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Cooking with kids initiative facilitators - Assist and facilitate a small group of young children (ages 3-5) in making a snack/meal.  Training and hours are flexible. 

BRAINERD LAKES CHAMBER of COMMERCE Miranda Anderson at 218-822-7110 or

Membership Services Volunteer -The downtown Brainerd office is seeking a volunteer who can devote between 4-6 hours a week. Must have basic computer knowledge.  A portion of these duties could be completed at the volunteer’s home if desired. 


Summer Reader - Volunteers needed to help with the Summer Reading Program in June and July and also to help with programs, crafts and story times for the kids.  Flexible hours call Darcy Dwyer at (218)829-5574

Senior Outreach Program -- Help the library by assisting in the delivery of materials (Large print books, audio books/player, and videos) to homebound seniors. You determine the days/times that will fit into your schedule. Contact Laurel Hall 218-829-5574.

Board member -- Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, an organization that supports and promotes Brainerd Public Library, is looking for individuals to serve on the Friends of the Library Board of Directors.  Activities include the used book sale, author visits, and programming at the library.  For more information call Friends President Gail Brecht at (218)855-1054 or Secretary/Treasurer Sherri Delahunt at (218)963-2699. 

BREATH OF LIFE Bob Schricker 822-3296 

Program Assistant - Assist with crafts, music, storytelling, reading, making cookies, clean-up, serving “goodies” and beverages.  Answer the phone; assist elderly participants with coats and hats, walkers, canes and wheelchairs.  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hours and days are flexible. 

Driver -- Need volunteer drivers to pick-up/deliver clients to and from the program. No special license is needed and van is provided.

Poker player - We need a volunteer to play Texas Hold’em with a few of our clients. Two days per wk.

CENTRAL MINNESOTA COUNCIL ON AGING  Brenda Wuebkers 1-800-333-2433 

Information Advocate for Seniors - Volunteers are needed to provide advocacy on behalf of older adults and disabled persons through the Senior LinkAge Line by assisting Medicare Beneficiaries with Medicare counseling, medical billing errors, health care directives, prescription drug assistance, etc. Training is provided.

CIRCLE OF PARENTS Joan Johnson 821-6429  

Facilitator and children’s program volunteers - This is a weekly support and education group that meets in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes and Crosby and for anyone in a parenting role.  Parents come voluntarily as they seek to improve their parenting skills through mutual self help. Seeking volunteers to facilitate the parents group and to help with the children’s program.  Not necessary to be a parent educator.  Facilitator and children’s program training available   Stipend available.  Please contact 


Processing Room Assistant - Process donations, pick-up donations, restock sales floor, and other support to Common Goods staff. Monday - Saturday, anytime between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Flexible days and hours.

CONFIDENCE LEARNING CENTER Mary Harder 828-2344 ext 209, 

Donation pick up - Confidence Learning Center receives donations that are then liquidated to bring in funds to off-set our Campers/visiting groups fees. We are looking for people with a clean driving record to do or help with pick-ups. Pick-ups are done on a regular basis in preparation for our Annual outdoor Auction held on September 17.


Line Volunteer -To listen, ask questions and guide callers to local resources and empower them to call.  Sometimes to be a listening ear.  Two shifts per month. Shifts are: 8 a.m.-noon, noon -5 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. 


Buildings & Grounds Assistants - Urgent need for volunteers to help the Building & Grounds Committee in general repair and maintenance of the museums 8 historic buildings and the museum grounds. April to mid-Oct. Hours: Flexible.

Weekend Volunteers - Needed Saturdays and/or Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. from May 29th until Sept 5th. Assist with showing visitors around the museum. Orientation provided by experienced volunteers.

Museum Spring Clean-up Helpers Groups or individuals - Help get the Crosslake Historical Log Museum ready for the summer season by helping clean and put the 8+ buildings back in order and tidying the grounds. Bring, blowers, cleaning rags, etc. (if you can) or just bring yourself and lots of energy and enthusiasm. Friday, May 7th 9:00 a.m. until finished.

CROSSLAKE LIBRARY Kim Larson 218-692-7323

Library Assistants - We are looking for a few good volunteers to work a variety of jobs.  We offer a flexible schedule that fits your lifestyle.  Some of the duties available include checking books in and out, helping patrons who need assistance with computers, processing books, or helping with our children’s programs.  We are open Mon-Saturday.  Each shift is usually 3 hours, but you are welcome to work more or less than that depending on your availability.  


Volunteer Drivers in the Crosby/Ironton Area - We are seeking volunteers in the Crosby/Ironton/Deerwood area to help people in those areas with transportation to/from medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement is provided and YOU choose which rides you would like to do.


Office Assistant - Help with filing, copying and assembling packets.  4 hours per week.  Schedule your own days and hours.


Museum Greeter - Help out once a week or more in our museum.  Proficient computer skills needed. Flexible hours, shifts are 2 hours each or longer if you want.  Depending on your interests, some options are:  museum greeter, gift shop sales, answer phone, special projects, office help, and/or help at the County Fair in one of our buildings.  


Soo Line Depot Museum Volunteers - We need people to help with displays, keeping the museum open and maintaining the park. Flexible to your schedule Memorial Day - Labor Day. 

CUYUNA RANGE YOUTH CENTER Lucy Bartz 218-839-2218 

Mentors - Do you feel a need to give back to the community? Do you like to volunteer with friends, or make new friends? We will fit your schedule because we care about you. You will be volunteering in a mentoring style with youth, grades 7-12. The youth center will fully train and pair you up with an experienced volunteer who will continue to guide you. 


Music - Perform live music for residents.  One time monthly.

Card Player - Play cards with residents.  Flexible to your schedule.

Shopper - Run errands for residents.  One day a week.

Companion - Be a companion to a resident on outings with staff.

Craft person - Assist residents with crafts. 

DORCAS  Kathy Burdorf or 218-828-2811

Thrift store associate - Help with unloading donations, cleaning, hanging, pricing and sorting.  Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DIAMOND WILLOW  Tom Chesley 218-829-8652

Music - Piano/Organist - Perform live music for residents during a non-denominational worship service. Sunday afternoon 3:15 - 3:45PM

FAITH IN ACTION FOR CASS COUNTY 1-866-675-5432 or e-mail to  

“Neighbors helping Neighbors” - Compassionate volunteers are needed to assist seniors and adults with disabilities in Cass County to maintain their independence at home. Volunteers are needed to provide rides to medical appointments, errands, assistance with grocery shopping, friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, minor home repair, building wheelchair ramps, household tasks, caregiver respite and support, as well as other types of friendly assistance.  Volunteers are especially needed in the southern part of Cass County.  


FGP- 1:1 attention to children in schools, Headstart, shelters, pre-schools.  Age 55+, Tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided.  M-F, 15 hours per week.

SCP - Retirees helping at-risk seniors continue living independently.  Age 55+, Tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided.  M-F, 15 hours per week.


Troop meeting and special events - We are looking for volunteers to help lead Troupes and organize special events that are held throughout the year. To find out more please give us a call.

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPICE PROGRAM  Kris Kayser  218-851-1137 

Hospice Volunteer - Provide in-home services to the terminally ill patient and their family, through listening, one to one visiting, reading and support.  Days/hours to fit your schedule.     

Office Assistants - Help with secretarial work in the Hospice office in Nisswa.  Various days and hours.


We have a wide variety of volunteer positions for you to consider, for example… Abiders (Specially trained volunteers serving dying residents when there are no family members or friends available to be present at the time of death.), Bell Choir Director, Bingo (Mondays and Fridays), Bird Care - Aviary with colorful birds, Bowling - Mon night in Garden View Lounge, Church Service Escorts (M-F and Sunday), Dining Escorts, Caring Partners (read a book, visit, just being a friend), Chapel Music  - Organ & Piano, Fancy Fingernails - polishing and painting fingernails, Gift Shop Volunteers - mornings and afternoons, Haircare Escorts - M-Thursday, Hospitality Cart, Hosts/Hostesses - morning and afternoon, Mail Route  - M-Sunday, Musicians - we love music!, Popcorn Poppers (Fri mornings), Wii Games - Sun afternoons (student volunteers), Make Popcorn - Fridays 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Also looking for garden volunteers to help take care of plants; weeding, daily watering - no green thumbs required, just a desire to help nurture flowers in a beautiful setting!   Great opportunity for groups needing service hours!!   

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - SAMARITAN HOUSES Rita 218-855-6638 or 218-831-5606

Companion - Looking for caring volunteers to accompany residents to doctor appointments.


Escort - Assist resident to dining room everyday.  7:15 a.m.-7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-noon, and/or 5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Bingo Assistant - Assist residents in finding, covering, and calling off Bingo.  Fridays, 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Visitor -- Visit with residents on a one-on-one basis.

