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Get groceries to St. Paul seniors & adults with disabilities as a Grocery Distribution Volunteer

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Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Community Services for Aging
Wilder's Community Services for Aging operates several community-based programs for older adults and their families.

Wilder Foundation provides Customized Living Services to residents who live in two Saint Paul Public Housing apartment buildings: Hamline Hi-Rise and Ravoux Hi-Rise. These personalized services support adults with daily-living personal and health care to live independently and to prevent or delay the need to move into a nursing home. Wilder’s Customized Living provides breakfast and snack items for residents to nourish them for the week ahead, and clients visit the office once per week to pick up their food. You can help enrich the lives of our Customized Living residents by increasing ease and access to this healthy, nutritious food. You’ll be a friendly presence calling to remind them to stop by and carefully assembling breakfast and snack items for them. In addition, your volunteer support will be a big help for our Customized Living staff. The volunteer in this role will serve at Ravoux Hi-Rise. Join us and make a big difference in the lives of local seniors and adults with disabilities!


  • Call clients at the beginning of the shift each week to remind them to visit the office to pick up their food
  • Take client requests to assemble and package breakfast and snack items into grocery bags for them
  • Assist clients with carrying items if needed to reduce fall risk
  • Help foster a welcoming environment by engaging in conversation with clients
  • Report any client concerns or observations to your volunteer supervisor

Qualifications Needed:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be comfortable interacting with and assisting people of varying ages, abilities, economic, social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Must have understanding and patience with clients that present with mental health concerns.
  • Must be comfortable with frequent lifting and bending.
  • Ability to meet the time commitments outlined.
  • Ability to meet Wilder Foundation’s guidelines for acceptable background check.
  • Must complete a Mantoux test.

Behavioral Expectations:

  • Committed to following all COVID-19 guidelines (masks are required onsite)
  • Adhere to all rules, policies and procedures of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Highly respectful of confidentiality
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills to build rapport with clients
  • Helpful demeanor and friendly
  • Dependable and punctual

Benefits to Volunteering:

  • Build relationships with Customized Living clients and staff.
  • Have a direct impact on your local community members by welcoming them to our activities and ensuring they have a beneficial experience.

Schedule and Locations:

  • Work site: Ravoux Hi-Rise at 280 Ravoux St., St Paul, MN 55103
    • Total time requirement: Minimum 3-month commitment.
    • Project start date: As soon as possible
    • Day of the week: Thursdays
    • Shift time: 10:45am to 12:15pm (grocery pick up from 11-12)

Learn More:

  • Contact Volunteer Services at or call 651-280-2460 for more information about the role and the volunteer application process.

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About Amherst H. Wilder Foundation


451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104, US

Mission Statement

To promote the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means, including:

• relief of the poor
• care of the sick and aged
• care and nurture of children
• aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy
• promotion of physical and mental health
• support of rehabilitation and corrections
• provision of needed housing and social services
• operation of residences and facilities for the aged, the infirm and those requiring special care

and in general the conservation of human resources by the provision of human services responsive to the welfare needs of the community, all without regard to, or discrimination on account of, nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices.


The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater Saint Paul, MN area since 1906. Wilder is not a grant-making foundation, but a public charity as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation operates more than 70 programs and services that help children succeed in school, older adults remain independent, troubled youth create healthy futures, and individuals and families maintain long-term housing. Wilder leadership programs work to nurture and build the skills of emerging community leaders and to renew the energy and commitment of experienced leaders. Wilder Research is one of the nation's largest nonprofit research and evaluation centers dedicated to the field of human services.

People with Disabilities


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Ravoux Hi-Rise280 Ravoux St.Saint Paul, MN 55104



  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Organization
  • People Skills




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Ongoing weekly shift on Thursdays from 10:45am to 12:15pm.

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