Volunteer Opportunities in the Twin Cities Region

Children’s Coats

The Salvation Army’s annual Coats for Kids campaign is looking for cold weather clothing for children in the Twin Cities. Due to the impact of inflation on rising food, gas, rent and utility prices, the demand for winter clothing has increased significantly. The greatest need is for coats for toddlers through sixth graders, but new coats are needed for children and youth of all ages, as well as hats, mittens, gloves, boots and snow pants. More at centralusa.salvationarmy.org/twin-cities/coats-for-kids

Mentor Men in Prison

The Redemption Project offers inmates a 14-week course and then matches them with mentors. Upon release, the mentoring relationship continues, which greatly increases the chances of professional success and reduces the risk of recidivism. To learn more, visit http://redevanceproject.org.

Shop for seniors

Assist Help at Your Door to keep aging adults independent. Grocery shopping for three hours twice a month or on a weekly basis. Clients wanted in Bloomington and St. Anthony. 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Six-month commitment required. Training provided. helpatyourdoor.org

Reception center assistant

Help Agate Housing and Services with its drop-in center, where clients meet outreach workers, obtain birth certificates, set up a mailbox, and acquire basic necessities. Greet guests, answer the phone, do administrative projects. Two-hour shifts for at least six months. Weekdays in South Minneapolis. agatemn.org

Shedding Light on Adoption

Bellis serves as a welcoming community for everyone involved in adoption. Filling gaps in support services, helping with office work and events. Volunteers with personal stories are sought. mybellis.org

hospice assistant

Help Moments Hospice provides respite to families by coming to the home and connecting with the patient. Read aloud, sit quietly, watch a movie, bake cookies, play a game, write cards, fold laundry, or say prayers. Patients in multiple locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. momentshospice.com

Administrator in Spanish

VEAP provides basic needs programs and social services in the southern metropolitan area. Speak with clients on the phone, help them connect to services and book appointments. Three to four hour shifts on weekdays. veap.org


Living Well Disability Services helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience well-being in all areas of their lives. Help them get to family gatherings and dates on the subway. Scheduling is on call/subject to availability. Background and driving record check required. Accessible vehicle training offered. livingwell.org

Adopt pets

Ruff Start Rescue needs foster homes for rescued animals. Love, nurture, motivate exercise and provide social interaction for pets. Go to the vet. Attend one adoption event per month. Regular reports to staff required. ruffstartrescue.org

thrift store worker

Help the Flying Pig Thrift Store in St. Paul help customers; accepting, arranging and pricing donations; create and organize displays and perform other assigned duties. Training provided. flyingpigthrift.com

Find more:

Hands-on Twin Cities offers a range of opportunities. Learn more about groups in need of volunteers at handsontwincities.org or 612-379-4900.