Mentors Needed in Robbinsdale and New Hope

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Simpson Housing Services, Inc.

Male mentor

**Please note: we are accepting applications and completing interviews, but volunteers will not be trained on positions until after the COVID-19 disruption is over. Due to the fluidity of the situation, it is difficult to know when that will be. Thank you for understanding.**

We have two awesome opportunities for residents of Robbinsdale and New Hope to mentor a child living in their community. We invite you to become a champion for a child!

Middle School Mentor
Mentors are matched one-to-one with a 5th to 8th grade student and commit to meeting weekly (approximatley 3 visits/month throughout the year.) As a mentor you will plan activities with your mentee ranging from going out for ice cream to volunteering together. Free/discounted tickets to community events and activities are provided. Group outings or trainings will be offered approximately every other month.
Commitment: Share time with the student 3-4 ties per month (flexible with your schedule) for one school year.

Literacy Mentor
Mentors are matched one-to-one with a Kindergarten - 5th grade student and commit to meeting weekly for a literacy tutoring sesson (3 visits/month minimum) and a monthly field trip outing for the school year. Mentors are given prepared lessons based on the students' reading level, interests, and the monthly outing destination. Lessons take place at a library near the student's home. Mentors provide transportation for the student to and from the library and schedule their sessions directly with the parent.
Commitment: 1 hour per week (flexible with your schedule) and one Saturday per month for a field trip for one school year.

Why Mentor?
"I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. It’s important to have adults in children’s lives - adults they can trust. You learn what a difference you’ll make for a child - and for yourself." - Mallory, Simpson volunteer literacy mentor. Read Mallory's story here.

Learn about mentoring from a child’s perspective by watching these video stories:

  • Danaeh’s experience with her mentor:
  • Delphin’s experience with his mentor:

Get Started
You are welcome to attend an upcoming Intro Session to learn more about these volunteer opportunities. From there you can choose the volunteer opportunity that is the best for you.

  • Thursday, September 19th, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | RSVP at
  • Saturday, September 28 th, 9:30 AM - 11 AM | RSVP at
  • Tuesday, October 1 st, 5:30 PM - 7 PM | RSVP at

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About Simpson Housing Services, Inc.


2100 Pillsbury Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404, US

Mission Statement

To house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.


We know that with close, individual advocacy and support, men, women and families experiencing homelessness achieve housing stability.

We are committed to Housing First: house people quickly, then provide services as needed.

We operate over 20 programs for three distinct groups of participants:

  • shelter programs for single adults without children
  • housing programs for single adults without children
  • housing programs for families with children
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


6401 42nd Ave NCrystal, MN 55427



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors commit to volunteering for one school year with a student.

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