Ruth's House



We love our volunteers!

For the security of our residents, all volunteers who help at our facilities are required to complete a background check. To become a volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form and return it to Ruth’s House staff.

Volunteer Application Form

Our volunteers make our work possible. Check out our Volunteer Spotlight to read about a person or group who has really made a difference for Ruth’s House!

Volunteer Spotlight

Ruth’s House would love to have you or your group volunteer with us. Our ability to offer help and hope is made possible by the contributions of our many volunteers, who together give about 4,000 hours each year to support our work and our residents.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Childcare Volunteers  Come play with the kids while their moms attend weekly meetings and classes. Short shifts available Wednesday evenings, once a month on Sunday afternoons, and  Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Maintenance – Our shelter home was built in 1890. With an old, historic home comes the need for routine maintenance. We could use help changing out the lights, routine fixes on things like leaky faucets. If you’re a handyman by trade or just because you enjoy it, we could use your help.
  • Computer Wiz – We don’t have an IT person we can call when our computers are down, or when our printer stops working. We are the IT people. Often times we run into situations, like both of the aforementioned, which set us back because we need to figure out the issues internally. We’d be so grateful for someone to help us when we run into an issues like these.
  • Front Desk Receptionist – Love helping others and have availability during weekdays? We are looking for front desk receptionists to help out at the shelter answering doors and phones and logging donations.
  • Contractor  or Handy Person – We are looking for contractors to help with needed repairs at the shelter for a variety of projects. Know how to fix a bicycle or lay tile or install carpet? Help with lawn care or landscaping? Consider volunteering at Ruth’s House.
  • Graphic Design – Have graphic design skills, or technical know-how? We could always use your help!

Thank you and please stay posted each week for ways you can offer support!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

  • *Ruth’s House has many opportunities for student internships, service learning groups, job-shadowing and volunteer hours.  We welcome you to contact us about an opportunity that fits your interests!
  • Standing Committee Volunteers: Building Committee, Fundraising Committee, and Gala Committee.
  • *Provide child care for residents who are working or attending classes.
  • *Provide transportation to help residents get to appointments.
  • Graphic Design or IT Support  Help with the design of our four-page newsletter, with flyers for our fundraisers, or with miscellaneous marketing materials.
  • Handyperson for odd jobs that we can call to help with little projects like checking bike tires, replacing faucet washers, etc.

Get Involved

For information regarding volunteer opportunities please contact Suzzanne at or call 507-334-5043.


Volunteer Spotlight

2020 Gala Committee

volunteer of the month photo

Our volunteer spotlight is on our 2020 Gala Committee. A Sincere Thank You to the Gala Committee for sharing your time, talent and creativeness in making this event a wonderful success. You are amazing!

Back Row, Left to Right: Suzzanne Fox, Brooke Vargason, Cassandra Cook-Quarry: Coordinator, Joyce Elsen, Ruth Hildebrandt, Jeanne Ullian, Isabell O'Connor, Chuck Budde
Front Row, Left to Right: Rose Leifeld-Brennan, Brenna Gardner, Casi Cross, Sherri Snow, Kari Boldt, Michelle Simpson, Sue Rodman, Ruth Hickey (not pictured)

Past Volunteers

Other Ways to Help

In addition to volunteering your time and talents, you can help Ruth’s House in many other ways:

  • Donate house supplies (current list available here and published periodically in the Faribault Daily News and Northfield News).
  • Attend our annual Hearts Gala on February 8, 2020, and consider making a donation to the silent, live and dessert auctions.
  • Pray and meditate for the mission of Ruth’s House and the well-being of the families we serve.
  • You can always make a difference with a financial contribution.