Service Explo (formerly World Wide Service Fair)

Thursday, February 25, 2015
11:15 am – 2:30 pm
Buntrock Commons, Crossroads

The Piper Center for Vocation and Career is hosting the 17th annual Service Explo to provide an opportunity for students to connect with volunteer/service organizations and advocacy opportunities.  Approximately 20 gap year and service programs will be present.

2014 Service Explo participants included:

*Designates an AmeriCorps program

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.

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Contact: Elizabeth Flomo,
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.

New Sector Alliance*
Contact: Brian Garshelis,
The New Sector Summer Fellowship program is an intensive 11-week program for current and recent undergraduate students and graduate students who are committed to the social sector. Fellows serve in a cohort of approximately 25 Fellows with organizations in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Twin Cities areas. Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit and community organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to build their skills for immediate and future impact.

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.

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.

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!

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.

City of Lakes AmeriCorps*
Twin Cities- Contact: Hanna Miller,
City of Lakes members serve in middle schools throughout the Minneapolis Public Schools district providing academic support and after school enrichment opportunities for long-term English Learners. For one year members can work full-time or part-time can receive and Education award at the end of service.

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.

Minnesota Alliance With Youth*
Contact: Meghan Aanenson or Julie Muklebust, or
Each year, the Alliance places and supports over 200 AmeriCorps Promise Fellows throughout Minnesota to serve in schools and community nonprofits.  For one year, each Promise Fellow works with a minimum of 30 young people to provide the support needed to set them on a path to high school graduation and ensure success in school work and life.

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 Literacy Council*
Contact: VISTA- Ellen Bergstrom,
Summer Reads- Meghan Paul-Cook,
VISTA: We place and support approximately 40 VISTA members throughout Minnesota to serve one year in schools, nonprofit organizations or local government agencies. VISTAs work behind the scenes to create or expand literacy-focused programs that bring low-income children and youth in grades K-12 and their families out of poverty.
Summer Reads: Summer Reads VISTAs provide quality tutoring to children in grades K-3 from low-income families. VISTAs serve for 3-4 months in summer schools, libraries and community organizations, with the goal of helping children improve their literacy skills and fight the summer slide.

TrueNorth AmeriCorps*
Duluth, MN – Contact: Rebecca Haavik,
The mission of True North AmeriCorps Program (TNAC) is to support on-time graduation, ensuring that youth are prepared for academic, civic, and economic success. TNAC has placed AmeriCorps members throughout Northeastern Minnesota since 2004. A year long Program of the Duluth Area Family YMCA, TNAC partners with nonprofits, schools, and community agencies to serve Duluth and Proctor.

City of St. Paul VISTA Program*
Contact:Ariel Sehr,
Hosted out of Mayor Christopher Coleman’s office, the one year Saint Paul VISTA Program serves as a catalyst for delivering impactful national service resources to the community.  We place AmeriCorps VISTA members in partner organizations — schools, non-profits, city departments, etc. — to build the capacity of these host sites to serve the educational needs of the community more effectively and more efficiently.

St. Paul Public Schools Foundation- AmeriCorps VISTA*
Contact: Ellen Nikodym <>
VISTA members are committed to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty by building capacity and providing indirect service at nonprofit organizations such as the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation for one year.

Minnesota Reading Corps* & Minnesota Math Corps*
Contact: Gjeni Stark <>
Minnesota Reading Corps places AmeriCorps members in a variety of positions. All members serve either full-time (about 40 hours/week) or part-time (about 20 hours/week). More than 1,000 members will serve during the 2013-2014 program year in over 600 sites across Minnesota.

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.

Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota*
Contact: Sara Wessling, or Heather Erickson,
Habitat for Humanity takes an integrated approach to solving Minnesota’s housing issues by building new homes, remodeling foreclosed homes and repairing existing houses through the A Brush with Kindness Program to ensure they do not fall into disrepair. For one year AmeriCorps members will be responsible for recruiting, supervising and/or training community volunteers at two Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

Minnesota Campus Compact: College Health Corps*
Contact: Julie Plaut,
VISTA Members are national service members who dedicate one year toward alleviating poverty in the United States. The College Health Corps is a cohort of VISTA members who are placed at community- and campus-based host sites throughout the state of Minnesota, each dedicated to reducing health disparities and improving the health of low-income people.

PSEI VISTA – Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation*
Contact: Selena Acox,
PSEI VISTA’s serve full time in nonprofit organizations that are striving to build better career pathways for low-income adults in the Twin Cities. Together, our VISTA’s form a cohort that participates in biweekly professional development, team building and volunteering during their year of service.

Interfaith Service to Latin America
Contact: Jon Kerr,
Various travel opportunities provide students interested in public health with an immersion in the health care system of Nicaragua. For two weeks students will shadow domestic health care professionals, which individual student participants will set up independently. Students will conduct public health surveys in local homes, coordinate health education within the schools and communities, observe clinic practices, work with the women’s health foundation along with other opportunities. 

The God’s Child Project
Contact: Jon Okstad,
The GOD’S CHILD Project (GCP) is an educational development organization dedicated to “breaking the chains of poverty through education and formation.” GCP cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned, and poverty-stricken boys and girls in addition to providing health and community-based services for 8,700 widowed, abandoned, and single mothers and their dependents in Guatemala, El Salvador, Malawi, and India. There are many national and international service and internship opportuni

The Sanneh Foundation
The Sanneh Foundation, a 501(c)3 youth development organization, provides life skills programs for at-risk children using soccer as the catalyst to empower kids, improve lives and unite communities.

If you have any questions, please contact Grant Eustice <> or Nate Jacobi <>.