Why Volunteer Here?

Our mission at House of Charity is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence.

Want to move your feet, use your hands and make friends while saving meals from a landfill AND serving those in need? Volunteer as an individual or with your family, corporate group, significant other, civic group, faith community or sports team in our Food Centre.

Volunteers help us serve meals, prepare food (chop potatoes, crack eggs), sort donations and keep our spaces clean!

Still on the fence?

When you become a volunteer at House of Charity, you join a community of committed, passionate, compassionate and motivated citizens actively making a difference in our mission.

In 2018, 103,528 meals were served in our Food Centre, 212 clients completed treatment in our Day by Day program, 296 clients were housed in our resident hall, 112 clients were housed in our scattered site housing program and 1,793 showers were taken.

To make these programs possible, 2,950 volunteers contributed 5,753 hrs. in 2018

These hours included:

  1. Serving meals in our Food Centre

  2. Creating kits for our public shower, off site housing and more

  3. Gathering to learn about the issues and how to break down stigma

Best Parts

  1. No time commitment

  2. Flexible schedules

  3. Training done on site

Shifts Available


Breakfast (7:00 am- 9:00 am)

Brunch Shift (11:45am-1:15pm)

Weekend Prep (3:30 – 4:30pm)

Dinner Shift (4:45-6 pm)

Week Days:

Breakfast (7 – 9 am)

Pre-lunch Prep (9 – 10:30 am)

Lunch Shift 1 (10:30 – 11:30 am)

Lunch Shift 2 (11:45 am- 1:15 pm)

General Prep (2 – 4 pm)

Dinner Shift (4:45-6 pm)

Hygiene Kits

Create Hygiene Kit Bags for our Public Shower!

We have people walk in every day to use our public shower. We like to provide them a quart-size bag filled with toiletries. These have included Shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush and paste etc. Groups can put together and donate these kits.

Coping Skills Toolboxes

Create Coping Toolboxes for our Mental Health Program!

House of Charity’s Day by Day program uses boxes that, provide clients distraction in difficult moments, ground clients in the 5 senses, and help clients practice self-care and love while they recover from mental health crisis and addiction. Boxes can include, paints, stress balls, bubbles, journals, and scented lotions. Groups can put together and donate these boxes. Some groups even opted to paint worry stones or write “you can do it” letters to clients

Welcome Home Baskets

Welcome Baskets for New Neighbors Overcoming Homelessness

Our off-site program called Housing First, supports individuals in living independently from previously being homeless. These baskets provide those individuals the things they need to get started in a home such as, dishes, pots and pans, a broom, etc. Groups can put together and donate these baskets. To make it more interactive, groups have wrapped the items in wrapping paper and wrote letters of encouragement to clients.

Immune Booster Kits

Homelessness takes a toll on your health

Assist those living in our transitional housing unit with a boost to immune function with Immune Booster health kits!

Living among 118 other single adults in our housing units provides ripe opportunity for illness. However, with an immune booster kit, our residents can stay healthy year round!

Kits can include:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue packs
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Vitamin-C packs
  • Electrolyte tablets
  • Water bottle

Beat the Heat Baskets

Help your neighbors experiencing homelessness beat the heat!

Being outside when it is hot and humid can be dangerous. Help your neighbors stay hydrated, cool and safe with the donation of “Beat the Heat” kits!

Kits can include: 

– Sunscreen

– Sunglasses

– Baseball Hat or visor

– Umbrella

– Aloe Vera

– Flip flops

– Water Bottle

– Electrolyte Tablets

Bingo Baskets

Looking for a way to get rid of some fun stuff in your closet? At target and some of the dollar rack catch your eye? Want to help build community among our residents?


Every month we play bingo with our residents to build community and take their minds of more difficult circumstances. Become part of this amazing environment by donating a basket of fun prizes!

Prize examples:

– Games

– Best Selling Books

– Journals

– Slippers

– Flip Flops

– Jewelry

– Wallets

– Cheaters

– Accessories

– Nail polish

– Sun glasses

– Foot care products

– Sunscreen

– Art products

– headphones

– Gift Cards to restaurants near our 510 building

– Movie Tickets

Tie Blankets

Tie blankets

These blankets are great for those that live in our housing center. Due to the age of the building and limited resources, the dorm rooms can get cold in the winter. Colorful tie blankets not only brighten up their space, but provide warmth during the winter months. These cozy blankets will help make their rooms feel more like home! And we all know home is the foundation of recovery.



Decorate and write encouraging notes on postcards to be delivered to new neighbors transitioning from homelessness into their own apartments!

Our off-site program called Housing First, supports individuals in living independently from previously being homeless. Post cards would be decorated by you, then mailed out by our Housing First staff periodically to our clients to keep their spirits up!

Items Needed:

  • Blank post cards
  • Markers
  • Stamps

Worry Stones

Worry stones

House of Charity’s Day by Day treatment program uses an integrated, holistic approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders. We provide a program that has the ability to restore the mind, body, and spirit.

Help Facilitate healing by painting and donating worry stones! Worry stones provide someone in our program distraction from unhelpful thoughts, a reminder of something positive and something to play with in their hands when they need it!

