Volunteer in Your Spare Time

Open Your Heart receives almost all funds from individuals and uses social media as a way to get more donors without diverting funds from agencies to fundraising. Any of the below actions helps Open Your Heart spread awareness and involve more people in our mission!

Volunteer in the Community

Open Your Heart does not work directly with people experiencing hunger and homelessness. However, many of the agencies we partner with and support rely on volunteers to keep programs running smoothly and meet everyone’s needs. Visit one of the following websites or call us to find opportunities to make an impact on hunger and homelessness in your area:

Anna Marie’s Alliance: Volunteers needed to cook meals on the weekends.

Avenues for Homeless Youth: We have needs for maintenance volunteers, administration volunteers and tutors.

Brunswick United Methodist Church: We have an ongoing need for volunteers to help prepare and serve Loaves and Fishes meals at Brunswick United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Community Emergency Service: Please contact Melanie LaPointe, Volunteer Coordinator, 612-870-1125ex.128, [email protected].

HOPE 4 Youth: Opportunities include mentoring at our Drop-In Center, serving meals, sorting donations, covering our front desk area and volunteering at our resale boutique store, hope’s closet. Contact Kate at [email protected] to learn more!

Loaves and Fishes: Often need volunteers at our Holy Rosary dining site located at 2424 18th Ave South in Minneapolis, which is open Monday through Thursday, 5:15 to 6:15 PM.

Pillager Area Food Shelf: Every Thursday from noon to five volunteers help families “shop”.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing: Our Donate a Dinner program – details and sign up provided on our website.

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center: Bell ringers during late November and throughout December.

The Sheridan Story: We love to have people join us for our evening packing events. Individuals and groups can sign-up online.

VEAP: Opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer in our food pantry to sort food donations and stock shelves with healthy food. Apply online at veap.org or contact [email protected]

Wright County Community Action: We have volunteer opportunities across all programs. We are currently looking for volunteer drivers, food shelf volunteers, and volunteer tax preparers.


Volunteer by Throwing a House Party

Like to party? Like to raise money for a good cause? Throw a house party!

Hosting an Open Your Heart House Party brings awareness and raises funds for people who are hungry and homeless in our community.

Who do you invite? Your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, friends of friends, anyone you want!
Where do you hold it? Your home or wherever you would like to host the event (library, church basement, community center, bowling alley, etc.)
What would you need to do? You are responsible for cost of location, invitations, and food/beverages. OYH can provide background materials on the organization (e.g. brochures, video, and signs), help through the process, and a speaker!

Interested in learning more? Contact Jesse Mathias at [email protected]

Volunteer on a Committee

Open Your Heart is supported by a robust committee structure that includes staff, members of the Board of Directors and other volunteers. Committees typically meet every other month or once per month to discuss strategies that will help Open Your Heart have a greater impact on hunger and homelessness. Committee members also work individually and in groups to carry these plans into action. This is an excellent opportunity to develop strategic planning and leadership skills, network with professionals in multiple sectors and make an impact on hunger and homelessness in Minnesota.

  • Fund Development and Outreach Committee: Increases the visibility of Open Your Heart and of hunger and homelessness issues through a wide variety of communications strategies and works to build more robust funding sources for Open Your Heart by developing and implementing fundraising strategies, identifying potential grant funding sources and engaging with current donors.
  • Finance Committee: Oversees the finances of the organization.
  • Grant Review Committee: Oversees all aspects of Open Your Heart’s grant programs, including establishing grant criteria, developing tools for data collection and evaluation, reviewing grant applications and completing grant auditing.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or one of the Committees listed above, please contact [email protected]. We would love to hear from you!

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