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CES Needs List

Click here to see a listing of needs that you may be able to help supply.


  • Hygiene supplies
  • Paper grocery bags with handles

Drop off at CES - 1900 11th Avenue S. 

Volunteer Contacts

For Information about Volunteering:
Contact: Melanie LaPointe, CES Volunteer Coordinator
Email: mlapointe@cesmn.org
Phone: 612-870-1125, extension 128

If you have questions about specific areas:

For Afternoon Interviewers/Advocates, Food Shelf:
Emily Ralph
Email: eralph@cesmn.org
Phone: 612-870-1125, extension 111

For Home Delivery:
Saundra Holden
Email: sholden@cesmn.org
Phone: 612-870-1125, extension 115

For Meals on Wheels:
Shawnda Hobson
Email: shobson@cesmn.org
Phone: 612-870-6121 or 612-870-1125, extension 106

For Mail Crew, Office & Clerical help:
Juanita Lindgren
Email: jlindgren@cesmn.org
Phone: 612-870-1125, extension 101

Fundraising, Marketing or Events (Volunteer or Internship):
Chris Nelson
Email: cnelsen@cesmn.org
Phone: 612-870-1125, extension 105


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The accomplishments of CES's small staff are amplified by a strong and enthusiastic corps of more than 7000 volunteers. Each year, CES hosts many volunteer groups. About half of the volunteers help deliver CES Meals On Wheels; the other half fulfills a variety of functions within CES.

Volunteers are needed each week for these tasks.  Contact Melanie LaPointe for details.

  • Sort donated food: Monday - Friday 9am-4pm
  • Advocate/Interviewer: Monday - Thursday 12:30-4pm
  • Meals on Wheels delivery: Monday – Friday 11am-1pm

Click on a section below to read more detailed descriptions of these volunteer tasks.

sm alisonAlison met with Jim Cardle, a long-time CES advocate. Alison was rejoicing because of the community of CES and the prayers and food she received at CES. She was thrilled with the help of the food shelf and service from people like Jim who had been there for her as she was been on the road to recovery, staying free from addiction for the last 18 months.

After Alison shared about her victories, she asked that these words of hope be shared with others, “Tell everyone that because Jesus is there for us, we can have success. Don’t give up. And, thank you CES for supplying my need for food and for being there for me, encouraging me on my road to recovery.”

Volunteer Contact:

Melanie LaPointe
Email: mlapointe@cesmn.org
Phone: 612.870.1125, extension 128

MOW Volunteer Information

Volunteers deliver most of the meals right to the doors of homebound seniors and the handicapped. The mission of Meals On Wheels is to provide nutritious, low-cost meals and daily personal visits, giving opportunities for relationships to develop.

Our Volunteers

  • Come between 11:00am - 11:30am to pick up packed meals and a delivery sheet.
  • Most routes take one hour or less.
  • Deliver with a smile. Often volunteers are the only face-to-face contact the client has throughout the day.
  • Be aware of the client's environment and appearance. At times you may be the first to notice any warning signs of illness or danger.
  • Share the work with another volunteer.
  • Two volunteers per route means one can drive and the other can navigate.
  • Needed: Standby Drivers to be a substitute driver.
  • People with special skills are needed to take charge of greeting cards or come up with new ways to brighten the days of our clients.

Let us work together. We will be waiting to hear from you at 612-870-1125 x128.

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