Ages 12+

Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know when they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school.

The Sheridan Story is starting a new produce garden, “Grow & Give”, which will significantly expand the amount of produce they are able to provide to children and families who need it. You can help by growing and donating food from your garden. Check here for the types of produce to donate as well as other produce donation tips.

You can make a difference and have a direct impact on local child hunger!

Location: 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Mondays and Tuesdays from June 15-September 30, 2020
Time(s): Arrange a time for drop-off with Christine, see below
Contact: Christine Dummann, cdummann@thesheridanstory.org
Website: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/what-we-do-summer-programs-produce-garden/
Time Commitment: Varies

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We are looking for volunteers that can sew and drop off or mail completed masks to any of our facilities that serve vulnerable populations in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Due to a national shortage of face masks, we are asking for volunteers that have materials to sew masks for use in our Minnesota and North Dakota facilities that serve vulnerable populations. Please click here for instructions on sewing masks.  

Contact Sophie Crowell at  Sophie.crowell@usc.salvationarmy.org or 651-746-3426 for further drop off instructions.

Click here to apply for this opportunity.

Location: Varies
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3426
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community. 

Our food shelves are seeing increased need from the community due to COVID-19. Volunteers are needed to help assemble boxes filled with food and basic necessities for those in need. Staff will then distribute the boxes to incoming clients.

Click here to apply for this opportunity.

Location: Payne Ave East St. Paul: M-Th 9-11 am or 1-3 pm and Fri 9-1 pm and 12-4 pm 
West 7th St. Paul – M-F 10-12 pm, 12-2 pm and 2-4 pm
Lyndale Ave North Minneapolis: M-F 9-11 am or 1-3 pm
E Lake St. South Minneapolis – M-F 9-12 am or 1-3 pm
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Varies – see above
Contact: 651-746-3426
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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MATTER is a global non-profit dedicated to moving people forward by eliminating barriers to health. The MATTERbox healthy food program provides meals for children and families in need in Minnesota and throughout the United States

Volunteers are invited to participate in the Stay At Home MATTERbox Challenge and help serve families in our communities experiencing food insecurity. The Stay At Home Kit is designed for easy packing in homes so individuals, families or small groups can pack 50 healthy snack packs and distribute them in their communities to kids out of school, seniors, or anyone who is vulnerable at this time.

Location: 7005 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Ages: All ages – is up to who is packing the food
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Ongoing
Contact: Joy Altmann, joy@matter.ngo
Website: www.matter.ngo/helpyourcommunity/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Food Pantry: feel free to drop off canned goods in our Book Bin and we will distribute to those in need.

Location: 95 Hamel Rd., Hamel, MN 55340
Ages: Any age
Date(s): May 2020
Contact: OurArt2Heart@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.ourart2heart.org
Time Commitment: Pick your hours

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There are several ways you can become a Cheerful Giver. Learn more about the different ways below. 

Hold A Birthday Bag Blast

A Birthday Bag Blast is a great activity at family gatherings and also supports your community. It makes a great birthday party activity for children or adults while making happiness happen for families in need. It can also be done in conjunction with your Thanksgiving celebration or any other holiday.

Many organizations hold a Birthday Bag Blast to provide a hands-on volunteer opportunity that impacts their community. Examples of those who successfully use this activity include Corporate teams, school groups, confirmation classes, boy and girl scout groups, neighborhood and women’s groups. 

Join The Birthday Club

For as little as $10 a month you can provide 12 less fortunate children with a birthday gift through the year. To join the Birthday Club, visit our Donate page

Buy Online Through Amazon Smile

Cheerful Givers will receive 5% on all of your purchases when you buy through Smile.Amazon.com

Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a Cheerful Givers Volunteer, please contact us! We can always use help with:

  • social networking & marketing (blog and newsletter support)
  • toy drives and fundraising
  • grant writing and fund raising


Wish List

Location: It depends on what type of volunteering you do.
Ages: All ages
Date(s):
Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: robin@cheerfulgivers.org or 612.562.4499
Website: http://www.cheerfulgivers.org
Time Commitment: It will vary.

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Are you looking for a one-time project that helps the community but does not require prior training or ongoing commitments? View our volunteer site to see what’s available now!

  • Pack food for seniors or people with disabilities in our food shelf’s home delivery program. Youth (5+) and adults welcome.
  • Volunteer with one of our seasonal programs like Back to School or Holiday Gift, serving families celebrating Eid, Christmas and Hanukah. Opportunities for middle school, high school and adult volunteers.
  • Assist at one of our fundraising events helping with event setup, registration, working at a booth, or cleanup.

And check out a list of things you can do on your own to support our work.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact:  Najmo Yusuf @nyusuf@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Coordinate a volunteer event that’s rewarding to you and meaningful to your organization. Here are some examples of how groups support our mission:

  • Volunteer as a group in our food shelf assisting our families, restocking our shelves and bagging groceries. Age 14 or older. Weekday mornings and afternoon shifts available.
  • Volunteer as a group in our store, Resale Select, receiving and sorting donations. The store is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Community Dinner: Prepare and serve a meal to Neighborhood Program residents. Sponsor is responsible for setup and cleanup.
  • Help sort through donated school supplies and pack up grade-specific bags of supplies for our youth. Shifts available in August. Middle school, high school and adults welcome.
  • Volunteer at the annual school supply distribution and resource fair! Adults welcome.
  • Volunteer at our Holiday Gift Program registration to help families check in, sign up and record their family’s gift ideas for the sponsorship program. October. Adults welcome.
  • Help load in donations of holiday gifts, check to make sure all family’s gifts have arrived and get gifts organized in preparation for our gift distribution.
  • Holiday Gift Distribution: help individuals pick up their family’s holiday gifts from Interfaith Outreach.
  • Assist with preparation for one of our fundraisers like the Plant Sale (May) or Furniture Sale (June).

And check out this list of things you can do on your own to support our work.

Location: 1605 County Road 101 N, Plymouth, MN 55447
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact:  Liz Erstad-Hicks (763-489-7506 or lerstad-hicks@iocp.org
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community. 
https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer

Group Opportunities: Complete a Volunteer Application
Donation Sorting
Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Care
Office Cleaning/Organizing
Painting
Special Programming/Entertainment
Food Distributions

Individual Opportunities:
Basic Needs / Housing Programs
-Food Shelf Shopper — Locations across the metro
-Kitchen Cleaner/Organizer — Brooklyn Park
-Security Assistant — Minneapolis

Working with Youth
-Character-Building Class Leader — Locations across the metro
-After-School Program Leader — Minneapolis and St. Paul

Disaster Relief
-Disaster Relief Worker — Locations across the metro
Salvation Army Stores
-Store Volunteer — Locations across the metro

Professional / Technical Skills
-Computer Lab Supervisor — Minneapolis
-Housekeeping/Laundry Assistant — Minneapolis
-Driver — Locations across the metro
-Facility Maintenance Assistant — Locations across the metro
-Administrative Support — Roseville
-Wednesday Evening Receptionist — NE Minneapolis
-Share Your Skills — Locations across the metro

Project-Based
-Landscape/Gardening/Lawn Care — Locations across the metro
-Office Cleaning/Organizing — Locations across the metro

Location: Varies
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-746-3426
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
Time Commitment: Varies

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Prism is always in need of Group Volunteers to pitch in where needed. Please contact them for their needs.

Location: 1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Ages: 15 or older, but can be younger if working with parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): See below
Contact: Kevin Lytle,  KLytle@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4210
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

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