World Wide Service Fair

Thursday, November 20, 2014
11:15 am – 2:30 pm
Buntrock Commons, Crossroads

The Piper Center for Vocation and Career is hosting the 16th annual World Wide Service Fair to provide an opportunity for students to connect with volunteer/service organizations and advocacy opportunities.  Twenty service programs will be present at this year’s World Wide Service Fair.

2013 World Wide Service Fair participants included:

AmeriCorps LEAP Initiative*

Southern Minnesota – Contact: Lynn Smith,
20 AmeriCorps members in the AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) Initiative build social/emotional school readiness skills of preschool children and support parents in learning dialogic reading techniques to build bonds within home routines for school readiness skills.

College Possible

St. Paul, MN – Contact: Chad Karlsson,
At College Possible, we believe a student’s access to and success in higher education should not be dictated by economic circumstances. A college education puts a student and his or her family on a pathway out of poverty forever while providing our communities the workforce required to compete in a global economy.

Conservation Corps MN & IA

Saint Paul, MN – Contact: Jonathan Goldenberg,
The Conservation Corps provides meaningful work for young people in conserving energy, managing natural resources, responding to disasters and leading volunteers. We provide training in resource management, safety, job-readiness and technical skills, and we help young people develop personal responsibility, a strong work ethic and greater awareness of environmental stewardship.

Emerge Community Development

Minneapolis, MN – Contact: Eric Taie,
Through relationship-based case management and client centered advocacy, EMERGE staff work to best meet a client or family’s needs. EMERGE utilizes a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, and advocacy to identify options and services to meet an individual’s or family’s needs.

Franciscan Community Volunteers

St. Cloud, MN – Contact: Pat Schlauderaff,
The Franciscan Community Volunteers program is a post-graduate, long-term volunteer Franciscan program for young adults, ages 21-30 who are looking for an authentic way to live an integrated life of faith and service in the world, modeled on the example of Saints Francis and Clare. FCV is an 11-month commitment of intentional community living dedicated to serving and advocating on behalf of the underserved.

Global Volunteers

St. Paul, MN – Contact: Christina Larson-Dickson,
In 1984, Global Volunteers helped lay the foundation for what became known a decade later as “Volunteer Vacations.” Our vision was simple: to wage peace and promote justice worldwide in such a way as to change lives. We engage short-term volunteers on long-term projects to create, nurture and sustain the wellbeing of the world’s children – so they can realize the full promise of their human potential. That changes everything.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Contact: Joanne Otte,
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) unites full-time stipended Volunteers with financial supporters, non-profit organizations and ministries to work for peace with justice across the nation. In addition to working for justice, LVC Volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people to encourage simple, sustainable living.

Minnesota GreenCorps (MN Pollution Control Agency)

St. Paul, MN – Contact: Hanna Schutt,
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) monitors environmental quality, offers technical and financial assistance, and enforces environmental regulations. The MPCA finds and cleans up spills or leaks that can affect our health and environment. Staff develop statewide policy, and support environmental education. The MPCA works with many partners — citizens, communities, businesses, all levels of government, environmental groups and educators — to prevent pollution and conserve resources.

Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps*

Minneapolis, MN – Contact: Anna Peters, In response to the educational crisis facing Minnesota schools, Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps will place 900 tutors next school year in schools across the state. Our tutors impact the academic performance of thousands of students every year. Become a tutor. Help students achieve success in school and in life, all while building valuable professional experience.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

Northfield, MN – Contact: Leah Eby,
HCI is a coalition, run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school personnel. HCI contracts with one full-time director and one half-time assistant to assist with supporting youth development and community-building activities in Northfield.

Project for Pride in Living

Minneapolis, MN – Contact: Anna Preus,
Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. Our mission: PPL works with lower-income individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services, and education. PPL began as an affordable housing developer in 1972, and has since become a robust multi-service agency that today serves more than 14,000 low-income people annually. PPL has had significant organizational transformations throughout our 40 years. Response to community need is the root of these evolutions.


Contact: Michael Zuniga,
ServeMinnesota is the place to start if you’re interested in joining with others to solve tough community problems. ServeMinnesota is a catalyst for positive social change and community service, working with AmeriCorps members and community partners to meet critical needs in Minnesota.  As a nonprofit organization, ServeMinnesota recruits and supports thousands of individuals to improve the lives of Minnesotans. By offering life-changing service opportunities that focus on educational achievement, economic opportunity and environmental protection, ServeMinnesota is helping address a broad spectrum of issues facing our state.

St Joseph Worker Program

St. Paul, MN – Contact: Bridgette Kelly,
The St. Joseph Worker Program is a one year volunteer experience for women who are passionate about social change. St. Joseph Workers (SJWs) commit to a year of service during which they delve into the core values of justice, leadership, spirituality, and living simply in an intentional community. Program sites in St Paul/Minneapolis-MNLos Angeles- CA,Wichita-KS and Albany-NY.

Teach for America

Contact: Hannah Ney,
Teach For America works to eliminate this injustice by finding, training, and supporting individuals who are committed to equality and placing them in high-need classrooms across the country. Through this experience, they become lifelong leaders for a better world.

U.S. Peace Corps

St. Paul, MN – Contact: Janice McInerney,
Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

Urban Servant Corps

Denver, CO – Contact: Krista Kligus,
USC is a one-year, full-time Lutheran volunteer program located in the heart of Denver. Volunteers commit to living in community with each other, while serving at various local nonprofit organizations addressing basic human concerns of low-income and at-risk populations. USC positions are in programs that provide immediate and direct service, as well as programs that advocate for lasting solutions and long-term social change. Since 1987, USC volunteers have put their values into action. Whatever your passion, we have the placement for you!

Youth Encounter

St Paul, MN – Contact: Christa Gaffer,
Youth Encounter, a Christian non-profit organization, has been offering relational youth ministry resources to Christian communities for over 45 years. Rooted in the Christian Scriptures and shaped by the Lutheran tradition, Youth Encounter partners with Christian communities of all denominations throughout 30 countries. Annually, Youth Encounter facilitates over 200,000 encounters with Christ all over the world and shares the Gospel with over 15,000 youth through its event ministry, team ministry and service ministry.

If you have any questions, please contact Janine Knutson at 507-786-3268 or

* Americorps Organization