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Volunteer Opportunities

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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


The Gathering Volunteer
Do you want to have a great day being a friend to someone in your community?
Come volunteer with Lyngblomsten at a Gathering site!  Volunteers are paired with an adult living with memory loss from 10-3 on Tuesdays at Gathering Sites in Woodbury, White Bear Lake, West St. Paul and Roseville. As a Gathering volunteer you will participate in music, dance, art, and lunch, to name a few of the things with someone living with Alzheimers, while the caregiver to the participant is enjoying a day of respite. Gathering volunteers say things like, “I consider my time at the Gathering my day of fun, not my day of volunteering!” and “The other volunteers, and the participants, are smart and exciting to be around!” Volunteers receive thorough training before starting at The Gathering site of their choosing. Call Peggy Cerrito at 651-632-5406 or email for more information about opportunities and how to get involved. An on-line application is available on the Lyngblomsten web site then the Get Involved tab then Volunteer.

Cashier and scoop ice cream
Lyngblomsten, a Care Center in the Como Neighborhood of St. Paul has a small Café and Gift Shop called Anna’s.  Without the help of volunteers, hundreds of people would not have help with finding greeting cards, getting their lunch, enjoying an ice cream cone or having a little snack. Volunteers find that helping out in Anna’s is an opportunity that is not only social, but also a little technical and even a little “foody!”  The cash register utilizes the Square technology on an iPad, this is something that volunteers can learn during the first training shift. There is also a Turbo Chef oven to heat chicken strips and personal pizzas. Customers in Anna’s are people that live on campus, staff, visitors, vendors and family members.  Anna’s volunteers also receive a 20% discount on their purchases. Call Peggy Cerrito at 651-632-5406 or email for more information about opportunities and how to get involved. An on-line application is available on the Lyngblomsten web site then the Get Involved tab then Volunteer.

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 Also visit: for additional details and to complete a volunteer interest form.

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

In-home Respite Volunteer
Giving caregivers a much-needed break is always our greatest need. Providing "respite" does not mean what people may think it means. Respite volunteers do not do any personal cares or daily living cares. Most volunteers visit, play a game, go for a walk, read a book or watch TV with their senior who may have a cognitive delay, memory loss, Alzheimer's, dementia, or Parkinson's, or be frail and not safe to be alone. Male and female volunteers are needed for day and/or weekend hours. Volunteers are asked to commit to three months, providing breaks two to four times a month for a two- to four-hour visit. We need volunteers in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Oakdale, Stillwater, Oak Park Heights, Forest Lake and other cities throughout Washington County. For more information, please contact Dianne Vierling, FamilyMeans Volunteer Coordinator at 651-789-4055, or email, or visit

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 or 651-686-0990. More information is also available at: 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 or contact


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

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 East Metro: 612-704-6116 or

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, or by visiting

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:
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:



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