Open Arms of Minnesota offers a unique model of care for people in our community who are sick, need nutritious food, and have nowhere else to turn for assistance. Open Arms is the only nonprofit organization in the state that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, MS, ALS, cancer and more than 60 other diseases.
Open Arms was founded as a volunteer-driven organization and we continue to rely on the dedication of our volunteers for every aspect of our operation. Our volunteers have fun while they make a profound difference in the lives of our clients. Join us in one of the following volunteer opportunities, designed to fit any schedule!
- Meal Delivery:
From the Open Arms kitchen to our clients' doors, meal deliveries are an essential part of our organization and our greatest volunteer need. Delivering is the number one way to truly see the impact of our work on our clients, as you get to personally hand them delicious food and see their smile in return. Meal deliveries start at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. A typical route consists of 4 - 6 stops in an area of the Twin Cities and takes 1 hour - 2 hours to complete. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicles. You can volunteer in a pair if you prefer.
- Kitchen Support:
Chopping fresh, organic veggies and packaging savory soup in our state-of-the-art kitchen; baking mouthwatering cookies in our warm, sunny bakery-- there's plenty to be done at Open Arms. Join us as a kitchen volunteer for a 2-hour shift and work with our chefs to create delicious, nutritious food for our clients. Shifts fall between 7:30am-9am, 9am-11am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 5pm-7pm during the week. We offer two Saturday shifts from 8am-10am and 12pm-2pm.
How to Apply:
First, go to Open Arms' website and sign up for a required New Volunteer Orientation (which lasts 2 hours). Orientations fill up quickly so sign up as soon as you can. During this required training, you'll learn all about the work of Open Arms and the volunteer opportunities available. After you complete new volunteer orientation, you will be able to sign up for volunteer shifts online!