Ages 16+

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
Time Commitment: Varies


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,
Time Commitment: Varies


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
Time Commitment: Pick your hours


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

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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
Time(s): Varies
Contact: or 612.562.4499
Time Commitment: It will vary.


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 @ or 763-489-7505
Time Commitment: Varies


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 or 763-489-7506
Time Commitment: Varies


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
Time Commitment: TBD


Got computer skills? Help adults with barriers to employment build effective online job-search skills.  

PPL’s Career Center offers a computer lab open to the public for career-related activities. Lab Volunteers give 1:1 support to adults learning basic computer skills, offering guidance as they search for employment & educational opportunities online.

Location & Schedule:

  • PPL Career Center, 1021 East Franklin Ave., Mpls 55404
  • Flexible 3 hour shifts (weekly) between 9 am – 4 pm, M – F
  • Current available shifts:
    • Monday, 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Monday, 1 – 4 PM
    • Tuesday, 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Tuesday, 1 – 4 PM
    • Thursday, 1 – 4 PM
    • Friday, 1 – 4 PM
    • On-call and substitute volunteers

      ****All shifts are generally flexible (please contact for more info)


  • Orient new participants to lab policies, software, and accessibility tools
  • Teach adults basic computer skills
  • Help with online job search and email setup
  • Coach on self-presentation: offer advice on resumes, cover letters, and professionalism
  • Direct adults to resources: housing, education, childcare, etc.
  • Assist with specials projects and lab maintenance
  • Remind participants of lab rules and help maintain professional environment


  • Training and guidance from program staff
  • Hands-on experience working with diverse adults in a community setting
  • Opportunity to empower others by sharing your skills and knowledge


  • Proficient at Microsoft Word, internet search, and general computer knowledge 
  • Interest in working with adults of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Able to proactively engage and assist adults
  • Proficiency in Somali or other languages desired but NOT required
  • Experience working with immigrant populations desired

Contact Angie at 612-455-5306 or to learn more or set up an interview. The application process includes references and a background check. 


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.

Group Opportunities: Complete a Volunteer Application
Donation Sorting
Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Care
Office Cleaning/Organizing
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

-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
Time Commitment: Varies


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: Nolan Isaacson,  or 763-432-4230