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Families Moving Forward is a faith-based organization providing temporary shelter, affordable housing, and supportive services to low-income families with children. Their greatest concern is the damage that homelessness causes children. Their services are free, allowing families to save their resources for their next home or future needs. 

Families Moving Forward is a CPC Deacon-coordinated opportunity that takes place at CPC. Many opportunities are available for individuals, families, and small groups to serve together. Sign-ups are taken in the Great Room prior to each week of hosting. 

Consider serving in one of the following ways.


  • Meal Preparation: Purchase, prepare and serve the evening meal for about 20 people.
  • Host: Evening, activity and overnight hosts are needed daily to greet guest families, offer company and conversation, entertain children, provide overnight supervision, and get the families started in the morning with a continental breakfast.
  • Set-up/Clean-up: Help prepare the church for our guest families on arrival Sunday, or help to clean up and organize the areas used by guest families on departure Sunday at the end of the week.


  • 15-20 new pillows with hypo-allergenic zip-on covers
  • 20-30 toothbrushes (including child-sized) and toothbrush covers
  • 15-20 tubes of travel sized toothpaste
  • 20 bottles of travel sized mouthwash
  • 3-4 Dishwasher safe serving bowls of various sizes
  • 1 good quality pot & pan set (small and large sauce pans, small and large frying pans with covers)
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • 1 set dishwasher safe ceramic or glass bowls (for reheating food in microwave)
  • 1 set each dishwasher safe plastic and metal serving/cooking utensils
  • Cash Donations are also appreciated purchase necessary items for the families

Contact: Jeff Shusta at or 415.305.3181. Sign up to volunteer:

VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)

Mission  |  VEAP is a local nonprofit that serves the low-income population of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis. VEAP’s four programs (Food, Seasonal, Social Service, and Transportation) work together to help alleviate the financial stress low-income households face as the result of unexpected expenses or lapses in income. Programs are designed to address a particular need and when used together can help to avoid crises such as loss of housing, transportation, and employment. In 2006, VEAP served over 11,000 residents. They are located at 9728 Irving Avenue South, Bloomington, 55431.

Volunteer  |  Our VEAP Service Team is a special group of people dedicated to serving the communities where they live and work. Some come in faithfully every week, some regularly help with our Seasonal Programs, and others take advantage of more flexible service opportunities.
Whether you come in for a few hours or a few years, we'd love your help. Check out the volunteer opportunities outlined below and call today to join the VEAP Service Team.

  • Stock, pack or distribute food or goods
  • Help with our Back to School or Holiday Store event
  • Host a collections drive
  • Drive the VEAP van or your own personal car
  • Help with general office and administrative tasks
  • Utilize your professional skills on a volunteer basis to help VEAP

VEAP has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, both year-round and seasonal. Training is provided. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9:00AM-4:00PM and on Thursday evenings from 4:00-7:00PM. There are also seasonal and monthly opportunities available with flexible scheduling.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Manager at 952.888.9616 or