Take Action

Sometimes making Minnesota brighter is just a matter of a simple act. Here we have provided a bunch of ideas to help you brainstorm something simple YOU could do to be a light in Minnesota.


Support Group Facilitator

Invest directly in the lives of teens during Support Group programs. You’ll have the chance to build relationships with teens during large group time and free time. You’ll also be trained to facilitate a smaller support group, creating a safe environment for teens to...

Donate for Life

Add yourself to a bone marrow registry and take part in a bone marrow drive.

Become a coach with MOPS

Our coaches are a vibrant tribe of women making an authentic difference in the lives of MOPS moms and leaders. They help to strengthen and build relationships, listen to new moms and advocate on their behalf. Check it out to see how you can help https://www.mops.org/

Donate your Luggage

Collect duffle bags, overnight bags, and suitcases from friends and donate them to organizations that send them to children in foster care.

Share your parenting skills

New Life Family Services is looking for mentors that can change hearts, save lives, build families and restore hope. Check out the volunteer opportunities to see what fits your schedule. https://nlfs.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Share your knowledge

Teach an elderly person to use a computer to surf the internet or write e-mails. Now more than ever, tech can keep us connected. Let's help others stay connected too!

Be a helper

Sign up for a CPR class. You never know when the opportunity to be a helper will present itself.

Support Jack’s basket

1350 babies, 47 states, 11 countries – that’s the impact of Jack’s Baby, a non-profit organization that educates physicians on how to deliver the diagnosis of Down Syndrome to new & expecting parents. Send an email to info@jacksbasket.org to find out how you can...

Support an expectant mother

If you have special skills to help women and their families facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies – Elevate Life can use your help. Click on the link and volunteer to help Elevate Life offer God’s love, compassionate service & encouragement to moms that need...

Drive Kind

Allow a fellow driver to merge into your lane during your commute

Print out a Ticket of Hope from Union Gospel Mission

Print a ticket of Hope to keep in your car or purse and next time you meet a person who is experiencing homelessness, hand them the ticket knowing you are providing them with a place to stay, food to eat, and help for them to get back on their feet. Print a Ticket

Give your talent

Think of something you do well, and use it to benefit others – for example performing magic tricks at a children’s hospital or playing music at a nursing home.


Set your phone aside and facedown when you are in meetings to show that you’re engaged.

Change a family’s life this Christmas

The Best Christmas Ever Captain is a local leader within their community or is seeking for an opportunity to make a difference. This person brings people & communities together to do good, is energized by unreasonable generosity, and isn’t afraid to put a little...

Have an extra mask

With the statewide mandate, you could help someone you don’t know by having an extra mask handy when they’ve forgotten their own. 

Become a mentor

Be part of Union Gospel Mission's work helping homeless adults regain hope and stability. As a mentor, you'll help provide much-needed support for residents as they obtain their G.E.D., receive job training, and receive help for homelessness and addiction. Learn More

Bring treats to your local dog park

You'll be the favorite person of all the dogs at the park. But don't forget to make sure it's OK with mom/dad before you offer the treat. This can also give you a chance to check in with the dog's "hooman" and ask how their day is going.

Closet organizing that helps families

Volunteer with New Life Family Services. Our Clothing Closet allows clients to earn necessary baby and maternity items. Assistants commit to ensuring that our Clothing Closet is fully stocked with the donations received.Learn More

Join your Church Choir

You don’t have to sing like Chris Tomlin or Yolanda Adams to be in the Church Choir. Talk to your Church Choir Director to see how you can lift your voice in songs of praise. Even if your church has not reintroduced choir due to COVID, express interest now, so that...

Volunteer to serve at a Church service

Many churches are back to in-person services, but most are hurting for volunteers. Roles that were once filled have opened as people have stepped back due to the pandemic. Ask someone at your church where they most need help and fill that role.

Volunteer with Jack’s Basket

1350 babies, 47 states, 11 countries – that’s the impact of Jack’s Baby, a non-profit organization that educates physicians on how to deliver the diagnosis of Down Syndrome to new & expecting parents. Send an email to info@jacksbasket.org to find out how you make...

