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2277 Highway 36 West, Suite 200 Roseville, MN 55113-3830
Phone: 612-378-2742
Toll Free: 1-800-669-6442
Fax: 612-378-2789
E-Mail:info@braininjurymn.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance could not continue its work without the support of volunteers; in 2007, volunteers worked 10,388 hours, which is equal to approximately $194,900 and approximately five full time employees! The Volunteer program offers one time or ongoing volunteer opportunities, including internships and an opportunity for persons with brain injury to socialize and gain workplace experience.

Volunteers contribute in a number ways, which has included:

  • Answering phones
  • Mailing information
  • Photographing events
  • Writing newsletter articles
  • Registering participants at events
  • Translating articles and marketing materials
  • Updating contact information in our database
  • Representing us at resource fairs across the state

21 Reasons to Volunteer

Apply now! Download an application here.

Click on the links below to read full job descriptions.

Volunteer Positions
Peer Mentor Volunteer Leader
Case Aide Volunteer
Administrative Assistant Volunteer
Brain Injury Basics Class Volunteer
English to French Translator
English to Spanish Translator
Health Fair Volunteer
Mentor
Photographer
Resource Facilitation Volunteer
Speakers Bureau Volunteer
Volunteer Freelance Writer
Walk for Thought Volunteer

Internship Positions
Development/Marketing Intern
Education Intern
External Relations Intern
Multicultural Outreach Intern
Public Policy Intern
Social Work Intern
Volunteer Program Intern

Leadership Committee Volunteers
Multicultural Advisory Committee
Walk For Thought Committees

Peer Mentor Volunteer Leader

Supervised by: Resource Facilitator Manager

Position Summary: Oversee Peer Mentor Program coordinating day to day operations of the project including outreach to new organizations and follow up with internal resources for maximum referral process.  The position is expected collect data, meet reporting requirements, and implement volunteer recruitment processes.   

Develop and Oversee Mentor Program:

  • Promote the mentor program to community partners, potential mentors and participants
  • Recruit, interview and select mentors and participants
  • Maintain relationships with mentors and participants, documenting all contact
  • Maintain development of new education materials and updating existing educational materials/manuals providing cultural/language appropriate information
  • Identify evaluation tools sensitive to underserved communities
  • Provide ongoing direction and training for mentors and refer to appropriate resources when necessary
  • Meet program objectives and outcomes
  • Maintain records, track data and evaluate program according to reporting requirements

Volunteer Recruitment

  • In conjunction with the Resource Facilitation Supervisor, Volunteer Coordinator, and Multi Cultural Outreach Coordinator, recruit and screen volunteers
  • Provide new volunteer mentor orientation
  • Identify and expand peer-mentor volunteer recruitment/outreach to underserved communities and populations

Qualifications: A Bachelors Degree in social work, human services or related field or two year of experience providing support to persons with disabilities would be preferable.  Outstanding organizational skills and interpersonal communication skills.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and experience working with diverse communities and individuals from various backgrounds.

Time Commitment: We offer a flexible schedule but ask for a minimum commitment of 12 hours per week.  Our office is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Occasional evening and weekend hours and travel required.

Procedures: Send a current résumé with contact information to: Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, 34 13th Avenue NE, B001, Minneapolis MN 55413. Search will close when a suitable candidate is found.

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Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Position Summary: The Administrative Assistant Volunteer helps maintain an accurate database, directs calls, fulfills information request and completes other administrative projects at the office. The Administrative Assistant Volunteer supports all of the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance's programs and reports to the staff Senior Administrative Assistant.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete requests for information packets
  • Assigned copying, filing, faxing and mailing projects
  • Typing projects
  • Answer incoming calls and direct calls according to established phone procedures when there is no receptionist
  • Perform morning and afternoon mail pick up/delivery when there is no receptionist
  • Enter address corrections into database from returned mail and other sources
  • Enter new contacts for our mailing list (i.e. volunteers, service providers) into database
  • Find and enter voting district information for records in database
  • Other administrative projects and work orders as assigned

Qualifications: Some computer experience required. Outstanding communication and organization skills, an eye for detail and patience are also important. Comfortable using a keyboard and mouse and working with people with disabilities. Willingness to learn new things and have fun.

