UnitedWayThanks to our friends at United Way we are pleased to be able to bring you a huge list of kid friendly volunteer projects available year round.

Arc Greater Twin Cities – Going on a Treasure Hunt!

Agency Description: Leads the region in influencing public policy, education, culturally appropriate advocacy and support to individual and families with developmental disabilities.
United Way impact area: Health and independence
Project: Bring your group to Arc’s Value Village to sort donations such as clothing, accessories, house wares, books and toys. Sorting donations is always an adventure–you never know what treasures you might discover!

  • 10546 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431
  • 6330 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Center MN 55429
  • 1650 White Bear Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106
  • 2751 Winnetka Avenue N, New Hope, MN 55427
  • 6528 Penn Avenue S, Richfield, MN 55423

Date & time:  Shifts available:  9 am – noon, 1 – 4 pm, 4 – 6 pm and 6– 8 pm seven days a week.
Number of volunteers:  Minimum 10, maximum 40 volunteers per shift
Ages:  Children must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. If the entire group consists of children, an adult-to-child ratio of 1 to 4 is preferred
Budget: None


Bridging – Build a Better Bridging

Agency Description: Founded in 1987, Bridging is a privately funded non-profit, providing families with the furniture and household goods to turn empty houses into a comfortable place to perform the basic necessities of life; a table to eat at, a bed to sleep in and a dresser for their clothes.
United Way impact area: Basic Needs
Location: 201 87th Street West, Bloomington, MN 55420 or 1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
Project: Go on-site for a hands-on, once-in-a-lifetime, volunteer experience serving local families in transition. Volunteers are needed to inspect and sort donated items. Volunteers can also be used to assemble furniture and be a shopper assistant.
Date & time:  Shifts are generally 3 hours, 9 am to 12 noon or 1 to 4 pm.  Limited Saturday morning shifts.
Number of volunteers:  Maximum 40
Ages:  Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age
Budget:  None


Ebenezer – Meal Serving

Agency description:  Ebenezer helps older adults and others to secure senior housing, long-term care, adult and intergenerational programs, home and community-based services, and offers compassion and respect with a Christian emphasis to all. Ebenezer has long been recognized as a leader in its field since 1917.
United Way impact area:  Health and Independence
Location:  2700 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55407
Project:  Volunteers are needed to serve meals for our seniors at Ebenezer Park Apartments. Duties include setting tables, preparing the meal with the chef, serving the meal to about 30 seniors, and clearing and cleaning tables afterwards.
Date & time: Monday – Friday, 3:45pm – 5:15 pm, once or twice a week
Number of volunteers:  Best for small groups (5 – 7)
Ages:  Minimum age is 16
Budget:  None


The Food Group – Pack It Up

Agency Description: Ensures coordination and cooperation between member food shelves in Hennepin County in the purchase and distribution of food.
United Way impact area: Basic needs
Location:  8501 54th Avenue N, New Hope MN 55428
Project: Help pack donated food for distribution to food shelves in the area. Come with your group to see how many pounds of food you can sort and package.  You will be working in a warehouse.  Please dress in layers and wear clothes that you are comfortable getting a little dirty. Parking and beverages provided.
Dates & time: Weekdays from 9 am to 12 noon or from 1 to 4 pm
Number of volunteers: up to 30 per shift
Ages:  Volunteers must be at least 12 and have adult supervision
Budget:  None


Loaves & Fishes – Community Meal Serving

Agency description:  Loaves and Fishes is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to the hungry across Minnesota in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest.
United Way impact area:  Stabilizing Families

  • River Heights Church, 6070 Cahill Ave E, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
  • Matthew’s Church, 510 Hall Ave, St. Paul, MN 55107

Project:  Help serve and clean up after a meal at one of Loaves and Fishes community dining sites.
Date & time:  TBA, shifts are generally 4:45 – 7:30 pm
Number of volunteers:  Up to 10
Ages: Volunteers must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult.
Budget:  None


Salvation Army – Meal Serving at Harbor Light Center

Agency Description: The Salvation Army offers social services and recreational programs with the goal of addressing specific physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of each family, individual, child/youth, or elderly person. Services provided include, but are not limited to: emergency food shelves, school supply programs, rental/utility assistance, educational programs, outreach to the homeless, and community center program.
United Way impact area:  Basic Needs
Location:  1010 Currie St, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Project:  Assist with preparation and serve a meal to the homeless and working poor
Date & time:  Breakfast serving is 6:30 am to 9:30 am, lunch is 11 am to 1:30 pm, and dinner is 4 to 7 pm, seven days a week
Number of volunteers:  6 to 7 for each meal
Ages:  Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age
Budget:  None


Second Harvest Heartland – Hunger Relief

Agency Description: Provides hunger relief to people in need by distributing donated grocery products to human service agencies in central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
United Way impact area: Basic needs
Location: 6325 Sandburg Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Project description: Packing and sorting of donated and wholesale food. Might also include labeling cans of food. What volunteers actually do that day depends on what is most needed. Must be able to stand for two hours.
Dates & time: To be arranged, shifts are usually 9am – 12 noon, 1:30 – 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Tuesday – Friday. Saturdays by arrangement, 9:00 – 11:30 am.
Number of volunteers: up to 100
Ages:  Volunteers must be at least 8 and accompanied by a responsible adult. Groups of children must have an adult-to-child ration of 1 to 4.
Budget: None

