Explore the Pathway: Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to serve the dear neighbor, either as an individual or with other Sisters and Consociates? When you volunteer, you will be inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who have brought help and hope to people in need in Minnesota since 1851. Sisters have opened more than 100 schools and hospitals and have established more than 50 social service and spirituality programs. Today, Consociates and Partners in Mission join the Sisters in areas spirituality, education, health care, and social justice.

Learning In Style

2200 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Director: Martha Nemisi
Phone: 612-870-1815

Since 1994 Learning in Style has provided a rich learning experience for newcomers to the Twin Cities community. Our emphasis at Learning in Style is on building literacy and citizenship skills in a supportive, affordable and respectful environment that is open to all who want to learn. In both mission and ministry, Learning in Style functions from within the charism, tradition and expertise of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates of the St. Paul Province. Classes are offered at no cost to students.

Learning in Style School for Immigrants is looking for volunteers to work one on one with adult students in English, math, computer and citizenship classes. The individualized work will be teacher directed. Class hours are 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The volunteer may serve full or half days, or one or two days a week.

Ministries Foundation Special Events

Contact: Mimi Pizzi
Phone: 651-690-7058
Email: Mimi

The Sisters of St. Joseph Ministries Foundation raises funds so Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) can respond to the needs of our community with health care, education, safe housing, spirituality, and leadership development.

Description of needs:

  • Assist with event preparation for the annual Carondelet Gala to benefit ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Weekly assistance with the Ministries Foundation’s Bold Moves for Real Change publication
  • Assist with large mailings

Tour CSJ Ministries and see first-hand the good work the Sisters are providing for those in need. Contact Paul Tatro at 651-690-7025 or by e-mail.

St. Joseph Worker Program

Contact: Bridgette Kelly or Lisa Murphy, Co-Directors
Phone: 651-690-7049 or 651-696-2762
bkelly@csjstpaul.org or lmurphy@csjstpaul.org

The St. Joseph Worker Program fosters the self-empowerment of women through the values of the leadership, spirituality, social justice, intentional community and living simply, to allow them in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph, to serve where the need is greatest. Women ages 21-30 are welcome to become St. Joseph Workers.

St. Mary’s Health Clinics

Address: Carondelet Center, 1884 Randolph Ave., St. Paul 55105
Contact: Susan Gehlsen, MA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Interim Executive Director
Phone: 651-287-7712
E-mail | Website

For more information about becoming a volunteer for the St. Mary’s Health Clinics, contact info@stmaryshealthclinics.org

St. Mary’s Health Clinics has provided free primary health care to the uninsured in the seven county metropolitan area of St. Paul, Minneapolis and their surrounding suburbs.

St. Mary’s Health Clinics are able to provide free high quality care to low-income, uninsured men, women, and children in the greater metropolitan area of St. Paul/Minneapolis with the invaluable assistance of over 300 volunteer physicians, nurses, admissions personnel, interpreters, drivers, as well as a network of local health care providers, specialty physicians, pharmacies, churches and schools, who provide their services free or at a discount.

Description of Services Needed:

1. Doctors
The volunteer physician for St. Mary’s Health Clinics provides comprehensive primary medical care to both well and ill patients. The volunteer physician manages and directs care in collaboration with the clinic health care team as well as facilitating referrals to providers and facilities outside St. Mary’s Health Clinics. Volunteer physicians must have a current Minnesota M.D. license, as required by the Minnesota Medical Practice Board. Family Practice specialty is preferable, but not necessary.

2. Nurses
Under the supervision of a Nursing Supervisor, and in conjunction with the physician, the Volunteer Nurse is responsible for the overall clinical operation of a designated St. Mary Health Clinic. Volunteer nurses must have a current nursing license for the State of Minnesota.

3. Admissions
The admissions volunteer duties include greeting patients and preparing their medical records, as well as other non-medical duties. This is supported by the Clinic Manager at all times either by on-site training and support or by pager.

4. Interpreters
The volunteer interpreter communicates with patients in their native language for the purpose of sharing information between the patient, their family, and the health care staff in the clinic. The primary interpretive needs for the St. Mary’s Health Clinics patient is Spanish. While no special training is necessary, an understanding of medical terminology is beneficial.

5. Drivers
Volunteer drivers for St. Mary’s Health Clinics are responsible for transporting medical supplies, equipment and records to and from the St. Mary’s Health Clinics sites. This position is under the supervision of the Clinic Manager and her staff. Volunteer drivers must have a valid Minnesota drivers license and their own vehicle.

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women

If you need housing, call Sarah’s housing line: 651-696-8699

Office Phone: 651-696-8699

Email: director@sarahsoasis.org

Sarah’s… an Oasis for Women is a home dedicated to safety and dignity for a diverse community of women where they can begin new and productive lives.

Sarah’s Vision: Women healing from trauma continue vibrant, meaningful lives and contribute to the common good.

Sarah’s welcomes adult women who are homeless and without resources, and who have survived violence, abuse, torture, war, discrimination and trauma. Our hope is that women who have lived here will perpetuate peace as contributing members in their new communities with newly developed skills, revitalized confidence, determination, and courage.

Please visit Sarah’s website to learn more about our continuing needs.

Young Adult Spirituality and Community Engagement

Address: 1884 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105
Contact: Jennifer Tacheny or Jill Underdahl, Co-Directors
Phone: 651-696-2872 or 651-696-2873

The Young Adult Spirituality and Community Engagement program offers young adults (20-35 years old) and others opportunities to integrate their education, values, spirituality, and work in the context of community. We offer active and contemplative space, programs and opportunities to intersect with local and international spirituality and justice work of the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates community. Rooted in the Catholic, Christian faith, we welcome people from all spiritual traditions.

Description of Services Needed in Community Garden:

  • Donate garden tools and harvest baskets – contact Jennifer Tacheny before donating
  • Assist in Community Garden, weekly May – October, produce given to CSJ ministries

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality

Address: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave. St. Paul
Phone: 651-696-2788
E-mail | Website

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality offers innovative programs to explore the spiritual dimensions of contemporary life for women and men and to reimagine and embody all that women can be as agents of transformation in church and society.

Description of Services Needed:

If you are interested in volunteering at Wisdom Ways events or learning more about other volunteer opportunities at Wisdom Ways, please contact call 651-696-2788 for more information.

Ministries affiliated with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province

Peace House

Address: 1816 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Catherine Mamer, Eileen Leo, or Anita Duckor
Phone: 612-870-7263

Peace House – A Place to Belong – welcomes everyone who walks through its doors. A safe place in the heart of Minneapolis, on Portland Avenue, it is for people who seek refuge, sustenance and community. Visitors have time to talk, share stories, and enjoy coffee, cookies, a hot lunch, and daily meditation and respect for inner strength.

Description of Services Needed: (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

  • Help with daily lunch
  • Talk with visitors