Serving Ideas

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  I Peter 4:10

Below is a list of local organizations that depend on volunteers to help meet the needs of their organization and people they serve. You can click on the name to learn more. As you prayerfully consider how God can use you within the organization, also consider how God can use you to encourage the permanent workers. From a “thank you” note, to coffee, to joining their board, there are many ways to encourage those that are bringing hope, restoration, and rehabilitation to the community.

Note to Families: Parents often ask “How can my family serve together?” Many of the organizations listed below have opportunities to serve. A unique way to “serve and learn” is to pick a local ministry or organization and look over their “Most Needed” list. As a family, learn about the organization and the people they serve. Purchase or donate the items they need and deliver them as a family. Pray for the organization and permanent workers. Ask God how He can further use your family.

Relational & Discipleship Opportunities in the Community

Prison Fellowship Do you have a passion for sharing the Gospel and serving others? Consider taking the love and truth of Jesus Christ behind prison walls. Opportunities in prison ministry, advocacy, family reconciliation, worship, and more. Prison Fellowship will partner with you towards making a difference in the lives of prisoners, their families, and their communities. Contact Amy Jaynes for information on the two Shepherd teams.

Union Gospel Mission The Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults. The mission has opportunities to mentor men, women, and children.

Godtown Facilitation and leadership opportunities in St. Paul. Click HERE for more information.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Are you a coach, student athlete, or parent who wants to be involved with an active local organization? Click HERE to learn ways to get connected.

Bethany Christian Services Bethany has a heart for children and they equip families to be the answer for children in need. Consider volunteering in their office, at events, become a Safe Family, respite family, foster family, or more.

Operation HELP Operation HELP provides residents of St. Croix County with financial assistance, a place for personal support, and connections to community resources to alleviate short-term economic crises. Volunteers needed for office administration, meeting with guests, and helping with events.

Fellowship and Serving in Community

Godtown People are invited to join a team of local missionaries in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul to bring hope through residential and spiritual reclamation. There are many ways to get involved, including a food distribution program, community garden, prayer nights, construction projects, and neighborhood outreach activities. Click HERE to receive more information.

  • Food Distribution Program Thursday mornings from 9-12 with Dave and Claudia Kell
  • Godtown Community Garden serving opportunities with Dave Pletscher
  • Prayer Nights Monday and Thursday Nights at Safe City Community Outreach from 7-9 p.m.
  • Tuesday Lunch and Outreach 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at Safe City Community Outreach with Jen Tolo

Loaves and Fishes Prepare and serve an evening meal to those in need; serves the 1st Wednesday of each month. Loaves and Fishes does not serve in March or September. Click HERE to join the Shepherd team.

Open Hands Prepare and serve a noon time meal to those in need; serves the 3rd Monday of each month. | Contact Cynthia Fritsche

Young Life Volunteer opportunities in Stillwater, Woodbury, and Hastings (preparing meals, mentoring teens, leading small groups, etc.)

Community Thread An organization that helps connect people to serving needs throughout the St. Croix Valley.

Fellowship and Serving at Shepherd

Quilting for Lutheran World Relief Create quilts for Lutheran World Relief to be distributed to those in need around the world. Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month. | Contact Cathy Colman

Prayer Shawl Team Create shawls that are provided at times when a tangible reminder of God’s love is needed. Knitting or crochet lessons are available; meeting the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 am. | Contact Julie Asp

Prayer Intercessors Support individuals and ministries through prayer; ongoing prayer individually and group prayer every Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Prayer Chapel. | Contact Cathy Colman

Food Insecurity

Food Harvest (Third Saturday each month at Afton-Lakeland Elementary School) Click HERE for more information.

Hudson Backpack Program Variety of ways to serve during school year and summer. Packing food, delivering food, and dispersing. This program provides backpacks of food to children and teens every Friday.

Valley Outreach Variety of ways to volunteer to help meet the needs of people in our community with food, clothing, and more.

Snack Pack Program Shepherd partners with Afton Lakeland Elementary to provide food packs to children each Friday. Picking up food at Valley Outreach and placing Snack Packs in designated backpacks. Be part of our 2019-2020 team. Email Amy for more information.

Godtown Food Distribution Join Dave and Claudia Kell on Thursdays from 9 a.m. – noon for a morning of worship, fellowship, and food distribution in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. Click HERE to receive more information.

Meals from the Heart: Based in Stillwater, Minnesota, they bring people together to serve their neighbors through easy-to-execute, energized and fun meal-packing events. Events build relationships and strengthen communities while providing flavorful, fortified meals to local food shelves.


Hope for the Journey Home: A ministry for families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time. HJH is a ministry of Guardian Angels Catholic Church along with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi and more than 30 churches in Washington and suburban Ramsey counties.

Grace Place: Grace Place offers shelter to homeless families and single individuals in the St. Croix River Valley. Volunteers provide meals, activities, administration, fundraising, and much more.

Turning Point: Turning Point offers safety, support and strength to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in River Falls and New Richmond. Contact them for volunteer needs. Or, donate time and/or thrift store items to Second Chances. 100% of proceeds from Second Chances helps provide programming and shelter funds for Turning Point.

Our Neighbor’s Place: A nonprofit organization in River Falls providing support, shelter, and housing services to foster self-determination in Pierce and St. Croix counties.

Senior Centers

Christian Community Homes and Services Volunteers are able to run activity programs, visit with residents one on one, assist in the garden, care for birds, assist with special events or outings, and just help out where we need it. Hudson and New Richmond locations. Lots of family opportunities!

Oak Park Senior Living Opportunities for Bingo, visiting residents, PROM, and more. Click HERE to learn more about partnerships with the Shepherd community.

Refugees and Displacement

Arrive Ministries Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of the refugee and immigrant. Arrive empowers local churches to welcome and serve displaced refugees who resettle in Minnesota. Shepherd currently has two Refugee Life Ministries small groups walking alongside a Congolese family. We are looking for team members for a group to start this Fall. Contact Amy Jaynes

Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT Program) Share Jesus with our Somali neighbors through literacy and friendship. Our Somali neighbors have escaped civil war violence and extreme hardship in refugee camps. Now they are learning English, how to survive Minnesota weather and to thrive in our economy.

Global Outreach and Short-Term Missions (contact Amy Jaynes for more information)

  • Support a missionary through prayer and care packages.
  • Provide encouragement and prayer for a Haiti Teen Challenge student.
  • Sponsor a child through Compassion International or World Vision
  • Serving in Honduras, Haiti, Cambodia, Europe, or other places around the world (short-term and long-term missions, administration, prayer, etc.)
  • Learn more about one of our global ministry partners.
  • Provide meals and friendship for International students in at University of WI in River Falls.
  • Invite a missionary to share at your small group.
  • Attend a Mission Spotlight on a Sunday at Shepherd.