Volunteers are integral to everything we do at Keystone. Volunteers serve in our food shelves, senior programs and after-school programs.
Become a Keystone Volunteer
It takes thousands of hands and countless volunteer hours for Keystone to serve 30,000 people annually through our many programs. Keystone is grateful for the dedicated volunteers who offer their time and talent to make our community a better place.
Have fun and make a difference
As a Keystone volunteer you can have fun while making a real difference in the lives of people in our community.
Volunteer opportunities vary in length and frequency. In most program areas, we can be flexible to meet your needs. Below you’ll find the descriptions of the volunteer roles so you can find one that fits your schedule and area of interest. Check out the videos to see Keystone volunteers in action.
Here are the steps to getting started as a Keystone volunteer:
Complete the volunteer application.
Your application will be processed and a background check will be run.
The volunteer coordinator will work with you to determine a volunteer role and schedule.
You will need to participate in a volunteer orientation.
Then you can begin volunteering and supporting the Keystone community!
On average, the process to start volunteering typically takes 5-7 business days.
You can help individuals and families access healthy food.
Be a food shelf assistant
Keystone food shelves help families get emergency food support. In this role, you will assist clients, sort donations, stock shelves and help donors. Volunteers should be at least 16 years old and capable of lifting 20 pounds.
The Foodmobile is Keystone’s food shelf on wheels. You can help with our mobile food distribution happening throughout St. Paul. Volunteers can help stock the Foodmobile or serve clients at distribution events.
Be a Role Model to Young People
You can help young people practice academic skills and stay engaged in after-school programs.
Support a child
You can help young people practice academic skills and stay engaged in after-school programs. Volunteers provide homework help, basic tutoring and reading skills for youth in our program. Volunteers can also serve as classroom assistants and lead enrichment activities.
Help seniors thrive and live with dignity as valued members of our community.
Deliver Meals on Wheels
Deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors in Keystone’s service area. A car, valid driver’s license and current auto insurance are required. You can also help in the kitchen preparing the meals.
Other ways to support seniors
Active Senior Programs
Volunteers in our active seniors program help plan programs, lead activities, assist with parties and mailings and other duties.
Transportation is often very challenging for older adults, so our volunteers drive seniors to critical medical appointments.
We know for so many people in our community, things in their lives may not feel as stable as they once did. If you or someone you know needs support please know our programs are here for you and we encourage you to refer people to us as well. We can get people connected to food shelf services, meals on wheels, crisis assistance, or refer to other community services as we are able.
Looking for additional food support?
In July we’ll also be hosting Foodmobile distributions, Free Farmers Market events and a Fare for All event, all in safe, socially-distanced ways. Check out our events page for the full schedule and check back regularly as more events are added.