St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP)

Agency Description

The St. Louis Park Emergency Program’s mission is to identify, address and respond to the critical and emergency needs of residents in St. Louis Park. We are the St. Louis Park community food shelf and social service agency. We directly provide food and clothing to residents in need, as well as advocacy, referrals, and build a collaborative relationship. Since 1975, STEP volunteers and professional staff have been empowering lives and restoring hope.

Position Description

Individuals that volunteer on an on-going basis during STEP’s office hours are critical to supporting the daily service needs of ST. Louis Park families. Volunteers assist in various areas of STEP-the most common roles are listed below although STEP is always open to talking about how your talents and skills can meet the needs of our organization. STEP is open for volunteering Monday through Thursday from 8am-4pm and Friday from 8-12. Please note: All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to help during STEP’s office hours.

  • Food Shelf Volunteer: 4hr. shifts: sorts food donations, stocks the shelves in the food shelf, packs up groceries for clients (must be able to lift at least 10 lbs)
  • Clothes Closet Volunteer: 3 hr. shifts: sorts clothing donations, staffs the Clothes Closet and assists clients in finding their clothing needs
  • Food Rescue Volunteer: All shifts would take place in the morning, from 8-12, Monday through Friday in STEP’s warehouse. Help unload, sort, organize and get rescued product out to food shelf clients. Volunteer would need to be able to lift boxes up to 50 pounds on a regular basis

  • Receptionist Volunteer: 4 hr. shifts: answers phone calls, greets clients and checks them in for their food shelf appt., greets donors and accepts donations

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the STEP Volunteer Application Form. Then, please attach the application to an email addressed to
  2. Within a few days, Mari-Claire will contact you to schedule a Volunteer Interview.

If you have questions, contact:

Mari-Claire Dart

Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator or (952) 925-4899 ext. 18 6812 West Lake Street, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Volunteers should apply 2-4 weeks before their desired start date. Thank you for your interest in

becoming a volunteer for STEP!