Local Nonprofits in Need of Volunteers 

Explore these Bismarck and Mandan agencies that are accepting volunteers to help with numerous projects.
 

Church of the Ascension

1911 South 3rd Street
Bismarck, ND
701-258-5692 

Church of Corpus Christi

1919 North 2nd Avenue
Bismarck, ND
701-255-4600 

Church of St. Anne

1315 Braman Avenue
Bismarck, ND   
701-223-1549 

Church of St. Joseph

108 3rd Street NE
Mandan, ND
701-663-9562

Spirit of Life Catholic Church

801 1st Street SE
Mandan, ND
701-426-2694
ascholl43.as@gmail.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Weekly
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday AM and PM (food distribution); Saturday PM, Sunday AM and PM (music)
  • Age group served: All Ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: food distribution, music
  • Description of services: Mother Theresa Outreach serves those in need of financial support, material goods and food support.  We serve a hot meal Monday through Friday and provide food boxes to those in need.  The Carmelites sisters work to provide support to those in need physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They work with individuals as needed and also do some counseling and addiction support through the Empowerment support group which meets Thursdays.

Saint Mary’s Parish

807 East Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND
701-223-0225

Dakota Zoo

602 Riverside Park Road
Bismarck, ND
701-223-7543
educate@dakotazoo.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Monthly
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Decision making, facilities maintenance, food preparation, marketing, project management, public speaking, teaching, technology, written communication
  • Description of services: We provide a family-friendly and safe entertainment for all ages with a key focus on general education and conservation education while striving to maintain a clean/healthy environment.

Mandan Parks & Recreation 

2600 46th Avenue SE
Mandan, ND 
701-751-6161

  • Description of services: We pride ourselves in offering great indoor and outdoor activities, programs, and classes for all ages. Mandan Parks & Recreation offers recreational activities like basketball, volleyball and sand volleyball, baseball and softball, swimming lessons, track, tennis, kickball, and many more activities. Mandan Parks & Recreation also offers programs and classes, including school age care programs, art classes, lifeguarding classes, and more.

Ministry on the Margins

201 North 24th Street
Bismarck, ND
701-426-8747
ministryonthemargins@gmail.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday AM; Wednesday, Thursday PM
  • Age group served: All Ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Event management, facilities maintenance, food distribution, graphic design, information gathering, mentoring, music, web development, written communication, spiritual presence, prayer
  • Description of services: Ministry on the Margins serves over 1,000 people a week through our food pantry, clothing pantry, support groups, and outreach to those in prison or MRCC.

Note: University of Mary Groups that wish to volunteer should complete this form, and the Mission for Life Coordinator will organize your service opportunity. Individuals may call and make arrangements on their own. Group Sign-Up Form

Missouri Slope Areawide United Way 

515 North 4th Street
Bismarck, ND 
701-255-3601

  • Description of services: The United Way funds human services agencies for the community.  It is also the first call for a help-line.  Their website offers a detailed list of service opportunities in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Pride, Inc.

1200 Missouri Avenue
Bismarck, ND 
701-258-7838

  • Description of services: Pride Industries provides vocational development, independent living, work skill training, and job placement for mentally and physically disabled individuals.

Protection and Advocacy Project 

400 East Broadway, Suite 409
Bismarck, ND 
701-328-2950

  • Description of services: A state agency whose purpose is to advocate for and protect the rights of people with disabilities.

TR4 Heart and Soul 

8023 93rd Street SE
Bismarck, ND 
701-367-6136
katie.oakland@live.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Weekly
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday PM; Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday AM
  • Age group served: All Ages
  • Skills desired of volunteers: Conflict resolution, event management, facilities maintenance, fund raising, marketing, mentoring
  • Description of services: TR 4 Heart and Soul provides therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with disabilities, at risk youth, and those terminally ill. Therapeutic riding improves the quality of life through the heart and soul of a horse.

Welcome House 

1902 East Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND
701-751-0142
casemanager1@welcome-house.net

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Wednesday AM and PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: No specific skills needed, training will be provided.
  • Description of services: Welcome House is a faith-based agency serving homeless individuals and families in the Bismarck-Mandan area.  Welcome House provides short-term shelter, assistance in obtaining permanent housing, and a variety of supportive services, with emphasis on providing extensive case management and other supportive services for up to three years to help clients attain and retain permanent housing. 

