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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. Only available on weekends? Call the Salvation Army Store in your neighborhood to learn about weekend-specific opportunities.

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

State Fair Parking Director

If you enjoy directing traffic, taking people’s money, and telling people to park, perhaps you should consider this volunteer opportunity. Booth Brown House, a shelter for youth, turns its yard into a parking lot during the Minnesota State Fair and needs your help in order to raise crucial funds. We need one to four people for each shift. Bonus: Each volunteer receives one free ticket to the State Fair. Sign up online.

When: Aug. 21 – Sept. 1; Three shifts available: 8 a.m. – noon, noon – 4 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m.

Where: St. Paul, Booth Brown House

Coats for Kids: Phonebank

As part of the kickoff to The Salvation Army Coats for Kids collection, our community partner KSTP Channel 5 will host a phonebank to raise money to purchase new coats for children. Volunteers will answer phones during newscasts and Twin Cities Live to accept donor information. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old, have neat handwriting and good hearing. Six volunteers are needed for each shift. Volunteers will not appear on television. Sign up online.

When: Tuesday, Oct. 7; Three shifts available: 10:45 a.m. – Noon, 4:15 p.m. – 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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

Coats for Kids: Coat Sorters

Help sort coats by size and gender. You may need to help unload coats off of the truck or van. All coats must be counted after sorting and then boxed up. Some lifting is involved and you will be on your feet most of the time. Up to 5 volunteers are needed per shift. Volunteers should be at least 14 years old. Sign up online.

When: Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16 and 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.; Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.*

Where: Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, 2445 Prior Avenue, Roseville

*Final shift on October 23 may be cancelled if sorting is complete. Volunteers will be notified prior to the start of the shift.

Coats for Kids: Boutique Set-Up

Help unload and hang coats on the racks to set-up coat boutiques on Oct. 29. Each site needs up to 20 people, depending on the location and shift. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old.

When: Oct. 29; Shift times vary by location. Click a location below to see shift availability.

Where: Nine Salvation Army boutique locations:

  • Minneapolis Temple Worship and Service Center, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis (sign up online)
  • St. Paul Eastside Worship and Service Center, 1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul (sign up online)
  • Minneapolis Parkview Worship and Service Center, 2024 Lyndale Ave. N, Minneapolis (sign up online)
  • Noble Worship and Service Center, 10011 Noble Pkwy, Brooklyn Park (sign up online)
  • Easter Lutheran Church (on the lake), 4545 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan (sign up online)
  • St. Paul Citadel Worship and Service Center, 401 W. 7th St., St. Paul (sign up online)
  • Lakewood Worship and Service Center, 2080 Woodlynn Ave., Maplewood (sign up online)
  • Minneapolis Central Worship and Service Center, 2727 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis (sign up online)
  • Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Ave, Buffalo (sign up online)

Coats for Kids: Boutique Distribution

Help parents select coats for their children on Oct. 30. Each site needs up to 20 people, depending on the location and shift. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old.

When: Oct. 30; Shift times vary by location. Click a location below to see shift availability.

Where: Nine Salvation Army boutique locations:

  • Minneapolis Temple Worship and Service Center, 1604 E. Lake St., Minneapolis (sign up online)
  • St. Paul Eastside Worship and Service Center, 1019 Payne Ave., St. Paul (sign up online)
  • Minneapolis Parkview Worship and Service Center, 2024 Lyndale Ave. N, Minneapolis (sign up online)
  • Noble Worship and Service Center, 10011 Noble Pkwy, Brooklyn Park (sign up online)
  • Easter Lutheran Church (on the lake), 4545 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan (sign up online)
  • St. Paul Citadel Worship and Service Center, 401 W. 7th St., St. Paul (sign up online)
  • Lakewood Worship and Service Center, 2080 Woodlynn Ave., Maplewood (sign up online)
  • Minneapolis Central Worship and Service Center, 2727 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis (sign up online)
  • Buffalo Community Center, 206 Central Ave, Buffalo (sign up online)

 

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 up donated bakery and produce items. Individuals or groups up to 6 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

Merchandise Sorter

Sort clothing and other items donated to Salvation Army stores. Remove older items that haven’t sold from the shelves so new merchandise can be added. Volunteer groups up to 12 people are welcome and youth groups with chaperones are allowed.

When: Sunday, two hours or more while the store is open

Where: Salvation Army Store, 9728 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington

 

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

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

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

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

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.

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 Coats for Kids. Help sort donated coats and distribute at coat boutiques. Available in October.

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. Available in November and December. Volunteer registration will open September 15.

Bell Ringer

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. Available in November and December. 

Christmas 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. Available in December. 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.