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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.

Wellness 50+ Oakdale

wellnessoakdale_380The Oakdale Wellness 50+ team is seeking volunteers to help with a community-wide effort to increase health and wellness of citizens over 50. The team of six Oakdale volunteers has been working on plans to add enrichment and longevity to older adults in Oakdale. It has devised a series of wellness events for the Oakdale Discovery Center, including a senior fitness test, wellness classes, and healthy living exhibits. Now we would like more volunteers to join us in the program we call "Discover Your Fitness." Oakdale Wellness 50+ is a grassroots effort developed by the Vital Aging Network of Minnesota and is supported by HealthPartners, the Bush Foundation, and Washington County.

Senior Fitness Test Administrator
Work with active 50+ adults as a Senior Fitness Test administrator—no experience needed! Learn a simple fitness test and administer it at periodic wellness events at the Oakdale Discovery Center. We will teach you all you need to know.

Find Oakdale's Wellness Resources
Help us find Oakdale's wellness resources: Aid in developing wellness resources such as handouts, teachers and speakers, and working with local businesses to create wellness displays. If you have a particular skill to share, perhaps healthy cooking, meditation, or massage, we can certainly use your expertise. But an interest in wellness is all you really need.

Your time commitment depends on how much you choose to be involved. For more information, contact Dale Thompson 651-714-5232 dathompsonmn@me.com or Jackie Chlebeck 612-845-3127 jchle@aol.com.

Bridging

Warehouse Volunteer
Bridging is a local nonprofit that provides furniture and household items to families transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging warehouse volunteers help load and unload trucks, take in donations, and stock shopping shelves to serve over 80 clients each week. We have immediate openings for individuals to fill open warehouse shifts in our Roseville warehouse. Shifts are available Monday-Saturday and you don’t need to commit to the same schedule each week. Contact Wendy Erickson (wendy.erickson@bridging.org or 651.319.9295) to find out more.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Lead for 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, and open up a whole new world to them.  For more information, please contact Colleen Fritsch at the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging 651-917-4638 or cfritsch@metroaging.org or visit http://metroaging.org/volunteer/.

Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness

Dementia Friend
Attend a free information session to learn what it's like to live with dementia.  Then turn that learning into action.  Each friend chooses what action they will take. Training sessions are available in June, July, and August. ACT on Alzheimer's is an organization with an Edina team. To register for a free training session, call 952-848-3952 or go to Edina Community Education.

Memory Companion
The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness is seeking volunteers to be Memory Companions. Volunteer will be trained and matched with a person that has mild to moderate memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to provide socialization, meaningful activities, and friendly visiting. These visits will take place in the client’s home.  Upcoming Training on Wed Aug 26 or Tues Sept 15 5-7 pm at our office in Edina.  Contact Marta Volbrecht marta@normandalecenter.org or 952-929-1697 x 31 for registration or more details.

Kids 'n Kinship

Mentor
Kids 'n Kinship has served children in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville, and Rosemount for 43 years, matching youth ages 5-16 in need of an additional role model with individuals, couples, or families for weekly fun and enriching activities, such as spending time outdoors, playing games, and going to places such as museums or the zoo.  It's a wonderful way to stay active and involved in your community, and to make a difference in the life of a child. Many of our mentors are empty-nesters who just want to have youth in their life again. Training and on-going support is provided.  For more information, call 952-892-6368 or visit www.kidsnkinship.org.

Minnesota Historical Society

People Mover Driver
Provide access to those who would otherwise not be able to visit Historic Fort Snelling by driving a "people mover" golf cart between the visitor center and the fort. You'll meet visitors from all over the world and enjoy being outdoors in spring through fall. Commit to a weekly or semi-weekly shift of approximately four hours. Weekday, weekend and holiday shifts available Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, weekend shifts are available in early May, September and October. A valid driver's license and a good driving record are required. One 90-minute training session is required and will be held in May. Apply now to volunteer!

