Volunteer opportunities for September
Volunteer Opportunities for September 2012
ARC UNITED OF PEQUOT LAKES
Deborah Simmons 218-251-0957 Debsimmons@charter.net
Thrift Store Volunteers — We are looking for volunteers to work in our thrift store in Pequot Lakes. Duties would include, sorting incoming donations, marking, organizing and assisting customers. Daytime hours are Wednesday through Saturday with additional hours during summer months.
BRAINERD LAKES AREA EARLY CHILDHOOD COALITION
Tammy 218-454-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Assistant — Help with secretarial tasks. This may include updating computer database and organizing files and binders. Various days and hours available.
BRAINERD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Shelving Stocker — Volunteers needed to help with shelving books. Flexible hours.
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 week.
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE —CENTER FOR LIFE LONG LEARNING
Bill Brekken email@example.com
Grant Writer — The Center for Lifelong Learning is looking for a volunteer grant writer(s). If interested, I encourage you to call or email.
CENTRAL MINNESOTA COUNCIL ON AGING
Brenda Wuebkers 800-333-2433 Brenda.Wuebkers@cmcoa.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
COMMON GOODS THRIFT STORE/BRIDGES OF HOPE
Natasha Leyk 824-0923 email@example.com
Thrift Store Associates - Volunteers need to restock sales floor, clean and organize merchandise, pick up large donations once a month and other support to Common Goods staff. Monday–Saturday, anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Flexible days and hours.
CONFIDENCE LEARNING CENTER
Mary Harder 828-2344 ext 209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Firewood Bundler - Cut our slab wood (good chainsaw skills necessary), bundle, label and stack it. Teams of 3-4 people per jig set works best. We have 3 cutting and bundling jigs to accomplish this project. Choose a time Monday thru Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (must call ahead).
CRISIS LINE & REFERRAL SERVICE
Mary 828-4515, email@example.com
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., 5-10 p.m., 10 p.m.-8 a.m.
CROSSLAKE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Jo Bierman 218-692-2825 jmbCLAHS@g.mail.com
Buildings & Grounds Assistants — Urgent need for volunteers to help the Building & Grounds Committee in general repair and maintenance of the museums eight historic buildings and the museum grounds. April to mid-Oct. Hours: Flexible.
CROSSLAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Cindy Myogeto, 218-692-4027 Crosslake Area Dir firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel/Information Center Assistant. This position requires knowledge of the Crosslake Area.
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 Monday-Saturday. Each shift is usually three hours, but you are welcome to work more or less than that depending on your availability.
CROW WING COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES
Patty Ludwig 218-824-1191
Volunteer Drivers — We are seeking volunteers throughout Crow Wing County to help people with transportationto/from medical and miscellaneous appointments. Mileage reimbursement is provided depending on the transport and you choose which rides you would like to do.
CROW WING COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES — PUBLIC HEALTH
Office Assistant – Help with filing, copying and assembling packets. Four hours per week. Schedule your own days and hours.
CROW WING COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Museum Greeter – Museum greeter for front desk on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Help needed during the Crow Wing County Fair at one of the Historic Society buildings: General Store, Schoolhouse, Holsapple and Wohl House. The fair is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – the shifts are three hours.
CROW WING COUNTY JAIL
Sgt. Tina Theisen 218-822-7050
Visit Coordinator — We are recruiting volunteers that have an interest in coordinating our jail visiting program. Please call to request and application.
CUYUNA IRON RANGE HERITAGE NETWORK SOO LINE DEPOT
Kaye Gillman 218-545-1166 email@example.com or Myrna Nelson 218-767-2505
Volunteers — We need people to help with displays, greeting people, tours and manpower. Summer hours - seven days/week .
CUYUNA RANGE YOUTH CENTER
Lucy Bartz 218-839-2218
Mentors — Volunteer with old and new friends in a mentoring style with youth grades seven-12. Training and guidance with experienced volunteer provided. For schedule and hours please contact Lucy.
