Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
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Volunteering

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

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

When: Daily shifts 7 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2 – 4:30 p.m. and 4 – 7 p.m.

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

St. Paul Breakfast Server

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: Citadel Worship & Service Center, 401 W. Seventh St., St. Paul

 South Minneapolis Dishwasher

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

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

St. Paul Food Shelf Assistant

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 W. 7th Street, 401 7th St. W., St. Paul

Minneapolis Food Distribution Assistant

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

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

Free Clothing Closet Organizer

Help sort through donated items to be distributed through our free clothing closet to families in need. Place items aside that are not acceptable to give away, as well as hang and organize items for distribution.

When: Monday – Friday, between 8:30 a.m. – Noon and 1-4 p.m.

Where: The Coon Rapids Salvation Army, social services office. 10347 Ibis St. N.W., Coon Rapids

 

Office Help/Property Management

Garden Volunteer

Are you someone who enjoys fresh air and sunshine? Do you have a gift for gardening? We need volunteers to help set up and plant a garden, maintain it with routine weeding and watering and then have the pleasure of harvesting what has been produced for use at our food shelf. This opportunity is available to anyone over 16 years old (kids are welcome to assist their parents and guardians.)

When: Spring through Fall

Where: Central Worship and Service center, 2727 Central Avenue N.E.

Filer

The social service office on Payne Ave. in St. Paul is looking for volunteers to help with filing. You can put your alphabetizing skills to good use and help organize files.

When: 2 – 5 hours per week, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays

Where: Eastside Worship & Service Center, 1019 Payne Ave., Saint Paul

Receptionist

Are you a people person who enjoys small-talk? Do you find yourself reaching for the phone in anticipation? If you can even imagine yourself in these situations, you really ought to consider becoming a volunteer receptionist. After all, what could be better than sipping hot coffee while greeting visitors, transferring calls, scheduling appointments and filing information?

When: Three or more hours between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday. A commitment of once or twice a week is preferred.

Where: Korean Outreach Ministry, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville

 

Senior Services

Manicurist

Provide manicures to participants at The Salvation Army’s Adult Center.  Must be at least 16 years old.

When: Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Adult Day Center, 2080 Woodlynn Ave., Maplewood

Outing Driver

Assist  participants of the Adult Day Center by driving our Salvation Army bus on outings. A commercial driver’s license and good driving record are required. You get free admission and meals.

When: Once a week Monday – Friday, usually two to five hours between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adult Day Center, 2080 Woodlynn Ave., Maplewood

 

Seasonal Opportunities

MOST Amazing Race

Want a day of adventure and fun without all the pressure of being a MOST amazing race participant? We need more than 100 volunteers each year to make this event run smoothly. There are only three requirements to volunteer. You must be willing to have fun and be active, be over 16 years old  (kids ages 8 to 16 years old are welcome to assist their parents or guardians), and register at least two weeks before the event. Registration begins May 1.

State Fair Parking Attendant

Direct State Fair traffic to park at Booth Brown House to help raise funds for the youth shelter. Shifts available in August and September.

Coats for Kids

Each year, thousands of children residing in the metro area – from infants to 18 year-olds – receive a warm coat for the winter through The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program. Help sort donated coats and distribute items at coat boutiques. Shifts available in October.

Bell Ringing

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. Two hour shifts available in November and December.

Toy Shop – Registration

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. Shifts available in November and December. Holiday volunteer registration will open September 15.

Toy Shop – Elf

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. Shifts available in December. Holiday volunteer registration will open September 15.

Holiday Meals

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. Holiday volunteer registration will open September 15.

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.