individual volunteer opportunities


People Serving People is proud of and grateful for the community of dedicated volunteers who’ve supported the shelter and our guests in the four decades since we first opened. As the COVID pandemic has required us all to change the ways we live, it has also reshaped the volunteer program. While many of the ways we have welcomed volunteers in the past are less possible now (such as large-group volunteering or hosting different kinds of close-contact social events), we are grateful to those who continue to show up in spite of difficult circumstances, and to those who we know are eager to come back when health and safety allow.

Questions about volunteering? Contact volunteer programs staff at or 612-277-0246.


Meal Delivery

Provide direct support to families and to shelter operations by helping deliver meals door-to-door to each shelter room. Volunteers work in pairs or small teams with staff to deliver hot meals on a regular schedule to all families staying in the shelter, ensuring that meals arrive on time and that families have the meals that meet their dietary needs.

The Meal Delivery program runs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, including weekends and all holidays. Shifts are 7:30-9:30am, 11:30-1:30pm, and 4:30-6:30pm. Priority is given to volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule of at least two shifts per month for at least three months.

If interested or looking to get scheduled for Meal Delivery, please contact volunteer programs staff at

Early Childhood Development Program- Not currently accepting new volunteers

Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups supporting teachers in the Early Childhood Development program and providing general classroom support. Each volunteer is placed in one of three classrooms (Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool), and provide general childcare and supervision, positive role models for kids, and age-appropriate entertainment and engagement. Prospective volunteers should be comfortable working independently under the direction of teachers, should be able to lift and move with children, and maintain energy and a high level of patience throughout each shift. Volunteers are also required to complete a basic background check paid for by People Serving People. Shifts are available Monday through Friday in the morning (9am-12pm or 9am-1pm depending on the classroom) or afternoon (preschool only, 1pm-4pm). Prospective volunteers should contact to get scheduled or learn more.

K-12 Tutoring and Enrichment

Volunteers work one-on-one or in small groups supporting teachers in the K12 program as they lead activities for kids ages 5-18 (majority 5-12) and provide general classroom support. Programming in K12 focuses more on social and emotional learning than on academic learning unless specifically requested by parents, so volunteers will primarily be expected to casually play with/spend time with kids and keep them engaged in activities in the classroom. Effective K12 volunteers will be patient and comfortable in an unstructured classroom environment, proactive about engaging with kids and drawing them into activities (rather than staying on the sidelines/waiting for kids to come to them). Volunteers are also required to complete a preliminary (15min) interview and basic background check paid for by People Serving People. Shifts run 2:30-5:30 during the school year Monday through Friday. Prospective volunteers should contact to interview or learn more.


People Serving People has previously welcomed volunteers for a wide range of activities, including the following:

  • Resident Resources Assistant
  • Reading Partner/Roving Reader
  • Self-Defense Class Teacher
  • Mock Interviewer/Resume Reviewer
  • Building Beautification/Housekeeping
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Leader
  • Technology Center Volunteer
  • Academic Mentoring Volunteer

We have also welcomed church groups, school groups, and work or professional groups for one-time projects such as hanging holiday lights or repainting our dining hall. Partner organizations have also volunteered via consulting projects related to workplace culture, website development, organizational tax structure, and more. Due to the ongoing pandemic, in-person group volunteering is unfortunately unlikely to be available at this time.

For any questions related to volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Programs team at or call us at 612-277-0246.


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