Drivers - Volunteers to drive a 20-passenger bus - need to have a Class B passenger-endorsed license one or two Sundays a month. 

HALLETT COTTAGES ARBOR Sue Heglund 218-545-8534

Various Opportunities -- One-on-one visits, piano playing, sing-a-longs, reading to residents, craft projects, assisting residents on outings, musical performances, and table games.  Opportunities for individuals and/or families, anytime of the day or evening.  Organizations to sponsor monthly birthday parties.

HARMONY HOUSE OF BRAINERD  Shelley or Sondra  828-4142

Friendly Visitor -Come to visit and be a friend to some of our residents.

Nail Care - Assist with “Fancy Fingers” (nail care).  We provide all of the supplies.  Time/day convenient to your schedule.

Gift of Music- Come to play the piano or whatever instrument you play!  

Bible Study Group-Lead a group of residents in reading scriptures.

Talent - Whatever your talent is we would love to have you come and share it.

HEARTWOOD SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY  Lori Smedstad & Maggie Moneta 218-545-8534

Various Opportunities - We have volunteer openings ranging from personal visits, drivers for our in-house shuttle van, creating and assisting with simple crafts or activities, reading stories, writing letters, sharing your musical talents once a month or assisting residents on outings. Training and orientation are provided for all volunteer positions. 

H.E.L.P.S.   Ann Danielson  218-824-1071 

Afterschool Program Volunteers - Need volunteers to help youth with homework & misc. activities. Locations: Pequot Lakes HS - Mondays 3:30pm-5:15pm starting Oct. 4th / Forestview Middle School - Tues & Thurs 3:15pm-5pm & in school from 12:42pm-1:06pm (7th grade) & 12:13pm-12:37pm (8th grade).

JESSIE F. HALLETT MEMORIAL LIBRARY Peggi Beseres 218-546-8005      

JFHML Friends Foundation-Newly formed Friends group needs members to support the Library with fundraising projects, including working 2 or 3 hour shifts in used bookstore: Backstreet Books. Meetings are held in large meeting room of Library 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm. Contact Linda Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator at for more information.

Crafters Needed-Repurposed Friends Craft group meets at library 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 4:00 to create art out of discarded books-we have idea books & supplies, we just need crafters to help create inventory for our used bookstore Backstreet Books. Contact Kim Gibson at for more information.

JUNIOR ACHIVEMENT Jessica Gangl 218-825-2308 

Unlock a Lifetime of Potential In Just a Few Hours - K-4 in-classroom volunteers needed 1-hour a week for five weeks.  

KINSHIP PARTNERS  Brainerd 218-829-4606, Pequot (218)454-8016, Cuyuna 218-454-8014 or toll free 877-730-5437    

Activity Assistant - Assist Kinship Partner kids with activities, such as art projects or making a snack, at one of the various stations. 

Mentor - Spend 2-3 hours each week with a child doing everyday activities in your home or at community events.  After school or weekends.  


Family Support Partners needed -Walk and work with a family as they learn how to become a responsible homeowner.  

Retail/ReStore Staff - Work in a friendly, fun retail environment, learn new skills, and meet new people. Positions open: Stock management, Merchandising, Floor floater and donation collection.  Stock management and collection may require some lifting ability.  Training provided for all positions. 3-6 hour shifts are available. Wed - Fri 9:30am-5:30pm and Sat 9:30am- 1:00pm.  

Construction/Deconstruction- Whether you like to build or tear apart we can find a place for you.  Work alongside other volunteers wanting the hands-on experience. Skilled or unskilled welcome.


Facilitator -- Do you want to make a Difference in a Teenager’s Life and Improve Your Community? Volunteers sought for justice project. Please call or visit our website to register.

LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER DeAnn Barry or Paula 218-829-9345 

Front Desk Greeter - Volunteer at the front desk of the Senior Center for hour hours; 8 am to noon or noon to 4 pm. Duties include answering phones, greeting people and more. 

Gift Shop Clerk - Display marketing and selling of hand crafted items to customs. 

Bingo Callers: Wednesday afternoons, once a month 

Donut Production Crew - Various volunteer jobs from frosting, running donut machines to boxing. Early Thursday mornings, but a great group to volunteer with! If you are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities, give us a call.

LSS SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM Lucy Hanninen 218-824-6026

Volunteer Assistant to Site Manager - Assist Site Manager with tasks such as record keeping, mailings, promotional activities and materials at site, light computer tasks using Microsoft Word. Flexible morning hours available.

