Be a champion for immigrants, refugees, and historically underserved communities.

Join us in serving more than 12,000 immigrants, refugees, and historically underserved communities. 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 is partnering with Kindly for a faster and easier way to volunteer with us and keep you connected to other volunteer opportunities in your community. Simply download the Kindly app, sign-up, and stay up-to-date via the app. Kindly also works with donors to amplify impact through a Kindly Donor-Advised Fund, giving donors boots-on-the-ground access to community action.

To sign up to volunteer, click the Kindly logo above!

CAPI Food Shelf

CAPI’s food shelf is always in need of volunteer support. For information on signing up at the food shelf, contact Alexi Kleinschmidt at 651-472-6610 or email:

Food shelf volunteers are needed to:

  • help bag rice
  • help clients shop and unload at their cars
  • help unload food shipments and restock shelves

Location: 5930 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center MN 55429

Community Friend Program

Get to know your refugee neighbors through CAPI’s Community Friend Program! In this program, volunteers are paired with newly arrived Afghan families to offer social support as they begin their lives in Minnesota. Share meals together, go to the grocery store, help practice English with them, and even help with resume and job search skills. There is a 6 month commitment and training is provided. If interested, contact Alexi Kleinschmidt to explore the program.

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

To get involved, contact Nancy Lor or Thai Vang for more info.

Civic Engagement

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.


Contact Amanda Xiong for phonebanking opportunities.

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

CAPI USA hosts the annual Twin Cities World Refugee Day celebration each summer which draws over 4,000 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! TCWRD 2024 will be held at Centennial Park in Brooklyn Center!

To get involved as a volunteer, complete the form below or contact 651-472-6610.

“I think what you’re doing is wonderful, especially what you’re doing for the Hmong community. I will definitely volunteer again!”

-Jesica B.