Ask how you can help

Whether it’s on social media or through a text or call. Offer your assistance through grocery shopping, gardening or lawn care.

Flowers bring joy

Whether you pick them yourself or get them from your local flower shop, now is the time to spread joy to friends and family who have been cooped up for months.

Weed your neighbor’s garden

Gardening is in full swing! You can help out by weeding your neighbor’s garden or gifting fruit/veggies from your own garden.

Help a teen prepare for college or a career

TreeHouse Next offers personalized coaching to help teens create an educational or vocational track for their future. Coaches mentor teens each step of the way—with assistance in applying to college or vocational school, money management and financial aid counseling,...

Reach out to a teen in your life

These last few months have been complicated and emotional for everyone. Reach out to the teens in your life to give them a shoulder to cry on, and an ear to listen.

Make today a complaint-free day

We know you can do it. Ready, set, GO!! Take it a step further. Rather than just no complaints, share a few compliments today or the things you're grateful for.

Volunteer to Translate

Dickerman Food Distribution is in need of volunteers who can translate English to Hmong, Spanish, Karen, and/or Somali. The center at 1753 University Avenue (near Fairview) is very low on supplies. In need of fresh produce, food, canned goods, diapers - especially...

Feed the hungry in South Minneapolis

Drop off Monday through Friday at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church at 2600 East 38th Street in Minneapolis. Drop off begins at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. Donation requests include: laundry soap, dish soap, bar soap, toilet paper, paper towels diapers, formula, water,...

Thank a teacher

Online learning has been tough for families, students and teachers. Send a shout out on social or just a personal note to all of the teachers who helped our students get through these last few months

Check on your friends

Send a quick text, Snap, or call to let even your most introverted friends know that they matter to you.

Food in the Hood

Serve a hot meal and provide a week's worth of groceries to those facing hunger in our community. Volunteers help unload trucks and set up for the evening's distribution. https://gith.z2systems.com/np/clients/gith/eventList.jsp

Support the Cities

Neighborhoods and small businesses need us to come together to show the full strength of our support. There are events sets up to donate diapers, formula, non-perishable food and your time to distribute.https://www.facebook.com/supportthecities/

Pray for our Cities

The events in Minneapolis and across the nation can feel so big, that it can feel difficult knowing where or how to start helping. No matter who you are, or where you are today... we can each stop, take a deep breath, and pray. Together we can... Pray for justice.Pray...

NEED: Good in the Hood Foodshelf-in-a-Box

Feeding the hungry is one of our primary objectives. Sadly, however, many families in need are unable to attend a regular food shelf program due to a lack of transportation and/or an inability to find daycare for their children.  Our Foodshelf-In-A-Box offers a...

Thank those working when running essential errands

Make it a point next time you are at the grocery store or out on another essential errand, to smile and sincerely thank those who are working. What a blessing it is to have people out on the front lines every day risking their health and their family’s health to make...

Give a May Day Basket

Fill up your actual cart or digital shopping cart with treats and other spring-y items and ship it or bring it to a friend or family who could use a day-brightener. Some May Day Basket Ideas: flowers, chocolates, bubbles for the kids, sidewalk chalk, candy, snacks,...

Send dinner to a family in need

Do you know a family who is going through an extra hard time right now? Maybe they have experienced loss, are isolating due to a family member contracting COVID, or are essential workers and remaining super busy during this time. Send them some dinner, either through...

Write a note of encouragement to someone experiencing loss

During these challenging times, so many are experiencing loss. Loss of jobs, loss of loved ones, loss of a wedding, loss of a graduation celebration, loss of the ability to celebrate a newborn baby, just to name a few. Write a note encouraging whoever you know...

Make Inspirational Chalk Drawings

With walks around the neighborhood becoming a daily routine for many families, make your neighborhood’s walks a little brighter with some sidewalk chalk drawings. Write inspirational messages or just add some color to the world. 

Sew Reusable Masks

Even after the world reopens and stay-at-home orders lift, it seems as though masks are going to be in high demand for some time. Organizations like Mn Adult & Teen Challenge and Union Gospel Mission NEED masks in order to protect their staff, volunteers and...

