Volunteer opportunities for May 2016

BRAINERD LAKES AREA WOMEN OF TODAY--Becky, or Volunteers/members wanted--Volunteers are needed for events and projects to raise money for our area. "Having fun, making a difference in our co...


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 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, days and times, number of hours-very flexible, one-on-one or in small groups.

BRAINERD SALVATION ARMY-Linda Loftis, 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.-3:30pm. 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.

Thrift store associate-Help with unloading donations, cleaning, hanging, pricing and sorting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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. 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 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 AND SHARE CAFE 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 Wednesday afternoon per month. No experience necessary. There are several shifts of work depending on your preference. Arrive at 1:45 p.m. to help our chef prepare his menu and food, or at about 4 p.m. to help pack meals to be delivered and serve participants. Other crews work the dish washer, vacuum, sweep, mop and take out the trash.


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 2015-16 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 9-11:30 a.m. 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.


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. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Flexible days and hours are available.

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

Diamond in the Rough Spring Clean-up volunteers-Pick one or several days to help clean up camp. We need your help with brushing, wood cutting/splitting with hydraulic splitters, paint, clean cabins, detail vehicles and boats, landscape, carpenter skills to do repairs in cabins, power wash buildings, etc. Please reserve your spot on "Team Confidence" as early as possible. Lunch and volunteer T-shirts are provided. Equipment and supplies are provided, yet any additional equipment is appreciated. Days and Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. April 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30.



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 a.m.-noon, noon-5 p.m., 5-10 p.m., 10 p.m.-7 a.m.


CROSSLAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-Cindy Myogeto, 218-692-4027; or Dodo Fraser, 218-692-4056,

Travel/information center assistant-We are in the process of recruiting visitor center volunteers for our 2016 vacation season. It's never too early to start looking for individuals who can help us out as greeters and guests information assistants. If you are familiar with Crosslake, its businesses, amenities and the community, we want you! One three-hour shift weekly, June through 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.


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.



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 1-3 p.m.

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. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-4 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:15-10 p.m.

CUYUNA RANGE YOUTH CENTER-Brad Hanson, 218-831-1865 or 218-545-6575,


Mentors-Volunteer with old and new friends in a mentoring style with youth grades fifth and sixth, and seventh-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 Engler, 218-546-4353

Caring volunteers-Play music, assist with special events, outings, meals, play cards, games or bring your own hobbies to share with the residents. Positions are available Monday-Sunday during the day or in the evening. Hours are flexible.

DORCAS-Skip Terhark, 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 3:15-3:45 p.m.


Clinic greeter-Our Brainerd clinic is in need of a greeter to direct visitors to the right spot and provide coffee to those who request a cup. Tuesdays, Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-noon.

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

Office worker-Complete a variety of office work; filing, collating, organizing. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon.

Mail delivery-Delivering interoffice mail, incoming mail and other requests from departments at either the Baxter or Brainerd Clinic.

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


Groundskeepers-Volunteers are needed to help with the upkeep of our grounds.

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

Office support-We are in need of one individual who would be available to assist with various office support duties on a flexible schedule.


FGP-One-on-one attention to children in schools, Headstart, shelters, pre-schools. Age 55-plus, 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-plus, tax-free stipend, meals, mileage and volunteer liability insurance provided. Monday-Friday, 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 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 three-hour shifts on Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


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-Tim Yezek, volunteer coordinator, 218-825-2502,

Gift/coffee shop volunteer-We are looking for some social butterflies to help in the shop. It's a lot of fun and there is plenty of time to sit and chat up the residents, and learn all their interesting stories!

Garden helpers-Our gardens don't get beautiful on their own, they need lots of help. If you have a green thumb become one of our gardeners and help bring the gardens alive.

Dining host - Make meal time matter! A Dinning host welcomes residents to meals and helps by filling beverages and bringing food to the tables. Openings for breakfast, lunch, and supper.

