Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
Young girl named Lucy rings a bell


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 Events

Bell Ringer

It only takes one bell ringing shift (two hours) to raise enough money to provide two nights of shelter and four warm meals for a man, woman or child in need who enters our doors. Spread Christmas cheer while helping us raise money that will fund our programs all year long. We have literally thousands of shifts starting on Monday, Nov. 10., and our kettles are most effective at raising these essential funds when a volunteer is present. Sign up online for a bell ringing shift.

Toy Shop Registration

Provide crucial help to families seeking Christmas assistance by answering phones or entering information into a database. This includes registering families for Christmas assistance and troubleshooting basic questions about Salvation Army Christmas programs.

When: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (24 phone and data entry volunteers needed per shift, 14 troubleshooters needed per shift)

Where: Salvation Army Northern Division Headquarters, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville

Breakfast Server and Lunch Bagger

Volunteers will serve breakfast to the Harbor Light Shelter residents, and then make sandwiches and assemble lunches for kettle workers by adding fruit, chips and a drink into lunch bags. Over 100 sandwiches are made each day. Four volunteers are needed for each shift, and volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. Sign up online.

When: Sunday – Friday, Nov. 9 – Tuesday, Dec. 23, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Minneapolis

Seasonal Supper Server

During the bell ringing season, the Harbor Light Shelter sends staff out to ring at red kettles that are not covered by volunteers, since these provide crucial funding support for our programs. When the staff members return, The Salvation Army prepares a hot supper for them, and we need volunteers to help serve the meal. Three volunteers are needed for each shift, and volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. Sign up online.

When: Monday – Saturday, Nov. 10 – Dec. 23, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Where: Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Minneapolis

Holiday Meals

Share the spirit of the season with others by serving a meal at a Salvation Army site in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Volunteers can help serve a meal on the days prior to and including the holiday. Space is limited to just 5 to 6 volunteers per shift in Minneapolis and 10 to 15 volunteers per shift in St. Paul. All meal-serving volunteers must be at least 16 years old. (Unfortunately, no younger children are allowed. Thank you for understanding.)

  • FULL – Monday, Dec. 22 at St. Paul Payne Ave. Salvation Army (shifts starting at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.)
  • FULL – Christmas Eve at Harbor Light Center (Dec. 24, multiple shifts)
  • FULL – Christmas Day at Harbor Light Center (Dec. 25, multiple shifts


Do you like to sing? Can’t get enough of all your favorite Christmas carols? Share your gift of music with the residents of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis. Harbor Light provides both emergency overnight and transitional housing to people in need. Volunteer times are flexible.

When: Flexible dates and times between Nov. 26 – Dec. 24

Where: Harbor Light Center, Minneapolis

Call Bethany at 612-767-3119 to sign up.

Christmas Toy Shop Elf

Help parents as they select Christmas gifts for their children at our Salvation Army Toy Shops. Duties include registration, shopping with parents, restocking tables and bagging toys. These are wonderful opportunities for groups (no more than 30 per group, please). Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity.

  • FULL – Minneapolis Toy Shop Set-Up (Dec. 15)
  • FULL – Minneapolis Toy Shop Event (Dec. 16 – 18)
  • FULL – Minneapolis Toy Shop Tear-Down (Dec. 19)
  • FULL – St. Paul Toy Shop Set-Up (Dec. 15)
  • St. Paul Toy Shop Event (Dec. 16 – 17) (sign up online)
  • FULL – Burnsville Toy Shop Event (Dec. 19)
  • FULL – Anoka Toy Shop Set-Up (Dec. 20)
  • FULL – Anoka Toy Shop Event (Dec. 20)
  • FULL – Overflow Toy Shop Set-Up (Dec. 22)
  • FULL – Overflow Toy Shop Event and Tear-Down (Dec. 23)


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)

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

Prepare well-balanced food bags and distribute the bags to families waiting for their orders. Help unload donations and stock shelves. Keep food pantry clean and remove expired products. 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.

Where: Various locations in Minneapolis

St. Paul Food Distribution Assistant

Organize the free food area at our Eastside office. Volunteers help participants pick out donated bakery and produce items. Individuals or groups up to 12 volunteers can participate. Sign up online.

When: Fridays, 12:30 – 4 p.m.

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

Minneapolis Free Produce Distributor

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

Food Shelf Stocker

When food supplies come in for our food shelf, The Salvation Army could use a few volunteers to help sort out all the items into the food shelf. Volunteers need to be able to lift and bend.

When: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 1 – 3 p.m.

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


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


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 and Elk River


Youth and Mentoring

Student Tutor

Tutor school age kids during the school year. Math assistance is in high demand. Seeking volunteers who can commit to tutoring at least twice per month.

When: September – early June, Monday – Friday, two hours in the afternoon or early evening

Where: St. Paul, Minneapolis, Maplewood and Brooklyn Park

Day Camp Activity Guide

Help guide children in arts and crafts, games, field trips and meals at a Salvation Army Worship and Service Center. You can either help every day at camp or bring a small group to help for a day.

When: June – August

Where: Various locations in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Brooklyn Park 


Office Help/Property Management


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

On Call Greeter

As an On Call Greeter volunteer, you will help at the front desk area of the social service office when a staff member is out unexpectedly. Greeters are the first face clients see when they arrive, and therefore greeters provide a friendly welcome and check in clients for appointments.

When: Hours will vary, but shifts will typically be 8 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Our estimate is that a volunteer greeter will be called upon once a month.

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


Senior Services


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

State Fair Parking Attendant

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

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.