Time Commitment: We offer a flexible schedule but ask for a minimum commitment of six hours per month. Our office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Benefits: Meet and help people affected by brain injury. Gain or strengthen administrative skills. Work with caring, motivated professionals in a congenial environment in our new offices in Northeast Minneapolis. Free parking. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Brain Injury Basics Class Volunteer

Position Summary: The BIB class volunteer assists the Education Coordinator with "Brain Injury Basics" (BIB) classes by preparing refreshments, helping with room set up and greeting participants as they arrive at our office. This volunteer is key to providing a welcoming, helpful environment for class participants, many of whom are persons with brain injury and their family members.

Responsibilities:

  • Stock beverage station with coffee, water, cups, etc.
  • Arrange chairs in a classroom style
  • Set up table for participant check in
  • Greet and direct participants as they arrive

Qualifications: A friendly, outgoing personality is the most important qualification for this position. The person should also be able to move chairs around a room and operate a coffee maker.

Time Commitment: Third Tuesday of every month 4 pm - 6:30 pm. We ask for a six month commitment. Classes run from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and we are looking for someone to come in at 4 p.m. to set up and greet early arrivers. The volunteer can stay for the entire class if he/she wants to but it is not expected.

Benefits: Meet and help people affected by brain injury. Learn more about brain injury by observing the class. This is a great opportunity for youth 14 or older or for a parent and child (age 7+) to volunteer together. Free parking. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Case Aide Volunteer

Position Summary: Under the guidance of the Case Manager Supervisor (LSW), the Case Management Administration Volunteer helps staff monitor and implement comprehensive systems of support and advocacy for individuals with a brain injury, and their families.

Responsibilities: Primary duties include creating consumer files and updating/filing papers into consumer charts. Other duties include calling providers for information about their services, verifying MA eligibility for consumers, looking for housing options, and developing forms.

Qualifications: Self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized and able to multi-task and work independently. Computer skills and social service experience helpful but not necessary. Interest in brain injury and/or experience handling confidential information a plus.

Time Commitment: We offer a flexible weekday schedule, but prefer 8 hours a month for 6 months. Our office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Benefits: Meet and help people affected by brain injury. Work with caring, motivated professionals in a congenial environment in our convenient office in Northeast Minneapolis. Free parking. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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English to French Translator Volunteer

Position Summary: Provide essential information and resources about brain injury for French-speaking communities by translating existing documents from English into French. This volunteer works with the Multi-Cultural Outreach Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Translate documents about the effects of brain injury and resources for people with brain injury into French
  • Submit the documents to the Multi-Cultural Outreach Coordinator by the established deadline
  • Edit documents per feedback from staff and/or other French-speaking volunteers

Qualifications: Fluent in French and English, preferably French spoken in African countries. Able to set a deadline and meet it. Basic computer skills also required. Fluency in medical terminology helpful, but not required.

Time Commitment: There's an estimated minimum commitment of 5 hours per month but this varies depending on the number of documents you choose to translate.

Benefits: This is a great "virtual volunteer opportunity" and can be done at home at your convenience. You will be credited on each document as the translator so this can be a portfolio building opportunity. You will also experience the satisfaction of helping French-speaking persons understand issues related to brain injury. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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English to Spanish Translator Volunteer

Position Summary: Provide essential information and resources about brain injury for Spanish-speaking communities by translating existing documents from English into Spanish. This volunteer is supervised by the Spanish-speaking Resource Facilitator.

Responsibilities:

  • Translate documents about the effects of brain injury and resources for people with brain injury into Spanish
  • Submit the documents to the Resource Facilitator by the established deadline
  • Edit documents per feedback from staff

Qualifications: Fluent in Spanish and English. Able to set a deadline and meet it. Basic computer skills also required. Fluency in medical terminology helpful, but not required.

