District 10 Como Community Council

D10 Como Community Council Volunteer Opportunities

We know our Como neighbors get involved. If you want us to reach out to you for future volunteering opportunities, you can select your interests and sign up on our Volunteer Interest Form. A couple of things to consider when you are looking for volunteer opportunities:

  • The best way to know what’s going on is to subscribe to our Friday email newsletter.
  • If you have a specific issue or area you want to get involved in, send us an email. It’s very likely we can connect you with other residents looking to do the same thing. (For example, there are neighbors who work on Como Lake water quality issues, maintain public gardens, share seeds, promote home composting, remove invasive plants from public lands, and help seniors.)

Como Community Meetings

Then, of course, we have our Board and committees, which oversee much of our activity. All community members are welcome to attend and participate in committee and Board meetings. You can even run for the Board; elections are in April (though we can get vacancies throughout the year).

D10 Como Community Volunteer HUB

Below we’ve gathered all of the volunteering opportunities we’re aware of in the Como neighborhood. We’ve tried to provide brief descriptions of what to expect, where to sign up, and any pre-requisites to volunteering you might want to be aware of. We also have a quarterly Como Volunteer-centric Newsletter we send out with the latest updates about these opportunities right here in our own neighborhood.

Booth Brown House

1471 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact: Erin Foss, Program Director
Email: erin.foss@usc.salvationarmy.org
Phone: 651-646-2601
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/BoothBrownHouse/
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri

Recording Booth Brown overview at 12/6/23 D10 Meeting

Located right off of Como Ave, the Booth Brown House is part of the Twin Cities Salvation Army services and is a Shelter and Housing Program that support youth in both Como and surrounding communities. Community members can help by donating clothing and other personal items or volunteering for a one time or ongoing opportunity to work with youth that come through their doors.

Cafesjian's Carousel

1245 Midway Pkwy, St. Paul, MN 55103
Contact: CarouselAccountant@yahoo.com
Phone: 651-489-4628
Website: https://www.ourfaircarousel.org/
Hours:
May 1st-Labor Day:
Thurs-Mon 11am-4pm
Sept 5-Oct 31: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

Complete a Volunteer Application (PDF)

You’ve probably seen (or heard) Cafesjian’s Carousel as you enter or leave the Como Zoo. Built in 1914, it’s 1 of only 3 carousels in it’s original paint. Volunteers receive training to supervise the ride, sell tickets and merchandise, and help kids of all ages enjoy this historic treasure.

Churchill Garden Club

Corner of Churchill, Horton, & Van Slyke
Contact:
Alison Goetzman, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: alison.goetzman@gmail.com
Facebook Group:
facebook.com/ChurchillCommunityGardensStPaulMN

Located on the corner of Churchill, Horton, and Van Slyke, the Churchill Gardens were started by a group of volunteers dedicated to keep our community beautiful. Coordinators host monthly group weeding events throughout the summer and into the fall. Come as you can for as long as you can!

City - Parks and Rec (General)

Contact: Tricia Wehrle, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: Tricia.Wehrle@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-632-2411
Website: stpaul.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/volunteer
Hours:
May 1st-Labor Day:
Thurs-Mon 11am-4pm
Sept 5-Oct 31: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

Complete a Volunteer Application

Recorded Park Volunteering overview from 5/3/2023 D10 Meeting

From swimming lessons to soccer camps to cross country ski groups, Como hosts a variety of Parks and Recreation events throughout the year. Volunteering with Parks and Recreation can help you share your hobbies, activities or talents with others in our community.

City - Parks and Rec - Como Stewards

Throughout Como Park
Contact: Tricia Wehrle, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: Tricia.Wehrle@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-632-2411
Website: district10comopark.org/comostewards/

Stewards pick their favorite area to walk, run or bike, or that they feel a special connection. Look at all available parcels on the Como Steward Program map. Then, complete your registration and you will be contacted about parcel selection. 

