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The majority of our volunteer opportunities happen during the week, though there are early morning and evening opportunities available to fit any schedule. Meal servers are always needed at our adult homeless shelter in Minneapolis, including weekend shifts.

Use the arrows below to reveal details about the current opportunities. Online sign up is available for some opportunities, but you can always call our office at 651-746-3426 to help out.


Upcoming Opportunities

Back-to-School Shopper – Various Locations

Each year hundreds of children go to school unprepared to learn. The Salvation Army is determined to help families in need by providing back-to-school clothes to help each child start the school year off feeling good about themselves. It is proven that children that go back to school with new clothes the first day of school are more likely to be successful throughout the year. Help us set children up for success for the 2016-17 school year. We need shoppers to escort children through Walmart, assist in selecting clothes, and track the cost of the items to keep it within the budget. Minimum volunteer age is 16.

Buffalo | Now Full

  • When: Thursday, August 25th from 7:45- 10 a.m.
  • Where: Walmart, 1315 Highway 25 N, Buffalo

Elk River | Now Full

  • When: Wednesday, August 24th from 8- 10 a.m.
  • Where: Walmart, 18185 Zane St. N.W., Elk River

Back-to-School Celebration – St. Paul Payne Ave.

Come be a part of the fun by volunteering to help out with this Back to School event. Family Values for Life is generously sponsoring this event to provide students with school supplies, community resources, haircuts, family activities, games and food. Volunteers will be helping serve food and are welcome to participate in the festivities. Sign up online.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bruce Vento Elementary School Playground, 409 Case Ave.

State Fair Parking Attendant – St. Paul

If you enjoy directing traffic, taking people’s money, and telling people to park wherever you want them to, perhaps you should consider this volunteer opportunity. Booth Brown House, a shelter for youth, opens up their whole parking lot and yard for Minnesota State Fair visitors as a place to park, and the money raised goes toward activities for youth in the shelter. Volunteers help recruit potential cars for the lot (a lot of waving signs around and cheering), collect money/make change, direct cars to open spots, and monitor the lot for when a new spot opens up. All volunteers receive one ticket to the Minnesota State Fair. Approximately three people are needed for each shift. Volunteers need to be able to stand, walk, and ride a bike around the parking lot to direct cars. Sign up online.

When: Aug. 25 – Sept. 5, various shifts available

Where: Booth Brown House, 1471 Como Ave. W., St. Paul

MOST Amazing Race – Various Locations

Want a day of adventure and fun without all the pressure of racing? Be a MOST Amazing Race volunteer! Race volunteers are assigned to one or more challenge locations in St. Paul to set-up and clean-up challenges, judge teams, regulate team traffic, and even test the challenges themselves. Volunteers also help with starting line registration. We need nearly 150 volunteers each year to make this event run smoothly. Learn more about this opportunity.

When: Saturday, Sept. 24, various shifts available

Where: Como Park Pavilion, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul


Meal Serving

Shelter Kitchen Assistant – Minneapolis

Assist in preparing, serving, and cleanup of meals as well as sorting donated food at Harbor Light, The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day of the year. Individuals or groups up to six volunteers are welcome for each shift (watch training video). Sign up online.

When: 7 days a week, 9 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2 – 4 p.m., 4 – 6 p.m., 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave., Minneapolis

Breakfast Server – St. Paul

Do you rise early and wonder what to do with your morning? An average of 300 homeless and working poor receive a hot breakfast each morning thanks to The Salvation Army and our volunteers. If you would be willing to volunteer one to five days a week, we would love to welcome you to our team. Individuals or groups up to 10 people are welcome (watch training video). Sign up online.

When: Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 9 a.m.

Where: 401 7th St. W., St. Paul


Food Distribution

Food Shelf Shopping Escort – Minneapolis

Do you love meeting new people from all different backgrounds and helping them meet their basic needs? We are looking for people to help us provide individuals and families in Northeast Minneapolis with well-balanced food from our food shelf. You will shop with clients as they walk through the food shelf, answering questions regarding food items, and helping them make nutritious selections to bring home. You will get to be with them from beginning to end, helping them bag their choices for their trip home as well.

When: Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m.

Where: 2727 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Food Shelf Assistant – St. Paul

As a food shelf assistant, you will help food shelf guests with their orders. You will also help stock the food shelf as needed throughout this process. Sign up online.

When: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to Noon or 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: 401 7th St. W., St. Paul

Friday Food Distribution Assistant – St. Paul

As a Friday Food Distribution Assistant you will assist with setting up tables, bringing in and sorting donated produce and bakery items along with miscellaneous food items. Guests will have the opportunity to “shop” from the tables. You will also assist in clean-up after guests have finished. Individuals and groups up to 10 can sign up online.

When: Fridays from 9 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.

Where: ­ 401 7th St. W., St. Paul

Food Distribution Assistant – Minneapolis

Each month The Salvation Army, in partnership with Second Harvest, will give away free produce to community members in south Minneapolis. Volunteers will help setup, distribute and cleanup. Groups up to six volunteers are welcome. Sign up online.

When: 2nd Thursday of each month, 9 a.m. – Noon

Where: 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis



Multiple Youth Programming Needs – St. Paul

Do you enjoy working with youth? Volunteers are needed to assist in our youth programs in the following ways:

  • Work with youth in the after school program (Monday -Friday from 2:30 – 5:30 PM) or Summer Day Camp (June-August), assisting with educational activities and tutoring.
  • Drive the bus for our after-school program
  • Work with toddlers and preschoolers in our King Family Child Development Center
  • Reach out to our Hmong youth by helping tutor in the Hmong Outreach Program
  • Assist our Wednesday evening character-building classes for youth

Contact Sophie Crowell at 651-224-4316 to sign up.

