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Volunteer of the month


Youth volunteer of the month - Phillip Vennemann

Hometown: Brainerd

Family: Mother, Barb, 2 sisters and one niece


Volunteer activities: Common Goods where he volunteers four days a week and works on special projects. Phillip also volunteers at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center and does janitorial work there.

 I volunteer because: It is fun and I get to learn work skills.

Nominated by: Suzanne Welch, Common Goods and Bridges of Hope.

To nominate a youth volunteer of the month notify: Monica Husen at 218-828-3515 or e-mail

Adult volunteer of the month Linda Anderson

Hometown: Hallock, moved to Brainerd in 1970.

Family: Husband, Delano, three children, Robert, Kris and Karin, and two grandchildren.

Volunteer activities: Bethany Good Samaritan (auxiliary member since 2004, helps with bingo, delivers mail, making popcorn, Gift shop, beauty shop), RSVP volunteer since 2004, volunteers at the VFW and American Legion and also volunteered at the Moose Lodge .

I volunteer because: I enjoy it and it makes people happy when you do something nice for them. 

 My most rewarding volunteer experience: Volunteering in the beauty shop and seeing what joy it brings to those who get their hair done.

 Nominated by: Tina Dunlap - Community relations coordinator at Bethany Good Samaritan

To nominate an Adult Volunteer of the Month notify: Monica Husen at 218-828-3515 or e-mail: 

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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