Needs

Help a senior stay safe this winter by shoveling or blowing snow! 

At Senior Community Services, we help seniors stay in their homes by providing assistance with outdoor chores they are unable to do themselves. Seniors are especially at risk for COVID-19 so we need your help to keep seniors safe at home.

Ice and snow are a real hazard for seniors, especially those with mobility issues. Help keep a senior safe by clearing a driveway and walk for someone!

Volunteers must be 16 years or older and commit to the full season. Typically volunteers are assigned to one senior in their area. Whenever there is a 2 inch or more snow fall, they have 24 hours to shovel or blow the snow for their senior. 

Get to know someone new and develop a relationship with a senior in your community and serve in a meaningful way this winter!

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Location: Varies
Ages: 16+ to operate a snow blower, 13+ to volunteer with an adult
Date(s): After it snows 2″ or more
Time(s): After it snows 2″ or more
Contact: Cat at 952-767-7894, c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org
Website: http://www.seniorcommunity.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: Usually an hour or so after each significant snowfall

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The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center serves more than 600 nutritionally balanced meals to homeless or isolated individuals each day. On Christmas Day, 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): Friday, December 25
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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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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Volunteer today! Develop new relationships, find purpose and make a difference.

The Center offers a variety of engaging opportunities to make a difference in the lives of someone going through life-changing challenges within the community.

Our approach to serving seniors and caregivers is relationship-based.

Email Cheryl Nickelson for more information

Location: 6100 Normandale Road, Edina MN 55436
Ages: 8+
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: Cheryl Nickelson 952-977-9374, cnickelson@normandalecenter.org Website: http://www.normandalecenter.org
Time Commitment: varies

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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. 
In order to keep our staff, volunteers and clients safe and healthy, we have increased our cleaning protocols across our many locations. Volunteers are needed to help sanitize hard surfaces in our buildings to help keep our spaces clean.

Click here to apply for this opportunity.

Location: Varies
Ages: Varies
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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Please check back soon for opportunities!

Location: Orono Community Education, 705 Old Crystal Bay Road North, Long Lake, MN 55356
Ages: Varies
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: gtorney@orono.k12.mn.us
Website: http://www.Orono.k12.mn.us/ce/adult-programs/orono-sparks
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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Currently we have paused all volunteer activities to protect clients, staff, and volunteers.  But there are still ways you can help!

We are currently collecting for our annual Holiday Boutique (which will be adapted to reflect social distancing requirements). We are hoping to pass along gift cards to Target and/or Cub to make it possible for moms to pick out what they know their child wants most and meet the family’s basic needs. If you would like to donate a gift card, please either email Becca@SojournerProject.org to set up a contactless donation appointment or mail the gift card(s) to: The Sojourner Project, P.O. Box 272, Hopkins, MN 55343.

You can also help by visiting our Amazon Registry or Target Registry for items on our 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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