Children and Teens

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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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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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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Interact directly with program participants and the public in the Shop for Change, PRISM’s Thrift Shop. Sorting Room volunteers are responsible for readying stock for the shop, keeping the shop clean and well-stocked, and greeting and assisting donors.

Location: 1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422
Ages: 16 or older, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): See below
Contact: Kevin Lytle,  KLytle@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4210
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

Thrift Store Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday only (3rd shift)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday only
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

 

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YouthLink is a nonprofit in downtown Minneapolis that helps young people between the ages of 16 and 23 on their journeys from homeless to hopeful. We welcome young people of all backgrounds, races, genders, and orientations. We connect youth to a community of resources and help them discover pathways that get them where they want to go.

There are many ways to volunteer! Helpers are needed for meals, child care, even for Bingo games! See the website below for more information.

Location: 41 N. 12th. Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ages: The minimum age to volunteer during the week is 21 and over the weekend (Saturday volunteering) is 14 and accompanied by an adult.
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Christine Schwitzer at schwitzer@youthlinkmn.org / 612-252-1200
Website: https://www.youthlinkmn.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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myHealth is a 501(c) non-profit health clinic. We provide medical and mental health counseling to young people ages 12-26 on a sliding fee scale. People can use insurance if they have it, but if they don’t have it, can’t afford it, are undocumented citizens, or if it is unsafe for them to use their insurance, they pay what they can afford all the way down to zero. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

We are looking for someone to help us get the word out about our amazing organization. Responsibilities would include seeking out opportunities and setting up a resource table in the community to let people know who myHealth is and what services we provide.

Training/education provided.

Location: 15 8th Avenue South, Hopkins, MN 55343
Ages: Any age!
Date(s): Whenever available
Time(s): Whenever available
Contact: info@myhealthmn.org or call 952-767-0929
Website: http://www.myhealthmn.org
Time Commitment: Average of 1-2 hrs/wk

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SCHOOL YEAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer to Help Students in the SPARKS Program
Volunteers work with elementary and middle school students with a focus on reading, relationships and encouragement for completing homework. The program meets twice a week after school at two area churches.
Must be 15 years and older to help
*Monday & Wednesday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
*Tuesday & Thursday from 3-5pm or 4-5pm
More Information

Volunteer to Mentor High School Students
Orono STRIVE is a program designed to pair community mentors with Orono high school students. The program focuses on motivating students to improve their performance, especially in the areas of attendance, attitude, GPA and participation.
*Once a month on the second Wednesday of the month from 11:45-1:00 with optional second meeting per month arranged with mentors.

Volunteer to Help Students in the STARS Program
Volunteers support teachers who are providing elementary students with extra academic support from 8-9am in the morning focusing on Math and/or reading.

YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsor a Meal for our Mentoring Programs
Sponsor a meal for one of our mentoring programs that serves Orono students.

Provide Job Shadowing Opportunities
Allow a student interested in your profession to shadow you for a day to learn about your career.

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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