CommonBond Communities is the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing services. Its youth Study Buddies program provides one-to-one tutoring through a structured, academic-focused program.
We harness the transformative work of volunteers to relieve the effects of poverty and address its root causes.
We match dedicated volunteers with our Project Home and Department of Indian Work programs as well as with partner nonprofit organizations that have proven records of effectively addressing barriers to economic mobility. We support our volunteers and partner organizations through learning community events that build community and advance understanding of how to make a meaningful dent in poverty. We also engage our religious leaders in dialogue with civic and nonprofit leaders about building a better community.
Join a group of dedicated volunteers, committed houses of worship, and religious and civic leaders who are passionate about working together to make a meaningful impact in our city!
2023-2024 Volunteer Kickoff Event
Thursday, September 14, 6:00-7:30 pm
Clouds in Water Zen Center, 445 Farrington St, St. Paul
REGISTRATION is free but required; catered meal provided
Hear from our two Interfaith Action programs (Department of Indian Work and Project Home), along with our six partner organizations about the focus of their work and opportunities to get involved.
Our partner organizations this year are CommonBond Communities, Daily Work, East Side Learning Center, Neighborhood House, Reading Partners, and the St. Paul Public Library.
Join us to talk about how you can directly support children and adults in building economic opportunity and mobility.
Our Partner Organizations Have Excellent Track Records of Impact
Our partners underwent an extensive application and vetting process to ensure they demonstrate effectiveness and impact in improving economic mobility. We also ensure that our volunteers have the support and resources they need to be successful in their roles. Each organization provides the necessary training and orientation for volunteers to feel comfortable and ready to engage in their important work.
Daily Work provides employment services and mentoring to job seekers living in poverty—with a focus on recent arrivals and new immigrants—to assist them in making measurable progress towards gaining and keeping employment and becoming self-sufficient.
East Side Learning Center pairs children (K-3) with adults who work one-on-one to provide reading tutoring based on personalized lessons developed by experts.
Neighborhood House supports recent arrivals and new immigrants with wraparound services that address basic needs, parent and early childhood education, youth leadership, college readiness, adult education, food support, and health and well-being.
Reading Partners works in schools, engaging volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students (K-3) who struggle with reading.
The Saint Paul Public Library offers homework centers, reading programs, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) opportunities. OSP volunteers focus on the Reading Together program, pairing one to one with students at several library locations around Saint Paul.
“Volunteering through OSP allows me to make an immediate impact and, hopefully, become a part of the long-term solution to these issues.”
“I joined Opportunity Saint Paul because it is helping a group of us to come to grips with the hard data about poverty in our city while acknowledging that real change comes from the heart, from seeing ourselves in one another.”
of volunteering hours
Anchor houses of worship provide deep support for tutoring and job coaching
volunteers committed to weekly tutoring and job coaching with our 8 nonprofit partners
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
New mailing address:
1041 Grand Avenue, #312
Saint Paul, MN 55105