Volunteers are important members of our community. Each year we welcome hundreds of volunteers from across the country who provide excellent person-centered care for our campers. If you’re seeking a challenging opportunity to develop and grow in partnership with our campers join us at True Friends!
Youth Volunteering (ages 14-17)
Young Leaders Tier One Volunteering – Summer Camp (ages 14-16)
Our Young Leaders Tier One Volunteer program is an entry level program designed for youth with limited or no experince working with people with disabilities.
This program operates at Camp Friendship in Annandale Minnesota from June – August.
Young Leaders Tier Two Volunteering -
Summer & Winter Camp (ages 16-17)
Our Young Leaders Tier Two Young Leaders Volunteer Program is designed for youth who have experience working with people with disabilities.
The Tier Two program operates at Camp Friendship in Annandale & Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie, Minnesota from June – August & December - January (during winter school break).
Weekend Respite Volunteering (ages 16 +)
Respite Volunteering - Year Round (ages 16 +)
Our popular Weekend Respite Volunteering program is designed for individuals who wish to contribute to the mission but can’t commit to a summer or winter program timeframe.
The Respite Volunteering program operates at Camp Friendship in Annandale, Camp Courage in Maple Lake & Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie Minnesota on alternating weekends.
Youth & Adult Program Volunteering (ages 16 +)
Program Volunteers - Summer & Winter (ages 14 +)
This program operates in conjunction with summer and winter camp at Camp Friendship and Camp Eden Wood only.
If you have a specific skill-set /interest in working with one of the many areas from arts & crafts, horse riding and boating to rock-wall climbing, fishing or archery, Program Volunteering is the right option for you
Shorter-commitment opportunities for adults
Some volunteers help for short periods of time. They help in areas such as:
· Office Support – filing, sorting, stuffing and mailing envelopes, developing spreadsheets
· Program – organizing supplies, working on flyers, projects and advertising.
· Housekeeping/Kitchen –dishes and preparing meals, helping clean areas around camp.
Group, Church & Corporate Volunteering (ages 14 +)
Youth, church congregation and general community partnership group volunteering opportunities are available at all camp locations year-round.
Corporate volunteering and human resource team-building group volunteer projects are seasonally available at all locations.
All projects can be tailored to meet the group’s goal and groups can be sized 5–100+ individuals. Please contact the Volunteer Services Department for more information or to book your group volunteering opportunity: 952-852-0113.
Designed for adults with medical experience and/or training. The program allows volunteers the opportunity to assist the Health Care department on a short, mid or long-term basis with summer, winter & respite programming. Remote on-call support is also available for potential volunteers with less flexible schedules. True Friends began hosting the Nursing and Health Care Aide Volunteer program beginning May 2013.
Nurse or Health and Medication Aide - available at all Locations
Description: We are seeking Registered Nurses (RN’s), Health Care Aides (HCA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs) to assist the health care department. This will include medical check-in and check-out of campers and staff, setting up and passing medication daily and providing remote on-call support for the program team.
Short-term opportunities exist with various programs. Participants can volunteer for a few hours during medical check-in on Friday evenings and with medical check-out on Sunday afternoons during multiple weekends throughout the year. During the Summer Camp Program, participants can aid with check-in on Sunday afternoons and check-out on Friday afternoons.
Mid-term opportunities are available with the year round Respite Care Camp program, Summer Camp program (June – Aug) and Winter Camp program (operating during winter school break). Mid-term participants volunteer their services from Friday 5pm - Sunday5pm.
Long-term opportunities are also available with the Summer Camp program and participants would have the opportunity to volunteer their services for one week (Sunday 11:30am - Friday 5pm) to ten weeks.
On-call support is needed on a weekly basis beginning Friday 5pm and ending Sunday5pm. As an on-call support, you would offer remote assistance to the program team working with the Respite Care program.
Horse Riding & Farm Volunteering (ages 14 +)
True Strides is a therapeutic horseback riding program that provides all ages with fun and safe horsemanship opportunities.
We are looking for volunteers to assist in providing a safe and memorable horse experience. Read more
Application Process & Volunteer Calendar
Begin the application process by submitting an online application.
If you want to know more about the application and reviewing process click here.
Volunteer Orientation & Training Resources (for accepted volunteers only)
All accepted volunteers must review the Volunteer Handbook prior to their first day of training with True Friends. This will provide you with a more in-depth understanding of your role, the organization and its policies.
True Friends orientation modules are intended for respite volunteers who are already accepted into the program.
The modules provide important information about our programs, campers and your responsibilities. The training takes about 20 minutes to complete.
After you complete module five, take the test to show that you have completed orientation. Tests will automatically be emailed to the Volunteer Services Department. This must be completed prior to camp arrival.