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Volunteer Opportunities for February 2018

BRAINERD COMMUNITY ACTION- Holly Holm 218-829-5278

Volunteers needed: Brainerd Community Action is looking for a few talented volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our organization. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness and leadership and are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact us.


Volunteers/members wanted — Volunteers are needed for events and projects to raise money for our area. "Having Fun, Making a Difference in Our Community"


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

BRAINERD SCHOOL DISTRICT/K-12 Jennifer Rushin 218-454-6929,

School Volunteers - Assist with reading, math, spelling, general classroom needs, office needs; NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Hours 8:30 am - 2:30 pm M-F, days and times, # of hours-very flexible, one-on-one or in small groups.

BRAINERD SALVATION ARMY Linda Loftis Food Shelf Coordinator 218-829-1120

Mission: to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

Choice Shopping Food Distribution Volunteers — Volunteers will stock shelves along with cooler items. Volunteers will accompany participants through the Choice Shopping experience explaining how many items from each section they can choose from, according to their family size. If you are sixteen or older please consider our food shelf. Set your own hours; we need help from approximately 9 am-3:30 pm, closed from noon to 1 pm.

Thrift Store Associate — Help with unloading donations, cleaning, hanging, pricing and sorting; Mon, Wed and Fri.

BRAINERD SPLASH PAD PROJECT; Emily Noble or Meta Mandich at rbcfundraiserscommunity engagement, fundraising, volunteer coordination, business outreach and marketing.

BREATH OF LIFE 218- 822-3296

Program Assistant — Assist with crafts, music, storytelling, reading, clean-up, serving "goodies" and beverages. Help elderly participants with coats/hats, walkers, canes and wheelchairs. Mon through Fri 9-4pm. 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 a 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.

Care n Share Café in Emily - Chef Paul Fleming 763-360-5268

Team members needed for meal prep and serving: We need individuals or groups to prepare evening meals at least one Weds afternoon per month. No experience necessary. There are several shifts of work depending on your preference. Arrive at 1:45pm to help our chef prepare his menu and food, or at about 4pm to help pack meals to be delivered and serve participants. Other crews work the dish washer, vacuum, sweep, mop and take out the trash.

Central Lakes Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) in Nisswa — Hilary Johnson 218-330-2403

MOPPETS childcare volunteers — We are looking for loving, dedicated volunteers to help care for infants to preschoolers during our Central Lakes MOPS meetings for the 2016-17 year at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Our MOPPETS childcare program provides quality childcare during MOPS meetings so our moms feel confident their children are safe, making friends and having fun. Children are divided into age groups and are involved in activities that include Bible stories, crafts, music and play. Meetings run from 9-11:30am the first and third Mondays September through May, starting Sept. 15.


Mentors - We are looking for volunteers who are willing to mentor or help our program staff, teach a craft or tutor, stuff envelopes, put up drywall, drive a bus or fix an electrical circuit. No matter the way in which you get involved, the opportunities are numerous, and the rewards are endless.

CENTRAL MN COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS - Kenneth R. Toole 218-780-0694

Leaders - We are always looking for adults to be leaders and help with our Boy Scout Troops and Cub Scout Packs. Please call or email to get more details.

CIRCLE OF PARENTS Roxy Foster 763-244-1401

Facilitator and Children's Program Volunteers - This is a weekly support and education group for anyone in a parenting role. Meetings are in Brainerd and Crosby. Parents can attend 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 and stipend are available.

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

COMMON GOODS THRIFT STORE/BRIDGES OF HOPE 218-824-0923 or Andrea at the Crosslake store 218-692-7682

Thrift Store Associates - Volunteers needed to restock sales floor, clean and organize merchandise, pick up large donations once a month and offer support to Common Goods staff. Mon through Sat. 10-6pm. Flexible days and hours are available.

