Community Action Center of Northfield (CAC)

Fulfilling our neighbors' basic needs



Last year over 1,000 volunteers gave close to 25,000 hours of their valuable time to CAC!  Helping our neighbors feel connected to and supported by their community is at the heart CAC’s mission and we could not do this without our volunteers. From stocking shelves in the food shelf or distributing gifts during the holidays to shaping the future of CAC with your energy and ideas, come join us at the center of community action to live out your passion and make a difference!

Emergency Services

CAC operates a drop-in resource center, located on the lower level of the Northfield Community Resource Center. Volunteers act as hosts, helping us answer the phone and triage questions as well as welcome people into the building and to CAC services. There are volunteer opportunities available at the Resource Center.

Food Access

CAC’s food shelf serves approximately 100 households each week with healthy food.  Volunteers are needed to help sort and stock donated food, assist with retail rescue food at local grocery stores, and assist clients with their shopping experience. In addition, emergency food is delivered to home bound seniors each month. There are many volunteer opportunities available at the Food Shelf.

Thursday’s Table, our weekly community meal, relies on volunteers for set-up, serving and clean-up.  For more information about volunteering with Thursday’s Table, please email


CAC’s Clothes Closet offers affordable clothing to everyone in the community of Northfield.  Donations are taken in daily from the community and sorted, priced and displayed. Proceeds from the Clothes Closet directly support the other programs of the CAC. In addition, free clothing is given to people through direct referrals given from CAC staff and volunteers.  There are many volunteer opportunities available the Clothes Closet.

Youth Services

In addition to hundreds of camp and sports scholarships awarded to Northfield youth each year, CAC partners with the community to bring much needed school supplies through Operation Backpack and holiday gifts through Operation Joy to Northfield children each year. Operation Joy has seasonal volunteer opportunities available.  If you have questions about Operation Joy, please email  For more information on Operation Backpack volunteer opportunities, please email Marge Randolph at

Northfield Works

CAC’s employment services, Northfield Works, serves individuals to connect to best fit jobs and careers.  Volunteer greeters are needed to provide a warm welcome to all entering the Resource Center where employment support is integrated into the CAC’s basic needs services.  Additional volunteer opportunities include emergency work transportation, computer skills support, financial coaching, and job and resource application assistance.  If you would like to volunteer email

Please email if you have any questions about volunteering.

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The CAC's Impact

Last year, 1,020 people volunteered more than 23,500 hours.

Contact us to learn about volunteering at the CAC.