Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
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Volunteering

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Twin Cities Salvation Army! Please click on the option that best describes what you’re looking for to jump to the most relevant information and opportunities.

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You’ll find information about how to sign up, based on your selection above. Use the arrows in each section below to reveal details about specific opportunities. You can call 651-746-3426 with questions at any time.

 

Individual One-time Opportunities

One-time opportunity for myselfThese opportunities are perfect for individuals who want a quick and easy way to make a difference immediately, with online sign up available 24/7. There’s no need to speak to a staff member to select and confirm your shift, and paperwork is minimal. (Though, you are always welcome to call 651-746-3426 with questions.)

Choose an opportunity below and click sign up online to get started. If you’re a brand new volunteer to our organization, or if it’s your first time to sign up online, you’ll be prompted to complete a one-time online volunteer profile before selecting a shift.

The majority of these volunteer opportunities happen during the week, though there are early morning and evening shifts available to fit any schedule.

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Bell Ringing – Locations across the metro

Spread Christmas cheer while helping us raise money that will fund our programs all year long. It only takes one bell ringing shift to raise enough money for us to provide two nights of shelter and four warm meals to someone who enters our doors. Our kettles are most effective at raising these essential funds when a volunteer is by its side, making this our top volunteer need during the holidays.

  • Nov. 18 – Dec. 24 (Monday – Saturday) – Thousands of two-hour shifts are available (sign up online)

Holiday Hotline Operator / Data Entry Assistant – Roseville

A warm, friendly voice can make all the difference to a person going through hard times. Holiday hotline operators and data entry assistants are needed to help guide families through phone registration for our Toy Shop program. Choose to sign up for a single-day shift or multiple days.

  • Nov. 8 – Dec. 1 (Monday – Friday) – Holiday hotline operator for registration (sign up online)
  • Nov. 9 – Dec. 1 (Monday – Friday) – Data entry assistant (sign up online)
  • Dec. 4 – 22 (Monday – Friday) – Holiday hotline operator for pre-registered families (sign up online)

Breakfast Server and Lunch Bagger – Minneapolis

Arrive at 7 a.m. to serve breakfast to our Harbor Light Shelter residents, and then stay until 11 a.m. to make over 100 bagged lunches for kettle workers. Choose to sign up for a single-day shift or multiple days. Must be over age 16.

  • Nov. 19 – Dec. 22 (Sunday – Friday) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)

Holiday Meal Server – Minneapolis and St. Paul

Share the spirit of the season with others by serving or preparing a holiday meal at a Salvation Army site. Click on each opportunity for details about times, the number of volunteers needed, etc.

  • Nov. 21 – 22 (Thanksgiving dinner preparation) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Dec. 22 (Christmas dinner held in advance) – St. Paul, Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

Christmas Toy Shop Elf – Locations across the metro

Help parents as they select Christmas gifts for their children at The Salvation Army’s Toy Shops. Duties include registration, shopping with parents, restocking tables and bagging toys. Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity. Choose to sign up for a single-day shift or multiple days.

  • Dec. 17 – 20 – Minneapolis, East Lake Street Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 18 – 20 – Minneapolis, Central Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 18 – 20 – Brooklyn Park, Noble Parkway Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 18 – 20 – St. Paul, Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 20 – 22 – St. Paul, 7th Street W. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 20 – 22 – Minneapolis, North Lyndale Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Dec. 21 – 23 – Maplewood, Woodlyn Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

Many Toy Shop locations are in need of translators (Spanish, Somali, Hmong). You can indicate your desire to translate and your languages when you sign up, or call 651-746-3426 to find our where your skilled language is most needed.

Basic Needs / Housing Programs

Meal Service – Minneapolis and St. Paul 

Join us in cooking, preparing, and serving a meal to those in need.

  • Weekday breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts – Minneapolis, Harbor Light (sign up online)
  • Weekday lunch shifts – St. Paul, East Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

Food Distribution – Minneapolis and St. Paul

Set up tables, arrange donated food items, maintain supply as program participants shop, and help with clean-up after the event.

  • 2nd Thursday of the month – Minneapolis, East Lake Street Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Friday – St. Paul, 7th St. West Salvation Army (sign up online)

 

Individual Ongoing Opportunities

Ongoing opportunity for myselfThese opportunities are designed for people who want to get involved on a regular basis. You’ll get to know us and the people in our programs, and we’ll know you on a first name basis. We have the most opportunities to offer to this group.

The first step to becoming an ongoing volunteer is to complete the individual interest form or call our Volunteer Relations team at 651-746-3426. After a brief one-on-one chat where we’ll learn about your goals and answer any questions you have about potential opportunities, we’ll make a recommendation to you and help you get started.

Some of these opportunities require a background check or special training for things like serving after disasters or working with a vulnerable population. We’ve noted any special requirements below.

