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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.

Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness

Memory Companion
Do you want to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia? Do you enjoy wokring or socializing with seniors (West Metro locations)? Do you want to support persons who have mild to moderate memory loss and their caregiver? If so, register for a training session on May 14, 4:30-6:30pm.  Contact Marta Volbrecht at 952-929-1697 x31 or marta@normandalecenter.org. Time committment: 2 hour visit, 2x per month for 3 months or 1x per month for 6 months.

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.

Senior Community Services

Spring Yard Clean-up
Improve your health while helping a senior citizen remain independent in their home! You choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Seasonal: starting mid-April (depending upon the weather). This is a one-time unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Feel free to sign up multiple times!Exact location TBD in Minneapolis or Suburban Hennepin County, depends upon where the senior citizen resides. Ongoing unpaid volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact Jeann, Volunteer Coordinator at scsvolunteer@seniorcommunity.org, call 952-767-7894 or visit www.seniorcommunity.org for more information.

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.

2015 National Senior Games

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals and Groups
The Vital Aging Network is partnering with the 2015 National Senior Games to help recruit volunteers for the event. Visit teammnvolunteer.com to learn more about the opportunities. This is a great opportunity to volunteer as a group. Use the event as a way to create visibility, and to build camaraderie and friendship within your group or organization. Questions or invitations for presentations on the Senior Games can be sent to seniorgames4@2015goldengamesmn.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

Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness

Memory Companions
If you want to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, enjoy working or socializing with seniors (West Metro), and want to support persons who have mild to moderate memory loss and their caregiver - then this opportunity is for you! An upcoming training session is Tuesday, April 7, 4-6pm. Contact Marta Volbrect at marta@normandalecenter.org or call 951-929-1697 ext 31.

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.

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 tollefsonjl@willmar.k12.mn.us.
For Alexandria, contact Ruth Turner at rturner@alexandria.k12.mn.us.

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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