Serve - partner outreach

Serve | Partner Outreach Programs

Serve with NLC's Partner Outreach Programs!

  • Our Saviour's Shelter
  • Community Emergency Service (CES)
  • Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in Minnesota (SAYFSM)
  • Meals On Wheels
  • The Sheridan Story
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP)


 Scroll down for a brief description of the service opportunities listed below. Please contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at / 952.977.9349 with questions or to learn more about any of the opportunities below, and thank you for joining us in caring for our extended community!

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  • VEAP Volunteer Opportunity
    You can make a real difference in the lives of your neighbors by volunteering as a VEAP van driver. In this volunteer role you will drive a VEAP mini-van and break down barriers to accessing healthy food for our clients. Van drivers do 3 main things: Bring people home after they shop in the VEAP food pantry; Pick up food donations from local grocery store partners; and shuttle people to and from a local senior housing community so that seniors can access VEAP’s food pantry.

    Volunteer Driving is easy! There is no minimum commitment which means help when you are able. This position is open to people ages 25-77. A typical volunteer shift is 2 ½ hours. You can schedule yourself based on your availability or have a regular shift.

    To get the process started please apply online: or contact VEAP Volunteer Manager, Courtney Flug at 952.955.8325 or

  • VEAP & CES Food Shelves
    Bring food/toiletry items & drop off in the containers by the Fishbowl, Canopy entrance, or Preschool entrance.

Our Saviour’s Housing & Shelter

Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis | 2219 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis

Join us in serving at Our Saviour’s Shelter. The second Thursday of each month Normandale members provide dinner to 45 homeless individuals at Our Saviour’s Shelter in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

This is an opportunity ideal for families or small groups of 4-6 individuals. Plan on an evening from 4:00-8:00 pm. You’ll purchase and prepare a meal for 40-50 people, provide paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and 3 gallons of milk. Arrive at the shelter by 6:45 pm to set up, and serve dinner from 7:00-7:45 pm.

Instructions and sample menus with quantities are available. Meals can be simple! Normandale owns roasters, crock pots, bowls, serving utensils, etc. that can be borrowed for serving and the church kitchen available for use as needed. Monetary reimbursement is available.

Sign Up

Questions? Contact Kati Salmon at or 952.977.9355.

Community Emergency Services (CES)

Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis
CES provides crisis relief in the Phillips neighborhood through a foodshelf and counseling services. CES serves low-income households, single parent families, recent immigrant households, the elderly, and people with mental/cognitive disabilities. Our Normandale community has a history of close connection to CES through membership support on the CES board, in volunteer roles at CES greeting and working with those who walk in the door, and through periodic congregation-wide donation drives.  

Want to get involved? Contact Lynn Peterson, CES Service Development & Congregational Relations, at

Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a local non-profit that delivers prepared meals to individuals who are largely homebound. NLC supports this local partner by providing drivers 2-3 times each month. Interested in delivering meals once a month, or occasionally as you are able?

Please contact Betsy Pfeifer, NLC's Meals on Wheels Coordinator, at / 612.306.8999 to sign-up!

Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services of Minnesota (SAYFSM)

Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services of Minnesota (SAYFSM) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV/AIDS education and social services to African immigrants with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.  

Normandale has been a SAYFSM anchor congregation from their inception in 2002. Normandale members support SAYFSM by donating Christmas gifts and back-to-school supplies for kids, collecting necessary household and furniture items for people resettling, and developing personal relationships. 

Willing to serve? Contact Pastor Paul Pettersen at, or Ephraim Olani & Elizabeth McNamarra at

SAYFSM is located at:
1885 University Avenue, Suite 297
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

For more information, contact SAYFSM at 651.644.3983.

The Sheridan Story

The Sheridan Story provides food to children who are food insecure on weekends when they are not able to participate in free or reduced meal programs at school. NLC currently supports children attending Cornelia Elementary School in Edina.

Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP)

VEAP is a local non-profit providing for basic needs in our neighborhood. Food collection is on-going at NLC and goes to VEAP’s Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable food donations to NLC anytime. NLC also supports VEAP with financial gifts from special offerings.