Group Volunteers: Open Arms

September 24, 2019

in Age Groups, Ages 12 and under, Ages 12+, Ages 16+, Ages 18+, Cooking


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

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: or 612-872-1152
Time Commitment: Varies

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