CUYUNA REGIONAL CARE CENTER
Ali Engler 218-546-4353
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.
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.
Music – Piano/Organist - Perform live music for residents during a non-denominational worship service. Sunday afternoon 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
ESSENTIA HEALTH-ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER
Deb Anderson 218-828-7610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Escort — Volunteer in main lobby to escort people to area of hospital they need to go Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m.
Cancer Center — Visiting with patients, providing treats and making coffee. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m.
Office work — Doing a variety of office work; filing, collating, organizing. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon.
Delivery Person — Delivering mail to patients, flowers and interdepartmental mail. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon or noon to 3:30 p.m.
FOSTER GRANDPARENT/SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM
Marcia Ferris 218-839-6650 Marcia.Ferris@lssmn.org
FGP — 1:1 attention to children in schools, Headstart, shelters, pre-schools. Age 55+, Tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided. Monday-Friday, 15 hours per week.
GIRL SCOUTS OF MINNESOTA & WISCONSIN LAKES AND PINES
Monica Husen 828-3515, email@example.com
Troop meetings 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.
GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY-BETHANY
Liz Foss, Activity Director 218-825-2504 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.), bingo, bird care–aviary with colorful birds, bowling, church service escorts, dining escorts, caring partners, chapel music-organ & piano, fancy fingernails, gift shop volunteers, Hair care Escorts, Hospitality Cart, Hosts/Hostesses, mail route, musicians, popcorn poppers, Wii games, make popcorn.
GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY–SAMARITAN HOUSES
Glenda Christensen, Activity Director, 218-855-6642
Musicians — Looking for volunteers/groups who would enjoy sharing their musical talents with residents; church groups, choirs, dance groups, etc.
GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY-WOODLAND
Tina Dunlap 218-829-1429
Escort — Assist resident to dining room everyday; 7:15-7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-noon, and/or 5:15-5:45 p.m.
Hospitality Helper — Looking for volunteers who would like to serve on a Hospitality Committee, serving for parties, special events and funeral lunches.
Bingo Assistant — Assist residents in finding, covering and calling off Bingo. Fridays, 2:45–4 p.m.
Visitor — Visit with residents on a one-to-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.
House Sitter — Elmwood and Oakwood Samaritan Houses, late afternoon hours.
HALLETT COTTAGES ARBOR
Lori Smedstad or Maggie Moneta 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 Carrie 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.
JESSIE F. HALLETT MEMORIAL LIBRARY
JFHML Friends Foundation — Friends group needs members to support the library with fundraising projects, including working two or three hour shifts in used bookstore: Backstreet Books. Meetings are held in large meeting room of library second Tuesday of each month (except June or July) from 5-6 p.m. Also, people needed to help make “repurposed book art” for store.
JUNIOR ACHIVEMENT Jessica Gangl 218-825-2308 Jgangl@jaum.org
Classroom Volunteers — 12 in-classroom volunteers needed; materials and training provided.
KINSHIP PARTNERS 218-829-4606 or toll free 877-730-5437 email@example.com
Mentors — Providing positive role models to youth in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and now the Staples/Motley area.
LAKES AREA GUYS NETWORK (LAGN) Luke Morcomb 218-829-4606
Heroes — LAGN is partnered with Kinship and works with boys ages 11-15.
LAKES AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Kevin 828-8517 firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support Partners, Retail/ReStore Staff, Construction/Deconstruction workers. Positions are flexible.
LAKES AREA INTERFAITH CAREGIVERS
Kelly or Colleen 218-820-7454
Drivers — Volunteers needed to drive individuals to and from their medical appointments.
LAKES AREA RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROJECT
Facilitators — Volunteers sought to facilitate four or more cases per year. Training required, but prior experience is not.
LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER
DeAnn Barry or Paula 218-829-9345
Front Desk Greeter — 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m.