Kitchen help - Families or individuals of any age needed to help in the kitchen with the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center’s Senior Citizen Meal Program.  

Meals on Wheels Drivers - Deliver meals to shut-ins.  These seniors need your smile and a hot meal.  Drivers are needed for Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays.

MOUNTED EAGLES  Shirley Adolphson 320-692-4819, Toni Wasilensky 218-825-4944 or Toll Free at 888-828-9920 

e-mail:  website: 

We need Individuals who are interested in volunteering to help teach therapeutic horsemanship and equine assisted activities to persons of all ages who face physical, mental, social and/or emotional challenges. Must be 14 years or older. We train our volunteers so no horse experience is necessary. Program site is Spirit Horse Center, located 5 miles S of Brainerd on corner of 371 and 50th Ave. We operate every week on Tuesdays all day and Thursday evenings. 

NISSWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  Sylvie Gilman  218-963-0020

Event Volunteers - We are in need of volunteers to assist during our events. Nisswa has many events during the year, we need event volunteers all year! Please call for event information.

Travel/Information Center Assistant - This position requires knowledge of the Lakes Area and Nisswa. Greet visitors, engage in conversation, provide with brochures/ maps/ info on the area. This also includes acquiring, tracking and stocking the Info Center with Nisswa Chamber Member brochures, with maps and brochures of area attractions, DNR info and more. Variety of hours available. Training is involved.


Board of Directors and Advisory Board members - This is an opportunity to assist and advance the New Pathways/IHN program in serving homeless families with children in our community. Please give us a call for date and time commitment.

NISSWA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Leanne Carlson, 218-963-2432.

Front Desk Assistant - Volunteer for shifts either in the mornings (10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.) or afternoons (1:00 to 4:00 P.M.) Wednesdays through Saturdays.  Duties include opening or closing the museum buildings, collecting admission fees, collecting money for museum purchases, and being personable and friendly to museum patrons.  

Collections Aide - Assist volunteer archivists with a variety of activities including reviewing, organizing and filing historical documents, researching items of historical interest to patrons, and entering information into a computer database.  

Handyman - Willingness to do odd jobs related to maintaining the Historical Society’s buildings and grounds.  

NORTHLAND ARBORETUM   Peg Serani 218-829-8770  

Information Desk and Outdoor Positions - Choose from any of these volunteer opportunities - instructors, trail maintenance, tree trimming, carpentry, front desk, sign making or security.


Advocate -Your task will be to help promote the well being and quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities through weekly visits. Dates and times are VERY flexible and complete training, mileage reimbursement, and support is top notch. 

OUR HOME Danielle Othoudt 320-495-3820  

Mechanic - Volunteers teach residents simple car maintenance (fluid checks and oil changes). Scheduling is flexible 

Childcare provider - Volunteers will assist residents with childcare for Our HOME Group meetings. Second and fourth Thursday every month from 12pm to 3pm.

Youth Mentor - Volunteers provide positive role-modeling by spending time, sharing activities and good conversation. Scheduling is flexible

Volunteer Driver - Volunteer Driver assist residents to grocery store, special events and/or appointments as needed. Scheduling is flexible


Museum Greeter - Open museum, set out signs, greet visitors, lock-up. Museum is open Saturdays Memorial Day to Labor Day, noon - 4:00p.m.

Fundraiser Helper - Need help at brat sales, July 4th sloppy Joe luncheon - food prep, food sales, clean-up etc. Various days and hours. 

PEQUOT LAKES LIBRARY Nancy or Donna 218-568-6181

Delivery person - The library is looking to expand our “Bring Me a Book Program.”  The volunteer would check out book bags and deliver them to working parents at a local workplace.  Twice a month, approximately 2 _ hours.

Library Aide - Greet patrons, check books in & out, shelve books, basic computer knowledge.  Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

RELEASE ADVANCE PLANNING (RAP) - Glen Olsen; 218-824-1268, e-mail:

Tutor/Mentor - Assist a Crow Wing County jail inmate gain his or her High School Diploma or GED. The volunteer will be working with someone who is seeking a second chance to make a better life for themself by getting the education that they failed to get when they were younger. After passing a background check, you will be given a tour of the jail and instructions to help you to prepare yourself for working with this population. The volunteer will be working through the Jail Programs Department, and the Days and Hours are usually flexible. 


Respite Care Volunteer - To stay with someone age sixty or older with a chronic health condition, providing visitation and safety, while the family caregiver takes a break and gets out of the home.  Flexible days and hours. 