When: Program times vary

Where: ­401 7th St. W., St. Paul


Emergency Disaster Services

On-call Disaster Team Member – Various locations

We are always looking for people  to join our disaster response team. Whether you’d like to help in a Salvation Army mobile kitchen or you can assist in a more specialized role, we have a place for you. You’ll find more information on our disaster volunteer team page.

When: Immediately following disasters

Where: Disaster scenes


Clothing/Salvation Army Stores

Store Helper – Various Locations

Volunteer at a Salvation Army store. Help prepare merchandise for sale, organize shelves and racks, and remove older items that have not sold.

When: Monday – Saturday, three hours or more while the store is open

Where: St. Paul, Minneapolis, Burnsville, Bloomington, Hastings, Elk River and Fridley


Office Help/Property Management

Recruitment Researcher – From Home

Do you love lists and Excel documents? Would you like to be able to volunteer from home? We are looking for someone to help us compile information about local businesses, schools, senior homes and centers, etc. to use for recruiting new volunteers. This will be a great tool for us to build community partnerships to better serve the less fortunate in our communities. We are looking to complete this project by September 2016 with your help. Email Jennie Connors or call 651-746-3426 for more information.

When: Flexible schedule, committing to 5 or more hours per week to complete the project by Sept. 1

Where: Your home or The Salvation Army Northern Division Headquarters, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville

Janitorial Volunteer – Minneapolis

We are looking for someone that likes to clean and is willing to serve others selflessly behind the scenes. We currently need one volunteer who will help us maintain the cleanliness of our Central Ave.N.E. location both inside and out. We are looking for a friendly, organized person who is able to work independently to make sure the job gets done well, and takes pride in doing things to the best of their ability. This is a very essential behind the scenes service opportunity for someone who loves to serve others by helping to meet their basic needs.

When: Daily shifts available Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m. or 3:30-7 p.m.

Where: 2727 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Volunteer Driver – Maplewood

We are looking for two people to take adults from our Adult Day Center program in Maplewood on lunch outings, to the store and to schools. Volunteers are needed once a week for a few hours during the winter (times vary) and summer (around lunchtime). This opportunity will not only bless the adults you’ll be serving, but we know you will be blessed by them as well. Because the program participants are considered a vulnerable population, some training is required.

When: One day a week during business hours, no nights or weekends

Where: The Salvation Army’s Adult Day Center in Maplewood

Social Services Driver – Roseville or Minneapolis

Do you like driving and know the Twin Cities like the back of your hand? We are looking for volunteers to assist us on an on-call basis with collecting donations from locations all over the Twin Cities. You will drive a Salvation Army van to various local businesses, collect donations from an assignment roster, and help distribute these goods to appropriate sites. We are looking for friendly people who can lift up to 40 pounds. You’ll get to work with some wonderful and caring people, and feel good about helping people in need.

When: Flexible between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday

Where: Routes will start and end at The Salvation Army Headquarters, 2445 Prior Ave., Roseville or Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave., Minneapolis

Gardener – Minneapolis

Are you passionate about nutrition and growing your own food? We are looking for a volunteer to maintain the Central Corps garden. Help us with spring planting all the way through the end of fall harvest. All of the produce goes to the NEED food shelf serving low income families and individuals in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis to help supplement their nutritional needs. Additionally, we are looking for someone who wants to share their passion for gardening to help teach youth about growing your their own food, and eating a nutritionally diverse diet.

When: Schedule can be flexible once you become familiar with the location

Where:  2727 Central Ave N.E., Minneapolis


Seasonal Opportunities

Bell Ringing – Various Locations

Spread Christmas cheer while helping us raise money that will make a difference in the lives of people in crisis through food and housing programs, after-school activities for at-risk kids and so much more. Visit the bell ringing page to learn more. Sign up begins in the fall for two hour shifts in November and December.

Coats for Kids – Various Locations

You can be the one to help put coats in the hands of those who need them most. We have a variety of ways for volunteers to help – from answering phones at a phonebank to sorting donations or helping parents find coats for their kids.

Holiday Meals – Various Locations

Share the spirit of the season with others by serving a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal at a Salvation Army site in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Volunteers can help prepare the meal in advance or serve it on the holiday. All meal-serving volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Sign up begins in the fall for shifts in November and December.

Toy Shop Registration – Roseville

Help with data entry or take phone registrations from families seeking assistance providing toys for their kids. After the registration, help troubleshoot by answering client questions and making corrections in the database. Sign up begins in the fall for shifts in November and December.

Toy Shop Elf – Various Locations

Help parents at our Toy Shops while they select Christmas gifts for their children. Duties include registration, shopping with parents, restocking tables and bagging toys. Sign up begins in the fall for shifts in December.

Walk to End Hunger Participant – Mall of America

The Salvation Army invites you to join us Thanksgiving morning to give back before giving thanks. Sign up to become a hunger fighter on behalf of our organization at the 2016 Walk to End Hunger inside Mall of America begins next fall. This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to help us fight hunger in the Twin Cities, one step at a time.


See an opportunity above that interests you? Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form and mention the opportunity title in the “Other Interests” section to get connected.