Parish Life/Outreach Volunteer Opportunities


Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization. Our guiding principles are charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Our motto is “In Service to Others”. We provide support and volunteer services to the Catholic Church, our Parish, and the community. Our outreach is not limited to the following:

  • Pancake breakfasts to support special Parish and community needs
  • HNOJ’s Fall Festival volunteer and booth operations
  • Pro-Life activities
  • Rosaries for youth and RCIA candidates
  • Tootsie Roll sales for Special Needs persons
  • Lectures on Catholic topics
  • And more ...

For more information click here for the HNOJ Knights of Columbus website. ) or

Contact: Tom Murphy, [email protected].


Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary work in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus to contribute to the needs of Parish and  community. Our membership is open to all Catholic ladies of the Parish. We hold our own social events and service projects, including

  • A Community Caring for Life (ACCL) activities
  • Bake Sales to fund local ministries
  • HNOJ’s Fall Festival’s Country Market
  • IOCP birthday shelf collection
  • And more ....

Contact: Karen Karn


Fall Festival Committee

This fun celebration usually takes place in early fall and invites all our parishioners and neighbors to celebrate our community. The event includes live music, outdoor Mass, carnival games, BINGO, great food and drinks, and other fun activities. Planning begins in the spring.

Contact: Martha Laurent


Ascension School Outreach

HNOJ parishioners are invited to serve at our sister school, Ascension, in North Minneapolis. Volunteer ministers help with:

  • Classroom assistance
  • Teacher support
  • Office assistance
  • After-school activities
  • Mentoring and tutoring programs
  • Requirements: Must complete a background check and VIRTUS® training.

Contact: Margaret Coroy


A Community Caring for Life (ACCL)

ACCL works to educate the parish and community about Respect Life causes, as well as raise funds for charitable organizations in our area. Assist with many events including:

  • October Parish Baby Shower
  • January Cinnamon Roll Sales
  • Prayer for Life
  • Mother’s Day Rose Sale
  • Annual Rally at the Capitol in January

Contact: Melissa Eckert


Cookie Cart

Through the operation of a retail/commercial bakery, inner-city youth have the opportunity to develop life, leadership, and employment skills. Get involved by:

  • Making cookies with youth in the bakery
  • Delivering cookies
  • Helping at events
  • Teaching a work-readiness skills class
  • Contributing professional skills in marketing, writing, web updating, and development. 

Contact: Ann Fleming, 612-521-0855


Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP)

IOCP is a nonprofit organization serving families in need in our area of the Western suburbs.

Volunteers are needed to help with many of IOCP’s programs including:

  • Resale Shop
  • Food Bank
  • Project CONECT tutoring
  • Annual fundraisers

Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763-489-7500


IOCP Adopt-A-Neighborhood

HNOJ groups, families, and individuals are invited to help provide monthly dinners and activities at Vicksburg Commons, and affordable housing complex in Plymouth. Volunteer opportunities are available a one-time or on-going basis.

Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763-489-7500


IOCP Sleep Out

Each year, HNOJ parishioners sleep out in December as part of IOCP’s annual fundraising effort for their programs serving the poor in our community. Volunteers are needed to help with the activities on the night of the Sleep Out, to give participants a meaningful experience. Volunteers are invited to help with:

  • Planning activities for the Sleep Out
  • Provide food and hospitality to Sleep Out participants
  • Lead teams of youth to Sleep Out
  • Set up and cleanup of tents, boxes, etc. after the Sleep Out.

Contact: Liz Erstad-Hicks, 763-489-7500


Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH)

NPH is a charitable organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education in a Christian family environment based on unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, working and responsibility.

Adult chaperones are needed for each HNOJ mission trip. Please contact Chris Kostelc either via email or phone at 763-745-3489 to learn more.

Child sponsorships and donations are always welcome. To learn more about NPH, you can contact HNOJ parishioner Ann Benson or visit the NPH website.


Sharing and Caring Hands

Volunteers are invited to help serve lunch at Sharing and Caring Hands on the third Sunday of each month. Volunteers meet at the shelter in downtown Minneapolis and prepare and serve the meal. Volunteers can serve one month or several. Families and friends of parishioners are welcome. If you would like to volunteer for this month's meal, please call to let us know you'll be joining us.

Contact: Ed Sweeney, 612-616-7991


Northside Achievement Zone

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) works to support children and families in North Minneapolis to end the cycle of poverty by promoting academic achievement. Volunteers are invited to serve in many different areas including:

  • Sponsoring NAZ Family Nights by providing dinner and activities for children while NAZ parents meet regarding important issues.
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Help with fundraising events



Meals on Wheels

HNOJ helps deliver Meals on Wheels in the Wayzata-Plymouth area during the months of April, August and December. Meals are delivered on weekdays between 10am and noon, children are welcome to accompany volunteers.


Maple Plain Community Church Food Shelf

Church-sponsored food shelf serving the communities of Maple Plain, Independence, East Delano, West Long Lake, and Medina. Volunteers are invited to:

  • Organize and stock shelves and freezers
  • Assist clients with shopping
  • Bring food from Sunday evening Mass
  • Receive shipments on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month

Contact: Pattie Affeldt, 763-479-1620


Help at Your Door

Store To Door is a 22-year-old nonprofit grocery shopping and prescription service serving 1500 Twin Cities seniors and people with disabilities so that they can continue to live at home.

Needs include online-system order takers, grocery shoppers, and help with special events.

Contact: Diane Leonard, 763-473-0646


Read Indeed

Read Indeed is a 501c3 nonprofit literacy organization and the vision of Maria Keller, who has been collecting and distributing books since she was 8 years old. Maria’s goal is to collect and distribute 1,000,000 books to needy children by the time she’s 18. Volunteers can donate books, hold a book drive or help sort, count, and organize books that are received.

Contact: Maura Keller (executive director of Read Indeed), 612-720-4694