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October volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for October 2012

ARC UNITED OF PEQUOT LAKES — Deborah Simmons 218-251-0957

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.


Office Assistant — Help with secretarial tasks. This may include updating computer database and organizing files and binders. Various days and hours available.


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.

BRAINERD SCHOOL DISTRICT/K-12 — Susan Rogers 454-6929,

School Volunteers — Assist with reading, math, spelling, general classroom needs, office needs; share a craft, hobby with fifth grade. NO EXPERIENCE NESSECARY. Hours 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. M-F, days, times, number of hours-very flexible, one-on-one or in small groups.

BRAINERD SALVATION ARMY — Chris Nylander Food Shelf Coordinator 218-829-1120.

Food Distribution Volunteers — Volunteers will assemble food boxes for our clients and will roll carts from the pantry out to the delivery area, where they will add bread and fresh produce. Volunteers will need to be able to lift or slide boxes (weigh about 30-35 pounds) off the prep counter and onto the carts. Volunteers will need to be in good physical condition. A shift lasts from approximately 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. We are currently looking for volunteers who can work on call and on short notice to replace other volunteers as needed. Volunteers may also choose to work a regular weekly shift if desired.

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.


(218) 855-8146

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

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.


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,

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 9-3 p.m. (must call ahead).


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.

CROSSLAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — Cindy Myogeto, 218-692-4027, Crosslake Area Dir,

Travel/Information Center Assistant — This position requires knowledge of the Crosslake Area.

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 Monday-Saturday. Each shift is usually 3 hours, but you are welcome to work more or less than that depending on your availability.


Volunteer Drivers — We are seeking volunteers throughout Crow Wing County to help people with transportation to/from medical and miscellaneous appointments. Mileage reimbursement is provided depending on the transport 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 — Museum greeter for front desk on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 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 3 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,; or Myrna Nelson, 218-767-2505.

Volunteers — We need people to help with displays, greeting people, tours and manpower. Summer hours, 7 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 7-12. 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.

DORCAS — Kathy Burdorf, 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 — Natalie 218-428-7575.

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


Escort — Volunteer in main lobby to escort people to area of hospital they need to go M-F 8 a.m.-noon; or noon-4 p.m.

Cancer Center — Visiting with patients, providing treats and making coffee. 8 a.m.-noon; or noon-4 p.m.

Office work — Doing a variety of office work; filing, collating, organizing. M-F 8 a.m.-noon.

Delivery Person — Delivering mail to patients, flowers and interdepartmental mail. M-F 8 a.m.-noon; or noon-3:30 p.m.


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 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,

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 a.m.-7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-noon, and/or 5:15 p.m.-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 p.m.–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 — Linda Anderson,; or Peggi Beseres, 218-546-8005,

JFHML Friends Foundation — 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 (except June or July) from 5-6 p.m. Also, people needed to help make “repurposed book art” for store.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT — Jessica Gangl, 218-825-2308,

Classroom Volunteers — 12 in-classroom volunteers needed, materials and training provided.

KINSHIP PARTNERS — 218-829-4606 or toll free 877-730-5437,

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.


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 — Stephanie Haider, 218-568 4145,; website:

Facilitators — Volunteers sought to facilitate 4 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.

MOUNTED EAGLES — Shirley Adolphson, 320-692-4819; Toni Wasilensky, 218-825-4944; or Toll Free at 888-828-9920; e-mail:; website:

Horse Lovers — Need volunteers to help teach therapeutic horsemanship. Call or stop in at Spirit Horse Center.


Event Volunteers; Travel/Information Center Assistant. This position requires knowledge of the Lakes Area and Nisswa.


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

NORTHLAND ARBORETUM — 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;

Advocate — Help promote the well-being and quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities.

OUR HOME — Danielle Othoudt, 320-495-3820,

Mechanic; Childcare provider. Second and fourth Thursday every month from noon-3 p.m.

Youth Mentor — Scheduling is flexible.


Museum Greeters — noon to 4 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day.

PEQUOT LAKES LIBRARY — Nancy or Donna, 218-568-6181,

Library Volunteer — Greet patrons, check books in & 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, 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 & CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM — Rana Peeling, 218-820-8144.

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! We specialize in matching the skills and talents of volunteers like you with needs in our community.


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

Help preserve our natural resources — Shoreline Restoration and Management Projects work is sporadic if interested working outdoors and like plants give us a call.


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.


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.

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,

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 to 5:00 p.m. of the even months) and attend the Executive Committee meetings (second Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 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.

If you would like to list your volunteer opportunities or want further information about volunteering please contact Mike Koecheler at RSVP Volunteer Services, 204 Laurel St., Suite No. 11, Brainerd, MN, 56401; call 824-1345; fax 824-1346; or email

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