Do you have a favorite Como Park spot that is important to you or your family? Como Park Stewards invites you to keep that space looking great and welcoming to everyone. In partnership with St. Paul Parks and Recreation, the Como Community Council invites neighbors to volunteer by adopting a plot in the park and commit to a twice monthly visit to pick up trash and report any tree, graffiti or other safety concerns.

City - Parks and Rec
Como Zoo and Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Contact:
ComoVolunteers@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-487-8252
Website: comozooconservatory.org/support-us/volunteer-and-internships/
Hours: 365 days a year
October-March: 10AM – 4PM
April-September: 10AM – 6PM

The volunteers of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory help keep this favorite neighborhood destination free and accessible to all. Volunteers assist teams throughout the campus including with Visitor Services, Horticulture, Education and Zoo needs. If you’re interested in experience a first-hand connection between people, plants and animals, you may enjoy volunteering with Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

City - Parks and Rec
North Dale Rec Center

1414 St Albans St N, St Paul, MN 55117
Contact: Dala Chang, Community Rec Specialist
Email: dala.chang@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-558-2329
Website: stpaul.gov/facilities/north-dale-recreation-center
Facebook:
facebook.com/NorthDaleRecreationCenter/
Hours:
Mon-Thu 9am-9pm
Fri 9am-6pm
Sat/Sun CLOSED

City - Parks and Rec
Northwest Como Rec Center

1550 Hamline Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108
Contact:
Lizzie Bolstad, Community Rec Specialist
Email: lizzie.bolstad@ci.stpaul.mn.us
Phone: 651-298-5813
Website: stpaul.gov/facilities/northwest-como-recreation-center
Facebook:
facebook.com/NWComoRec/
Hours:
Mon-Thu 2-9pm
Fri 2-6pm
Sat/Sun CLOSED

City - Parks and Rec
Saint Paul Parks Conservancy

Think of the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy as the non-profit arm of the Parks and Rec Department (like the Friends of the Library). As you walk (or bike or rollerblade) along the paths in Como, you can’t help but notice the many parks, gardens, and natural spaces around our community. The Conservancy relies on volunteers to keep these spaces looking glorious all season long! They also help foster and support “Friends of” many neighborhood parks and partner on many initiatives in our city parks!

City - Saint Paul Public Library

The Como Community is surrounded by great St. Paul Public Libraries (Rice Street, Rondo and Hamline to name a few). Volunteers are an integral part of the work they do in our communities and have a wide variety of ways to get involved with folks of all ages. Volunteers are reading mentors, tutors, garden helpers, library assistants, and much more. What a great way to get to know your neighbors while helping such an amazing local resource.

Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom

Located between the Como Pool and Hamline Ave, the Como Woodlands Classroom feels like a hidden nature center within our community. The Como Woodland Advisory Committee is a group of neighbors that have an interest, passion and technical skills to guide the continued development and use of the Outdoor Classroom as well as provide free educational events for the public. They meet about once a month and would love to have you!

COMOCONNECTS
(Formerly Como Park/Falcon Heights Living at Home Block Nurse Program)

Out of their office in the Como Park Lutheran Church, Como Connects is a community resource for Senior neighbors in the Como community. Whether through educational resources, practical help, or companionship, Como Connects does what its name says – connects senior residents with volunteers who can meet the unique needs they have. Whether you’re able to make friendly visits, help with transportation, go grocery shopping or teach wellness groups, they’d love for you to join their volunteer team.

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Blood Drives

When the Red Cross reached out to local community organizations after a blood shortage due to Covid, the Como Community Council stepped up to host community drives throughout the year and community members have been signing up to help with this shortage.

Held at the Como Zoo, one could argue that the view while giving blood is the best in the city! Reservations are required to participate, so make sure you sign up for the next drive. Limited spots are available for those who can help with registration!