Gift Shop Clerk, Bingo Callers — Wednesdays
Donut Production Crew — Thursdays
LSS SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM
Lucy Hanninen 218-824-6026
Kitchen Helper — 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Meals on Wheels Drivers — Deliver meals to shut-ins
North Star Apartment Driver — Deliver meals
320-692-4819, Toni Wasilensky 218-825-4944 or Toll Free at 888-828-9920
Horse Lovers — Need volunteers to help teach therapeutic horsemanship. Call or stop in at Spirit Horse Center.
NISSWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Event Volunteers; Travel/Information Center Assistant — This position requires knowledge of the Lakes Area and Nisswa.
NEW PATHWAYS/INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
Angie Kingbird 218-454-0460
Board of Directors; Advisory Board members; Brainerd Site Planning Committee
NISSWA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Leanne Carlson, 218-963-2432.
Front Desk Assistant, Collections Aide, Handyman
Peg Serani 218-829-8770
Information Desk and Outdoor Positions
OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN FOR LONG-TERM CARE
Jane Brink 218-825-2005 or 800-657-3591 email@example.com
Advocate — Help promote the well-being and quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities.
OUR HOME Danielle Othoudt 320-495-3820 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mechanic; Childcare provider — Second and fourth Thursday of every month from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.;
Youth Mentor — Scheduling is flexible.
PEQUOT LAKES AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Karen Bye 218-568-4808
Museum Greeters – Noon to 4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.
PEQUOT LAKES LIBRARY
Nancy or Donna 218-568-6181 email@example.com
Library Volunteer — Greet patrons, check books in and out, shelve books, basic computer knowledge. Morning shift 9 a.m.-noon, afternoon shift noon-4 p.m.
RELEASE ADVANCE PLANNING (RAP)
Glen Olsen; 218-824-1268, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 & CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM
Rana Peeling 218-820-8144
Respite Care Volunteer — To stay with someone age 60 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 www.rsvpvolunteerservices.org
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. We specialize in matching the skills and talents of volunteers like you with needs in our community.
SECOND HARVEST NORTH CENTRAL FOOD BANK — Sandy McKay at 218-326-4420 or email@example.com
Distribution Assistants — Work on-site at our Brainerd MAC & NAPS location helping to register program participants or carrying 40-pound boxes of food. Regular one day a month; commitment preferred. Must be friendly, enjoy working with people, able to sit for short periods of time and/or lift 40-pound boxes of food. Wear casual, comfortable shoes and clothing.
SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Melissa Barrick 218-828-6197 or e-mail to: Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Help preserve our natural resources — Shoreline Restoration and Management Projects work is sporadic; if interested working outdoors and like plants give us a call.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS–BRAINERD AREA LAKERS
Doug Bolton 218-963-7332 email@example.com
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.
THE SHOP Cindy Moore 218-838-7014
Mentors — Interact one-on-one with youth ages 14-21 doing activities, playing games, teaching them a new skill etc. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday 3 p.m-9 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
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.
UNITED WAY OF CROW WING & SOUTHERN CASS COUNTIES Faith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-829-2619.
Special Events Volunteers — Volunteers needed for special events and projects.
WILD & FREE WILDLIFE REHAB 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.
Fundraiser — Help with various fundraising events throughout the year. Days and hours variable.
WOMEN’S CENTER OF MID MN Julie Guth 218-828-1216 email@example.com
Legal Advocate — Provide emotional support and information during court hearings to battered women seeking protective orders. Intensive training provided. Must be available Wednesday and Friday 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, 3:30-5 p.m. of the even months) and attend the Executive Committee meetings (second Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon on the even months). Oversee the work of the accountant 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 or get further information about volunteering please contact Mike Koecheler at RSVP Volunteer Services, 204 Laurel St., Suite No. 11, Brainerd, MN, 56401; 824-1345 (Office), 824-1346 (Fax); or firstname.lastname@example.org