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Volunteer opportunities for June

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.

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 — Jennifer Rushin, 218-454-6929,

School Volunteers — Assist with reading, math, spelling, general classroom needs, office needs; share a craft, hobby with fifth grade. No experience necessary. Hours 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 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.

Card player — We need volunteers to play 500, cribbage, and other various card games 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 MN ADULT & TEEN CHALLENGE — Maria Brandenburg, 218- 833-8777.

Appointment Drivers — Volunteer drivers needed to take clients to and from various appointments daily or once per month based on your availability.

Mentors — We are looking for mature men and women with a strong faith background who have a passion to be a friend to our clients. Commitment of two Sat afternoons or two Mon evenings per month.

Licensed Psychiatrist — We are looking for a licensed Psychiatrist to come in on a regular basis to provide medical care for students with mental health needs.

Administrative — Photocopying, putting manuals together and other light clerical work. Anytime Monday-Thursdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Computer Basics Instructor — We have an immediate need for Computer Basics instructors. These classes focus on learning Office 2007. There are ongoing women’s classes on Tuesday afternoons and men’s classes on Friday afternoons (each class is 90 minutes). We are not looking for experts.

Personal trainer/Fitness instructor — Personal trainers to come to our Teen Challenge locations once or twice weekly.

Teachers — Business Professionals — We are in need of business professionals to help students in our job readiness class prepare for employment. Topics include resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing, and helping students understand what businesses are looking for when hiring. Any experience in these areas would be a blessing to the students.

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.

Transportation Assistance — Volunteers are needed to provide transportation for some of our families to and from our weekly meetings.


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,

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


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 & 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-October. Hours are flexible.

CROSSLAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — Cindy Myogeto, 218-692-3046 or Dodo Fraser 218-692-4056,

Travel/Information Center Assistant — We have an opening for a Visitor Center Volunteer to greet and assist guests with information about the Crosslake area. If you are familiar with Crosslake, its businesses, amenities and the community, we want you. One three hour shift weekly, June thru mid-September Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-4 p.m.

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.


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.-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.-10 p.m. The shifts are three hours.

CROW WING COUNTY JAIL — 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 — 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.

CUYUNA RANGE FOOD SHELF — Barb Lynn, 218-820-2948.

Microsoft Access — We are in need of a volunteer who can help us with a special project and has working knowledge of Microsoft Access. Please give us a call to learn more and to work out a schedule that will fit your availability.

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 3:15–3:45 p.m.


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

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

Delivery Person — Delivering mail to patients, flowers and interdepartmental mail. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon, or noon-3:30 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.


FGP — One-on-one attention to children in schools, Headstart, shelters, pre-schools. Age 55+, Tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided. Mondays-Fridays, 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. Mondays-Fridays, 15 hours per week.

GARRISON CARE GIVERS — 320-692-5399, Please call between core hours noted below.

Food Shelf — We are looking for energetic volunteers who are willing to assist with the distribution of food on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-5 p.m.

Thrift Store — proceeds from the thrift store are used to support our food shelf, volunteers are needed for the 3 hour shifts on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Troop meetings, events and Day Camp. We are looking for volunteers to help with Troops, events and day camp 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, 7:15-7:45 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 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.

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 four or more cases per year. Training required but prior experience is not.

LET’S GO FISHING — Leave message at 218-454-FISH (3474).

Captain or First Mate — Take seniors and/or veterans out on the pontoon for a day of fishing/sightseeing. Trips are scheduled Monday through Friday morning/afternoon on Gull Lake and Bay Lake. Days and hours are flexible.

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 — Toni Wasilensky, 218-825-4944 or toll free at 888-828-9920; email at; 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.

NEW PATHWAYS INC — Kathy Carlson,, 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.

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-4 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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

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

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 themselves 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.

RREAL HEADQUARTERS — Pine River, 218-587-4753 or visit

Digital Outreach Specialist — web and social media development, Schedule: Weekly volunteer, starting immediately, approximately 10 hours/week desired. Stipend rate: Volunteer position. Approved expenses reimbursed. Volunteer your experience with a local nonprofit organization dedicated to using solar energy to reduce low-income fuel poverty.

RSVP VOLUNTEER SERVICES — Mike Koecheler, 218-824-1345,

Visionaries — I am in need of volunteers to fill open positions with our nonprofit 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 email to

Help preserve our natural resources. Shoreline Restoration and Management Projects work is sporadic. If interested in 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.

TAX AIDE — 218-824-1345.

Volunteer Preparers — We are in need of volunteers for the 2013 tax season. Volunteers are provided free textbooks, training and first-year preparers are partnered with a seasoned volunteer tax preparer who can answer any questions they may encounter. The tax program runs from Feb. 1 through April 15. All returns are done on a computer and E-filed so if you love numbers and working with computers this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

THE CENTER — DeAnn Barry or Paula, 218-829-9345.

Front Desk Greeter — 8 a.m.-noon, or noon-4 p.m.

Gift Shop Clerk, Bingo Callers — Wednesdays.

Donut Production Crew — Thursdays.

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 Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3-9 p.m., and Sunday 3-7 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.


Chauffeur Drivers — Drive our vehicle to pick up and drop off veterans at the VA Clinic in Brainerd from the surrounding area. Days will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis so call quickly to get the day that best fits your busy schedule.

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 — Katie Swenson, 218-828-1216,

Children’s Mentor — If you like making kids smile, this is for you. Take your choice of playing games, reading, or doing crafts with resident children, toddler through teen. From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evenings.

Legal Advocate — Provide emotional support and information during court hearings to battered women seeking protective orders. Intensive training provided. Must be available Wednesdays and Fridays afternoons.

Security/Receptionist — Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center is looking for someone to answer phones and do security during supervised visits and safe exchanges. This is a safe environment and has a friendly atmosphere.

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

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