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Volunteering

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the Twin Cities Salvation Army! Please click on the option below 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. Thousands of shifts are available Saturday, Nov. 17 through Christmas Eve. 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. 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.

Spread the Warmth

Help keep families warm throughout the winter season. Our Harbor Light Center is looking for groups of up to 10 people to help throughout the Christmas season to sort coats to be distributed to hundreds of adults experiencing homelessness this winter. Must be at least 16 years old.

When: Sorting is on-going
Distribution is on Nov. 22 and Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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

Holiday Hotline Operator/Data Entry Assistant

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 registration to receive free gifts for our Toy Shop program. Choose to sign up for a single-day shift or multiple days; phone or data entry options available.

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

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

Christmas Toy Shop

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.

  • Holiday Meals

    Share the spirit of the season with others by serving a meal at a Salvation Army site. 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.

     

    Basic Needs / Housing Programs

    Meal Service – Minneapolis and St. Paul 

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

    • Daily 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)
    • Tuesdays and Fridays – St. Paul Payne Ave. 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.

    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

    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

     

    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 registered 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

    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

    Wednesday Evening Receptionist – NE Minneapolis

    Assist at our front desk on Wednesday evenings from 4:15 pm to 7:15 pm. You will assist as parents pick up and sign out their children from the After School Program and monitor the desk during the evening youth programming.

    Minimum commitment: Weekly 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

    Take the first steps by calling our volunteer relations coordinator, Sophie, at 651-746-3426.

    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

    Current Group Needs:

    • Please view our holiday specific opportunities under the “individual one-time opportunities” section. Opportunities include Bell Ringing, Coat Distributions, Toy Distributions, and more! Please note we are filled for volunteers serving on Thanksgiving Day.