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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.


Top Needs

Coats for Kids

Each year, thousands of children residing in the metro area – from infants to 18 years-of-age – receive a warm coat for the winter through Coats for Kids. And, you can be the one to help put the coat in their hands and a smile on their face.  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. Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity.

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. A warm friendly voice can make all the difference to a person going through hard times. Holiday Hotline Operators are available to help guide families to current resources available as well as let them know that Toy Shop registration has been closed. Holiday Hotline Operators need to be comfortable with letting participants know that we are no longer taking registration.

When: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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

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.

Bell Ringer

It only takes one bell ringing shift (two hours) to raise enough money for The Salvation Army to provide two nights of shelter and four warm meals for a man or woman 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. 21, and our kettles are most effective at raising these essential funds when a volunteer is by its side.

Visit the bell ringing page to learn more or sign up online.


Seasonal Needs

The Big Ring

Have you ever dreamed of breaking a Guinness World Record? Well here is your chance! To kickoff our kettle season this year we’re starting with a bang! It’s our goal to break the world record for the largest handbell ensemble. The current record is held by 560 musicians from Japan who played a five minute song together. We’ll be working with the Handbell Musicians of America to perform our song, but in order for Guinness to certify the event we’ll need one steward for every 50 musicians. You will help supervise your group to make sure everyone participates, and that everyone involved is meeting the requirements laid out by Guinness. In the end, you can add breaking a world record to your list of accomplishments, and help a worthy cause at the same time! This is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity! If interested, contact Jennie at 651-746-3426 or at

When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Mall of America rotunda

Christmas Decorators – Full

Is Christmas your favorite time of year? Do you especially love to decorate for the holidays? We are looking for a group of volunteers to help us decorate for Christmas, and help us take down the decorations after the holidays, as well. There will be many stairs to climb, so come prepared for some good, hard work for a good cause. This is a gift that will give back all season long! Small groups welcome.

When: Set- Up (full) – Tuesday, Nov. 22, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – lunch included
Tear-Down (full) – Tuesday, Jan. 10, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – lunch included
Where: 2727 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis
Contact: Email Jennie at 651-746-3426 or at

When: Flexible dates and times between Nov. 9 – 30
Where: Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave., Minneapolis
Contact: Email John at to sign up.

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. You can help us feed the hungry. Sign up online.

When: Sunday – Friday, Nov. 20 – Dec. 23, 7:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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

Walk to End Hunger

The Salvation Army invites you to join us Thanksgiving morning, to give back before giving thanks. Become a hunger fighter on behalf of our organization at the 2016 Walk to End Hunger inside the Mall of America by signing up to join The Salvation Army’s team. This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to help us fight hunger in the Twin Cities; one step at a time!

When: Thanksgiving morning

Where: Mall of America

North Pole Set-up and Clean-up Crew

The “North Pole” is our fond name for our center of operations that prepares and sends Christmas gifts to children of inmates. A volunteer crew is needed for set-up and clean-up to help ensure that these children have a brighter Christmas morning.

When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

East St. Paul Holiday Dinners

The holiday season is one filled with love and family for most people, but not everyone finds themselves in these circumstances. It is a great opportunity for us to focus on others by giving back to those who need a little bit of hope this time of year. We are looking for up to 25 volunteers to help serve holiday meals for people in need in East St Paul. We’ll need people to serve food, drinks and desserts, as well as people to help clean up. This is a great opportunity for families and friends, church groups or businesses to serve together as a part of their holiday celebrations.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 23  (Full) and Friday, Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: East St. Paul Salvation Army, 1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul

Program Specific Holiday Meals

Share the spirit of the season with others by serving a meal at a Salvation Army site in Minneapolis. 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. All meal-serving volunteers must be at least 16 years old. (Unfortunately, no younger children are allowed. Thank you for understanding.)


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


Life Skills

Job Coach – Various Locations

The Volunteer Aftercare Support Team volunteer Job Coach will be trained to work one-on-one with individuals seeking employment upon release from prison or from a Salvation Army residential program.  Job Coaches assist with the initial evaluation of the person’s background, capabilities, desires and challenges.  Once this portrait is developed, the Job Coach will assist the person in developing a Plan of Action that will allow them to obtain a minimum of living wage employment. The Job Coach’s role is support, guidance and encouragement. Contact John Hulteen at for more information.

When: Meeting times will vary depending on the availability of job coach and job seeker.

Where: Arrangements for meetings will be made at one of our staffed metro Salvation Army Service Unit offices



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


Disaster Relief

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


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.