Homeless and Hunger Needs

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches true strength is in our ability to mobilize caring people to make a difference.

GMCC serves mothers, fathers, kids and elders in the Twin Cities area and throughout greater Minnesota. Our core mission is uniting people of faith, serving people in need. We strive to prevent hunger, provide a positive foundation for youth, maximize the self-reliance of seniors, encourage cultural diversity and pursue the end of poverty.

We can help match you with the perfect volunteer experience.

Service Area:
*Hunger Relief
*Youth Mentoring
*Poverty Education
*Senior Services

Location: 1100 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Ages: Individuals/Groups over age 16
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: Megan Young at myoung@gmcc.org or 612-276-1548
Website: http://gmcc.org
Time Commitment: varies

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Set up a day and time to participate in a volunteer event with only people you know! We typically only schedule these events to take place during business hours (9am-4pm).

Location: 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Website: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/get-involved/private-volunteer-events/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Help fight child hunger by packing bags with our five food categories! This fast two-hour volunteer shift will leave you feeling like you made a big impact on your local community.

Location: 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Jonathon Turner – jturner@thesheridanstory.com
Website: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/get-involved/host-a-food-drive/
Time Commitment: Varies

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PLEASE STOP BACK IN OCTOBER 2018 FOR MORE DETAILED UPDATES

The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night (learn more about how kettle donations become help for those in need).

We need thousands of volunteer bell ringers this Christmas season. You can help when you sign up online for a bell ringing shift. You’ll receive a confirmation email with your selected shifts to confirm that your registration was received. To sign up by phone, or for any questions, please call our Twin Cities bell ringing hotline at 651-746-3519.

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3519
Website: http://salvationarmynorth.org/volunteer/bellringing/
Time Commitment: Varies

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We have many upcoming volunteer opportunities available, search here often: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index

Volunteer shifts are typically 2 hours. Open dates will list if morning or afternoon times are available.

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver.
  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes in the warehouse.
  • If you show any signs of cold, flu or sickness please abstain from repackaging food.
  • No one under the age of 12 can volunteer in the warehouse.
  • Groups consisting of youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by chaperones. We require 1 adult for every 10 youth.

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Dan Johnson – djohnson@thefoodgroupmn.org or 763-450-3889
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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PLEASE STOP BACK IN OCTOBER 2018 FOR MORE DETAILED UPDATES

Give a Gift to a Family in Need

The Holiday Helper Program supports families who access the Nursery’s services during the winter giving season. When you donate items from our Holiday Wish List you are putting smiles on the faces of local families who may not otherwise be able to celebrate the season. 

Holiday Helper Wish List 2018…coming this Fall.

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S
Ages: All ages
Date(s): November 20-December 18
Time(s): Gifts may be delivered Monday – Friday 9AM-4PM, Saturday – Sunday 10AM-3PM
Contact: kjohnson@crisisnursery.org
Website: http://www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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Volunteer needed to gather and load up donations from local retailers (e.g. Cub Foods, Fresh Thyme, Target) to be transported back to the Food Shelf. Heavy lifting required (40-50 lbs.). Immediate need for Tuesday, Thursday or Friday morning drivers. Volunteer generally commit to a once a week schedule.
This opportunity is family friendly for parents and children ages 12+.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Year around
Time(s): Mornings
Contact: Najmo Yusuf @ nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: 1 hour/week

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Help gather and load up donations from local retailers to be transported back to the food shelf. Heavy lifting required. Can be done as a family.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Any age
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Weekday mornings, Saturday mornings and some Wednesday evenings
Contact: Najmo Yusuf @ nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: 8 or more hours/month

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GROWING

  • The Food Group Farm is located on the front lawn of our property in New Hope, MN. With the help of volunteers, we grow and harvest thousands of pounds of pesticide-free fresh produce each season to be donated to food shelf partners. Contact: Ari Baum-Hommes, 763-450-3870, abaumhommes@thefoodgroupmn.org.

GLEANING

  • Fruits of The City works with backyard fruit tree owners and local orchards to glean excess fruit, such as apples and pears, and share the fresh produce with partner food shelves. Many volunteers are needed each autumn to help with the harvest.  Contact: Ari Baum-Hommes, 763-450-3870, abaumhommes@thefoodgroupmn.org.
  • Minneapolis Farmers Market Produce Rescue gives vendors a chance to donate excess fresh produce at the end of the market. Volunteers collect and package the donations, and we deliver it to partner food shelves. Contact: Eric Wilson, 763-450-3872, ewilson@thefoodgroupmn.org
  • Farm Gleaning helps local farmers find a home for their surplus produce. Teams of volunteers visit the farm to harvest and package fresh vegetables to bring back for distribution to food shelves. Contact: Eric Wilson, 763-450-3872, ewilson@thefoodgroupmn.org

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: varies – see above
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: varies

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Planning a group activity? We can accommodate groups from 10 to 50 people. Our warehouse is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and we do have some availability for evening and Saturday shifts upon request. For Saturday groups we do have a minimum requirement of 15 people.  Please be aware that:

Volunteer shifts are typically 2 hours. Open dates will list if morning or afternoon times are available.

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver.
  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes in the warehouse.
  • If you show any signs of cold, flu or sickness please abstain from repackaging food.
  • No one under the age of 12 can volunteer in the warehouse.
  • Groups consisting of youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by chaperones. We require 1 adult for every 10 youth.

Location: 8501 54th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55428
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Monday – Friday
Time(s): 9-5PM
Contact: Dan Johnson – djohnson@thefoodgroupmn.org or 763-450-3889
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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