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Volunteer Opportunities

Can we help spread the word about a volunteer opportunity in your organization? Send information by the 10th of the month for publication in the e-Bulletin for the next month to info@vital-aging-network.org. While we will make every effort to include what you send us, space is limited.

Vital Aging Network

Various Roles
Be part of the Vital Aging Network team. The Vital Aging Network is looking for individuals who are seeking a challenge and to become part of a meaningful team. We need a variety of different skills, from writing, bookkeeping, to business planning and development, with a flexible time commitment. If you are interested please contact Mark Skeie at 651-226-9578 or mjskeie@earthlink.net.

Senior Community Services

Rake the Leaves: Fall Yard Clean-Up
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent at home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-October (depending upon the weather). This is a fun unpaid activity available weekdays and weekends to support seniors who live in Hennepin County. Please contact the Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) Program's Volunteer Coordinator at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894 for more information.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps Literacy Tutors

Volunteer as a literacy tutor and mentor!
Volunteers are placed in Kindergarten through Grade 3 classrooms in 20 schools across Minneapolis and St. Paul to work one-on-one with students who are not yet reading at grade-level. Tutors help to close the opportunity gap by providing literacy support and serving as another caring adult students see at school. Stipends available for an 8-10 hour/week commitment through the school year. For more information, contact Erin Simon, Volunteer Director at 612-708-5933 or
esimon@expcorpsmn.org. Also visit: www.aarp.org/experience-corps for additional details and to complete a volunteer interest form.

Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI)

Work with K-12 Youth on Homework, Writing, Storytelling
While Captain Plankton searches for the Legendary Lost Ocean of Minnesota (purportedly located below the metro area), MOI battens down the hatches by serving under resourced youth through five arms of programming. During After School Homework Help, volunteers work for up to 90 minutes with k-12 youth on the homework that they have been assigned, followed by an engaging creative writing prompt. Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trips see 2nd-4th grade classes collaboratively writing a story, crafting their own endings, and leaving with an illustrated book in 2 hours at MOI HQ. Young Authors' Book Project is a 6 month creative writing workshop, taking place in the classroom, which concludes with a professionally published book. In School Tutoring sends MOI Volunteers to local schools, where they assist classroom teachers in reading and writing curriculum. For more information, contact Max Meier at MOI 612-367-7827 or max@moi-msp.org or visit moi-msp.org

East Side Neighborhood Services

Volunteer at Adult Day at Friendship Center
Would you like to engage with older adults and be of service to others? Become a volunteer at Adult Day at Friendship Center (across the street from East Side Neighborhood Services)! Here are a few of the opportunities:
Lunch Volunteers:
Assist with lunch set up, serving, and clean up
AM Hospitality Volunteers: Greet and escort adult day participants from vehicle to building; Serve coffee and snacks; Clean up/ help set up for next activity
AM and PM Activity Volunteers: Assist with the activity of the day including arts & crafts, sing-alongs, games, discussions, exercise and more. Help escort clients between activities and program transition times
When: Morning, noon, or afternoon times available between 9:30-2:30
Where: 1717 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis 55413
How: Call Donna at 612-781-2052 to learn more.

FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program

Respite Volunteers
Men and women are needed to help provide a caregiver with a much needed break. Volunteers provide companionship and supervision to a senior or child that needs supervision, because of a disability, health concern, memory loss or who may just be frail. Volunteers do not provide any medical care or personal cares. Volunteers are needed days, evenings and or weekends for two to four times a month for a two to four hour shift. Volunteers do need transportation in order to get to the caregivers home and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Some needs are for just sitting with a person in their home to make sure they are safe, while others can be more interactive such as playing a game, doing a puzzle, going for a walk, and other fun activities. A 90-minute orientation is provided as well as a monthly volunteer training should you choose to attend. Volunteering can improve your physical and mental health, educate you, give you purpose, help your community, expand your friendship circle ad help you put life into prospective. For more information, please contact Dianne Vierling, FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator at 651-789-4055 or dvierlig@familymeans.org. www.familymeans.org.

