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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The Agency Relations Team is looking for a detail-oriented volunteer to help us cover the monitoring expectations associated with Agency Partners distributing food at multiple locations, such as mobile food pantries like The Sheridan Story. This volunteer will conduct in-person visits to locations where these Agency Partners are storing and distributing food and ensure that all food safety guidelines are being met. This volunteer will work in close contact to Agency Partner staff and compete brief monitoring evaluations and is an excellent opportunity to observe some of our distribution sites first-hand. Community-based role with flexible hours. 10-15 hours per week anticipated. Option for short-term or long-term commitment.

A volunteer is needed to assist the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)’s Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors team in processing site paperwork. CSFP is a program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides a monthly food box of highly nutritious foods such as, such as canned fruits, vegetables, juice, cheese, canned meat, peanut butter, beans, rice or pasta to age and income eligible seniors. Duties are highly computer and database focused. Your capacity-building support is crucial to help seniors at risk of hunger. The CSFP Administrative Support Volunteer will provide support to our staff in opening and closing site paperwork. This helps ensure we are in compliance and are providing efficient implementation of CSFP to senior participants. Weekly role during daytime hours at our Maplewood site.

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: 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.

High-need openings:
Bread–Tuesday afternoon shift
Assembly Line Box Packing-Saturday afternoon 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. Current needs for Wednesday mornings, Friday mornings, or Friday afternoon shifts at our Brooklyn Park location on a weekly basis.

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.

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. Beginning with leafy greens, produce grown will be shared with partners in the local community to provide access for nutritious food to our hungry neighbors.

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 during a weekly 3-hour shift at our Brooklyn Park location. Minimum of 3-month commitment.

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./p>

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.

The Volunteer Engagement team is seeking a volunteer to help execute regular CiviCore volunteer database projects. This position will assist the department in maintaining the volunteer service database by entering in volunteer hours, scanning and attaching documents and general data entry. A majority of our more than 28,000 annual volunteers come to us through large volunteer shifts, and there are multiple data management and migration steps to follow to upload their information to the database. Provide important capacity building support! Ability to navigate multiple databases a must (CiviCore training provided). Weekly 3-4 hour shift. Minimum 6-month commitment. Option to volunteer at Brooklyn Park or Maplewood location.

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