction projects to help build homes for the less fortunate, or spend some time volunteering at the Restore! Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty or want to help costumers, you’ll be making a difference at Habitat for Humanity.

  1. Volunteer at after school programs

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This is great for anyone who loves to work with kids or is looking to pursue a career in the education field. Volunteer at Winona Area Public Schools and help students grow while having fun.

  1. Get involved with YMCA programs

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Your local YMCA is always looking for volunteers to help with coaching, childcare, summer camp and office hours. No matter what your interest may be, you can find a volunteer option that’s right for you.

  1. Donate old or unused items to the Salvation Army

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Winona’s Salvation Army is always accepting of donations. Clean out your closet and storage units this fall and donate gently used items to a great cause!

  1. Check out Winona Volunteer Services

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Winona Volunteer Services provides many opportunities for students in the community. Whether you’re looking to participate in a day project or volunteer throughout the year, Winona Volunteer Services offers positions involving food, clothing and packaging to help you make a difference.

  1. Work with elders at St. Anne’s

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St. Anne of Winona welcomes volunteer bingo callers, mail sorters, water passers and newspaper readers.

  1. Donate Blood to the American Red Cross

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There are always those in need of blood transfusions and the Southeast Minnesota American Red Cross visits Winona State twice a year to give you an opportunity to save a life. Just don’t look at the needle and think about all the free cookies you’ll get once you’re done!

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Lauren Reuteler

Lauren is an Elementary Education major and Child Advocacy Studies minor graduating in 2018. She is from Champlin, MN and her hobbies include photography, traveling and hanging out with friends and family.

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