Volunteer

Volunteer Group

House of Charity could not fulfill its mission without the generosity and dedication of thousands of volunteers each year.

In 2015, 1,966 volunteers donated more than 3,700 hours of their time helping to prepare and serve meals at the Food Centre. According to Independent Sector, a leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs, the estimated dollar value of volunteer time in 2015 was $23.07 per hour. At that rate, the amount of time that volunteers have dedicated to House of Charity in 2015 can be valued at over $86,000. Of course, our volunteers’ tireless efforts in the kitchen and the warmth with which they greet guests are priceless!

At House of Charity, we strive to create a sense of community for our residents and Food Centre guests. By sharing their time, smiles and kind words, volunteers connect with our guests and each other and demonstrate how the spirit of giving can transform lives.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at House of Charity takes place at our Food Centre. Volunteers serve a meal to anyone who enters our doors in search of something to eat. We generally serve about 350 people per day. Having many volunteer’s hands available makes our Food Centre operation run smoothly.

The ideal group size is between 4–8 people. However, we can accommodate groups up to 10–12 people as a maximum.

On weekdays, groups have an option to either “prep and serve” the meal or “serve only.” Sometimes coming for a longer time is better for volunteers, while for others, serving the noon meal is as much time as can be devoted. Time commitment on weekdays are as follows:

“Prep and Serve”: 10:30am–1:00pm 

“Serve Only”: 12:00pm–1:00pm
On weekends, we have only the “prep and serve” option. But since the meal is served earlier on weekends, the time commitment is 9:00am–12:00pm.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of our volunteers, there are many open spots to volunteer at our Food Centre for the 2017 calendar year!

Please contact Mike Bennett, Volunteer and Outreach Services Director, at 612-436-2050 or m.bennett@houseofcharity.org to schedule your group today!

Online Volunteer Sign-up

Greetings, volunteers!

If you have never done so, please take a moment to click this link where you will find our new “Online Volunteer Sign-up” form. The form will allow you to securely send your contact details to Mike Bennett, House of Charity’s Volunteer and Outreach Services Director.

This one-time entry will allow us to better track our volunteers. Many of our funding resources require us to reliably track the number and names of volunteers for accountability purposes.

We appreciate your support!

From all of the staff, clients, and guests of House of Charity—Thank you!

Look Who’s Helping

2016 Volunteer Groups

Faith Based

Chapel Hills UCC of Edina
Ezekiel Lutheran, River Falls, WI
Falcon Heights UCC
Grace Lutheran, Andover
Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church
New Creation Baptist Church
St. Timothy’s of Blaine
Temple Israel

Corporate

Accenture
Aecom
Avionte
Avison-Young
Deloitt Tax
Houlihan-Lokey
IBM
Kraus-Anderson
Mosaic
State Farm Insurance, Mike Orn Agency
Thrivent
VOYA
Wells Fargo

Civic

Fun2Raise
Good Deeds Society
HCMC Staff
Jordan House
Meet Minneapolis
People Serving People
Satya Sai Center

Education

St. Ambrose Catholic School
St. Benedict’s
University of Minnesota

Recurring Families

Barry Family
Chapple Family
DaCosta Family
Haug Family
Heinz Family
Jay Family
Lowenhagen Family
Roach Family
Whitcraft Family

2015 Volunteer Groups

Faith Based

Chapel Hills UCC of Edina
Charity Lutheran of Bismarck, ND
Ezekiel Lutheran of River Falls, WI
Falcon Heights UCC
Hindu Temple of Minnesota
New Creation Baptist
Satya Sai South
Satya Sai Center Metro
Shir Tikvah
St. Timothy’s of Blaine
Temple Israel

Corporate

Accenture
Aetna
Experis
Houlihan Lokey
IBM
Kraus Anderson
Mosaic
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
State Farm Insurance, Mike Orn Office
Stone Arch Creative
Target
Thrivent
United Health Group
UPS
VOYA
Wells Fargo

Civic

Girl Scouts of America
Good Deeds Society
Greater Twin Cities United Way
HCMC Staff
Meg May Group
Meet Minneapolis
Sigma Tau

Education

Benilde-St. Margaret
Calvin Christian School
Capella Library
Hope Academy
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Rasmussen College
Shakopee High School
St. Ambrose Catholic School
St. Benedicts
Totino-Grace High School
University of Minnesota