Volunteer

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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.

New Volunteers

Becoming a volunteer at Open Arms is easy, and volunteering with us is impactful, fun, and rewarding! Your first step is to apply and schedule yourself for a New Volunteer Orientation 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. NEW OPTION: We are now offering an online training option to me more inclusive to our volunteer community. Please reach out to volunteer@openarmsmn.org and ask about our online orientation option. (Heads up: the incredible bakery smells, fun playlists, yummy treats, and volunteers with the best dance moves in town are NOT INCULUDED IN THIS OPTION!)

Get started volunteering at Open Arms >>

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 VolunteerHub, and you can try out several volunteer roles to find a good fit.

Current Volunteers
Head directly to VolunteerHub to sign up for a shift or change your schedule. For assistance with VolunteerHub and other volunteering questions, head here>>

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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