Ages 12 and under

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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Operation Christmas Child (part of Samaritan’s Purse) delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of children in over 100 countries. Packing a shoebox with your child is a great way to involve them in helping others – they can pick out items for the shoebox, include a picture and a note, and even keep track of where the shoebox goes. Check out this video on how to pack a shoebox. (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/) Shoebox collection week is November 18-25!

Location: P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607
Ages: All ages
Date(s): November 18-25 is when shoeboxes are collected
Time(s): Varies
Contact: occinfo@samaritan.org
Website: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ
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

Holiday Opportunities:
Bell Ringing
Coat Distribution
Spread the Warmth!
Toy Shop Registration – Administrative Support
Holiday Meals
Christmas Toy Shop Distribution
Christmas Decorators

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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The food shelf is the core of PRISM’s programming, and it can only run smoothly with a fantastic team of volunteers. Receive, sort, and stock incoming food, provide housekeeping, and assist with other tasks as needed. There is something for everyone in the food shelf!

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

Food Shelf Hours

Mon & Wed, 8:45 am-12:30 pm, 12:00-4:30 pm
Tues 8:45 am – 12:30, 12:00 – 3:30 pm
Thurs 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Fri  8:30 am – 12:30 pm

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** PLEASE CHECK BACK NEXT SPRING 2020 FOR UPDATES **

Every Sunday from July to the end of October, volunteers visit all the vendor and farmer booths at the Minneapolis Farmers Market to collect surplus produce from the market that they can no longer sell. If you would like to sign up for a Sunday morning farmers market volunteer shift, please see our Volunteerhub page for the most up-to-date volunteer needs for the market!

Location:  8501 54th Avenue N, New Hope, MN
Ages: 12+
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: volunteer@thefoodgroupmn.org
Website: www.thefoodgroupmn.org
Sign Up: https://thefoodgroupmn.volunteerhub.com/events/index
Time Commitment: 3 hours

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Remove invasive species; excellent opportunity for groups.

Maple Creek Park; Saturdays, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hardenbergh Open Space; Saturdays, Oct. 19, 26; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Maple Creek Park and Hardenbergh Open Space
Ages: All
Date(s): See Above
Time(s): See Above
Contact: Jackie Maas; jmaas@plymouthmn.gov
Time Commitment: varies

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** PLEASE CHECK BACK FALL 2020 FOR MORE EVENTS **

There are several opportunities to plant trees this fall! Please check out our Fall 2019 Volunteer Events page below.

Location: 1419 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul, MN 55108
Ages: All ages
Date(s): October 19 and 26, 2019
Time(s): Varies
Contact: volunteer@treetrust.org
Website: http://treetrust.org/fall-2019-volunteer-opportunities/
Time Commitment: Varies

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We have fun, flexible group opportunities in the kitchen, on delivery, and at the farm, as well as special opportunities for events and projects.

Whether you’re looking for a one-time experience or an ongoing shift, we’ll work with you to find a opportunity that fits your group.

To get started, please email our staff:

To learn more about our group opportunities and schedule your event please contact us at groups@openarmsmn.org

We have shifts for groups available Monday through Saturday. We can accommodate groups ranging between 8–25 members, and shifts typically last 2.5 hours. Here’s a sampling of our opportunities:

  • One-time: Choose a single shift or set of shifts for your group.
  • Ongoing: Select a daily, weekly, or monthly shift for your whole group or take turns attending.
  • Become a satellite delivery hub: A member of your group picks up multiple routes from Open Arms, then distributes them to multiple drivers at your location, and these drivers deliver the meals on short routes to clients located near you.
  • Other opportunities: Help with special events, decorate delivery bags, run a cereal drive, and more.​ If you have ideas for how you’d like to work with us, we would love to hear them!

Learn about the volunteer opportunities available at Open Arms

Location: 2550 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Ages: We welcome kids ages 6 to 16 with some conditions and special circumstances.
Date(s): Monday – Saturday
Time(s): Varies
Contact: groups@openarmsmn.org or 612-872-1152
Website: http://www.openarmsmn.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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