Volunteering for a Disaster

There are many ways you can volunteer before, during, and after a disaster. Below are some organizations you can volunteer with.  There are many others you can find and volunteer with.  Visit the following voluntary agencies and learn more about volunteer opportunities within their organization.

American Red Cross

imageThe American Red Cross helps people involved in emergencies every day, whether it's a half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. Our vital work is made possible by people like you, who learn how good if can feel to lend a helping hand. 

  • Learn more and Become a Volunteer
  • See what volunteer opportunities are available in your area by checking here

The Salvation Army


Salvation Army

From its inception, The Salvation Army has relied heavily on volunteers in all of its programs. Often referred to as “the army behind The Army," volunteers play a crucial role in The Salvation Army's ability to strengthen and extend its services throughout the community.

Volunteers are valuable assets in The Salvation Army's efforts to meet the changing needs of our community. Through the skills and experience they bring to The Army, volunteers make significant contributions not only in terms of time, but also in terms of the impact on the lives of those they assist.

Team Rubicon

imageTeam Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.

Catholic Charities

 For nearly 150 years, Catholic Charities has served the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community. We continue to adapt and respond to the needs of the community and focus our attention where it is most needed. With the support of our donors, advocates and volunteers, we seek to prevent poverty before it takes hold, meet basic needs in times of crisis, and create pathways out of poverty.

Today, Catholic Charities is the largest comprehensive social service nonprofit in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region, serving thousands of people through 36 different programs at over 17 locations.

Lutheran Social Services

HomeWe are neighbors helping neighbors – Minnesotans rising together to practice compassion. And we are here to support you with personalized services that inspire hope, change lives and build community.

Mission - Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives and builds community.

Citizen Corps

image After the attacks of September 11, people around the country asked "How can I help"? Citizen Corps was created to answer that question. Citizen Corps provides a variety of volunteer opportunities to meet people's interests and experience.To learn more about Citizen Corps

Metro Skywarn


When the severe weather sirens sound do you:

  1. Run to the basement, turn on your TV or radio for further information?
  2. Run to the front porch with video camera in hand?

If you run to the porch you may be a great candidate for weather spotting through SKYWARN®. Although SKYWARN® is advertised as an amateur radio program it is open to all people interested in amateur radio and weather spotting.

For more information check out the Metro SKYWARN® website or National Weather Service website on the SKYWARN® program

Contact Saint Paul Emergency Management for training schedules within the city. 651-266-5494

HandsOn Twin Cities


HandsOn Twin Cities is the Twin Cities only full service volunteer center that both promotes and facilitates volunteerism while improving the community’s ability to create more impact with the time generously given by volunteers.  We work with all types of volunteers, companies and nonprofit affiliates to ensure that every hour spent in the community is valuable.

For people who want to volunteer we promote local, organized and relevant volunteer opportunities at nonprofits that know how to work with volunteers.


Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MNVOAD), is the counterpart for the state of Minnesota to National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).

During times of disaster, MNVOAD member organizations independently provide a variety of relief and recovery services to victims. MNVOAD facilitates improved service delivery by fostering cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration (the 4 Cs) between voluntary agencies, government and the greater community.

Are you and Organization that would like to partner with MN VOAD?

Would you like to help?  Click here to learn more

Last Edited: September 29, 2022