Chore Service Projects

DARTS (Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors) – Spring/Fall Cleanup

Agency Description:  Since 1974, DARTS has been a community leader in fostering successful aging and life transitions by offering affordable and flexible services and resources that create meaningful possibilities for individuals, families, and communities in Dakota County and beyond. They provide information, home-help services, transportation, and volunteer opportunities that help older adults maintain the independence they choose.
United Way impact area:  Health and Independence
Location:  Dakota County locations
Project:  Provide spring clean-up assistance to seniors. Chores include raking, sweeping, window washing, snow shoveling and other task many seniors are unable to perform.
Date & time:  TBD, will depend on weather – projects occur in early –mid May for spring cleanup, September – October for fall cleanup.  Snow shoveling as weather dictates. Allow 4 hours
Number of volunteers:  4 to 6 per property; groups can usually be placed in proximity to each other.
Ages:  12+ with adult supervision
Budget:  It is helpful if volunteers have their own rakes, work gloves, brooms, cleaning supplies, etc.


Scott Carver Dakota CAP – Chore Services

Agency description: The Scott Carver Dakota Community Action Partnership provides assistance to individuals and families to achieve social and economic well-being. They envision a strong community with healthy individuals and families, quality education, safe and affordable housing, and work that dignifies.
United Way Impact Area:  Empowering Healthy Lives
Location:  Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties
Project:  Helping older homeowners with indoor and outdoor home maintenance. Tasks include lawn mowing, raking, gardening, general outdoor spring/fall clean-up, and general indoor cleaning.
Date & time:  To be arranged, allow 2 – 3 hours of time
Number of volunteers:  Up to 10
Ages: 8+ with adult supervision
Budget:  None


Senior Community Services – Raking and Lawn Clean Up

Agency Description:  The mission of Senior Community Services (SCS) is to identify, develop, coordinate, and provide services that help meet the needs of people 55 and older. The agency’s programs, including Frail Elder Support Services, Caregivers Support Services, Health Insurance Counseling and Supporting Positive Aging, serve the elderly residents of suburban Hennepin County and the Wright County cities of Delano, Monticello and St. Michael.
United Way impact area:  Health and Independence
Project:  Senior Community services seeks volunteers to help rake lawns and perform other spring/fall clean up tasks for their clients that cannot perform these tasks on their own. Projects are individually scheduled and involve 2 to 3 hours of time.
Location:  As indicated
Date & time:  To be arranged
Number of volunteers:  Groups of 4 to 6 per resident are needed. Larger groups are split, but can sometimes be placed within the same neighborhood.
Ages:  12 or older, accompanied by responsible adults
Budget:  None, but volunteers are often asked to bring their own rakes and work gloves.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities 

(These are often ongoing commitments)

CommonBond Communities – Study Buddy

Agency description:  CommonBond Communities provides high quality, affordable housing and on-site services that promote self-sufficiency and independence.
United Way impact area:  Helping Children Succeed
Location:  TBD
Project:  Are you enthusiastic about helping young people learn and committed to empowering others by sharing your skills and experience? Be a Study Buddy in CommonBond Communities 1:1 academic mentoring program. You’ll be matched with a young person in grades 1 – 6 and meet weekly to support his or her school success by helping with homework and tutoring in literacy and/or math.
Date & time: depends on location. Allow 1.5 hours per week for 1 year.
Number of volunteers: individuals
Ages:  16+
Budget:   None
Note:  This is just one example of the many, many tutoring programs in the Twin Cities metro area that need volunteers. For high school students who have just a one afternoon or evening a week available, there are some wonderful opportunities to make a difference in a child’s life.


Ebenezer – One-to-One Visitor

Agency description: Ebenezer helps older adults and others to secure senior housing, long-term care, adult and intergenerational programs, home and community-based services, and offers compassion and respect with a Christian emphasis to all. Ebenezer has long been recognized as a leader in its field since 1917.
United Way impact area:  Empowering Healthy Lives
Location:  2545 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Project: Our Ebenezer Care Center (nursing home) residents love to have visitors. If you enjoy elders and appreciate the stories they tell, this is the perfect volunteer position for you. We will match you with a resident that shares your interests and passions so you can create a special two-way relationship.
Date & time:  Flexible, allow 1 – 2 hours weekly. 3 month commitment required.
Number of volunteers:  Limited only by the number of clients served
Ages:  16+
Budget:  None


Living Well Disability Services

Agency description:  Supports persons with disabilities in residential settings as well as in home and supported employment opportunities.
United Way impact area:  Empowering Healthy Lives
Location:  Many locations throughout the Twin Cities area
Projects:  Assist youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Activities are usually built around the client’s areas of interest. For example join a wheel-bound young lady as she roller-skates at various rinks in the community or partner with a young male with developmental disabilities to help him enjoy and participate in the sport of hockey.
Date & time:  Seasonal, arranged
Number of volunteers:  Limited only by the number of clients the agency serves!
Ages:  Generally 16+
Budget:  None


