Client Assistance and Administrative Support Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering Is More Than Packing Food

See below for how you can put your skills to work in many other ways at Second Harvest Heartland.

Indicates high need!

1 in 10 Minnesotans are at risk of missing a meal today, but you can help. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Second Harvest Heartland is seeking friendly and motivated volunteers to assist SNAP Outreach specialists follow-up with clients. The SNAP program helps struggling families and individuals with monthly benefit allotments to purchase and put food on the table. As such, the utilization of volunteers is vital in helping SNAP Outreach specialists track who was approved, denied, and/or are still pending for SNAP benefits. Total time requirement: minimum 3 hours per week between 8:00 am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

The Food Distribution Assistant helps check-in clients participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Each month, volunteers distribute around 2,000 boxes of groceries from the Maplewood Drive-Thru. This position allows volunteers to work on the computer to check clients in as they come through in the drive-thru; no heavy lifting required. This is a very wonderful and direct way to help those at risk of hunger.

Support the work of Second Harvest Heartland’s Commodity Supplemental Nutrition Program (CSFP) by delivering a box of food to home bound senior citizens once a month.

Volunteers are needed in the following specific cities:

  • Minneapolis
  • Columbia Heights
  • St. Paul

As a Food Bank, Second Harvest Heartland, manages and maintains over 90,000 square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer warehouse space. The product from our warehouses is distributed to over 1,000 food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and other meal programs in 59 counties across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Volunteers are needed to help track current inventory of our food. As an Inventory Specialist, volunteers will count and physically take inventory of our food. Be a part of the hustle and bustle and see our warehouse in action! 

Second Harvest Heartland is fortunate enough to partner with hundreds of corporations to achieve our mission of ending hunger. This volunteer position is to assist the Corporate Development Team in corporate record contact data cleanup within the Blackbaud Customer Relationship Management (BBCRM) system. Currently there are about 4,400 records to review, and new ones are added on an ongoing basis. This clean data ensures report pulls and mailings are accurate, and promotes increased stewardship when they are sent to a personal contact. 

Help Second Harvest Heartland leverage the power of a meaningful ‘thank you’. Appreciation Stewards help Second Harvest Heartland provide our supporters with an excellent donor experience. In this specific Appreciation Steward position, the volunteer will write personalized thank you notes to our donors 

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