Volunteers Needed For Empty Bowls

Community members of all ages are invited to join together for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants for lunch (11:30-1:30) or dinner (5:00-7:30). Event details can be found here.

Please sign up to volunteer at Empty Bowls and join in the community effort to help build awareness of hunger in St. Louis Park.

Volunteer Sign-Up:


Questions can be directed to STEP’s Volunteer Coordinator, Mari-Claire, at 952-925-4899 ext 1800 or mari@STEPslp.org

Volunteer Spotlight

STEP is so fortunate to have incredibly supportive volunteers. Over the years, our organization has moved from building to building and staff have come and gone. Many of our long-term volunteers have witnessed these transformations and have continued to volunteer.

Cindy Jurgenson, a STEP supporter and transportation volunteer, has witnessed our growth and change over her 23 years of volunteering. Cindy went out on her last ride with us in December and we are so sad to see her go!

Cindy was attracted to the flexible volunteer schedule that our transportation program offered and the ability to create meaningful connections through conversations over each trip. She mentions that our transportation program provides an invaluable service to this community.

Last fiscal year, STEP’s transportation volunteers provided clients with just short of 1300 medical or food shelf rides. Cindy appreciates STEP’s commitment to easing the transportation burden of our neighbors. Cindy and her husband, Curt (pictured above) are incredible STEP supporters and urge you to become involved with STEP’s transportation program! If interested, please reach out to Mari, our Volunteer Coordinator.

Empty Bowls Event

St. Louis Park’s 19th annual Empty Bowls! Join 1,000 community members over lunch or dinner. The event is presented by our friends at Citizens Independent Bank.

WHERE: Westwood Lutheran Church community room,
9001 Cedar Lake Road, St. Louis Park
WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:30-1:30 & 5:00-7:30
WHY: To build awareness of hunger in our community and support efforts to fill empty bowls in St. Louis Park.

Food insecurity is a reality in our community. Please join us and show your commitment to eliminating hunger in St. Louis Park.

Community members of all ages are invited to join together for a simple meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants for lunch (11:30-1:30) or dinner (5:00-7:30). The event will include music entertainment and children’s activities. Participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl to take home as a reminder of empty bowls in our community. No tickets or reservations are required. A free-will donation will benefit the programs of the St. Louis Park Emergency Program.

Thanks to assistance from the City of St. Louis Park, this event will be zero-waste.

STEP serves St. Louis Park residents with nutritional support, clothing, transportation, homelessness prevention, and professional social worker services. STEP has been empowering lives and restoring hope in the city for forty years.

Empty Bowls Facebook Event link (https://www.facebook.com/events/2114248518678531/).

Come Tour STEP

Come Tour STEP through Community Ed! Tour our facility and learn how we serve members of our community and how you can get involved.

On the tour you might be surprised to learn how many residents in the St. Louis Park community struggle to get their basic needs met and understand how STEP responds to those struggles in order to empower and restore hope. Learn how you can get involved in our mission and help community members fulfill their basic needs.

Upcoming tours are available January 16 and June 9. This is a free class, but registration is required.

Register Here

Holiday Toy Update & Thank You

Thank you to the many donors who helped make this year’s Toy Program a success! We were able to serve over 550 kids in total with toys or gift certs this year!

Thank you to Peace Presbyterian Church for hosting and for our volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen. Special thanks to Eileen Unze, Camille Schroeder & Carita Dahlberg for your leadership and dedication!





Holiday Train Event Update & Thank You

We had such a fun time at the Holiday Train this year! The performance warmed our hearts and feet.

The cold did keep some people away, so we collected 3,700 lbs of food less than the typical 5,000 lbs we were counting on. If you missed out on the train and want to help your neighbors in need, you can still donate food by dropping it off at STEP (http://stepslp.org/donate/food-and-non-food-item-donations/) or donating funds (https://step.salsalabs.org/holidaytrain_slp/index.html).

Thank you to Canadian Pacific for bringing holiday cheer and help to neighbors!

25 Years of Social Work at STEP

Juile Lapointe recently marked her 25th year of service as STEP’s Social Worker & Program Manager

In celebration, we would like to share this video made about Julie and her dedication to social work, her clients and the long lasting effect of building relationships.

Click for Video

Creative Giving

We love seeing the creative ways that community members contribute to STEP. From birthday bags to collection drive competitions, we enjoy the enthusiasm we see to help our SLP neighbors. With the holiday season quickly approaching, please consider hosting a collection with your coworkers, faith community or neighbors to improve the lives of community members.


We have many collection opportunities: winter clothing in Octobertoys in November & December, school supplies in August, and nonperishable food throughout the year.


Even better, coordinate a full-circle experience and organize a collection and stock the collected items as a group here at STEP.


Take a look at our website for ideas on organizing a food drive. Connect with our Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator so that we can share the good that you are doing!


Coats and Winter Wear Available


The Clothes Closet is ready for winter! We may not want the cold weather to come yet, but we are ready for it! We have coats, snow pants, boots and mittens to make sure everyone in SLP is able to stay warm!

  • During the month of October STEP provides winter coats and other winter clothing items to residents in need living in St. Louis Park. Residents may access this program as they would the clothing closet.
  • This program is in partnership with the Coats for Kids Program sponsored by Pilgrim’s Cleaners. Donations from the community are also welcomed.