Neighbors, Inc. – Thrift Store

Agency description:  With the help of its volunteers, Neighbors, Inc. will strive to reduce poverty, promote self-sufficiency, and build community.
United Way impact area:  Stabilizing Families
Location:  222 Grand Ave W, South St. Paul, MN 55075
Projects:  Do you like clothes? The Clothes Closet thrift store is open to anyone in need of clothing essentials. Volunteers can help with sorting donations, financial transactions or monitoring the eBay account for special donations.
Date & time:  One, three-hour shift per week. Available Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 1 pm, 1 – 4 pm or 4 – 7 pm, and Friday – Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm or 1 – 4 pm
Number of volunteers: up to 5
Ages:  14+
Budget:  None


Solid Ground – Childcare Volunteer

Agency description:  Assists families working toward self-sufficiency by providing affordable housing, supportive services and educational opportunities. Solid Ground works directly with homeless and low income families in Washington & Ramsey Counties in Minnesota.
United Way impact area:  Stabilizing Families
Location:  East Metro Place, 3521 Century Avenue N, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Project:  Share your time with the children at Solid Ground! Childcare Volunteers provide fun, engaging activities for kids ages 3 months – 8 years. You’ll work with our Staff Childcare Assistant to provide top-notch care to our youngest residents.
Date & time:  TBA, allow 2 hours weekly. 6 – 8 week commitment required.
Number of volunteers: 2
Ages:  16+
Budget:   None

For more information about any of these opportunities, you can reach out to the Greater Twin Cities United Way, Volunteer United, for provided these kid friendly opportunities. Phone: 612-340-7440 www.gtcuw.org/volunteerunited

Additional local organizations with kid friendly opportunities

Open Arms of Minnesota

Agency Description: It’s a simple notion: people who are sick should not be without food. Yet every day people in our community with life-threatening illnesses find themselves unable to shop or cook — and, often, without the support network to help.

That’s where we come in. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). We also work with communities in sub-Saharan Africa, providing food and technical assistance for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Project:  Volunteers are need for work in the kitchen, delivering meals, working on the farm and many more opportunities.
Locations:  2500 Bloomington Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Date & time:  Shifts are available seven days a week, morning through evening, and are at least two hours long.
Number of volunteers:  Individual and group opportunities available
Ages:  Our minimum volunteer age is 16 unless otherwise noted
Budget:  None

Our Saviour’s Community Service

Agency Description: Our programs provide essential services. We offer free classes to learn English, math skills and more. We provide shelter, short-term and long-term housing. What sets us apart is our focus on creating opportunities to increase skills. From identifying the letters of the alphabet, to participating in a book club. From learning to count coins, to balancing a checkbook. From learning to read and understand a lease, to having the ability to responsibly sign one – each of our programs focus on increasing these skills.

We are intentional about involving volunteers. As we create opportunities for people from different backgrounds to come and grow, we empower people to positively impact their communities.
Project: Buy, prepare and serve a meal, make bag lunches at home, prepare hygiene kits or holiday baskets at your own home.
Locations:   2219 Chicago Ave. So. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Date & time:  Flexible
Number of volunteers:  Individual or group opportunities available
Ages:  All ages can participate in the make at home activities.
Budget:  From no money just your time to as much as you are comfortable spending.


Agency Description: Our mission is to empower people to achieve greater personal, social and economic success. We are committed to undoing racism and promoting diversity.
Project: Adopt a Family, and many opportunities for projects to do at home such as making fleece blankets or stuffing stockings.
Locations:   At your own home or at varies sites
Date & time:  Flexible
Number of volunteers:  Individual or group
Ages:  All ages
Budget:  No minimum, cost of supplies for your project

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly

Agency Description: Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a volunteer-based organization committed to alleviating isolation and loneliness among the elderly while promoting their independence and well-being. We provide home visits, social engagement, intergenerational activities and holiday meals, in addition to advocacy, referrals and support.
Project:  Multiple opportunities including delivery treats, baking and social event volunteering
Locations:   Your home or varies locations
Date & time:  Varies
Number of volunteers:  Individual and group opportunities available
Ages:  All
Budget:  None

People Serving People

Agency Description: People Serving People is the region’s largest and most comprehensive family-focused homeless shelter.
Project: On site and Off site opportunities including making snack packs, school supply packs, meal prep and much more.
Locations:   614 3rd Street South, Minneapolis
Date & time Varies
Number of volunteers:  Individual and group activities
Ages:  All ages
Budget: Depends on project

Jeremiah Program

Agency Description: Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance.
Project: Opportunities for making welcome baskets, childcare, tutoring and more.
Locations:   At home or varies locations
Date & time Varies
Number of volunteers:  Individual or group
Ages:  All ages for home projects, varies age requirements for on site
Budget: Depends on project

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