CONFIDENCE LEARNING CENTER Mary Harder 218-828-2344 ext 209

Volunteer Position Title: Confidence Frozen Flopper

Description of Duties: Looking for FUN and CRAZY volunteers to join our team and jump into Gull Lake during Frozen Flop Event to raise money for Confidence Learning Center and Kids Against Hunger. Please contact Mary to learn more and to join our team. Days and Hours: February 23, 5:30 PM

Volunteer Position Title: Confidence Learning Center Bus Host

Job Description: Have fun being a Confidence Center Bus Host during the Frozen Fore on Gull Lake. This would mean riding the participant shuttle bus, checking for participant I.D. and keeping the bus driver on time. Days and Hours: February 24, 10 AM-2 PM or 2-6 PM


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: 7-12 pm, 12-5 pm, 5-10 pm, 10-7 am.

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-Sat. 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 — Child Support Division Julie Herbst 218-824-1264

Navigator - We are seeking volunteers to help individuals navigate through the child support system. Volunteers will assist with completing paperwork, setting up court dates, and getting paperwork mailed out timely. Training will be provided by staff and hours and days of service will be flexible.

CROW WING COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES - Transportation 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.


Museum Greeters — Museum greeters for front desk on alternating Saturdays from 1-3pm.

On Call Volunteers-Volunteers needed to assist with various projects.

CROW WING COUNTY JAIL Miranda 218-822-7067

Video Visitation Volunteer — We are looking for volunteers that have an interest in conducting our jail visiting program. M,W, F 12-4 pm and T, Th 6:15-10 pm.

Cuyuna RANGE YOUTH Center Alicia Evans 218-545-6575

Mentors — Volunteer with old and new friends in a mentoring style with youth grades 5th & 6th and 7th-12th. It is a great way to give back to the community. Training and guidance with experienced volunteers will be provided.

Cuyuna Regional Care Center Ali Meyer 218-546-4353

Caring Volunteers — Field trip helpers, music players, social hour greeters, mail delivery and readers to read to our residents. Positions are available Mon -Sun 7:30am-7:30pm. Hours are flexible.

DORCAS Skip Terhark 218-828-2811

Thrift Store Associate — Help with unloading donations, cleaning, hanging, pricing and sorting. Mon and Thurs from 10-4pm.


Clinic Greeter - Our Brainerd clinic is in need of a greeter to direct visitors to the right spot and provides coffee to those who request a cup. T, W-F 8-12pm.

Escort - Volunteer in main lobby to escort people to area of hospital they need to go. M-F 8-12 or 12-3pm.

Office Worker - Complete a variety of office work; filing, collating, organizing. M-F 8-12pm.

Mail Delivery - Delivering inter office mail, incoming mail and other requests from departments at either the Baxter or Brainerd Clinic.

Piano player - Experience piano player needed 11-1pm. any day of the week

Radiation Therapy- Days and hours are flexible.

Make conversation with Radiation Therapy patients while they wait in waiting room for their appoinments.


Groundskeepers - Volunteers needed to perform various grounds keeping activities.

Board member - We are seeking candidates who are lot owners and interested in serving on our board.


FGP- 1:1 attention to children in schools, Headstart, shelters, pre-schools. Age 55+, Tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided. Mon-Fri 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. Mon-Fri 15 hours per week.

GARRISON CAREGIVERS 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 Tues and Thurs. 1-5pm.

Thrift Store - Proceeds from the thrift store are used to support our food shelf. Volunteers are needed for the 3 hour shifts on Thurs-Sat 10-4pm.

GIRL SCOUTS of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes and PINES Monica Husen 218-270-4859

Troop Meetings, Events and Day Camp — We are looking for volunteers to help with our Troops, Events and Day Camp that are held throughout the year. To find out more please give us a call.


Hospice Volunteer — Provide in-home services to the terminally ill patients and their families, through listening, one on one visiting, reading and support. Days/hours to fit your schedule.

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - BETHANY Rosita Musasizi 218-825-2502

Garden Helpers-Looking for individuals or group to help with weeding, trimming and tidying up our garden.

Gift Shop-Training provided. Light duty and must have excellent customer service.