Time Commitment: There's an estimated minimum commitment of 5 hours per month but this varies depending on the number of documents you choose to translate.

Benefits: This is a great "virtual volunteer opportunity" and can be done at home at your convenience. You will be credited on each document as the translator so this can be a portfolio building opportunity. You will also experience the satisfaction of helping Spanish-speaking persons understand issues related to brain injury. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Health Fair Volunteer

Position Summary: Attend health and information fairs on behalf of the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. Hand out information about the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance's programs as well as brain injury prevention and safety information and refer questions to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance's 800 number. This volunteer reports to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Obtain materials for the fair prior to the event (pick up at office or by mail)
  • Set up display table at fair
  • Hand out information and refer inquirers to our general information brochure and phone number
  • Pack up materials at the end of the event
  • Complete the "Outreach Event Summary Form" at the end of the event
  • Return materials to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance office

Qualifications: Outstanding people skills. Must be comfortable in busy places. Transportation required. Experience with or interest in brain injury important.

Time Commitment: We offer a flexible schedule. Most events are during the weekday or on weekends and run from 4 - 5 hours. Shorter shifts may be available. We ask volunteers to expect to attend a minimum of two events per year but that varies depending on interest and location.

Benefits: Transportation reimbursement. Meet people and learn about other organizations and services in your community. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families or friends. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Mentor

Position Summary: Volunteer Mentors in the Peer/Mentor Support Connection provide confidential, one-to-one, weekly telephone support to persons affected by brain injury. Mentors help their peers deal with the challenges associated with brain injury and gain skills and confidence to take charge of their own future.

Mentors are interviewed, screened and trained before being matched with a peer in order to provide the best possible experience for both peers and mentors. Call the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance for more information or to start the application process.

Responsibilities:

Attend initial training workshop, with ongoing supportive training as needed

  • Learn effective communication and listening skills
  • Contact peer at mutually convenient times
  • Maintain confidentiality and personal boundaries
  • Complete minimal monthly paperwork
  • Contact the Volunteer Program Associate when questions or problems arise

Qualifications: Experience with brain injury and dependability are very important. Mentors can include individuals with brain injury, their family members, healthcare personnel, or a caring person affected by brain injury who want to help. Mentors should possess good communication and listening skills, be comfortable communicating by phone or computer, and be organized and reliable.

Time Commitment: Schedule regular contact with peer at mutually convenient times. It is suggested that calls vary in length from 15 minutes to one hour, and occur weekly, depending on the needs of the peer and the mentor's availability. Mentors make a one-year commitment to working with a peer.

Benefits: Feel good knowing you've provided another with an understanding of the process of adjustment to brain injury. Free training and support from Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance staff. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Program Associate at 612-238-3242 or via e-mail

Click here to learn about the Peer/Mentor Support Connection.

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Photographer

Position Summary: Help the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance increase visibility and document its history by photographing events like our Walk for Thought, Annual Conference, education classes, advocacy program trainings and more. Assistance is needed on an on-call basis - as events occur and as the volunteer is available. Most events are in the metro area but we would love to work with volunteers in greater Minnesota too. A digital camera can be provided or you can use your own digital camera. This volunteer reports to the Public Awareness Director.

Responsibilities:

Obtain camera from office prior to the event (if needed)

  • Obtain signed photo release forms if necessary
  • Return camera or e-mail photos to Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance staff within 48 hours of event

Qualifications: Basic Photography skills and experience required. Intermediate photography skills preferred. Outstanding people skills. Must be comfortable in busy places. Transportation required. Experience with or interest in brain injury a plus.

Time Commitment: Flexible schedule. Event are days, evenings and weekends. Ideally we'd like several on-call volunteers so we can fill requests at all times throughout the year. We ask volunteers to expect to attend a minimum of two events per year but that varies depending on interest and location.

