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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.


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

Call 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. Call each store directly to learn about their volunteer needs.

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

Where: St. Paul (651-731-7893), Minneapolis – Nicollet Ave. (612-822-1200), Minneapolis – N. Fourth St. (612-332-5855), Burnsville (952-435-7462), Bloomington (952-881-6197), Hastings (651-319-0329), Elk River (763-274-2764), and Fridley (763-571-9988)


Office Help/Property Management

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

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



Female Mentors – Various locations

Are you interested in supporting those recently released from prison? Our mentors help guide men and women who reside in Salvation Army program facilities or who participate in other Salvation Army reentry programs. The foundation for the guidance provided by the mentor will be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

When: Schedule is flexible, based on individual mentee’s availability. A minimum of four hours a month (either by phone or in person), for one year.

Where: Various locations around the metro

For more information, call Haley at 651-746-3498.

Male Job Coach – Various locations

We are looking for males who would be interested in serving as job coaches for men transitioning back into the community after being incarcerated. Our job coaches work one-to-one with men seeking employment and provide the appropriate support, guidance and encouragement for individuals creating an action plan to help secure employment.

When: Schedule is flexible, based on individual’s availability.

Where: Various locations around the metro

For more information, call Haley at 651-746-3498.


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 sorting donations to helping parents find coats at our social service locations.

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

Youth homelessness is a serious issue in the Twin Cities, but you can help keep The Salvation Army’s youth shelter running. Booth Brown House, our youth housing facility, opens its parking lot and yard for State Fair visitors as a place to park, and the money raised helps to serve our young residents. Volunteers are needed to direct cars to an open spot and monitor the lot. All volunteers receive one ticket to the Minnesota State Fair. Volunteers need to be able to stand, walk, and ride a bike around the parking lot to direct cars. Sign up online.

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.


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.

Additional Information

Each Twin Cities location also has a volunteering page where you can find information about their year-round volunteer needs, in addition to the special opportunities listed above. Find a location and click “Visit Community Page,” then select “Volunteering” from the community menu.