Community Organizations

 


The Greater Mankato Area is full of dedicated organizations and people that work diligently to improve our community. With all the opportunities to get involved there is something for everyone. If you want to get involved please contact one the following organizations.

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Volunteer today!  The Greater Mankato Area United Way makes it easy for community members to search for and get connected to volunteer opportunities.  It's also easy for community organizations to post their volunteer opportunities online to help find the volunteers they need. 

Arts & Culture


Arts Guilds
Carnegie Art Center | 120 S Broad Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.2730

Twin Rivers Center for the Arts | 523 S Second Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.1008

Enriches and strengthens our communities by celebrating, supporting and promoting regional arts and culture.

History
Betsy-Tacy Society | P.O. Box 94, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.9777

Preserves Maud Hart Lovelace's legacy and her work, encourages and supports literacy and conserving historic landmarks.

Blue Earth County Historical Society | 415 Cherry Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.5566

Collects, preserves and promotes the history of Blue Earth County for present and future generations.

Nicollet County Historical Society | 1851 N Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082 | 507.934.2160

Interprets the rich history of our county, the Minnesota River Valley and our state.

Music
Bothy Folk Club | 722 Ferry Street, Le Sueur, MN 56058 | 507.665.6678

Mankato 77 Lancers | 110 Fulton St , Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.5501

Teaches life lessons while pursuing excellencein the ultimate team sport of music in motion. 

Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra | P.O. Box 4311, Mankato, MN 56002-4311 | 507.344.7372

Mankato Area Riverblenders Chorus | 1208 Rockbend Parkway, St. Peter, MN 56082 | 507.934.2372

Enables performers to better themselves while serving their fellow community.

Mankato Children's Chorus | 518 Capitol Drive, St. Peter, MN 56082 | 507.934.4550

Dedicated to providing an opportunity for youth in grades 1-12 to experience the joy of singing while developing healthy vocal techniques.

Mankato Community Handbell Ensemble | 2101 Fair Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.340.7678

Challenging ourselves to ring well by growing musically and having fun.  To provide positive entertainment, appreciation for and education about handbells.

Mankato Symphony Orchestra | P.O. Box 645, Mankato, MN 56002-0645 | 507.625.8880

Celebrates classical music through public presentation, promoting arts education by introducing children of our community to the wonders of orchestral and choral music, making such music accessible to all residents and contributing vital energy to regional economic development and cultural tourism.

MN Valley Chorale | P.O. Box 5134, Mankato, MN 56002 | 507. 387.1008

MN Valley Sweet Adelines | 1566 Meyer Lane, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.388.6148

Musicorum | 800 West College Avenue, Box A9, St. Peter, MN 56082 | 507.625.1357

Brings high quality a-capeela music to the Southern Minnesota region.

Quilting
Deep Valley Quilters Guild | 437 Woodhaven Lane, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.7134

Teaches and nurtures a love and appreciation for the art and history of quilting.

Theater
MN State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance | 201 Performing Arts Center, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.389.2118

Merely Players Community Theatre | P.O. Box 3637, Mankato, MN 56002-3637 | 507.388.5483

Provides opportunities for participation in the dramatic arts.

 

Community Service


American Red Cross | 105 Homestead Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.6664
Provides relief to victims of disaster and helps individuals prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Catholic Charities | 816 Hubbell Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.5586

Offers social and family services to the twenty southernmost counties in MN.
Council of Local Organizations for Volunteer Enhancement (CLOVE) | P.O. Box 4072, Mankato, MN 56002-4072 | 507.345.0622
Provides support and encouragement of volunteerism, general education and awareness of volunteerism and acts as a network of leaders of volunteer programs.
Community Assistance for Refugees, Inc. | 110 Fulton Street, Suite 255, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.8585