Items Needed:

  • Light stones
  • Paint or permanent marker

Plastic Bags

Bingo Prizes

Under-garment essentials

Undergarments are ESSENTIAL

Support your community members moving into transitional supportive housing by providing essentials to living!

Please note all items should be new.

For Men:

  • Boxers or briefs – sizes S-XXXL
  • Socks – both winter and regular
  • Undershirts (such as Hanes) – sizes S-XXXL

For Women:

  • Underwear – sizes S-2XL
  • Bras- sizes D-I (Sports and regular)
  • Socks – both winter and regular

Acoustic Guitars

Music is a very effective way of self-calming and centering when anxiety or other symptoms of mental illness reveal themselves. By donating a guitar, you can give our clients an easy way to cope with their lives!

There’s so many things that can be given or done to donate in-kind goods. Check out all the details!

You’re saving lives and we are so grateful for your service and generosity. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Noah Chan, our community engagement coordinator.

Email: n.chan@houseofcharity.org

Phone: 612-436-2050

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2018 Volunteer Groups


Accenture/ Navitaire
Allina Health West Metro Region
Boston Scientific
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
CDS Event Managers
Crossroads Aftercare
Farmers Insurance
GoKart Labs
GTCUW Finance Team
Hays Companies
Hennepin Health (HCMC)
Hilton Minneapolis Sales Team
Mackay Mitchell Envelpoe Co
MANE 7 White Shoe Crew
Mike Orn State Farm Insurance
NW mutual
Outsource Consultants
Patterson Companies Animal Health FP&A
Picture Perfect Home Team
Real Staffing
Red Cow/Red Rabbit
Seagate Wafer Manufacturing
SeQuel Response
Sleep Number
Target (various departments)
U.S. Bank – Recruiting Excellence Team
UBM Catersource
Unitedhealth Group
US Bank SF
Warby Parker – North Loop
Wells Fargo CMES
Wells Fargo HR/ 5th Floor
Wells Fargo Legal
Wells Fargo Tech Trust


St. Ambrose Catholic School
U of M Pre Med AMSA
Totino-Grace HS
Undergraduate Physiology Society
Hudson High School
University of Minnesota Physiology club
Hiawatha Community School
Peace Academy
Face to Face Academy
Hiawatha Collegiate High School
Cotter School
University of Minnesota Black Student Union


Alpha Sigma Phi- Rho
Community Engagement Program
CUNA Council
Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.
Gay4Good Twin Cities
Girl Scout Troop 20085
Girl Scout Troop 53134
Good Deeds Society
KE in the Community
Key Club
Minneapolis Police Department
North Central University Apartment Community
Sharing is Caring
SSBC Mpls Metro Sai
St. Matthew Voice of Hope
Theta Chi Fraternity

Faith Communities

Ascension Youth Group
Chapel Hills UCC
Fox Point Lutheran Church
Hope Community Church
Inspire Church
Messiah UMC
New Creation Baptist
Prefect Asahar
St. Ludmila Church
St. Olaf
St. Peter Lutheran Church
St. Tims Confirmation
Temple Israel
Tracy Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Visitation of the Convent

Recurring Families

Blake Family
Bradley Family
Cantele Family
Chester Family
Clark Family
Deneson Family
Flohaug Family
Godfrey Family
Gumz Family
Haug Family
Heinz Family
Herstein Family
Jensen Family
Joyce-Lynch Family
McCaffrey Team
Mccook Team
Newlin Girls
Nickolauson Family
Perdu Family
Peterson Family
Plummer Team
Roach Family
Rubenzer Family
Sanchez Family
Schons Family
Scott Girls
Team Padratzik
Team Soenen and Friends
Team Yobbie

2017 Volunteer Groups

Faith Based

Alexandria UMC
Chapel Hills UCC
Cumberland Lutheran Church
Ezekiel Lutheran, River Falls, WI
Falcon Heights UCC
Hosanna! Church
Messiah UMC
New Creation Baptist
St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church
St. Timothy’s of Blaine
Temple Israel
Visitation of the Convent


Ameriprise Financial
Cogent Consulting
Crossroads Aftercare
Fluid Interiors
Guaranteed Rate Mortgage
Hays Company
Jordan House
Mackay Mitchell
Online Freight
State Farm Insurance, Mike Orn Agency
United Health Group

US Bank
Wells Fargo


Good Deeds Society
House of Charity Board


Face to Face Academy
Hiawatha Collegiate High School
Hiawatha Community School
Hudson High School
Lakeville North
National Honor Society, St. Louis Park
Ridgewater College
St. Ambrose Catholic School
St. John’s University
University of Minnesota MHA

Recurring Families

Biedenfeld Family
Chapple Family
Cook Family
Forsberg Family
Fullens Family
Green Family
Haug Family
Healey Family
Heinz Family
Jacobson Family
Krider Family
Lacy Family
Lee Family
Lindsey Lamppa Group
Lustfield Family
McCaffrey Family
McMillion Family
Muilenberg Family
Muschewske Family
Nickolauson Family
Perdu Family
Perrus Family
Plummer Family
Riddley Family
Samuels Family
Sanchez Family
Soenen Family
Tollefson Family
Veske Family
Vitiello Family
Wong Family