Mission Outpost

2013 Outpost0015Every year Mission Outpost supports thousands of people in our area by providing for basic food, clothing and other needs. The Prince of Peace community, along with partner organizations provide the hundreds of volunteers needed to keep the door open.  You are the smiling face to greet and serve people when they visit Mission Outpost. Your donations also help us keep stocked full of much needed items.

Volunteer Hours

2nd & 4th Sunday: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Monday: 1:00 – 3:00 pm (child care available noon – 3:00 pm)
Monday: 5:00 – 7:00 pm (child care available)
Tuesday: noon – 2:00 pm clothing only
Wednesday: 5:00 – 7:00 pm by appointment (MUST include your monthly food shelf request)
Thursday: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (child care available 9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Food Distribution (Farmers Market) through The Salvation Army
Thursdays  2 times a month by appointment 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Appointment sign up taken each session or 952-898-9367


Donations are an important part of Mission Outpost. Furniture, food and clothing are the most popular items. These are the items that we are able to share with the community.

  • Financial Gifts – All financial gifts given here will support the Mission Outpost directly – furniture, food, clothing.
  • Furniture – We are only able to accept some furniture and household items. For more information, please contact Kim at 952-898-9310 or mofurniture@popmn.org.
  • Food
  • Housewares
  • Clothing – We take all clothing items that are clean and without rips, tears and broken zippers. Please keep your clothing donations within the current season.
  • Cars – Provided the cars are in decent condition they are given to people in need in our community.

Looking to donate an item, but Mission Outpost doesn’t accept it? View the specifics in this Dakota County Reuse and Donation Opportunities .pdf.


2013 Outpost0012There are many ways to volunteer in Mission Outpost. You can host families through the process, sort donations, stock and reorganize shelves, shop for groceries, pick up food from local stores, deliver furniture, or help with office duties. Some people come to hold babies, others like to read to the toddlers, some sort clothing, while others interact with the families in need. Training is provided for all areas.

Who can volunteer?
There are volunteer opportunities for most ages, families or individuals. There are some lifting requirements: in the foodshelf, there is a requirement of needing to lift bags of groceries up to 25 pounds. The furniture ministry would require the ability to lift 25 pounds or more. There are many opportunities that do not require any lifting.

Have a group that would like to serve?
Outside groups are always welcome at Mission Outpost. Whether you are a business, youth group or service group – we have opportunities to serve! A couple of other ideas can be done within your organization. One would be organizing a seasonal clothing drive. Another idea would be to organize a food or sundry drive. Please contact us at outpost@popmn.org or at 952-898-9311 to ask questions.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Food Shelf - Stocking shelves

    Stocking food on shelves, accepting food deliveries, preparing for Mission Outpost to open. Involves some lifting of 25 lbs.


    • Mondays 9:00 am – noon
    • Tuesdays 9:00 am – noon
    • Wednesdays 9:00 am – noon
    • Thursdays 9:00 am – noon
  • Food Shelf - Filling orders

    Filling orders for clients, restocking shelves as needed.


    • Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Mondays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Thursdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


  • Clothing Closet - Sorting

    Sorting clothing, sorting linens, toiletries


    • Mondays 9:00 am – noon
    • Tuesdays Noon – 2 pm
    • Thursdays 9:00 am – noon
  • Clothing Closet - Check Out

    Clothing closet check out, filling orders for linens/toiletries


    • Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Mondays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Tuesdays Noon – 2 pm
    • Thursdays 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Hosting

    Assisting families through the process of receiving what they require. Praying with families. Does require a background check.


    • Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    • Thursdays 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Food Distribution through The Salvation Army

    Set up tables, prepare for distribution

    • 1:00 – 2:00 pm

    Assist families through the process, running carts

    • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Dental Clinic

    We have opportunities for licensed dentists, assistants, and hygienists to provide triage pain assessment and treatment in our Mission Outpost Dental Clinic. We serve patients from our community that have dental pain but do not have dental insurance. Dental professionals, from new graduates to retirees, can use their skills and gifts of compassion to volunteer in our beautiful clinic while earning CE credit, networking, and being the hands and feet of Christ at the same time. We welcome patients and volunteers from every faith, practicing compassion through action.

    Monday mornings (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Hygienists provide triage. (Dentists can provide treatment as well. Please contact Trudy for scheduling.)
    Alternating Tuesday/Thursday evenings (5:00-8:30 pm) Dentists, assistants, and hygienists can help provide treatment. (Dentists can choose either an extraction or composite filling clinic.)

    The Dental Clinic is located right inside the Prince of Peace Mission Outpost, Door H, on the southwest side of the Christian Life Center.

    Trudy Koepsell, Coordinator, tkoepsell@popmn.org

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