Hospitality Cart Host/Hostess -We are looking for some friendly individuals to take around the hospitality cart in the morning and afternoon. Times are 10:00am and 2:00pm

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY — SAMARITAN HOUSES Linette Stone Activity Dir. Elmwood and Oakwood Samaritan

Houses or Krista Hubbard Activity Dir. Birchwood Samaritan House 218-855-6644

Musicians - Looking for volunteers/groups that would enjoy sharing their musical talents with residents, church groups, choirs, dance groups, etc.

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - WOODLAND Lisa Strange Volunteer Coordinator 218-855-6615

Friends — We are looking for volunteers to come in and spend one on one time with our residents. Also we are looking for volunteers to come in on Saturday and Sunday about 10 am to visit, serve coffee and a treat.

Nails- Our ladies in the Care Center like to look pretty by having their nails done, we are looking for some volunteers to come in and help with that.

Escorts- We are looking for volunteers to escort our residents to off campus to appointments.

We are in need of some people who like to visit, in our gift shop we are looking for some Volunteers, others area of volunteering are serving coffee in the Care Center on the weekends, filling welcome bags about once a month in the Care Center. Playing cards with residents, helping with special events.

HALLETT COTTAGES - ARBOR Lori Smedstad 218-545-8534

Various Opportunities—One-on-one visits which can include piano playing, sing-a-longs, reading to the 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.


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 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Contact Judy Hanson, Volunteer Coordinator at for more info.

Crafters Needed-Repurposed Book Art- artwork created out of discarded books-we have idea books & supplies, we just need crafters to help create inventory for our used bookstore Backstreet Books. Contact Kim Gibson at for more info. Jessie F.; 218-546-800,

HARMONY HOUSE OF BRAINERD Shelley or Carrie 218-828-4142 or Angie 320-468-6451

Friendly Visitor - Come to visit and be a friend to 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 musical instrument you enjoy playing!

Hospice — Two volunteers are needed to meet with a patient in their hospice program. Days and hours flexible.

Heart and Hand Thrift Shop - Sandy 218-352-6970

Thrift Store Volunteers - We are in need of volunteers to help stock and display items in our Motley Thrift Store located at 217 3rd Ave South. Daytime hours are Wed - Sat 10-5pm.


Various Opportunities — We have volunteer openings ranging from personal visits, drivers for our in-house shuttle van, creating and assisting with simple crafts/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 Judy Hanson 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 the library 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5-6pm. Also we need volunteers to help make "repurposed book art" for our store.


Classroom Volunteers — Community members needed to volunteer in classrooms, inspiring and preparing young people to utilize their skills. Materials and training will be provided.


Community Advisory Council Members — Volunteers are needed to help guide the programming and offerings of LPTV. Meetings are held bi-monthly in Brainerd and take only about one hour per meeting.

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 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Beth Ann Norrgard 218-828-8517

ReStore/Sales Associates — Volunteers are needed to greet customers, assist shoppers making purchases, maintain a clean store, repair, sort and stock items.

Donation Receivers —Receiving volunteers help load purchases and unload donations.

Salvages/Pickup Drivers - The window to save materials, appliances, and furniture from demolition is often times very short. Please help us gather these materials and deliver them to the ReStore where they are resold and the money is invested into creating more decent, affordable housing in our community. Flexible shifts available Monday through Saturday.

Construction- Construction volunteers perform a variety of skilled and unskilled tasks including: framing, vinyl siding, sheet rocking, painting, flooring and installing trim. No experience necessary, we will train on the job. Flexible shifts available in all areas Monday-Friday

LAKES AREA interfaith caregivers Colleen 218-820-7454

Drivers - Volunteers needed to drive individuals to and from their medical appointments.


Event support volunteers- LALEA supports the Brainerd Police Department, Baxter Police Department, and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department as volunteers. Members assist with traffic control at the Fourth of July parade, the Brainerd Police Department's Annual Halloween Safety Event, in-line skating events, triathlons, Susan Koman Race for the Cure, the Memory Walk, 4-H Fun House and the Brainerd and Baxter Police Departments Christmas project called "Shop With A Cop".


