Donation Drive Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for standing by Model Cities as we stand by our community and come together to help our neighborhood residents impacted by the closure of grocery stores and other retail businesses along University Avenue in St. Paul access basic necessities such as cleaning supplies and health and hygiene items.


How can I get involved?

We need volunteers to help on collection days to collect and sort donations prior to the distribution day.  Volunteers the day of distribution are needed to greet guests, restock products, assist shopping, and more.  There are four (4) collection days from 12 PM to 4 PM and distribution day starts from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Volunteer hours start an additional 30 minutes to an hour prior to opening and 30 min to an hour after closing.  Model Cities will require a health screening prior to your shift. All volunteers should be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by an adult.


Collection Days


Wednesday, June 17th

Thursday, June 18th

Wednesday, June 24th

Thursday, June 25th


From 11:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Health and Hygiene Distribution Day

WHEN: Friday, June 26th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

WHERE: The BROWNstone Building located at 839 University Avenue West in St. Paul.

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Volunteer Role Descriptions:

  • Volunteer Station Greeter

Assist volunteers with checking in as they arrive for their assignment, conduct volunteer health screenings or assist in volunteer lounge.

  • Volunteer Greeter

Help orient volunteers to their assignments, assist with supplying beverages and assist with addressing any volunteer needs.

  • Donation sorter

Assist with sorting donated items and preparing bags for distribution

  • Runners

Assist with moving donated items out of automobiles and into the distribution space.

  • Guest Helper/Shopper

Assist community members with shopping and selection of items needed; assist guest with staying in one distribution line and with safely exiting the facility.

  • Stockers

Replenish and restock donation items, fill donation bags, re-organize items, as needed.

  • Safety Monitors 

 Monitor guest waiting to enter distribution space and address any emergency and/or safety concerns.

  • Hospitality Greeter

Engage community members who are waiting to enter distribution space (greet guest, answer questions and provide bottled waters etc.)

  • Setup/Logistics

We will need your help at 9:30AM before the event begins to arrange tables.

  • Event Breakdown

We will need your help at 2:30PM to close the event and take down tables, sweep space and pick up trash.