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:

  1. Complete the volunteer application.
  2. Your application will be processed and a background check will be run.
  3. The volunteer coordinator will work with you to determine a volunteer role and schedule.
  4. You will need to participate in a volunteer orientation.
  5. Then you can begin volunteering and supporting the Keystone community!

On average, the process to start volunteering typically takes 5-7 business days.

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Serve in a Food Shelf

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

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.

Keystone Face Mask Requirement Update

The health and safety of Keystone employees, volunteers and participants is a top priority for us and throughout the pandemic Keystone has followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep everyone safe.

New guidance from the CDC states that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks inside or outside.  The State of MN and now the City of Saint Paul have lifted mask mandates.  Due to these changes and following guidance from the CDC, Keystone will no longer require that masks be worn by anyone coming into our sites.  However, following CDC guidance, we strongly recommend face masks are worn by anyone at a Keystone site who is not fully vaccinated. We also support anyone who wants to wear a mask while working, volunteering, or participating at a Keystone site.

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