Adult Learning Center

Schafer Hall 1200 College Drive
Bismarck, ND          
701-323-4530

  • Description of services: The Adult Learning Center (ALC) provides educational services for persons in the community who have not completed high school.  ALC also provides educational assistance with courses in math, reading, and other basic skill areas.

BECEP—Early Head Start/Head Start

14th Street
Bismarck, ND
701-323-4400

  • Description of services: Head Start is a free, quality, preschool program for children.  Early Head Start/Head Start is funded to serve two pregnant women and 129 children (from birth to five-years) whose parents meet federal income guidelines. At least 10% of children enrolled have an identified disability. 

God’s Child Project 

721 Memorial Highway
Bismarck, ND
701-557-0847
Lucy.Reichert@GodsChild.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday AM or PM
  • Age group served: All Ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Event management, fund raising, information gathering, public speaking
  • Description of services: The GOD'S CHILD Project (GCP) cares for and educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned, and poverty-stricken boys and girls. In addition, we provide health and community-based services for 8,700 widowed and single mothers and their dependents in Guatemala, India, and the United States.

Innovation School 

613 North 3rd Street
Bismarck, ND 
701-226-2591
maggie@theinnovationschool.us

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Saturday and Sunday AM
  • Age group served: Elementary
  • Skills desired in volunteers: fundraising, graphic design, marketing, video communication
  • Description of services: We are a K-6 school serving students in a hands-on way.

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest 

PO Box 388
605-220-1102
eileen@juam.org

  • Volunteer commitment: One time commitment of 6-8 hours spread over 5 days
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday AM or PM
  • Age group served: High School
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Budgeting, coaching, marketing, mentoring, motivational speaking, project management, public speaking, teaching
  • Description of services: Junior Achievement partners education with business/industry to teach K-12 students in the Bismarck-Mandan area lessons in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and college/career readiness. Our curriculum provides hands-on, interactive, experiential learning for students and the lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community who share their own real-life personal and professional experiences to bring the lessons to life!

Open Door Learning Center 

1140 South 12th Street
Bismarck, ND
701-222-3004

  • Description of services: Provide after school activities for children ages 3-13.

Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) 

218 West Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND
701-222-8370
eventscoordinator@aarcnd.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Different positions have different available times and requirements.
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Conflict resolution, decision making, information gathering, mentoring, receptionist
  • Description of services: The AARC provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, physical, emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse.  It also provides a 24 hour hotline, advocacy, support groups, assistance in obtaining protection orders, 24 hour safe shelter, children’s programs, gift/thrift store, and educational programs for 2nd grade through college.
  • Internship opportunities are also available

AID Inc. 

314 West Main Avenue
Mandan, ND
701-663-1274
aidincbrightens@yahoo.com

  • Description of services: AID Inc. provides emergency assistance, rent, deposits, utilities, lodging, food, clothing, furniture, and non-food items.  They also provide Family Friends to at-risk youth. 

The Banquet 

502 North 4th Street
Bismarck, ND
701-223-3560

  • Description of services: Serves a free meal every Thursday evening from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Community Action Program 

2105 Lee Avenue
Bismarck, ND 
701-258-2240
lorih@cap7.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Thursday AM or PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: No need for special skills, volunteers are provided with necessary training.
  • Description of services: Serve families with emergency food needs.  They also have a donation center for clothes and furniture.

Meals on Wheels 

PO Box 2132
Bismarck, ND 
701-222-4181
jdelzer@bis.midco.net

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday AM
  • Age group served: Adults
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Food distribution
  • Description of services: Meals on Wheels provides a noon meal delivered to a person’s home. They serve people who require a special or regular diet and have difficulty cooking for themselves.

Soup Café 

220 North 23rd Street
Bismarck, ND
701-226-2325
mark@soupcafe.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Saturday AM and PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: A willing heart to serve!
  • Description of services: We are a Christian soup kitchen which feeds all those in need. We operate as a cafe where we treat our patrons with love and respect.