AARP Experience Corps

Literacy Tutors for the 2015-16 school year
Volunteer as an in-school literacy tutor. Volunteers are placed in Kindergarten through Grade 3 classrooms in 13 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 achievement gap by providing literacy support and serving as another caring adult students see at school. Stipends available for an 8-10 hour/week commitment throughout the school year. For more information, contact Erin Simon, Volunteer Coordinator at 612-708-5933 or experiencecorps@voamn.org. For more information visit: http://www.aarp.org/experience-corps/. 

DARTS and Rebuilding Together

Handy Person
DARTS and Rebuilding Together are in partnership to make homes safer for seniors, living in Dakota County area, by providing minor home safe modifications such as grab bars.  Utilize the skills you already have, or learn new ones! Be matched with another volunteer and work together as a team providing the service. Tools and training provided. Contact: Barb Tiggemann at 651-234-2254 or barb.tiggeman@darts1.org.

ITNTwinCities - Independent Transportation Network

Flexible Driving Opportunity
Do you have a driving desire to help people? Become a driver for seniors 60 and older and adults with visual impairments. Drive them to medical appointments, shopping, to visit friends, and more! Help community members remain active and involved. You will ensure that seniors and the visually impaired stay connected to families, friends, and activities that bring meaning to their lives---and to yours. Receive mileage reimbursement as well as ITN transportation credit for yourself or to give to someone special to you. Day, evening and weekend opportunities throughout the Twin Cities west metro area. For more information, contact Susie Johnson, volunteer coordinator, at 612-260-5949 ext 2 or go to www.itntwincities.org

The FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project

GED Tutor
The FATHER Project is a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota. The Project goal is to assist parents in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally. We are looking for volunteers to work individually with program participants to help them prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam. Our goal is to help participants pass each of the parts of the GED exam so that they can receive their diploma. Review key concepts with adult participants including English, math, social studies and science.  Two-hour shifts are preferred on Tues, Wed, and Thurs 10am-4pm at 2700 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407. Call 651-378-5800 for more information or apply to be a volunteer.

Amherst H Wilder Foundation

Wilder Caregiver Peer Support Volunteer
Did you take care of your parents as they were aging? Your spouse? Your partner? Your friend? Then you get it: caregiving can be challenging, frustrating, fulfilling ... If you are a former caregiver and want to make a difference in the life of a current caregiver for an older adult, then consider becoming a Peer Support (P.S.) volunteer. PS volunteers are former caregivers who are matched with current caregivers for monthly phone conversations. Volunteers understand what it means to care for someone because they have done it, and now they want to help others in their caregiving roles. Volunteers will be trained prior to being matched and are asked to commit to at least six months; volunteers can expect to spend 3-5 hours a month volunteering. For more information, please contact Grant Watkins, at grant.watkins@wilder.org or call 651-280-2504.

Store To Door

Order Taker (from your home)
As a Volunteer Order Taker, you will form an ongoing relationship with seniors in the community who need your help. Volunteer from your home or work to take grocery orders once a week over the phone and enter them into Store To Door's on-line system. You pick the day and time to make your calls. Wintering away?  Don't let your snowbird status keep you from volunteering you can train and call from anywhere that you have a computer, internet, and a phone. One hour a week can make a difference in someone's life, including yours. For 30 years Store To Door has provided nonprofit grocery shopping and delivery to aging adults in the Twin Cities. We depend on volunteers to continue to make this possible. For more information or to begin the volunteering process please contact Store To Door at 651-642-1892 or email volunteers@storetodoor.org. Learn more at www.storetodoor.org.

FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program

Male Volunteers Needed
The FamilyMeans Caregiver Support Program is in need of male volunteers to  spend time with another male senior being cared for by a loved one. The  volunteer would be asked to volunteer 2-4 times a month for 2-4 hours.  The volunteer would be providing companionship and supervision, so that  the caregiver could get a break. The volunteer would not be providing  any medical or daily living cares. Volunteers chat, play cards, go for a  walk, watch a movie, talk about sports, cars, former roles, fishing,  music you name it. Females are also needed. If you can help, please contact Dianne Vierling,  FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator at dvierling@familymeans.org or call 651-789-4055.

 

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