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Thank You Crew – Roseville

Help us thank those who donate incredible gifts to serve people who are going through crises by writing thank you notes with us. The crew will come together every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m starting on Nov. 28.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Background check

*Special sign up instructions: Call Sophie at 651-746-3426 or Sophie_Crowell@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Calligrapher – Roseville or Your Home

Share your beautiful handwriting (it doesn’t have to be calligraphy) to address envelopes for a special Salvation Army holiday event.

Minimum commitment: One full mailing, addressing up to 1,000 envelopes (schedule is flexible)

Special requirements: Background check

*Special sign up instructions: Call Sophie at 651-746-3426 or Sophie_Crowell@usc.salvationarmy.org.

Basic Needs / Housing Programs

Food Shelf Stocker/Shopper – Locations across the metro

Help stock our food shelves with donated goods, assemble boxes, and make other preparations for food distribution to the public. For locations that offer shopping, guide program participants through the food shelf and help them select items what they need.

Locations: (Minneapolis) Central Ave. Salvation Army, North Lyndale Ave. Salvation Army, and East Lake Street Salvation Army; (St. Paul) East Payne Ave. Salvation Army and 7th Street West Salvation Army; Maplewood Salvation Army

Minimum commitment: Three-six months

Special requirements: Must be able to lift a box of food (about 10 lbs.). Shopping positions require a background check and Safe from Harm training.

Weeknight Dinner Cook – Minneapolis and St. Paul

Join us in cooking, preparing, and serving a meal to families during our mid-week church programming.

Minimum commitment: Three months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Security Assistant – Minneapolis

Work with our security team at Harbor Light Shelter to uphold a safe shelter environment.

Minimum commitment: Six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Working With Youth

Character-Building Class Leader – Locations across the metro

Use our Bible-based curriculum to lead children (divided into age groups) to earn badges that represent spiritual and personal growth in our Wednesday night programming.

Minimum commitment: Six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe From Harm training

Nursery Assistant – Brooklyn Park

Join our rotating group of volunteers who supervise children in the nursery during worship on Sundays from 10-11:30 a.m.

Minimum commitment: Three-six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Soccer Coach – Minneapolis

Coach and assist youth in the soccer program at the East Lake St. Salvation Army, while promoting good sportsmanship. Help with registration, training, transportation to games and organize an end-of-season banquet.

Minimum commitment: One full season

Special requirements: Experience playing or teaching soccer, background check, and Safe from Harm training

Basketball Coach – St. Paul

Coach and assist youth in the basketball program at the Payne Ave. Salvation Army, while promoting good sportsmanship. Help with registration, training, transportation to games and organize an end-of-season banquet.

Minimum commitment: One full season

Special requirements: Experience playing or teaching basketball, background check, and Safe from Harm training

Archery Coach – Minneapolis

Teach youth archery in the program at the North Lyndale Ave. Salvation Army, while promoting good sportsmanship. Help with registration, training, transportation to games and organize an end-of-season banquet.

Minimum commitment: One full session

Special requirements: Experience with archery and a good understanding of archery safety, background check, and Safe from Harm training

After-School Program Leader – Minneapolis and St. Paul

Encourage a safe space for children to learn new skills and gain confidence through tutoring and homework help at our weekday after-school program.

  • Minneapolis, Central Ave. Salvation Army
  • St. Paul, 7th St. West Salvation Army
  • St. Paul, East Payne Ave. Salvation Army

Minimum commitment: One semester

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Adult Care / Rehabilitation / Counseling Programs

Adult Day Center Activity Assistant – Maplewood

Assist with daily programs such as exercise time, culinary classes, and educational activities that stimulate memory for adults who need specialized support.

Minimum commitment: One-Six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Special Programming/Entertainment – Maplewood

Create an activity sharing your special talent (for example, playing an instrument, singing, leading a dance class, teaching art, etc.) with adults who need specialized support as part of the programming at our Adult Day Center.

Minimum commitment: One-Six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Therapy Dog Visit – Maplewood

Bring a therapy dog for a visit with adults who need specialized support at our Adult Day Center.

Minimum commitment: One-Six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Community Re-entry Job Coach – Anywhere in the metro

Provide support and guidance throughout the job search for those who were recently released from prison.

Minimum commitment: Six months

Special requirements: Mentor training with our community re-entry team, background check and Safe from Harm training

Community Re-entry Mentor – Anywhere in the metro

Provide ongoing spiritual guidance and life-skills training to those who were recently released from prison, in hope of a transformed heart.

Minimum commitment: Six months

Special requirements: Mentor training with our community re-entry team, background check and Safe from Harm training

Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief Worker – Locations across the metro

Provide critical services to ensure survivors have the support needed to rebuild their lives after tornadoes, floods, fires and other disasters. Our Twin Cities-based response unit travels across Minnesota, North Dakota, and even the country to serve. How to become a disaster volunteer.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Four required training courses and a background check

Salvation Army Stores

Store Volunteer – Locations across the metro

Assist in different roles such as sorting donations, organizing floor space, and cashiering.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Must be able to lift a box of donations (about 20 lbs.)

