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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

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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COVID-19 STATEMENT:

Like everyone in our community, we too at Open Arms are experiencing the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. From changing our daily operations to canceling fundraisers to altering our delivery methods, everything is changing. But please rest assured that we are closely following official guidelines (from the CDC and the MN Department of Health) and state/federal recommendations and orders, all in order to continue our primary mission: to cook and deliver free, healthy meals to our clients in need.

Key points:

  • Open Arms is considered an “essential” business and is part of the Twin Cities’ critical sector response to COVID-19. With this understanding, we can and will continue to operate and deliver meals to our clients with life-threatening illnesses and compromised immune systems.
  • We are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our community, which includes our clients, volunteers, staff, and more.
  • We have received many emails and phone calls from the Open Arms’ community asking how they can help our clients during the pandemic. The best way to help at the moment is to donate. Your donations will ensure that we can continue providing emergency bags of shelf-stable food for our clients and their families, delivering medically-tailored meals to the increasing number of clients who need our help, and stocking our supplies so we can be there for our clients when they need us most.

General Group Volunteer information:

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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We have over 200 mobile homes in this park, and just recently opened a new community center for our residents.  The new community center has a computer lab, exercise room, game room and meeting areas.  We are looking for volunteers:

    • Homework Help / Tutors – Teachers and volunteers are needed to assist students with homework and/or tutor them in their schoolwork
    • Hope Center Hosts:  The Hope Center is a 3500 sf community center with a variety of activities, most of which are run by volunteers.  In order for the building to be open, at least three hosts are needed to check families in, be available for questions, and oversee activities. 
    • Mentoring – Having an caring adult from outside of the family walk alongside a young person is one proven key to success!  
    • Financial Donations – If you are interested in helping to support for the work of Mobile Hope, you can contribute using the DONATE link above, send a check to this address: 7800 Maple Hill Road B38  Corcoran, MN 55340, or feel free to contact us and we would be happy to chat!  
    • Food Pick-ups – Food donations are distributed around the park to those that could use a little extra.  We are in need of individuals willing to make those food pick-ups, or to serve as back-up for those who are already on the schedule!  
    • ESL (ELL) Teachers – There are many cultures represented in mobile home communities.  Teaching English helps those newer to the United States to apply for jobs, get ahead, and become more a part of the world around them.
    • VBS Volunteers – Each year the youth from Wayzata Free Church and Wooddale Church host a large Vacation Bible School for the kids at Maple Hill.  If you are interested in being a part of that, contact Bruce Droogsma at 763-473-9463
    • Computer Skills Training – When our new community center opens up in the spring, we will have need for volunteers who enjoy teaching computer skills in our new computer lab. 
    • Lead a Group – Do you lead a Cub Scout pack?  How about a community sports league?  Like art or theater?  The young people of Maple Hill would be interested in getting involved with these types of activities and leadership is needed to make that a reality. 
    • Create a program!  We know that there are a lot of creative ways that volunteers have come up with to help support the families of Maple Hill Estates.  You might have a great idea for something that could be started.  If so, contact us and let’s see if it can happen! 

Location: 7800 Maple Hill Road B38, Corcoran, MN 55340 *AND* 303 York Avenue, Osseo, MN  55369                                                                              Ages: 12+, but they can be younger if they are working with their parents
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: (Corcoran) Jill Dejewski at 763-416-0945 or jill@mobilehopemn.org Website: www.mobilehopemn.org
Time Commitment: Varies

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There are three ways you can participate:

  • Shopper – No payment to the Nursery. Your group purchases and brings your own groceries, making a recipe of your choice based on our meal grid.
  • Chef – $100 – Keep it simple – we find a fun recipe and provide the food. All you need to do is arrive at the scheduled time and cook. No meal planning or shopping involved!
  • Sponsor – $100 – Can’t make it to the Nursery but want to make sure our kiddos have full bellies? Choose this option and we’ll take care of everything.

Let’s do it! Sign up Now!

Current Wish List

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
Date(s): 365 days a year
Time(s): Throughout the day
Breakfast: 7:00 am – 9:00 am (served at 8:00 am)
Lunch: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (served at noon)
Dinner: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (served at 5:00 pm)
Contact: 612-767-8483
Website: http://www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer
Time Commitment: 2 – 2.5 hours, including prep and clean-up

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There are three ways you can participate:

  • Shopper – No payment to the Nursery. Your group purchases and brings your own groceries, making a recipe of your choice.
    Chef – $50 – Keep it simple – we find a fun recipe and provide the food. All you need to do is arrive at the scheduled time and cook. No meal planning or shopping involved!
    Sponsor – $50 – Can’t make it to the Nursery but want to make sure our kiddos have full bellies? Choose this option and we’ll take care of everything.

Let’s do it! Sign Up Now!

Current Wish List

Location: 4544 4th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
Ages: Volunteers must be 12 or older. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
Date(s): 365 days a year
Time(s): Throughout the day
Morning Snack – 9:30AM-11:00AM
Afternoon Snack – 2:30PM-4:00PM
Evening Snack – 6:30PM-8:00PM
Contact: 612-767-8483
Website: http://www.crisisnursery.org/volunteer
Time Commitment:Approximately 1.5 hours at the Crisis Nursery plus meal planning and shopping

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TreeHouse, Inc. is a Christian-based nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring hope to hurting youth and families, leading to life transformation. TreeHouse provides a safe place for at-risk youth who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school or in their communities to strive and grow by combining long-term caring relationships with year-round balanced programs.

We currently have 8 locations where we serve teens from the surrounding communities: Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Chaska, Mahtomedi, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, St. Louis Park. We also need volunteers at our main office in Edina.

Meal Host:
Prepare a meal at home, bring it to TreeHouse and serve 25-35 teens before evening program. Ideal service opportunity for families or small groups!

Location: Peace Lutheran Church – 3695 Cty. Rd. 101 N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Ages: 18+
Date(s): Tuesdays or Thursdays
Time(s): 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Contact: volunteer@treehouseyouth.org or 952-238-1010
Website: https://treehousehope.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies

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With Open Arms, we nourish body, mind and soul.

It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet it happens every day that people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.  That’s where we come in. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, breast cancer and more than 60 other diseases. We also work with communities in sub-Saharan Africa, providing food and technical assistance for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Open Arms is also unique in its phenomenal community of donors and more than 1,900 volunteers — the folks who work with us every day, ensuring that we continue to do our work with enthusiasm, joy and success.  Open Arms relies on the tremendous dedication of our 1,900 volunteers for every aspect of our operations – we could not function without them. Our volunteers tell us that they love working with Open Arms because they get to see the tangible impact of their work, whether they handle vegetables in the kitchen or hand food directly to a person in need.

Join us and make a profound difference in the lives of our clients while having fun and meeting others. We have a wide variety of opportunities and will work with you to find the perfect fit for your skills, interests and availability.

Learn about the volunteer opportunities available at Open Arms:

Delivering Meals
Take delicious food and a friendly face to our client’s door.

Cooking Meals
Work with our chefs to prepare nutritious entrees, soups, and baked goods.

Be the face of Open Arms as a receptionist, help our staff with administrative projects and volunteer at special events. Contact Ellen for more information about these opportunities.

At our urban farms:
Grow tasty veggies for our kitchen and meet new people. From April to November, help us plant, prune, weed, and harvest at our multiple urban gardens throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. Youth as young as 6 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

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

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