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Volunteer Opportunities

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Join the Vital Aging Network Board of Directors

Board Members Needed
Are you passionate about advancing VAN's mission, programs and initiatives? Would you enjoy working to expand VAN's network? Are you able to attend monthly board meetings as well as actively participate on a task force or committee for 6 to 8 hours each month? Do you believe in VAN's Core Principles? If you answered yes to these questions, we would love to talk with you. VAN is looking to add a few more people to our Board of Directors. Specifically, we would love to add people with backgrounds in one or more of the following areas: finance, legal, fund raising, marketing. If you know of someone who would qualify for our board, please have them contact Mark Skeie at 651-917-4652 or Thank you!

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) Scholars

Youth Tutoring Program
At PPL we strive to empower students from low-income communities to achieve success in school and in life through academic support and hands-on enrichment opportunities. PPL Scholars is a 1:1 tutoring and mentoring program for Pre-K-6th graders living in affordable housing. Volunteers work with students on literacy activities, homework help, and special projects.  Join us! Apply at, or contact Anna (612-455-5108 or Positions are available at the following locations: New Hope - Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30, from early Jan. through mid-May, at the Linden Place Apartments, 5501 Boone Ave., New Hope. St. Paul - Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30, from mid Jan. through mid-May, at locations in Highland Park (2242 West 7th. St). and the Summit-University neighborhood (707 Holly Ave).

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 or call 651-280-2504.

Brain Imaging Study

Healthy Volunteers Needed
The University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is seeking healthy volunteers in the following age ranges: 8-9, 14-15, 45-55, and 65-75, to help map the human brain. Visit for more information. If you are interested in participating, please contact Andrew Oliver at 612-624-4865 or email Study participants are compensated for their time while participating.

Tax-Aide Program of AARP

Tax Preparation Volunteer
Do you enjoy helping others? Have some knowledge of using computers? Have an aptitude for numbers? The Tax-Aide program of AARP is looking for volunteers to assist elderly and low income persons in preparing their Income Tax returns. Training provided. For more information contact Bill at 952-831-1891 or visit

Ramsey County

Various Volunteer Opportunities Available
Ramsey County government utilizes volunteers across departments in a variety of capacities.  This partnering between citizens and Ramsey County contributes to the building of a stronger community.  Ramsey County is fortunate to have in excess of 3,000 exceptional citizen volunteers.  A number of County programs and services, as well as community partnerships would not be possible without the efforts of these remarkable individuals.  For more information on volunteering with Ramsey County, please visit our website:

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 Learn more at

Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness

Memory Companion
Do you want to learn more about Alzheimers Disease and related dementia? Would you enjoy working and socializing with seniors in the West Metro area? Do you want to support people who have mild to severe memory loss and their caregiver? Join us for our upcoming training session on Wednesday, January 15, 2015, 5-7pm. Contact Marta Volbrecht, Volunteer Coordinator, at or call 952-929-1697 ext 31.

Alzheimer's Support Group Facilitator
This opportunity is perfect for the person who wants to support caregivers of persons with memory loss, have a positive and encouraging attitude, is motivated, resourceful, and dependable, has good communication skills, and is respectful of cultural diversity and can relate to people of all socio-economic backgrounds. Time commitment: 1-1/2 hour monthly group time on Saturday mornings plus time as needed to prep, plan, do group paperwork, and give feedback to the Support Group Manager. Training provided by the Alzheimer's Association. Contact Marta Volbrecht, Volunteer Coordinator, at or call 952-929-1697 ext 31.

Resource Consultant Volunteer
Manage the Center's current community resources. Update, replenish & organize resource repository (both paper & electronic) by verifying info on each resource via web, phone or in person contacts. Insure each resource file is current, create methods to alert staff of resource updates and assess/suggest additional pertinent resources. Time commitment is flexible 2-4 hours week/work week Monday-Thursday. Requirements: application, background check and confidentiality agreement. Contact Marta Volbrecht, Volunteer Coordinator, at or call 952-929-1697 ext 31.  

Volunteers Needed in Alexandria and Willmar

Lead Children to CATCH Healthy Habits
OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits is an intergenerational program that encourages healthy eating and active living. We are looking for volunteers over 50 in Alexandria and WIllmar to lead children in the lessons and games, and/or act in other supportive roles behind the scenes. Training is provided and program snack expenses are covered. It's a great way for an adult to make a difference in the lives of kids and improve their own health at the same time! Read more.

For Willmar, contact Jena Tollefson at
For Alexandria, contact Ruth Turner at

Urban Battle's Tutoring Program

Tutors for Grades 1-12
Tutors are needed to help children who are behind academically, socially, and maybe have poor attitudes. Our program tries to build the individual child's self-confidence and instill in them the belief that they have value. The program meets from 6:30 to 9:30 on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Berean Church, 441 Rice Street, St Paul, MN 55103. Contact Geeta Vora at 763-780-8837 for more information or visit

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 or call 651-789-4055.

Minnesota Reading Corps and Math Corps

Reading and Math Tutors
Minnesota Reading Corps--the nation's largest state AmeriCorps program--and Minnesota Math Corps train tutors to impact students in schools across Minnesota. We are looking to place over 1,000 literacy tutors and math tutors in schools across Minnesota to commit a year of service and change the world of struggling students.

As a tutor, you will implement research-based strategies to help children believe in themselves and succeed in reading by the end of third grade, or in math by the end of eighth grade. You will receive training, a living allowance (about $484 biweekly for full-time), an education award of up to $5,645 and the reward of making a real impact in your community. Tutors who are 55 or older may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild or foster child.

Give a year of service to grow our communities. Apply today to become a tutor! Go to or Send questions to




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