The month of April is Volunteer Appreciation Month! At STEP, we are beyond appreciative for our many dedicated volunteers. We have over 120 volunteers that donate their time for a four hour shift once a week, sometimes more! These volunteer hours add up to be the equivalent of over nine full-time staff.

One of the many things that make my job here at STEP amazing is getting to work with these dedicated volunteers every day, and seeing how much is accomplished for our community through the hours of volunteering that they give. Day in and day out, they work to sort, stock, and give out thousands of pounds of food each week. Our volunteers work every day to ensure the community can make appointments, shop for healthful food options and shop for clothing in a warm, inviting and respectful environment. They do difficult jobs like cleaning, lifting heavy cases and sorting through less than appetizing produce so that STEP can offer our services to the St. Louis Park community.

Volunteering is a crucial part of our community, and may even give you the chance to spend time on something you are passionate about. There are volunteer positions to fit everyone’s schedule and skill set, and a variety of incredible local programs deserving of your time energy. I encourage you to find an opportunity and give volunteering a try, or show your appreciation to a volunteer you know!

Thank You Volunteers!  

You really are the true heart of STEP! 

Read the full article about our volunteers by Allison Bittner, STEP Food Shelf and Volunteer Coordinator in the upcoming St. Louis Park Sun Sailor!