Baptist Home 

3400 Nebraska Drive
Bismarck, ND 
701-223-3040
Description of services: Provides long term care for elderly residents.

Bismarck Cancer Center

500 North 8th Street
Bismarck, ND
701-222-6135
adoerrgreff@bismarckcancercenter.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Sunday AM or PM
  • Age group served: Adults
  • Skills desired in volunteers: No specific skills required, training will be provided
  • Description of services: The Bismarck Cancer Center (BCC) allows patients in our area to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment and caring support while staying close to home and loved ones. We have a highly-skilled and compassionate team of radiation therapists, medical physicists, nurses, and dosimetrists working with the radiation oncologists.

Burleigh County Senior Adults Program (BCSAP) 

315 North 20th Street
Bismarck, ND 
701-255-4648
lisab@burleighsenioradults.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically, vehicle needed for meal delivery
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday AM or PM
  • Age group served: Elderly Adults
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Decision making, food distribution, technology
  • Description of services: BCSAP strives to serve seniors at or below poverty level. They provide a congregate meal at noon and provide a home delivered meal to those who are unable to come to the center.  They also provide health maintenance services and life enrichment activities to the elderly in our community.

CHI St. Alexius Health 

900 East Broadway
Bismarck, ND 
701-530-7159
volunteerservices@primecare.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Monthly
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday – Sunday AM or PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Escort visitors, gift shop attendant, waiting room host, pianist, pediatric receptionist, event management, greeter, holding NICU babies. No need for special skills, volunteers are provided with necessary training. Must provide immunization records and receive flu shot yearly.
  • Description of services: CHI St. Alexius involves volunteers to achieve its mission: to use its presence as a means of touching and caring for people in a Christ-like manner and to always exhibit hospitality as reflected in the Rule of St. Benedict, “Let all be received as Christ.”

Cystic Fibrosis Association 

107 West Main Avenue, Suite 150
Bismarck, ND
701-222-3998
development.cfa@midconetwork.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Monthly
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday AM and PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: No need for special skills, volunteers are provided with necessary training.
  • Description of services: The Cystic Fibrosis Association devotes their time and financial resources to helping north Dakotans with cystic fibrosis to breathe easier by assisting with the costs of medications and medical equipment, providing travel assistance for medical appointments, providing matching funds for organ transplant expenses, providing college scholarships – ensuring that young people with cystic fibrosis can focus on studies and not compromise their education because they need jobs to support their educational endeavors – and informing the public about cystic fibrosis and current research.

Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center 

2425 Hillview Avenue
Bismarck, ND
701-221-9368
arnette.harris@mslcc.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Weekly or Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday AM; Tuesday and Saturday PM
  • Age group served: Elderly
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Decision making, event management, music
  • Description of services: The Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center provides resident care in a warm atmosphere.  They aim to provide care for and entertainment for the long term care residents who live there.

Touchmark Retirement Community 

1000 West Century Avenue
Bismarck, ND 
701-355-1285
destiny.sisk@touchmark.com

  • Volunteer commitment: 12 hours/year
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday – Sunday AM or PM
  • Age group served: Elderly
  • Skills desired of volunteers: Event management, information gathering, motivational speaking, music, teaching
  • Description of services: A continuum of services encompassing independent living, assisted living, and memory care assures residents that we are here to support optimal health and wellness at every phase of aging. We encourage residents at every stage to continue discovering and chasing their passions.

Women’s Care Center 

614 North 4th Street
Bismarck, ND 
701-751-4575
kimberlee@wccnd.com

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday AM, Wednesday PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Event management, fund raising, teaching, child care
  • Description of services: We are a pregnancy resource center offering free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, education, and counseling

Bis Man Mentor Squad 

600 South 2nd Street, Suite 308
Bismarck, ND 
701-222-0797
mentorsquad@dacotahfoundation.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Weekly
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday – Sunday PM
  • Age group served: Elementary
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Mentoring
  • Description of services: Bis-Man Mentor Squad, formerly known as Big Brothers Big Sisters, is a mentoring program helping children in the community. Mentor Squad connects youth ages 6-16 with adult volunteers to create a positive relationship, providing beneficial experiences that will last a lifetime.

Bismarck Parks and Recreation

400 East Front Avenue
Bismarck, ND
701-222-6455
bisparks@bisparks.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday PM; Saturday AM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Coaching, event management
  • Description of services: Bismarck Parks and Recreation District offers recreational programs, sponsors special events, manages sports complexes, educates on wellness, and builds community.  A list of volunteer opportunities can be accessed on the website.

