Harbor Light Center

Harbor Light Center

General Volunteer Opportunities


  • Advocacy
  • Artistic Work / Crafting / Entertainment
  • Bell Ringing
  • Boards / Committees
  • Care Giving / Health Care Support
  • Childcare
  • Coaching / Refereeing / Judging
  • Communications – Advertising & Promotions
  • Communications – Graphic Design
  • Communications – Media / Newsletters / Web Content
  • Communications – Public Speaking / Outreach
  • Computer Support – Training
  • Counseling / Mentoring
  • Emergency Disaster Response
  • Event and Facility – General Assistance
  • Event Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Food Prep / Meal Serving
  • Fundraising – General Assistance
  • Fundraising – Grant Writing
  • Fundraising – Soliciting
  • Legal Work
  • Mailing
  • Management – Volunteer Admin and Recruitment
  • Music – Instrumental
  • Music – Vocal
  • Office – Data Entry
  • Office – General Administration
  • Office – Reception
  • Phone / Information and Referral
  • Photography
  • Research
  • Retail Sales
  • Security / Public Safety
  • Sewing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Teaching / Tutoring / Assisting
  • Trades – Carpentry
  • Trades – Electrical
  • Trades – General Handywork
  • Trades – Painting
  • Trades – Plumbing
  • Translation
  • Transportation / Driving
  • Visitor / Companion
  • Yard Work / Gardening

Meal Serving

Activity Start Date End Date Status  
Breakfast Server and Lunch Bagger

During the bell ringing season, the volunteers are needed to serve the regular breakfast meal and also prepare bag lunches for kettle workers.  The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center sends staff out to ring at the kettles that are not covered by volunteers. For each staff member, a bag lunch is provided for them. Volunteers will serve breakfast to the residents staying in the shelter, and then make sandwiches and assemble the lunches by adding fruit, chips and a drink into the bag. Over 100 sandwiches are made for the next day. 4 volunteers are needed for each shift, and volunteers need to be at least 16 years old.  If you need to cancel your shift, call 651-746-3426.

Dates: Sunday-Friday Nov. 9 – Dec. 23
Time: 7:30 – 11 a.m.
Location: Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie Ave, Minneapolis

Once you have signed up, you will be assigned to a shift and sent a confirmation email with a map. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call 651-746-3426 to make sure you are scheduled.

11/9/2014 12/23/2014 3Scheduled  0All shifts available  
Food Service Kitchen Assistant

Feeding the hungry is a vital part of The Salvation Army’s work. At our Harbor Light Center, The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis, over 1,200 people are served breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday, year round. To accomplish this, volunteers assist not only with serving food, but also preparing meals, cleaning the kitchen and dining area, and sorting through food donations. Individuals or groups of up to 12 volunteers are welcome. The number of volunteers needed depends on the shift, see below. You may volunteer one time or come on a regular basis. Volunteers must be 16 or older; if under the age of 18, must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Dates and Times: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 12
Duties: Volunteers will assist in all areas of the kitchen – preparing, sorting donated food, serving the meal, cleaning the kitchen and dining area

Dates and Times: Monday - Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5
Duties: Volunteers help with final meal preparation, serving and dining area clean up

Dates and Times: Thursday – Friday, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 4
Duties: Volunteers sort donated food items and clean kitchen area

For scheduling a group, please call 651-746-3426.

Once you have signed up for a shift, you will be assigned to that shift and sent a confirmation email with more information. If you do not receive a confirmation email or have questions please call 651-746-3426.

9/3/2014 12/31/2014 3Scheduled  1Some shifts available  

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center is deeply committed to the care, development, comfort and basic worth of human life. This commitment is expressed through programs designed to improve the quality of life of each individual without regard to race, color, creed or physical disability. At the heart of our services lies a fundamental belief in the value of every person. Each individual is treated with compassion, patience and respect, encouraging spiritual wakening and improved quality of life.
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