At Neighborhood House, volunteers are essential to achieving our mission. Volunteers bring enthusiasm, expertise, and share diverse perspectives that foster a community of mutual enrichment. This past year alone, 3,450 volunteers provided 1.26 million dollars worth of service; helping us to feed hungry families, educate new immigrants and refugees, create safe spaces for youth, and move families from survive to thrive!

Join us as we continue our 119 year mission to serve the families of St. Paul.

For more information please contact:

Vanessa Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator at 651-789-2524 or email

To apply as a volunteer, please CLICK on one of the following:

APPLY to Volunteer as an Individual               APPLY to Volunteer for Service Learning              APPLY to Volunteer as a Group



Opportunities are for the Wellstone Center location unless otherwise noted. Please note the commitment requirements for each position.


***IMMEDIATE NEED***-These two are our best opportunities for students looking for 10-20 service learning hours:
Food Market Assistant: Volunteers in our food markets stock shelves, pick-up donations, and help families select culturally-appropriate foods. Opportunities available on weekdays from 9-Noon or 1-4 pm.  3 hr shift commitment, minimum 4 times. Age 16+.

Food Market Receiving Assistant: Help unload and sort our monthly Second Harvest delivery.  Francis Basket Food Market (1293 Maynard Dr, St. Paul): 1st and/or 3rd Tuesdays 10:00am-12pm.

Food Drive Receiving Assistant: Unload donations, weigh and record food, organize donations, stock shelves. Age 16+. 2 hour shifts available Mon/Thurs in March. SIGN UP HERE

Kowalski’s Food Drive: Help run our quarterly food drive at the Kowalski’s on Grand. Greet customers, collect food items, and load our van. 2 hour shifts, March 18th/19th. Families welcome.  SIGN UP HERE



Skills for School Preschool Assistant
Help 3-5 year olds increase their school readiness by helping them to learn skills they will need to succeed in kindergarten. Assist with crafts, reading, learning ABCs and free play. Wellstone: M/W or Th, 11:30am-1:30pm; Homecroft ELC: M/W or F 12:30pm-2:30pm. 1x weekly commitment for 12 weeks.  Age 18+.

***IMMEDIATE NEED***- Teachers for Adult Education- MLC training or prior ESL teaching experience required
Adult Education- Beginning Literacy Teacher/Co-Teacher:  Join our volunteers and staff in teaching classes for adults learning beginning English skills. (Minnesota Literacy Council ELL training required). 2.5 hr weekly commitment for 10-12 weeks.  Wellstone: M-F 11:30am-1:30pm; Fort Road Flats: Flexible scheduling

Adult Education- ELL Teacher/Co-Teacher:  Join our volunteers and staff in teaching classes for adults learning English skills. (Minnesota Literacy Council ELL training required). 2.5 hr weekly commitment for 10-12 weeks.  Wellstone: Intermediate English-Wed, Thurs 6:30pm-8:30pm; Fort Road Flats: Mon/Wed, 10am-12pm; Tues/Thur 10am-1pm

Daytime Childcare Volunteer: Help coordinate games, crafts, reading and other early learning activities for children ages 0-4 years while their parents are attending English or GED classes. Minimum commitment is approx. 2.5 hours, 1x week for 10 weeks. Must be 18+. Background check required. Fort Road Flats: Mon/Wed, 10am-12pm; Tues/Thur 10am-1pm.

APPLY to Volunteer as an Individual                         APPLY to Volunteer for Service Learning


NAPS Delivery Volunteers:  Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) provides extra food support for seniors.  Be one of our friendly volunteers that help to distribute supplemental food boxes at The Wellstone Center and to residents at the next door Dunedin Apartments.  Join us the 1st Thursday of each month, 10am-noon. Individuals or groups up to 5.

APPLY to Volunteer as an Individual                            APPLY to Volunteer as a Group


For more information please contact:

Vanessa Edwards, Volunteer Coordinator at 651-789-2524 or email