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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 While we will make every effort to include what you send us, space is limited.

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

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 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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

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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