Mount Olivet Rolling Acres offers care and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Amongst other services, they operate 34 residential group homes throughout the Twin Cities (including many in the western suburbs). Usually they bring volunteers in to make holiday goodies with the residents, but of course, this year that is not a safe option!

Instead, they are asking volunteers to bring in frozen dough, with baking instructions, allowing staff to have a fun baking day with the residents! The dough can be for holiday cookies, breads or even cinnamon rolls! Enough dough for around 2 dozen treats would be ideal. Frozen dough can be dropped off at any of the residences up to a week before Christmas. Please ring the doorbell and leave the dough on the front steps. Don’t forget to include an encouraging holiday note with the dough! Please contact Laurie Mahoney (contact info. below) for more details and instructions.

Location: Various – see website below for specific locations
Ages: All ages!
Date(s): Please deliver by Dec. 17
Time(s): Varies
Contact: LMahoney@mtolivet-MORA.org or 612-322-2638
Website: https://mtolivetrollingacres.org/
Time Commitment: Varies.  One time commitment


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 klytle@prismmpls.org, 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 linktr.ee/prismmpls. 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 nisaacson@prismmpls.org.  For more info: https://www.prismmpls.org/holidaytoyshoppe

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,  nisaacson@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4230
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org


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 @ awyatt@iocp.org or 763-489-7505
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
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 lerstad-hicks@iocp.org or 763-489-7506
Website: https://www.iocp.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: Varies


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.


  • 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


  • 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 Jennifer Paffel to apply or learn more at: 612-872-1509 or jennifer@readyforsuccessmn.org 


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
Website: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/volunteer
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,  nisaacson@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4230
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org


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,  NIsaacson@prismmpls.org  or 763-432-4210
Website: http://www.prismmpls.org

Thrift Store  Volunteer Hours

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




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.

*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.


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://northwoods.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.