STEP is hiring! Social Worker

We think STEP is a great place to work! We’re looking for the next social worker to join us.

Social Worker (part-time) job posting [pdf] Initial deadline September 7, 2018.

STEP needs a 26-30 hour/week social worker to join a team of three other social workers in a generalist social work practice. We are seeking candidates with three-plus years of experience working with diverse populations, including those living in poverty.

Eighth Annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant

STEP and Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless announce the Eighth Annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant. Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will proportionally match donations to STEP during the month of July–up to $4,000!


The more funds Food Shelf raises in July, the larger the matching grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless will be. In 2017, Minnesota food shelves raised over $1.5 million participating in this grant challenge and hope to raise even more this year.


Minnesota summers were made for trips to the cabin, boat rides on the lake, and farmers market outings, not for worrying about whether you will have enough food. STEP sees an increase in need as children are home from school and the family budget is tight.


Food shelves like STEP help provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to families. We need your help this summer. Donations given in July will be proportionally matched by Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless to help end hunger in St. Louis Park.


DONATE HERE or mail in a check by July 31 to have your donation matched and help feed kids this summer!


Open Volunteer Positions

Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?  Volunteer at STEP! 
We currently have positions listed below that are open and we would like to fill them as soon as possible. 

Volunteer food rescue assistant and driver: Needed 8-11 every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Duties include riding along with the Food Rescue Driver and assisting in the collection of prepared, perishable and other rescued foods from retail stores and be comfortable making food rescue runs alone if the need arises.  Volunteer must be able to make at least a 6 month commitment to volunteering.
Physical Demands:
-Ability to climb in and out of a high vehicle
-Ability to lift or maneuver up to 50 lbs.
-Must have a valid driver’s license
Volunteer Client Driver: Transportation drivers for medical rides. Most rides are in St. Louis Park.  Days can be flexible.  Must be able to pass a criminal and driving background check.
Contact Mari for questions and information on how to apply.
Can’t volunteer yourself?  Pass along the information to your
 friends or family!

Volunteer Dinner

Our volunteers are the backbone of everything that happens at STEP.  Without the over 150 regular weekly volunteers, who equal 9 paid staff, we would not be able to function!  Our volunteers give their time and their hearts to serve others in our community and we love them for it.  Thank you to all the volunteers who make STEP the special place that it is.
April is volunteer appreciation month and we honored our volunteers with a special dinner and some entertainment from the staff in April.  We hope that each one knows just how special they are to us!  Thank you volunteers.

Charity Navigator & Charities Review Council

We’ve received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator! This means we’re accountable, transparent, and financially healthy! Check out our Charity Navigator profile to learn more!…








We also meet the standards for the Charities Review Council. Check out our Charities Review Council page by clicking on 

Open Volunteer Positions

Have you been looking for a way to give back to the community?  Try volunteering at STEP!
We currently have positions listed below that are open and we would
like to fill them as soon as possible.
Wednesday Clothes Closet volunteer: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday warehouse volunteer: 8-12 p.m.

Must be able to volunteer long term at least 6 months.

Contact Mari for questions and information on how to apply.
Can’t volunteer yourself?  Pass along the information to your
 friends or family!  

Reviews Needed!

Help future donors, volunteers, and clients find STEP by reviewing us online! STEP gains visibility and credibility with your authentic online reviews. Once we get enough reviews, STEP will be recognized with a Great Nonprofits Badge.  Several foundations STEP has approached value nonprofits that have gotten this distinction.
Any donor, volunteer, or client is invited to review STEP at 
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Thank you!

Empty Bowls Event Thank You

A big thank you to all who helped make Thursday’s Empty Bowls event a success! We couldn’t have done it without the sponsors, the donors, the volunteers, the planning committee, the performers, community partners, and everyone who came together to address food insecurity in our community.

Over 1,000 community members raised over $26,000 to support STEP programs that empower lives and restore hope.



Picture courtesy of Pop Deluxe Photography

Volunteer Spotlight

It’s been almost 10 years since Norma Kaplan began volunteering at STEP, and it’s difficult to imagine the Clothes Closet without her.
Norma grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She received her B.A in Music Education from Indiana University, and has sung in choirs from high school to Oratorio Societies in Washington, DC and Minneapolis; she currently sings with the Twin Cities Jewish Chorale.
Now that she is retired, Norma enjoys traveling, but especially enjoys spending time with her granddaughters here in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C. And she loves to sew!
Norma started volunteering at STEP in the spring of 2008, and she has enjoyed every day since! In her early years at STEP, she co-chaired the Winter Coat Campaign for 4-5 years. She now works every Tuesday morning sorting clothes and every Friday morning staffing the Clothes Closet.
“Volunteering at STEP fulfills a part of me that I do not receive anywhere else, and I feel that I receive back much more than I give. It is truly satisfying to help a guest find an outfit for an interview that afternoon, complete from shoes to skirt and top.
“Many times the social workers will compliment a guest on something they are wearing and are told that the item was found in our Clothes Closet. We are so fortunate to be able to provide good clothing in addition to sustaining families with food. And the atmosphere at STEP is so welcoming, both from staff and volunteers. It is truly a ‘win-win’ for all involved!”