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Join us in nourishing our clients

Minnesota ProgramTo cook and deliver nutritious food to neighbors living with life-threatening illnesses, we need a LOT of help! Open Arms relies on the tremendous dedication of more than 7,300 volunteers for every aspect of our operations – we could not function without them.

Volunteers tell us that they love working with Open Arms because they see the tangible impact of their work, whether they handle vegetables in the kitchen or hand food directly to a person in need.

Join us and make a profound difference for people in our community living with life-threatening illnesses, all while having fun and meeting others. We have a wide variety of opportunities and will work with you to find the perfect fit for your skills, interests and availability.

Current Volunteers
Head directly to VolunteerHub to sign up for a shift or change your schedule. For assistance with VolunteerHub, to bring a friend or family member along on your shift with a Buddy Pass, and other volunteering questions, head here.

New Volunteers
Becoming a volunteer at Open Arms is easy — best of all, volunteering here is impactful, fun, and rewarding! See below for two ways to get started. While the in-person orientation includes incredible bakery smells, fun playlists, yummy treats, and the best volunteer dance moves in town, the virtual orientation offers convenience and inclusivity! (Note: If you’re under the age of 16, please see our age requirements to learn how to begin.)


💖 Option A: Attend a Volunteer Orientation in Person!

1. Create a Volunteer Profile and sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation at VolunteerHub
Important note: Be sure to save your username and password. You will use your mobile device to “check-in” for your volunteer shifts.

2. Attend New Volunteer Orientation (sessions are in person and last 1 hour)

3. Receive full online access to VolunteerHub to see and sign up for open shifts!


🥰 Option B: Attend Our Virtual Orientation!

1. Create a Volunteer Profile at VolunteerHub (if you haven’t already)
Important note: Be sure to save your username and password. You will use your mobile device to “check-in” for your volunteer shifts.

2. Watch the following training videos:
· Open Arms Introduction: Get to know who we are, what we do, and who we serve!
· Kitchen Safety Protocols: We want to ensure you’re having a great time in the Kitchen and Bakery while staying SAFE and following our Food Safety protocols!
· COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Learn how Open Arms is keeping our volunteers, clients, staff, and community SAFE by following these protocols while volunteering.

3. Review the Volunteer Dress Code here. The dress code is extremely important for both your safety and to ensure the cleanliness of our kitchen and bakery! Here are the highlights:
· Wear closed-toe shoes
· Wear shirts WITH sleeves (short-sleeves OK!)
· Wear long pants or skirts
· No sandals of ANY kind
· No tank tops or sleeveless shirts
· No shorts!

4. Take the Final Quiz! Test your knowledge with this brief quiz to let us know you’ve completed your training! Once you’ve submitted your answers to the final quiz, we’ll reach out to you with further instructions.


Once you complete training through either option above, 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 through VolunteerHub, and you can try out several volunteer roles so you can discover what you enjoy most.

If you have any other questions or would like support along the way for either option, do not hesitate to email volunteer@openarmsmn.org. We look forward to you joining our amazing community of volunteers!


Share your Feedback
Our staff thrives from volunteer feedback. To share your thoughts, comments, and suggestions, head here.

Contact Us About Volunteering

• Scheduling and General Questions: volunteer@openarmsmn.org | 612-872-1152
• Interns and Service Learning: antony@openarmsmn.org | 612-677-2570
• Groups (Corporate and Community): groups@openarmsmn.org | 612-677-2568
• Delivery/Satellites: kristen@openarmsmn.org | 612-677-2577
• Community Outreach/Court Ordered Community Service: michaelm@openarmsmn.org | 612-677-2566

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