St. Olaf

St. Olaf’s is committed to providing students with an affordable education. One way to do that is by offering merit scholarships (from $2,000-$24,000 per year) in academics, the fine arts, and service leadership. St. Olaf’s meets 100% of demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. Our need-based financial aid awards use scholarships, grants, student employment, and a reasonable level of student loans to make a St. Olaf education attainable for every qualified student. Nearly 90% of our students receive financial aid or scholarships, and we extend need-based aid to international students as well.

St. Olaf shares families’ concerns about incurring student debt. In order to help students graduate with manageable debt, They began this fall to increase grants and reduce the loans used to meet demonstrated need.


Volunteer Opportunities

Lincoln Children’s Museum
Contact: Rachel Herm
(402) 477-4000 ext. 105
Candyhouse Funshop! – December 5th-20th
Join us for some fun holiday activities! We have sessions throughout the day and are looking for at least 6 fun, festive helpers for each shift! You will be helping greet guests, guide activities, keeping things clean and tidy!
Thursdays: 9:30 – 12pm & 4:30 – 8pm
Saturdays: 9:30 – 1pm & 1-5pm
Sundays: 12:30 – 5pm

Friendship Home
Contact: Dani Jurgens
(402) 437-9367
Thanksgiving Meal
Every year we like to provide a nice Thanksgiving meal for the families staying at Friendship Home’s emergency shelter. We have 25 women in children in our shelter and are looking for some assistance. Do you and some friends want to get together and cook a meal for these families? Or would it be easier for you and some coworkers to gather the necessary items for the families to cook themselves?

Project Linus Nebraska – Lincoln Chapter
Contact: Judy Robins
(402) 261-5168
Quilters, Crocheters, Knitters
– Provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteers.
-Provides a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups.
– Provides blankets to children ages 0-18 years of age. All sizes of quilts and afghans are appreciated.

Lux Center for the Arts
Contact: Lindsey Clausen
(402) 466-8692
Cleaning Assistant – Assist in the general cleaning and maintenance of the LUX Center. Tasks may include: taking out the trash, refilling paper towel dispenser, refilling soap dispenser, stocking toilet paper, wiping down sinks, sweeping floors, mopping, dusting, and other tasks as needed. Weekly or biweekly schedule is preferred.

Pioneers Park Nature Center
Contact: Jamie Kelley
(402) 441-8708
Group Volunteers
Projects for groups of volunteers are often available. Contact the Nature Center to learn more. The Nature Center is greatly assisted and enriched by its volunteers. In return, volunteers meet staff and other volunteers who enjoy nature and who care about the earth and about wildlife.
On-Call Volunteers
Let us know if you’d like to be included on our list of on-call volunteers. These volunteers typically help with as-needed tasks that included staffing buildings, help with mailings or other priority projects.
Special Events
The Nature Center sponsors several special events. These could not be presented without volunteer help. They give volunteers an opportunity to give assistance with a one-time-only commitment. Events include the Wild Adventure (April), Herb Festival (summer) Prairie Jazz Festival (August), Wild Fall Festival (September) and the Prairie Run (November).

Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful
Contact: Adam Rhoads
Storm Water Awareness Program
Volunteers mark storm drains with “no dumping” emblems and distribute educational material to households.
International Coastal Cleanup
The International Coastal Cleanup program needs volunteers to help keep our local waterways clean, healthy, and safe by taking part in stream cleanups this September and October. The primary focus is to target areas in and around lakes and streams. Volunteers fill out a data card to record the amount and types of litter collected. All of the supplies needed for these cleanups are provided by KLLCB.

Tabitha Healthcare Services
Contact: Deb VanDyke-Ries
(402) 486-8563
Friendly Visitor – Provide companionship with a resident by chatting, playing a game, helping them read their mail or newspaper. Share your creative side by doing crafts or putting puzzles together. This is a great way to learn about and make new friends with elders. Other opportunities at Tabitha include: Beauty Shop Escort, BINGO Hosts, Meals on Wheels, Nail Polisher, Print Shop, Reception and Gift Shop Volunteers needed!

Clyde Malone Community Center
Contact: Nate Woods
(402) 474-1110
Tutoring Youth – Looking for a dedicated person to tutor and build relationships with young people ages 5 to 11. Pick a day Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Go to our website at to fill out an easy two page application and get it to us and we will handle the rest.

Food Bank of Lincoln
Contact: Kim Miller
(402) 466-8170 ext. 121
Food Sorting Volunteers – This is a great activity for youth, corporate or church groups. Volunteers needed to sort and package food. Groups of 6-10 are preferred. Check us out online under how to help! Please call with any questions, Kim Miller 402-466-8170 ext.121

University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History
Contact: Sarah Feit
(402) 472-8899
Sunday with a Scientist: Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlight the work of scientists, while educating kids and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Volunteers are needed to greet museum visitors and to help hand out evaluations after the event. Sundays with a Scientist typically takes place from 1:30-4:30 pm at Morrill Hall on the third Sunday of each month.

Center for People in Need
Contact: Barb Solomon
(402) 476-4357 ext. 217
Household Goods Organizer – Truckloads of Help – We receive semi-truck loads of good each month that then need to be sorted and stored in our warehouse until we distribute them to agencies and low income clients. Volunteers are needed to help with this sorting and are welcome any time between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Food Distribution – Neighborhood Food Distribution Program Volunteers are needed to help set up, distribute food and clean-up sites when done. Distribution sites are F Street Community Center, 1225 F St, Air Park Recreation Center, 3720 NW 46th St, Malone Community Center, 2032 U St, Oak Lake Evangelical Free Church, 3300 N 1st St and The Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St. Days and times vary, contact Vickie for a schedule.

