Environment – Gardening – Outdoor Activities

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


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


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.  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


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.


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.

Plymouth Post: Provide caring messages, pictures, photos, riddles, jokes, puzzles and more to seniors and others in Plymouth who may be lonely and feeling isolated. Letters should be dropped off in the front vestibule of City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard, by the 10th of each month.  You can make a one-time contribution but we would love for volunteers to make a regular, monthly commitment to this program for six months. You can write one letter, make multiple copies of the same letter or do something different for each letter. This is your chance to be creative! Letters can be handwritten or printed from a computer. The size should be no larger than 9” x 11”. For safety reasons, we will not provide names of individuals who will receive the letters. This is an excellent opportunity for schools, groups and families to teach about caring for the elderly and the isolated. If you have questions about this program, you can contact Katie Yandell at 763-509-5222 or kyandell@plymouthmn.gov

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




  • Main contact for homeowner & team captains
  • Facilitate scope meetings & goal setting
  • Onsite program day for team support
  • Knowledge regarding Hearts & Hammers process (training provided)

Location: On-Site
Ages: 18+…Project management/ management in a related field of construction, or previous Hearts & Hammers leadership experience required.
Date(s): Spring 2020
Time(s): Varies
Contact: 651-636-0797 or info@heartsandhammers.org
Website: https://heartsandhammers.org/
Time Commitment: 2 training conference calls,
2-3 in person meetings with team captains and homeowners,
1 Program Day over the course of an 8 week time period


Art 2 Heart is 100% Volunteer-Operated

Just as Jesus fed over 5,000 people with the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish offered up in faith, volunteers and supporters of Art 2 Heart offer whatever their “loaf” or “fish” may be in terms of time, talent, or treasure — and the Lord faithfully multiplies it to accomplish His work through this ministry.

Gift Shop Operations

Many hands work together to make our Gift Shop possible — clerking, arranging displays, tagging, and all the activities it takes to operate a retail facility. If you share our vision and mission and feel led to volunteer on a regular basis for work behind the counter or behind the scenes, we’d love to hear from you! Call us at the shop 763-478-6898 or email OurArt2Heart@yahoo.com

Product Creation

Do you have a favorite creative talent you’d like to share?  Jewelry-making, sewing, crafting, beading, painting…? We have a number of artists who donate their time and creative gifts to help us offer a variety of unique items for our Gift Shop. Also, as a 501 (c)(3) organization, we can give tax-deductible receipts for any donated items. If you have artistic items you would like to donate or would like to have your products considered for consignment, please call the Gift Shop at 763-478-6898 for an appointment.

Location: 95 Hamel Rd., Hamel, MN 55340
Ages: Any age
Date(s): Pick your hours
Contact: OurArt2Heart@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.ourart2heart.org
Time Commitment: Pick your hours


Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals and families; corporations and businesses; youth and adult groups; environmental and outdoor clubs; community and service organizations; faith-based groups, and college, high school, and middle school students. We only require that children under 12 are accompanied by an adult. We provide all of the equipment and no prior experience is necessary! All you need to do is show up ready to volunteer and get a little dirty to restore our natural areas. A light breakfast, snacks, and lunch are provided at most events.

Restoration Volunteer
Volunteer Supervisor
GRG Ambassador
Event Assistant
Volunteer Photographer

Volunteer Programs

Public Events

Each spring and fall, Great River Greening hosts 4-8 public restoration events throughout the greater Twin Cities Metro. These events typically take place on Saturday mornings and our projects range from planting native trees to removing invasive plants and more! Visit the Public Events webpage to view our current opportunities.

Private Events

In addition to our public events, Great River Greening offers private events for groups wishing to have a more targeted restoration experience. We offer private event opportunities throughout the year and work hand-in-hand with group leaders to determine the location, tasks, and date that work best. Complete our Private Event Inquiry form to work with us on tailoring an experience for your employees/group.

Field Learning for Teens

Separate from our public and private restoration events, Field Learning for Teens is an outdoor youth education program, designed to introduce youth of color to the importance of environmental stewardship and the many ways they can be involved in caring for our shared natural spaces – now and as future professionals. Through hands-on activities in the field, teens gain a deeper exposure to natural spaces in their community, current environmental topics, and career opportunities in STEM and environmental fields. This is a free, one day program offered to groups of 20 or more youth. Please contact Amy Kilgore, Outreach Program Manager, for more information: akilgore@greatrivergreening.org or (651) 272-3989.


Click here to view our current Internship and Employment openings. Great River Greening internships are a chance to work side-by-side with our staff and partners on various projects. Interns work during Great River Greening office hours (Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm) and occasionally at weekend or evening volunteer or outreach events. Some work may be available to do remotely. Internships are available in the following fields:

  • Communications/marketing
  • Database management
  • Volunteer management
  • Event planning
  • Development
  • GIS mapping
  • Graphic design

Location:  251 Starkey St. Ste 2200, St Paul, MN 55107
Ages: All ages
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact:  (651) 665-9500 or e-mail us volunteer@greatrivergreening.org,
Website:  https://www.greatrivergreening.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies