Volunteer for Buddy Backpacks

United Way of Northeastern Minnesota needs your help to pack
Buddy Backpacks meal kits!

UWNEMN hopes to provide a safe and fun Buddy Backpacks experience for everyone, and we appreciate your cooperation in the following for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • We are looking for up to 50 people per packing session. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the session.
  • Upon arrival to the UWNEMN building, volunteers will drive through the gate and park in the parking lot. Volunteers will enter through DOOR #4
  • Volunteers will be asked complete a volunteer release form.  This form will be completed once per school year, as in the past.  They will also receive their name tag with table number and job duty.
  • Volunteers are asked to not touch any items on their tables before the staff kicks off the session.  This means there will be no opening of boxes, stock piling additional items, or starting to pack any bags.
  • Job duties will be pre-assigned. If you have any concerns, please contact michelle@unitedwaynemn.org.  
  • Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes or boots.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness on the day of your packing session, please contact us to reschedule.

Thank you for volunteering to pack this critical food for local children and your understanding of the guidelines put in place. UWNEMN will continue to do our very best to keep our volunteers, staff, and local children safe!

As always, volunteers for Buddy Backpacks must be 18 or older.

All sessions will take place at United Way of Northeastern Minnesota's office at 608 East Drive in Chisholm.

Click here to download your volunteer waiver prior to your session.


2022 Buddy Backpacks Packing Sessions

Click on the date (or dates) you'd like to pack to sign up!

You can sign up multiple volunteers at once, but please include details for each additional volunteer otherwise our online system does not save your registration properly.

Looking for other ways to support Buddy Backpacks?

Bring your change when you volunteer to help FEED THE BUDDY BACKPACK PIG! Your donation will help UWNEMN purchase food for the Buddy Backpacks program!


piggy bank

If you would like to make an online donation to support Buddy Backpacks, click here!

For more information, please contact Michelle at 218-254-3329 or michelle@unitedwaynemn.org