Who We Are
Community Emergency Service (CES) is a non-profit crisis relief and empowerment ministry that extends God's love to those in the inner city of South Minneapolis.
Inspired by the the philanthropy of Russel Lund, Sr (of Lund's Foods) and the vision of Pastor William Berg, CES was organized in 1971 as an outreach of Augustana Lutheran Church of Minneapolis. It began with the purpose of offering a one-stop, personal approach for crisis aid for the inner city's poorest residents.
CES staff and its 1,000 volunteers are on the frontlines of providing hope and compassion to our multi-generational, multi-cultural, low-income clientele. [READ MORE]
Live Creatively this summer!
Fresh Service Opportunities for All Ages!
Summer Fun for Kids
Any Friday, 11:30-2:30, June 20-August 22
Welcome the children of our Friday GiveAway participants to our mini-VBS program for preschool and elementary age children. No preparation needed; just add your lap, your hands and your heart
Every Friday afternoon, 12:30-3:30pm
Help clients select and bag their choice of produce. Help mothers carry groceries.
Green and growing things, CES Gardens
Adopt CES' property to design and plant flowers and vegetables. Create a demonstration garden for the neighborhood; involve neighborhood children for fun!
Morning Home Delivery
Any first or third Monday, third Thursday morning of the month, 9-11 am.
Help bag a grocery order for a homebound neighbor in need.