For Individuals

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

At our food shelf we make it easier for clients to access healthy foods, while promoting individual choice. People who shop at our certified SuperShelf can choose from a variety of products like fresh produce, deli items, milk, eggs, meat and packaged items. Clients shop for their food, selecting the items that are most appropriate for their needs. If you enjoy working directly with people or behind the scenes, we have a position that is right for you.

Through our clothing program, clients may select high-quality, like-new clothing at no cost to them. We provide growing kids with clothes that fit, adults with apparel right for their needs, everyone with warm gear for cold weather, and the whole family with new socks and underwear. If you enjoy working with clothing and have an eye for current styles, we may have an opportunity for you.

Food Shelf Opportunities Available

Intake

Assist people with registration during their visit during client walk-in hours. Share information about Valley Outreach and additional resources available to clients. Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 pm. This position requires specialized training, a six-month commitment and a background check.

CLIENT HOST

Assist people while they shop for food during client walk-in hours. Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 pm. Or assist people shop by appointment Monday from noon to 2 pm and Thursday 2 to 4 pm. If you enjoy providing hospitality and meeting new people, this opportunity is for you. 

FOOD RESCUE SPECIALISTS

Pick up food donations from retailers in your vehicle and deliver products to Valley Outreach. Monday, Wednesday or Friday 7:30 to 9 am and Tuesday or Thursday from 10:30 to noon. If you have a van, truck or large vehicle, can safely lift 25 pounds and have the heart to work behind the scenes to provide food to those in need, this opportunity is for you.

WAREHOUSE

Receive and unload deliveries, manage incoming inventory, keep the food shelf well stocked and follow food inventory best practices and food safety guidelines. Most positions require lifting 10-50 pounds and standing for 2-3 hours. Hours for helping in our warehouse are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to noon and Tuesday and Thursday: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 4:30 to 7:00 pm If you like being active and working behind the scenes, this opportunity is for you.

BONUS FRIDAY

Distribute rescued produce and other goods during our high energy Bonus Friday program. Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. If you like a fast-paced environment and have spirit of generosity, this opportunity is for you. 

SNACK PACK PACKER

Pack kid-friendly, nutritious meals, snacks and beverages for elementary students. This is a family-friendly opportunity (ages 8 and up). Usually Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm during the school year.

SNACK PACK DELIVERY

Deliver boxes of Snack Packs to elementary schools in the Stillwater Area School District the last day of the school week. Usually Fridays from 7:30 am – 9:30 am during the school year. A background check is required of all drivers.

MOBILE CHOICE SHOPPER

Shop for community members who cannot shop at the food shelf themselves every third Thursday of the month from 9 to 11 am. This position requires a 6-month commitment. If you have limited time to volunteer and love to help people, this opportunity is for you.

MOBILE CHOICE DELIVERY

Deliver food to community members who cannot shop at the food shelf themselves every third Thursday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm. This position requires a 6-month commitment. Background checks are required for volunteers who make deliveries. If you have limited time to volunteer and love to help people, this opportunity is for you.

Clothing Program Opportunities Available

CLIENT HOST

Assist clients while they shop for clothes and check out. Hours for this opportunity are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 to noon and Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30 to 7 pm. If you like helping people find just the right item to meet their personal style needs, this is the opportunity for you.

CLOTHING SORTER

Sort and inventory donations with an eye for style and quality. Determine clothing needs based on trends and inventory. Restock the racks to keep our shopping area full. Hours are flexible – we have morning, afternoon and evening options available. If you love making sure people have access to high-quality clothing, this opportunity is for you.

Clothing Program

Through our clothing program, clients may select high-quality, like-new clothing at no cost to them. We provide growing kids with clothes that fit, adults with apparel right for their needs, everyone with warm gear for cold weather, and the whole family with new socks and underwear. If you enjoy working with clothing and have an eye for current styles we may have an opportunity for you.

Clothing Program Opportunities Available

Food Shelf Volunteer Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Food Rescue Specialist
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Warehouse Assistant
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Intake
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Food Rescue Specialist
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Warehouse Assistant
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Intake
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Food Rescue Specialist
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Warehouse Assistant
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Snack Pack
Delivery Specialists
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Intake
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Mobile Choice
Client Host — Third Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mobile Choice
Food Delivery Specialist
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Food Rescue Specialist
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Warehouse Assistant
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Client Hosts
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Food Rescue Specialist
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Warehouse Assistant
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Client Hosts
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bonus Friday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Intake
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Warehouse Assistant
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Intake
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Warehouse Assistant
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Snack Pack
Assemblers
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Intake
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Client Hosts
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Intake
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Intake
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday

  • Mobile Choice
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Mobile Choice
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Food Rescue Specialist
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Client Hosts
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Intake
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Snack Pack
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Snack Pack
    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Intake
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Bonus Friday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bonus Friday
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Friday

  • Bonus Friday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Client Hosts
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Client Hosts
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tuesday

  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday

  • Client Hosts
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Food Rescue Specialist
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Food Rescue Specialist
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Food Rescue Specialist
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Food Rescue Specialist
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Food Rescue Specialist
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Monday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Tuesday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Thursday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Friday

  • Food Rescue Specialist
    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Intake
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intake
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intake
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intake
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Intake
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday

  • Intake
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday

  • Intake
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Intake
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday

  • Intake
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Intake
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mobile Choice
Client Host — Third Thursday
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mobile Choice
Food Delivery Specialist
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Thursday

  • Mobile Choice
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Mobile Choice
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Snack Pack
Delivery Specialists
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Snack Pack
Assemblers
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday

  • Snack Pack
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Snack Pack
    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Warehouse Assistant
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Warehouse Assistant
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Warehouse Assistant
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Warehouse Assistant
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Warehouse Assistant
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Warehouse Assistant
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Warehouse Assistant
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday

  • Warehouse Assistant
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday

  • Warehouse Assistant
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Warehouse Assistant
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday

  • Warehouse Assistant
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Warehouse Assistant
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Warehouse Assistant
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
No events available!

Clothing Program Volunteer Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday

  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday

  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Client Hosts
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Monday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Tuesday

  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday

  • Client Hosts
    4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday

  • Client Hosts
    9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
No events available!

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The following volunteer opportunities support Valley Outreach in offsite locations. These are great opportunities for individuals with green thumbs. 

  • RCS Giving Garden – Valley Outreach has been the recipient of thousands of pounds of fresh produce from the RCS Giving Garden since 2009. They need help weeding and harvesting their huge garden. Weeding can happen anytime – you just need to meet with Master Gardener, Kathy, first and she’ll show you what to do. Harvesting includes dropping off whatever you harvest at Valley Outreach the same day. Email Kathy Luoma at kluoma@scoutsft.com to volunteer. The garden is located at Retail Construction Services, 11343 39th Street N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042.
  • Your Own Garden – Plant a row in your own garden and donate the fresh produce you harvest to Valley Outreach.

Interested in learning more about volunteering at Valley Outreach or have a question? Please email volunteer@valleyoutreachmn.org or call 651-430-2739.

Youth opportunities are available, some restrictions apply. Review our Youth Guidelines.

Interested in hosting a food, clothing and fund drive? Learn more on out Food Donations page, Clothing Donations page and contact info@valleyoutreachmn.org with questions. 

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