Welcome to Dakota County Volunteers
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an illness, like the flu, that can spread from person-to-person. There is no vaccine for the virus, so people should take steps to protect themselves. Click here to learn more about coronavirus.
Looking to help during this unprecedented time? We ask that our volunteers take the proper steps to minimize contact with others and to reduce the spread of germs by frequently washing your hands, wearing a face mask, and practicing proper social distancing (6 feet of space) when volunteering with us. Additional information and procedures may be provided by county staff to keep you and others during your volunteer opportunity.
You can also join the Dakota County Medical Reserve Corps. MRCs are the first volunteer unit Dakota County calls upon in times of emergencies. Find more information and register by clicking here.
Dakota County offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups wishing to share their talents and time volunteering in Dakota County. We pride ourselves in offering a robust program that offers our communities the chance to share their skills, expertise, and passion to enhance the quality and variety of services offered to our residents.
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)
Below you will find step by step walk-throughs and video tutorials of some of the most commonly asked questions about the volunteer database.
If you have additional questions, please contact Garrett Zaffke, County Volunteer Coordinator, at 651-438-4635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.