Ages 18+

Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if 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.

We work right here in Minnesota. Most of our work is in the Twin Cities area, but we work in greater Minnesota, as well!

We have two special packing events on December 7th to celebrate the holidays! A family packing event at 9:00 am (Santa, music, doughnuts and more!) and an adult packing event at 5:00 pm (open bar, dessert station, live DJ and more). All proceeds will go to feeding kids in our community.

Location: 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Ages: 8+
Date(s): December 7
Time(s): 9:00 am (family packing event) and 5:00 pm (adult packing event)
Contact: Jonathan Turner – jturner@thesheridanstory.org
Website: https://www.thesheridanstory.org
Sign Up: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Time Commitment: 2 hours

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Home Instead Senior Care partners with local non-profit and community organizations to identify seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season. The company then works with local businesses and retail stores to help facilitate the purchase and distribution of gifts by placing trees and ornaments within their various locations. Each senior’s gift requests are written on a Be a Santa to a Senior bulb.

SEARCH FOR YOUR LOCAL BULB TREE

FIND a participating Be a Santa to a Senior location.
REMOVE bulb with senior’s gift request from the tree. 
PURCHASE the requested gift(s) listed on the bulb.
PLACE bulb and unwrapped gift(s) in the designated box.

Location: SEARCH FOR YOUR LOCAL BULB TREE
Ages: All Ages
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For the families who stay at Sojourner, the shelter becomes home for however long or short they are with us. Through the generosity of our community, we fill our board room with toys, games, gift cards, arts supplies and books to be wrapped and enjoyed by the families we work with.

We will be collecting new items by appointment, December 2nd-December 13th. Please contact Becca@sojournerproject.org or call 952-351-4067 to set up a time to donate. Thank you for helping bring joy to the families and children we serve!

Current Wish List

Location:  Exact location will be given over the phone due to privacy and security reasons.
Ages:  Women 18+
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: Becca@sojournerproject.org or 952-351-4067

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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. To sign-up to volunteer, please email Kevin Lytle, Community Engagement Manager at klytle@prismmpls.org

Location: Valley Community Presbyterian Church,
3100 Lilac Drive North
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Ages: 12 or older
Date(s): December 14, 2019
Time(s): 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Contact: Kevin Lytle,  KLytle@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4210
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

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We have several needs for individuals to help us out:

  • Direct resident support
  • AA/NA facilitators
  • Interpreters
  • Administrative Support
  • Educational or recreational workshops

Location: Plymouth
Ages: 18+ women only
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Varies
Contact: khitchcock@missionsinc.org or 763-559-1883
Website: https://www.missionsinc.org/support-us/volunteer
Time Commitment: Depends on the task.



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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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We enjoy developing opportunities with corporate groups. Engaging with individuals we serve can be a wonderful experience for all. Examples of successful events include bowling parties, craft and game night, and Spring/Fall yard clean-up. To discus corporate options, see the contact information below.

Location: 1909 E. Wayzata Blvd.
Ages: 18+
Date(s): TBD
Time(s): TBD
Contact: cthoma@hammer.org
Website: http://www.hammer.org
Time Commitment: TBD

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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: http://www.hammer.org
Time Commitment: TBD

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Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers in this role assist at distribution sites where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. You can assist in the setup, certification and recertification of clients who receive a box and help senior clients carrying their boxes and/or loading them into their vehicles. This position is physical, fast-paced, and offers face-to-face client interaction. Current Needs:

  • High Need! Parker Skyview in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 8:45-10:45am (Oromo speaking skills a plus)
  • High Need! Knox Landing in Bloomington on the 1st Wednesday afternoon of the month from 12:30-2:30 pm( Russian speaking skills a plus)
  • Spring Manor in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 7:45-9:00 am (Somali, Oromo or Amharic speaking skills a plus!)
  • Village at Franklin Station in Bloomington on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:30-10:30am (carrying boxes only)
  • Horn Towers in Minneapolis on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:45pm
  • Ebenezer Park Apartments in Minneapolis on the second Monday of the month from 11:30am-2:00pm (focus on carrying boxes)
  • Robbins Landing in Robbinsdale on the 3rd Friday of the month from 12:15-1:15pm (focus on carrying boxes)
  • SACA Food Shelf in Columbia Heights on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:15am-12:15pm (focus on carrying boxes)

Location: 7101 Winnetka Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, Volunteers enter through the front. Brooklyn Park: Office Hours Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM; volunteer shifts available Tuesday–Saturday.
Ages: 8+
Date(s): Tuesday – Saturday
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651.209.7980 or sstillman@2harvest.org
Website: http://www.2harvest.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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