Children and Teens

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
Time Commitment: Varies


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.


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.

Volunteer Responsibilities:
– Assisting in restocking our shoppe while participants select gifts.
– Organize our inventory of donations to help with the rotation of participant visits
– Oversee Holiday Toy Shoppe operations and provide great customer service to shoppers. PRISM will be enforcing CDC guidelines for COVID-19 during this event, and will be separating volunteers into small groups. We will also be limiting the amount of participants per. every half hour to ensure the safety of everyone in our facility.

Our mission is to provide social services and connections that empower people in our community to build healthy, stable lives.

Individuals can donate in the following ways:

  • Organize a holiday gift drive with others or pick up extra gifts the next time you shop. Please contact Kevin, our Community Engagement and Business Manager, at, to tell him about your drive and to arrange logistics. You can then drop off your new, unwrapped gifts to PRISM. Our address is 1220 Zane Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55422.
  • Or, skip the trip to the mall, and shop online at Our holiday wish list makes it easy—just order and ship unwrapped items directly to PRISM. 

We are currently recruiting volunteers whom are available for 2 hour shifts throughout Dec. 7 – Dec. 18.

To sign-up to volunteer, please email Nolan Isaacson, Volunteer Manager at  For more info:

Location: PRISM
1220 Zane Ave N
Golden Valley, MN 55422

Ages: 12 or older
Date(s): December 2020
Time(s): 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Contact: Nolan Isaacson,  or 763-432-4230


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


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


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:  Nolan Isaacson,  or 763-432-4210

Thrift Store  Volunteer Hours

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




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, for both groups and individuals. 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 (group volunteer) or 24 (individual volunteer) and over the weekend (Saturday volunteering) is 15 and accompanied by an adult.
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: Angela Wistrcill at or 612.252.1280
Time Commitment: Varies


Greater Minneapolis Community Connections true strength is in our ability to mobilize caring people to make a difference.

GMCC serves mothers, fathers, kids and families in the Twin Cities area and throughout greater Minnesota. Our core mission is uniting people of faith, serving people in need. We strive to prevent hunger, provide a positive foundation for youth, maximize the self-reliance of seniors, encourage cultural diversity and pursue the end of poverty.

We can help match you with the perfect volunteer experience.

Service Area:
*Hunger Relief
*Youth Mentoring
*Poverty Education

Location: 1100 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Ages: Individuals/Groups over age 16
Date(s): varies
Time(s): varies
Contact: Megan Young at or 612-276-1500/
Time Commitment: varies