Charles Hall Youth Services 

513 Bismarck. Expressway, Box 1995
Bismarck, ND 
701-255-2773, ext. 301

  • Description of services: Charles Hall Youth Services provides foster care, emergency shelter care, long term residential care for abused, neglected, and ill-behaved children.  There is an extensive volunteer inquiry form located on their website.

Christian Adoption Services 

1500 East Capitol Avenue
Bismarck, ND 
701-354-3992
jean@CASfamily.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Monthly or Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday – Friday AM or PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired of volunteers: Decision making, event management, fund raising, graphic design, information gathering, marketing, motivational speaking, project management, recruiting, teaching, technology, video communication, web development, written communication
  • Description of services: Our mission is to display God's love to children, birth parents, and families by providing Christ-centered adoption services that have an eternal impact by growing forever families.

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store 

1335 Interstate Avenue
Bismarck, ND 
701-223-7979 (ask for Jeremy)
infor@dakotaranch.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Sunday AM and PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: No need for special skills, volunteers are provided with necessary training.
  • Description of services: One hundred percent of the profits from the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Stores support the hope and healing of children at one of three Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch locations. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian, residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care – where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.

Heart River Lutheran Church and Bridges of Hope 

701 16th Avenue SW
Bismarck, ND
701-595-3962
deacon.alexandra@heartriverlutheran.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Wednesday and Thursday PM; Sunday AM
  • Age group served: High School
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Mentoring
  • Description of services: Heart River Bridges of Hope is an outreach and re-entry ministry on behalf of the ELCA and the whole church. As an expression of God’s grace and love, this ministry provides youth opportunities for community worship, mentorship, wellness, and mutually enriching relationships. Trusting and believing that God heals and creates new life, our intent is to accompany and empower youth toward a future with hope. Opportunities include worship, Bible study, game nights at YCC, off-campus pizza nights for youth transitioning into society, visitation, art & prayer, book studies, pen pal ministry, service projects, and other special events.

Make a Wish North Dakota

4143 26th Avenue South, Suite 104
Fargo, ND
701-280-9474
mduncan@northdakota.wish.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Sunday AM or PM
  • Age group served: Elementary
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Event management, fund raising, information gathering, project management
  • Description of services: Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illness. We serve children ages 2 1/2 to 18 years old.  We need volunteers who serve as wish granters. Wish granters work directly with wish kids to help determine the child's wish and then support the chapter staff in executing the wish.

North Dakota Youth Correctional Center 

701 16th Avenue SW
Mandan, ND
701-667-1400
Description of services: The North Dakota Youth Correctional Center (NDYCC) recognizes the value of an effective volunteer program.  NDYCC attempts to recruit citizen involvement, where feasible, to enhance and expand services for juveniles in its care.

YMCA 

1608 North Washington Street
Bismarck, ND 
701-751-9707
Christy.cameron@bismarckymca.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Weekly or Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Sunday AM or PM
  • Age group served: All ages
  • Skills desired in volunteers: Coaching, event management, facilities maintenance, fund raising, mentoring, music, teaching, video communication, fitness/wellness therapy
  • Description of services: To express interest in our volunteer opportunities, begin by completing our volunteer registration online at https://bismarckymca.volunteermatters.org/register.The Y is a volunteer driven organization which offers many exciting opportunities for individuals and groups to give of their time in support of programs that directly benefit their community. From coaching youth sports, to working with seniors, leading specialty group fitness classes, organizing fundraising activities, serving at events and much more, the Y provides people in our community of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with free and discounted programs that promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. With your volunteer assistance, we can ensure everyone in our community is able to reach their full health and wellness potential. 

Youthworks 

217 W. Rosser
Bismarck, ND 
701-255-6909   
kekart@youthworksnd.org

  • Volunteer commitment: Weekly or Sporadically
  • Day/hours volunteers are needed: Monday-Friday PM
  • Age group served: High School
  • Skills desired in volunteers:  coaching, conflict resolution, decision making, event management, mentoring, music, teaching
  • Description of services: Youthworks helps runaway, homeless, trafficked, street youth work to build healthy relationships by building on a young person's strengths and supporting their development. Youthworks provides counseling, case management, mentoring, groups, and other supportive services to help youth thrive.

Get Involved with Mission for Life

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