Kids 'n Kinship

Make a difference in the Life of a Child
Kids 'n Kinship is a local non-profit agency making successful mentoring matches for over 45 years in Dakota County. Its mission is to provide friendships to youth ages 5-16 who are in need of a positive adult role model. They seek individuals, couples and families willing to spend an hour each week to provide fun, enriching and life long learning activities for youth. If you are interested in learning more about Kids 'n Kinship or becoming a mentor you are invited to attend an Information Session on Saturday, April 29 at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount from 10:00-10:45 am, or Wednesday, May 17 at the Burnhaven Library in Burnsville from 6:00-6:45 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Rita Younger at rykinship@aol.com or 651-686-0990. More information is also available at: www.kidsnkinship.org. Mentoring is a fantastic way to volunteer---it is fun and rewarding and you can make a huge difference in the life of a child!

Help At Your Door

Help At Your Door Volunteer Opportunities :  New Name, New Services for 2017!
Help At Your Door assists seniors and individuals with disabilities to remain in their own homes throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Volunteers are the heart of our services and assist with our grocery, home maintenance, transportation and companion care services in a variety of ways. Volunteers are currently most needed to help with light fix-it or home maintenance tasks, or to occasionally drive clients to and from a doctor's appointment or errand. Your help makes a significant impact on our clients' ability to stay at home. For more information, call 651-642-1892, visit helpatyourdoor.org or contact carolyn@helpatyourdoor.org.

RSVP

Support Veterans
StandDown - help make one-stop services available to veterans experiencing homelessness and other barriers to health, wellness, and security. July 31 - August 1, Fort Snelling.Veteran Story Collection - record the  stories of wartime veterans for the  Veterans' History Project of the Library of Congress. Locations: Hopkins, Minneapolis, Apple Valley. Minneapolis VAMC- provide hospitality and escort services. For more information: 612-704-6114 or corie.custer@voamn.org

Make a Difference in the Life of a Young Person
Classroom Assistant - support students in a K-12 classroom setting.
Tutor/Mentor - provide literacy tutoring, homework help, relationship-building, and enrichment activities in an after-school program. Locations include: Minneapolis, St. Paul, West St. Paul/Dakota County, Cottage Grove, Robbinsdale Area Schools, Osseo Area Schools, Bloomington Public Schools. For more information: West Metro: 612-704-6114 or corie.custer@voamn.org. East Metro: 612-704-6116 or jkoschak@voamn.org

East Side Elders

Help Seniors Maintain Lawns
Work with team of volunteers to provide lawn care services to seniors in Dayton’s Bluff and Payne Phalen area of Saint Paul. Maintained lawns not only keep homes looking attractive, they also help seniors avoid fines from the city for overgrown strips of grass near the sidewalk. If you have a lawnmower and/or truck to transport the mower, you can make a huge difference in the life of a senior! Learn more.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Lead Beginner Computer Classes!

The internet can be a complicated maze, and many seniors are getting lost! Become a Senior Surf Day instructor and teach a two hour, basic, hands-on computer and internet class to older adults who have little or no experience with computers. You can empower seniors to access information on the internet on their own. To learn more about these opportunities and other opportunities available through the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, please contact Colleen Fritsch at 651-917-4638 or cfritsch@metroaging.org, or by visiting metroaging.org.

Roseville Area  Senior Program

Caregiver Support Co-Facilitator
The Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) is seeking a volunteer Caregiver Support Co-Facilitator. The group meets twice monthly, 2nd and 4th Tuesday’s 12:30-2:00 pm at Fairview Community Center (1910 County Road B West, Roseville). Training and orientation are available. A co-facilitator should be out of their caregiving role for at least one year. Prefer someone who has cared for a senior loved one and has some experience dealing with dementia. Leadership experience in small group settings or in support group settings, is helpful, but not required. The co-facilitator should be comfortable asking questions and dealing with sensitive conversations. Please call the Roseville Area Senior Program at 651-604-3520 or email Norm Kunselman, coordinator: norman.kunselman@isd623.org.
 
Office Receptionist
The Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) is seeking a volunteer Office Receptionist. The Office Receptionist assists program staff by answering the phone, greeting the public and providing information regarding the RASP, and other older adult needs and services. Assist staff with projects and activities. Once a week ½ day (4-hours). Please call the Roseville Area Senior Program at 651-604-3520 or email Norm Kunselman, coordinator: norman.kunselman@isd623.org.

 

 

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