Giving back

The City worked with more than 1,000 volunteers in 2019 – 2020. Volunteers contributed an average of 45 hours with an estimated annual dollar value of more than $1 million.  In addition to helping with programs and events, about 81 residents volunteered to serve the City and City Council on boards, commissions, and advisory committees. 

How you can help

There are many organizations in the area doing work to help those in need. If you want to get involved by donating money, food or your time if you are healthy, consider the following organizations.

American Red Cross—Eligible, healthy donors are urged to make an appointment to donate. Visit blm.mn/redcross.

Cornerstone—Donate cleaning sprays, wipes, paper towels, hand soap, dish soap and sponges at 1000 East 80th Street Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 952-884-0376 and press 7 to donate.

Good In the Hood—Donate shoes, money or nonfood items, such as household cleaners and soap. For more information, call 612-217-4003 or email info@goodinthehood.org.

Hennepin County—Staff, including first responders, public health workers and hospital/clinic staff, are running low on protective gear. Donate protective face wear, Nitrile gloves, Tyvek coveralls and foot covers, eye protection at Southdale Library in Edina, 7001 York Avenue. 

Meals on Wheels—There is an increased need for on-call volunteers to continue meal service to people who depend on them. Healthy people can sign up to be on call at blm.mn/mealsonwheels.

Normandale Community College—Donate to fund student emergency grants for food and other basic needs. Visit
blm.mn/nccfoundation for more information. 

Oasis for Youth—This organization empowers youth at risk of homelessness. If you wish to donate, you can do so online at blm.mn/ofy.

Presbyterian Homes—Seeking youth and adult volunteers to make connections with older adults. Volunteers should be interested in becoming a pen pals, sending small crafts, making phone calls, sharing stories and more. Apply at blm.mn/phv.

St. Bonaventure Catholic Community—The food shelf remains open with curbside pickup for clients. Funds are running low for shelf-stable items. Donate shelf-stable food or household items at St. Vincent de Paul Society, 901 East 90th Street. 

VEAP—Help VEAP continue to provide healthy foods, social services, housing stability and support services by donating money, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and shelf-stable food items. If you are healthy, you could also volunteer in VEAP’s warehouse or as a van driver. 

You can find more information at blm.mn/giveback.