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Volunteers play a vital role at The Family Partnership, contributing hundreds of volunteer hours and donating needed items each year. Community members like you help us provide enrichment opportunities and resources for clients, in addition to containing costs and allowing staff to spend more time providing trauma-informed care for the families we serve.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Ongoing Opportunities

Shift-type positions that are open throughout the year:

  • Big Little Library – organize books and decorate the space for seasonal occasions
  • Pop-in Volunteer – do something different each shift (great for those who like variety!)
  • PRIDE Building Support – play games and spend time with individuals in our PRIDE program
  • PRIDE Outreach – accompany staff to connect with clients in the community and hand out supplies
  • Teacher Aide – help out in classrooms at our Four Directions preschool

Seasonal Projects

Project-based positions that change with the season:

  • Garden Upkeep (Summer) – keep the grounds looking pretty during warm months
  • Holiday Sponsorship (Fall) – our biggest project! Match families with donors to make sure everyone gets a present during the winter holidays
  • Winter Clothes (Fall) – temperatures can be chilly! Help get hats, gloves, and coats to children and adults in need of warmth

Corporate, School, and Group Volunteering

  • Ask about how your group can become involved with us!
  • St. Thomas BUS200 Students – increasing TFP’s capacity each semester since 2020
  • Macalester Green Energy Communication – students are designing a display that will convey all the ways that the Lake Street building is environmentally conscious


  • Event Support – help out with our annual fundraising lunch and other events throughout the year
  • Awareness post fliers in designated communities so people know where to access services
  • Donation Transport and Organization – organize donations we receive so they get to the people who need them in a timely manner

Interested in a bigger volunteer role? Please contact us about becoming a Volunteer Coordinator!

Please note that additional opportunities, such as reading partners and leading professional development courses, may be added as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Ready to volunteer?

If you are interested in filling a volunteer position, please fill out the volunteer application. We will contact you to learn more about you and help you get started volunteering at The Family Partnership.


You, your family, faith community, civic group, or employee team can have fun and make a difference by creating or purchasing much-needed materials!

We can always use the following:

  • Essential supplies for infants and toddlers of families experiencing deep poverty
  • Snack bags for children coming to therapy directly from school
  • Gift cards for families in need of necessities (Walmart, Target, Cub, and Aldi are often requested)
  • Personal care packages for teens and women who are healing from sexual exploitation
  • Household care packages to help families keep their homes clean and healthy
  • Play-doh, flubber, or stress balls for the littlest-learners to develop finger strength and dexterity
  • Backpacks to fill with necessities and give out at outreach events
  • Journals for children, pre-teens, and teens accessing mental health programs
  • Winter clothes and coats in new or lightly-used condition (seasonal)
  • Holiday gifts, as part of individual family sponsorship or Toys for Tots (seasonal)
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Join our efforts and invest in change.

Are you looking for other ways to support our mission of building strong families, vital communities and better futures for children? As a supporter you can invest in children and families to reach their full potential and live as contributing members of healthier, prosperous communities.