Environment – Gardening – Outdoor Activities

Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know when they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school.

The Sheridan Story is starting a new produce garden, “Grow & Give”, which will significantly expand the amount of produce they are able to provide to children and families who need it. You can help by growing and donating food from your garden. Check here for the types of produce to donate as well as other produce donation tips.

You can make a difference and have a direct impact on local child hunger!

Location: 2723 Patton Road, Roseville, MN 55113
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Mondays and Tuesdays from June 15-September 30, 2020
Time(s): Arrange a time for drop-off with Christine, see below
Contact: Christine Dummann, cdummann@thesheridanstory.org
Website: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/what-we-do-summer-programs-produce-garden/
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. 
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


Please check back soon for summer 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


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


Currently we have paused all volunteer activities to protect clients, staff, and volunteers. 

You can help by visiting our Amazon Registry for items on our Wish List. You can also email Becca@SojournerProject.org to set up a contact-free donation of items from our Wish List such as: Lysol wipes/spray, paper towels, bleach, paper plates, plastic utensils, Tylenol, lotion, hand sanitizer, non-contact thermometers and women’s underwear.

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


We have several needs for individuals to help us out:

  • Direct resident support
  • AA/NA facilitators
  • Interpreters
  • Administrative Support
  • Educational or recreational workshops

Location: Plymouth
Ages: 18+ women only
Date(s): Ongoing
Time(s): Varies
Contact: khitchcock@missionsinc.org or 763-559-1883
Website: https://www.missionsinc.org/support-us/volunteer
Time Commitment: Depends on the task.


Ready for Success provides lower-income women and men who are working towards self-sufficiency with gently-used and new professional clothing and accessories suitable for job interviews and the workplace.

Ready for Success Women’s Program is looking for female volunteers who are interested in working one-on-one with women entering or re-entering the workplace to act as a personal shopper and assist them with assembling professional wardrobes through weekday appointments. Volunteers provide an essential service by assisting our clients in shopping our site for multiple professional outfits, personal care products, accessories, and much more. At Ready for Success, our goal is to provide clients with a complete and enjoyable shopping experience. We also want our volunteers to enjoy themselves and feel a sense of fulfillment through contributing to our program. 

Location:  815 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Schedule:  Weekday volunteer opportunities available


  • Act as a role model to our program clients
  • Dress code of business casual or business professional required
  • Display a positive attitude
  • Treat program clients with dignity, and respect the confidentiality of their situations


  • Available weekdays
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Good communication, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Reliable, outgoing, responsible, flexible, patient
  • Retail experience, and or knowledge of appropriate fashion for today’s job market preferred
  • Commit to one year of involvement and sign up for at least one two-hour shift per month 

Application Process:

  • Application
  • Interview with staff
  • References and a Backgroud Check

Contact Jennifer Paffel for additional questions at 612-872-1509 or Jennifer@readyforsuccessmn.org


Got computer skills? Help adults with barriers to employment build effective online job-search skills.  

PPL’s Career Center offers a computer lab open to the public for career-related activities. Lab Volunteers give 1:1 support to adults learning basic computer skills, offering guidance as they search for employment & educational opportunities online.

Location & Schedule:

  • PPL Career Center, 1021 East Franklin Ave., Mpls 55404
  • Flexible 3 hour shifts (weekly) between 9 am – 4 pm, M – F
  • Current available shifts:
    • Monday, 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Monday, 1 – 3 PM
    • Tuesday, 9 AM – 12 PM
    • Tuesday, 1 – 3 PM
    • Thursday, 1 – 3 PM
    • Friday, 1 – 3 PM
    • On-call and substitute volunteers

      ****All shifts are generally flexible (please contact for more info)


  • Orient new participants to lab policies, software, and accessibility tools
  • Teach adults basic computer skills
  • Help with online job search and email setup
  • Coach on self-presentation: offer advice on resumes, cover letters, and professionalism
  • Direct adults to resources: housing, education, childcare, etc.
  • Assist with specials projects and lab maintenance
  • Remind participants of lab rules and help maintain professional environment


  • Training and guidance from program staff
  • Hands-on experience working with diverse adults in a community setting
  • Opportunity to empower others by sharing your skills and knowledge


  • Proficient at Microsoft Word, internet search, and general computer knowledge 
  • Interest in working with adults of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Able to proactively engage and assist adults
  • Proficiency in Somali or other languages desired but NOT required
  • Experience working with immigrant populations desired

Contact Leah Parriott at 612-455-5316 or leah.parriott@ppl-inc.org to learn more or set up an interview. The application process includes references and a background check. 


All volunteers interested in a regular, ongoing position or short-term projects are required to complete a volunteer application. Once received, we’ll call you to set up a time to discuss your volunteer interests. If you haven’t heard from us within two weeks, please call 763-509-5230 to make an appointment. 

Listed below are some ongoing volunteer opportunities. There are also volunteer opportunities at many of the City events. Please contact Volunteer Services for more information at 763-509-5230.

Adopt a Spot: Residents may volunteer to adopt a park, dog waste station, fire hydrant, storm drain or street to benefit their neighbors and the community as a whole. Adopting these items/locations helps ensure Plymouth stays clean and safe. Click on the link to find what is available to adopt near you.

Garlic Mustard: Remove invasive garlic mustard from city parks and green spaces from May through June when it is in bloom. What is garlic mustard? Find out more from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture about Garlic Mustard Handout MDA. It pulls easily; all you need is work gloves. It’s a perfect project for families.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): Provide critical support at emergency scenes and disaster sites. Receive training to assist in critical situations such as missing children, tornadoes, or other natural or man-made disasters. Participate in a number of community education, preparedness planning and prevention activities. Must live or work in Plymouth, be 21 years or older, pass a criminal background check and possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license. Applications are due January 31, 2020. NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

Police Reserves: Assist sworn officers with traffic and crowd control, transportation of prisoners, surveillance and patrol activities, special events and other education programs. Must be 21 years or older, commit to 15 hours a month, have a clean driving record and background check.

Hockey Ticket Takers: November – February
Take Tickets at high school hockey games.

Ice Skating Assistant: Assist beginning youth skaters during evening and weekend lessons; must be confident on ice. (Seasonally coinciding with lesson schedules.)

Summer Teen Volunteer Program: The summer Teen Volunteer Program is an excellent opportunity for teens 14 and older to learn leadership skills and gain valuable experience working with children. Teens assist with summer recreation programs and events, including playgrounds, day camp, sports, art, music and more.

Location: Varies
Ages: Varies
Date(s): All year long
Time(s): varies
Contact: Jackie Maas; jmaas@plymouthmn.gov or 763-509-5230
Time Commitment: Varies



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