Ages 16+

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center serves more than 600 nutritionally balanced meals to homeless or isolated individuals each day. On Christmas Eve, multiple shifts of volunteers will serve during the regular meals, plus the main meal served during lunch. Five volunteers are needed per shift. If you are part of a group, each person needs to sign up individually or you can call 651-746-3426 to reserve spots.

COVID-19 Precautions
The safety of volunteers, staff, and clients is our number one priority. Only volunteers, staff, and those staying at the shelter will be permitted in the facility to help maintain social/physical distancing. All volunteers will be asked  to wear a face mask upon entering the facility. Upon arrival, please expect to sign in, have your temperature checked through a touch-less thermometer by staff, sign a COVID screening form, and utilize provided sanitizer/hand washing as needed.

Once you have signed up for this activity, you will be sent a confirmation email with additional details about your shift. 

Location: The Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave, Minneapolis – free parking available
Ages: All Ages
Date(s): Thursday, December 24
Time(s): Shifts are: 9:00-11:00 am, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 3:00-6:00 pm
Contact: 651-746-3426
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
Time Commitment: one time event

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Mount Olivet Rolling Acres offers care and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Amongst other services, they operate 34 residential group homes throughout the Twin Cities (including many in the western suburbs). Usually they bring volunteers in to make holiday goodies with the residents, but of course, this year that is not a safe option!

Instead, they are asking volunteers to bring in frozen dough, with baking instructions, allowing staff to have a fun baking day with the residents! The dough can be for holiday cookies, breads or even cinnamon rolls! Enough dough for around 2 dozen treats would be ideal. Frozen dough can be dropped off at any of the residences up to a week before Christmas. Please ring the doorbell and leave the dough on the front steps. Don’t forget to include an encouraging holiday note with the dough! Please contact Laurie Mahoney (contact info. below) for more details and instructions.

Location: Various – see website below for specific locations
Ages: All ages!
Date(s): Please deliver by Dec. 17
Time(s): Varies
Contact: LMahoney@mtolivet-MORA.org or 612-322-2638
Website: https://mtolivetrollingacres.org/
Time Commitment: Varies.  One time commitment

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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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Every kid deserves to enjoy happy holidays. But hundreds of parents in PRISM’s service area struggle to make ends meet. Putting food on the table, keeping the lights on, paying the rent, and providing proper winter clothes are their challenges and priorities. There just isn’t any money left for presents at the holidays.

​In December of each year PRISM’s Holiday Toy Shoppe puts a little magic into their holiday season, and makes a joyful, exciting holiday possible for 1,000+ kids. Helpers will be needed to sort donations, set up the event, assist with distribution, and help clean-up.

Volunteer Responsibilities:
– Assisting in restocking our shoppe while participants select gifts.
– Organize our inventory of donations to help with the rotation of participant visits
– Oversee Holiday Toy Shoppe operations and provide great customer service to shoppers. PRISM will be enforcing CDC guidelines for COVID-19 during this event, and will be separating volunteers into small groups. We will also be limiting the amount of participants per. every half hour to ensure the safety of everyone in our facility.

Our mission is to provide social services and connections that empower people in our community to build healthy, stable lives.

Individuals can donate in the following ways:

  • Organize a holiday gift drive with others or pick up extra gifts the next time you shop. Please contact Kevin, our Community Engagement and Business Manager, at klytle@prismmpls.org, to tell him about your drive and to arrange logistics. You can then drop off your new, unwrapped gifts to PRISM. Our address is 1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422.
     
  • Or, skip the trip to the mall, and shop online at linktr.ee/prismmpls. Our holiday wish list makes it easy—just order and ship unwrapped items directly to PRISM. 

We are currently recruiting volunteers whom are available for 2 hour shifts throughout Dec. 7 – Dec. 18.

To sign-up to volunteer, please email Nolan Isaacson, Volunteer Manager at nisaacson@prismmpls.org.  For more info: https://www.prismmpls.org/holidaytoyshoppe

Location: PRISM
1220 Zane Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Ages: 12 or older
Date(s): December 2020
Time(s): 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Contact: Nolan Isaacson,  nisaacson@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4230
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

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Are you looking for a way to serve our community that does not require prior training or ongoing commitments? View our volunteer site to see what’s available now! Help is needed both on site in our building and from home.Help keep our Food Shelf running by volunteer to help stock shelves, organize donations, or assist shoppers during their visit.

  • Help keep our Food Shelf running by volunteer to help stock shelves, organize donations, or assist shoppers during their visit.
  • Support both our Food Shelf and Resale Store by staffing our Donation Door to accept and organize all incoming donations
  • Serve our community and volunteer to help keep our Resale store open – volunteers are needed to welcome guests, ring up transactions, and sort through incoming donations
  • Help ensure we continue to put the health and safety of our community first by serving as a greeter/health screener

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:  Ashley Wyatt @ awyatt@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 even during this extraordinary time! Here are some examples of how groups are supporting our mission during COVID.

  • Volunteer as a small group in our food shelf assisting our families, restocking our shelves, and bagging groceries. Age 14 or older. Weekday morning and afternoon shifts available.
  • Volunteer as a small group in our store, Resale Select, receiving and sorting donations or assisting customers.
  • Volunteer as a group to sponsor a family during our Holiday Gift Program each December.
  • 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.
  • Help families pickup their holiday gifts from Interfaith Outreach

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 lerstad-hicks@iocp.org or 763-489-7506
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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Assist with our Annual Meeting, Reach for Ralph, the Family Day Picnic, or other annual special events as planned. Volunteers can assist with set-up, decorations, food preparation, entertainment, clean-up and various other jobs. These are one-time commitments for each event. Volunteers are kept on a list and can say ‘yes’f or ‘no’ to events as they arise.

Location: 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Ages: 16+ and up
Date(s): TBD
Time(s): TBD
Contact: cthoma@hammer.org
Website: https://hammer.org/get-involved/volunteer-2/
Time Commitment: TBD

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