RSVP VOLUNTEER SERVICES Mike Koecheler 218-824-1345

Visionaries - I am in need of volunteers to fill open positions with our non-profit partnership agencies. Whether you want to use your brain, back, or heart we have an opportunity for YOU! If you have any questions, or you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, please give us a call our check out our web-site.  We specialize in matching the skills and talents of volunteers like you with needs in our community.  

SCHOOL DISTRICT 181 - Susan B Rogers, District Volunteer Coordinator at 218-454-6929 or

Grades K-12  Discover the fun of going back to school and helping kids with Reading - listen to or read to students; Math-using games or flash cards (instruction given) help students add, subtract, divide and multiply. English - help with spelling, printing and writing skills. Classroom helper - assist the teacher with whatever needs there are - cutting, sorting, working with kids, etc; be a classroom grandparent - many kids do not have their own grandparents close by! 8:30 - 2:30, Mon - Fri. days, times, number of hours are very flexible, one-on-one or in small groups.

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Melissa Barrick 218-828-6197 or e-mail to:

Help preserve our natural resources - We are in need of 2-3 volunteers to help answer phones, get mail, do some data entry (Excel proficiency required) and record tree sale orders. Flexible 5 hours per week.  Mon-Fri 8:-4:00 PM


Coach - Coach adult athletes in Basketball, Aquatics, Bowling, or Track and Field. Sports seasons last eight weeks, with practices lasting 1 1/2 hours once per week. Training is provided by Special Olympics Minnesota staff. You must be at least 18 to coach. 

Local Sports Management Team Member - Provide general management direction and administrative support to ensure the delivery of quality Special Olympics sports training programs and athlete competition events that are available to all eligible individuals in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Meet once per month. Specific sports knowledge not required.     

ST JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER   Deb   218-828-7610 

Escort - Volunteer in main lobby to escort people to area of hospital they need to go M-F 8:00 to 12:00 

Cancer Center - Visiting with patients, providing treats and making coffee. M-F 8:00 - 12:00 or 12:00 - 4:00 

Office work - Doing a variety of office work, filing, collating, organizing. M-F 8:00 - 12:00  

Delivery Person - Delivering mail to patients, flowers and interdepartmental mail.  M-F 8:00-12:00 or 12:00 to 3:30 

TRIAD / S.A.L.T. - Tina Elder / Becky Koecheler 829-4749   

Core Management Team Member - TRIAD/S.A.L.T. is collaboration between law enforcement and adults 55 plus in the community who work together on a joint approach to crime issues that effect seniors.  Provide general management/leadership direction and administrative support to ensure the delivery of quality programs to individuals in Crow Wing County.


Board Members -- We are looking for a couple of adults who have some past experience as board members to be on our board. We meet once per month and are looking for members who can help us move United Way to the next level. 

Associate -- We are looking for motivated youth and adults interested in marketing, planning special events, fundraising, etc.

WILD & FREE  Dr. Deb Eskedahl 320-692-4180

Animal Transporter - Pick up injured or orphaned animals throughout Northern Minnesota and return to Garrison Animal Hospital.  Days and hours variable.

Fund Raiser - Help with various fundraising events throughout the year.  Days and hours variable.

WOMEN’S CENTER OF MID MN   Julie Guth 218-828-1216

Children’s Mentor - If you like making kids smile, this is for you.  Take your choice of playing games, reading, or doing crafts with resident children, toddler through teen.  One to four hours weekly or bi-weekly.

Maintenance - We are looking for someone who would be interested in doing some light maintenance, painting in and around our building and cleaning projects once or twice a week.

Legal Advocate - Provide emotional support and information during court hearings to battered women seeking protective orders.   Intensive training provided.  Must be available Weds and Fri afternoons.

YOUTH WELLNESS INITIATIVE Roger Lynn  (218)831-9571

Volunteer Treasurer - Be a member of the Board of Directors which meets once every other month (second Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:00 PM of the even months) and attend the Executive Committee meetings (second Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:00 AM on the even months) Oversee the work of the Administrator who keeps the financial records using Quick Books, make a financial report to the Board, assure accurate financial records, and generate the yearly budget. 


To list your volunteer opportunities 

Further information about volunteering


Mike Koecheler at:

RSVP Volunteer Services

204 Laurel Street, Suite #11

Brainerd, MN 56401

824-1345 (Office)

824-1346 (Fax)

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889