Individual Volunteer Opportunities at Merrick Community Services: 

Our greatest need right now is helping to serve our Seniors. Please see descriptions of all of the Individual Volunteering opportunities below and then complete the Volunteer Application online or download and submit a Volunteer Application (PDF) in person.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Driver: Monthly commitment – one assigned day per month from 11am to Noon (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) (Commitment remains in perpetuity until volunteer ends their service). Senior Nutrition Programming is seeking volunteer groups to help with delivering meals to homebound seniors in Saint Paul (focusing on the East Side). Individuals or pairs can sign up for a monthly “meal shift” (i.e. the first Monday of the month). Drivers will be assigned a “route” and will be in charge of delivering hot meals to seniors in their homes over the course of an hour. Some seniors enjoy socializing during the meal drop-off, others are happy just to see a friendly face. Volunteers must have a valid drivers license, have their own transportation, and must pass a background check.

Lawn Mowing & Maintenance: Senior Chore Services is seeking volunteers to help with mowing lawns and essential yard maintenance for seniors in Saint Paul (focusing on the East Side and spreading through other areas of Saint Paul as well). Individuals or pairs can sign up to take responsibility for specific homes – typically mowing once a week and providing other required lawn maintenance so seniors can remain in their homes and within the municipal yard care expectations. Volunteers are asked to provide their own yard clean up materials (mower, rakes, yard bags, etc). Typically volunteers are assigned a specific yard (or more) to provide lawn maintenance, and they are provided the addresses and names of the seniors identified by Merrick needing yard help. Volunteers independently arrive at the identified locations and report back to the Merrick staff person via phone after services have been completed. These efforts allow seniors to save their precious financial resources for other needs, and also put a smile on their faces.

Food Shelf Greeter: Greet clients, have them sign-in and direct them to the waiting area. No heavy lifting required. Shifts are Mondays from 3:00pm-6:00pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Food Shelf Shopper: Accompany clients as they shop in the food shelf. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Shifts are Mondays from 3:00pm-6:00pm, and Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm.

Food Shelf Stocker: Stock shelves as needed. Unload and organize boxed and packaged food. Must be able to lift at least 30 pounds. Shifts are open anytime during Food Shelf hours.

Food Shelf Truck Unloader: Assist food shelf staff unload large food deliveries. Organize and stock shelves. Must be able to lift approx. 50 pounds. Shifts are available on Friday mornings. We need approximately 6 people per delivery.

Youth Services: Mentor a child in your community. Merrick provides year-round programs for youth ages 5-17. Want more information? Contact our Youth program staff at 651-771-9339, and we’ll help you find your place!

 

Employment Services: Job Search/Resume Creation, Mock Interviews, Interview Prep, Guest Speaking, Advisory Committee: As Needed

If there is a volunteer position that you are interested in, that is not listed above, please contact Brandon Griffin at 651-771-9339 x1014 or by email at bgriffin@merrickcs.org.