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY-SAMARITAN HOUSES-Linette Stone, activity director, Elmwood and Oakwood Samaritan Houses; or Krista Hubbard, activity director, 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, 218-829-1429 ext. 137

Friend-Help a resident have a fulfilling day. Read with them, talk with them, play games or help them participate in an activity.

Escort-To meal times (7:15-7:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-noon, 5:15-5:45 p.m.) and to activities which run at different times throughout the day.

Drivers-Drive a 14-passenger bus one or two Sundays a month for church. Need a current driver's license.

Hospitality helper-Looking for volunteers who would like to serve on a hospitality committee, serving at parties, special events and funeral lunches.

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.

HARMONY HOUSE OF BRAINERD-Shelley or Carrie, 218-828-4142

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!

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 with us.

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. S. Daytime hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


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 two or three hour shifts in used bookstore: Backstreet Books. Meetings are held in large meeting room of the library the second Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. 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.

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.

KOMEN BRAINERD LAKES RACE FOR THE CURE- or call Susie at 218-831-9206

Event volunteers needed-Assist with logging entry forms, collecting data for race entry or setting up race course at Forestview Middle School in the morning/afternoon of June 24-25.


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.


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 four 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)

Captain or first mate-Recruiting volunteers to serve as captain or first mate to take seniors, veterans and disabled adults on pontoon for fishing or excursion on Bay, Gull, Pelican or Rice lakes for our 2016 season. Morning and afternoon trips (2.5 Hours) are available on weekdays. Training provided.

LSS SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM-Candice Lindgren, 218-824-6026

Kitchen helper-8 a.m.-1 p.m.

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 a.m.

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. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

MOUNTED EAGLES-Cheryl Triplett, 320-232-8998 or 888-828-9920, or

Horse lovers-Volunteers are needed to assist in leading the horses, side-walking, grooming, tacking as well as cooling horses down and cleaning tack, etc. Call or stop in at Spirit Horse Center.


Event volunteers-Travel/information center assistant. This position requires knowledge of the lakes area and Nisswa.


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 --i 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 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 and Wadena counties.

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

Mechanic-Volunteers needed the second/fourth Thursday every month from noon-3 p.m.

Childcare provider-Second/fourth Thursday every month from noon-3 p.m.

Youth mentor-Scheduling is flexible.


Museum greeters-We are recruiting volunteers for our 2016 season, it's never too early to get the word out.


Respite care volunteer-To stay with someone age 60 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 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.

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

Delivery and repairs-Volunteers are needed to pick up donations and deliver household goods/furniture to people in need. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 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. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. plus extra hours when needed.


Distribution assistants-Work on site at either the Baxter or Pequot Lakes MAC/NAPS location helping to register program participants or carry 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

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

Tour guides-We are looking for energetic and outgoing individuals who are willing to give tours at our museum, located at 101 First St. NE Crosby, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Three hour or six hour shifts are available. Training provided.

Volunteers-We need people to help with displays, gardening, acquisitions and gift shop.


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 or Melody Banks, 218-829-9345

Front desk greeter-Volunteers needed 8 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m.

Gift shop clerk-Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bingo callers-Bingo volunteers needed on Wednesdays.

Donut production crew-Volunteers needed on Thursdays.

THE SHOP-Cindy Moore, 218-838-7014

Mentors-Interact one on one with youth ages 14-21. Assist with activities, play games, and teach them a new skill, etc. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 3-9 p.m. and Sundays 3-7 p.m.

Bicycle repairs-We are in need of a volunteer to help mentor our youth on all facets of bicycle repairs. Flexible schedule.

TRIAD-Tina Elder/Becky Koecheler, 218-829-4749

Core Management Team Member-TRIAD is a collaboration between law enforcement and adults 55-plus 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.


Special events volunteers-Volunteers needed for special events and various projects.


Chauffeur drivers-Drive our vehicle to pick up and drop off veterans at the VA Clinic in Brainerd from the surrounding area. Flexible days.

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 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

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.

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 by email at .

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