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Citywide Dropoff @ Fairgrounds

Your Como Community Council partners with the City of Saint Paul each year to provide an easy and safe way to discard those big trash items and recyclable materials that you can’t put in your cart. This event relies on volunteers to help direct traffic (over 700 cars came through in 2023), hand out resources, and coordinate the event. Bonus! Volunteers get a free item to drop off and are provided with breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day!

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Community Events

Each year the Como Community Council’s Neighborhood Relations Group organizes 5 large community events throughout Como. These events are a blast and rely on committee and event volunteers to help make them a success. If you love planning community gatherings, helping with kids crafts, serving food, or even just hauling tables around, sign up on our volunteer form to help where you can!

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Lake Como Cleanup

If you ever walk around the lake and notice how peaceful, clean, and trash free it is, you can thank the Lake Como Cleanup volunteers. In partnership with the Capitol Region Watershed District, the Como Community Council plans multiple clean up events each year where volunteers gather to clean trash from around (and in) Lake Como. Meet us on the dock at the lower level lake side on these days to pick up tools, supplies, and even a quick snack!

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Know Your Como

Do you have a neighbor that regales you with stories from their lives growing up in the Como Community and think “someone should write this down”? Know Your Como is a group of volunteer writers who celebrate the diversity and contributions – large and small – of our neighbors and those who came before us. Through stories, pictures, and graphics they try to share the rich history and iconic places that make Como such a great place. Volunteers can help by interviewing neighbors, collecting oral stories, taking photos or researching the many buildings that make this community our home.

International Institute of Minnesota

Just across Snelling from Nelson’s Deli is the International Institute of MN. This amazing organization helps New Minnesotan immigrant and refugees through the process of getting settled in their new home. Whether it’s donating winter necessities, helping with appointments and transportation, or practicing English, volunteers are needed to help our newest neighbors!

Lyngblomsten Senior Community

1415 Almond Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact:
Melanie Jagolino, Volunteer Coordinator
Email: mjagolino@lyngblomsten.org
Phone: 651-632-5499
Website: lyngblomsten.org/get-involved/volunteer/

  1. Fill out an Application
  2. Interview with a member of the Volunteer Services staff
  3. Complete a background study (including a two-week window to go to a MN Department of Human Services background study site to be fingerprinted and photographed).

Recorded Lyngblomsten volunteer overview from 11/12/21 D10 meeting

Minnesota State Fair

1265 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, MN 55108
Website:
mnstatefair.org/get-involved/volunteer

Can’t beat ’em? Join ’em! The Great Minnesota Get Together needs Great Minnesota Volunteers to help folks from all over the state make memories this summer at the Fair. Volunteers help with exhibits, ticket taking, and help fair fans make the most of their day. Whether you sign up in a group or solo, you’ll get a FREE admission ticket to the fair!

North End South Como Block Nurse Program

727 Front Ave. #118, St. Paul, MN, 55103
Contact:
Alaina Gall, Volunteer/Service Coordinator
Email: alaina@nescbnp.org
Phone: 651-489-4067
Website: nescbnp.org/volunteer.html
Facebook: facebook.com/100064781075955

Volunteer Application

The North End South Como Block Nurse Program helps brighten the lives of our neighborhood seniors. Whether it’s providing transportation to appointments, making friendly visits, or celebrating birthdays, volunteers help meet the unique needs of our elder neighbors.

North Suburban Kiwanis Club

You may recognize the North Suburban Kiwanis Club from their participation in providing malts at the annual D10 Ice Cream Social. The Kiwanis’ generate revenue each year at the State Fair Kiwanis Malt Shop, then meet throughout the year to organize service projects and fund many worthy causes. They’re always looking for members and volunteers (during the fair and for various functions through the year).

United Hmong Family

Each year at McMurray Fields, the United Hmong Family hosts the Hmong International Freedom festival celebrating the Hmong culture with food, vendors, sports competitions and much more in the Murray Soccer Fields. Volunteers help make this large gathering run smoothly and enjoyable for all who attend!