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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Be a part of the hustle and bustle of the warehouse! Ever wonder how our warehouse operates? Come volunteer first hand, learn our innerworkings, and have a great impact on moving fresh food! Second Harvest Heartland offers a service to our Partner Agencies, including Food Shelf, Meal Programs, and Homeless Shelters that get food from us, called Agency Shopping. Agency Shopping is where these partners of ours can come and pickup their orders and shop our shelves. Often the food the Partners pickup from Agency Shopping are used to prepare meals the very same day or the next!
We are seeking a volunteer who will assist current staff members by stocking shelves, sorting through food to ensure freshness, assisting with Food shelf/Meal Program pickups, accepting donations from food drives, and help maintain general organization of shopping area.

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 for 1-2 days per week for a 3-4 hour shift.

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. Day, evening or weekend shifts available at our West location.

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 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.

Help Second Harvest Heartland reach our goal of ending hunger! The Volunteer Prospect Researcher will work closely with our development team to help identify and cultivate small family foundations. From prospective and internally driven lists, we hope to find information that will help us better engage with those who want to make a significant difference in the fight against hunger. The Volunteer Prospect Researcher will be a key contributor to several projects and initiatives and will provide immense value to a team dedicated to creating strong relationships with donors, volunteers and partners.

Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) is seeking a Video Production Volunteer to produce orientation video(s). These videos will be used to orient new volunteers to SHH. Our new volunteers want to learn the mission and strategies of the work we do—about our programs and impact. The intent of the videos is to be a concise and useful overview of SHH work. The Video Production Volunteer will create a video outline/storyboard of project, capture video footage, and arrange/edit video footage and soundscape (voice-overs, background music) to produce final orientation videos.

Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS).Seniors are given a box of highly nutritious food. The packages may include canned fruits, vegetables and juices, dry and UHT milk, American cheese, canned meat, peanut butter or dried beans, cereal, rice or pasta. Volunteers in this position work with 2-4 clients each month; they are the same clients in order to build a relationship one. Volunteers deliver the box of groceries one time per month. Get matched with seniors in you desired delivery area. Low commitment each month, but big impact on a senior’s life.

Current Needs:

  • Current needs: East metro area.

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