Nothing will look better on your resume than giving back to your community. NOTHING. Promise. Rochester has a LARGE number of unemployed paralegals, thanks to the factory over at the Minnesota School of Business. What MSB forgets to tell their students is that experience is everything, and the only way to pick up that experience is to volunteer. Yes, work for no pay.
A few ideas for you are:
(1) Take the Victim Service's crisis line training this fall. Work the crisis line, and learn about a whole other aspect of the criminal justice system!
(2) Volunteer with the Landlord-Tenant Hotline.
(3) File clerk with the Third District Public Defenders' Office.
(4) Get creative - call local firms, organizations, or county agencies and ASK if they need help. Most businesses and agencies are still recovering from the recession and are understaffed and overworked. Use your cahones and pick up the phone.
I understand the whole children, work, etc. excuses, BUT - if you want to stay in Rochester and work as a paralegal, put the excuses away - they're like assholes, everyone has one. Suck it up and get involved with your community.