Skilled Volunteer Opportunities
See below for how you can put your skills to work in many ways at Second Harvest Heartland.
Share your love of food with seniors in your community! You can lead nutrition education sessions that include healthy recipe sampling, visual aids and handouts at various Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) sites. You will have the opportunity to interact with seniors, build relationships as you visit the same sites each month, and share your passion for food & recipes. Must commit to 1-2 sites per month February through June 2020. Current openings in Fridley, Minneapolis, and St. Paul (times vary). Minimum 5-month commitment.
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 use their own vehicles to deliver the box of groceries one time per month to 1-4 seniors. Low commitment each month, but big impact on a senior’s life! Current need for West Metro area around Brooklyn Park & Minneapolis. Minimum 12-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). 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. The Drive-Thru Assistant helps in the distribution of food boxes to seniors participating in the 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 those at risk of hunger. Tasks involve assisting clients in carrying boxes, bagging produce or extra items, and checking clients in on the computer. Current openings for Monday afternoon 1-4 p.m. — high need, Tuesday evening 4-7 p.m. — high need and Friday morning 9 a.m. - noon (ability to pack & lift boxes). Minimum 6-month commitment.
You can help reduce waste & feed our hungry neighbors! We are looking for volunteers to help us continue our successful recovery of prepared food throughout 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 their smartphone using the MealConnect 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 texts when a donation needs collecting, and volunteer can opt in/out. Minimum 3-month commitment.
An Anaerobic Digester (AD) is under evaluation for installation at the Second Harvest Heartland’s Brooklyn Park facility. We need a Mechanical Engineer to determine the necessary resources required for connections to be made to the building to utilize both the electrical energy and the heat generated by the digester. Share your skills with us for this short-term project through April 2020! Estimated minimum of 20 total hours at our Brooklyn Park location with the option to complete some work virtually.
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:
- Nicollet Towers Down in Minneapolis on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 9:00 to 10:30am — Russian speaking volunteer needed
- Horn Towers in Minneapolis on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
- SACA Food Shelf in Columbia Heights on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (focus on carrying boxes)