Start a digital book club or Bible study

Find those who are isolated and build a community for them. Discuss a book of the Bible or a fiction book to take everyone’s mind off of their current situation for a moment. 

Bring a trash bag on your next walk

Next time you are out walking your neighborhood to get out of the house for a minute, bring a trash bag with you. Clean up the sidewalks of any trash or debris you see. Make the world a little bit cleaner place.

Buy flowers locally

It’s springtime, but some currently aren’t able to be out enjoying it. Brighten up their home by sending flowers from a local florist. This way, you are sharing light with someone who is stuck inside AND supporting a local business that may be struggling during these...

Host Virtual Game Night

There are many ways to do a virtual game night with friends or family who are quarantined. Whether you play via an app or through a video call, a little friendly competition can brighten anyone’s day.  Let light win, no matter the distance. 

Send Snail Mail

With each of us spending time at home, getting the mail can be a highlight of the day. Send a special card to brighten someone’s day. Have kids at home? Let them channel their inner artist and color a picture to send to a loved one! Let light win, no matter the...

Create a care package for an “essential” worker

While many of us are staying home, there are grocery store clerks, childcare workers, and health care employees that continue to show up! Looking for a way to #LetLightWin and share some encouragement? Create a care package with hard work necessities. You can fill it...

Create a digital adventure for a young family

For many families, the shutdown of schools, and many daycares has created a new schedule and needs for parents and kids at home. You can help from afar! Use your favorite video chat app to read a story, or play a game! Find some puzzles, bubbles, or creative toys and...

Reach out to your neighbors

As we spend more time close to home… you can let your #LightWin in a new way with your neighbors. There are so many ways we can encourage those around us. You can write a fun message for others to see on your walk around the block or create some encouraging messages...

Call a friend or loved one living on their own

Staying at home can be fun… and at times lonely. Who in your contacts list would love a call? A grandparent or elderly neighbor? A young professional who started a new job away from home? #LetLightWin and take some time to give them a call! No matter the distance… you...

Help an elderly person by buying their groceries

Our elderly population is at the highest risk during this time. Help out an elderly person or anyone with a compromised immune system by buying their groceries, checking in on them and making sure they have what they need. You can even do this from your own home...

Post something positive and helpful this week.

Our news feeds are filled with information, updates, cancellations, and fear. We need, more than ever, to spread joy, peace, and light. Post something positive on your social media accounts this week. It could be a good deed you saw, an encouraging quote or an idea of...

Join your Church Choir

You don’t have to sing like Chris Tomlin or Yolanda Adams to be in the Church Choir. Talk to your Church Choir Director to see how you can lift your voice in songs of praise.

Shovel someone’s sidewalk

It’s that time of year! What better way to enjoy a fresh new snowfall than experiencing it from behind a snow shovel? You thought I was going to say skiing, right?! 

Do chores for someone who needs help

Have a friend or relative that needs help moving or doing a deep clean of their home? The more hands the happier the work. Go make someone happy! 

Give Up Your Parking Spot

Who wants to walk a mile when it’s chilly outside? No one! So when you score that parking spot right in front of the store – surprise & delight someone by letting them have that premium spot. The glow from a good deed will keep you warm and toasty on your mad dash...

Celebrate with Jack’s Basket

1350 babies, 47 states, 11 countries – that’s the impact of Jack’s Baby, a non-profit organization that educates physicians on how to deliver the diagnosis of Down Syndrome to new & expecting parents. Send an email to info@jacksbasket.org to find out how you can...

Help Give a Family a Home

Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity created “Faith Builds” to bring local churches together to raise roofs, walls, funds and prayers to build a house in partnership with a family in your community. You don’t have to know how to drive a nail or use a leveler to...

Keep an Extra Umbrella at Your Office

Pick up several umbrellas at your local thrift store and keep them in your car and office to lend to a coworker or friend caught without one on a rainy day.

Donate 3 Unused Items

You know those 2 pair of jeans, that dress you wore only once, those shoes that pinch your pinky toe that you’re saving because you might wear them one day? Face it…you’re never wearing those clothes again, so make your fashion don’t a fashion do for someone in need....