Assists refugees and immigrants to overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
E.C.H.O. Food Shelf | 614 North Second Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.7508
Coordinates Blue Earth County and North Mankato community members' efforts in sharing food with each other in times of need.
Feeding Our Community Partnership FOCP| P.O. Box 5275 Mankato, MN 56002 • 507-381-4348

Greater Mankato Area United Way | 101 North Second Street, Mankato, MN | 507.345.4551

Shares resources to meet the human service needs of our community.
Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota | 1751 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.2081
Provides housing to south central Minnesotans.
Holiday Sharing Tree | P.O. Box 4261, Mankato, MN 56002-4261 | 507.382.5073

Provides gifts to the underprivileged in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.
Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato | P.O. Box 1090, Mankato, MN 56002-1090

Educates students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential programs.
Mankato Area Healthy Youth | 110 Fulton Street, Room 255, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.8585

Engages the community in positive youth development through evaluation, promotion and education.
Mankato Family YMCA | 1401 S Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.8255
March of Dimes | 107 North Second Street, Suite 103, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.6342
Improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Salvation Army | 700 South Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.7840
Meets human needs in his name without discrimination.
Southern MN Advocates | 1961 Premier Drive Suite 100, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.385.6646 |

Works with elected officials and strengthens the region to further enhance the region’s economy, as well as the living environment for the area residents.
Veterans Service Office | P.O. Box 8608 | Mankato, MN 56002-8608 | 507.304.4246
 

 

Foundations


Educare Foundation | P.O. Box 241, Mankato, MN 56002-0241 | 507.387.1868
Provides financial support to Mankato Area Public Schools beyond the normal operating budget for programs and activities that will enhance educational opportunities for all students.
The Scholar Foundation/Loyola Catholic School | 145 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.0617

Supports Loyola Catholic School through its Endowment Program.
Mankato Area Foundation | 220 East Main Street, Suite 5, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.389.4583

Connects philanthropic interests with community needs.
South Central College-Mankato Campus Foundation | 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.389.7342
Obtains, manages and allocates contributions to support  the college's mission of providing comprehensive higher education for employment and continuous learning.
Southern MN Initiative Foundation | 525 Florence Avenue, Owatonna, MN 55060 | 507.455.3215

 

 

Health & Wellness


Alzheimer’s Association | 1001 14th Street NW #800, Rochester MN 55901 | 507.289.3950

Improves the lives of all individuals, families, and care partners throughout their journey with Alzheimer’s and related diseases by providing  help and hope through support, education, advocacy and research.
American Cancer Society | 882 Seventh Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 | 507.424.4601
Focuses on preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
Blue Earth County Community Health Services | 410 South Fifth Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.304.4372
Blue Earth County Second Step Clubhouse | 121 East Main Street, Suite 100, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.304.4414
Supports adults with a serious and persistent mental illness, so they can improve or maintain their quality of life.
Blue Earth/Nicollet County MADD | 408 Allan Avenue, Apt. 10, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.625.1159
Child Care Resource & Referral | 101 N. 2nd Street, Suite 105, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.389.1716
Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) | P.O. Box 466, Mankato, MN 56002-0466 | 507.625.3966
Provides emergency shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We offer emergency shelter, 24 hr crisis intervention and advocacy.
Harry Meyering Center | 109 Homestead Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.8281

Supports and facilitates meaningful lifestyles for the people.
House of Hope, Inc. | 1429 Third Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.385.7601

Provides rehabilitation, education and support in a safe, chemical-free environment to adults who desire and are striving to rebuild their lives free of alcohol and other drugs abuse.
LEEP | 929 North Fourth Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.5122
Provides recreational and leisure opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
Life-Work Planning Center | 201 North Broad Street, Suite 100, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.1577

Increasing the self-sufficiency of women and their families. The agency provides pre-employment services to displaced homemakers and other women in transition who are entering or (re-entering) the workforce.
Lifeworks Services | 1804 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.625.7522
Serves our community and people with disabilities as we live and work together.
Light for Life Foundation/Yellow Ribbon | 360 Pierce Avenue, Suite 209, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.387.5020

