Be a champion for immigrants, refugees, and the marginalized in our communities.
Join us in serving more than 4,000 low-income immigrants, refugees, the marginalized primarily in Hennepin County. Approximately 65% are Asian, 22% are African, 8% are African-American, 3% are other immigrants and 2% are Caucasian. Over 95% of the people we serve are living at or below the federally designated poverty level.
Volunteer with CAPI in the following programs:
CAPI Food Shelf
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have some pressing volunteer needs in our food shelf. CAPI’s priority is to keep everyone safe during this time, as such volunteers will be provided with gloves, hand sanitizer, and masks when needed. All grocery deliveries are contactless. For information on signing up at the food shelf, contact Kristina Doan, CAPI’s Human Services and Civic Engagement Manager at 612-767-3682.
- Food shelf volunteers are needed to help box groceries for curbside pick up at CAPI’s IOC in Brooklyn Center
- Volunteers are needed to deliver groceries to seniors
Location: 5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center MN 55429
Fresh Produce Distribution
Each summer and early autumn, CAPI distributes over 70,000 pounds of fresh produce to community members. Individuals and families can pick up a variety of free fresh bulk fruit and vegetables. Volunteers are needed to greet customers, record intake, bag and distribute produce, assist participants with carrying/transporting produce, set up/take down, and general clean up.
Hmong Seniors Program Volunteer Companion
- Check-in with a Hmong senior at least twice a month; one visit in-person
- Encourage independent living by helping seniors with simple household chores
- Reduce isolation and provide companionship for seniors through in-home visits and phone calls
- Must have Hmong language skills
- Must have access to transportation to and from senior’s home
CAPI invites volunteers to explore civic engagement work and gain exposure to working with diverse communities. There are opportunities to assist with non-partisan election activities including:
- Phonebank and canvassing opportunities leading up to local, state, and federal elections
- Conduct outreach at community events to register and pledge people to vote
- Provide transportation to and from polling places
- Provide translation at the polls
Other civic engagement volunteer opportunities include advocacy and policy work.
Twin Cities World Refugee Day
CAPI USA hosts the annual Twin Cities World Refugee Day celebration each summer which draws over 3,000 people. This event celebrates the history, present, and future of refugees in our local communities. We build connections through education, raising awareness, and sharing cultural elements such as music, art, dance, and food. Volunteers play a huge part in making this event a success!
To get involved as a volunteer, complete the form below or contact 612.721.0122.
“I think what you’re doing is wonderful, especially what you’re doing for the Hmong community. I will definitely volunteer again!”
Compassion, Hope, and Opportunities…
We care. Those two simple words flow through everything we do at CAPI, empowering our clients to lead healthy, secure lives. Where there are barriers and fear, we bring hope and opportunities to all we serve. Compassion drives all we do, helping individuals access the resources and pathways that will change their lives and lift up our communities. That’s our goal – to change people’s lives, empower them, and impact the communities we call home.