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Volunteer Opportunities in Our Community:

In these extraordinary times, we cry out for justice and peace and care for our neighbors affected by unrest in our community. We are also attentive to health and well-being in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an abundance of caution, we currently do not have in-person volunteer opportunities at The Basilica and have suspended our in-person SVdP outreach until further notice. 

There are many organizations in our community that welcome your volunteerism.  We strongly recommend social distancing, face masks, and refraining from in-person volunteer activity if you are in a higher-risk category, have any symptoms of illness, or have been in proximity of anyone with symptoms of illness.

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These are some of the area organizations and houses of worship are organized and mobilized for direct impact. We are not endorsing any organization or house of worship, and encourage you to research the organization and their COVID-19 hygiene protocols before signing up. 

Support the Cities (CityJoy) lists volunteer opportunities and in-kind collection sites in South Minneapolis, North Minneapolis, and other impacted neighborhoods on their Facebook page daily.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located near Lake St and 31st St. They have volunteer opportunites are accepting in-kind donations, with daily opportunites posted on their Facebook page.

Supplies and In-Kind Donations

For safety and hygiene, The Basilica is not accepting in-kind donations of food, supplies, clothing or housewares.

In addition to Support the Cities and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, other local churches and organizations may be accepting donations of supplies/food items. Please check their websites for hours, locations, and items accepted.

CTUL Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (Chicago Ave. and 37th, near the memorial site where Mr. Floyd was killed)

Sanctuary Covenant Church (North Minneapolis)

St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (Accepting in-kind donations in St. Paul, but not yet in Minneapolis)

Financial Donations

The Basilica's St. Vincent de Paul outreach ministres is active virtually and supporting our neighbors in need. Learn more about our outreach ministries here, and 100% of your SVdP donations go directly to the people we serve.

Many other organizations are accepting financial donations to assist with rebuilding efforts in our community. We are not endorsing any organization and encourage you to research the organization's mission and tax-deductibility before making financial gifts. 

Rebuilding Hope Minneapolis: GoFundMe managed by former Basilica vicar Fr. Joe Gillespie, O.P., to assist families near his parish St. Albert the Great in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis.

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition: North Minneapolis coalition recommended by former Basilica vicar and current pastor at Church of the Ascension Fr. Dale Korogi, to assist stores and businesses that were damaged in North Minneapolis.
 

Rebuilding Funds- Community Organiztions For Multiple Businesses

Friends of Global Market

Midway United Fund

We Love Lake Street
 

Non-Profit Organizations

Black Visions Collective

CANDO- Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization

Division of Indian Work

Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund

Little Earth Residents Association

MIGIZI Communications

Minnesota Freedom Fund

Pimento Relief Fund

PPNA - Renters Support Fund
 

Habitat for Humanity

Our annual Basilica "work camp" week has been suspended for Summer 2020 in an abunance of caution. Individual volunteers can sign up directly at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity website here.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is working closely with their public and private partners, including the Minnesota Department of Health, to prevent and limit the spread of the Coronavirus in their sites. Their top priority is the health and safety of volunteers, guests and staff. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and they must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult per every 5 minors) at meal sites and the Distribution Center. Opportunities include:

1. Catholic Charities operates several shelters throughout the metro area. The two closest to The Basilica are Minneapolis Higher Ground and Minneapolis Opportunity Center. On-site volunteer jobs include meal service (dinner only at Higher Ground; breakfast, lunch and dinner at Opportunity Center). Please log into their VolunteerHub website portal for specific shift information.

2. Volunteer at the St. Paul Distribution Center to assist with sorting and packing non-food donations, sorting and storing large quantities of food as well as helping with composting and recycling tasks, processing sizeable amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, making sandwiches and/or other food service preparations
 
To sign up for any of these opportunities:
• Go to their VolunteerHub website and create an account (or log in if you have an account).
• Next, you will see all of their openings. Choose the time and location that works best for you.
• Please make sure you sign-up each shift time you wish to volunteer in VolunteerHub. 
 
If you are looking for an opportunity for a group:
• You must FIRST call them to reserve the spot at 612.204.8435.
• Then each person in your group will register and sign up using VolunteerHub.
 
3. Donations can be brought to the St. Paul Distribution Center between 8:30am and 4pm. Here is their link to items of most need.
 

Memorial Blood Center

There is an urgent need for blood donations of all types. Get information here.

Additional Volunteer Resources

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry have volunteer information at mnresponds.org.

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Advocate for our Neighbors in Need

Contact your state lawmakers to urge them to include critical services for people experiencing homelessness as a part of the State’s COVID-19 emergency response package. This funding will help keep our emergency shelter system statewide from being overwhelmed by the added pressure of COVID-19.


Email your State Senator and/or State Representative
Suggested email to copy and paste. Please be sure to include your first name, last name, and full home address so they know you are their constituent. Look up your state officials here.

"As the entire state monitors and prepares for the developing COVID-19 virus, emergency shelter and service providers for people experiencing homelessness like Catholic Charities are working around the clock to maintain critical services while protecting a vulnerable population and front line staff.

It is urgent that as budget and other responses to COVID-19 are developed that emergency shelters and services are considered as part of an integrated system which includes other health care providers, skilled nursing facilities, and others who serve and support high-risk, vulnerable populations. This funding will help Minnesota continue to serve this vulnerable population, many of whom are older and with underlying health conditions, and keep our emergency shelter system from being overwhelmed by the added pressure of COVID-19."

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Other volunteer ministries are suspended to protect people from possible exposure to the Coronavirus and for the common good and welfare of our community.

Interested in Getting Involved - But Not Sure How?

Join us for Volunteer Orientation to learn more about Volunteer Ministry at The Basilica - at each session Staff and Volunteer Leaders will help you find a ministry that compliments your passion, skills, and interests.

Register online to join us for an upcoming session.

Explore our many volunteer opportunities.

Safe Environment Information

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all members, guests, and those who participate in our ministries. To that end, we conduct background checks and require VIRTUS training for all persons who volunteer in positions involving risk, particularly those serving children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

A driving record check is completed on all volunteers who drive as part of their responsibilities and a credit check on those who handle large sums of money. Every three years volunteers are required to go through a re-credentialing process.

If you have questions about any of these policies or how to complete any requirements please contact The Basilica's Safe Environment Coordinator, Melissa Streit. For information on the specific requirements you will need to complete, and instructions on how to complete every requirement, please log into your MyBasilica account and navigate to the MyMinistry page.

Adult Volunteer's Code of Conduct
 - All adult volunteers (those 18 and older) are required to read and sign this form annually, regardless of their role at The Basilica

Youth Volunteer Code of Conduct - The Basilica asks our children and youth who serve our community to sign a Code of Conduct crafted specifically for them annually

Volunteer Policies, Procedures & Forms
 - The why and how of background checks

Principles for Child Protection Catechesis - theological grounding for our efforts

Office for Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment - From the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis - how to report suspected abuse plus other valuable information and resources