Skilled 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.

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Carrots, cereal, corn, rice, potatoes, cabbage…you name it, we pack it! Last year, we had volunteers donate over 31,000 hours of their time, and that number is only increasing. Volunteers in this leadership position will help coordinate and lead other volunteers to pack food for delivery to our partner agencies. Current needs for Wednesday mornings, Friday mornings, or Friday afternoon shifts at our Brooklyn Park location on a weekly basis.

Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers in this position lead the distribution site where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. Working alongside the other volunteers, the Site Partner oversees the grocery distribution for seniors by providing excellent customer service to our clients, cultivating and maintaining customer service excellence, and ensuring smooth, effective communication between volunteers, participants and Second Harvest Heartland Site Coordinator.

Current needs:

  • Exchange High Rise, St. Paul on first Thursday morning of month
  • Winslow Commons, St. Paul on first Monday morning of month

Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers in this assist at the distribution site where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. You can assist in the setup, certification and recertification of clients who receive a month box of free groceries, and help senior clients carrying their boxes and/or loading them into their vehicles. This position is physical, fast-paced, and offers face-to-face client interaction.

Current needs:

  • Ravoux High Rise, St. Paul, 1st Thursday morning of month
  • Village at Franklin Station, Minneapolis, 3rd Thursday morning of month
  • Family Pathways, Cambridge, 1st Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning of month

Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) is committed to delivering the premiere volunteer experience in the Midwest, and we need your help! The Volunteer Experience Assistant will work with the Volunteer Experience team in recognizing and supporting volunteers serving at Second Harvest Heartland’s new facility in Brooklyn Park. The Volunteer Experience Assistant is a weekly volunteer position which will follow up with the last week’s volunteers and provide custom thanks, assist with counting and recording donations, upload photos from the previous week, and be available for special projects recognizing our wonderful volunteers! As a Volunteer Experience Assistant, you will utilize your administrative & computer skills to help make every part of the Brooklyn Park volunteer experience exceptional. 3-hour weekly shift on Mondays at our Brooklyn Park location; morning or afternoon times available. 6-month minimum commitment.

Second Harvest Heartland is seeking a highly skilled volunteer to take part in an ongoing collaborative effort with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Second Harvest Heartland’s FOODRx initiative connects food insecure patients with nutritious food resources to help positively impact health. We want to conduct a process evaluation of FoodRx efforts based on feedback from HCMC clinic staff and others involved in implementation, and we need your help & expertise!

The Process Evaluator Volunteer will be involved in one or more of the following activities: developing a process evaluation plan including evaluation questions and project timeline, developing data collection protocols, data collection, and/or data analysis for Second Harvest Heartland’s HCMC FOODRx pilot. This project is still in early planning stages, so the exact activities will depend on the skills and availability of the volunteer, as well as how the project continues to evolve. This role offers a flexible schedule with more time likely needed upfront for evaluation planning. Option to volunteer virtually from home after training.

The Drive-Thru Assistant helps in the distribution of food boxes to seniors participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Each month, volunteers distribute around 2,000 boxes of groceries from the Maplewood Drive Thru. This position is physical, fast-paced, and is a very wonderful and direct way to help seniors at risk of hunger!

Schedule is flexible; you can serve as a substitute for a 3-4 hour shift on an on-call basis. One ongoing opening is also available for a weekly 3-hour shift on Wednesday afternoons for the cooler & produce packing; minimum 6-month commitment.

Every year, the UDSA indicates that billions of pounds of farm fresh produce never makes it out of the field or to the grocery store. The Midwest Region Produce Cooperative, hosted by Second Harvest Heartland, was formed to rescue this healthy, farm fresh produce and get it to food banks across the Upper Midwest and the country, so it can get to the dinner table of families in need. We work with growers to rescue their surplus produce, and we need a volunteer to support these efforts!

The Produce Cooperative Administrative Volunteer will primarily manage the data associated with produce orders, including entering order information into our database (Microsoft Navision), looking up information in the database, and entering data into Excel spreadsheets. This is a desk role that will require a basic comfort with data entry and look up, Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft programs. Seeking a volunteer for a weekly 3-4 hour shift at our Brooklyn Park location. 6-month minimum commitment.

The Stewardship Coordinator will work closely with the Development teams to steward Second Harvest Heartland’s middle-range donors and leverage the power of a meaningful “thank you.” Help Second Harvest Heartland expand stewardship efforts and strengthen our donor file. The primary objective of the Stewardship Coordinator is to reach out to our donors to simply thank them and invite them to further engage with us. The Stewardship Coordinator will help us strengthen our brand by spreading gratitude and goodwill to our middle donors, while also offering our donors different opportunities to further engage with our work. Volunteer for a weekly 3-4 hour shift Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at our Brooklyn Park location. 6-month minimum commitment.

1 in 11 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 with follow-up to clients with phone calls. 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. Comfortable working on phones and computer is needed. Weekly shifts at our Maplewood or Brooklyn Park location. 6-month minimum commitment.

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