Whether you completed your Hands for Change event during Orientation Week or are getting ready for graduation, it is never too late to extend a hand and begin to BREW (Become Responsibly Engaged in the World) in the community.

BREWing begins on Concordia’s campus and it is up to you to help serve the greater community. By sharing your gifts, you are able to connect with others, challenge yourself, expand your global understanding, and grow in your character.

If making an impact in your community has been on your do-to list, check out these opportunities to volunteer in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Exhibit at Hjemkomst Center

Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County

Located along the Red River in Moorhead, the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County preserves the rich history of the county where you now reside. With an expansive collection of archives, exhibitions, and events, there is always something new to see or experience. If you consider yourself a history buff, the HCSCC is always looking for volunteers to help run their admissions desk, assist in the gift shop, or help set up larger events such as the Midwest Viking Festival. The society also offers various internship opportunities for area college students that can count for course credit.

Churches United exterior

Churches United for the Homeless

Located in north Moorhead, Churches United for the Homeless serves as a shelter, support, and case management services for area men, women, and children in need of secure and safe housing. Established in 1987, Churches United has been empowering at-risk community members for more than 30 years. Duties of volunteers vary, but the organization is always in need of those to help serve meals in the kitchen and organize clothing and household donations for the thrift store.

YWCA Shelter exterior


The YWCA Cass Clay offers one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities. The YWCA in Fargo is a support organization with a mission to help women and children secure safe housing and healthcare. Group volunteer opportunities range from preparing dinner for families at the shelter, doing yardwork, and planning special activities for women and children. Individual volunteer opportunities range from assisting in the study buddy mentorship program, becoming a child care assistant, or sorting and organizing donations.

Cobbers packing items at food bank

Great Plains Food Bank

If providing healthy food to the Fargo-Moorhead area and surrounding community is something you are passionate about, consider volunteering at the Great Plains Food Bank. The food bank is looking for volunteers to sort, label, and repack donated bulk foods, along with helping to assemble boxes and bags for special programs, provide administrative support, and assist during special events. If you would like to volunteer with a group of friends, this is a great opportunity.

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities related to your major or career goals, talk to your faculty advisor or the Career Center about field-specific options.