Fostering a culture of volunteerism is an important part of Vision 2020's work.  Austin is full of thoughtful, passionate people looking to make a difference, and there are many opportunities out there to get involved.  Whether you help out with a Vision 2020 project or work with any of the other great organizations in town, we thank you for playing a part in building a stronger community.

Please take a look at the following opportunities and consider giving whatever time or resources are appropriate for you.  If your organization would like to be included on this listing, please send a message to

Science Fair Mentoring Project

The Science Fair Mentoring Project is getting ready to start its third year of assisting Austin Elementary School students in participating in the science fair.  To serve more students, more mentors are needed and no scientific degrees are required to help!  If you'd like to learn more about this exciting and impactful program, email, check out their Facebook page and new website.

Common Good Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona.  RSVP links individuals over the age of 55 with organizations or projects which can use their life-long wisdom and experiences to help meet critical community needs. RSVP will take your individual skills, interests, and availability to connect you with a mission you feel passionate about.  RSVP volunteers provide services to frail seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low income individuals.  Services can be related to food delivery, transportation, companionship, respite, food pantry support, access to affordable food, home repair, affordable housing, and tutoring or educational assistance in elementary schools.  

RSVP has partnered with several local organizations in Mower County to provide volunteers with supportive benefits at no cost to the organization or the volunteer.  These benefits include mileage reimbursement, supplemental accident and liability insurance, and ongoing support and recognition.  To find out how you can make a difference in your community, contact Michael Maas, Common Good RSVP Regional Coordinator at (507) 450-1518, or email at

Volunteer Opportunities with RSVP partner organizations in Mower County include the following: Hot Meals on Wheels, Semcac Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, Freeborn/Mower Habitat for Humanity, Mower County Seniors, Bone Builders Exercise Program, Le Roy Area Food Shelf, Banfield Elementary School, Southgate Elementary School, and Neveln Elementary School.

Austin Salvation Army

Front Desk Attendant - We are looking for a volunteer to use for fill-in work at our front desk.  This person must be available Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1-4pm.  Tasks will include answering/transferring phone calls, helping people at the front desk, and assisting with the free shelf.  If interested, please come to the Salvation Army, 409 1 Ave NE, and ask for Stacy. 

Food Shelf Attendant - We are looking for a volunteer to fill-in working in our food pantry.  Days/hours may vary Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 9-noon and 1-4.  Duties will include filling food shelf orders and stocking shelves in our food shelf room.  If interested, please come to the Salvation Army, 409 1 Ave NE, and ask for Stacy.