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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.

Vital Aging Network

Aging with Gusto Facilitator
Positive self-perceptions can make a big difference in our lives, particularly as we age. Research shows that how we think about ourselves can affect health outcomes, quality of life and even longevity. Yet, it's easy for biases, misconceptions and stereotypes about older people to sneak into our thinking. Aging with Gusto discussions offer an engaging and fun way to talk about our experiences of aging and learn about ways to maximize the wonderful gift of a long life. We are currently looking for volunteer facilitators to lead Aging with Gusto discussions. The Vital Aging Network will provide complete training, a facilitator's guide and opportunities to co-lead discussions with an experienced facilitator. Download the position description. For more information contact Julie Roles at jroles@vital-aging-network.org.

RSVP

Tax Site Assistant
Do you enjoy greeting people and seeing things run smoothly? As a Tax Site Assistant, you will work closely with the tax site coordinator and volunteer tax preparers and reviewers to keep the multi-step process running smoothly. The tax site locations are in the west metro. Free RSVP benefits for volunteer age 55 and over.

Tax Preparer
Help low-income people get their taxes prepared. The tax preparer works one-on-one with customers to prepare state and federal tax returns. They help customers access important tax benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Volunteers will receive in-depth tax preparation training. Sign up by Feb 15, 2016.

Free RSVP benefit for volunteers age 55 and over. For more information about these and other volunteer positions available through RSVP, contact Mary Quirk at mary.quirk@voamn.org or 612-704-6114.

Allina Health

Hospice Volunteer
As an Allina Health hospice volunteer, you will support patients and families in your own community. Provide companionship, support and a listening presence for patients at end of life and their family members. Allina provides free online training with wrap-up training groups provided monthly in St. Paul. Allina Health's hospice program serves patients and families in 32 counties throughout Minnesota and into western Wisconsin. Volunteer in homes or facilities or at JA Wedum, a residential hospice in Brooklyn Park. Find your perfect fit! Please apply online at www.allinahealth.org/hospicevolunteer or call 612-262-7108 for more information.

Mothers First

Child Care Assistants and Drivers
The Mothers First program provides prevention and intervention services for pregnant women who are abusing chemicals. A Child Care Assistant is needed to help agency staff in providing supervision and care for the children while mom is attending counseling sessions. Drivers are also needed to provide transportation to mothers in recovery to/from groups with our Mothers First program. Mileage reimbursement is provided. Contact Ramsey County Health & Wellness Service Team - Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 or HumanServicesVolunteer@co.ramsey.mn.us for more information.

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

Board Openings
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Board. This board coordinates the management of water and related land resources in the watershed that drains into Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Creek. The deadline for applications is February 25, with interviews to be held at the following board committee meeting. More information.

Store to Door

Volunteer Order Taker
Would you like to assist seniors to have access to food resources? Store To Door, a nonprofit grocery shopping & delivery service, serves seniors, (60+) who wish to remain at home. Volunteer Order Takers are critically needed. Order Takers volunteer about one hour each week from home, calling clients and entering grocery orders in an online system. This Virtual Volunteering makes it easy to volunteer at home, during a lunch break or in any other location where you have online access. Upcoming training sessions will be held at the Roseville office (1935 County Road B2 W Suite #250, Roseville, MN 55113) on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 1-2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Online training is available too. For more information or to sign up for a training session, contact volunteers@storetodoor.org or call 651-642-1892.

Ebenezer Minneapolis Campus

Truth Point Surveyor
We are recruiting 2-4 volunteers for a long term project conducting a survey of our residents. A 3-month commitment is requested for this position, schedule is flexible, possibly 6 hours/week. Ideal candidates will practice good confidentiality and boundary issues, have good social skills and be able to navigate a Notepad touch screen.

Food Shelf Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to assist with an In-House Food Shelf program. Come and help us every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2:15-4:30pm. You will be helping us carry in food, set up tables, handing out numbers, passing out food, and taking down. We need up to 12 volunteers. You will receive mandated Civil Rights training (20 minutes, before your first shift). Volunteers are asked to arrive at 1:45 pm to help us unload the food truck.

For more opportunities at Ebenezer, download the flyer. Contact Laura Arne, Director of Volunteers, at 612-872-8515.

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 1-3 hours a month volunteering. For more information, please contact Grant Watkins, at grant.watkins@wilder.org or call 651-280-2504.

Lyngblomsten

Fitness Leader
Is 2016 your year to get fit or stay fit?  Are a leader?  Is volunteering at a great St. Paul community organization on your list of things to do this year?  Look no further, Lyngblomsten has multiple opportunities for you to get/stay fit, lead and volunteer all at the same time! Tai Ji Quan, Walking Groups and A Matter of Balance classes are just a few of the volunteer opportunities that await you at Lyngblomsten. Check us out at www.lyngblomsten.org, go to the "Get Involved" tab for more volunteer information and for an application, or call Shelli at 651-414-5297.

Cafe and Gift Shop Assistance
Did you enjoy your retail career but are ready for a change of pace? Are you a social person that wants to volunteer in the Como area of St. Paul? Why not come to Anna's Café and Gift Shop at Lyngblomsten Care Center? Anna's Café and Gift Shop volunteers help residents/tenants (average age 87), staff and families find gift items, greeting cards, snacks and personal items in our small gift shop and scoop ice cream or make quick cook items in the Café. Volunteers also run the cash register and visit with customers and each other! Training is provided in all areas of Anna's. Weekday shifts are from 8:30-1:00 and 1:00-4:15, weekend shifts are from 11:45-4:15. The amount of shifts that a volunteer takes each month is entirely up to you. Fill out an application at www.lyngblomsten.org/getinvolved or call Shelli at 651-414-5297 for more information.

The Dakota County Public Health Department

Co-facilitators
Health Promotion Unit is looking for volunteers to help co-facilitate falls prevention workshops at nearby community sites. The workshop is called "A Matter of Balance" (an 8-week falls prevention workshop series for older adults). Prior to working with the community, volunteers will receive a free 2-day training Feb. 24 & 25, 2016 offered by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and step-by-step curriculum to lead discussions and gentle exercises with a small group of older adults. There will be two facilitators for each class. More information.

 

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