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Help The Salvation Army create change and provide hope throughout your community.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Twin Cities Salvation Army! Here you will find information about applying to be a volunteer. Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity or something ongoing, read on to learn how you can sign up and do the most good in your community. If you have any questions about volunteering, you may call 651-746-3426 at any time.

 Holiday Opportunities 

Spread Christmas cheer while helping us raise money that will fund our programs all year long. Thousands of shifts are available Friday, Nov. 15 through Christmas Eve. It only takes one two-hour bell ringing shift to raise enough money for The Salvation Army to provide two nights of shelter and four warm meals for someone 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!

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: Now through November 22; Call us at 612-767-3100 to sign up
Distribution dates: November 22 and December 23 from 11am-2pm
Where: Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave., Minneapolis

A warm friendly voice can make all the difference to a person going through hard times. Volunteers are needed to help guide families through registration to receive free gifts by answering phones or entering information into a computer database.

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

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

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

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. Click the links below to learn more about each opportunity.

Help us spread Christmas cheer! We are looking for a group of volunteers to help us decorate for Christmas, and help us take down the decorations after the holidays as well. This is a gift that will give back all season long! If interested in bringing a group of 10-15 volunteers (16 yrs +) contact Sophie at 651-746-3426.

When: Tuesday, November 26 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Tear Down: January 14

Where: 2727 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55418

 

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 the building to help spread the love and spirit of Christmas to those most in need of it.

When: Flexible between November 29 and December 6

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

Join us as we provide a special Christmas dinner and program for participants of our Adult Day Center and their families.

When: Thursday, December 12 from 11:30-2:30 pm
Where: 2080 Woodlynn Ave Maplewood, MN

Volunteers are also needed to help us set up the event the day prior – Christmas decorating, setting up tables and chair and place settings:
Set up - Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 3-5 pm

Individual One-time Opportunities

These 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 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.

Basic Needs / Housing Programs

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

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts - Minneapolis, Harbor Light (call 612-767-3100 to sign up)
  • Weekday lunch shifts - St. Paul, East Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

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)  
  • Fridays — St. Paul Payne Ave. Salvation Army (sign up online)

Individual Ongoing Opportunities

These opportunities are for those who desire to serve 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 a volunteer application 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

Help stock our food shelves with donated goods, assemble boxes, and make other preparations for food distribution to the public. Volunteers will also guide program participants through the food shelf and help them select items they need.

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

Minimum commitment: Weekly for three-six months

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

Working with Youth

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.

Encourage a sage space for children to learn new skills and gain confidnece 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

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.

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

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

Become trained to serve as mentors to those recently released from prisons through The Salvation Army's Correctional Services Department. This is a ministry leadership role.

Minimum commitment: One year

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training

Disaster Relief

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

Assist in different roles such as sorting donations, organizing floor space, and cashiering. If interested, please contact your local store directly.

Minimum commitment: Flexible

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

Professional / Technical Skills

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

Minimum commitment: Flexible

Special requirements: Background check and Safe from Harm training.

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)

Assist with maintenance of our facilities across the metro.

Minimum commitment: Three months

Special requirements: Ability to perform basic repairs

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

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

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.

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

Whether you are organizing a group from your business, church, or civic organization, we have opportunities your-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 and 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 for the group contact to complete a volunteer application. 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/Gardening/Lawn Care
  • Office Cleaning/Organizing
  • Painting
  • Special Programming/Entertainment
  • Food Distributions