Make dinner for a family in need

Make a huge tater tot hot dish or mac & cheese so there’s plenty of leftovers for a 2nd meal. I can see your light shining from here!

Feed My Starving Children

Want a one of a kind volunteer experience that will impact hundreds of kids? Give Feed My Starving Children just 2 hours of your time and you’ll be amazed at what will be accomplished.

Volunteer to serve food with Good in the Hood

We serve a hot meal and provide a week's worth of groceries to those facing hunger in our community. Volunteers help unload trucks and set up for the evening's distribution. Check out this link and see how easy and fulfilling it is to give the gift of a hot meal.

Pick up litter

An evening stroll is great for your health, and adding a little trash pick up on the way is great for the environment. Get the kids involved and snap a pic to share on FB – awesome way to inspire & motivate your friends!

Give a stranger a compliment

Something simple like “love your glasses” or “where did you get that awesome shirt?” is an easy mood booster. Shine on! #LetLightWin

Help restore hope to people dealing with addiction

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge mentor program is designed to empower mature men and women from the Christian community to join together with MnTC in fostering the spiritual growth and continued sobriety of their clients. Check out the volunteer & mentor...

Donate your old clothes to the Salvation Army

Make a rule to donate everything you haven’t worn in 3 years. Your closet will be neater and your heart will be full of joy. Your light will shine a little brighter after helping those in need. #LetLightWin

Be a part of the body of Christ in action

Camp Cherith is an interdenominational Christian camp that introduces campers to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to help them apply Christian principles to daily living. If you can give 1 week of your summer to teach, help kitchen staff, manage the tuck shop –...

Give a teen a sense of belonging

Too many teens have nothing and no one to count on in their daily lives – but at Treehouse, they experience belonging, love, acceptance & support. Check out how a few hours of your time can help a teen feel capable & worthy.

Bake cookies for a neighbor

If I were your neighbor I’d want chocolate chip cookies. OK…I’m not your neighbor and I still want chocolate chip cookies. Take a pic & hit the share button – inspire your friends!

Serve breakfast at a homeless shelter

Work with Union Gospel Mission to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. Let your light shine by volunteering to serve breakfast once a week for a month. #LetLightWin Sign Up To Serve A Meal

Volunteer with Teens

We rely on the help of passionate community members to serve our teens and carry forward our mission. We offer both weekly and one-time opportunities for whatever fits your schedule. Use the drop-downs below to find a serving opportunity by location or opportunity...

Join your church choir

You don’t have to sing like Chris Tomlin or Yolanda Adams to lift your voice in songs of praise.

Pack Meals

Find available volunteer times with Feed My Starving Children for you, your friends, family, business, school, church and more! Help turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world.

Give Generously

Please join the Kirk Cousins Foundation in giving extravagantly by supporting the following organizations: International Justice Mission, Urban Homeworks, Compassionate Heart, Holland Christian Schools & Discovery Church. For more information, e-mail...

Build a House

Faith Builds is a partnership program between Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity, bringing local churches together to raise roofs, walls, funds & prayers to build a house in partnership with a family in your community. Click on Learn More to register.

Mentor A Client

The MnTC mentor program is designed to empower mature men and women from the Christian community to join together with MnTC in fostering the spiritual growth and continued sobriety of our clients. MnTC mentors make an immensely positive impact on clients throughout...

Donate Food

Heart for Hunger is a partnership with Union Gospel Mission to help raise money and food for their Thanksgiving Food Distribution.

Call your grandma today

Make sure your grandma knows she is loved & cherished. A 5–10 minute chat about the “good times” will mean so much to her.

Coach Parents

We are in need of volunteer Parenting Coaches who have experience working with children and/or a background in coaching, teaching, care-taking or counseling. Parenting Coaches provide parenting education & model learning opportunities with parents who have children...

Give a Ticket of Hope

Print a Ticket of Hope from Union Gospel Mission to keep in your car or purse and be confident that the next time you meet a person who is homeless face-to-face you will be able to provide the best help that anyone could ever offer.