Educates, supports and advocates for the prevention of suicide.
LivingLinks | 1230 North River Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.8590
Works together with people facing independent living challenges to achieve their goals and dreams.
March of Dimes | 107 North Second Street, Suite 103, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.6342
Improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Mankato Area Smoke Free Coalition | P.O. Box 2252, Mankato, MN 56002-2252 | 507.381.8257
Mayo Clinic Health System | P.O. Box 8673, Mankato, MN 56002-8673 | 507.389.4611
Mental Health Association of MN | 2021 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413 | 612.331.6840
MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) | 416 North 5th Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.993.7775 

Eliminates birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected.
MRCI Worksource, Inc. | 15 Map Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.386.5600

Creates innovative and genuine opportunities for people with disabilities or disadvantages to support their community participation.
One Bright Star | P.O. Box 1084, Mankato, MN 56002-1084 | 507.345.1920
Region Nine Child Care | 101 N. Second Street, Suite 105, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.389.1716
Riverbend Striders Volksmarch Club |1709 Linda Lane, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.625.5375
Promotes the benefits of health and physical fitness for people of all ages by sponsoring non-competitive sports events in safe, stress free environments.
Rural AIDS Action Network | 105 Homestead Road, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.1011

Offers HIV testing, counseling for partners of HIV-positive people, case management and other support services for people affected by or at risk for HIV.
S.M.I.L.E.S. | 709 South Front Street, Suite 7, Mankato, MN 56001-3804 | 507.345.7139

Provides a wide array of services that assist individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals and enjoy the same opportunities and choices as all persons.
The Arc of Minnesota Southwest | 709 South Front Street, Suite 3, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.4223

Provides a brighter, more inclusive future for people with developmental disabilities, so everyone can live full and complete lives as valued and engaged members of MN communities.
The Miracle League of North Mankato | 28605 Hub Lane, Madison Lake, MN 56063 | 507.304.1526

Has a state-of-the-art accessible baseball and softball field for persons with disabilities to enjoy.
Theresa House Shelter & Transitional Housing | 512 East Mulberry Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.1664

Provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, as well as assistance in meeting basic needs and accessing area social services for single women and families.

 

 

Hobbies


Mankato Toastmasters Club | 1850 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.7691
Develops communication and leadership skills through speaking, listening and thinking, with a supportive environment that benefits everyone from new to experienced speakers.
Mankato Area Radio Club, Inc | 105 Homestead Lane, Mankato, MN 56001

Enhances leadership skills through performing community service projects.
Key City Bald Eagles | 1640 Beaver Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.6276
Gathers those interested in remote-controlled airplanes.

 

Parenting


Mankato Area Solo Parents & Singles | P.O. Box 1293, Mankato, MN 56002-1293 | 507.387.7180
Multiple Blessings of Mankato | P.O. Box 4234, Mankato, MN 56002-4234

Involves moms of twins, triplets and quadruplets, many of whom also have singletons.

 

 

Pets & Animals


Blue Earth-Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) | 1250 North River Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.6373
Key City Kennel Club | 47081 Linden Lane, Kasota, MN 56050 | 507.344.1159
Promotes the advancement of purebred dogs, conducting dog shows and trails under the rules of the American Kennel Club and educating the public in good dog stewardship.
Therapy Dogs International | 110 South Plaine View, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.2408
Provides qualified handlers and their Therapy Dogs for visitations to institutions, facilities and any other place where Therapy Dogs are needed.

 

Senior Services



Activity Centers

Summit Center managed by VINE Faith in Action | 518 South Fifth Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.5262

Coordinating volunteers and services to assist people with long term health needs or different life circumstances.

Assistance at Home

AT HOME | P.O. Box 4314, Mankato, MN 56002-4314 | 507.345.2985

Assisting our aging neighbors to live independently in their own homes for as long as safely possible with the help of neighborhood volunteers.

