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Volunteer opportunities for February

■ ARC UNITED OF PEQUOT LAKES- Deborah Simmons 218-251-0957 Debsimmons@charter.net

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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 tammyfilippi@charter.net

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 218-829-5574

Shelving Stocker — Volunteers needed to help with shelving books. Flexible hours.

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, susan.rogers@isd181.org

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 - 2:30 pm 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 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. 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.

Card player — We need volunteers to play 500, cribbage, and other various card games with a few of our clients. Two days per week.

■ CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE — CENTER FOR LIFE LONG LEARNING Bill Brekken bbrekken@clcmn.edu 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 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 jjohnson@pcamn.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.

■ COMMON GOODS THRIFT STORE/BRIDGES OF HOPE — Suzanne Welch 824-0923 Suzanne@commongoodsmn.org

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 5:00 p.m. Flexible days and hours.

■ CONFIDENCE LEARNING CENTER — Mary Harder 828-2344 ext 209, mary@campconfidence.com

Front Desk Assistant - Answer and direct phone calls, occasional data entry, count pull tabs, Camp store - hang and mark inventory, occasional mailing, large or small, paper shredding, hand write envelopes. Responsibilities are flexible. Days and Hours: Thursdays 9-3pm Times are Flexible.

■ CRISIS LINE & REFERRAL SERVICE — Mary 828-4515, mary.crisisline@brainerd.net

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 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 cmyogeto@explorebrainerdlakes.com

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 Mon-Saturday. Each shift is usually 3 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.

■ CROW WING COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES-PUBLIC HEALTH — Renee 218-824-1206

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

■ CROW WING COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM — 218-829-3268

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 cchps@crosbyironton.net 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 — Jessica Vogt, Program Coordinator 218-839-5832

Mentors — Volunteer with old and new friends in a mentoring style with youth grades 3-6 and 7-12; it is a great way to give back to the community. Training and guidance with experienced volunteer provided. For schedule and hours please contact Jessica.

■ CUYUNA REGIONAL CARE CENTER — Ali Engler 218-546-4353

Caring Volunteers — There are volunteer opportunities available weekly and monthly to provide music, play cards, go on outings, share travel experiences, deliver mail, play games, help with special events, visit with residents, and more.

■ 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 – 3:45PM.

■ ESSENTIA HEALTH-ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER — Deb Anderson, 218-828-7610, debanderson@essentiahealth.org

Escort — Volunteer in main lobby to escort people to area of hospital they need to go M-F 8 a.m.-noon or noon-3 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 p.m.

Patient Advocate — Visit patients and providing necessary needs. Fridays 9-11 a.m.

Cancer Center Volunteer — Visit with cancer patients, assist the waiting room visitors, and if comfortable can provide hand massages and nail care. Thursday 8 a.m.-noon.

■ 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. 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.

■ GIRL SCOUTS OF MINNESOTA & WISCONSIN LAKES AND PINES — Monica Husen 828-3515, mhusen@gslakesandpines.org

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 jwritz@good-sam.com

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 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.

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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
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