Volunteers are the heart of Cornerstone. Our work would not be possible without your compassion and generosity.
Volunteers strengthen, support and give us the capacity to provide our comprehensive services. We offer a variety of one-time and long-term volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups to fit your schedule, interests and our needs.
I love being a part of Cornerstone’s team of volunteers. I am inspired by the staff and clients and have so much fun working with them. I always leave Cornerstone feeling fulfilled and with a smile on my face!
We require prospective volunteers interested in working directly with clients to complete a 50-hour training program alongside our staff prior to volunteering as an advocate. This workshop series, taught by Cornerstone advocates and staff at partner organizations, teaches our volunteers about the trauma-informed service model and community resources available to Cornerstone participants.
All other volunteers interested in administrative roles and other non-direct service opportunities that support Cornerstone’s work are not required to attend this intensive training. We will help you find a one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and schedule when you come to our Bloomington facility for a brief small group orientation session and tour. Volunteer orientations typically occur on a monthly basis.
All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and complete a volunteer application, background check and interview with our volunteer coordinator.
We are assessing future individual and group volunteer opportunities on a case-by-case basis to ensure the health and safety of all of our volunteers and to comply with Minnesota’s Stay Safe order. We are unable to accommodate volunteer groups of more than six people until further notice. Find volunteer opportunities on our Current Needs page. Please email Crystal, Cornerstone’s volunteer coordinator, at Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org with questions.
Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals
- Outdoor maintenance
- Gardening and weeding
- Administrative projects
- Event support
- Join the Men’s Council
- Join the Young Professionals Board (application process for 2021 will open in late summer 2020)
Learn more by downloading a copy of volunteer opportunities for individuals (PDF). Are you a new volunteer? Please fill out and submit Cornerstone’s Volunteer Application and our volunteer coordinator will contact you.
Leadership Opportunities for Individual Volunteers
Men have a unique role and responsibility in helping to create safer communities that are free from violence and abuse. Cornerstone’s Men’s Council is a forum for men to actively support Cornerstone’s mission and find new ways to involve greater numbers of men in prevention and awareness efforts. For more information, email Tylero@cornerstonemn.org. Download the Men’s Council flier (PDF).
Young Professionals Board
Cornerstone’s Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a unique opportunity to engage with other like-minded young professionals who want to end domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking in our community. The group meets on a monthly basis to plan events and create opportunities to raise awareness and funds to further Cornerstone’s mission. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 term. Apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WZB9QXH For more information, email YPB@cornerstonemn.org.
Volunteer Opportunities for Groups
Cornerstone offers a variety of one-time volunteer opportunities for business teams, religious organizations, Rotary and other civic clubs, giving clubs and other groups looking to donate their time and talents.
- Donate boxed dinners for participants in shelter and advocates
- Outdoor maintenance
- Gardening and weeding
- Conduct a donation drive
- Participate in Adopt-A-Family around the holidays
Volunteering with your peers is a great team building activity. Learn more by downloading our group volunteer opportunities flier (PDF).
Cornerstone was founded nearly 40 years ago by volunteers and volunteers remain critical to supporting our mission. While volunteering at Cornerstone looks a bit different right now, there are still volunteer opportunities available during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can get involved in supporting victims / survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and crime by emailing Crystalk@cornerstonemn.org. Visit our Current Needs page for our most urgent needs for volunteers.