Volunteer Facilitator-Volunteers needed to donate 15 hours per case and accept 4 or more cases a year. Cases can be scheduled at volunteer's convenience. Volunteers work in pairs with juveniles and their families to help restore harm that has been caused by the juvenile.

LET'S GO FISHING Leave message at 218-454-FISH (3474)

Lakes Area restorative Justice Project- We are looking for dedicated members to join our Board of Directors, or become a Facilitator and work with juveniles. Our Board meets once a month. Facilitators need to donate 15 hours per case and accept 4 or more cases a year. Cases can be scheduled at volunteer's convenience. Volunteers work in pairs with juveniles and their families to help restore harm that been caused by the juvenile.

LSS SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM Candice Lindgren 218-824-6026

Kitchen Helper — 10-1pm on either Monday or Friday.

Meals on Wheels Drivers — Volunteers needed to commit to one hour shifts. Volunteers can pick the shift they would like to volunteer. Meals can be picked up between 10:30-11:00 am.

MISSION QUILTERS Virginia Christle 218-829-7334

Volunteers — Cut, sew, tie, and pin quilt blocks for those in need within our community and our veterans. Tuesday's 11-4 pm.

MOUNTED EAGLES 888-828-9920 or

Volunteers — A therapeutic riding program that provides a safe environment where individuals with special needs participate in equine-assisted activities that benefit them socially, physically and emotionally is seeking volunteers to assist in leading, side walking, grooming, tacking, cooling down and cleaning tack, etc. Come and join in the fun!


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

NISSWA AREA historical society Dick Carlson 218-963-2432.

Greeters/Assistants - If you enjoy talking to people, then being a Greeter at our History Center is the job for you! You'll meet tourists and locals and learn some interesting history along the way. No previous knowledge of the area is necessary; we have the contents indexed or identified. We are also looking for filing archives, preparing scrapbooks, or arranging displays as well as other jobs related to the Center. The hours are flexible; work as little or often as you wish.

NEW PATHWAYS INC John Klopfleisch 218-454-0460

Volunteers - Board of Directors, Advisory Board members, Brainerd Site Planning Committee volunteers needed.

NORTHERN LAKES SENIOR LIVING Angelique Hayes, 218-454-2121,

Companion: Enjoy one on one time with our memory care residents: visit, bake, walk, escort, read aloud, or work on puzzles.

Gardening Enthusiast: Bring Spring early by helping residents plant an indoor garden!

Woodworkers: Create a project with residents in our new wood shop.

Northland Arboretum Paulette Wozniak 218-829-8770

Volunteers-Outdoor volunteers needed to help with Garden Maintenance.

Volunteers-Indoor volunteers to help with weekly watering/trimming of plants and Gift Shop tidying-up.

OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN FOR LONG-TERM CARE Jane Brink 218-855-8587 or 1-800-657-3591

Advocate - Help promote the well-being and quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities. Openings in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Morrison & Wadena counties.

OUR HOME Danielle Othoudt 320-495-3820

Mechanic-Volunteers needed the second/fourth Thursday every month from 12-3pm.

Childcare provider — Second /fourth Thursday every month from 12-3pm.

Youth Mentor - Scheduling is flexible.

PAUL BUNYAN SCENIC BYWAY ASSOC. Lynn Scharenbroich 218-543-4714 or Corrine Hodapp 218-692-2025 Ext 5790

Garden and Trail — We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help with various aspects of our Linda Ulland Memorial Gardens located in Crosslake. From maintenance of gardens to facilities and everything in between, we could sure use your help.


Museum Greeters — We are recruiting volunteers for our 2017 season, it's a great way to meet people and share your passion for the history of Pequot Lakes.


Respite Care Volunteer — To stay with someone age sixty or older with a chronic health condition. Provide visitation and safety while the family caregiver takes a break and gets out of the home. Flexible days and hours.

