Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
Because people are hurting and need our help #RedKettleReason


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 Opportunities

Bell Ringer

It only takes one bell ringing shift (two hours) to raise enough money for The Salvation Army to provide a family with a week’s worth of groceries or to shelter an individual for two nights, including meals and hot showers. 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. 23. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour.

Visit the bell ringing page to learn more or sign up online. Businesses or organizations interested in group bell ringing opportunities should call 651-746-3519 for more information.

Toy Shop Phone Operators and Data Entry

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.

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

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

FULL – 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.

When: Sunday – Friday, Nov. 22 – Dec. 23, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Where: Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Minneapolis

Saturday Kettles Breakfast Server – St. Paul

During The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle season, we rely on seasonal workers to help us meet our fundraising goal to keep our programs running. We would like to offer them a good start to their day, with a warm smile and meal provided by a volunteer like you. Volunteers assist with making coffee, serving breakfast, packaging lunches and cleaning up the kitchen and dining area. We need 2-6 volunteers per shift. Sign up online.

When: Saturdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12, & 19 from 7:30 – 10 a.m.

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

Walk to End Hunger Participant

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 2015 Walk to End Hunger inside 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, Thursday, Nov. 26

Where: Mall of America

FULL – Christmas Decorators

To help celebrate the Christmas season, volunteers turn the Harbor Light Center, a transitional housing and emergency shelter, into a winter wonderland. Small groups of volunteers can help decorate one or more floors, meeting rooms, the dining hall and other areas of the building to help spread the love and spirit of Christmas to those most in need of it. Call Cam at 612-767-3119 to sign up.

When: Flexible dates and times between Nov. 9 – 30

Where: Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Minneapolis

FULL – Holiday Meal Serving – Minneapolis

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.)

  • FULL – Thanksgiving Preparation at Harbor Light Center (Nov. 24 – 25, three shifts available)
  • FULL – Thanksgiving Day at Harbor Light Center (Nov. 26, five shifts available)
  • FULL – Thanksgiving Day at Booth Manor (Nov. 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • FULL – Christmas Eve at Harbor Light Center (Dec. 24, three shifts available)
  • FULL – Christmas Day at Harbor Light Center (Dec. 25, five shifts available)

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 20 per group, please). Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity.


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

Free Clothing Closet Organizer – Coon Rapids

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

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

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 each July.


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.