Volunteer Corps

Mankato’s Volunteer Corps

Citizens are important to helping enhance and maintain Mankato’s quality of life. By getting involved, they build community and keep it strong, make Mankato livable, sustainable and looking its best. Volunteers gain new skills, meet new people, make use of their talents, develop a greater knowledge and understanding of city government.

The city of Mankato Volunteer Corps serves as a central source for current and new volunteers. Staff will match residents with an effort that is a good fit. Or, citizens may contact staff with ideas on how they want to volunteer. Equipment and training is provided.

A variety of opportunities are available throughout the year:

Adopt a fire hydrant

Help ensure neighborhood safety by adopting a fire hydrant to keep it clear of snow and ice, which allows firefighters easy access to the hydrant.


Adopt a quarter mile of a Mankato creek and conduct at least three creek clean-ups in one year. A commitment of one year is requested.

Adopt-a-flower bed

Help maintain Mankato’s beautiful public areas during spring, summer and fall in the city of Mankato by inspecting flower beds once a week and weed as necessary every two weeks. Other tasks include removal of dead plants, pinching back plants, cleaning up edges, picking up trash and spreading mulch as needed.

Adopt-a-park or boulevard

Preserve and beautify city parks by helping to pick up litter, sweep sidewalks and perform small-scale gardening and landscaping


Care for flowers in a City of Mankato planter and enhance the downtown area.

Downtown flower watering

Help water hanging flower baskets in the downtown area. Volunteers will be provided a Gator vehicle and water tank for this project.

Fall and spring clean-up

The annual city wide fall and spring cleanup is a large-scale, cleanup effort held throughout the city of Mankato. Each fall and spring, community volunteers unite to remove trash from Mankato’s parks, natural resources, and neighborhoods. This important event helps ensure the beauty, safety and environmental health of the city.

Neighborhood associations

Get involved in your neighborhood by joining a neighborhood association. Learn more.

Planting bed preparation

Assist the parks department in planting beautiful and colorful gardens throughout the City of Mankato.

For more information about the Volunteer Corps, or to get involved, contact staff at 507-387-8739.