Benefits: This is a great opportunity to build your portfolio and possibly see your photographs used in print and on our website (we will credit photographs). Meet people and learn about other organizations and services in the community. Transportation reimbursement. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Resource Facilitation Volunteer

Position Summary: Under the guidance of the Director of Consumer Services and Senior Resource Facilitator, the Resource Facilitation volunteer directly assists the team of Resource Facilitators to provide timely information, resources and advocacy to clients calling the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance for the first time as well as individuals who are enrolled in the Resource Facilitation (hospital discharge) program.

Responsibilities:

There are a variety of duties and opportunities and responsibilities will vary depending on the area of expertise of the volunteer and the needs of persons with brain injuries calling the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance for assistance each week.

  • Calling providers for information about their services for Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance's referral database
  • Researching rehabilitation information by phone, internet and in-house library
  • Conducting closure surveys with consumers by phone
  • Working in Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance database, adding new consumers, updating folders
  • Identifying resources or services for consumers
  • Providing administrative and organizational support for Resource Facilitators
  • Finding new articles and organizing current library of articles
  • Conducting quality assurance support calls

Qualifications: Coursework or experience in human services, health, social work or a related field. Self-motivated, organized and able to multi-task. Good communication and problem-solving skills are essential. Strong computer skills required, experience with Access helpful. Interest in brain injury and experience handling confidential information a plus.

Time Commitment: We offer a flexible schedule and number of hours but ask for a one-year commitment. Our office is open Monday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Benefits: Work with a nationally recognized, ground-breaking program. Receive training, guidance and feedback in order to develop professional skills. Learn about services for people with disabilities around the state, and gain experience in the human services field and working in a nonprofit setting. Free parking. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its interns.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Speakers Bureau Volunteer

Position Summary: Under the guidance of the Speakers Bureau Chair and the Volunteer Coordinator, the Speakers Bureau Volunteer will perform a presentation to the public in a variety of settings, in order to enhance the quality of life and bring the promise of a better tomorrow for all people affected by brain injury. Training is provided.

Responsibilities:

  • Retrieve necessary materials by mail, to aide in the presentations.
  • Confirm speaking engagement with the host of the organization.
  • Arrive early to set up for the presentation in the requested location at the requested time.
  • Present material in a public setting.
  • Close presentation, answer questions, and provide referral information.
  • Return necessary materials by mail, back to the NE Minneapolis office location.

Qualifications: A passion for the mission of the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is essential. A person who is familiar with or been affected by a brain injury, either on a personal or professional level. Dependable, prompt, able to convey the important messages of the presentation clearly. Comfortable speaking in public. Transportation is required.

Time Commitment: We offer a flexible schedule and a number of hours. Presentation requests may come for weekdays, evening and weekends. We ask for a one-year commitment but the number of presentations will vary depending on your availability and requests from the community.

Benefits: This position will allow you to strengthen your skills and gain experience in public speaking and raise awareness of brain injury. This is a great way to gain meet people and learn about community and civic groups. Transportation reimbursement for locations further than 30 miles from your home. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Volunteer Freelance Writer

Position Summary: Do you enjoy writing or aspire to see your name in print? The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance works with volunteer freelance writers for articles for our quarterly newsletter. We can give you a topic or you can suggest your own. This volunteer works with the Director of Public Awareness.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director of Public Awareness to select a topic and deadline
  • Submit article draft by deadline
  • Make changes and corrections per Director's request

Qualifications: A college background in English or Journalism (or related field) or professional writing experience is required. Attention to detail and high level of accuracy are very important.

Time Commitment: The time involved varies depending on the topic. A one-time commitment is OK. You can work from home on your own time but at least one meeting with the Director of Public Awareness is required.

Benefits: The schedule is flexible and you can work in your pajamas. Help people affected by brain injury while building your writing portfolio. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance is committed to providing a friendly, supportive, professional experience for its volunteers.

If interested, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 612-378-2742 or via e-mail.

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Walk for Thought Volunteers

Several volunteer positions are available for this year's Walk for Thought. Please click here for more information.

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