Senior Companion Program | Lutheran Social Services | 507.337.0382

Seniors and other adults who live in their own residences but require assistance, companionship and support from volunteers to remain independent.

Retirement Communities & Assisted Living Facilities

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Continuing Education

Mankato Area Lifelong Learners | 115 Wiecking Center, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.389.2011

Welcomes anyone 50 years or older who wishes to share the joys of learning and friendship in an informal setting. Special events and social activities provide opportunities to make new friends. Annual membership is $25 for one and $45 for a couple; tuition fees are $5 for each class with a maximum of $30 for one quarter (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Choose from approximately 12 classes each quarter. Find us on Facebook.

Day Centers

Pathstone Day Living | 222 Pfau Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.6506

Providing adults, 18 years and older, a unique place to participate in daily life. We engage our clients in a safe and secure setting during week day hours. Meaningful activities are a big part of the day and range from exercising to reminiscing. Nutritious meals and snacks are served. Extensive health and personal care services are available, including medication administration, health monitoring, incontinence care, bathing and foot care.

Information

Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging | 10 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507. 389.8869

The gateway to resources for older adults, caregivers and service providers in the twenty-seven counties of southwest Minnesota.

Senior Linkage Line | 1.800.333.2433

Helping with complex issues such as Medicare, prescription drug expense, health insurance, caregiver planning and support and long term care planning options.

Senior Link

Online access to statewide community resources for seniors, their families, and caregivers. The Senior Section of MinnesotaHelp.info will help seniors, their families, and caregivers focus on finding the help they need.

Living Facilities

For retirement communities click here

For assisted living facilities and nursing homes click here

Volunteer Opportunities

AT HOME | P.O. Box 4314, Mankato, MN 56002-4314 | 507.345.2985

Assisting our aging neighbors to live independently in their own homes for as long as safely possible with the help of neighborhood volunteers.

Foster Grandparents | Lutheran Social Services | 507.337.0382

Tutoring and mentoring with children and youth primarily in school, Head Start and day care settings.

RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) | 816 Hubbell Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.7787

Helping people age 55 and older put their skills and life experience to work in their communities. RSVP volunteers serve in organizations that range from schools, hospitals, youth recreational centers, and to local police stations.

Vine-Faith in Action | 618 Third Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.1666

Coordinating volunteers and services to assist people with long term health needs or different life circumstances.

 

 

Service & Social


Daughters of the American Revolution, Anthony Wayne Chapter | 520 West Pleasant Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.4266
Perpetuates the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, promotes the development of and enlightening public opinion and fosters citizenship.
Greater Mankato Young Professionals | 1961 Premier Drive, Suite 100, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.385.6640
Gives young professionals age 21 - 39 an opportunity to engage with one another while focusing on learning, socializing and community engagement.
Kato Community Club | 403 Valerie Lane, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.625.6237
Key City Sertoma Club | P.O. Box 3089, Mankato, MN 56002-3089 | 507.387.2656
Lions Club - Mankato | P.O. Box 303, Mankato, MN 56002-0303
Lions Club - Mankato Key City | 1731 South Bend Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.7579
Lions Club - Mankato Sunrise | 17 Sumner Hills Road, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.7303
Mankato Area Jaycees | P.O. Box 961, Mankato, MN 56002-0961 | 507.327.0377
Promotes personal and professional development while learning leadership skills through performing community service projects for members between the ages of 18 through 40.
Mankato Downtown Kiwanis | P.O. Box 733, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.5417
Mankato Elks Lodge #225 | P.O. Box 154, Mankato, MN 56002-0154 | 507.345.1056
Focuses on charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.
Mankato Noon Exchange | 120 N. Augusta Court, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.995.9438
Mankato Serra Club | P.O. Box 294, Mankato, MN 56002-0294 | 507.625.4185
Mankato Rotary Club | P.O. Box 63, Mankato, MN 56002-0063
Promotes service above self.
Zetetic Club | 122 South Skyline, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.3692
Zonta | PO Box 915, Mankato, MN 56001