Professional / Technical Skills

Computer Lab Supervisor – Minneapolis

Supervise the computer lab and assist program participants with computer skills at Harbor Light Center during lab hours (vary daily).

Minimum commitment: Six months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Housekeeping / Laundry Assistant – Minneapolis

Assist staff with daily housekeeping and laundry needs at Harbor Light Shelter.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Driver – Locations across the metro

Drive adults with specialized needs to off-site activities such as museums, restaurants, or shopping, or perform supply runs for Salvation Army operational needs.

Minimum commitment: Six months

Special requirements: Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)

Facility Maintenance Assistant – Locations across the metro

Assist with maintenance of our facilities across the metro.

Minimum commitment: Three months

Special requirements: Ability to perform basic repairs

Administrative Support – Roseville

Assist with office work such as data entry, filing, or mailing.

Minimum commitment: Weekly or biweekly for three months

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Share Your Skills – Locations across the metro

Lend professional skills in your area of expertise, other unique skills, or help us bring an out-of-the-box idea to life at one of our locations.

Minimum commitment: Will vary based on skills/idea proposed

Special requirements: Customized per opportunity

Project-Based

Landscaping/Gardening/Lawn Care – Locations across the metro

Help us maintain a welcoming outdoor space at our service centers through mowing, gardening, weeding, etc.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Background check and ability to perform manual labor

Office Cleaning/Organizing – Locations across the metro

Assist in maintaining a clean, well-organized space for programming at our service centers.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

 

Group Opportunities

Group Opportunity for ManyWhether you are organizing a group from your business, church, or civic organization, we have opportunities year-round that can easily accommodate your desire to do something good together. Most of our group opportunities are project-based or part of an event, and designed for groups of five or more. Maximum group numbers vary by opportunity.

Group opportunities are a great way for individuals who are new to volunteering to get their feet wet. Groups of experienced volunteers may enjoy getting creative with our team to lend their skills in a new way. Either way, group opportunities can be a great way to have a big impact in a short burst of time.

The first step to scheduling a group opportunity is to complete our group interest form. This will provide us with the details needed to guide your team to the perfect opportunity.

Examples of Year-Round Group Opportunities

  • Donation Sorting
  • Landscaping/Garden/Lawn Care
  • Office Cleaning/Organizing
  • Painting
  • Special Programming/Entertainment

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Group Bell Ringing – Locations across the metro

Your group can bring talents like caroling or playing music to help spread Christmas cheer at our kettles. Help us create a holiday atmosphere and move people to give the money that will fund our programs all year long. You group can choose to take one shift (two-hours) or a block of shifts to cover an entire day at a kettle.

  • Nov. 18 – Dec. 24 (Monday – Saturday) – Thousands of two-hour shifts are available (sign up online)

Holiday Meal Service – Minneapolis and St. Paul

Share the spirit of the season with others by organizing a group to serve or prepare a holiday meal at a Salvation Army site. All meal-serving volunteers in the group must be at least 16 years old. Group size may be limited (click each to see details).

  • Nov. 21-22 (Thanksgiving dinner preparation) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas Day) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)
  • Dec. 22 (Christmas dinner held in advance) – St. Paul, Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

Breakfast Server and Lunch Bagger – Minneapolis

A group of up to four people over age 16 are needed to arrive at 7 a.m. to serve breakfast to our Harbor Light Shelter residents, and then stay until 11 a.m. to make over 100 bagged lunches for kettle workers. Your group can choose to sign up for a single-day shift or multiple days.

  • Daily, Nov. 19 – Dec. 22 (Sunday – Friday) – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (sign up online)

Christmas Toy Shop Elves – Locations across the metro

Help parents as they select Christmas gifts for their children at The Salvation Army’s 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). Choose to sign up for a single-day shift or multiple days. Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity.

  • Daily, Dec. 17 – 20 – Minneapolis, East Lake Street Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Daily, Dec. 18 – 20 – Minneapolis, Central Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Daily, Dec. 18 – 20 – Brooklyn Park, Noble Parkway Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Daily, Dec. 18 – 20 – St. Paul, Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Daily, Dec. 20 – 22 – St. Paul, 7th Street W. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Daily, Dec. 20 – 22 – Minneapolis, North Lyndale Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)
  • Daily, Dec. 21 – 23 – Maplewood, Woodlyn Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

Christmas Decorators – Minneapolis

Groups are needed to help transform Salvation Army sites into Christmas wonderlands. Small groups of 5-10 are needed for each date.

Coat Donation Organizer – Minneapolis

Groups of up to 10 people are needed daily to help set up a staging and storage area for hundreds of coats that will be distributed to adults experiencing homelessness this winter.

Christmas Party Planner – Minneapolis

A small group is needed to help throw a Christmas party for the residents at our Harbor Light Shelter and participate in the merriment. The actual date of the party is flexible, but it needs to be on a Sunday afternoon or evening for a total of three to four hours.

  • One Sunday afternoon/evening in December – Minneapolis, Harbor Light Center (call Clara Braddock at 612-767-3106 to sign up)