Dakota County, MN


Welcome to Dakota County Volunteers


Dakota County offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups wishing to share their talents and time volunteering in Dakota County.

Searching - If you are interested to see what opportunities are currently offered through Dakota County, use the search engine on the left-hand side of the screen to browse through what we have to offer.

Signing Up -In order to ensure high quality opportunities to our volunteers, we ask that each person register and create a volunteer account. Registration tabs will be located on the upper right-hand side or very bottom of the opportunity page.

Why an account? - It allows our volunteers to get all of the necessary documents, establish emergency contacts, and consent to forms that we need to have on file. When you arrive at an event, you just check in and are ready to go. No hassle, no worries. 

Please allow 1-2 business days for your application to process through our system.


Benefits of Volunteering for Dakota County

  • Fulfillment of taking part in the larger community
  • Hours can be used for work, school, and program credits
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Receive updates and notifications about new opportunities
  • Service awards and recognition

Safe and Secure

We take pride in making sure our volunteers are safe, onsite and online. We spare no expense in making sure that our database is safe and secure so that you can have peace of mind when providing us with your personal information.

  • All data is encrypted in transit over the internet from computer to computer
  • Passwords encrypted
  • 24x7x365 server monitoring for intrusion attempts and prevention
  • Data housed in a CSAE4316 certified environment
  • 8 year up-time of 99.987% (99.997% over the past three years)

Need Help?

Below you will find step by step walk-throughs and video tutorials of some of the most commonly asked questions about the volunteer database.

Setting Up An Account

Reset a Lost/Forgotten Password

Searching and Signing Up for an Opportunity

Withdraw from an Opportunity or Shift

Confirming My Participation/Checking Your Schedule

Log Hours and Feedback

Update Your Contact Info

Add Assignments to Your Google, Outlook Calendars

Set Up a Weekly Schedule Reminder

If you have additional questions, please contact Garrett Zaffke, County Volunteer Coordinator, at 651-438-4635 or garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us


Looking For Internships?

Several departments in Dakota County provide internships for students pursuing an education in a related field. Through these placements, students receive valuable training while completing internship requirements and providing public service to the community. Most internships through Dakota County are unpaid.

To determine if your internship requirements can be met with a placement at Dakota County, please contact the County Volunteer Coordinator, Garrett Zaffke.


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