 

Sports & Recreation


Baseball & Softball
Mankato Area Girls Fastpitch Association (MAGFA) | 507.625.9491 or 507.387.9985
Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association (MAYBA) | 507.625.3322

Mankato Peppers Girls Fastpitch Traveling Softball | 507.345.5903

Mankato Royals Baseball | 507.625.3322

Basketball
Mankato Basketball Association (boys & girls) | 507.344.0551

Bicycling
Mankato Area BMX Park | 556 Sakatah Road, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.317.1275

Mankato Bicycle Club | 507.381.1861

Bowling
Dutlers | Hwy 169, N Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.387.3439
Victory Bowl | 202 S Victory Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.7991

Curling
Mankato Curling Club | 600 Hope Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507. 243.3696

Dance
Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota | 1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 202, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507. 625.2005

Dance Express | 2105 Broad Court North, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.3865

Fine Arts School of Ballet | 329 N Broad Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.388.3845

Mankato Ballet Company | 155 Chestnut Square, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.7716

Darts & Pool
Dart & Pool Leagues | 1840 Commerce Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 | 507.387.7986

Figure Skating
Mankato Area Figure Skating Club | 507.257.3371

Football
Mankato Area Youth Athletic Association (Football) | 507.387.2037

Golf
MN Junior Golf Association | 763.754.6641

Gymnastics
Mankato Area Gymnastics School | 1618 W Lind Court, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.6260

Hockey
Mankato Area Hockey Association | PO Box 1262, Mankato, MN 56002-1262 | 507.345.MAHA

Martial Arts
Lee's Champion Taekwondo Academy | 201 S Victory Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.7227

Mankato Internal Martial Arts Association | 210 E Walnut Street, Suite 204, Mankato, MN 56001 |507.625.4826

Mankato Martial Arts | 301 Madison Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.386.7400

Paddling
Mankato Paddling & Outings Club | 507.931.6419

Skiing
Mount Kato | 20461 Hwy 66, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.625.3559

Soccer
Mankato United Soccer Club | 507.345.6313

Sports Leagues (offering  a variety of sports teams for youth and adults)
Mankato Community Recreation | 110 Fulton Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.5501

 

Swimming
USS Mantas Swim Club | 507.726.6968
YMCA Swim Team | 507.387.8255

Training and Competition
Special Olympics MN Area 9 | P.O. Box 3505, Mankato, MN 56001 | 877.310.2437
Offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.

Wrestling
Mankato Area Youth Wrestling Club | 507.345.5137

Veteran's Services


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

 

Women's Interest


American Association of University of Women 126 Sunbonnet Lane, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.389.5707

BPW Business & Professional Women's Foundation

Working together to promote personal empowerment, professional development, and political awareness while creating an environment for building relationships and connecting the women of the greater Mankato area.
League of Women Voters | 507.524.4343
YWCA of Mankato | 500 S. Broad Street, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.4629

Eliminates racism and empowers women.
Zonta Club of the Mankato Area | P.O. Box 915, Mankato, MN 56002 | 507.389.5945
Advances the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

 

Youth


Blue Earth County 4-H | 410 East Jackson Street, Suite 110, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.304.4325
Provides learning experiences for youth that contribute to their personal growth t and that will help them to become contributing, self-reliant and responsible members of society.
Brother/Sister Program YMCA | 1401 South Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.345.9815
Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys | 209 S. 2nd Street, #314, Mankato, MN 560001 | 507.625.7474

Reflects the ever-changing needs and interests of today's girls, who discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together.
Greater Mankato Early Learning Initiative-Ready For Kindergarten Program | 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato MN 56001
Twin Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America | 810 Madison Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001 | 507.387.3123

Instills values in young people and in other ways prepares them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential.