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Volunteer opportunities

Posted: February 4, 2011 - 7:46pm

BRAINERD LAKES AREA EARLY CHILDHOOD COALITION - Tammy 218-454-5445 tammyfilippi@charter.net

Cooking with kids initiative facilitators - Assist and facilitate a small group of young children (ages 3-5) in making a snack/meal.  Training and hours are flexible. 

BRAINERD LAKES CHAMBER of COMMERCE Miranda Anderson at 822-7110 or manderson@explorebrainerdlakes.com. 

Membership Services Volunteer -The downtown Brainerd office is seeking a volunteer who can devote between 4-6 hours a week. Must have basic computer knowledge.  A portion of these duties could be completed at the volunteer's home if desired. 


Senior Outreach Program -- Help the library by assisting in the delivery of materials (Large print books, audio books/player, and videos) to homebound seniors. You determine the days/times that will fit into your schedule. Contact Laurel Hall 218-829-5574.

Library Aide -- Shelve books and other library materials.  2 hrs per day or week

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. 

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.

CENTRAL MINNESOTA COUNCIL ON AGING  Brenda Wuebkers 1-800-333-2433 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.  Please contact 

COMMON GOODS STORE/BRIDGES OF HOPE  Natasha Leyk  824-0923  vista@bridgesofhopemn.org 

Processing Room Assistant - Process donations, pick-up donations, restock sales floor, and other support to Common Goods staff. Monday - Saturday, anytime between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Flexible days and hours.

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

“Stinky O'l Fisherman” Assistant - Oakridge Homes and Pine River Homes are planning their fishing trips and need you to join them in our heated fish houses. Share fish tales, bait hooks, remove lunkers and share in friendships. Need 4 people - get your fishing buddy to join you. Feb 21, 9-1:30PM and Feb 26, 9-5:00PM

Bus host and Hole in the Bay on Gull Golf Hole Attendant - Gull Lake frozen Four Golf and Snowmobile event needs 2 person teams to ride the shuttle buses and welcome participants. Also looking for 4 people to help facilitate the golf hole on Hole in the day Bay that Confidence runs. Feb 26, 9-5:00PM

Program Enthusiast - We need enthusiastic outdoor volunteers to assist with facilitating activities for Heart of the Lakes Elementary School who will have 90 students and 10 staff. Activities for the day are inner-tubing, broomball, nature center (Snake) and environmental program Feb 11, 9:30-2:00PM

Region 5 Special Olympics activity Assistant - We are looking for volunteers to help us facilitate activities with 280 Olympians and their coaches. We will teach you everything you need to know for: inner-tubing, dog-sledding, hay-rides, broomball, face painting, ice bowling, minute to win it games, etc. Feb 17, 8:30-2:30PM Lunch is provided for volunteers. 

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 p.m. - 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.

Weekend Volunteers - Needed Saturdays and/or Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. from May 29th until Sept 5th. Assist with showing visitors around the museum. Orientation provided by experienced volunteers.

Museum Spring Clean-up Helpers Groups or individuals - Help get the Crosslake Historical Log Museum ready for the summer season by helping clean and put the 8+ buildings back in order and tidying the grounds. Bring, blowers, cleaning rags, etc. (if you can) or just bring yourself and lots of energy and enthusiasm. Friday, May 7th 9:00 a.m. until finished.


Volunteer Drivers in the Crosby/Ironton Area - We are seeking volunteers in the Crosby/Ironton/Deerwood area to help people in those areas with transportation to/from medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement is provided and YOU choose which rides you would like to do.


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


Museum Greeter - Help out once a week or more in our museum.  Flexible hours, shifts are 2 hours each or longer if you want.  Depending on your interests, some options are:  museum greeter, gift shop sales, answer phone, special projects, office help, and/or help at the County Fair in one of our buildings.  

CUYUNA RANGE YOUTH CENTER Lucy Bartz 218-839-2218 or Andy Hotal 218-839-5073

Orientation and Training - We are looking for volunteers to assist with the creation of our new Orientation and training information. If you have a creative mind and imagination, not afraid to speak up and share, proof reading, like to work with youth ages 7-12 we would like you to be part of our team. Your commitment is 2 _ hours once a month. 


Music - Perform live music for residents.  One time monthly.

Card Player - Play cards with residents.  Flexible to your schedule.

Shopper - Run errands for residents.  One day a week.

Companion - Be a companion to a resident on outings with staff.

Craft person - Assist residents with crafts. 

DORCAS  Cathy Terhark 829-5065 or 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  Tom Chesley 218-829-8652

Music - Piano/Organist - Perform live music for residents during a non-denominational worship service. Sunday afternoon 3:15 - 3:45PM

FAITH IN ACTION FOR CASS COUNTY 1-866-675-5432 or e-mail to cassfia@uslink.net.  

"Neighbors helping Neighbors" - Compassionate volunteers are needed to assist seniors and adults with disabilities in Cass County to maintain their independence at home. Volunteers are needed to provide rides to medical appointments, errands, assistance with grocery shopping, friendly visiting, telephone reassurance, minor home repair, building wheelchair ramps, household tasks, caregiver respite and support, as well as other types of friendly assistance.  Volunteers are especially needed in the southern part of Cass County.  

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

Leaders and Co-Leaders needed - To find out more call Monica Husen at Girl Scouts.

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  Tina Dunlap  825-2504  tdunlap@good-sam.com

We have a wide variety of volunteer positions for you to consider, for example… Abiders (Specially trained volunteers serving dying residents when there are no family members or friends available to be present at the time of death.), Bell Choir Director, Bingo (Mondays and Fridays), Bird Care - Aviary with colorful birds, Bowling - Mon night in Garden View Lounge, Good Samaritan Bowl VII - Mon  May 2, 2011, Church Service Escorts (M-F and Sunday), Dining Escorts, Caring Partners (read a book, visit, just being a friend), Chapel Music  - Organ & Piano, Fancy Fingernails - polishing and painting fingernails, Gift Shop Volunteers - mornings and afternoons, Haircare Escorts - M-Thursday, Hospitality Cart, Hosts/Hostesses - morning and afternoon, Mail Route  - M-Sunday, Musicians - we love music!, Popcorn Poppers (Fri mornings), Wii Games - Sun afternoons (student volunteers)

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - SAMARITAN HOUSES Rita 218-855-6638 or 218-831-5606

Companion - Looking for caring volunteers to accompany residents to doctor appointments.


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.

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-on-one basis.

HALLETT COTTAGES ARBOR Sue Heglund 218-545-8534 sheglund@cuyunamed.org

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 Sondra  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  Sue Heglund 218-545-8534 sheglund@cuyunamed.org

Shuttle Drivers - We are in need of drivers for our in town Campus shuttle. Positions are available on Mon 12-4:00, Wed 9-2:00, Thu 7-12:00. You pick the best time for your schedule. Shuttle drivers will attend a 3 hour orientation class. 

H.E.L.P.S.   Ann Danielson  218-824-1071  danie657@umn.edu 

Afterschool Program Volunteers - Need volunteers to help youth with homework & misc. activities. Locations: Pequot Lakes HS - Mondays 3:30pm-5:15pm starting Oct. 4th / Forestview Middle School - Tues & Thurs 3:15pm-5pm & in school from 12:42pm-1:06pm (7th grade) & 12:13pm-12:37pm (8th grade).

JUNIOR ACHIVEMENT Jessica Gangl 218-825-2308  Jgangl@jaum.org 

Unlock a Lifetime of Potential In Just a Few Hours - K-4 in-classroom volunteers needed 1-hour a week for five weeks.  


KINSHIP PARTNERS  Brainerd 218-829-4606, Pequot (218)454-8016, Cuyuna 218-454-8014 or toll free 877-730-5437  mail@kinshippartners.org    

Activity Assistant - Assist Kinship Partner kids with activities, such as art projects or making a snack, at one of the various stations. 

Mentor - Spend 2-3 hours each week with a child doing everyday activities in your home or at community events.  After school or weekends.  

LAKES AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Kevin or Laurie 828-8517   laurie.ziebell@lakesareahabitat.org

Family Support Partners needed -Walk and work with a family as they learn how to become a responsible owner.  

Retail/ReStore Staff - Help staff the following positions:  cashier, sales clerk, and/or stock management.  Stock management requires some lifting ability.  Training provided for all positions.  ReStore hours are Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.- 5p.m.and Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon.  3-6 hour shifts are available.

LAKES AREA RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROJECT  Stephanie Haider (612) 327-3162  stephhaider@aol.com

Facilitator -- Do you want to make a Difference in a Teenager's Life and Improve Your Community? Volunteers sought for justice project. Please call or visit our website www.larjp.org to register.

LAKES AREA SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER DeAnn Barry or Paula 218-829-9345 

Front Desk Greeter - Volunteer at the front desk of the Senior Center for hour hours; 8 am to noon or noon to 4 pm. Duties include answering phones, greeting people and more.

Gift Shop Clerk - Display marketing and selling of hand crafted items to customs.

Donut Production Crew - Various volunteer jobs from frosting, running donut machines to boxing. Early Thursday mornings, but a great group to volunteer with! If you are interested in these or other volunteer opportunities, give us a call.


Kitchen help - Families or individuals of any age needed to help in the kitchen with the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center's Senior Citizen Meal Program.  

Meals on Wheels Drivers - Deliver meals to shut-ins.  These seniors need your smile and a hot meal.  Drivers are needed for Mondays, Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays.

MOUNTED EAGLES  Shirley Adolphson 320-692-4819, Toni Wasilensky 218-825-4944 or Toll Free at 888-828-9920 

e-mail: info@mountedeagles.org  website: www.mountedeagles.org 

We need Individuals who are interested in volunteering to help teach therapeutic horsemanship and equine assisted activities to persons of all ages who face physical, mental, social and/or emotional challenges. Must be 14 years or older. We train our volunteers so no horse experience is necessary. Program site is Spirit Horse Center, located 5 miles S of Brainerd on corner of 371 and 50th Ave. We operate every week on Tuesdays all day and Thursday evenings. 

NISSWA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  Sylvie Gilman  (218)963-0020

Event Volunteers - We are in need of volunteers to assist during our events. Nisswa has many events during the year, we need event volunteers all year! Please call for event information.

Travel/Information Center Assistant - This position requires knowledge of the Lakes Area and Nisswa. Greet visitors, engage in conversation, provide with brochures/ maps/ info on the area. This also includes acquiring, tracking and stocking the Info Center with Nisswa Chamber Member brochures, with maps and brochures of area attractions, DNR info and more.Variety of hours available. Training is involved.

NORTHLAND ARBORETUM   Peg Serani 829-8770  

Information Desk and Outdoor Positions - Choose from any of these volunteer opportunities - instructors, trail maintenance, tree trimming, carpentry, front desk, sign making or security.

OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN for OLDER MINNESOTANS   Jane Brink, 825-2005 jane.m.brink@state.mn.us

Advocate -Your task will be to help promote the well being and quality of life for residents in long-term care facilities through weekly visits. Dates and times are VERY flexible and complete training, mileage reimbursement, and support is top notch. 

PEQUOT LAKES LIBRARY Nancy or Donna (218)568-6181  nkadams@uslink.net

Delivery person - The library is looking to expand our “Bring Me a Book Program.”  The volunteer would check out book bags and deliver them to working parents at a local workplace.  Twice a month, approximately 2 _ hours.

Library Aide - Greet patrons, check books in & out, shelve books, basic computer knowledge.  Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  

RESPITE & CAREGIVER SUPPORT PROGRAM Verna Toenyan   800-488-4146

Respite Care Volunteer - To stay with someone age sixty 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. 

RSVP VOLUNTEER SERVICES Mike Koecheler 218-824-1345 www.rsvpvolunteerservices.org

Visionaries - I am in need of volunteers to fill open positions with our non-profit partnership agencies. Whether you want to use your brain, back, or heart we have an opportunity for YOU! If you have any questions, or you are interested in other volunteer opportunities, please give us a call our check out our web-site.  We specialize in matching the skills and talents of volunteers like you with needs in our community.  

SCHOOL DISTRICT 181 Susan  Rogers 454-6929, susan.rogers@ids181.org

Listen to or Read to students - Discover the fun of going back to school and helping kids with reading. 8:30 - 2:30 Mon - Fri. days, times number of hours are very flexible, one-on-one or in small groups.

Math - Using games or flash cards (instruction given) help students add, subtract, divide and multiply. 

English - Help with spelling, printing and writing skills.

Classroom helper - Assist the teacher with whatever needs there are - cutting, sorting, working with kids, etc

Classroom grandparent - Many kids do not have their grandparents close by.

Times before TV - If you enjoy a craft or hobby that you did/do instead of watching TV ( butter making, quilting, stamp collection, etc) you are invited to share your skill with fifth graders at Forestview Middle School one time during the year

SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Melissa Barrick 218-828-6197 or e-mail to: Melissa.barrick@co.crow-wing.mn.us

Help preserve our natural resources - We are in need of 2-3 volunteers to help answer phones, get mail, do some data entry (Excel proficiency required) and record tree sale orders. Flexible 5 hours per week.  Mon-Fri 8:-4:00 PM

SPECIAL OLYMPICS - BRAINERD AREA LAKERS Doug Bolton  218-963-7332  debolton@charter.net 

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.     

ST JOSEPH'S MEDICAL CENTER   Deb   218-828-7610   deb.anderson@brainerdlakeshealth.org

Heart Center Host/Hostess - Helping people get to their destination, light office work and making conversation with patients. M-F 7:30 - 11:30 and 11:30 - 3:30 

Cancer Center Host/Hostess - Desk work, answering phones, transporting patients where they need to go and discharging. M-F 8:00 12:00 and 12:00 - 4:00 

Companion Walker - This individual walks with patients who need to take a walk and engage in conversation. M,T, Th F for one hour.

Volunteer Escort - This person would direct people to and from different areas of the medical center.  Ability to push a wheelchair would be expected. Shift is 8:00 - 12:00, once a week, M-F. 

Endo Volunteer - Receptionist for the Endoscopy Department.  4 hours once a week.

Radiation Therapy Greeter - Greet patients and visitors to Radiation Therapy.  Offering coffee and transporting patients via wheelchair. Hours are noon - 3 p.m., any day Monday - Friday.  

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.

UNITED WAY OF CROW WING & SOUTHERN CASS COUNTIES   Sarah  (218)454-0228 www.unitedwaynow.org

Associate -- We are looking for motivated youth and adults interested in marketing, planning special events, fundraising, etc.

WILD & FREE  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.

Fund Raiser - Help with various fundraising events throughout the year.  Days and hours variable.


WOMEN'S CENTER OF MID MN   Julie Guth 218-828-1216  mmwomctr@brainerd.net

Fundraiser - Join one of fun, dynamic teams planning annual or one-time fundraising events. .Experience not necessary, but enthusiasm and organizational skills are a must.  We also have openings for experienced grant writers.

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.  One to four hours weekly or bi-weekly.


YOUTH AS RESOURCES (YAR). Sarah  (218)454-0228

Advocate - Recruiting adults and youth interested in philanthropy, funding community service projects and empowering you.


YOUTH WELLNESS INITIATIVE Roger Lynn  (218)831-9571

Volunteer Treasurer - Be a member of the Board of Directors which meets once every other month (second Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:00 PM of the even months) and attend the Executive Committee meetings (second Thursdays, 11:00 to 12:00 AM on the even months) Oversee the work of the Administrator who keeps the financial records using Quick Books, make a financial report to the Board, assure accurate financial records, and generate the yearly budget. 


To list your volunteer opportunities 

Further information about volunteering


Mike Koecheler at:

RSVP Volunteer Services

204 Laurel Street, Suite #11

Brainerd, MN 56401

824-1345 (Office)

824-1346 (Fax)