RREAL HEADQUARTERS Pine River MN 218-587-4753 or visit

Digital Outreach Specialist — Volunteers needed for Web and Social Media development. Schedule: Weekly volunteer to start immediately. Approximately 10 hours/week is desired. Stipend Rate for volunteer position. Approved expenses reimbursed. Volunteer your experience with a local non-profit organization dedicated to using solar energy to reduce low-income fuel poverty.

SALEM WEST Greg Meyer 218-534-4962 or Debbie MacKay 218-851-5601

Delivery & Repairs — Volunteers are needed to pick up donations and deliver household goods/furniture to people in need. Tues & Thurs 8-4:30 pm and as needed.

Team Members — Help us sort and clean donated household goods. Laundering clothes, organizing items, determining where they will be allocated, packing and preparing orders for people in need. Mon & Wed 8-4:30 pm plus extra hours when needed.

Second Harvest North Central Food BANK Sandy McKay 218-326-4420

Distribution Assistants - Work on site at either the Baxter or Pequot Lakes MAC/NAPS location helping to register program participants or carry 40 lb 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 lb boxes of food. Wear casual, comfortable shoes and clothing.

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Melissa Barrick 218-828-6197 or

Help preserve our natural resources — Volunteers needed for Shoreline Restoration and Management Projects. Work is sporadic. If interested in working outdoors and have a green thumb; please give us a call.

Soo Line Depot MUSEUM CROSBY Myrna Nelson 218-678-2505 or 218-545-1166 or

Team Members - We are looking for energetic and outgoing individuals who are willing to help us in our mission to preserve and share the key unique history in our area. History about the area is important but a friendly smile and great personality is even better. Give us a call; we'd love to have you on the team.


Coach - Coach adult athletes in Basketball, Aquatics, Bowling, Flag Football 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.

Local Sports Management Team Member - Provide general management direction and administrative support to ensure the delivery of quality Special Olympics sports training programs and athletic competition events that are available to all eligible individuals in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Meet once per month.

TAX AIDE 218-824-1345

Volunteer Preparers - If you have a computer, accounting experience and a strong passion to help others get their income taxes done, then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. It's never too late or early to sign-up. Training is held around the first of the year.

THE CENTER DeAnn Barry 218-829-9345 A fun, active and caring place to volunteer!

Front Desk Greeter —Volunteers needed 8-12pm or 12-4pm.

Gift Shop Clerk-Mon through Fri 10-1 or 1-4pm.

Bingo Callers —Bingo volunteers needed on Wed.

Donut Production Crew —Volunteers needed on Thur early mornings; fryer machine operators, frosters and boxers.

Plant Crew: shifts vary call if interested; gearing up for a green season

THE SHOP Cindy Moore 218-838-7014

Musicians of all ages (12 to 92!) needed to join our Music Circle.

Guitar, Bass, Cello, Drums, Horns, Accordion etc.

The Fourth Sunday of the Month from 3 to 6pm.

Teach a Teen a Tune.

TRIAD Tina Elder or Haley Gottsch 218-829-4749

Core Management Team Member — TRIAD is a collaboration between law enforcement and adults 55+ in the community who work together on a joint approach to crime issues that affect 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 218-829-2619

United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties would like to invite community members interested in finding unique volunteer opportunities to go to our Get Connected web page at This site can match your volunteer interests to various needs in real time and keep updates at your fingertips.

WILD & FREE WILDLIFE REHAB Penny Koehler 763-242-6330 or 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 vary.

Fundraiser — Help with various fundraising events throughout the year. Days and hours vary.

WOMEN'S CENTER OF MID MN Vicki Flor 218-828-0022 Ext. 1006

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, toddlers through teens. Hours are 6-8pm on Tuesday evenings.

Needed volunteers for Sunday evenings childcare and weekend and evening receptionist.

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

This page is sponsored by the Crow Wing County Volunteer Coordinators

We meet the third Wednesday of each month at The Center, 8 am. Come join us!

If you are a non-profit and would like to be added to this page, contact DeAnn Barry at 218-454-5056 or