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December Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for December 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 and office needs; share a craft, hobby with fifth grade. No experience necessary. Hours are 8:30a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Days, times, number of hours are very flexible, with 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. to 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.


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 three cutting and bundling jigs to accomplish this project. Choose a time Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-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., 5-10 p.m., 10 p.m.- 8 a.m.


Buildings and grounds assistants — Urgent need for volunteers to help the Building and Grounds Committee in general repair and maintenance of the museums eight historic buildings and the museum grounds. April to mid-October. Hours are flexible.

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

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 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 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. Four 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 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,; or Myrna Nelson, 218-767-2505.

Volunteers — We need people to help with displays, greeting people, tours and manpower. Summer hours, seven days a 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 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 — Natalie, 218-428-7575.

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


Escort — Volunteer in main lobby to escort people to area of hospital they need to go Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or noon-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-3:30 p.m.


FGP — One-on-one attention to children in schools, Headstart, shelters and pre-schools. Age 55+, tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided. Monday-Friday, 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. Monday-Friday, 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 — Jenny Wirtz, activity director, 218-829-1407,

We have a wide variety of volunteer positions for you to consider, for example ... Fancy Fingernails — we are currently looking for volunteers to help paint residents’ fingernails. Cribbage players/card players — we are currently looking for volunteers to play cards or cribbage with residents. Friendly visitors — We are currently looking for volunteers to visit with residents.

■ 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 of 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 and 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 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.

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