While financial donations are always needed and greatly appreciated, we know that many Minnesotans are experiencing personal hardships and despite wanting to do so, are unable to donate financially at this time. In response, Open Your Heart has compiled and will continue to update the unmet volunteer needs of crisis service agencies across Minnesota. Please contact us at [email protected] if your service agency has needs that you would like included on this page.
Amherst Wilder Foundation
St. Paul, MN
Currently in need of Meals on Wheels delivery drivers – weekdays during lunch time. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO)
In need of volunteer drivers for appointments/grocery shopping, and cleaning. M-F 10am – 3pm. Please contact [email protected]
for more information.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency
In need of grocery order takers, shoppers/delivery and volunteers to deliver home delivered meals. Please contact [email protected].
Bemidji Community Food Shelf
In need of delivery drivers on M, T, W, Th to deliver boxes to customers unable to come into the food shelf. Box packers on Tuesdays and Fridays. Volunteers to serve customers (add perishables and take boxes to cars) on Mondays and Wednesdays and warehouse volunteers on M, W, F mornings. Please contact Mary Mitchell at [email protected] for more information.
Currently in need of cooks and delivery driver volunteers. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis, MN
CAPI USA is in need of folks to pre-bag/box groceries at our food shelf in Brooklyn Center. They are also in need of people who could deliver groceries to the elderly members of our community in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park. Hours are Wed. and Thurs. 9 am – 3 pm. Contact Kristina Doan for more info or to sign up ([email protected]).
Community Emergency Service
In need of volunteers to pack and deliver groceries to home-bound individuals. Monday-Friday 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Please contact Linda Velez at [email protected] for more information.
In need of volunteers to complete food store pick ups and drop offs in the mornings, Monday through Friday, sanitizing volunteers everyday of the week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and volunteers to work with children everyday at various times. Please reach out to [email protected]
for more information.
North Branch, MN
Volunteers are needed at all food shelf locations. Please check their website HERE for locations and open hours.
Great River Family Promise
In need of volunteers to pick up “care packages” and drop off to families who may not have transportation or who cannot leave their house / hotel due to medical issues. Please contact Jess Hartfiel Thurston at [email protected] for more information.
ICA Food Shelf
In need of volunteers for food sorting and distributing food to clients’ cars (lifting for several hours required). Please contact Peg Keenan at [email protected] for more information.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
St. Paul, MN
In need of volunteer tech support – someone who knows networked phone systems, old AVAYA system, and someone who can set up gently used computers – help our staff and families stay in contact with the outside world. Please reach out to Sara Liegl at [email protected] for more information.
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf
Has a variety of volunteer needs from packing food to distributing it. Please visit HERE to see all of their volunteer needs and to sign up.
Loaves & Fishes
Various volunteer opportunities available. Please visit HERE to view them all.
New Creation Baptist Church (NCBC Food Shelf)
Saturday 10:00-2:00 assisting clients. Please reach out to Pastor Daniel McKizzie [email protected] for more information.
NORTH SUBURBAN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE RESPONSE (near)
Morning volunteers 7 – 10 am. : Pick up donated food from stores; Sort, Pack and Store food. Afternoon Volunteers 11 am – 4:30 pm. : Pack and distribute food and supplies to clients at NEAR. Answer phones from home – schedule client appointments Volunteer sets time increments based on their schedule.
Oasis Central Minnesota
Little Falls, MN
Currently in need of food preparation and food delivery volunteers. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Our Saviour’s Housing
In need of volunteers who want to make and deliver dinners. Volunteers can sign up here for an open date – http://bit.ly/2020-OSH-Dinner-Signup. Then the Volunteer Coordinator will contact them with more details.
Project for Pride in Living
>Looking for volunteers to assemble and deliver kits filled with activities to support learning at home. Kits can include items such as coloring books, crayons, arts and crafts, puzzles, card and board games, and more. Kits can be created for all ages. For more information please contact Katlyn Martin at [email protected].
Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)
Columbia Heights, MN
In need of warehouse, stocking, order puller, order writer, and check in person volunteers on Mon, Tue & Thur 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Wed 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM.
The Open Door
Volunteers are needed all weekdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to help pre-pack food bags for clients or drive to drop-off sites, and some days from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM volunteers are needed to drive to grocery stores to pick up donations. Their Garden to Table program will need help weeding, mulching and composting on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning late April or early May. Contact Sarah O’Brien at [email protected] for more information.
Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf
Thief River Falls, MN
Will need licensed and insured volunteers for deliveries in the future Contact Alecia Hunt [email protected] for more information.
Two Harbors Area Food Shelf
Two Harbors, MN
Currently in need of volunteers to help with administrative duties. Call for details at 218-391-8191.
Currently in need of volunteers to deliver prepackaged fresh and shelf-stable foods to seniors, participants with disabilities, as well as community members without transportation. For more information please contact [email protected].