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, volunteers provided invaluable service by working to support hungry families, educate new immigrants and refugees, create safe spaces for youth, and move families from survive to thrive! CLICK HERE to learn more about how volunteers fit in our organization.
Here at Neighborhood House we have one-time, short-term, and on-going volunteers. We have opportunities for individuals and groups as well as Service Learning/Internship opportunities.
**IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, WE HAVE MADE CHANGES WITH OUR PROGRAMS.**
At this time our only volunteer opportunities available are with our Food Support programs:
FOOD MARKET SHIFTS-
During COVID-19, we have shifted our operations to a pick-up model instead of a shopping model. Volunteers assist with packing bags, stocking shelves, and delivering bags to cars. We are looking for volunteers who can make a weekly commitment. Our shifts are 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. PLEASE COMPLETE our application listed below.
Wellstone Food Market- limited shifts available Mon-Fri
Francis Basket Food Market- limited shifts available Mon, Tues, Fri
Please note we do not have one time opportunities in the Food Market at this time- please see our one-time opportunities listed below.
FRESH PRODUCE PICK-UPS- Registration open now!!!
During the COVID-19 outbreak we are offering Fresh Produce Pickups, where families can pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread by driving up in their cars or by walking up to three Saint Paul locations.
We have two shifts for volunteers during the Fresh Produce Pickup:
Set Up Crew: Volunteers will sort and bag produce to prepare for the distribution
Distribution Crew: Volunteers will distribute produce to families during the distribution, and help clean up after the distribution ends.
Outdoor Pickups, July-October: CLICK HERE to learn more and register
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM-
Our Summer Youth Program is shifting online. We will continue to provide a fun experience for youth to engage in summer activities that develop skills they need to succeed in school. Youth will receive kits that guide them in a variety of STEM, literacy, and art activities. Volunteers assist staff in packing these fun learning activities in program kits that are delivered directly to participant’s homes.
Thursdays and Fridays beginning 6/11- CLICK HERE to learn more and register
FARMER’S MARKET PICKUPS- Registration NOW OPEN- CLICK HERE
We will be having a smaller crew due to COVID-19 but we are still running our annual collection from the St. Paul Farmer’s Market each Sunday beginning 7/5. Volunteers gather produce from vendors and take to our van. After gathering all the produce, everyone drives back to Neighborhood House to assist with unloading.
FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTIONS- **CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
Come join us as we host free our annual farmer’s market style produce distributions! Volunteers assist with our distribution of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other vital food items. Individuals and Groups are welcome.
To learn more and register:
Indoor Distributions, November-May- CLICK HERE
Outdoor Distributions, June-October- CLICK HERE
CENSUS VOLUNTEERS- **CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
Throughout the month of March and the beginning of April, Neighborhood House is organizing Census Days to promote a complete census count. Volunteers will inform people about the census, answer questions, and assist in completing the form online during shifts in the Wellstone Center lobby. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.
BONUS THURSDAYS- Every Thursday **CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE**
We are excited to offer our participants a bonus supply of fresh produce options! Through our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland we are able to get produce rescued from local grocery stores into the homes of our participants. Join us in working on one of our volunteer crews- one-time or on-going opportunity.
CLICK HERE to learn more and register.