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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.


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 five volunteers are welcome (watch training video). Sign up online.

When: Daily shifts 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 – 7 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 do 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, 7 – 9 a.m.

Where: St. Paul 7th Street W. Salvation Army, 401 7th St. W., St. Paul

Lunch Program Assistant – South Minneapolis

Work alongside The Salvation Army to provide residents of all ages in South Minneapolis with a well-balanced meal. Volunteers are needed to assist with preparing food items and serving the hot meal at Noon. In addition we will need help with clean-up tasks such as sweeping and washing tables.

When: Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Temple Worship & Service Center, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

Dishwasher – South Minneapolis

Wash dishes from the lunch program served to community members. Volunteers should commit to at least twice a month.

When: Monday – Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Temple Worship & Service Center, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis


Food Distribution

Food Shelf Helper – Minneapolis and St. Paul

Help unload donations and stock shelves. Prepare well-balanced food bags to distribute to families in need. Keep food pantry clean and remove expired products. Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds and stand for long periods of time.

When: Monday – Friday, three hours or more between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Minneapolis); or Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 p.m. (St. Paul)

Where: Two locations: South Minneapolis and East St. Paul

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: St. Paul 7th Street W. Salvation Army, 401 7th St. W., St. Paul

Tuesday Food Distribution Assistant – Minneapolis

We have fresh produce and bakery items to distribute to the less fortunate of Minneapolis. What we need is a committed volunteer(s) who are willing to help run this distribution. Volunteers would assist with set-up, distribution of product and clean-up. Someone who chooses to help with this opportunity will gain satisfaction knowing that they are helping the less fortunate receive fresh produce that they otherwise would not have access to given most food shelves only carry non-perishable food items.

When: Tuesday, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: ­Downtown Minneapolis Social Services Office (Hope Harbor), 53 Glenwood Ave., Minneapolis

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: ­ St. Paul 7th Street W. Salvation Army, 401 7th St. W., St. Paul

Perishable Food Donation Manager – St. Paul

Do you enjoy the smell of fresh produce and bakery items? Can you repeatedly lift 40-50 pounds? The Salvation Army and residents of the West St. Paul area could use your muscle to help sort through and display items to be distributed to members of the community on a volunteer basis. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to one or more times a week. Sign up online.

When: Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Where: ­ St. Paul 7th Street W. Salvation Army, 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 6 volunteers are welcome. Sign up online.

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

Where: Minneapolis E. Lake Street Worship & Service Center, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis


Emergency Disaster Services

On-call Disaster Team Member

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

Creative Writer/Proofreader

Do you enjoy crafting language that moves readers to action? Would you like to do so from the comfort of your own home—and for a society-shaping cause? If so, The Salvation Army needs your help. Your task would be to catch the eye of prospective volunteers by drafting compelling volunteer summaries and recruitment pieces. Your impact would be community mobilization. Your legacy would be lives changed. In addition to writing, we also need assistance in proofreading our annual volunteer-of-the-year submissions. This award is significant in both retaining and motivating volunteers. To apply or to learn more, please contact Jennie Connors at or 651-746-3426.

When: Flexible

Where: From home

Filer – East St. Paul and Minneapolis Lyndale Ave. N.

The social service offices on Payne Ave. in St. Paul and at our Lyndale Ave. N. location in Minneapolis are looking for volunteers to help with filing. While assisting with filing you will help free up staff time to further meet the needs of each individual coming to us for help. Put your alphabetizing skills to good use and help organize files so that staff can easily access them as needed.

When: 2 – 5 hours per week

Where: Two locations: St. Paul Payne Ave. Salvation Army, 1019 Payne Ave., or Minneapolis Lyndale Ave N. Salvation Army, 2024 Lyndale Ave N., 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.

Toy Shop Registration – Various Locations

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.

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.

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 towards 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 an open spot, 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. Registration for this opportunity begins in July.

Walk to End Hunger Participant

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.