Skilled Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering Is More Than Packing Food

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

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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.

Second Harvest Heartland’s FOODRx team connects food insecure patients with nutritious food resources to help positively impact health. Last year, we served nearly 3,000 patients, and that number continues to increase as we expand our partnerships Through this health & hunger initiative, Second Harvest Heartland sends boxes of nutritious food to local healthcare partners, and we need your help preparing the boxes for delivery. As part of this initiative, the FOODRx department is revamping its order fulfilment and shipping procedures and is looking for volunteers to assist with the production process. This position also includes coordinating the assembly of educational material, as well as managing this inventory. You can have a big impact on the health of our hungry neighbors through this innovative initiative!

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.

Volunteers in Second Harvest Heartland's vertical, hydroponic leafy greens farm will be able to experience a new approach to hunger relief. Our Farm provides a source of sustainable, high quality, reliable, fresh and nutritional produce year-round. Our Farm volunteers will do all the work of traditional farming, with one huge exception: Our Farm is inside of our Brooklyn Park warehouse and does not use dirt or pesticides of any kind to grow our highly nutritious greens for our food insecure neighbors. Volunteers will assist in all aspects of growing from planting to harvesting! Schedule is flexible. You can choose a 3-hour weekly shift that works for you; minimum 3-month commitment.

Grocery Distribution Assistant

Support the work of Second Harvest Heartland's Commodity Supplemental Nutrition Program (CSFP) by assisting our delivery driver in the distribution of boxes of groceries to low-income seniors. This position is physical, fast-paced, and a direct way to help seniors at risk of hunger! This is a critical role to make sure seniors are able to receive their boxes of food. Volunteers in this role need to be comfortable continuously lifting a 30-pound box of groceries and will work outside, experiencing all of the Minnesota seasons. Minimum 1-year commitment for this monthly role.

Current Openings:

  • Spirit of Hope Church in Golden Valley on the 3rd Friday morning of the month from 8:45-10:45am
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Site Volunteer

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 role assist at distribution sites where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. You can assist in the setup, certification and recertification of clients who receive a box 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. Currently seeking volunteers who speak Somali, Oromo, or Amharic to help with speaking or written communications to senior participants at a few sites.

Current Openings:

  • Village at Franklin Station in Minneapolis on the 3rd Thursday morning of the month from 9:30-10:30am (carrying boxes only; no specific language need)
  • Parker Skyview in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 8:45-10:45am (Somali, Oromo, or Amharic language preferred))
  • Spring Manor in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 7:30-9:15am (Somali, Oromo, or Amharic language preferred)

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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