Make an impact on your community with Open Arms
Becoming a volunteer at Open Arms is easy, and volunteering with us is impactful, fun and rewarding! Your first step is to fill out a Volunteer Orientation Request to reserve your spot at an in-person training. If you’re under the age of 16, please see our age requirements to learn how to begin.
Once you complete training, you can volunteer as frequently as you’d like. Shifts are available six days a week, morning through evening, and are at least two hours long. You’ll be able to easily schedule your shifts with our online Volunteer Hub, and you can try out several volunteer roles to find a good fit.
Here’s a sampling of our volunteer roles:
In the kitchen:
Prepare, portion, and package food. No culinary skills necessary! This is a great setting to hang out with other volunteers, pick up tips and tricks from our kitchen staff, and be enveloped in amazing kitchen smells.
Interact with clients and see the impact of our work by delivering meals to our clients’ doors. Pick up your route around 11am, deliver food to clients at 4–6 locations in the Twin Cities geographic area of your choice, and then return delivery bags back to Open Arms. Deliveries happen Mondays through Fridays and are usually 1–2 hours long in total. Friends and kids of all ages welcome!
At the farm:
Grow tasty veggies for our kitchen and meet new people. From April to November, help us plant, prune, weed, and harvest at our St. Paul urban farm. Youth as young as 6 are welcome when accompanied by an adult.
In our office:
Be the smiling face of Open Arms as a receptionist, as you greet visitors and callers at our reception desk. We also need administrative volunteers for various projects like supporting special events, mapping client routes, and maintaining our databases.
We welcome kids ages 6 to 16 with some conditions and special circumstances. Learn more and sign up for a youth or parent/guardian orientation>>
Community Service Volunteering
Open Arms is limited in the court-mandated community service charges we can accept. Individuals with felony, violence, theft or fraud-related offenses are not eligible to complete mandated community service hours with Open Arms. All court-mandated community service participants must receive official approval prior to attending training or beginning service. To register as a community service participant at Open Arms, the first step is to email Jennifer Bliss, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator.
Get in touch with us about volunteering at Open Arms: