Families

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

Volunteers provide an essential service by assisting our clients in shopping our sites for multiple professional outfits, personal care products, accessories, and 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 by contributing to our program. 

Ready for Success Men’s Program is looking for volunteers interested in working 1:1 with men entering or re-entering the workplace to act as personal shoppers, assisting them with assembling professional wardrobes through weekday appointments.

Men’s Program Location:      819 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis 55404
Schedule:                                  Flexible 2-hour weekday shifts
                                                        (weekly, semiweekly, or monthly)
                                                    Preferred times are M, W, or Friday mornings.

 Responsibilities:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • Weekday availability
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Good communication, organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Reliable, outgoing, responsible, flexible, patient
  • Retail experience, &/or knowledge of appropriate fashion for today’s job market
  • Commit to one year of involvement and sign up for at least one 2-hour shift per month

Application Process:

  • Application
  • Interview with staff
  • References and online background check

Contact Gary Veazie to apply or learn more at: 612-872-1509 or gary@readyforsuccessmn.org 

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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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We have several needs for groups to help out:
Adopt-a-Room: Repaint and decorate a bedroom or other area of the shelter. For group of 4-8 in each room. We provide paint; your group provides everything else.
Un-Birthday Party: Organize an “Un-Birthday” Party for the children at the shelter. Group sizes 5-9. Your group provides all the supplies.
Spa Day: Organize a “Spa Day” for women at the shelter. For groups 5-15. Your group provides all the supplies.
Holiday Parties: Organize a party themed around the holiday for residents at the shelter.
In-Kind Drive: Organize a drive for items from our current needs list.

Seasonal:
*Gardening
*Yardwork
*Painting
*Monthly barbecues with residents and staff

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.

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National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is the nation’s most distinctive, well-respected mother-daughter membership organization and is committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. We are starting a new North Woods chapter that will encompass the school districts of Wayzata, Plymouth, Maple Grove and the northwest Minneapolis area. If you would like to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences and are interested in membership in NCL, read on!

NCL, Inc. is unique because of its multi-generational membership and its Mission-focused program, “The NCL Experience,” inspires and empowers women and their daughters to become confident, well-rounded and socially aware contributors in their communities. For more than 50 years, NCL, Inc. has been developing women leaders through volunteerism and supporting philanthropies with hands-on activities in local communities throughout the nation. NCL, Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California in 1925 and incorporated in 1958.

The chapter is designed for mothers (Patronesses) and their daughters (Ticktockers) in grades 7-12. The three philanthropies we will be partnering with are the Special Olympics of Minnesota, Ronald McDonald House, and Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP). There will be other service opportunities in addition to these organizations.

There are fees to join the chapter as well as service and meeting requirements. If you are interested in membership or want to learn more, please see the information below.

Location: National Charity League – North Woods Chapter
Ages: Mothers and daughters in grades 7-12
Date(s): Varies
Time(s): Varies
Contact: NCLNW.membership@gmail.com
Website: https://www.nationalcharityleague.org/
Time Commitment: Mothers: 10 philanthropy service hours and 5 league service hours; Daughters in 7th, 8th and 12th grades: 10 philanthropy service hours and 10 league service hours; Daughters in 9th, 10th and 11th grades: 15 philanthropy service hours and 15 league service hours. There are also meeting requirements for mothers and daughters.

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