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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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 deliver the box of groceries one time per month. Low commitment each month, but big impact on a senior’s life!

Current Needs:

  • St. Paul or New Brighton: Be matched with 1 to 4 clients to deliver to monthly; flexible schedule depending on your availability.
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Second Harvest Heartland is committed to delivering the premiere volunteer experience in the Midwest, and we need your help. Volunteers in this leadership position will help support and coordinate other volunteers to pack food for our hungry neighbors. There are 2 different options—either with CSFP Assembly Line box packing or bread shifts at our Maplewood location. Afternoon, evening or weekend options for this weekly opportunity. Have a big impact on the lives of our hungry neighbors while you interact with volunteers and help with physical set-up, restocking, and clean-up.

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. Morning, afternoon, evening or weekend options for this weekly opportunity at our Brooklyn Park location. Have a big impact on the lives of our hungry neighbors while you interact with volunteers and help with physical set-up, restocking, and clean-up.

You can help reduce waste & feed our hungry neighbors! Second Harvest Heartland has utilized MealConnect for the last year to successfully match donations from caterers, restaurants, bakeries, corporate cafeterias and special event centers to our network of agency partners. We are launching a pilot using a Food Bank Volunteer Corps delivery model in the Twin Cities metro area, and we need your help.
Volunteers are needed to transport food from donors to local agency partners. Volunteers will be trained in safe food transport practices and will be alerted to donation collection/delivery opportunities via a smartphone app. Volunteers will have the option to accept or decline each opportunity based on their availability. Flexible opportunity with some weekday availability required. Volunteers will receive notifications through the app when a donation needs collecting, and volunteer can opt in. Volunteers asked to commit to position through May 2019.

The Phone Application Assistant helps return and answer phone calls made to the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) phone line. Each week we receive around 300 incoming calls from clients in need of assistance and we rely heavily on phone volunteers to help us with this large volume of calls. CSFP provides a monthly food box to age and income-eligible seniors.

Volunteers are needed to register new participants, edit information on existing accounts, refer clients to alternative resources, and answer any other questions that may arise. This position is phone and computer intensive and requires a high level of customer service. All work will take place at our Maplewood Office, interacting with clients over the phone. This is a very rewarding and personable way to help those at risk of hunger! Weekly volunteer role with a minimum of 6-month commitment.

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. Current Needs:

  • High Need! Parker Skyview in Minneapolis on the 2nd Friday morning of the month from 8:45-10:45am

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.

Volunteers are the backbone to Second Harvest Heartland, and the Volunteer Engagement Team is focused on creating a positive volunteer experience and helping to build the organization’s capacity through volunteerism. We are seeking a volunteer to provide important capacity building support as you assist the department in executing customer service functions and maintaining the volunteer service database (CiviCore). You can be the friendly voice on the phone or email assisting volunteers in registering, rescheduling, cancelling, and getting connected with volunteerism at Second Harvest Heartland! Comfort working on phones and computer is needed. Weekly shift at our Maplewood or Brooklyn Park location. 6-month minimum commitment.

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