Lutheran Family Services
Contact: Dana Moyer
(402) 978-5665
Support Group Childcare – If you enjoy spending time with children, we could use your help during our Lincoln post-adoption support groups. Volunteers are needed to work with children while parents and guardianship parents of adopted children attend a support group at our facility in Lincoln. This position allows parents to attend support group and have the peace of mind their children are being well taken care of.
Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month from 6-7:30 PM.

Gateway Vista
Contact: Justin
(402) 467-0228
Activity Volunteer – Provide meaningful life interactions for our independent, assisted living, rehabilitation and skilled nursing residents through a variety of different outlets including:
• Playing games (cards, bingo, board games)
• Assist with 1 on 1 activities (reading to resident, chatting)
• Assist on outings (to museums, baseball games)

Nebraska Community Blood Bank
Contact: Rachel Barth
(402) 486-9412
Volunteer tasks include offering juice, water, cookies and snacks to volunteer blood donors who have just donated or are waiting to donate blood. Maintain donor cafe cleanliness, replace cookies, be able to carry on conversation with volunteer donors and remind donors to fill out NCBB evaluation forms or campaign registrations. Visually monitor health of donors. Call for help if a medical problem occurs along with helping support a donor in a cafe chair. Must be 17 or older. The following locations and days are available:
Wednesday afternoon Canteen Host – 26th and Kensington – (4900 North 26th Street) from 12 to 6 (hours flexible) every Wednesday.
Thursday morning Donor Center Canteen Host/ 16th & Pine Lake – (1631 Pine Lake Road) from 9:30 to 1:00 every Thursday.
Saturday Morning Canteen Host – 26th & Kensington – (4900 North 26th Street) from 9 to 12 (hours flexible) every Saturday.

Lincoln Bike Kitchen
Contact: Kyle
(402) 915-2453
Bicycle Shop Mechanic – Help by getting bikes ready to be adopted by children. All skill levels are welcomed, from beginners to experienced shop hands. Sun. 12-4 pm; Mon. 5-9 pm. 1635 S. 1st St. (1st & west A).

Boys and Girls Club – Park Middle School
Contact: Brent or Andy
(402) 477-4134
Help with after school program – M-F 4-7 pm; Tues. 3-7 pm. Volunteers could also partake in helping clean and/or organize the facility. Fill out application –

Cause for Paws
Contact: Jane or Sue
(402) 420-5758
Boutique Help Needed – Cause for Paws is a “boutique for cheap” that turns donated, gently used women’s clothing, décor, furniture and more into cash donations for local animal charities and causes. Assist shoppers with purchases, accept items from donors, prepare them for display and keep the boutique looking good. A passion for providing exceptional, personal customer service is required; those with marketing and/or retail experience are especially desired. Training is provided; store is open Mon.-Sat. from 10-5, Thurs., from 10-6.

Macie’s Place Thrift

Thrift Store – 2601 N. 47th (48th & Leighton)
Sort clothing/yard work.
Susanne 601-1773
Kristin Ondrack 440-9929
Tues-Fri 10-5 Sat. 10-2

Contact: Chelsea Wittgren
(402) 904-3254
Teen Court Volunteer– CEDARS Teen Court program is currently accepting student and adult volunteers to help during teen court sessions. Teen Court works to determine creative sentencing for adolescent youth who are on Diversion for first-time, non-violent, criminal offenses. Student volunteers are welcome, and must be at least 16 years old. Lincoln Public School “GoPo” hours are accepted. Students will act as members of the court to help determine consequences for criminal behavior. This is a fun, interesting opportunity to serve with other students, contribute to a good cause and help out fellow teenagers. All volunteers must complete a 2-hour orientation, and be available on Thurs. afternoons from 4:15-6:00pm.

Mad Dads
Contact: Rev. Coleman or Jeremiah
Bike repair – bikes given to kids who need one
5610 Seward Ave. (56th & Fremont)
Tues-Sat. 9-2

Distribution Days: Call Dan for assistance getting set up – 402-435-2100
• Thurs. 4-7 pm – St. Paul United Church of Christ, 1302 F St. – ask for Rodney
• Sat. morning 9 am-12 noon First Street Bible Church 1st & F St. – ask for Leah
• Tues. 9:30 am-5 pm, Havelock Methodist Church 4140 N. 60th St. – ask for Suzette
• Sat. 11:30 am, St. Mary’s Catholic church 14th & K St. – ask for Kathy
• Tues. 2-6 pm, Church of Christ N. 1st & Adams St. – ask for Gini

The Bay Skate Park
Contact: Shayne
Indoor Skate Park located at 2005 Y St.
Help clean and organize, along with other misc. tasks. Everyday 7-9 pm.
Food distribution – every 2nd Saturday of the month – 11am & Mondays 12-5 pm

Capital Humane Society
Contact: Charlene Engberg
(402) 441-4483
2320 Park Blvd.
General Volunteer – Help with general cleaning around shelter such as sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry, yard work, etc. Orientation required. Go to for orientation schedule.

Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Workshop

Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Workshop
Sign-Up in Counseling Center

Tuesday, November 17th * PLC Time * B118 Forum
Anders Peterson (EducationQuest)

Dr. Kellie Pickett (Director of Scholarships at Susan T. Buffett Foundation)
The Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation
Bring Tax Info, Parent(s)’ Age(s) & Marital Status

  • For Students Who Meet Criteria to Apply for the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship
  • The Foundation scholarships every year for approximately 1,000 Nebraska residents with financial need
  • Learn how to complete he application process including deadlines, letters of recommendation, etc.